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  1. Yes, I’ve still been applying but in case it doesn’t work out, I want to have options for next year.
  2. I’m a third year student and I haven’t yet found an articling placement. The CDO and some professors have suggested the Ryerson LPP as an option instead of articling, but I was thinking if it’s worth it to instead tack on one of the combined programs with the JD and work on that and then reapply for articling positions next year. I have spoken to some lawyers through coffee chats and they seem to think pursuing more education is a better idea while the CDO is steering me more towards the LPP or considering doing an LLM at Queens. I do wish to do an LLM in the future but was hoping to do it elsewhere. A little bit of background about me for more context: I was a straight B student in law school, with a few B-‘s. Last year, I sought accommodations and my grades have improved significantly, with a mix of A’s and B’s now (no more B- and a course prize). I have also had significantly more extracurricular involvement this past year (think internships, moots, publications, teaching assistant, research assistant etc. I haven’t done all but don’t want to disclose specifics for the sake of anonymity). During the articling recruit period itself, I did not submit as many apps as I would have wanted to because I had a really challenging personal circumstance around that time but I will definitely apply to many more positions this time around and I now have some experience with interviewing as well (did not strike out at all in the OCI recruit). Obviously, it is ultimately my decision, but just wondering how a student like me would be perceived to employers and if anyone could weigh in.
  3. I think you should take a PT test first. If you have a natural aptitude for the course and start in the mid to high 150s, self-studying and then perhaps fine-tuning any concepts you don’t understand with a tutor is the best way to go. But if you find it challenging and it does not come intuitively, a course would probably be a cheaper option than a tutor. I’ve heard great things about Harvard Ready and with everything being online right now, it doesn’t matter where you are.
  4. I know some people who were able to do internships with the UN in first year as well. Is there anyone at your school who has connections to international organizations that could perhaps facilitate an internship? I’m not trying to plug my own school, but if the credits count towards your own school, maybe check out Queen’s International Law Programs with the BISC. Unfortunately, it will be offered online this summer and not quite the same experience as going in person but it’s a great opportunity to network with people working in international law. https://law.queensu.ca/programs/jd/international-learning/bisc
  5. Another thought I had - not to derail this thread - is how/why does UofT seem to win awards at nearly every moot? Is there something they do that other schools don’t? I realize it’s a difficult question that students most likely won’t be able to answer because only a student would know their school’s mooting practices but I’m genuinely curious.
  6. I don’t think this is true. While UofT definitely has higher admission standards than the other schools in Ontario, I don’t think that directly translates into UofT student = smarter and brighter than all other law students. Even to go to/get into UofT requires a certain amount of privilege that not all law students will possess. And there are a number of reasons to choose one school over another. Also, one may be successful at the undergrad level and not as successful at law school, that’s just the nature of the curve.
  7. I am a Queen’s student and I definitely agree with everything @Deadpool said. Particularly if you have no idea where your interests lie, then Osgoode will give you a variety of practical experiences to choose from and find your niche area. While any school in Canada will provide you with an excellent legal education, I do believe that some schools will open more doors for you. If you are the top student at your school, any number of opportunities will likely be available to you but I think that if you are an average student, which most of us tend to be, then average students at UofT, McGill, Osgoode, and UBC seem to do better than average students at other schools.
  8. From what I remember, they only look at full year grades, so your fall and winter grades for 2021/2022 won’t count. Somebody please correct me if I’m wrong.
  9. I can’t say whether either or both schools will be online in the fall, and although I sympathize with your asthma, I would caution against choosing Ryerson if they ended up being the school that was online and Osgoode was in person. I know it’s too early to say, but I imagine at least for the fall term, schools will probably give students options on whether they want to come in person to school or online.
  10. When you put your GPA into OLSAS, your CGPA will probably be even lower than 3.3, but with a solid LSAT score and a strong upward trend, you could probably still get accepted to any school. As stated in this thread, many schools look at L2/B2, UofT looks at B3, and since you are graduating and then writing the LSAT, you will have a solid three year GPA under your belt. With your upward trend, I think you could even get into CGPA schools with a good score because I think a lot of schools are willing to overlook if you had a bad first year, as long as you land on your feet again.
  11. Also wanted to add that since you have experience doing policy work, this may give you a leg up compared to others for the OCI/articling recruit, particularly for government positions.
  12. Not to derail your thread asking between Toronto and Western, but have you considered Queens? Not trying to push the agenda of my own school, and admittedly, I don’t know that much about the government opportunities Western has to offer, but Queen’s also offers internships with the DOJ in Ottawa for credit during 2L and 3L. In a regular year, this means going to Ottawa once a week to work for the DOJ, while in a pandemic year, all the work is remote. And if you don’t want to move as far out as Ottawa, Kingston is not as far and depending on where you’re located, maybe only a half hour longer drive than London.
  13. I saw that you were accepted to Ottawa. Based on your interests, I think it would be the best school for you. Is there any particular reason why you’re choosing to forego Ottawa?
  14. I couldn’t really give you any info about the relative strengths of those schools and assess how well they teach environmental law, but if you want to work for the federal government, then Ottawa is definitely ideal. They offer internships with the DOJ, and I’m sure an Ottawa student can chime in and speak to other opportunities to get involved.
  15. I would definitely recommend getting a tutor. I tried the self-studying route, even with 7sage and it definitely helped but it truly was a game changer having a tutor actually explain concepts to me that I couldn’t understand.
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