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  1. MAG usually hires undergrad summer students as "Office Assistants" or "Administrative Assistants." The work is pretty menial but you get paid minimum wage and get to work with lawyers.
  2. You can get into policy with just a JD. However, it is easier to get a policy job with a JD and a MPA. A lot of hiring managers are sceptical of hiring JDs into policy roles because they think they are a flight risk or couldn't cut it as a lawyer. Having a JD/MPA helps demonstrate that you aren't a flight risk for policy jobs and actually interested in policy. Similarly, having a JD/MPA makes it easier to demonstrate you actually have an interest in public sector law and didn't just strike out from big law. I don't know what your financial situation is, but there are some benefits to a JD/MPA.
  3. You want to use your savings + bursaries + government student loans to pay expenses first. Once you exhaust your financial resources that don't charge interest, you can save a bit of interest by paying for things on a credit card and then using your LOC to pay off your credit card. There is an interest free grace period for credit cards (usually about 21 days) but not one for LOCs. Make sure you pay off your credit card in full before the statement due date because the interest rate on credit cards is much higher than your LOC.
  4. I didn't receive any scholarship offers from UofT and I don't think they really do scholarships. UofT did offer me a paid research assistant position for 1L summer though. Could I try to leverage my Western scholarship to get a UofT scholarship?
  5. Id save over $20k going to Western instead of Queens. And Queens would be about a 1.5hour farther from my family and friends than Western. Trying to narrow down my choices between Western and UofT at this point.
  6. I want to be closer to Toronto during law school and want to article and be a lawyer in Toronto.
  7. Thanks! Good to know MAG and DoJ do OCIs at Western!
  8. Hi everyone, I applied to law school and policy schools when I was in undergrad and ended up doing a MPP. I have a successful ~5 years working in policy but now want to go to law school to be a lawyer. I'm currently interested in administrative, environmental and criminal law but my interests might change. I'm currently aiming to get a job at MAG or the DoJ Toronto office. I really want to be a lawyer in Toronto because that's where my family, my partner and most of my friends live. Where should I go? UofT has a lot of pros but would I be stupid to save $50k? Western Pros Lower tuition and cost of living. Western offered me a $20k scholarship and I could still receive financial aid. I estimate I would save $50k of debt going to Western over UofT. Could afford a 1 bedroom apartment. Eligible for jobs in London and the GTA (London employers would likely see me as a flight risk if I went to UofT) Toronto firms do OCIs at Western (I don't think MAG or DOJ does?) Cons: ~2hours from family and friends. I know no one who still lives in London Would need to find a 1L summer job. Would have to rent a place in Toronto if I got a 1L or 2L summer job in Toronot. Harder to get a 2L job and marginally harder find an articling position Harder to network in Toronto UofT Pros: Keeps my options open. Easier to land a job. ~95% students have articling before they graduate compared to Western's 90%. MAG does OCIs or info sessions at UofT? Overall does better in the 2L recruit. Don't know how well they do for Government jobs Family, partner and most of my friends live in the GTA Easier networking with Toronto government offices and firms UofT offered me a paid research assistant position for my 1L summer Prestige? Cons: More expensive tuition and cost of living. I estimate it would cost me $50k more over 3 years compared to Western even after UofT's financial aid. Would have to have roommates
  9. I'm only aware of UofT financial aid's program asking about parental income. Many law school financial aid program ask if your parents will be giving you money for law school and take that into account into their financial aid calculations. UofT controversially assumes your parents will give you $X for law school per year based on their income.
  10. Government job interviews often ask substantive questions about the type of law they do and ethical questions, unlike private sector job interviews. Government interviews tend to be more formal than firm interviews.
  11. Most people need student loans and a LOC to finance law school. Most (maybe all?) student loans don't incur interest while you are in school. LOCs start incurring interest as soon as you take the money. So, you will want use student loans first during law school to save on interest and only draw on your LOC as needed. After you graduate, it may make sense to use your LOC to pay off your student loans if the the interest rate on your LOC is lower than the interest rate on your student loans. However, you get a tax credit for paying interest on student loans but not a LOC. Also, you usually have to apply for student loans to be eligible for student grants (non-repayable loans) and financial aid from school. It's stupid in almost all scenarios to finance law school with just a LOC.
  12. Did you get a scholarship? If so, how much?
  13. What schools do you plan on applying to? Getting a WES (World Education Services) evaluation of your transcript will probably resolve this issue.
  14. Accepted today. cGPA: 3.9 LSAT: 163 Completed Part B. Acceptance said scholarships would be awarded on a rolling basis. Has anyone received any scholarships yet?
  15. The general wisdom is give your references 2 months to write. Aren't references already due this cycle?
  16. I was searching Hansard for this a couple years ago. I couldn't find an official explanation. I spoke to some lawyers who were around when it was drafted and I was told the assumption was the profession would set their own rules and standards and lawyers generally have it "pretty good." Most agricultural workers don't really have many statutory rights. It's a big problem.
  17. You would need a payment of about $1000 a month to pay off $100,000 at 3.45% interest in 10 years. If you want to work with low-income populations its crucial you minimize your law school debt load. How much does your lifestyle cost? Then add about a $1000 a month to it to figure out how much money you need to earn. Remember you pay debt with after-tax income.
  18. Accepted Dec 21 via uzone. CGPA: 3.9 LSAT: 163 No Nov LSAT
  19. People sometimes do this in Government.
  20. You cant do that. You could just apply to one school but that would cost you a couple hundred dollars. It isn't a secret how OLSAS calculates GPA. Just use the calculator or use the table and do it manually: https://www.ouac.on.ca/guide/olsas-conversion-table/ Different schools have different definitions of what L2, Best 2 are etc. Check with the schools you are interested in.
  21. Got a call this morning. cGPA/B3/L2: 3.9 (I was remarkably consistent) LSAT: 163 Probably not going to accept the offer. #1 choice is Osgoode.
  22. No. Post-grad grades are essentially a soft.
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