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  1. Echoing what everyone has said so far. A master's degree is definitely not necessary for law school, but could be very beneficial. For example, for the 1L IP Recruit - Intellectual Property firms look favourably upon candidates with master's degree in STEM. I went straight to law school from undergrad, and I don't feel like I'm at a huge disadvantage or anything. I would just add that you can also pursue a joint JD/Master's degree program.
  2. This is an American university's website, but I found it helpful to learn about different practice areas in general: https://www.law.georgetown.edu/your-life-career/career-exploration-professional-development/for-jd-students/explore-legal-careers/practice-areas/
  3. Yes, that's what my school's CDO told me. If a firm sent you an ITC but hasn't called you by 8:30, you should follow-up with them.
  4. Sorry if this is not the proper thread to comment on, but does anyone know if there is a thread about prepping for 1L recruit interviews / logistics for Call Day?
  5. Sorry if this is a stupid question, but are ITCs sent via email? Are we expected to reply to ITCs? How does call day work? Is the purpose of call day to schedule interviews?
  6. Hi Everyone, It seems like most firms participating in the 1L Toronto Recruit have the option to include reference letters, but is not required. I am afraid to ask my law school professors for a reference letter, since I have only dropped by office hours a couple of times (i.e. I have not built sufficient rapport during my first semester). 1) When firms say reference letters are "optional" - is this really optional? 2) Is the norm to provide one academic and one professional reference? Is it frowned upon if I use non-law school related references? Thank you in advance!
  7. Bumping for 2020. I don't see the position available on the website. Does anyone know if they are hiring at all this year?
  8. Thank you everyone for your advice! To clarify: I have ZERO intent to plagiarize. I'm not looking for examples on the specific topic I was assigned either. My research is already done and I'm stuck on the actual legal writing portion. I was generally looking to emulate the structure of a well-written memo. I wasn't sure if the results I got from Google searches are reflective of the memos expected by the prof. Being three months into law school, it's hard for me to distinguish what A+ writing vs C- writing looks like. That being said, if anyone finds any other examples of a memo with a clear structure on Google, please feel free to share!
  9. Hi all, Just wondering if I could get your thoughts on asking upper years for their papers / memos / assignments that they've submitted. I see that upper years are definitely happy to sharing summaries, but is asking for papers and assignments too much? Is it considered to be inappropriate? Context: I'm struggling with a legal memo assignment and the professor does not want to provide examples. Thanks in advance!
  10. I heard back today morning on an internal scholarship that I applied for last month!
  11. I would like to eventually practice in Vancouver, but I was thinking of working in Ottawa for a couple years before doing so. Since Ottawa’s connection to the Supreme Court and public law is strong, I thought this might give me an advantage when I want to move to BC but remain practicing public law. Do you think starting off in Vancouver is a better idea? Do you know if many people make the move from Ottawa to the west coast?
  12. Hi all, I've been accepted to UBC and UOttawa and struggling to make a decision. I was originally mainly set on UOttawa as my first choice, but receiving an acceptance to UBC has made me re-consider. More about me: The cost difference between the schools are minimal, so it's not an important factor in making my decision. My undergrad background was in International Relations, but I'm not interested in pursuing International Law. I have years of work experience with the federal government and speak English and French fluently - so naturally, I am inclined to think that my experiences and skills are better-fitting for government. I'm not dead set on the type of law I'd like to practice. Because of my past work experiences, I think public law might be a good option. I would be happy with provincial, federal, or municipal government work. I don't think I'll be interested in "individual law". I'm also open to corporate law but I'm not interested in moving to Toronto at any point in time. I'm not interested in NGOs either. My family is in Vancouver and I'd like to return to BC within 5 years after graduation. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
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