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  1. I can see that this thread has evolved beyond the scope of my original post, but I would just like to thank everyone for their advice and (tough but fair) criticism.
  2. A solicitor. Obviously, working with a real lawyer and gaining mentorship/experience is a benefit of both opportunities. However, I am interested in litigation specifically, so I do feel that it's fair to list this as an argument in favor of mooting.
  3. Good advice, but the problem here (I should have written my OP more thoughtfully) is that they both interest me and I know I’m going to be passionate about whichever one I choose. On the one hand, I volunteered with the clinical program in 1L and I really did love helping deserving people. On the other hand, the moot topic is also related to public interest and administrative law which is more in line with my ultimate career goal. That’s where my dilemma comes from.
  4. I really did assume that it goes without saying that I’m not going to apply for a clinical program unless I care about the work that I would be doing in it (and have been doing, since I volunteered with the program all of last year). But I suppose you make a good point about how my listing of pros and cons might reflect my existing preference, so I thank you for the honest feedback.
  5. Hey all, I am in the fortunate position of having been offered a spot on both my school’s team for a national moot, and in our community access legal clinic in my 2L year. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience making this choice before. I am currently leaning towards the moot because I loved the 1L moot and am interested in getting into litigation in the public interest field, with the goal of clerking after my 3L year. Here’s the breakdown of my thought process: Moot: + Prestigious to be selected for + Will gain experience working with a real litigator + Personal interest in the topic area + Workload weighted toward spring term (important since 2L spring grades will matter for OCI’s now) - More work than the one course credit I get for it suggests Clinic: + Demonstrates interest in the field of public interest + Real world court experience + Will almost certainly gain a strong reference from the program’s supervising lawyer - Workload spread evenly across year - A more widely available opportunity that might make me stand out less than a moot Any insights are appreciated!
  6. You should sign up for the PSLOC, and wait and see with the credit cards. Here's what happened to me last year: In September I signed up for the LOC, was approved as usual for 140k + premium chequing account + two credit cards. Filled out all the paperwork, and was then told a few days later that the offer had changed, and they were now only waiving the fee on one credit card (I chose the Amex because I already had a decent points Visa from my other bank). Fast forward to a few months later, and Scotiabank is holding one of those "Lunch and Learn" events on campus. I go for the free pizza, and now the Rep is once again advertising the fee waiver on two credit cards. I send an email that afternoon, and sure enough the terms of the offer had changed yet again. I got my no-fee Visa in the mail the next week. Otherwise, as others have pointed out, the Scotia rewards program isn't as great as it may appear on paper (they aren't real Amex points). I use both the Amex and the Visa Infinite for all my purchases now but they aren't so much better than my old card that I would have switched without the fee waiver (depends on how much you spend). TL;DR Scotia likes to monkey around with the terms of the offer, get the LOC now if you need it, but consider holding off on the cards.
  7. I just read this week's newsletter and it says that moot and clinic offers will be made in "mid-June".
  8. As other posters have said, focus on your grades (as well as having fun) and return to the LSAT in your third summer. I would add that in your second or third year, you can take electives that may help to hone your LSAT skills. For example, courses in literature will help you develop written analytical skills, while the philosophy department will probably offer courses on critical thinking and formal logic that will help to prime you for the LR sections (and if you're any good at this stuff, can also be a nice GPA booster).
  9. Probably took about two minutes through the student services page. Make sure you get them sent to the right address!
  10. Wondering what my chances are of getting into U of T with the above stats but mediocre extracurriculars. All I really have is running for and serving on the board of my Uni's Student Union and volunteering for a mayoral campaign. My jobs have all been in the the service industry. Ordinary middle-class white guy with no hardship or struggle to speak of. Does anyone have any experience applying from a similar situation?
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