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  1. I've been able to confirm that Osler's Toronto office has issued articling offers to students from reliable sources. Ask your student coordinator. Or are you a 1L -> 2L student ? It's not clear from your post.
  2. The closest thing you will get to hornbooks in Canada are the Irwin Essential Canadian Law Series. They're purple-pink coloured books and are written by great professors in Canadian law (ie. Profs Osborne, Roach and McCamus) . I'd highly recommend getting law of torts, criminal law and law of contracts for your own use. I also got constitutional law, but I didn't enjoy that one as much. Peter Hogg's book on Constitutional Law is still a great option. These books will serve you way beyond your 1L year. I use them as references and starting points for legal issues frequently. https://irwinlaw.com/product/the-law-of-contracts-3-e/ If you don't want to buy them, your library likely has digital or print copies. As for commercial outlines: not necessary. There aren't good ones for Canadian law. Summaries from fellow students will be just as good and serve you well. Find one from your law student union\association and use that to guide your notes. I personally hated casebooks and found them to be quite useless, but this is a purely personal opinion. Everyone has their own style. Part of 1L is finding your own style that works for you.
  3. Yes, BigLaw is almost exclusively focused on restructuring through the CCAA or the BIA -if necessary- for corporate and institutional clients. Think Cirque du Soleil, Sears, Target etc. The reason being is money. Corporate clients are going to be more likely to be able to pay the money for BigLaw rates. For example, to use the CCAA there is a $5M minimum in terms of liabilities before you can use the Act. As for smaller clients, I just don't see the real need for a bankruptcy law practice for everyday consumers. There would be a disconnect between the money you're going to ask for and the money a consumer can pay. Licensed trustees can do that work for less money while achieving largely the same result. Mind you, the work is also going to be relatively straightforward for a consumer vs a big corporate restructuring. It would involve suggesting a consumer proposal first, and bankruptcy as a last resort. As a consumer, you might have credit card, car and mortgage debt to deal with. Corporations can have many different creditors (thousands even) with different priority levels and legal positions. That's where bankruptcy and insolvency work gets complicated (and thus attracts BigLaw practitioners). I like your mortgage enforcement idea better imo.
  4. It's a niche area of real estate law. From my experience, real estate law class covered mortgages and enforcement, but only for a class or so. If your school has a secured transactions class, you might be able to learn more about mortgage transactions there. But this is a big maybe. I think if you practice in real estate law, you should become knowledgable enough about the residential real estate transaction enough to also take on mortgage enforcement cases. Your clients would be brokers or banks that seek to enforce their rights. In Ontario, mortgage enforcement is primarily focused on the power of sale process. Foreclosure is extremely rare, risky and relatively expensive as compared to a power of sale. The power of sale process is much more straightforward and therefore, it is used much more often. I can't speak for what it's like in other provinces.
  5. I don't think anyone is out of the woods yet. There has been a lot of government intervention to stem the proverbial bleeding for businesses and consumers in the short-term. It isn't at all clear what will happen 6-12 months from now. In 2008's financial crisis, the hit to the legal profession took a while before it was really felt. The next year or so will be very interesting.
  6. I guess the better question to ask, out of pure curiosity, is why you're still working in BigLaw if you don't seem to like it. What's keeping you from leaving?
  7. I can't guarantee that sending in a new transcript will tip the balance in your favor, but it certainly can't hurt your application if it ups your GPA. What do you have to lose? I think it's worth submitting the transcript with your marks because you will need to do so anyways if you get in.
  8. On the topic of what others have majored in, some law schools have profiles of their class online. For example, UofT Law: https://www.law.utoronto.ca/about/jd-first-year-class-profile There, you can see that the top 3 programs of choice for students prior to law school are (1) Poli Sci\IR, (2) Business\Econ and (3) Engineering\Math\Science. That being said, I have to say the program you choose should be one where you feel you can excel in. No one can make that choice for you except yourself. Pick something you think you will enjoy and the marks will come through good work ethic.
  9. I don't know if this needs to be said but this is a joke. No, you don't need to bring an embroidered cushion on your first day.
  10. Generally, not many people look to transfer out after 1L. Some even say it is frowned upon. But if you are a good performer relative to the class, it can be an option you decide to take. It's hard to say what the success rate for transfers is, but it is heavily dependent on your 1L performance with respect to grades.
  11. I would just remind you that transfering out of Ryerson is always a possibility. If you do well at Ryerson and get good grades, there's nothing stopping your from transfering to Osgoode, Queens or any other school. That way, you also don't have to lose a year to reapply. Also, consider the possibility that if this economy does stay in a recession, 2020-2021 could see more applications for law schools as compared to normal. It's not as simple as saying no to Ryerson, imo.
  12. Yes. In fact, a majority of applicants fall in this boat. I would even venture to say a majority of successful candidates don't have extensive, or any, business experience.
  13. I was in your situation a few years ago. I was waitlisted at an Ontario school in March and got a call for admission in late June. Based on posts here, I reckon I was one of the first on the waitlist. But I am unsure if the school used a ranked list or a lottery to pick a student. Anyways, I took that offer. Very happy I stuck it out until the bitter end. I was literally hours from accepting another offer and upending my life to move to another city. So, I say, keep the hope and hold out for as long as possible. You never know what can happen.
  14. Rumor is Torys and BLG so far in Toronto. Don't know about the third. I would assume the other big firms will likely match this generosity.
  15. From what I recall from the OCI process, KPMG was offering $1700\wk in Toronto, and PwC was offering $1400\wk for 2Ls. As for after, it's anyone's guess. But they're probably competitive with other firma in this space. There are Bay St firms who are also good at tax law that aren't PwC or KPMG though.
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