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  1. https://www.facebook.com/groups/185238652255567/ There is now a Robson Hall Class of 2021 Facebook group that all incoming students are encouraged to join!
  2. Yes, absolutely. I wasn't clear on expressing that in my initial post. I would definitely plan something in advance rather than just sauntering through Calgary unannounced.
  3. Hi all, I could use a bit of insight/perspective. I am studying at U of M. I am very keen on articling at a crim defence firm since that is the area in which I would ultimately like to work. I am equally keen on returning to Calgary. I have a few indirect connections to crim defence lawyers in Calgary. I also intend to cold-call several defence firms in Calgary, and then fly out there at the end of April for a few days (recruitment period is early June) just to get some face time. I think I have a generally solid resume (ex. upcoming summer job as a student supervisor for our Legal Aid Clinic, conduct of 30+ clinical files to date, several trials, Charter motions, dispos, remands, crim-related PBSC work, above average grades, etc.). But, I am concerned about being a faceless application come recruiting time, and a bit sensitive to applying to small firms from out-of-province. Any thoughts on whether this sort of exposure be truly helpful outside of just sending in my applications come recruitment time? Obviously if I could save on the cost of a return ticket (and time) I would, but I am not really stressing about it too much. ***I will be applying to both Crowns' offices. I understand that that may be a more practical avenue back to Calgary but I am far more attracted to defence work. Further, I am aware of some people who secured clerkships in Calgary as a way in/back--I am not really that guy, and, in any event, the deadline is far past.
  4. Ask a current student...

    Yeah, pretty much this. Not a bad idea to go on a trip during the listed dates. However, I would add that the first month of law school is a very very busy time for most people. It will be in your best interest to accomplish any personal or day-to-day tasks in advance because you likely will really really really not want to once school begins. Need to see the dentist? Get that check-up now. Need that oil changed? Get it done. Really, anything you are putting off, get it done over the summer because, again, you will really not want it on your mind once everything gets going.
  5. Yeah, I remember noticing the same thing when I started researching crim firms (and their articling students and associates) in Calgary. Whatever nascent notion I might have had about sorta, ya know, just walking into a job at some of these crim firms was replaced by a sense of, "How the fuck do I possibly step my game up that much?" Still figuring that one out most days... Top-tier firms attract top-tier talent apparently.
  6. Ask a current student...

    At least last year, Pro Bono Students Canada, which connects law students with law-related volunteer positions, asked for resumes and not transcripts. PBSC will accept applications sometime in September, I would guess. As for summer work, you can use your midterm law grades and/or your undergrad grades depending on the position you are applying for. Most summer job posts I have seen wanted something academic on which to base their decision in addition to your resume. Keep in mind that will you be competing with all of the interested 2Ls for summer work. So, if you don't get a law-related summer job in 1L, well, most of us don't. Finally, non-law-related volunteer opportunities abound at Robson Hall, and across campus and in the city. Once the school year commences, there will be a stream of email updates on this kind of stuff--you certainly won't be left in the dark. For now, just chill.
  7. Given your past personal circumstances, you may want to research and consider applying under the "Individual Consideration" category (http://umanitoba.ca/admissions/media/law_bulletin.pdf; http://law.robsonhall.com/future-students/juris-doctor-j-d/admission-to-first-year/individual-consideration-category/), although with a sufficiently strong LSAT score, you may not need to. This isn't a backdoor into law school but rather an opportunity for you to explain some of the circumstances around your GPA, and how that has been a barrier to what would have otherwise been a more successful undergrad experience. Otherwise, I would echo what ElevenUnderwood said above: do some more research on other law schools' admissions criteria. I would also gently add that getting into law school is one thing; competing for good grades once/if you're in is another. Yes, Robson Hall has generous drops. But quite a few students at RH attend because they actually want to be in Manitoba, not because it's a last resort for them. Some of their LSAT scores and GPAs would have been competitive at common law schools throughout the country. They didn't need those drops in the first place. They will be working just as hard as you for top grades and good jobs. I am not saying that you will do better or worse than them, but just keep in mind that acceptance into law school is only one piece of the puzzle. I know that that may seem abstract right now. But consider how doing average or below average at U of M may affect your other goals. As well, FWIW, U of M is not a realistic option for you until you have an LSAT score with which to make that determination. As well, aspiring for the 95th percentile is laudable but not realistic for most people. At least I don't think it is. Maybe you will be one of the fortunate few. I mean, you can figure out what score you or someone like you would need to be a "good contender", but that doesn't speak to whether you will get that score. I would simply suggest to study hard and write the best LSAT that you can. Consider taking additional courses in areas that you like to improve your GPA, if possible. Do some more research on common law schools that interest you. Understand their admissions criteria. Maybe you have a stronger L2/B2, and applying to L2/B2 schools would be in your best interest. Again, as ElevenUnderwood pointed out, you might have a better go of the admissions process by applying to "holistic schools" that weight your resume. Give yourself time to do these things. Then start considering which law school is realistic. Apply broadly to schools in jurisdictions in which you would like to live or could tolerate living, in addition to schools that you think are realistic. Because it might be that you get off of a waitlist into a school you would prefer to attend. Now, to be clear, I am not saying the sky is the limit. I am saying do some more research and take more steps to give yourself the best chance you can rather than sticking all your eggs in the golden LSAT score basket.
  8. 10 reasons TO go to my law school

