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  1. Confirmed, with firms that have raised listed here: http://ultravires.ca/2019/07/mccarthy-tetrault-raises-articling-pay-to-1900-per-week/ McCarthy raised to $1,900.
  2. Literally nobody in this thread has shamed or guilt-tripped or even apologized for anyone's successes. If merely saying that some people have it better than others gives you a clear indication of "far-left political correctness," then perhaps those insults aren't necessarily so unfounded.
  3. I don't mean to derail this conversation any more, but "work your ass off" means very different things for those who come from an extremely financially stable background vs. those who don't. It's a lot easier to "get into university, maintain a high GPA, pass the LSAT, get into law school, maintain good grades in law school, kill articling interviews, work yourself to the grindstone during articling, pass the bar" when you don't have to worry about financial burdens. utmguy is not guilty - he/she is just recognizing that he/she had it better than other people. No need to lambaste someone acknowledging that.
  4. The NY firms only actively recruit at: McGill (5-10 students per year) Osgoode (5-10 students per year) UofT (20-25 students per year, top ~30% of the class) Maybe UBC? So it'll be a long shot from Calgary, but hey you could throw your hat in the ring for the external resume drops and see what comes out of it. However, yes, I agree with @pzabbythesecond, you need to do more research on this. I have not seen any Califiornia firms on the OCI resume collect, although for some reason there's a Houston office of a V25 in there. Cooley (HQ in Cali) is part of the OCI collect but it's for their NY office. Canadian JD's can't practice law in California right out of law school so it'd be strange that they are recruiting from Canada (but then again, same goes for Texas).
  5. UofT definitely does do a B3 calculation for admissions, but if you apply in your fourth year of undergrad that just so happens to be your CGPA because you've only had 3 years of grades at the time of applying. @goosander you have to submit your study abroad transcript to OLSAS when you apply, but looking at the way OLSAS calculated my CGPA, it appears that those grades don't get calculated as a part of the CGPA. They used the grades from my first semester of that year to be calculated as the grade for the entire year. Not sure if UofT Admissions assesses those grades separately from the OLSAS calculations, but it's available to them.
  6. The grant calculator last year for me was spot on, plus or minus ~$200.
  7. Congratulations on your acceptances! Having this many choices is a good problem to have. If not law, what field of business would you want to work in? If it's finance/investment-banking, especially if you're thinking of going down to the US, Queen's Commerce or Ivey are by far the better options from a solely career-based perspective (and not considering personal circumstances, fit with the school, cost, etc.). But again - you haven't been accepted to Commerce and would be looking to transfer, and neither is an AEO a sure bet on Ivey so you'd have to factor that in.
  8. When you get into law school, your CDO will probably tell you about this but in my experience the 1L job recruit generally looks like this: - Ottawa does their IP recruiting in Oct/Nov - Firms/Ministry of Attorney General/summer clerkships/some gov jobs recruit applications due end of Jan, OCIs/in-firms during February reading week - (I think Vancouver/Calgary large firm applications due about a week after Toronto, but don't quote me on this) - RA/faculty jobs/clinic position applications due mid-February, interviews end of February - In-house and other smaller firms who are not part of the recruit put up postings between Jan and Mar, and looking at my school's career resources history, a lot of these jobs pop up throughout March and early April.
  9. Yeah, I'd imagine it would be pretty difficult. Remember, at the end of the day these are businesses who look at the costs and benefits of hiring a summer law student. Either you are there to help their in-house legal team because they need the help (which they would usually put up a posting) or they are looking to invest in you to article/join them afterwards, which would seem unlikely at a non-firm (and they might catch hints that you don't plan on returning even if they had an articling structure). Unless you have strong connections, companies won't just hire for the sake of hiring a summer law student. That said, network out and there's a possibility you might find something you're looking for. Yup! I'm at an Ontario law school, though if you do a quick Google search of "summer law student" these positions are also posted on the company websites, LinkedIn, Indeed, etc. Law school is probably one of the only places where most jobs are funneled through a Career Development Office system and there's not much scouring people have to do - remember how the rest of the world looks for jobs too and apply that to the law job search. Might be helpful and lead to great opportunities too!
  10. To simply answer your question, yes, there are in-house summer positions. Looking at the career office right now, applications are open (or were recently open) for in-house positions at Metrolinx, Loblaws Real Estate, PC Financial, Pearson Airport, etc., and these applications are open to 1Ls. There aren't a lot, though, and it seems just as competitive just based on the numbers.
