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  1. First and foremost - sorry for your loss. I also lost a parent; if you ever want to PM me/just want someone to talk to I'm around. Regarding your situation - tough to say but not impossible. 1) you have some life experience which will look well on your personal statement. 2) You'd be most likely applying as a mature student, so you're in a different category. 3) You have a story to tell which impacted your academics. But all said and done, 4) crush the LSAT. I mean destroy it. Make it your mission to score a 170+. Doing so would show that you are very much academically inclined, and what happened is not an accurate reflection on your overall capabilities. If you can pull that off, I think you may have a difficult road ahead, but it would be possible. And if not, there's always the UK/US route and returning back to Canada with NCAs would be doable, but that opens up its own challenges, however, you'd then have better chances as you'd be applying to more schools. Good luck!
  2. https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/10/11/reflections-hashtag/
  3. In the sense of the continuing overt PC, safe space path we're on. To me this this is just a continuation of that. I.e. LSUC changing its name, the "occupation" rhetoric during the call ceremony. In other words, its not that I am against law schools providing an Indigenous Legal Traditions course. Rather, to me this is indicative of a law school trying to push that path forward and it's getting to be quite ridiculous.
  4. PC gone made. Continuation of the LSUC now changed to LSO, and the Call to the Bar Ceremony being full of comments of "occupied Aboriginal land." I'm all for recognizing their legal history and traditions in shaping Canada, and perhaps law schools should discuss Aboriginal rights and law throughout various 1L and other courses. That said, requiring a mandatory course is a step too far. Notably, there is no mandatory Quebec Civil Law course, and while they obviously haven't been victims of residential schooling and centuries of discrimination, they have their own unique legal and political history and have been instrumental in shaping the country. Perhaps such a program would be more appropriate for more northern schools with a more vibrant Aboriginal community who would be more interested in the topic at hand. Forcing it down kids' throats as Windsor is doing doesn't sound like it's the right way to go about it.
  5. Finally received the green light, thanks for your help!
  6. Thanks. I reached out to the law society and they indicated the same. Sent in a letter a few weeks ago, hopefully I’ll get the green light soon enough
  7. Look at these yoots over here
  8. Update: Results came out today - passed Barrister, failed solicitor. If anyone has any information regarding the “special permission” and what not you need for a 4th attempt that would be really appreciated. I think overall my issues are a) exam stress, especially multiple choice. I’ve always been stronger at writing papers, presentations, etc. I think the other issue was also trying to study for both exams at the same time was brutal. That, coupled with studying while anticling was not fun. Moving forward I think it’ll be easier for me to take on just one exam + I have 3 months with nothing else to do but study study study. So I’m more hopeful.
  9. Recently went for the good old round 3 in a June, and I’m not feeling too good about it. Also kind of feeling down seeing all my friends having just gotten called and I’m still in this stupid situation. I do have an offer to come back to my firm where i articled, provided I passed this time around. Unclear what happens if I have to try again. Has anyone else been in this position? What did you differently? Besides the fact that I need some sort of special permission to rewrite (If that’s the case - results are still a few weeks away), is there any advise you fine people can pass on? For context I went to an ontario law school, had B-C grades. Great at essays/presentations/moots, but jot so much when it comes to exams.
  10. Windsor’s career services is not bad but pretty unorganized. They’ll take a look at your resume and give you advise as well as bombard you with OCI info an articling info. On the other hand they were slow to get our grades posted for the OCI deadline and sometimes felt really incompetent. That might be an admin thing altogether not just them specific. Again though, every school has their issues so take that with a grain of salt. There’s an equivalent of this forum for the US Ivy League schools and I remember once browsing the Harvard law group and the kids there were also complaining about their admin issues. If Harvard can’t figure it out, no one can lol
  11. Pros and Cons. My experience with Windsor was pretty good. Really interesting professors and classes. People are nice, no problems with sharing notes or anything like that. One guy even gave me his computer charger in 1L when I forgot mine. On the other hand there is a level of cliquyness but you get that anywhere. There’s also a big “social justice” push which I get but sometimes gets annoying. On the other hand tuition is really cheap, good hands on opportunities for experience (moots, clinics, law review etc) and almost all the big firms come down here to recruit. Also nice to have Detroit right there if you’re a sports fan.
  12. 1. Both are good schools. I went to Windsor, and all of the Bay Street firms (except I think Torys and one other one I think) along with the government jobs, etc participated in OCIs + articling recruit. That said, it's wayyy too much premature to think about OCIs - there's more to law school and the practise of law then where you summer. Many people move laterally from one firm to another, and even if you get hired back as an articling student, it's no guarantee that you'll be hired back right away as an associate (see http://precedentjd.com/hireback-watch/bay-street-hireback-ranking/). 2. + 3. Can't speak on UVic, but I do know people from Windsor who transferred to Osgoode and U of T. That said, there's no guarantee that you will be accepted to transfer, not to mention there's the higher tuition costs (U of T). Bit of a tangent, but in my opinion, there isn't too much of a difference between "quality of law schools" in Canada as there simply aren't that many. I wouldn't pay too much deference to "rankings" on this site or others. Sure if you get into let's say an JD/MBA program at U of T, and you're goal is to end up on Bay Street, then that's probably the way to go. But as that's not the case, I would more so focus on the opportunities offered at each school and in each jurisdiction. Clinics, moots, experiential training, job opportunities etc, that will make you a well rounded candidate.
  13. Shitty news, sorry to hear that but you're certainly not alone. I know a lawyer who was articling at Heenan and wasn't hired back. The firm collapsed not too long thereafter so wasn't much of a loss anyway. Her comments though was that A) to be graceful and respectful. They don't owe you anything beyond the 10 month articling position. B) In doing so, you don't burn any bridges. Never know what doors may open in the future with a former colleague. I know another lawyer who articled, summered, & previously worked (pre-law school) at 2 of the big Bay Street firms. Also didn't get the hire back. He took on a similar approach - was graceful about the situation, and moved on to bigger and better things. I don't know if that's any help but I'm sorry to hear the bad news. You're certainly not the only one, and things will turn up. It's a numbers game - apply everywhere you can and reach out to any and all contacts - something will inevitably pop up. Good luck!
  14. Going for the good old rewrite (both exams). Considering some of the courses offered (Edmonds, Bar Exam Cracker, OBEC). 1) Does anyone have any experience with these courses? 2) Any advise as to how I can finally crack this thing? Thx
  15. Realistically the endeavour of ranking Canadian common law schools when there are ~ 15-20 of them is meaningless in my opinion. NY State alone probably has just as many schools. But it is interesting to see how the schools are perceived for sure.
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