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  1. Does summer work experience matter?

    Less competitive for what? For law school admission? Frankly they really don't care. Having a summer job is an extremely "soft" soft, if it even gets counted at all. For law firm hiring? Again, unless your potential job is fairly extraordinary, then no it probably doesn't matter whether you spend a summer bussing tables or not. That being said, I'm unconvinced the LSAT is something you need to dedicate yourself to studying 40 hours per week for weeks on end. Just start a regular studying program during the evenings / weekends and see how it goes from there. If you later on find you need to dedicate that kind of time to it, you can adjust your job accordingly.
  2. US law school vs Canada to work in US?

    You know what, I started out typing what would be a monster of a post (which I don't really have time for)... only to remember that the OP hasn't taken the LSAT yet. @tjbiz write the LSAT first. Let's not deal with hypotheticals about how you will "kill" the LSAT. The LSAT is definitely something you can study for and can improve your baseline score, but you can't score a 178 just by studying really, really hard. It isn't that kind of test. Once you have an actual score, and you tell us your actual grades, then you can look at your actual options. If your goal is to go to the US (by the way - do you have legal status to work in the US? don't assume that by being a lawyer you can work in the US), then generally going to a US law school is better. But US law schools are highly tiered, so it depends strongly on which law schools you might get accepted into.
  3. any thoughts on Windsor vs Victoria?

    I have been to neither city, but according to everyone who has Victoria is the more beautiful city by far. But you're going to law school, not being a tourist. If you want beauty go take a vacation. The inside of one schoolroom is pretty much like any other. In this case I assume you're more likely to want to return to southern Ontario once you graduate. In that case Windsor is both substantially closer, but Windsor grads are a much better known commodity amongst employers, and your school career office will be much more helpful in helping you to obtain articles. However if you've been admitted to the Dual JD Windsor program the very high tuition may change this analysis.
  4. D+ average in 1L: Feel Broken

    @PerniciousLaw I'll always come when summoned, but at this stage I've got nothing to add to Hegdis' excellent posts. If I understand correctly you're applying to your schools legal clinic. The fact you're ultimately more interested in a Crown position later on down the road doesn't change anything. Only question I have: at least based on my local law school's program, there are two different ways of participating in a law clinic. For starters I think any student who is interested can participate and get a file or two to manage. Otherwise however there are supervisors (or whatever their term is) - this is a paid position where you work over the summer for the clinic, and you oversee a great many more files, even during the school year. It sounds like you're applying for that paid position. That's an excellent position to take, and certainly gives you a leg up in getting a crim law job. However, it will mean you won't be able to get a Crown summer law job. Now there are very few Crown 1L summer jobs, but those that do get them are seemingly all but guaranteed to get a Crown articling position. But still if you get the paid clinic job I think it would be foolish to turn down.
  5. How is Osgoode at Vancouver?

    You've been accepted into a perfectly fine law school that will give a more than adequate legal education. No one in BC will turn up their nose at an Osgoode JD. You just don't have any in-school social network to fall back on and Osgoode's career services people will be of no help to you in getting a job. But on the other hand you'll still have your whole non-law social network to fall back on, so it's certainly doable to come back to Vancouver.
  6. UBC vs. U of A

    U of A is the obvious choice. Law school can be stressful enough - don't throw yourself into a brand new (and expensive!) city and cut yourself off from your family and friends at the same time. Now if you're bound and determined to go to Vancouver after you graduate a decent argument can be made for UBC. But I'm not getting that feeling from the OP.
  7. Osgoode or U of T for public sector

    Assuming that OP wants to stay in southern Ontario to practice I do think he or she would be better off going to school in the region.
  8. Osgoode or U of T for public sector

    Both U of T and Osgoode Hall are large general purpose law schools. You can get a quality legal education at either, even if your interests are corporate, criminal, family, or if you aspire to work in the public sector. However, U of T's tuition is $36k per year, while Osgoode Hall is $26k. Mind you both those numbers sound ridiculous - I won't bother telling you how much I paid for tuition back in the 90s. But that difference adds up to $30,000 over the course of your degree. Working in the public sector can be very rewarding, but it's not going to make you rich (speaking from experience here), so I'd be strongly tempted to consider Osgoode.
  9. Crown Attorney summer/articling question

