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  1. It's for a "directed research project", so it is up to me to decide on a practice area, topic, and professor to do the research under. I did some very minor class action research in the past and it interests me, so I have chosen that for my practice area because I want to explore it more, and we don't have a class for it at my law school. I just need to come up with something before approaching a professor and he/she can then help me flesh it out.
  2. My process normally involves reading current newsletters and publications in a given practice area and looking for gaps or areas of debate/confusion. However, I have been struggling these last couple of days trying to find a research topic and was looking for some potential new ways to narrow down my research and come up with a topic worthy of discussing for ~30 pages. So, what do you guys do?!
  3. There isn't really any advice to give, only encouragement/success stories. I had 4 OCIs and was bummed. My friends had 10+. I ended up with 3 in-firms. Some of my friends ended up with more, but many had about the same (or less). Take solace in the fact that you have more time to prepare for each interview (e.g. get to know the firm and your interviewers really well) and more time in-between your interviews to go over your preparation. In hindsight, knowing that I only had a few interviews to focus on really motivated me to do well in each one and my results showed. Compare that with people who have back-to-back-to-back interviews who may struggle with remembering the firm name, what the firm does, how the student program is structured, etc.
  4. My grades were the same for OCIs. All B+, a B and an A-. I had 4 OCIs, 3 in firms, and no job, but did find one shortly after. I was told B+ would get me OCIs basically everywhere but I was wrong. I think students need to be aiming to add an A or two to be more competitive in today’s market.
  5. As a summer student, how often will I be wearing a suit? Or does it vary based on firm/context? Should I show up first day in a suit? Also, any recommendations for dress shirts for a tall and slim guy? I saw that Charles Tyrwhitt has some options, but would like to hear some other off-the-rack recommendations too.
  6. Side note: what’s going on with the first years on the 2020 page? What was all the drama about?
  7. Should have just claimed she was being sarcastic for effect.
  8. And you can basically automate all those care needs through a timed feeder, water fountain, and a self cleaning litter box. I'd consider getting a cat just so I could buy this.
  9. Based on what you said, the puppy would be about 7 months by the time you start articles. Depending on the breed, that means it should be able to go without a potty for about 8 hours. If you're working 10-12 hour days, you likely would either need to stop by at home for a walk or have a walker come by (as you mentioned). So in that sense it is feasible. Like others have pointed out though, that is still a long time alone for the puppy. These months are important times for socialization, and the limited time you'll have at home should be dedicated to playing with, socializing and training your puppy. A poorly trained and socialized dog ends up being bad in the long term for both dog and owner. So my advice would be to really focus on training during those months you can spend with your puppy before your articles so it makes life easier for you during articles and beyond. Long story short, it is absolutely feasible with the right training and some dedication on your part. But puppies can be a lot of work and one of the reasons so many end up in shelters. Just really know what you're getting yourself into!
  10. If you can't find them then they aren't posted publicly. They'll be out by summer.
  11. This is great advice. Especially the SPIs. You get work experience that you can talk about in OCIs/future interviews and 3 or 6 credits (depending if you do 1 or 2 this summer), which means that you can lessen your workload in 2L (which can help you get better grades in other classes or relax). I know some people who applied their SPI to their January term which means that they have been off since Christmas break.
  12. I second this. It's actually an advantage in some ways, especially when it comes to writing, as people from these backgrounds know how to avoid the fluff and get right to the point.
  13. Securities law. Look into CSA Staff Notice 46-307. ICOs/ITOs are currently being dealt with on a case-by-case basis, so, as previously mentioned, the law's application is not fully understood. Nevertheless, and assuming these things will still be relevant in a few years, corporate lawyers may be dealing with coin offerings in the same way they currently deal with IPOs. The flip side to this is that our securities commissions decide that they are not securities and don't need the same level of regulation. Maybe a whitepaper would be sufficient disclosure, or maybe nothing is needed... nobody knows. As others have suggested, blockchain seems to be the more stable "sector". And, even more generally, if you're interested in cryptocurrency then you'd likely be interested in FinTech. I'd recommend doing a simple Google search and you can find a number of law firms doing work in the area of FinTech (especially many Bay St. firms). You can then read up on some of the work they do in these sectors and see what interests you most. Good luck.
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