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  1. Thought I'd tack onto this, instead of starting a new post: Anyone struggling a bit with the following criterion: "Awareness of and interest in specializations and other strengths of the Faculty's program of legal education"? The website lists a bunch of different specializations, which sort of dilutes the term. As for 'strengths', presumably they would like to think that they have many different strengths, too. It kind of seems like this particular bullet point is saying "Tell us why we're awesome at so many things". I think it's hard to have a good solid answer on this one from the outside. I'd be curious to know how other Ottawa applicants have tackled this aspect of the statement. -GM
  2. Holy cow; UNB moves quickly. Congrats. I would have ranked UNB highly but for the fact that Freddie isn't a good fit for my spouse's career. :S -GM
  3. Thank you, Deadpool. It's good to see the typical 'job description ', so to speak, and to confirm that it fits pretty well with what I'd envisioned. Just a matter of figuring out a path to get there! -GM
  4. This question is of interest to me as well. Working in a city's legal department is my number one choice (I realize how borrowing it sounds, just a matter of my personal interest), but I don't really know what they would be looking for in a student - even if they did have 2L summer positions. ForensicAnthropology, with respect, I don't think think that provincial crown jobs would be particularly similar to municipal jobs - then again, how would I know?! -GM
  5. By 'before I submitted', do you mean before you even began your application? Or just before you finished it? I have no insight on the former, but if the latter, there wouldn't be any problem. I am in the same boat; my transcripts have all been received, but I haven't actually submitted the application yet because I am still fine-tuning my personal statements. You can click on the 'document racing's tab, and it will show you what transcripts have been received. (Note that this depends on whether you've accurately entered your academic background in the separate tab for that). -GM
  6. Hi PTG, I can only answer for Queens for sure (because I asked them a question on the same principal), but I believe this would hold for UWO as well (not sure on York): I was told by Queens that all Access applications (in my case, age being the category) are first assessed by the general criteria. They are only subsequently assessed under the Access criteria if unsuccessful in the general pool. So you should be good. I haven't corresponded with UWO, but I know that mature category candidates there were getting early acceptances at the same time as the general pool last year (not the same as Access, per se, but I think the process applied is likely to be the same). -GM
  7. It will be a lot easier for you, at 22, to pass for 26 than it will be for me. Nevertheless, I don't plan on telling too many people my age! Best of luck!
  8. Likely to be close to the line, but not unrealistic, based on their published numbers. As you know, they don't use a formula/index (at least not one that is disclosed), so it's hard to be sure. I'm in the same boat, very roughly speaking (borderline GPA depending on what you calculate, PT's 160 or so but not actually writing until November. Best of luck!
  9. Hi Lawfacade, Funny to see this post today. Just this morning I, too, submitted my U of C application with the EC's completely blank. Haven't had much opportunity to get very involved with things over the time I've been working. Hoping the work experience and personal statement are enough to get it over the line. We'll both see!
  10. Fingers crossed for 2020 for me. Any chance you know if the age 'average' is mean or median? Glad to see it's not 22 or 23, at least, given that I will be 39.
  11. I am unfortunately unqualified to give you any advice, as I'm not even a 1L, but I would like to offer one observation that might at least provide a modicum of comfort, depending on your perspective: In my many years of observing and interacting with crowns as a police witness (and investigator, when the crown wants further inquiries done on a file) - I have never, ever dealt with a Crown who was actually on top of things. It has been the reliable norm that the Crown is likely to have lost a piece of disclosure, or mix files up, or admit (or deny) that they haven't even looked at the file a couple of days before a trial date (as a result, it's quite rare to have time to serve subpoenas, with predictable results). So while I can't give you any tips, I can at least tell you you're not alone. The fact that you're even trying to keep on top of everything suggests that you are doing a better job than probably half the crowns I've worked with. So perhaps the standards you've set for yourself are too high. Please hang in there if you can - we really need good Crowns! -GM PS Maybe try and find the contact info of a Crown who's just a bit ahead of you in their career, someone not working in your office, who can tell you how they coped in the early days?
  12. Just to be clear: I agree with ProfReader too. I thanked him for his advice, and I do not plan to include it. It was Rashobon's snarky contribution, that I was responding to with a bit of annoyance. Also, I should clarify that the position is not, in fact, personally mportant to me - though I appreciate your sensitivity to the implication that it might be. It was forever ago, and I actually hated doing it. I was also fired from it, now that I think of it! I only brought it up because my 'volunteering' section is thin to non-existent, and I am trying to make the most of it. I do have other potential entries, but they were smaller time commitments and less formalized, and they were also mostly a long time ago. Unfortunately for my application, a variety of life factors have diminished my opprtunity to get involved in much else over the last 10 years. Hopefully those factors will be clear from other areas of my application, and the volunteering section won't sewer me too much - I think this section is destined to stay a little thin. I do appreciate your comments! - GM
  13. Not trying to be overly argumentative, but I think it's clear that the definitiion is pretty subjective. In general parlance, it's not wrong to say that doing work for no money (in this case, hundreds of tiresome hours) qualifies as volunteering. ProfReader politely pointed out that, in the context of law applications, 'volunteering' would more properly be limited to non-profit activities. This was helpful advice, especially as this is my first application cycle. For you to presume, wthout me having described the actual work (as it was not relevant to my question), that the work was akin to "carrying my brother or a friend through a difficult video game level", was obviously not helpful and, from my perspective, needlessly inflammatory. That said, I am obviously in no position to tell you not to mock the sincere questions of others on here, if that's something you enjoy - but nor should you expect me to appreciate your contribution.
  14. Yeah; that's completely irrelevant and not at all like what I'm talking about, but thanks for your contribution.
  15. Thanks ProfReader. I guess I was thinking of it as volunteering because it was hard work for no money, but it wasn't for a non-profit in the sense of a charity/cause - just a nerdy aviation website.
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