    Being from Alberta I'll give what advice as I can, but it's limited by not being on the ground. Yes, being hired into more remote communities, then gradually working your way back to a bigger centre, is definitely a strategy that works. I know because that's what worked for me. I don't know that places like Newmarket or Hamilton are any easier than Toronto itself would be. I think you'd have to go significantly further afield. I know some of our non-Calgary/non-Edmonton offices are just as competitive to get into because they are desirable cities to live in. HOWEVER in Alberta at least, only Calgary and Edmonton hire students. The regions don't really have the resources/manpower to properly supervise a student and give them meaningful work to do. That's something government I think prides itself on - students are seen much more as students to be taught, rather than employees to be used.
  10. Attention transfer students

    I remember talking with a girl who had been accepted into U of M after 2 years. She figured that many/most people must do the same, but no - turns out she was the only one in her whole year. You haven't mentioned what your marks are like. While it is possible to get into law school with only 2, or 3, years, it is easier if you have completed your degree. At U of M for example after completing a four year program you get to drop your lowest 30 credit hours worth of courses, which can make a huge difference. One other factor to consider - a lot of life long friendships are forged in the fires of first year law school. But when you come into a school as a transfer student after 2L you come in with all those peer groups and cliques already set. Personally, if you're pretty sure you're going to wind up in Ontario, I would apply straight to Queens even if it meant waiting a year. There are far worse options that getting to spend another year in undergrad studies.
  11. Commuting downtown during the summer [Markham to Toronto]

    There's usually about once per year when something, somewhere, breaks down and the whole system falls apart (and I'm a couple of hours late either getting to work, or getting home). But other than that riding the train in the snow is when I feel smug about taking the train - even a pretty modest amount of snow can snarl traffic badly, while the train rolls on...
  12. Commuting downtown during the summer [Markham to Toronto]

    Well going back to the OP's question, I lived right downtown during articling. I could take the +15 almost all the way to work (only having to go outside for about a block and a half). That was a big advantage and something I'd tend to recommend. The hours were unpredictable enough it was nice to be able to not have to worry about transportation at all. Mind you I also moved out of downtown right afterwards because it was a run down building and all the noise drove me crazy. Now a quick peak through your posting history shows you're going to U of C in the fall I think. The thing about the C-train is it doesn't cover all that much of the city. It forms kind of like a giant X, with the middle in downtown. So if where you want to go (or come from) is near a C-train stop you're golden, because it is a nice, modern and well-built system. But the large majority of the city isn't close to a C-train stop. You have to do a park and ride, or bus to the C-train stop. There is a C-train stop at U of C, so you could look for housing in another part of the city that is close to the C-train. Trouble can be that in off-peak times you can wind up waiting for awhile for a train to come, and given the erratic hours that can come with being a student that might be a disadvantage. I didn't go to U of C, so you might want to check the U of C board for housing options, but I would think it would be easier to find housing somewhere near the U of C itself - there's certainly no shortage of housing in that part of town.
  13. UofC, UBC, or UVic? Which is best for me?

    You've read it for a reason. U of C is a great law school and sounds perfect for you.
  14. Commuting downtown during the summer [Markham to Toronto]

    Just a friendly reminder: you might want to say what city you live in when you ask this question. Based on the reference to the GO Train (and your breezy assumption that everyone would know what city you were talking about) I assume you're in Toronto, so I'll spare you my analysis of what taking the C-Train to work in the morning is like in Calgary.
  15. I guess I'm going to second Diplock. Discretionary admissions are fairly opaque so we can't say with 100% certainty that you're not a potential candidate, but to my eyes you're not a potential discretionary admission. Alcoholic parent, playing varsity sports... they're not that uncommon. And in any event, discretionary admissions aren't about trying to make up for people who had rough upbringings - it's about trying to identify those students who will succeed in law school, but don't have a traditional academic background. The good news though is that you really don't seem that far off. Yes, re-writing your LSAT would be quite helpful. DO you have reason to think you can improve that score? How much preparation did you do before getting the 153?

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