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thegoodlaw last won the day on January 18 2015

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  1. 10 reasons not to go to my school.

    This is a problem. What is more annoying is that there is a particularly vocal segment of the student/administrative population that is purely interested in promoting ethnic diversity. I feel this often comes at the expense of promoting economic diversity. Yes, it's good to have a class that is ethnically reflective of the wider population, but it's not that good when those same visible minorities coming from highly privileged backgrounds. And while I also agree that people don't generally flaunt their wealth, it does have a real impact on how law students interact with one another. Paying $7-10 for a weekly smoker might seem like a throw-away amount for most, but it isn't for all. Yet I remember when the issue was raised, it was met mostly with incredulity. But, as has been said, this is probably a bigger problem with the legal profession/schooling at large, rather than a Queen's specific problem.
  2. Should you wear a poppy?

    I see it every once in a while on the street. More around university campuses unfortunately.
  3. Should you wear a poppy?

    Don't wear a white poppy. That is all.
  4. First trial

    That's a pretty broad spectrum. It's kind of like saying: I want to do solicitor work, but I'm torn between tax and IP. Civil cases rarely go to trial. So if you want "trial experience" in the sense that you want to be in court often and want to do trials in front of judges and juries on a regular basis, criminal is the way to go.
  5. Agree with FineCanadianFXs. Some people thought Real Estate killed them. I finished it with 20 mins to spare. Although I will say that the Real Estate was the poorest written section, which perhaps contributed to why so many people found it difficult. I would suggest that you should budget some extra time to go through it.
  6. Articling and Reception Duties

    As an articling student, I can confirm that my principal personally taught me how to use the binding machine. (I then had to bind 8 copies of a very thick motion record....)
  7. From what I recall of the June 2017 exam (I try hard to forget it), there were about 3 or 4 questions that required some calculations. If they were simple, I did them. If they weren't, I just guessed based on what number looked prettiest and moved to the next question. Surprisingly, most people found the real estate section to be the hardest.
  8. Ecojustice Salary

  9. Law school and exercise

    Perhaps not. But in 1L you're not very efficient. I was pulling some pretty long days then, purely because it took longer to understand what the cases were saying. By 3L, I could understand what a case was about by just reading the headnote.
  10. Chances at Osgoode/Queen's? LSAT 161 GPA 4.25

    OP, why the rush to get into law school? If you want to go to an Ontario law school, you'll need at least 3 years of undergrad, not 2. Might as well do one more year and have a degree in your hand. You don't know if law will work out, either while in law school or post-call (no matter how much you think it will right now). You should have a back-up degree to fall back on. Anecdotally, I know of only two people who came to law school without having finished their undergrad degrees. Both regretted it. Both took time off to go back and complete their degrees.
  11. Law school and exercise

    Ah, 1L. How I don't miss it. I can assure you that I had plenty of time to exercise in 2L and 3L. Now trying to exercise during articles; that's the challenge! I did have a prof who was a super health nut and he had an exercise bike with a podium attachment. He would do all his work on it. You might want to look into that. Also, FYI, don't get lost in the details and forget about the overall picture. Your exams will likely ask for a broad understanding of the law, not the specific application of one obscure case.
  12. Approaching Small Firms and Solos for Articles

    As someone who secured articles at a small firm through cold calling (but based on a lead that firm may be hiring), I'd echo Diplock's comments. Lawyers are busy. If you want to ask them whether they're hiring an articling student, ask them if they're hiring an articling student. Don't fuck around with asking to get a coffee or just getting information, when at the end of the day your only interest is the articling job. It's a phony way to get in. In my (successful) experience, keep your email polite but to the point. Introduce yourself, say that you're looking for an articling position in X field. If you were recommended to contact by someone, mention that (with consent). I usually attached my resume with a line like "I've attached my resume so that you can get a sense of my experience and background. If you feel that there may be a place for me, I'd be happy to talk to you over the phone or in person". 9/10 you'll get no response. But you only need one - I did.
  13. Articling and Reception Duties

    Diplock and maximumbob have already said a lot. But I'll chip in because I'm an articling student who was asked to man the reception for a while when the receptionist suddenly quit. I didn't think it was beneath me to do that. If anything, I was helping out the partners, who were in a real bind, and they were very grateful that I did. I also help out in other non-legal stuff, as needed (e.g. I am somewhat technologically literate, and I am occasionally asked to help with that). I genuinely don't mind it, and if I refuse to do it because "I'm a future lawyer, and I'll only do law related work", I'll look like a complete ass. Also, 0.5 to 1 hr of of your day at reception is affecting your legal work? Come on. Edit to add: If you're thinking about hire back, coming across as a team player is important. In my case, I like to be as helpful as I can. And as a result, I get on very well with all the lawyers at my firm. It has translated into more work for me and more responsibility. I hope it translates into an associate position next year!
  14. Queen's vs. Dalhousie

    Yeah, Kingston is definitely going to give you a small college town experience: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/10/16/kingston-police-lay-330-charges-arrest-33-during-queens-homecoming-weekend.html I went to Queen's and know plenty of people in my year who were from Vancouver. Many went back to practice there, some at large firms doing corporate law. From what I hear, there is a sizable alumni network as well.