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  1. Ontario Bar Exam Questions

    1. Yes. Treat them just like the other materials you're provided with (read 1-3 times and have a sense of where things are). These sections are also comparatively short and offer good value in terms of weighting on the exams vs. difficulty understanding/length (on a related note, do not agonize over the tax sections). 2. Not quite sure on that. It's not absolutely necessary to do practice exams but I did a few hours of them and I think it was somewhat helpful, particularly for timing. 3. The indices that most students create are much more developed than the index provided (as in cross referenced like mad). The process of making them also helps you to get much more familiar with the materials. One month is plenty of time (assuming you aren't working 60+ hours per week) but you will need to be focussed.
  2. Here’s what NOT to do while in law school

    My favourite is when the HuffPo/CBC/etc. writes a story titled "Issue X causes outrage!" and then embeds 4-5 tweets of random people raging on twitter.
  3. Should I apply to OCIs with these grades?

    Why not? If you're an awful interviewer (or just inexperienced) it will be good practice. If you're a good interviewer, maybe you will get a job.
  4. Failed Bar Exam

    Whoa. Congratulations on passing! But just reading that I started to feel tense on your behalf. So much extra stress to put yourself through.
  5. June bar exam results WHEN?

    Same. I felt good about both but there's always that 10-15% of your brain that keeps thinking anything could happen (and that getting though law school must have been some sort of administrative error in my favour) I wouldn't bother with tax for the bar though. Real estate/succession would have been nice as I had to rely on my 1L property to better understand the bar materials. There were maybe 5-8 questions on tax and most were incredibly basic (eg. is an employee bonus tax deductible for business? [not an actual question LSUC police])
  6. Rural Versus Urban Living and law applicants

    Most of our population lives in larger cities so naturally most law students are getting jobs in cities. Speaking purely anecdotally, there's less competition for articling positions in smaller towns because of this (and they don't tend to pay as well). Rural areas also tend to be older demographically so there are many lawyers in their 50s and 60s who will be retiring shortly and are looking for someone to take over their practise. That being said, if you don't have some connection to the area, a small town lawyer might be hesitant to commit a year to training an articling student if they think they will jump ship to a larger centre as soon as they get called, given the factors that make city life more attractive to young people.
  7. I was in a similar position coming out of undergrad. I was interested in "law" (like 50% of students in my major) and law school seemed like a good option in terms of career prospects and I thought it lined up with my strengths (or at least my perceptions of them after a few years of undergrad). And so far I haven't regretted it- though I could see myself thinking differently if had had to take on a great deal of debt.
  8. And then they just drop in terms like GRIP and LRIP like those are supposed to mean something to us- even with the acronym explained it makes little sense .
  9. I had 5-6 questions from the bylaws (lots of CPD questions, how long you need to keep your trust records, client identification requirements) and the other 40 or so questions on ethics/professional responsibility were fairly easy to find- or were obvious. The bylaw questions were much tougher than the professional responsibility and rules based questions because they weren't as intuitive- you had to know where to find them in your rules or you would waste too much time on them. edit- it was definitely worth reading professional responsibility. Easy marks for only 100 pages of reading.
  10. Unfortunately I didn't actually buy the materials so I won't be of much use . I was deterred partly by the price- and your advice made sense. I highlighted/read the materials twice and had a decent index + charts for deadlines/jurisdictions (which I mostly didn't use). And the exam seemed fairly easy- unless I hugely overestimated things- but it would have been a huge benefit to have at least a relatively recent exam to study.
  11. Thank you- that answer seemed clear which helped save time for unpleasant jurisdictional questions where I had to look stuff up. Also could you edit your post to remove test material? LSUC needs to make the bar exam as opaque and frustrating as possible (while forcing us to pay private companies $80 for prep tests of uncertain quality). I have a lot of negative feelings after the dog and pony show yesterday. No doubt.
  12. Seriously? Whoops i will edit. LSUC is the absolute worst.
  13. I think so. I know of other people who had struggled with that, but I thought it would be pretty unjust to let parents force their kid to plead guilty. And somewhere in the materials I think it said minors can even be unrepresented provided they understand the nature of the charges against them. EDIT LSUC may have those people in coloured aprons out trolling for more rules to enforce
  14. I thought the exam was pretty straightforward (civil procedure was a bit of a slog- thank goodness for criminal and ethics/professionalism marks which were generally pretty easy) but reading some of these responses makes me think I might have just been too tired/stunned to get confused. Can parents force their minors to plead guilty? Who has to prove allegation of a breach of a conditional sentence? EDITed because LSUC is awful. These are basic questions from the materials. Also thank you Kurrika- if an ethics/professionalism was unclear I usually went with seek instructions.
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