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  1. I got my principal a signed framed Canadians picture for the office. The principal had other Habs stuff and other pictures around the office. It was like $150 or something like that. I did it because of I was thankful for all the help and being a principal is tough. It felt right and its still in the office. He was pretty shocked so if I hadnt bought anything then things wouldnt have been any different.
  2. Are there too many law school graduates/students?

    Not really if I still made it through.
  3. Are there too many law school graduates/students?

    Competition is good for the market so the number is fine. Some class sizes are probably too big like U of O and I dont think we need another GTA school. The school and extra seats can be better used in an area where there isnt much representation as far as a law school goes.
  4. Negotiating Articling Salary

    You need to figure out what kind of targets you actually have and what the job entails first. Some jobs will have X target hours (or target $) you have to meet to justify your 14$ an hour, but it might not. If that is the case you can inquire that if you bill more than the X target consistently would there be a chance of the target and salary going up. Its a compromise position in that its not a raise or a higher starting salary for nothing you have to earn it.
  5. Question about Vacation during Articling

    Well when you are articling you get X time off per law society guidelines. If you have a continuing positive dialogue just ask them now. I work in a similar size office and vacation requests go through office manager with approval from senior partner so its best to get ahead of the ball and it will help yourself and assistants with scheduling of matters.
  6. Case of the nerves

    Thats called the courtroom
  7. Chances? cGPA 3.67 LSAT 147

    Your chances are pretty slim to none with that LSAT. I mean that is extremely low and your CGPA is not enough to overcome, but not all schools use CGPA so you would have to calculate your Best 2 (B2), Last 2 (L2) and then check out schools that use drops such as U of M and UNB. The drop schools use a formula and index so there is maybe something there. I took an LSAT course and it was not for me but I would just hammer as many practice tests as you under actual timed constraints. There is probably much better advice on the LSAT board and I would dig through there. I only got 158 so Im no expert.
  8. TRU vs Manitoba

    I went to TRU and I had a close friend at U of M and have been there and met some of his classmates so I do have some familiarity with the latter. I would wait until you get all your applications/rejections before making a decision who knows what will happen. Ultimately it depends where you want to live and work which is boring advice. Moving and starting fresh in a new Province really isn't easy and you can do that move with a U of M degree and more money in your pocket so I would suggest U of M for the financial component alone. There are other factors you can consider like the weather is some of the best in Kamloops and maybe some of the worst in Winnipeg but there is more to do in Winnipeg. I don't think there was any real criticism about reputation, there were concerns with a new school but its a non issue and youll find graduates practicing everywhere. This isnt much and I can try answer other specifics.
  9. Should you wear a poppy?

    That is a thing?
  10. There are some schools that look at your best two years, or your best 75% of classes and so forth. Depending how your GPA shakes out after those calculations it could change things. As for the LSAT dont focus so much on what score you have to get, just study hard and get the best you can then reassess. If you are Canadian and want to work in Canada do not consider the States.
  11. Confused..help!

    I got accepted to a sociology Major and then law school at TRU. I picked TRU without even considering the masters, I am a practicing lawyer in the town where I wanted to practice. Go to TRU if you want to go to law school and be a lawyer.
  12. Failed the Bar - Which strategies worked for you?

    Everyone has give or take a month to study but this was my approach. I passed both in June, on my first attempt, I didnt read weekends and I left the testing centre before the 15 minute warning on both exams. 1. Find an index group or use the indexes you already have, make sure those are done way before the exams. 2. Read the material once, make a schedule and stick to it - for instance 300 pages a week or something of that nature. Also make a schedule for the test by allocating yourself an amount of time per question. Since your timing practice while giving yourself less time per question. 3. Have your material organized in binders for easy use. 4. Do a practice test under real test conditions and dont second guess yourself. Since you have more time, do more than one. 5. Re read professional responsibility, the rules and the ethics parts of the practice material several time. These are the questions I found came out the most.
  13. School Rankings by Admission Standards?

    Calgary, TRU, Windsor and Lakehead.
  14. School Rankings by Admission Standards?