  11. It's all on a curve relative to your classmates. HH (High Honours) = top 15% of the class. H (Honours) = the next 30% of the class (the bracket between the top 45% and 15%) P (Pass with Merit) = the remaining 55% of the class LP (Low Pass) = Profs can give up to a maximum of 10% LPs to the bottom of the class. Some profs (apparently) swear by the LP, some profs never give out LPs, it's all discretionary. F (fail) = Don't think these really exist unless you royally screw up. There's no (+) or (-) grades. Employers know that HHs are better than Hs, which are better than Ps but you're right in that there's less of a distinction between the brackets. If you get a P, there's no way of telling whether you're closer to the 55% mark or the 0% mark. Students seem to measure how well they did by how many H's they got (i.e. HH = two H's, H = one). UofT adopted the system from some of the T14 in the US to reduce anxiety for grades.
  12. If this helps: The OLSAS GPA calculation appears under Supporting Documents --> Transcripts (exact wording might be a little off but it'll be shown on the transcripts part of your sent supporting documents section) The OLSAS GPA calculation can be came out mid-afternoon on Dec 8th last year (yes, I was neurotic about checking OLSAS), which is after Osgoode and UofT sent their first acceptances, so it seems that the schools get the GPA calculation before it appears on your personal OLSAS profile. But like @erinl2 said, don't get yourself too worried over these things! Make sure you're on top of the to-do's and it will all play out with or without the additional stress (even though I totally understand where you're coming from and did not practice what I preach). Good luck!
  13. No - but if the Islamic law school required all of its students, faulty, and staff to sign a covenant holding it to "Core Values of Islam" that meant excluding LGBTQ+ people or people who have sex lives before marriage from attending, then I really doubt the left would be in support of that... Though I can't speak for all left-leaning people, I think the argument from the general left is that all religion should be separate from the secular law, regardless of which religion OR that if religion must be included in education, then all religions should have that right. The left isn't vehemently opposed to all things Christian and support all non-Christian religions. I think it's more that as it currently stands, Christianity in general is the most privileged religion in Canadian society so when the left pushes to have the other religions "catch-up" or have Christianity's privilege "downgraded" (I'm wary of the wording, but bear with me) to "equalize" it with the other religions, it appears that they favour other religions at the expense of Christianity. For example, if the government decided to push a bill that removed public funding of Catholic schools, there'd be outrage against the left saying that the Ontario government is discriminating against Christians (or Catholics at least) even though no other religion currently has the same public funding. Similarly, if the government decided to start publicly funding Islamic/Hindu/Buddhist schools, there'll be outrage against the left on grounds of wasting taxpayer money for the other religions to keep it politically correct or whatever, even though Catholics enjoy that benefit now. I'm doubtful that the left would support cutting all Catholic school public funding in conjunction with introducing Islamic school public funding. The argument from the right is not that religion should be allowed, but that a specific religion (namely Christianity) should be allowed whereas other religions should be excluded from starting a law school. Please correct me if I'm misrepresenting the argument, but if a private Islamic university started a law school and wanted it to be accredited by the law societies, I really doubt most right-leaning Canadians would come out in favour of religious rights. In a way, this makes sense because majority of Canadians, particularly right-leaning ones, are Christians and it's a traditional Christian view that any non-believer of the Christian God/non-receiver of Christ as their Savior will be cast into darkness. Thus, a law school that pushes non-Christian beliefs would by definition be going against their societal values (noting that secularism does not equate to atheism). And yes, Christianity is by far the most privileged religion in Canadian society. We praise the Christian God in our National Anthem. The Christian God is mentioned in the Preamble to our constitution. We celebrate the Christian holy days as national statutory holidays. We live in 2018, year of our Christian Lord. And don't say Canadian society discriminates Christians more than the other religions either, because they really don't (especially considering that nearly 70% of Canadian society is Christian...). Not at all to say that all these things are inherently or inexplicably wrong - this country was largely built by Christians and is still largely inhabited by Christians. But to make the argument on the basis of the right of religion means it's a right that shouldn't be treated differently depending on how many people believe in it nor who created the right in the first place.
  14. I date all my cheques with "Year of the Dog."
  15. 3.71 cGPA on OLSAS, which is also exactly the cGPA on my transcript so it translated without surprise. I went to a school where A = 4.0 was the highest grade you could achieve. This is 35 classes because I did a study abroad which OLSAS did not include in the calculations. A: 18 A-: 8 B+: 6 B: 1 B-: 2 Hope that helps (or at least scratches that curiosity itch)!
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