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  1. I know I'm probably late on this question, but my research attempts keep hitting dead-ends. I am a McGill student, but would like to get more in touch with the common law in case i want to practice outside of QC one day. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to apply for volunteering at other law schools? I prefer Toronto because it's the best and I'm originally from Hamilton ON. Any suggestions on volunteering in Southern ON are appreciated.
  2. I am seeing some provincial government positions that are asking for three references. I am divided on whether I should just pick 3 professors or include an employer as well. Also: Would it be smart or stupid to have an undergraduate professor as a referee if she was my employer as a research assistant? Thanks in advance.
  3. UMoncton and maybe UNB. Lakehead. I'd just do a rewrite. With your GPA, a rewrite is the best option.
  4. Agreed with above answer. Mentioning this in a personal statement would a waste of words, and electives are all about diversifying. You can bring up the subject matter if you want, but it will not be perceived as a weakness.
  5. I saw a post like this a few days ago. I'm going to quote my comment once again, as I feel it is of value for everyone here: "I don't want to be a downer but this is a little insane to me.. I would be so worried about others stealing my ideas/sentences/personal feelings for their own gain. Be careful people. I've been plagarized many a time, and you'd have no idea if someone took certain elements of your PS for their own. First rule of law school: Be selective with your trust. This seems to me like a playground for thieves." Another person agreed with me and suggested you ask: A. A person in law school. B. A person done law school. C. A person who has 0 interest in applying. For me personally, me and a friend applying to med school traded statements because he was a great writer and the criteria were similar. I'm going to expand on this in a bit more detail with an anecdote. When I was in 1L, I formed a study group with 6 friends I had met during Frosh. They seemed like awesome, intelligent people... and very trustworthy! Later on, it was revealed that one of the members was giving us falsified summaries (Ex. Changing article numbers or the wording of rules) in the hopes of diluting the competition for final exam grading curves. Most law students are supportive, and this was unusual - but it happened. I've heard other horror stories too about the lengths people will go to sabotage others. This is not to scare anyone, but it CAN happen. Comparing personal statements with those who have not even been admitted into law school - an even more competitive process - with strangers from the internet seems like a pretty terrible idea to me.
  6. I don't want to be a downer but this is a little insane to me.. I would be so worried about others stealing my ideas/sentences/personal feelings for their own gain. Be careful people. I've been plagarized many a time, and you'd have no idea if someone took certain elements of your PS for their own. First rule of law school: Be selective with your trust. This seems to me like a playground for thieves. I'd look into asking the opinions of others who are not applying for law school, especially not randoms from the internet. I got a few friends from different departments to weigh in on mine - me and a friend applying to med school traded statements too.
  7. Some of me and my buddies were comparing workloads, deadlines, research projects, etc. Some of my friends studying for their PHDs' bragged about their minimal workload and low-key stress... even one in his final year. Some professors have told me that PHD's require periods of time that are ridiculously intense & miserable. I'm considering continuing my studies, so I just want to get a "general" idea of what to expect if I go thru with it (obviously every single program & school is different, but on average, is one harder or more time consuming than the other?). I've taken one UG/Master's course and one PHD course during my undergrad (PHD course was under "special permission from the Dean"), and I can't deny that it was some of the easiest shit I've ever experienced in my life - albeit, they were basic humanities courses. Might be a frivolous question, but anyone have any insight on comparing these things? I'm specifically interested in the humanities departments.
  8. I've had 4 or 5 lawyer-professors now. All of them come to the scheduled night-class (generally like 6-9pm 1x per week), exhausted and under-prepared. All of them were also prone to cancelling classes several times due to their full-time positions as lawyers. Don't get me wrong, they've all been pretty awesome professors with cool stories and insightful perspectives, but it is clear that they are all overworked. What are the incentives for teaching law at a university if you're a lawyer? Seeing as the salary is presumably cents to these guys, what are the advantages for doing this? Is it just a resume builder to further their careers? I am very curious as to whether i would consider doing such a thing in my later career because i have a degree in Education and miss it sometimes.
