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  1. Looks like in at most places you apply. You can even push your luck at an American T14/T2 and aim for scholarships, since you'd probably end up paying less tuition that way if you succeed.
  2. BlockedQuebecois is pretty active here, don't need to take it personally.
  3. Lol still a niche game compared to others but probably one of the best designed ones I've seen. Still the only game that caused me to shake with adrenaline, sometimes I would shake too much to play. I use to have dreams about intense situations and shootouts.
  4. The reason why I pointed to comparisons with other workplaces is that it also pretty much draws from the national workforce and its a good reflection of a different hiring process. If you are looking at recruitment for the Big Five banks, or the Big Four auiditing firms, they are more systematized and much more diverse. Ontario law schools are very diverse, probably less diverse than say business management given that it draws more people from homogenous schools and regions. I wouldn't doubt if visible minorities make up 20-30% of a given candidate pool from my own and from visiting other schools. Most law firms are quite diverse and reflects this, yet I can count a number of prominent law firms which have 5-10% visible minorities on their articling roster. These sorts of issues compound with time and grow bigger if it isn't addressed IMO. There's already a pretty widespread perception of law firms being 20th century laggards compared to other industries and imo its only a matter of time before pressure grows for them to change.
  5. Lol don't buy them. Ever. Rip off summaries from other students, tweak a few things and call it your own. Its what everyone else does.
  6. PSA: I remember from my year people getting in with two weeks before classes start. Don't give up hope.
  7. I don't think this is necessarily true. Alot of hiring is still based on some partner's biases or inclinations, which obviously is severely impacted since alot of one's own personal, racial or gender biases aren't apparent. Law firms are still stuck on a 20th century mentality of assessing ability based on this. E.G one of my law school friends was in the top 5% GPA wise but didn't get hired by a single big law firm. She has a very talkative personality and a sharp conversationalist although a bit "different". Other friend was about the same, just as smart person but a more docile and sensitive personality, who was given multiple hiring offers. Personality factors in here for obvious reasons, since one type can be seen as a threat and which does not reflect the abilities of said person. Implicit bias is a big problem and area of research for businesses and human resources, and you can see how these types of biases also play out on racial and gender lines too. If you've seen the movie Moneyball, it explains why intuition is a poor way to assess fitness and its one of the reasons why big companies e.g. tech develops sciences behind recruitment.
  8. This pretty much. Her personal anecdote is just some attempt to wash out a big personal failure from her relative. I don't doubt there is serious discrimination though, since you see things like an almost entirely white workforce among a few downtown toronto law firms, which stands out like a sore thumb since you won't see this kind of racial discrepency for other workplaces in toronto. PS is your profile pic from the game Hunt Showdown? Use to play it a while back, was quite addictive, one of the few video games I got hooked on.
  9. So I just completed my application rounds today, actually the first article applications I sent. It was to a grand total of 2 places. All the rest I cannot picture myself being interested in doing and don't really believe I have the necessary background for either. I skipped out on 2L recruits for my city, since I was going through some personal issues and was courting a non-law job in February until the coronavirus dried out the economy and the job lead with it, and was intending to branch out into that field and use my JD as a credential boost. Right now with the economy in shambles the best bet for me is to find an article. But there aren't a lot of options listed for my city (Ottawa), and there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of things offered. Do articling positions pop up during the year, outside of the articling recruit this month? What's it like trying to find an articling position in 3L? Any kind of feedback from 3Ls would be appreciated.
  10. Yes. I can give you a free albeit marked up copy if you are in Ottawa in August. PM Me.
  11. Thanks! Good to see you're still active here @BlockedQuebecois.
  12. Does anyone have any input regarding articling at a company or institution, fulfilling specific roles? Though I know most will go for articling at a firm, I am very much interested in the idea of articling at a place with a differentiated workforce and organizational structure, e.g. articling under an in-house or ideally articling at a regulatory or government agency. Does anyone also have any tips on looking for these positions?
  13. There's an option to parachute into an LLM at Columbia or NYU. Mind you its going to cost Ameridollars though. Other than that, I don't think a structured recruit is the route for this. Go unconventional and cold-email, rack up experiences, walk the untrodden path to be your own person and not the boring suits you don't want to be.
  14. So in the past I've been taking courses and doing extra-curriculars/jobs around the less human-oriented side of law, e.g. research/summer jobs/etc. where there's minimal interaction with ordinary people. I have already reached the end point and do not want a career in commercial law/injury/real-estate/etc. I currently have a part-time gig doing some of this stuff e.g. filing paperwork and drafting documents and so-on. Kinda realized it would kill me to do this type of work full-time. One of the types of people you meet in law school are dedicated, people-oriented students who serve underserved communities/people/etc. I've always respected my friends who are this way, they are the only ones actually addressing the fundamental and deep-rooted flaw in this field. I think I want to build experience here and get involved in this space. Just wanted to know what kinds of jobs are in this space and the kinds of opportunities available.
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