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Does anyone know, approximately, what a competitive grade point average is for the MAG articling positions? 

I know the average for some, like the constitutional branch, are quite high but are there hard cut-offs? Do you need to have an A- average?

Thanks for any info. 

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I articled with the MAG criminal law division and my grades weren’t anything special. For the crim division, I think showing you’ve taken the appropriate courses - evidence, crimpro - and explaining your interest in the work is mostly what they’re looking for. DM me if you have any questions

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The MAG Constitutional Law Branch and Crown Law Office - Criminal are the most competitive to get into. Many people I know who summered and articled in these branches also clerked at appellate-level courts and the Supreme Court of Canada. You typically need a high B+/A-/A average to be competitive. 

The remaining divisions are not so competitive grades-wise, but require a high-level of demonstrated interest. The majority of MAG positions are focused in three areas of law - criminal, labour and employment, and environmental. Then you will have the few that specifically does things like municipal, family and child protection, health law, etc. Most of these positions only hire 1-3 students each. Thus, simply having high grades alone is not enough. I know students with B's and C's that were hired at the MAG over A students, because of their demonstrated interest, coursework, volunteering, and work experience. For example, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry typically hires 1 articling student. One student I know that they hired in the past had an environmental science background, in the JD/MES program at Osgoode, did some environmental and aboriginal law clinics, and took mostly environmental and natural resource law courses in 2L. 

In conclusion, there is no grades cutoff for most MAG articling positions. The determinative factor in my experience is the demonstrated interest criteria. You need to oversell this or you will likely not even get an interview with most divisions, even with very good grades.

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On 7/14/2020 at 12:25 PM, Glaedr said:

The MAG Constitutional Law Branch and Crown Law Office - Criminal are the most competitive to get into. Many people I know who summered and articled in these branches also clerked at appellate-level courts and the Supreme Court of Canada. You typically need a high B+/A-/A average to be competitive. 

The remaining divisions are not so competitive grades-wise, but require a high-level of demonstrated interest. The majority of MAG positions are focused in three areas of law - criminal, labour and employment, and environmental. Then you will have the few that specifically does things like municipal, family and child protection, health law, etc. Most of these positions only hire 1-3 students each. Thus, simply having high grades alone is not enough. I know students with B's and C's that were hired at the MAG over A students, because of their demonstrated interest, coursework, volunteering, and work experience. For example, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry typically hires 1 articling student. One student I know that they hired in the past had an environmental science background, in the JD/MES program at Osgoode, did some environmental and aboriginal law clinics, and took mostly environmental and natural resource law courses in 2L. 

In conclusion, there is no grades cutoff for most MAG articling positions. The determinative factor in my experience is the demonstrated interest criteria. You need to oversell this or you will likely not even get an interview with most divisions, even with very good grades.

I think CLOC is grades/interview performance  based. I got to the offer stage for articles, and I don’t think I demonstrated an interest in ANY particular area of law during law school. 

Edited by QuincyWagstaff
My grades were probably top 20% or so, from a “competitive” school. And I killed the substantive interview (I think).
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