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  1. I can't echo and emphasize this advice enough. LGs were holding me back from breaking over 160 - I was awful at them, and by awful I mean on a good day could get through two games out of four. No amount of practice helped until I started reviewing with 7Sage videos. Changed everything. Those guys are amazing. And review the ones you got right with 7sage - refine your approach - just because you got the game eighth, doesn't mean you found the best way to solve it.
  2. Either way, nice building though, but apparently pricey. If my dad had money I would totally live there. The Sobeys is attached and accessible from the inside. The train is across the street practically. It has a pool and a gym. The Law centre is just a 5-10 min walk away, tops. Might just live there for ever.
  3. I line them up on bookshelves in my house so that visitors know how smart I am at the law things. If TV law shows taught me anything, it's that the more old legal books I have in the background when I'm talking, the more gravitas I have. If it works for the hallways of large firms, why not my living room?
  4. Most of the law students that live nearby are in one of the residences across the street from the law centre. A cluster of the exiles from BC seem to be in a high-end rental facility close to the university hospital. I've never met a law student that actually lives in the HUB. If you really hate winter, the HUB's connection to the law centre is nice, but the residences across the street are much nicer set-ups, and you're still only a minute away from your classrooms. So that's where students loving nearby tend to be.
  5. An MA can be very useful in law school. Or not very useful at all. It depends on how you leverage it. Your prospective program is in Global Development? Imagine that you do some cool work while in the program, publish a paper in a peer reviewed journal, do some neat fieldwork, etc. Then you go to law school. Depending on what your graduate work focused on, you have a leg up on applying for research assistant jobs in the law faculty. Let's say you score a research assistant position or two on international law, given your graduate degree's area. You end up making connections and building knowledge in the area while padding your resume. This helps you do better in international law courses, build relationships with law professors, get some nice reference letters, get more work in international law...and voila, you end up in a positive feedback loop that was triggered by your graduate degree experience. There are a few qualifiers to that, of course. But it happened to me, and it happens to other people as well. I don't regret getting my MA before law school, but I also was lucky enough to do some cool stuff that was relevant to legal research in certain areas.
  6. The HUB gets a bad rep, but if I had been single when I started law school I would have entertained living there. Sure, it seems noisy, smelly, and overrun by vagrants on the weekend, but it is connected to the the law centre, allowing you to turn into a troglodyte for the winter and skip having you go outside when it's cold, which is the majority of your school year.
  7. Generally firms are going to start making calls next week, or so the ones I've talked to give that impression.
  8. I would love to get artsydork's take on this gem of a decision:
  9. Maybe the robot judge will prefer to deal with ai counsel.
  10. The truth is that many (most?) law schools have enough of an Aboriginal law presence to allow you to specialize and develop in the area to some extent: Aboriginal law courses, professors of Aboriginal law, Aboriginal law moots, conferences, student research jobs and other opportunities: Most law schools have these things to some extent. You don't need to go to Thunder Bay for that. And you definitely do not need to be Aboriginal. I'm at the University of Alberta and I had absolutely no problem tailoring much of my legal education to "specialize" in Aboriginal law. And its been amazing. But real, substantive specialization really seems to happen after law the degree to which an overall school is focused on Aboriginal law does not necessarily need to be your determinative factor in picking a school, just because you want to focus on Aboriginal law. I also just want to echo Malicious Prosecutor's and Hegdis' comments on types of Aboriginal law: I've never seen much discussion of "Aboriginal law and human rights" as a conceptually distinct category. We talk about various intersectionalities: Aboriginals and the criminal law (Gladue sentencing seems to be all the rage right now); Aboriginal law and constitutional law, Aboriginal rights and title, treaty rights. If you're interested in land claims and reasonable accommodation, that's cool because there's so much fun stuff going on right now with the honour of the crown, the duty to consult, and non-status/Metis Aboriginals with the Daniels decision...and so much more. Its a very exciting time to be in this particular area because it is moving, by the standards of the law, ridiculously fast right now. So much is happening. Its funny, because its the area of Aboriginal law that I'm the most interested in, but I never really thought of it as a subset of "human rights law."
  11. Would you be willing to describe your approach to cold-calling? I've gotten contradictory advice on the matter. There are a few threads on this forum concerning it, but more empirical information is always helpful.
  12. That's a good point. Another thing to keep in mind was that although she changed her first name to something English on private sector applications, she did not change her foreign-sounding last name. And that seemed to be enough. Combined, both of her real names are so foreign sounding, a typical Canadian would not even realize what her gender is, maybe be afraid to even call her over potential embarrasment over pronunciation. A small thing, but when you have 500 other resum├ęs to sort through, it can make a difference. Especially if it also raises concerns about English proficiency. So, that may not be racism, exactly, but it for sure is an unfortunate and unfair barrier.
  13. I'm a law student in Alberta and I'm close with an Asian professional in another field. When she came to Alberta and applied for private sector jobs, she was getting nothing. No interviews. Nada. Which made no sense, because she has amazing credentials and experience. I suggested she change her very foreign sounding name to some generic English name on a couple of resumes just as an experiment...And she immediately got plenty of call backs and interviews. As depressing as that is, she also discovered that she did not face the same discrepancy in applying to government jobs. She didn't change her name on those applications, and her call-back rate on government applications was very good. For some reason government HR departments didn't care (or maybe even liked it for diversity's sale). She now is happily employed with the government. I can't speak to the extent of prejudice in private sector legal hiring in Alberta. Racism is a thing, but perhaps government positions would be a more fruitful target, as sad as that may sound.
  14. I am endlessly fascinated that this sort of question is asked on the internet.
  15. Kitimat is where the real party is at.