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  1. FWIW, while living in London, ON, I met a bunch of Windsor grads despite having Western in the city. Many people wanted to be close to home but not in a large city like Toronto, others wanted to be with more "like minded" people (Windsor is holistic), others didn't get into Western, and others did their undergrad at Western and wanted a change-of-pace.
  2. I get cold emailed. My small firm has received a good 4-5 unsolicited cvs in the last couple of weeks. Our jr associate actually came from an unsolicited CV (with a name drop from s colleague). That associate tailored their cv and resume to our firm. The rest have been the most generic of cover letters with zero connection to our town and/or practice areas. Don't fall into the numbers, numbers, numbers for applications. Make every email and cover letter count. You don't need a unique application for every place you apply to but there definitely is room to make sure that you personalize some parts of.
  3. Everyone feels confident about their LORs and extra curriculars so it's hard to gauge. Your GPA was below median when I was a student. Mine was only slightly higher and I was accepted without an LSAT but that was 2009, so YMMV. Half my family are first gen Canadians (I'm first gen Canadian born from my Dad's side) so we weren't all that different. McGill doesn't do any drops. It's right in their FAQ. December admits are for exceptional candidates - think of it as a pre-admittance. Most students are accepted in late January and onwards. You run a risk for writing January as McGill clear states as follows: " Candidates who do write the LSAT are strongly encouraged to do so by November of the year prior to the year for which they seek admission. Applications from candidates who register for the January LSAT will only be reviewed by the Admissions Committee when all required elements, including the January LSAT score, are received. Candidates who register for the January LSAT risk that, by the time the Committee reviews their application, there will no longer be a place to offer even if the Committee wishes to admit. "
  4. I did Nov/ March sittings (split as i was working full time from grad until Jan). Very few McGill students wrote the Nov exams when I wrote in Ottawa. There was a group of 10-15 that I recognized when I wrote in March. I was the only one from my year - most were from the year that had just graduated. I guess you're doing the 3.5 year path? If so, I'd suggest March because what else are you doing from January until articles? This way, you enter articling with a clean slate. Your April- July will be chill AF.
  5. Good criminals are sauve and strong businessmen (who might get others to hurt people). Those are the low-level people who want the attention and notoriety. But yeah. Like Aureliuse, family lawyer here. Basically I get a new wtf moment on a daily basis. Sometimes it's by opposing counsel, sometimes the Children's Aid Society, but generally by my own client. I truly don't understand how people can get a mortgage, buy a house, spend thousands and thousands of dollars on items then get offended when I ask why didn't they get a cohabitation agreement. "I'm not a lawyer - I don't have the same knowledge as you" is a terrible excuse. You're spending $500,000 on a house and you can't spend $500 to understand wtf your obligations are if you separate? "I transferred the car into their sole name but we shook hands that it counted as spousal support! That's not legal!?"
  6. Most people don't actually do keto right. Keto requires a lot of calculations to do right. I see so many "keto" recipes that have like 75% of the daily carbs in a single serving. I have a puppy so sleep deprivation was real. I'm down to about 6.5 hours a night given when we take our furbaby out for her last pee and when we walk up to take her for her first one of the morning. Luckily she's largely sleeping through nights. Staying hydrated helps. I've started snacking a bit more on nuts and seeds too. I also try to get up and stretch. When doing tedious readings and drafting, I try to use the pomodoro method (tldr set intervals with mini breaks in between. I like 30 min intervals with a 10 min break).
  7. This section is for articling students and lawyers. Your questioning lends me to believe that you are neither. That's not a criticism - different advice will be given depending on whether you're a first year law student, 3 years into practice or an undergrad hoping to break into this area of law when you go to law school. Unions tend to have in house counsel OR pre established relationships with firms. Unions will likely be fronting the bill so they're not exactly going to go with the random juniour. Next, why would you work on contingency on an employment file!? Not all files end up with high cash rewards and some outcones could be saving employment. Sure, it's possible to go out sole for employment, but feasibility as a 1st year call will be slim. You'll probably want to build a network in the field then transition out as more senior counsel. Many SPs, especially in smaller jurisdictions are more generalists. All employment is covered by small firms in my area - the SPs are all practicing the more traditional areas (fam/crim/wills/real estate)
  8. You WILL have to do one if you graduated from an English school.
  9. No opportunity in family law!? You don't need to be even competent and you'll get people phoning you for family law. My small jurisdiction could use 2-3 more family lawyers - SPs and small firms are actively looking for family lawyers here. There are a few postings in the GTA and greater Ottawa area. The distinction is the type of firm that needs family lawyers. 3Ls don't realize that lawyers find jobs outside of organized recruitment. Family law isn't really practiced at the 50+ lawyer firm. Most of family law is done by SPs or the small firm. This is generally true for even high networth clients. There are some exceptions - Cohen Highley in London, ON, comes to mind. But yeah, plenty of opportunities for family lawyers. You just don't see postings for articles as large shop firms don't generally offer rotations as they have like 2 lawyers in it, or it's a small firm that doesn't advertise.
  10. No guarantees at McGill or Windsor. Or any civil school. For McGill, there is the French requirement and PS. Plus 3.9 is only slightly above median, so it's not all that far off to accept the 3.8/166 applocant who answered the "Why transsystemia at McGill" question. Windsor is holistic and wants to see ECs. We've seen people with comparable stats on this site rejected from Windsor. Civil schools exist and are in French. Obvs great stats to have and will lead to many acceptances across Canada. But not necessarily everywhere.
  11. You can be a union organizer/community advocate without a law degree. A masters in labour relation or even your family connections could get you there. Sometimes, just shifting perspective and getting into the field that you want may be more than enough. Your grades will be an uphill battle. Reference letters from prof might be tough too given the work hours you did. The LSAT is mandatory so writing that should you wish to go forward would be necessary.
  12. Given that less than 50% of people attend university, and a 3.3 still represents probably what, being in the top 50% (or higher?) of an undergrad student, with an LSAT that is still in the upper percentiles, it goes without saying that yes, it is tough to get accepted to law school in Canada. Again, while it may not have been that difficult for you to hit those milestones, it still represents a significant hurdle for the "average" person. We're not in the US where you can get accepted so long as you have 100k and an undergrad degree.
  13. I've seen people rejected by Windsor and accepted elsewhere. Same with U of O. Schools have their own criteria and hierachy of attributes that they privilege whether it's cGPA, best 2, or a holistic approach.
  14. CLEO, Educaloi Those are my go to suggestions for people when I'm acting as duty counsel (or politely telling people to do their own research).
  15. Social work degrees, divinity degrees, international development degrees and what not are still insanely expensive when considering "access to justice" principles especially as they might relate to a return to investment. 21k per year is a lot. The program can still lead to a lucrative career. Not condoning the fees, but the convo isnt simply a "Ryerson bad" when location, career potential, price of similarly located unis, tuition politics and provincial norms are realities.
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