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  1. Outside of BC - it depends on the firm you're at. If you're at a large firm with a formal recruitment process, then you can likely approach one of of the new junior associates and they'll give you a feel for when to expect it. If its a smaller firm without a regular recruitment process, then feel free to approach them once you're about 2/3 in to figure out their intentions. It's a reasonable request, you're only offered temporary employment and you have to figure out your next steps. Frame it politely but confidently. Let them know that it's been a phenomenal experience, you're excited to be part of the team, and are eager to continue on if given the opportunity. Leaving - once you secure a position elsewhere let them know sooner rather than later about your decision so they can make their own arrangement. Be confident but respectful. Ultimately (sorry) but you're an articling student, you're at the very bottom of the totem pole there. You are literally getting paid to learn. While they will have invested some time and money into you, they will not lose sleep if you go somewhere else, it happens. Best of luck!
  2. A lot of people (especially in the Dual Program) will try to transfer after 1L. There’s no guarantees but as long as you have good grades and a compelling reason for transferring (ie such as to care for a sick relative for instance) or some other compelling factor, you will have a reasonable shot.
  3. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uqhhz4gYJw5YNT_o_p6uYGq7RYgTMeRiZJyINptTfxo/edit#gid=1615579633
  4. Just ask! Worst case, they say no. If you participate and do reasonably well, they know who you are and wouldn't mind doing something. Note, some profs may end up sending the letter directly to the firm, they can be weird like that so be careful. Good luck.
  5. Don’t be pressure to justify yourself. Questions pertaining to income are perfectly reasonable, it just probably irks the SJW types on this thread. I’d be curious too if I was in your shoes.
  6. Your comment is really aggressive and borderline bullying. Not to mention hijacking this thread to aggressively criticize another user behind the convenience of your keyboard, which serves to demonstrate your intellectual immaturity. If you have something to criticize then do so, but going after someone personally for some sort or ego boost is really unfortunate and not what the purpose of what OP’s post or my comment was. I acknowledged my mistake that I misread the school name. That you continue to criticize me is really baffling and unnecessary. I’m not sure if you have an issue with myself or Windsor students or whatever it is, but you’re antics are really unhelpful and uncalled for. Try picking on someone else, jerk. With respect to ONCA clerks - lol really? That’s how you measure the ranking of a school? Not all of us went to U of T or Osgoose (assuming that’s where you went based upon your line of attack) but that doesn’t make us sub par lawyers. My argument was and remains that if you want to practise in Ontario, getting an Ontario JD vs a BC JD isn’t a bad idea, especially given that Windsor has lower tuition rates, and has an established reputation in Ontario’s legal industry. The only people I have ever heard criticizing Windsor Law are those on this forum. I have tons of colleagues who practised all over Canada, England, Aus and so forth and they’re all doing quite well, have been promoted or are on partner track positions, and earn a very healthy income. Most of my colleagues from Windsor are placed through a wide spectrum of firms and positions - be in in the public sector, Bay Street, NY, prominent Michigan firms, respected medium sized firms, and so forth. And I’m sure the same can be said amongst other smaller schools too. So this whole elitist attitude is really unhelpful and quite frankly unwarranted. At risk of being guilty of hijacking this thread myself, I’m going to end my commentary and responses here. I’ll let BQ or anyone else have the the last word. Best of luck to OP and to anyone else on this thread trying to decide where they will be starting in the fall. Hope everyone is staying safe.
  7. Yeah there’s no need to be a dick about it and be aggressive. I’m sure in your perfect world you shockingly too have misread something from time to time. my original comments definitely remain albeit in a modified sense. If you want to stay in BC, then go with TW. If you want to go with Ontario, then Windsor is probably a safe bet. Good luck, and don’t get discouraged by people on this thread. Do what you think is right and talk to actual graduates from both schools. Make a healthy and informed decision. All the best!
  8. Yup you’re correct, I misread the school name in this thread. Carry on.
  9. My practice does not deal with constitutional law whatsoever, simple mistake.
  10. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uqhhz4gYJw5YNT_o_p6uYGq7RYgTMeRiZJyINptTfxo/edit#gid=1615579633
  11. https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trinity-western-supreme-court-decision-1.4707240
  12. I'd go with Windsor (disclaimer that's where I went). Objectively speaking, as I'm sure you know, TRU was involved in controversy over the past few years regarding freedom of expression issues, which resulted in other provinces refusing to recognize the degrees of TRU graduates. I'm not up to date on how that that matter was resolved, but your first impression on an eventual job application (at least outside of BC) will be well that. People like to hate on Windsor (likely because of the lower GPA/LSAT requirements to get in + there's bias against the city from those coming from Toronto) but push come to shove, its not different then any other law school, and the graduates there place at all the same top firms or other institutions as other students do. All that being said, it's not the US where there's such a plethora of universities and where rankings are so important. As long as you have good grades, present yourself as a professional, work hard, get some experience early in your career, then in the long term nobody will care where you went to law school and your experience will speak for itself. Perhaps landing articling and/or the first few years it may matter but after that, nobody really cares. I'd imagine if you want to stay in BC, then roll the dice with TRU. It's closer, and firms in BC are more familiar with the school and its graduates, outside of the recent controversy. If you want to work in Ontario for the first few years and then transition back home at some point, then Windsor is a great choice. Tuition is more affordable relative to other schools, and you're right on the border of Detroit, meaning when COVID is finally over, you will have access to a big city right on your door step - restaurants, shopping, casino, professional sports - NBA, NHL, MLB, and big concerts and other international events right there. You will also have access to Detroit's international airport and Windsor's regional airport, so travelling to and from home or even where else will be a breeze. Finally, if you're still unsure, then my advice would be to try to reach out to recent grads from TRU and Windsor, and compare their experiences and make your own informed decision. Good luck!
  13. Could not agree more to this strategy or any others which involves jumping back and forth. If you don’t feel comfortable that your answers will match - don’t do it. That said as long as you’re careful and diligent, it shouldn’t be a problem.
  14. What I did was go through the questions in numerical order, however, if while reading it I knew that I couldn't figure it out within 30-40 seconds, I would immediately skip it, and come back. Focus on the easy questions which pop out. Then with about 1 hr remaining, double back on the harder questions, give myself the min to 1.5 to focus, if I could get it great if not then move on circle something and is what it is. That approach really helped me speed things up. Otherwise if I got too many hard questions at once I didn't understand, I would get discouraged and it slowed down my productivity for the entire exam.
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