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  1. It sounds like it could be beneficial to chat with someone about life as a lawyer. Perhaps if I still have some burning questions leading up to September, I might reach out and try to set something up. I was on the fence about setting up some meetings to start "networking", but I'm glad to know this may not benefit me at this point. Thanks for the all the input! (and the help avoiding potential disaster)
  2. I'll be starting law school in September, but I'm wondering if it's common for a 0L or early 1L to set up informational interviews with lawyers/law firms in areas of interest? Are most firms used to doing these interviews? Should I be reaching out to the articling students instead (if there are some)? Are these common outside the major legal markets and larger firms? I have zero experience in this area, so I'm not sure what would be acceptable or expected of me. I'm guessing I would request to go for a coffee and dress business casual? Please let me know if you have any pointers for someone trying to do this for the first time. Thanks!
  3. That's reassuring, thanks for the observation. I'm from out of town, but I'm planning on staying in Ottawa. I just wanted to make sure that it's a realistic goal :).
  4. Since the U Ottawa law class size is so large in comparison to other schools, I was wondering if anyone knows how many students are able to obtain article positions within Ottawa? Roughly half? Do most of the students have to look for opportunities outside the city or in Toronto? Thanks
  5. Wow that looks like some great news and exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for all the responses!
  6. Hello, I've been looking for posts containing some information on the job market outlook by comparing provinces, mainly Ontario, and I can't seem to find much. I was wondering if someone is willing to shed some light on the situation in Ontario, BC, or Alberta? Perhaps there's a resource that contains some more information about this, or even articling rates/unemployment for recent graduates in each province? I'm interested in attending a school in Ontario but I'm a little worried with the amount of law students and schools compared to other provinces, and the effect that may have on applying for articling positions and jobs. I'm aware there's a shortage of articling positions in Ontario, which explains the new LPP. I know there is a recommendation to attend school where you would like to practice but, I would be happy living in any of these places (except Toronto, as bizarre as that sounds). If someone could point me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it.
  7. Hmmm... This gives me a lot to think about. Thanks for your valuable insight.
  8. I was wondering if having just a STEM undergraduate degree is competitive in landing IP articling positions ? Would the application get tossed out for those who have a Master's or higher? Would they increase their competitiveness if they completed a major research project during their undergrad?
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