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  1. I didn’t mean anything bad by mentioning that. I thought it was interesting because I didn’t expect coworkers to be that ‘comfortable’ for a lack of a better word.
  2. That’s something that I haven’t considered. I’ve only really networked deeply with boutique firms. This is good to know for full-service firms. Thanks for this!
  3. Instead of studying for my final midterm, I decided to chat with you lot! Since starting law school, I have had the chance to not only visit various firms in Toronto, but also speak to lawyers and students who work at many different Toronto firms. One thing that I have noticed is that culture is 100% a thing. For example, one firm I visited felt like a hockey/football locker room with all the banter flying around. Another firm felt like a tech start-up (for lack of a better analogy), with the way everyone was so casual in style and speech. What are some interesting firm cultures that you have come across? What are the weirdest? What are some of your favourites? You don't have to name the firms if you don't feel comfortable and they do not have to be Toronto firms. Let's banter!
  4. Excuse my ignorance, why does Davies always seem to be the front runner in student/associate pay? Are they the best at what they do, or are they just the richest?
  5. Once again, I should be studying. Help me procrastinate! Some of the best things I’ve seen so far are s’well water bottles, notebooks, and I think one even gave out some nice bags. Most common ones I find as of late are those laptop camera covers and the credit card holder that attaches to your phone.
  6. I’ll try to write this from (1) mobile and, (2) my perspective after just over a month at the school. To start, as I have predicted early on, the only people who truly care about the prestige of a school are applicants and those not in law school. At the end of the day it comes down to what skills you present and what you have to offer an employer. I still don’t understand why we rank schools based on OCI placements when there are SO many other areas of law that you can enter - which are outside of the formal recruit. But that’s besides the point. Returning to your question, what I love the most about this school is definitely the community. It’s a smaller school so you will be seeing the same faces around a lot. Regardless, people are friendly and genuinely want to see each other thrive. I can’t speak for other schools so I don’t know if this is the norm in law schools or not. Also the administration is SO approachable. They make an effort to know the names and faces of each and every student. They will actively walk around and strike up conversations and just make your time here a good one. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved and make your name known. We have a strong PBSC chapter, two legal aid clinics, an externship program, and plenty of volunteer opportunities. There are always talks/lectures/recruiters around the school so you it would be almost impossible to NOT make those crucial connections. The administration does a great job of bringing alumni and notable people to the school so I don’t think we are necessary missing out on anything. Honestly, there is only so much that people on the internet can tell you. If you’re interested in a school, make time to go visit and check out the building and possibly meet with faculty. I fell in love with the school the moment I stepped in. You should try it and see what happens.
  7. I looked elsewhere and the bookstore has them for a cheaper price (surprising, I know.) You can also ask upper years for their old books. There is a facebook page dedicated to it. PM me and I will send you the link!
  8. If you qualify as a mature student, I would suggest that you apply as a mature student.
  9. I heard that some rejections have gone out today by email.
  10. That eases some nerves. I was thinking I'd have to rotate between them. Thank you!
  11. This may have been already answered, I apologize in advance. I'm going into 1L and was wondering, how many suits is enough? I currently have one and just change my dress shirt and tie for every event. How many would you recommend? Should I also invest in a few sport coats/blazers?
  12. Hey again! Another post made out of boredom. Many articles and forum posts emphasize that law school doesn’t adequately prepare you for practice or life outside of law school. Well, I want to challenge that notion a bit. What DID law school prepare you for? Are there things that a legal education provided for you that you could not get anywhere else? For example, a friend of mine told me that their writing skills increased exponentially as a result. Another told me that it helped them deal with the deadlines associated with having multiple clients!
  13. Why don’t you consider accepting one of the two schools you were accepted to and then transferring to Ottawa. At least that way you have one year under your belt and won’t have to do another cycle!
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