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  1. Agree a lot with this. Without commenting on the strength of OP's GPA, I agree that a solid (undergrad) GPA is the hardest part as it serves as a foundation and can't be re-done as mentioned. McGill's holistic process really makes the other factors very hard to nail down, but my piece of (unsolicited) advice is that many candidates think they have strong LOR or EC, but are in fact very common or run-of-the-mill (again, not a slight at all towards OP). To compensate, having a consistent or coherent theme that threads through the personal statement, through work/volunteer experience and if possible, academics, helps a lot. And of course, a PS should also be thorough (why McGill, why law, why you), personalized and authentic, in addition to being coherent with everything else. I recognize this is very hard to do in less than 500 words, but it becomes even more important when one's GPA is not eye-opening. Finally, emphasize to references to avoid summarizing the applicant's CV or experiences, and instead comment on the person's skills and importantly, compare the applicant's skills to what the professor has seen before in previous students. TLDR: Most people have average LOR or EC when applying. A coherent application with parts that fit with each other - from PS to EC to experiences - can help make an applications standout.
  2. Any suggestions on the order to read the material? I've read that some people read some (almost all?) of the solicitor's material first, then barrister so that the barrister material is fresh for the the first exam.
  3. Thanks everyone, seems like a pretty clear theme of what it means.
  4. Thanks for clarifying. Makes sense to start reading sooner than waiting for indices to be released.
  5. Only asking cause I thought there are annotations to make on the index while reading, so to read and then have to go back and re-read to make annotations once the indices are available would be redundant. But I guess the annotations aren't that many then.
  6. Since these indices won't be ready until late May, is it worth starting to read the materials already even without an index? Or is it better to wait to get the indices and then read the materials side-by-side with the indices?
  7. It sounds simple, but when a lawyer mentions "keep in touch", how do you do that? For example, how often do you reach out? And with what content? Is it a "I have been doing XYZ over the past few months" (I guess it's slightly easier as a law student with new projects at school, internships, etc., but what about articling life or junior life?) Is it only when you have a legitimate question or career issue? Is it just a Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays/Happy New Year? Do you ask them questions about themselves in addition to updating what you have been doing? I'm really not sure what to include in these e-mails, and I don't want to be bothering these lawyers either. And for the more experienced lawyers on here, what do you expect or like to see when you tell someone to keep in touch? Help please!
  8. I was wondering whether anyone has experience or knows of other who were army reservists while also summering, articling and/or maybe even working as associates. I am currently a reservist and will be summering/articling at a full-service law firm on Bay Street and I'm hopeful to make it work time-wise, but would like to hear how others have managed. I'm also a little concerned if it may give rise to conflicts of interests, and more broadly, whether firms are normally against these kinds of commitments outside of the firm. Thanks!
  9. Some firms advertise that they have vacation days. Are these really days you can take off or is that frown upon?
  10. Some great comments on this thread. I had a couple other broad-ranging questions: OP mentioned being nice to support staff. This is somewhat of a dumb question but do summer students get assistants and what are they generally used for (in a regular, national full-service law firm on Bay Street) What are the hours generally like, and how many social events are there (between firm-wide events and student program ones) Is dinner normally provided if you are working beyond 6 or 7? What time is it reasonable to take a cab home? Is it challenging to try both litigation and transaction work in the 12 weeks during the summer? Should you avoid doing that since you will be "less immersed" compared to a student who focuses on one area solely? How is that perceived by the firms? Thanks a lot!
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