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  1. Consistently, more than half of 2Ls participate in OCIs (conservative estimate). The CSO produces stats on this.
  2. Canadian schools aren't really categorized by area of law. You can get good experience doing human rights work if the school has clinics that do pro bono work (or otherwise give you practical, relevant experience). The resident human rights organization around here is the Community Legal Assistance Society, which is staffed by lawyers and does excellent work. That said, I said Allard is corporate-leaning because big firms advertise heavily to Allard students and the school benefits from being advertised to. You will know the name of big firms on the first week of orientation from all the firm-sponsored merchandise. Each of our classrooms bear the name of a big or mid-size firm (not even joking). There are countless events hosted by big firms during the year, which are endorsed by our Career Services Office, our UBC Law and Students Society, and the Allard Law and Business society. You'd have to live under a rock not to know who the big firms are. If you really want to be immersed in a "social justice" school, my understanding is that UVic is more social justice leaning than Allard. But you probably should ask a UVic student about that since this is only hearsay for me as well.
  3. There's plenty of opportunity to take human rights files through LSLAP. It's not difficult to get into LSLAP as a 1L, basically you just need to sign up. The International Justice and Human Rights clinic doesn't do domestic human rights work. As stated above, their focus is on big international stuff. I don't know how this translates to a post law-school career (especially without connections to people in high places), but their work is very different from domestic human rights work. I disagree with the sentiment that Allard "advertises" itself as social justice oriented. More recently, there is a growing cohort of students interested in social justice work, but Allard heavily leans towards corporate-commercial.
  4. I did the Vancouver recruit and my experience is that they won't necessarily make eye contact either. Some of my interviewers were using two devices so they weren't looking at me most of the time. One set of interviewers didn't even have their camera on. Then there are the ones that are new to the platform and don't know how to let you in, or have sound issues, or were tuning in on their phone, or from a large board room, or whatever. All this is to say, don't worry too much about eye contact.
  5. http://www.cfalaw.ca Probably niche, but this firm apparently represents(ed?) U2.
  6. Get to know your professor's exam-writing style. There are those for whom virtually every line matters and those who write paragraphs of facts of which only some of it is useful. Consider talking to those who've done well in those classes to get their opinion. It also doesn't hurt to ask the prof directly.
  7. I'll just say, as a 3L, school by Zoom and/or pre-recordings is pretty sweet. I did the socializing thing in the first two years of law school and I'm fortunate enough to have a core group of friends. The current arrangement means I'm saving a LOT of time not commuting, I get more done, and I can hold down two part time jobs.
  8. Can you elaborate on why you don't like clinics? This is usually a law student's first foray into legal work. If you dislike it this much, you may want to think about the type of work you see yourself doing in the future. That said, clinics (especially poverty law) is not necessarily representative of all legal work. And being new to "practice" can be stressful. There's other factors as well, like the people you work with, expectations of the clinic itself and so on. The fact that things are remote makes legal work a little weird, and very frustrating. The simplest, no brainer things are just so much more difficult.
  9. For the purposes of getting admitted into a law school, they won’t. At the best, they may be considered a soft factor.
  10. None of these schools consider a pure cCGPA, you should check each one to see what they consider. As stated above, UofT is B3, UVic + UBC drop your some of your lowest credits and so on. I think Manitoba is the most generous with GPA. I'm pretty sure you'll get into at least Manitoba with drops, if not more of the list above. Also, sick LSAT! Congrats!
  11. UVic has an entire program dedicated to Indigenous law and it is the only program of its kind in Canada: https://www.uvic.ca/law/about/indigenous/jid/index.php
  12. The MAG and DOJ participate in the articling recruit. Theoretically, you can spend 2L summer not working in a firm and still apply. I can't speak to how competitive you'd be as a candidate compared those those with law firm experience. I'm inclined to say you'd have something interesting to talk about during interviews but I don't know how that weighs against other considerations - like experience doing legal work.
  13. I think Allard students are competitive overall. It is very obvious. I can't say I know what the culture at UVic is like, but I'd be surprised if there isn't at least some sense of competition at any law school.
  14. Consider asking your prof if they’re willing to review a practice exam. They won’t always accept, but it’s worth asking.
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