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  1. For future readers, I got a couple offers yesterday and, after getting my first choice, the earliest I was able to call the others back to decline was 5:10. I think you can assume that you have a decent shot anytime between 5:00 and 5:15. Also, my government offer was the first to get to me (for call day, as well) so I don’t think they’re all necessarily delayed.
  2. Yes, U of T. Someone from Queen's also heard back.
  3. Thank you for keeping me in the loop, also just got it! Good luck ❤️
  4. Put me out of my misery, any UofT folks hear from Cavalluzzo or Koskie?
  5. yeah, i will caution though, as a previous poster did, that you might not get all or any of what you want/expect. the clinic spots (which again, from what i’ve heard through the grapevine, largely won’t be available to 1Ls this year?) were pretty limited and/or competitive. some things (e.g. some of the PBSC placements) just suck and you don’t figure it out until after you’ve committed. some people strike out and don’t get anything at all — absolutely not reflective of them as a law student, it’s just the luck of the draw. i think a lot of folks (read: me) got stressed about ECs in september because it’s the first few weeks and you’re just really eager to jump in and do cool law school things. so i want to emphasize that you reeeaaally shouldn’t feel bad or anxious if you get dealt a bad hand. it’s not important. you have a whole three years, with opportunities popping up at several points throughout those years.
  6. 1: a lot of your peers -- probably the majority -- will also not have a background working in a legal context, i promise you. 2: will disagree with what's typically said in this forum. i found the first few weeks pretty hectic because of all the applications for extracurricular opportunities. DLS (which likely won't be open to 1Ls this year) and IHRP and Asper working groups were a simple sign up, but PBSC, AIW (also won't be accepting new students this year), journals, and other student groups required statements of interest. i personally find writing those things to be time-consuming; if you can churn them out quickly, then ignore what i'm saying, you'll be fine. my advice is to use your orientation weeks to (1) really think about what you want to get involved in and why (clubs fair and talking to upper years will help you out with this), and (2) polish your resume (also talk to your upper year mentor about this). 3: you're right, good grades are important and ECs will not make up for poor grades, but also keep in mind that no ECs does not equal good grades. ECs helped me learn more about different practice areas (which courses will not do), so it was useful to that extent. i wouldn't recommend ignoring them completely; you should definitely have time for at least one.
  7. 1. may have been misleading in my previous post. i wouldn't characterize all the social justice oriented positions as less popular. some, like the clinic positions, are very competitive. you can definitely do both and most people do, but it's time-consuming. UofT structures the 1L summer job search so that you can focus on the 1L recruit, and if you strike out at that, you still have time to apply to faculty positions (clinic and RA positions). however, if you're interested in applying for internships outside of the school (at the UN or innocence canada, for example), the application process for you would begin much earlier. 2. the people here are literally the nicest, so much fun, and all have really interesting backgrounds and life experiences. if by diversity you mean racial diversity... lol. 3. the line they give you is "no more than two ECs", but really, what and how much you choose to take on depends on so many factors like your time management skills, your interests, etc. at the end of the day, your grades are really important, and from what i've seen, having better-than-average grades opens a lot of doors and makes things so much easier down the line.
  8. hey! also just finished 1L, and the corporate law pipeline was my main fear when i chose UofT as someone who was and remains very set on not doing corporate law. this is super anecdotal, but i will say that it does feel like the vast majority of people here are going the corporate / bay st route. in my small group of ~20, there are maybe four people with other aspirations. i didn't even entertain the idea of participating in the 1L recruit (corporate, IP, and mgmt-side L&E law positions), and it was hard not to feel like i was doing something "wrong" when everyone else seemed to be. much of the career office's advice in our class-wide seminars has been geared toward corporate law applications. at the same time, i don't regret choosing UofT at all. there are a ton of extracurricular opportunities (clinics, journals, RA projects, etc.) for people interested in "social justice" / "public interest" (e.g. refugee, poverty, criminal, union-side L&E, etc. law). the students interested in corporate law are still very engaged with the conversations in those areas of law, which is a great academic/intellectual environment to be in. the career office and upper years who are also pursuing this career path are extremely supportive and helpful in providing tailored advice. the faculty also offers a lot of opportunities to secure funding for social justice / public interest positions (both domestic and international) that would otherwise be unpaid. idk if this is just me, but it seems like because everyone is so focused on corporate law and there aren't as many students vying for those things, some are easier to get. being in the minority just means having to be a little more proactive in seeking out resources and opportunities, but they're there. i will second what @Notnotadog said -- the corporate / bay st obsession might be the product of some people's short term goals. especially given our tuition, a lot of people feel super pressured to get those positions and pay off their debt as quickly as they can. but i would say after this year, i was kinda relieved to be proven wrong about the corporate law vibe of the student population. it's not as overwhelming as you might assume.
  9. i was in a similar position last year. CIBC is definitely more difficult to deal with, but if you're set on them, it helps to provide documentation on what TD and scotiabank are offering and emphasize that you have history with them. in the end, with the help of a good rep, they were able to match their rates.
  10. according to the Facebook group for my year, about 7 to 10 people were added during the summer months following round 3 of admissions... take from that what you will!
  11. Hi there! I’m starting UofT in August and in the process of sorting out my LOC. Various UofT documents state that students “must” apply for an LOC through Scotia or TD; another says they are the preferred lenders. My personal circumstances make another bank a more favourable option for me. Is it possible to get an LOC from somewhere other than Scotia or TD as a UofT student, or are we required to go through these banks? Thanks in advance!
  12. accepted!! will be declining for a toronto school tho LSAT: 162 cGPA/B2/L2: 3.87
  13. sorry just saw this! i only did the personal statement and one optional essay since i already sorta discussed diversity factors throughout my existing submission
  14. accepted on dec 18! caught the status change on uoZone, guessing the email will come later today LSAT: 162 (Sept 2018), cGPA: 3.87
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