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  1. During good times not a whole lot of students get 1L law jobs or research positions. During a pandemic? I think those rates likely drop a little more. What I say to students who have similar worries as you do is that skills for the practice of law are not only obtained from working law related jobs. You can earn valuable skills from a variety of work. Don’t sell short other forms of work, including retail. Sure if by articling you’ve got no legal related work that might be a problem, but not during the 2L recruitment. Take work wherever it may come and be reflective in the skills you’ve gathered. During my interviews during 1L I was asked about the work I did at a local grocery store the most. I had worked there for my high school and undergrad. I was asked questions about it despite being an RA throughout my four years in undergrad, volunteering and so much more. This job at a grocery store not only allowed me to show I had valuable, relevant skills for the practice of law, but enabled me to also direct their attention to how I was able to manage my time, excellent in studies as well as do the many other things in my resume all at the same time. It also provided me some good stories to throw a conversation around with. I say all this to again emphasize, in 1L it doesn’t matter where you work. Whatever it is you’re doing, you need to be prepared to explain how things makes you a good candidate. People who get RA jobs but can’t explain why this makes them a good prospective higher are not going to secure a job in the basis that they have RA as a job on their resume. Don’t be fooled. Resumes may get you in, but how you interview is gonna govern if you’re hired or not.
  2. You should seek to improve your cgpa. You should also seek to improve your lsat. Without a stronger LSAT your application will struggle. These are obviously understood by you so I won’t labour the point. As for extra-circulars. You do not need legal related ones to stand out. In fact, having non-legal related ones may make you stand out more. I don’t get why people focus on legal related experiences so much. So many experiences are reflective of skills necessary for law. Sure working as a clerk may be great, but so too is volunteering with people with disabilities, working for a non-profit in recruitment and so much more. You’re not expected to go to law school with legal skills and knowledge. You’re expected to go with the ability to learn and balance competing tasks. What is most important with extra-curricular activities therefor in my opinion is how you explain the way it makes you a good applicant. This can be achieved through you explaining the role your work in day care impacts your desire to go to law school and how it demonstrates you’ll succeed. Focus on advocating for yourself and explaining how your work, extra circular activities and other matters make you a good candidate. Good luck!
  3. I can’t really get on board with lower tuition fees. I also can’t get in board with higher tuition fees. I’m really excited however to pay for an art gallery, among other services, I have never used and will never used, but am asked to pay for regardless.
  4. Tbh reference letters seem like a waste of time for law school admissions every step of the way. Nobody wants to ask for them, write them and I doubt anybody wants to read them.
  5. Have your materials ready to forward to them before you call. Being prepared and responsive can reflect genuine desire.
  6. Yes it matters. Yes, if you have good stats you’ll be considered for the 10k one. Whether you get it depends on whether you have the better stats. The 10k are given to the students who have the highest LSATs and cGPA above the minimum threshold posted.
  7. As a 3L and as someone who was a Dean’s Fellow at Osgoode, this advice is perfect. I recall in my first two weeks of law school that I felt I couldn’t do it. I even looked up how much money I’d recover from tuition if I dropped out. I had someone speak some sense into me and told me to just stick it out through the first semester and then reconsider then. I did so. I began to love law school, I just did the work and I was fine. Come second semester I did exceptionally well and was able to secure a 1L job. I then can also recall very clearly the final words I wrote on my final 1L exam. I remember the feeling of joy and happiness for having made it through what was a big learning curve. It was so rewarding. I say all this to highlight that law school can be challenging, it can be tiring and it can be frustrating. But remember, you’re in law school to learn. If you knew it all then you’d be wasting your time. You’re there to learn so allow yourself to learn. Allow yourself to feel anxious about not knowing, but do not attribute a lack of intelligence to your lack of knowledge. You’re smart and your flurry of a 1L experience does not negate that. Work hard but allow yourself time to breath. Focus on the learning part of law school. You’re there to learn. You’re not there to get a grade or to appear like you’ve got it all together. Focus on learning, being kind to your fellow classmate and enjoy other parts of life too. If you dk that, law school will be far more enjoyable.
  8. There’s more people who talk about people ripping pages out of books than there are people who rip pages out of books. I can’t verify whether anyone has actually ever ripped pages out of books but I will say that it’s probably law school legend. In any event, the legend of the book rippers are hearsay at best and as such unreliable. Law students are a mixed bag, with most of them being nice and helpful. Some are intense and don’t much care to help others but themselves. In my experience however, most are helpful, kind and good people!
  9. Email admissions/student services and outline that you require a letter confirming you’re commencing in the fall for your banking. They will send you an email letter and if you provide your banking representative’s details they will forward them the materials directly. In subsequent years (2L and 3L) there’s an online form you can fill out requesting confirmation of enrolment, it takes like 2 minutes to do and is done through MyJd in MyOsgoode. This can be done anytime after course registration is finalized and well before the September date that your bank may want reconfirmation of you continuing your studies. For myself, a copy of my acceptance letter was sufficient for the summer prior to 1L and in 2L I just requested the letter confirming my enrolment and they emailed it directly to my bank! Also, this may not apply to you but if you are still on your parents insurance and can continue to be on it until 25, then insurance will also need a copy of your enrolment letter. If you’ve got any other questions should be a PM!
  10. You’ll miss out on seeing the anxiety in your peers around grade drop time! On a more serious note, you’ll miss out on some of the great peer support that can come from your fellow classmates all trying to figure things out. This will not be impossible to foster online, but I don’t think it would be the same. You’ll also likely miss out on the school dances and social activities. You’ll also likely miss out on some of the O-Week events, although I never went to mine and didn’t feel as though it was much of a lose. You’ll also likely miss out on getting free reading materials from the law library. I know my law school has all course text available in the law library that can be booked out for three hours at a time. It was a great way to save money and do readings. Other than that, I can’t really think of what else you’ll be missing out on. In large part, you can still develop relationships with your professors, you’ll still be learning the materials and you’ll still have many of the opportunities others have! Best of luck!
  11. In a previous email from a few weeks back, the Dean Of Osgoode had advised they were going to be largely following the direction of York. So I imagine Osgoode will be updating students soon. Flexibility is great to see. For those who can’t move then this provides solution for them. For those who don’t want to move for only a partial experience, this helps them. Likewise, for those wanting some sort of in person, this solution would enable that.
  12. I mean, mortalities rates for Covid-19 are pretty good. This may sound insensitive to the deaths that have occurred but the data is showing that the concerns that Covid-19 was going to be the next Spanish flue were unsupported. So I’m not so sure about a really dangerous second wave coming. Sure people will get sick, but that’s bound to happen even with lockdown measures. Should we be safe and alert? Yes, but being anxious and perpetually worrying about covid-19 isn’t very productive, in my opinion. At the beginning, public health officials were shooting in the dark. There was a ton they didn’t know. Today however, there’s more that we do know, and still plenty we don’t. That being said, better decisions and more precise decisions can be made today rather than assuming the worse. I also completely agree with @BlockedQuebecois regarding the need to not consume media surrounding Covid-19 to an obsessive extent. The constant wall to wall coverage that people are consuming is not healthy, and that’s empirically supported.
  13. You do not apply for scholarships. You do however apply for bursaries come September.
  14. I don't know which community you're from, but I can say that in the Waterloo Region in Ontario (which is also a big city, not GTA), this is a fairly reasonable offer. However, usually such an offer is combined with a bonus structure and a great benefits package.
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