    Then asses your application and look at the schools admissions criteria and find the schools that best fit your application. How are your grades distributed, how were your ECs, does the school weigh LSAT or GPA more. They mostly do it differently so work within what you have, find your fit(s) and apply.
  15. School Rankings by Admission Standards?

    A user with the first post bringing up a school ranking debate not the best look.
  16. UNB vs. TRU 2017

    Where do you want to work after you graduate?
  17. Lakehead or Windsor?

    Windsor. There are some Windsor grads in Northern Ontario in any event. Id rather do 3 years and then article as opposed to Lakehead's system. Thunder Bay is kind of desolate and Windsor is at least close to the GTA and Detroit.
  18. Ottawa vs TRU 2017

    Go to where you want to work. If you want to access the GTA or Ontario then go to Queens. If you want to work in Vancouver or BC go to TRU. If you want to work in between then it becomes trickier. TRU has several years of grads practising all over the country in different size of firms and practice areas so I wouldn't worry about "prestige".
  19. Advice Needed!! (Master's vs. Law school waitlist)

    Whether or not they see it Its not a smart move given that you are accepting and committing to the school you are granted a deferral from. Cant you study for the LSAT and do the masters in the year off then reapply, and perhaps reapply to more schools. Some schools do look at MA's for grades and at the very least a soft factor so it cant hurt you.
  20. Yeah expect a lower score than practice not a higher one but still if you are hitting over 165 that is an excellent score. The CGPA is only a focus at certain schools but your B2 and L2 are also weighed so we would need those in order to properly assess your chances.
  21. Anyone going to Michigan State?

    Thats fair but no one goes into law school thinking they would do bad. Ultimately if you didnt think you put in the time for the LSAT start with putting the time there and see where it gets you, you might be surprised. Its cheaper to take another run at the LSAT and get some books, practice tests and put a lot of time into that. I would check old threads for the Dual program at Windsor. If your grades are similar to the accepted thread then take a look at what kind of LSAT is getting people in and then aim for that. Its a similar situation to Michigan State but it might be slightly cheaper and save you the stress of an application to U of O and being in the top 50%
  22. Anyone going to Michigan State?

    Well its not about length of time to finish school. You got a 148 on the LSAT that is less than 50th percentile in fact its like 40. You are going to school hoping that you can get in the top 50% of that school to apply to the dual program - Im not sure if everyone who applies succeeds but there is at least one other hurdle beyond being top 50%. Not everyone who writes the LSAT gets into law school and you couldnt crack the top 50%, in school you are facing a high percentage of people who beat you on the LSAT. Obviously there are other factors like your grades and how well you handle standardized tests to consider but this is just looking at things from a bigger picture. Usually EC's and LOR's don't change too much in an application and certainly not enough to make a 148 competitive. Thats why going to Michigan is a gamble, you are hoping to beat half the people when you havent in the only law student setting you have had. Im not trying to rag on you or anything but its the reality. That is why trying the LSAT again might make more sense. Its not about the time its really about the money. You can do a MA study for the LSAT and hope you do a lot better. If not this option will still be there and you can move forward.
  23. Anyone going to Michigan State?

    Well its a gamble. Worst case you are stuck with MI degree and have to do NCA process or work in US - Both of those option pose problems and by no stretch are easy or guaranteed, but the best case you get in and get a job in Canada after but paid way more. Realistically depending how far you are from getting into a Canadian school other options such as an MA or redo LSAT might be better 'gambles' and less money.
  24. Advice for low GPA student [2.48, 2.73]

    If you had a gun to my head with a B2/L2 of 3.2 and a 170 LSAT I think its more than 50% that you would get into an English Common Law School in Canada.
  25. Advice for low GPA student [2.48, 2.73]

    Then don't be lazy this year, then hope you score around that score when it is test time. The grades are there now so it doesnt matter how you attribute them at this point you have to be better moving forward or law school wont happen. I dont mean to sound harsh or rude but that is the reality - I was a marginal candidate as well so I understand.