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  1. To future students doing in-firm's: If a Bay st firm your interviewing with doesn't give you a taxi chit or pay for your uber when you leave dinner with them, they are lower tiered.
  2. The best way to prepare is to promote and focus on bettering your own mental and physical health, and to develop and maintain those habits.
  3. More Bay street firms will be fully compensating 2L summer students for the originally agreed to number of weeks they were supposed to work. Others can name them.
  4. This is not a good way to choose what school to go to. All prospective 1Ls have no idea how they will perform on a law school exam. There are way too many variables out of your control to try to make some argument that you could finish top 30% at one school but not at another (prof, exam style, format of exam, breakdown of grading in the class, time pressure, external factors in your own life and others, etc,). Realize that law school exams are something you and all of your 1L class have not done before - it’s a new thing for all of you, and some of you will do great and love how they are conducted, and some of you will hate it and not do well. Your LSAT and GPA are not a good indication that you will get better grades than someone with a lower LSAT and GPA. Your study habits, exam strategy, and preparation are what make you finish above the curve, nothing else. Do not try to predict where you can finish above the curve. Choose the school that best fits your personal and career interests.
  5. I will not share names. I do not know if this information has been shared yet with the summer students coming into my firm (who are one of the 3 I know of).
  6. I know of 3 large bay st firms who are also paying the full duration of the contract for summer students.
  7. It'll take them no time to figure it out when two applications from the same school come in, one transcript is all P/F, and one has letter grades
  8. I interviewed with 6 large bay st firms during in firm week, 4 of them 'seven sisters'. I could see that some firms hired a certain type of personality, and or had a certain vibe, and you could also tell a lot by the firms interview style. I have a suspect for the firm you say had all the banter flying around, but either way, it doesn't make it any less, or any better than other firms. Some students like that culture, some don't. That why it's up to the student to see where they think they fit, and to not go to a firm just based on the name/prestige.
  9. The affirmative action is taking the steps required to remove the bias that was previously present, which disadvantaged minority groups. Removing that bias thus increases chances for diverse candidates, favouring them more. As stated earlier in the thread, the only time it may offer an advantage is when two candidates are equal in all respects, but one is a minority and one is caucasian. This offers the firm a chance to diversify its student class. Unless a firm for some reason has a diversity hire quota, they do not hire a diverse candidate who is weaker than a non-diverse candidate, just because they come from a historically disadvantaged group.
  10. When it comes to actual hiring decisions during in-firm week, your diversity status provides no advantage or disadvantage. Most Bay st firms will hire you truly on your merits, being blind to your diversity status. And that is what diversity and inclusion truly is: putting everyone on an equal level, and making hiring decisions with no regard for someones ethnic background. Diversity and inclusion is not giving diverse candidates a leg up.
  11. I was going to echo what was said above me. Do not rely on them for business - they all likely already have lawyers, and will not be waiting on you to finish law school to retain you/your firm, or to switch to you/your firm. You also have no clue whether you'd be able to take on work of that type or be at a firm that could.
  12. Will other Bay st firms follow? Or is this exclusive to the 'seven sisters'?
  13. I don't know of A+ averages, but I know people got A averages. But what I'm surprised no one mentioned, is that these are just simply smarter people. There's no secret they have. They probably work just as hard, or even less, than other students. They just grasp the material better, have higher intellect, can spot issues then analyze more efficiently and quickly then most, and are skilled at writing a law school exam. Its kind of just in them - they just intuitively have better competence.
  14. I had 2 minor typo's in my personal statement and still got in to all Ontario schools. My LSAT and GPA were both above what they look for though. They were something like a forgotten word, for example: "During high, I taught XYZ...." the forgotten word is school. They were not errors of substance like their instead of there.
  15. You will be at a significant disadvantage attending a UK law school, unless attending one of the elite ones listed above. There's a reason they are easy to get into,.
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