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  1. Go to McGill. You'd be crazy to pay $150k for any law school in Canada when you can pay $60k. You'll thank me when loan repayments start. Also, I've been to both campuses. McGill's campus is really nice is downtown Montreal. Have you ever been to Osgoode? It's a wasteland by comparison.
  2. Depends where you mean. Downtown Toronto? Unlikely. Halifax? More than likely.
  3. I think I'd rather burn $15k than commit fraud and wonder if it'll ever come back to haunt me.
  4. Two things about this: 1. You're suggesting that OP keep cash in a safe as opposed to paying off debt or saving it in an account so that they can misrepresent their financial position and maximize their loan eligibility. You see the problem with that, right? 2. I'm not the most financially savy person, but, as a student with loans who needs more loans, I think the best financial move you can make with excess cash at this point is put it towards current debt. Literally, I think it will have the highest return to you. Keeping it in cash and putting towards consumer spending means the cash just gets eaten by inflation until you've spent it all on consumables. Student loans and bursaries are both for those who "truly" need them. If you have excess cash laying around that can be used to pay for school, that rightly reduces the amount you can loan.
  5. To be honest, you're probably too junior to have the partner transition the client(s) to you. Probably. I'd talk to the partner first. See what they have in mind. I suspect the firm is contemplating a transition to another partner. If you don't know who they have in mind, you should find out ASAP. To me, it would make sense for the firm to plan to have you work for that other partner to ensure a smooth and cost effective transition (for the client). I'm sure you know this already, but having one (literally) source of work at a law firm isn't a good position to be in for a junior lawyer. I've seen it work well for lawyers for several years, and then on the eve of partnership, or even shortly after partnership, they've had the work dry up and go away. Not an enviable position to be in 5-7 years into practice.
  6. Do you know for certain that it will lower the amount you will receive? And, if so, will it lower it by an amount that's more than $15k? Be sure about that before proceeding. Assuming that to be the case, I think the best thing you can do with that 15k is put it toward the debt.
  7. You're sunk! /s Don't worry about it. And don't point it out to anyone. I'm pretty sure my law school application, and my most important OCI cover letter, both had typos. I got in to the school I wanted and hired by the law firm I wanted.
  8. Again, this is all nonsense. You're a called lawyer. You had your shot at OCIs, etc. and presumably you did well enough to come out as a called lawyer. You need to move on.
  9. Those both are very different situations than getting two JDs from two different Canadian law schools. With all due respect, the plan to get another Canadian JD makes no sense. I don't think I even need to elaborate on why that is the case. Anyone who has been through a JD program should know why it just doesn't make any sense. And I suspect there is no rule against it because no one has asked to do it, but I firmly believe no law school would allow it because, for starters, there are more people who want to get into law school than there are places, so they aren't going to give a spot to someone who has already been through the program (at the same school or otherwise).
  10. A few of thoughts: (1) advertising in the legal world, especially on TV and billboards, was seen as taboo for a long time; I think it may have even been prohibited at one time. (2) although personal injury lawyers can make a lot of money, it's not because they make a lot of money that they advertise on TV. (3) It's more to do with the model and how they get clients: get lots of files in the door, settle as many (and as fairly) as possible, and take the contingency fee. It's largely a volume game for many firms. Often, they are targeting people who have never interacted with a lawyer, or who may not be aware of their rights after an accident, and a good way to contact those people is day time TV. They are also competing against many other PI firms who can offer substantially the same service. Those same market forces aren't at work for a tax partner on Bay. The tax partner on Bay isn't going to go on day time TV and say: " Is your multi-national conglomerate plagued by transfer pricing issues? Contact me, today!" Her potential clients just aren't watching and she is probably in high demand relative to the number of lawyers who can provide the same service.
  11. If that bothers you, I hope you're not applying to law school...
  12. Normally, my advice is to just to go UofT. However: If you can get out of law school with no debt by going to UBC, go to UBC. If you'd rather live in in BC, got to UBC.
  13. Personally, I think this is a good thread for students to read.
  14. Try not to worry about it too much. First because you don't have your grades back yet. Second because, anecdotally, I know people with Cs get Bay Street OCIs. Not as many as those with a B+ average, but after OCIs, in my opinion, whether or not a candidate gets more interviews largely depends on how they perform in their interviews.
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