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  1. Does anyone regret going to law school?

    Yes to almost all of this. It is definitely a long haul. As for the financial drain, DO NOT PAY TO DO A PHD. Ever. You should get paid. But it is still a financial drain in that there will be tons of foregone income. Yes, academic hiring is tough, although WAY more tough in philosophy departments than law schools. Yes, you could do a law degree at a cheaper school since the much more important part will be the reputation of your graduate school. I know a few people who do bioethics. Only some have a science background. Some bioethics issues are more scientifically complex than others.
  2. Does any law school actually have a quiet law library?

    This takes me right back to pineapple-gate, the crunchy pineapple scandal at Osgoode.
  3. Does any law school actually have a quiet law library?

    Not to mention the fact that tuition, depending on province, only covers around 25% of the costs of running a university. A significant bulk of their funding comes from tax dollars.
  4. Who can i get a letter of reccomendation from?

    It doesn't matter what subject the referees teach. Don't get it from a TA.
  5. reference letters

    I should note why the department head doesn't matter. A department head isn't chosen through some sort of meritocracy (i.e. like a search for a new Dean of a faculty). The department head is generally chosen because no one or few people want it and/or is often (maybe even always?) elected by the faculty (and is thus a product of faculty politics).
  6. reference letters

    They are professors, lecturers, or instructors, not teachers. The department head doesn't look any better than any other full-time faculty member. Other than that, I agree with the previous poster.
  7. Chances? cGPA 3.67 LSAT 147

    Yes, I figured that you would agree :), but I was curious why others seemed to emphasize it so much. Your reason #1 was exactly what I had in mind when I asked the question, so I completely agree.
  8. Chances? cGPA 3.67 LSAT 147

    Maybe I should read the whole thread before asking this, but I did skim and didn't see it addressed. But why do we care if people are passionate as a criteria for law school admissions? I would guess that passion is as poorly correlated with law school success as some of the other predictors that we use. Anecdotally, I enjoy passionate people in class as they can make things more exciting for me, but I haven't generally seen that translate to grades.
  9. LLM Recommendations

    It isn't uncommon (but it also isn't uncommon for those in private practice to want to donate it back). Some schools also pay a pittance.
  10. LLM Recommendations

    Yes, the hiring situation for faculty is always much more difficult than it is for articling. Academia is a very long road that sometimes doesn't pay off especially well. That is, of course, for tenure track jobs. It is reasonably easy to adjunct classes, but you will still have to article and practice before that as schools don't hire new grads with no experience.
  11. LLM Recommendations

    Most people argue the opposite--that you should spread out your education across institutions, as it enables you to develop a broader network (i.e. to write you references for faculty positions).
  12. LLM Recommendations

    This isn't true of Canadian schools--I'm thinking of UofT and McGill, which would arguably be the top schools here.
  13. Living with parents during law school?

    Maybe try living with them at first and see how it goes. If you can make it most of the way through your first year, you can see what happens job-wise and make a decision then.
  14. Workload in law school

    This is very common across schools, although some let you do only one in either 2L or 3L. At least one that I can think of allows for a factum, if you do a competitive moot, to count for the major writing requirement.
  15. I agree...my thought was similarly that younger lawyers tend to be more prevalent on the hiring committee. And yes, of course, I think theory is important, but I think there is something to be said for also developing some practical skills early on. I think that any competitive edge that Calgary sees as a result of these changes, if there will be any, has not yet been realized and is maybe 5ish years out because it will require enough Calgary alums who believe in the program to make their way onto hiring committees or for employers to come around to such things. I don't have a horse in the race, but I was reading about the Calgary changes right before I saw this thread and so I thought I would throw a mention of them into the mix.