    Lol got me right in the schnutz but like Miles always said when life gives you onion rings get your head outta the kitchen and get on the field and just fuckin give er, eh lol
  9. 10 reasons TO go to my law school

    Don't worry guys, I got this--my brocabulary is a bit rusty since undergrad but I think I can communicate with him. Sup, bruh--fist bumpz lol. U of S sounds sick titties lol. alright man, in this crazy ass high stakes game called law school, sometimes when it seems like the boyz are sippin on haterade, theyre droping knowledge lol. were all just Players in the game lol but sometimes you gotta get to that higher level. truth. like, you're on that Smirnoff shit and we just want to see you neckin' down Grey Goose lol. all love, all the time lol. kk man pc lol.
  10. 1L Grade Feedback

    You'll be lucky to get a job pushing a broom around Robson Hall's basement...erm, I mean 1st floor.
  11. Really is that time o' year again, eh?
  12. UNB vs U of M

    "I like the fact that UNB is a smaller school, which means that I can have more access to profs (on paper anyway)." I attend U of M, and I have never had an issue speaking with profs after or outside of class hours. During exams, nearly all of my profs set long office hours and made themselves available by phone as well. During the rest of the year, some allotted extra time after class to further discuss matters. Many will show up just to meet with you (this has happened for me and friends on several occasions). UNB's class is smaller but there's really about a 50 student difference between the two. Maybe that makes a significant difference in terms of access to professors, but I can't really imagine how or how measurable that difference would be. I don't know anything about what UNB offers in terms of clinical experience but I can speak as a 1L to some of U of M's clinical offerings. IIRC, most of the clinics are all third year electives. I don't think that all of the clinical courses are offered every year, so definitely do your research. A lot of the courses listed on U of M's website are there to give an idea of what could be offered, not necessarily what will be offered in any given year. That being said, after 1L, you can volunteer with the University's Law Centre, which is an independent Legal Aid office. ULC takes on low-range criminal offences, in other words offences without any jail time or potential for job loss. You can take conduct of real files and represent real clients. You'll conduct client intake interviews, speak in court with respect pre-trial coordination and diversion dockets, correspond with the Crown, and possibly start crafting defences. I'm doing this right now, and it's, so far, the only part of law school that I've loved. Judge shadowing is, IMO, just okay. It certainly is not, IMO, something that should factor into a decision about which law school to attend. Judge shadowing consists of three part days in each of the different levels of court. During your visits to Provincial Court and Court of Queen's Bench, you will be assigned to a judge/justice for several hours, and then left to sit-in on other matters (or leave). With Court of Appeal, you may or may not be assigned to a justice. Judge shadowing is a valuable experience, but not really an invaluable experience, IMHO.
  13. https://www.cbabc.org/Our-Work/Initiatives/REAL-Information
  14. As I understand it, elder law isn't really a distinct area of law so much as an umbrella term for different areas of law as they relate to the interests of elderly people. What MP is getting at, I think, is that "elder law" is not an independent set of legal doctrines that you learn and apply and then practice. Rather, it's a lens through which you apply legal doctrines from other areas. You'd want to have a sound understanding of areas like tax, estate planning, trusts, wills, etc. Notice that these are their own areas of law. If your elderly client is being discriminated against for his/her age by a prospective landlord, you have a landlord/tenancy and human rights issue centring on ageism. Generally, certain legal issues are going to come up more often for elderly people because elderly people as a broad demographic have their own sets of legal needs and concerns. That doesn't mean there's a singular area of law called elder law--it's sort of the tag applied to elderly peoples' general legal concerns, which are manifold. Certain firms consider elder law to be a subset of estate planning. Others see it as a kind of general practice that's directed at the elderly. Just generally saying you want to practice elder law sorta means you want your clients to be elderly people, which is vague. Wealthy elderly people are going to have pretty different concerns from financially disadvantaged elderly people; healthy elderly people are going to have different legal needs than sick elderly people. In any event, there have been discussions at MB of raising tuitions fees although I don't know by how much or if or when that would take place. Otherwise, I'd echo MP's comments on waiting to hear back.
  15. Ask a current student...

    I believe you. That's brand new--questions about registration would be best directed at the admin in this instance.