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Everything posted by georgecostanzajr

  1. I agree with everything you said except for the underlined. I can definitely tell people the things I did which resulted in a higher mark. E.g. relating the facts of a case to the facts of the hypothetical. How did I know this resulted in higher grades? Because on my graded exam, the professor would make comments such as "great comparison between the facts of X and Y" or "good distinction" when I cited some facts as dissimilar. E.g. 2. Corporate was known as being an absolute time crunch. Not known as being a particularly difficult course, but most people wouldn't get through much more than half the exam. To combat this, I put a lot of focus on repetition in order to loosely memorize rules. I organized my OBCA/CBCA in a particular way to find certain provisions quickly. I had a bullet list of main issues to look for in case I blanked, etc. Because of that, I ended up finishing the entire exam which resulted in an A.
  2. In addition to learning the rules, I'd jot down a few sentences on the facts of each case. Those who relate the facts of the hypothetical to the facts of certain cases you learned will receive higher grades (and that's typically the difference between a B+ and an A exam answer).
  3. Depends on the law school of course, but here at Western, I would say that you need to put in a fair bit of effort. It's not extremely difficult but it's not easy either. Most hardworking students I know received a B+ average or higher average. Know the course material very well, know the professor's preferences and what they expect, and do practice exams. Remember to study smart (there are many students who studied all day and night and received lower grades than those who studied in a more effective manner).
  4. I agree with this in part. The beginning of 2L is certainly stressful because of OCIs. But once the recruit is over in November, if you're able to get a job, it's smooth sailing from there.
  5. Firstly, you have the foundations down. You're no longer learning the basics. It'll take you substantially less time to read a case and find what you're looking for. You'll know how to study for courses properly and what works for you. Secondly, your course load is lighter. In 1L, I had 6 final exams. You can imagine how remarkably stressful it was to study for all of those year-long courses at the same time. In 2L, I had 4 courses in my first semester, a course for my Jan term intensive (which was a joke), and three courses in my second semester. The courses themselves are substantively more difficult than those in 1L, but given that you're not juggling 6-7 courses at once, and that you have the basics down, it's a lot easier to manage.
  6. As many people have said, it is a substantial amount of work (in 1L), but it's not as bad as many people depict. You'll still have plenty of time to socialize (if COVID allows...) and time for other hobbies. Compared to most undergrad programs, it is a leg up in terms of the amount of work involved, but again, it is doable, and remember that it is only your first year that is really challenging. It gets much easier afterward.
  7. In terms of OCIs, you won't need reference letters when applying to most firms.
  8. Threads like this demonstrate exactly why an optional pass-fail grading scheme does not meet any of its intended objectives.
  9. Plenty of people travel during their 1L summer and do just fine during recruitment. It's not a big factor.
  10. Yep, it seems that most GCs at firms are very senior.
  11. You don't need it. Most don't have it. It might give you a minor advantage, but it's nothing like a CFA. I wouldn't do it if your goal is making it into Bay St. Focus on your grades, which will be your largest factor in determining if you get a job on Bay St.
  12. I agree, I wouldn't explain it in your cover letter. If a firm asks you about it during an OCI (which they probably won't), I would just mention that you wanted to boost your GPA, leaving out details about your grade prior to converting it to the pass fail. Recruiters will likely make a negative inference based on the P/F but if the rest of your grades are good, you have a decent chance of landing a good number of OCIs. And as BQ said, there's nothing you can do now. Do your best to submit the best application package to the firms you're applying to (research them, speak to their students/lawyers, and make sure to express genuine interest in their practice). That will make the difference for you now, but worrying about grades you can't change.
  13. You'll get at least a few. Don't stress about your grades now, there's nothing you can do about them. Instead, use that time to make the best application package you can to each firm you apply to. Speak to people at the firm, and tailor your application and show that you're genuinely interested in the firm. That will go a long way with getting OCIs.
  14. Nope. Keep the B. No one will care that the B was in contracts specifically as opposed to your other courses. If you had C or lower in contracts, then maybe it would cause some concern, but the difference between a B+ and B is slight, and considering the rest of your grades are ahead of the curve, it won't cause any concern.
  15. Outliers are not uncommon. I think everyone has made it clear, including lawyers here who hire students, that they would draw a negative inference if OP elected to keep a P.
  16. Class of '21 was smaller. This year got increased slightly.
  17. It did but it didn't have any impact on the "small class" feel. They created an extra small group to accommodate, so the small groups were actually smaller in size this year.
  18. I think you have a good shot in that case. Good luck!
  19. What was your L2 prior to submitting your final transcripts? If they made a deferred decision, they are clearly concerned about your final grades. If they were good, then I would say you have a very good shot given your LSAT score and L2. For #1: your chances are decent - it really depends on your final grades and where the admissions committee ranked you. It doesn't mean you're out but it isn't a shoe in. What's your L2? #2: Don't freak out. The delayed grades won't have any impact on their decision to admit you or not.
  20. What a joke. Firstly, @Rashabon rightly pointed out that your "pre-law" employers aren't relevant because the statement you were replying to said "any firm doing the structured recruit feeds you after a certain hour and pays for your ride home". Secondly, it's not at all uncommon for other employers in other industries to pay for your dinner if you're working late, or your ride home if you work into the night (e.g. those in tech, other professionals - management consultants, IB, etc.).
  21. Definitely not - I interviewed with them and they specifically said in their hiring package that their hire back is very strong, but it's not guaranteed.
  22. Source: multiple associates at Osler. They don't necessarily fire you on the spot, but they'll start hinting that you should be looking for work elsewhere. My guess is most associates find alternate work and leave on their own accord when told that.
  23. They redacted the formal policy years ago, though they are still "known" for it. Keep in mind that even with 100% hire back, they typically let go of a good chunk of their associates in their first year of practice.
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