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  1. Yeah. It's not open to the general public, but if you have a secret promotional code...
  2. I think if it's apparent that something is up from your transcript, and it's mentioned in a reference letter, you really have no choice but to lean into it. So there's no need to avoid mentioning it at all, or any hope of doing so, but I agree that emphasizing it is a mistake. Drop a line about it, and move onto other things. Though I would add, if it's an isolated accident rather than the sort of condition that could be chronic or reoccurring, you want to at least slip that in. Right, wrong, or otherwise, an employer will feel better about something that won't happen again in the future.
  3. @blackwidow - I note you didn't reply to my post and my question, and if you prefer not to that's fine. I won't trouble you or follow up again. But my suspicion would be that you didn't reply because you don't have an answer. Forgive me if I presume too much, but at some point the patterns become so repetitive I know what to anticipate. Wanting to work "downtown" is not a goal or an ambition. It's a shorthand way of saying that you want whatever the best want, because you want to be one of the best. But that's not sufficient, and it's not even true. The "best" want a wide variety of things. And they are genuinely driven by those specific goals and ambitions - not by a vague sense that they are determined to achieve for its own sake, and figure out rest later, but by a genuine commitment to their specific goals and interests. I repeat my initial advice. If you don't have an answer to this question yet, you should really, really work on finding one. The other advice here is fine. Working on the best success you can achieve in school is an admirable goal. But as noted, there's no realistic guarantee that among other high-achieving students, you can still be the best of the best. Expecting you can guarantee that with any amount of effort is unreasonable. What you can do, is stand out from the crowd by knowing what you want (which is probably different from others want anyway) and by taking appropriate steps to get there. The idea that law school is one great sorting ground and the best get the "best" jobs, the next best get the "next best" jobs and so on - that's a gross illusion. Any rough exposure to real life will tell you that the world doesn't work that way. Anyway, good luck.
  4. This question and the advice that will flow from your answer to it won't necessarily make you a better student. But taking your question more holistically, I imagine your goal is to leave school with an articling position and decent prospects in legal practice. So here's my question. When you say you want to "work downtown" what do you mean by that? What sort of work do you want to do, exactly? This isn't an idle question. The answer(s) to this question should dictate a lot of the choices you make going forward, and those decisions can contribute to better performance in school and/or can be more important than grades to your future success. You should know the answer, and if you don't know yet, then figuring out the answer will be your first step towards doing better.
  5. I truly wasn't kidding last night when I said this was the kind of discussion that would drag down everyone engaged in it, including (now) myself. But the relentlessly optimistic part of myself that believes a well-reasoned argument can possibly reach anyone compels me to try all the same. @Newfoundland - I don't know if anyone is saying this properly, or that you'll receive it well, but the basic point of the answers you're getting is it. You're asking about trivial things, and/or obsessing on things you can't control, and scratching for hints and signs about how "the system" works so you can more reliably operate within it, but the best answer to most of your questions truly is that you need to calm down. The trivialities don't matter. Things that you can't control shouldn't be the focus of your attention because, well, you can't control them. And the reason there's no clear answers on how "the system" works is because "the system" is a collection of individual, eclectic decision-makers doing things for their individual, eclectic reasons. Even talking all OCI employers, or all employers period, in a sentence, is irrational. They don't operate with one mind. General observations about observable trends ... okay, those can make sense. Hard rules? Never. So I'm going to repeat the most essential advice you need right now. Your attitude, and your anxiety, are far far bigger issues right now than the questions that are motivating your attitude or the issues that are prompting your anxiety. The idea that you're considering ditching law school entirely if you aren't competitive for big firm OCIs ... that's nonsense on its face. Whatever happens at OCIs, you'll still have plenty of opportunities ahead of you. But what causes people to burn those opportunities when they come around is overwhelmingly not the lack of one specific grade, or the formatting of a cover letter - it's personality and attitude. If you come off like a nut, no one will want to help you, hire you, or work with you. Meanwhile, if you come across like a sane, rational, and personable individual, the little things that you think are going to hurt you won't matter to anyone. Anyway, that's me trying. I feel like I'm throwing a pebble in front of a landslide right now. But what can I say - I'm a lawyer and I believe in the power of a few well-crafted words. In all events, good luck.
