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  1. Most of the freelance legal writing jobs I've seen are only open to lawyers who have had a few years experience practicing law. Aside from RA opportunities, you may also want to keep an eye out for essay prizes that award $ to the top essays submitted? It's not guaranteed to generate income, but if you do great work, it could help with the "getting your name out there" part.
  2. Yeah I decided to finally bite the bullet and do it today since it's less than 48 hours until Call Day and all the firms have been to all the schools for Toronto OCI. Up to you if you want to follow up and email the recruiter again -- it would make sense for them to keep a closer watch on emails from students at this point, therefore you are more likely to receive a reply. Speaking for myself, I would much rather follow up and get a clear PFO than second-guessing what radio silence could mean.
  3. also got PFO from McMillan today not sure what macmill did, but I emailed to restate my interest since I haven't heard from them, and the student program director replied to me saying all ITCs were already sent out and they will not be able to meet with me.
  4. I'm waiting on an alternate as well, luckily the firm is not a top choice for me atm so the level of agony has been manageable, but I def empathize with how you are feeling right now on multiple alternates. CDO said they were going to send follow-up emails on Friday Sept 13 to students who had not yet declined/accepted interviews with firms that have alternates waiting, and if that's true, then I would imagine those students would most likely have come to a decision by this weekend, or before noon on Monday at the latest.
  5. I used to live NOP at Division/Princess, my housemates and I had the odd experience with the homeless population going through our recycling box/garbage the night before pick-up days, but personally speaking I've never felt unsafe because that intersection is fairly well-lit and has a lot of foot/car traffic. WalkHome is always a great service to use if you ever feel the need in the middle of dreadful winter nights! Also, in my experience the City of Kingston is not great about keeping their sidewalks clear of snow and ice, and the risk of slipping and falling is pretty real. If you happen to live on a smaller, dimmer side street, I would recommend either walking with fellow students or WalkHome so you can keep an eye out for one another.
  6. the "first few classes of 1L" assigned readings are usually not super long, you should be able to catch up quickly during the week!
  7. the first thing is to make friends during o-week and the first few weeks of class, so you're in the loop when people start passing around PDFs! and if you want/need to get physical copies, the student government folks will compile a google sheet where upper years will list their used books for sale and you can reach out to the sellers directly. whatever you do just dont rush into the bookstore. and before you pay for anything at the bookstore, ask them if the item is eligible for return should you find out you dont need it after all.
  8. For what it's worth, I don't think it is outright dishonest to try to describe a boring job in a more flattering light on your resume. That's pretty much what career counselors are paid to help you do with when you book resume review appointments with them! I would suggest taking advantage of these appointments, your law school probably offers them. As for how to talk about it, I think you can draw inspirations from the more flattering, but not dishonest ways of describing your responsibilities and achievements related to the job. For example, I think data entry and file organization are good training grounds for attention to detail and, when the workload gets heavy, time management. Again, your career counselor can probably give you some helpful tips on this too. You don't have to sell yourself short!
  9. Hi OP and everyone who participated in the thread, I stumbled upon this older post while reflecting upon my own 1L unpaid summer internship at a law firm today. Just wanted to say your posts have really helped with my own reflections and I want to put in my own two cents as well in case future readers might find them helpful. I am pretty much in the same boat as OP at the time when they made the post; while I wouldn't necessarily call my summer a horrible experience, my boss also checked a lot of the boxes here (severe mood swings, unclear instructions, refusing to answer clarificatory questions, not receiving timely or any feedback on my work). I wasn't expecting to be best buds with my boss, and I understood that much of the brunt I bore was due to their own stress/struggles dealing with difficult clients/files, so I don't want to paint them in a negative light in my own head--it just does not do anyone any favours. in order to actually make positive use of this summer experience and not screw myself over talking about it at interviews, I know I'd really have to script my talking points carefully. I think one really big takeaway from my summer experience is that I can now produce many, many examples/situations when prepping for behavioural interview questions such as "tell me about a time when you had to manage to deliver on multiple projects/tasks on tight timelines", "when you had to work with a difficult person on your team/deal with a difficult client", etc. Throughout the summer I kept a list to document all the fairly substantial assignments I was given, whether legal or non-legal, to jog my memory when I do interview prep. My goal is to stitch together the most valuable, usable narratives so they all build towards the kind of impression that I want to leave the interviewers with. I find that reminding myself to keep my eye on the real prize (i.e. doing well at future interviews) really helps to put things in perspective. It also motivates me to find practical/creative solutions for improving the way I manage my working relationship with my boss (e.g. reading their moods better, finding the right time to bring up the right thing), and hopefully those will pay off in the form of a usable reference letter. All in all, I have learned tons about practicing law and working with various kinds of people/lawyers during my summer. Leaving aside the matter of whether I will think back on this experience fondly, I am ultimately most grateful for the opportunity to be exposed to the good/bad/ugly early in my legal career.
  10. if you don't mind a longer commute, you can go further north along the University line subway and find a more affordable place in North York. I currently rent a master bedroom ensuite at a condo near Sheppard West station for $900, takes me around 40 min door-to-door to get to Jackman on an average/slow day, or 30 min on a good day. i like the suburban quietness at my condo and the budget friendliness, but if you want to be close to the hustle and bustle of student life downtown it may not be for you
  11. I got called on Jan 12 (hella procrastinated on posting here). OLSAS cGPA 3.49, L2 3.63, LSAT 171. Also completed the optional essay to explain my academic performance (I wasn't sure how competitive/not competitive my GPA is, so I wrote it for some peace of mind) My softs are decent, nothing super wow-worthy, but I got 2 years of professional work experience which I wrote about in my main essay. I was definitely surprised to hear back from UofT as early as in January, but I guess this goes to show that the admissions committee does take into full consideration the non-quantified aspects of an application, i.e. essays and sketches/work experiences. Numbers on their own don't define the quality of an application, if they did I don't think I would've gotten in. Good luck to everyone waiting, hope you get the good news soon!
  12. I got in queue on valentine's day as well. 3.49, 171. Good luck to us "splitters"!
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