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  1. OP, I had 5 D's and 6 C-range grades on my transcript. I also exhibited a downward trend, which is worse than your situation. Provide your complete transcript, and do not waste time or effort trying to explain it in writing. I can say that my abysmal undergrad marks had little effect on the number of OCIs / in-firms I received, but I did have to explain somewhat during my interviews as to what went on. Not that I had a good excuse - I was forthright in that I was young and lacking in time-management skills. Do not explain unless asked, of course.
  2. OP, I have, admittedly, not read all the replies in this thread, but some anecdotal evidence. I scraped into law school with a sub 3.00 cGPA from a quant-related degree. Our first week, we had a "Foundations of Law" exam that was, in hindsight, almost entirely derivative of a poli sci undergrad exam. I got a D-, which I confirmed was the lowest mark in the class. I was devastated, particularly when my poli sci-aware classmates obtained much better marks. I ended up the top student in my first year. As others have said, the study of law is entirely different. Don't focus on what has passed, but instead on developing a sustainable and effective approach to learning the materials put before you. Be thorough, curious and reasonably confident. While not universally true, those who felt bored in the first months of 1L did not appreciate what was coming with December exams.
  3. OP, my marks were strikingly similar to yours, albeit with a B+ in torts. as I see it, you're very likely to at least get interviews at the BCCA and ABCA. the ONCA and SCC (not mentioned in your post) are not shoe-ins, but I wouldn't be surprised if they gave you a shot.
  4. In my (limited) experience + anecdotes: Trial courts / appellate courts outside BC / ON - B+ average minimum BCCA / ONCA - A- average, or top 10% SCC - A average for truly competitive app, A- or high B+ with strong French + softs + LORs
  5. hard to say. i'm in the same boat. i'd follow your logic though - that's likely it, unless certain judges are late to call despite their picks. seems unlikely.
  6. the SCC made offers yesterday, as far as I know for Abella and Moldaver, and at least Martin made offers this morning. good luck all.
  7. QFT. However, as someone who entered law school with a disastrous undergrad transcript and a lot of fear, if I can make it work, anyone can. Work law school like a full time job. Always prepare for class, turn off the wifi and pay attention. Participate. Stress, but relieve through hard work and consistency. However, just do you. Work out, don't forget to sleep, and do whatever relaxes you. Whether that's partying, going on trips or just chilling, do it.
  8. OP, I was in a similar situation to yours. I had an identical cGPA in a comparative major, albeit outside engineering. IMO, you stand a good chance at lower-tier schools with a 164-167, mid tier at about 167-170, and 170+ with your major is more of a crapshoot. Again, this is subjective, so hold your pitchforks. If you would prefer more information, feel free to PM me.
  9. Not necessary to assure any firm you are not a flight risk. If anything, that would raise a flag. Coming from a non-Toronto OCI school with similar grades, I don't think you will have any problems.
  10. OP, i am a recently graduated transfer student. i went essentially cross-country and navigated OCIs, clerkships etc and can likely answer any other questions you have. if you still check this thread, feel free to PM
  11. can confirm the above - 3Ls were offered positions at both the FC and the FCA last year. OP, this is anecdotal, but the value of clerking really is dependent on what you want out of it. I've heard stories of clerks who check out, consider it an easy 12 month venture, etc. If you bust your ass, make good connections and want to learn a thing or two about litigation and the judicial process, it's hard to beat. More senior calls who clerked with the trial courts in my province have obtained biglaw jobs, government and boutique jobs. plus, it looks great for future academia (the research + writing), especially at the appellate level
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