  6. Thank you for that introduction. This whole discussion is stupid. It's not even stupid in an interesting way, where one person is inviting correction so obviously that it's fun to slap them down. It's just low-grade stupidity that infuses everything said here, and indicts everyone participating in it. I feel stupider myself, as I type this. @OP - Calm the hell down. Seriously. Some anxiety is normal, but anxiety to the point that you're hanging on every ridiculous and unsupportable thing that anyone else has ever said to you about grades is just sad. Every practicing lawyer has had a client like you - someone who asks twelve other people about whatever thing is going on with their legal situation and then needs to have a conversation about whatever that person has just told them, whether it's ignorant, informed, sane, or complete nonsense. Anxiety that drives you to do this isn't healthy. Get basic information, apply common sense, and stop there. In this case, that would lead to the conclusion that no one can offer you any certainty regarding the outcome of job applications you haven't made yet, so just apply to jobs you want and hope for the best. What the hell else could there possibly be? @Everyone Else - Stupid 1Ls are gonna be stupid 1Ls. It's fine to have at least a bit of fun critiquing their anxiety, but there's no need to dig back into every life choice they've made to get to this point. At some point it's just done. @OP Again - Some of the superfluous observations here may be worth thinking about all the same. Your need to over-complicate decision-making isn't doing you any favors. Do as well as you can in your classes, seek the jobs you're interested in, etc. Do your best, see where that gets you, and reevaluate as needed. It isn't necessarily easy. You're in competition with some very talented people at this point. But it is uncomplicated. Stop looking for secrets, codes, and patterns that aren't there. Now everyone go to bed.
  7. I'm not sure exactly what "process" you're referring to, but I'm reasonably confident that my answer will address your misconception, no matter what it happens to be. The OCI hiring process is an entirely artificial, abnormal thing that occurs nowhere else in the working world and will never happen again in your career. From here on out, there is no "process" - there's just the employment marketplace. You do your best to find a job you're interested in, you apply to that job, you hope you get it. That's all. Your CDO will likely do their best to maintain some kind of list of articling jobs, which may or may not be curated reasonably well. I'm sure even if they make best efforts, they will miss a lot of things as they are depending on prospective employers (many of which are smaller and less organized) to either draw their attention to the posting or else to post publicly in a reasonable way so the CDO notices. That often doesn't happen. My point is simply this. If you haven't found a position through the incredibly strange and mediated OCI process, you need to get your head out of expecting anything similar to happen in the future. The jobs aren't going to come to you anymore. No one is going to line up all possible employers for you and help you figure out where, when, and how to apply. So the bad news is, you're on your own. The good news is, that's how the whole rest of the world works anyway, so it's not as scary as it seems and it can, in fact, be done. You just need to be more proactive. Hope that helps.
  8. We don't actually know what the heck is going on. Speaking as a criminal defence lawyer, when any prospective client confronts me with utterly inexplicable behavior on the part of the authorities (not necessarily illicit behavior - I mean behavior that doesn't make sense even if you assume ill intent) I immediately tend to assume there's more to the story than I'm being told. Maybe the person telling me the story is leaving out information so they sound better and get the answers they want to hear. Maybe they're leaving out information because they don't have it themselves. Either way, there's generally more to the story than "the powers that be suddenly decided to single out this one person for special, individual persecution for no discernible reason." All of that is to say, OP, get the full story from your school. Find out exactly what you are being accused of, and why, and then get professional legal help. Use your school clinic if you have one and they do this stuff, to start. And then if your entire academic year is in jeopardy, take it to a real lawyer if need be. Despite the fact that you are asking a question about how things work in law school(s), and that's on point for this forum, you are facing real legal difficulties here (fyi, decision-making and adjudication in schools is a species of admin law) and unless it goes away on its own, which is unlikely with accusations this serious, you need real legal help, not just answers that you've rigged your query to receive from strangers on the Internet. In all events, good luck.
  9. I think you've missed the point of the inquiry, considering that OP's best grades thus far have come from college. I agree with other replies, however. You should be concentrating on getting the best grades possible at university, now that you're there. Your grades from one year of college will not be particularly important no matter what. Ideally, you'll want to do better than that 77% average you're currently citing. Good luck.
  10. Take courses that interest you and that you believe you can do well in. And note, I'm of the school of thought that says being interested in the course is 90% of doing well in it, so those are largely the same thing. If in the course of doing that, you happen to pull together an additional minor, that's great. But doing it for its own sake is a bad idea. And no, it won't of itself improve your odds of admission in any way.
  11. Simply put, EU citizenship is not in any way an advantage to practicing law in Canada. It may be an advantage in relation to studying law in the EU. I don't claim to know anything about that. But studying law in the EU is also not an advantage in any way to practicing law in Canada (it's the opposite, actually, as you already know) and so that doesn't help you either. All the same advice to any other Canadian student looking to study overseas for lack of domestic options applies equally to you. I don't see how having EU citizenship changes anything. You don't want my reply on "international human rights." You've come across reasonably so far and you're just trying to figure things out, which is fine. But I'd urge you to stow away that phrase until you learn why 98% of the time it's used only to convey a nonsensical understanding of what law is and does.
  12. The fact that you were born and raised here isn't evidence that your English is good. It's evidence that you have even less excuse that your English is bad. Seriously. We're not kidding about this. It's a real problem you need to address.
  13. Leaving aside the other issues in this thread, which is a lot to leave aside, I'd like to point out that a 3.0 GPA and 155 lsat isn't as close to admissibility to Canadian schools as some here seem to want to believe and suggest. It isn't necessarily a case of "give up and go overseas if you're determined enough, because that's your only hope" either. But some of the optimism here has been, in my opinion, over-stated. OP is, if anything, more realistic than many people posting here, on that point.
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