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Imagine a student received a considerable entrance scholarship, 20K or so. How important or valuable is that scholarship on their resume in their 1L , 2L, and articling job search? Would something like that really blow a recruiter's hair back? Or is it more like a "huh, that's neat--well done. Now moving on.." 

My (uninformed) guess is that in the 1L summer recruit it might be a game changer, but the value would fade quickly into the 2L year and beyond, once recruiters have some classes to go off?

 

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I don’t think it hurts to have it on your resume but at the same time, I don’t think it’s a substantial consideration, relative to the rest of your package. 

If anything, I think entrance scholarships simply provide further evidence of your strong performance in undergrad. 

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13 hours ago, Brookvale said:

Imagine a student received a considerable entrance scholarship, 20K or so. How important or valuable is that scholarship on their resume in their 1L , 2L, and articling job search? Would something like that really blow a recruiter's hair back? Or is it more like a "huh, that's neat--well done. Now moving on.." 

My (uninformed) guess is that in the 1L summer recruit it might be a game changer, but the value would fade quickly into the 2L year and beyond, once recruiters have some classes to go off?

 

That recruiter is probably holding on to their hair for dear life anyway.

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List the scholarship, not the amount. Your law school grades are going to be the primary factor but many employers will also request your undergrad transcript. It's unlikely to be a game changer but it's always a good idea to provide valuable information to potential employers.

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On 1/30/2019 at 9:43 PM, Brookvale said:

Imagine a student received a considerable entrance scholarship, 20K or so. How important or valuable is that scholarship on their resume in their 1L , 2L, and articling job search? Would something like that really blow a recruiter's hair back? Or is it more like a "huh, that's neat--well done. Now moving on.." 

My (uninformed) guess is that in the 1L summer recruit it might be a game changer, but the value would fade quickly into the 2L year and beyond, once recruiters have some classes to go off?

 

The Toronto 1L summer recruit is based on law school grades and your ability to interview well. That's it.

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I probably would have listed it - I know I did with my NSERC grants on my CV - but that's largely because it's a thing we do in science. 

Regardless, as indicated by the posts above - it will have relatively little bearing on the success of your application.  

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By all means put it on your CV, but I can't imagine it has much meaning.

An entrance scholarship reflects success in your pre-law schooling.  Recruiters are much more interested in your success in law school.

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