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  1. As a lawyer, you should know that there is always a human factor involved. And I hardly doubt that the admission committee is an exception. I may call them today and they may say that they won't accept me under no circumstances. But we don't know what they might have in mind when a clerk prints my documents and leaves them on the committee's desk. My point is, no one really knows how the law schools review the files, what is important and what is not, other than they value high GPA and LSAT score. Maybe they will just show some kindness and consider my life story interesting... or maybe not. Oh, this question is hard to answer. I might have to tell you a story of my life so you can understand my motivations and goals. But to make things short and easy, I will just say that Sir Diplock, in his wonderful speech below, was very close ))). It might sound funny and naïve but my original motivation for being a Bay street lawyer was similar to what you said. There was a girl, and now she is extremely successful in her business, and I just feel like I am nobody. This is a short story. I really wouldn't want to get into details, because such a topic is not what I would like to discuss on this forum. But the point is, I think that being a Big Law lawyer would help me here a lot. Of course, there are also other reasons now, but that's how it all started )).
  2. I want to get into the OCI thing again, do clinics, community aid, summer internships, and get interviews with other downtown firms. Please correct me if I am wrong, but those options are unavailable for me now and are open to current students only. I know it sounds a bit crazy (and it is for sure), but isn't life about taking risks and doing crazy things?
  3. Please allow me to disagree. I have met people who got their law degrees in England (with emphasis on Canadian law) and then also went to Canadian law school. I won't mention other paralegal programs which also technically constitute a legal education (not that deep as a law school but still), and I also have met people who took those programs prior to going to law school. Besides, I never said about studying for the full 3 years. 1 year, or maybe 2, would be enough to get some experience and then maybe I just just can drop out.
  4. Although I wouldn't want to go back to my original post regarding going back to law school (because even I think this is something very desperate), all this conversation makes me really wonder if anyone has done this thing before, or heard any stories of people trying to do this? I am really curious if there is any policy in place that could prevent me from going to any Canadian law school 2nd time, and if it exists, how would they justify it? I mean I know people who got their law degree in a foreign country, then came to Canada and got their Canadian law degree. This is technically their 2nd law degree (and also considered an asset for the application). So, how would my situation be any different from theirs, if I decide to do the 100 % same thing but with a Canadian degree (and in my case, it won't be an asset? )). Also, if this happens, would they consider my JD transcripts or my undergraduate transcripts, or both? And would I have to explain any of this within a personal statement or maybe just pray they won't notice my law degree transcripts and proceed as a regular applicant? And who knows, maybe they will. Again, this is purely hypothetical, but also this is something that I would like to understand )).
  5. Thanks for trying. I don't mind working for free. The problem is that I cannot just take 6 months off without salary. I have a student debt I have to repay, which includes OSAP and line of credit, plus I have to pay licensing fees every year (which are also quite high), and I have to live somehow )).
  6. That's interesting. I am curious about how did you explain the lack of legal experience during the interviews? Did you mention that you had other work? Or were being 'creative' as someone else suggested above? I mean I find it very interesting that most of the law firms today treat summer legal experience as a sort of "mandatory" thing for a law student and actually ask me why haven't I done this? In my case, like you, I did other things Besides, I was very depressed about the OCI process (but again, I don't blame anyone) so at one point I just lost motivation in the law profession for some period of time and didn't look at any other summer opportunities (and there were many). What's worse, I didn't realize you only have 1 shot with the OCI thing. That might sound very naïve and stupid now, but I seriously thought that I will have another chance in later years, maybe after law school. The same thing happened with the 2L-3L articling cycle. I got so invested into that "game of applications" that the rejection from my dream job was extremely difficult. This bothers me even now ((. That's a good option, but I would want to get some experience beforehand. The idea of starting my own practice with almost 0 experience under my belt simply frightens me, and I don't think its a right thing to do. I will definitely consider this option when I establish myself in this profession.
  7. May I ask if you had any legal experience prior to this short contract, other than articling?
  8. Thanks for your feedback, although I personally believe that Small firms don't do this. However, I don't blame anyone. I understand they are busy and most likely don't have time to go through each individual CV or cover letter, and I am not in a position to criticize anyone.
  9. By internship I mean any legal experience prior to graduation (i.e. prior to articling). I do consider articling a valuable experience, no doubt, though in my case I had personal circumstances which didn't allow me to do it for 10 months. This is exactly what I was talking about earlier. I am sorry, I am using my phone and my auto-correction is such a mess today. I changed my answer above. I know I made mistakes in the past, and the main reason I am here is that I am looking for ways to rectify my mistakes now.
  10. Please read above, I never said about learning complex legal stuff in a day. That's an absurd. I was referring to an internship experience only )).
  11. I am sorry if I wasn't understood properly (or just misunderstood). Of course, experience is everything. I was referring to an internship experience, not legal experience in general, or associate experience. My concern is that the internship experience is a key factor in determining whether a junior lawyer is hired or not, because it is very unlikely you are being taught very complex legal stuff as an intern.
  12. I can tell you what confuses me the most in my current situation is that I do have plenty of interviews. But what I find often is that most of the companies don't even read your CV or cover letter, at all. And then they keep telling me that they are looking for particular narrow experience in the area of law they practice (i.e. personal injury, real estate, immigration, etc.), not another type of law. I even had an interview recently where the guy seriously asked me if I have 3+ experience as an associate in particular field of law. And all I can answer is that my resume clearly says that I was called to the bar in 2020, and there is no way I could have had 3+ year as an associate :)). The question that I always want to ask, is why do you even schedule an interview with candidates knowing that they don't have enough experience? If this happened once, or twice, I wouldn't care that much. But it happens in almost every interview that I am going through for the past half of the year. Another thing that confuses me is that I personally don't value the internship experience very much. I have done internships in another non-law field before going to law school and it did not teach me anything at all. This is why I am being curious why do the law employers value it that much? I mean I don't need a formal internship (edit) legal experience to understand how criminal or civil litigation works (because I know it very well), etc., and even if I don't know something new, I can obviously learn it within days (if not 1 day). Why do they place so much emphasis on such things as particular experience in certain laws where it is obvious that I can learn it all very fast and be an asset in a long run?
  13. Dear moderators, would you be able to move this thread to another part of the forum? I am shocked that this thread already has over 1000 views and I admit it was not the right place for me to post, and the last thing I wanted to do is to discourage law students from law school or this profession.
  14. Hi Hegdis, Thank you for your encouragement. I would like to stay within the Greater Toronto Area, but I don't have any preferences in terms of where to live particularly. I am very open-minded in terms of my location, and I am expanding my searches everywhere within Ontario. However, I don't find many law job vacancies (on Indeed or Monster) anywhere outside of Toronto (and yes I check within Ontario), which is weird since it is unlikely that places like St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Brantford, Oshawa don't have any lawyers at all :))). This is a good point. I know that I can apply to other provinces pursuant to the National Mobility Agreement, so this is another option that I am seriously considering. I actually know people from my class who went to Alberta and successfully practice law there. But I think it would make sense only if I get a job offer first because spending another several thousand dollars on the same license in another province is not an encouraging thing.
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