  9. Two of my friends have switched to part-time status for various reasons. The impact of COVID has played a huge role, so they were granted part-time status by Student Affairs. They mentioned to me that they were really anxious about the semester but now they are both looking forward to a lighter load. This made me wonder how big of an impact 'part-time' status on a transcript has when it comes to employment/OCI's/general? What are people's thoughts on this, especially during the pandemic? I couldn't find information on this topic anywhere.
  10. Yeah my grades are kind of trash and I'm not super happy about it. It's very apparent to me that my cohort is faster, smarter, and more hard working, so I'm working on my confidence and trying to survive. Just to clarify, are you suggesting that I add something in my cover letters about wanting to work/live in Alberta? Should I say that I want to start a career there? I don't view it as a dumping ground (and its my first ever 'attempt' at a recruit), but I get what you're saying. Thank you so much man.
  11. Thanks for giving me your time, I appreciate it. I feel like my cover letter wasn't too far off from the strengths of the sample letter you linked. My cover letter consisted of a short intro, 2 body paragraphs, small closing (around same length as that sample). The first explaining why my time as a caseworker at the university clinic has provided me with some transferrable strengths to the respective firm: client interactions, research, interests in that legal field, etc. (this part was tailored in detail as to what the firm was looking for). The second paragraph was about my dedicative work ethic to a work environment that values XYZ (XYZ were again tailored to the firm's core mission statement... usually diversity, equity, etc.). Idk if this is a good gauge for my 'effort,' but the 2-3 templates I cycled took me around 2 hours to write. Each 'tailoring' process took me around half an hour to 45 minutes - it was basically just going on the firm's website and browsing around until I could add a few things into my cover letter. Does my process sound like poop to you? I know its hard to evaluate without actually READING the letters, but do you see any red flags? I plan to visit my CDO who's giving me a review of my application, but honestly this forum has been excellent in the past with giving additional insights.
  12. Thank you for taking the time to write that. Your perspective is definitely insightful.. I was under the impression that applying to 10 firms was a standard amount, just because this is my first 'attempt' at a recruit. I'll keep in mind what you've said here, so thanks again.
  13. Hello all, Feeling a little disappointed, yet not completely surprised. I applied to do OCI's for the Calgary recruit and was informed that I "have not been invited" to interview with the firms. I applied to around 10 Calgary firms thru VI portal. The CDO told me to "keep in mind that there are far more qualified applicants this year than available spots" (possibly COVID related?). However, I am well aware that my stats aren't great, and was hoping for more guidance from this forum. Am I out of my mind thinking that I had a slight chance at the Calgary OCI? -School: McGill -Entering 3L (McGill counts 3L as 'second year' students for OCI) -Cum GPA: 3.10 (curve average is B) -Various electives in 2L that were business, criminal law, International, Trusts, and medical liability (Couldn't really take what I wanted due to required courses/scheduling conflicts) -Anticipated Courses in 3L: Corporate finance, Secured transactions, Banking, Crim Procedure, Commercial, Corporate Taxation, International Trade (Not sure how important these are) extra-curricular: Caseworker for University Legal Clinic, member of a few unimpressive 'fun' clubs My cover-letters were fairly generic and I used a similar template for all of them. I thought they were solid, but this could definitely be a weak area as well - would appreciate some tips here too. *Finally, I don't really have any connection to Calgary or Alberta and didn't mention it on the CL's. This forum has generally been helpful in the past, and I could really use some tips on some next steps to take. I am aware of my weak stats, so I would appreciate if you could also add some solutions as to what I should do for future OCI's... I can imagine that the Toronto, Vancouver, etc. recruits will be even harder to qualify. I have heard about OCI's being super competitive, but I assumed I could at least get my foot in the door for 1 interview, so I'm pretty bummed about the situation. Thank you all in advance.
  14. I wasn't saying that you NEED a bilingual PS or you NEED to talk about social justice issues, I was recommending that OP do so. I don't know when you went to McGill (or if you're still there now), but writing a bilingual statement is a smart way of avoiding the french interview... a necessary step for a lot of applicants that have sketchy french qualifications. From what I've gathered from other anglo students, none of those who wrote their statement in exclusively english got early acceptance letters. So it was just a tip. Also, look around McGill man... I wouldn't write about your dreams of becoming a corporate lawyer on Bay Street to win over the hearts of the applications committee. McGill University and the faculty is obsessed with social justice - in a good way for the most part.
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