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  1. Do courts tend to give out a lot of interviews per position? applied & will be applying broadly but interested in learning more about the stats
  2. Sure why not. I guess the big question will be whether you're willing to put all your eggs in 1 basket for McGill.
  3. The cancellations are devastating. I just want to give all Atlantic students a big hug. Summers at big Atlantic firms cancelled entirely, articles delayed indefinitely... 😪
  4. I think the problem is way beyond coursework. If your law school has full-year 1L classes, your Dec grades don't even matter. One of the most cherished aspects of law school is finding a group of like-minded peers in 1L to trudge through the journey together. It makes me sad to think that incoming 1L students may be thrown into classes without an orientation or a chance to get to know each other. I can only imagine the horror of diving into a Zoom lecture cold, listening to a gunner take over the conversation, and thinking you're just not cut out for law school anymore. Having a person or two to digest, discuss, and work through new topis was probably the most endearing part of law school. I sincerely hope you all get to experience that cohesion.
  5. I'm usually a person who enjoys a schedule. With a summer internship delayed and two rents to worry about, I'm not quite sure what to do with my time. Feeling a bit anxious, uncertain, and lost. Anyone else feel similar/ have coping mechs to get through this tough time?
  6. Having had an iPad in 1L, I found these to be my major qualms: (1) Printing. My school's printers require me to download a small software package so I can send printouts to the campus printers. For whatever reason, I couldn't download this program on my iPad. As a result, if I forgot to print something at home, I'd often find myself running to the library, logging into a campus computer, opening up the email I just sent myself, going to the printer to scan my ID, etc etc. It was a terrible exp. To add to the headache, when I found myself at the legal clinic, clients would often want help with work permit renewals, etc. My iPad couldn't connect to the printers at the office and I felt pretty bad asking another student to print something for me. (2) Class work. Sometimes profs will have you download worksheets, etc off your course assignment software (e.g. Canvas). I found it difficult to jump between Powerpoint, Word, the Worksheet doc posted online. I also like to take screenshots of certain snippets of a worksheet/ TA answer and pasting it into my class notes doc. I found this task particularly arduous on an iPad. (3) Journal work: I found it difficult to do footnote edits on an iPad. Switching between HeinOnline/ JSTOR, etc, finding the source, downloading the PDF, opening up the Excel app, then pressing home and opening up the McGill Guide on Westlaw, etc. It was a all a bit of a pain in the a**. The added time of clicking b/w apps was likely negligible, but it was a pain to view 1 page at a time. On a computer, I would've probably had Excel and a couple windows for Google Chrome side-by-side. (4) Accessing articles outside of campus: I noticed that the VPN service (probably Cisco AnyConnect) is pretty glitchy on the iPad; logs in and out. (5) Bothersome notifications. If you also have an iPhone, I'm guessing you iCloud sync your messages, calendars, etc. While nice to be in communication with friends, this can be a bit annoying during class time. I'm not too keen on getting distracted by somewhat useless notifications, e.g. "See X's birthday and 3 others this week" Apologies if the grammar is poor. Typed it quickly.
  7. Here's my fear. 1200 apps per firm, maybe a handful of 2L jobs in the market. Fresh crop of hungry Ryerson-ers. Half the battle is just getting your app read. Let's say you're not affected by COVID at all; PF is merely a matter of choice to you. You are an avg 2.9-3.0 student. Because of P/Fing courses you struggle with, your GPA now says "3.4, top 10%" on ViLawPortal. I'd be damned if your profile doesn't at least get noticed by a number of firms. Once given an interview, it seems that your grades matter less anyways, so I say... why not play it strategically? Bank those interviews, drive it homeeeee
  8. Word on the street is Quebec cancelled its "Course aux Stages" (2L internship) cycle this year. Articling students (in Ontario at least) may have to be kept on for longer. With a weakening economy, what are the chances 2L students will get dumped for the summer? While none of us can predict the future/ speak from exp, would love to hear your opinion.
  9. Bruh law school's cancelled; I'm so deep into anime I'm starting to talk in Japanese
  10. This might be a tangent.. but just how weak is TRU? Haven't heard much on their placement since its start in 2016. Is it really that bad?
  11. You should send a continued letter of intent and some kind of attestation that you're ready to take a french class immediately. iirc admitted students day is almost always in mid-Feb. Most of the class has been chosen by then.
  12. I don't understand how applying in the middle of your 5th year is relevant to your confusion. Simply ask yourself the following question: Do I have a grade for X course on November 1, 2019? If yes, count it. If no, don't. More likely than not, your last 4 years (including any summer courses) will count and Calgary will pick out your best 2 years. Your completed 6 and 9 credits will be calculated in proportion to their course weight. Do you have some kind odd setup where you have a 6 or 9-credit course that began in the summer and finishes in December? If not, you shouldn't worry.
  13. Thinking of grabbing them. Paired with a suit at a somewhat stuffy national firm.
  14. Let's examine the extreme here. The most frustrated individual in this recruit would be someone who... did OCI's. Successfully landed a handful of in-firms. Did the in-firms with multiple firms. Got the dinners. Got the callbacks. No offer. Perks: Predictability- you always know what the next step is. Cons: Some politics. E.g. didn't know where they ranked in the firm's list and chose the wrong cocktails and dinners *gasp* But come on. It's not that bad of a process. We could argue about the aRDuos nature of applying to 40+ places, yadda yadda, but you know what you're getting into. At the end of the day, it's a way to attract some unique, (essentially) unskilled talent into the profession. But when it comes down to it, you're not crying about the apps. You're not crying about your 17 min OCI's you didn't receive. Or even the in-firms you didn't receive. You're shedding that tear for the firm who welcomed you into their client floor and took a brief interest in you for 30-90 min. And when they welcomed you to an exclusive, beauuuutiful dinner, you went to Davies instead because they gave you a f*cking colouring book. And to this day, your one single regret is not realizing that you were too naive to ask the right questions and gauge each firm's interest. So you choose to blame the sYsTEM. --- But hey, to everyone out there. It's really tough. So proud of you for taking this huge jump to build up your legal career. This process brings up so many emotions amongst all of us. Just know that you have value and the OCI's are not a reflection of your talent. No recruit is. If you are a law student reading this, you are already one of the most exceptional minds in this country. The world sees values in the skills you will learn over the next few years. Don't lose hope. If anything, you are already in very high esteem amongst a handful of firms and will likely be a familar face if you ever choose to apply again for articling/ jr assoc roles.
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