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  1. No argument with you there. ... Is what I say, while my dinner burns and I happily look for notifications.
  2. Yeah, it probably doesn't matter for law school. Some masters programs care about honours / honours theses though, and back-up plans can be good. In second year of undergrad, it seemed I was the only person in my group of friends who wasn't interested in law school. I think I'm the only one who went. Things change. Just something to think about while you're degree planning.
  3. Probably start with GOAT year and the lit 2Ls, since it was first. But you definitely want to cover cummer, Moneyshot, and the rest of the crew's "thrown." So plan accordingly. I'd also be curious to know why we should skype when our friends aren't looking. Is there some stigma around skype in Saskatchewan? Do people stare awkwardly? So many questions.
  4. Incoming 1Ls? I'm going into 3L and felt like I benefited from reading it.
  5. I don't think that you can article in 1L. You need to complete your law degree first. Except in Newfoundland (and maybe somewhere else?), where you can start articling in your 2L summer. I'd recommend reading up on articling requirements - there's lots of information available on provincial bar society websites. You can look for a summer student position after first year, but that doesn't count towards your articling requirement. Like you said, 1L positions are tough to get. I didn't do an internship, but I'd imagine that it's not the same as summering at a firm or other domestic lawyer. In one of the internships you mentioned, you probably get exposure to various agencies within international organizations. However, you wouldn't get exposure to the day-to-day practice of law. So you wouldn't get to feel the thrill of putting together affidavits of documents or reviewing disclosure. Again, I didn't actually do an internship, so take this with a grain of salt.
  6. Agreed. You'll be surrounded by mostly first year undergrads. They're in a different stage of life than you will be. Most have never lived away from home before and will be adjusting to university for the first time. If you're okay with lots of drunk 3:00 am shouting, vomit in the shower, messy common areas, etc then res is a good time. But if you want a space where you can sleep, study, and cook without disruption, then get your own place or find some roommates.
  7. Admission to law school is a privilege for the few. You gain access to law school by virtue of having good grades, a strong LSAT, and an ability to pay. It's not an entitlement that stems from citizenship, residency, or some other status. It's not a right - not in any conventional sense of the term. You might think that it should be a right, but that doesn't mean that it is.
  8. And what enterprising reporter wouldn't want that story in their twitter bio?
  9. I'm not any sort of expert on the subject, so take anything I say with a grain of salt. You're making the case for why the admissions committee should accept you. Generally, I think that there are usually the following (relatively self-evident) components to this: Why do you want legal training; What qualities, skills, and experiences will you contribute to faculty of law and the legal community as a whole; and, Why do you want to attend school X? You don't have to answer these formulaically. Nor do you have to answer them in equal depth (for instance, I didn't think that talking about the particular school was important in my case, so I didn't talk about it). But when you're asking for a job or a seat in a class, people generally want to know why you want it and what you bring to the table. Those are pretty broad criteria. You should be able to fit most narratives into that. In general, keep in mind that this is a form of advocacy (for yourself). The goal isn't really to hit anything specific. It's to make a clear, compelling case for your admission into law school. In no particular order and without claiming that they are comprehensive, here are my (again, relatively self-evident and uninformed) tips: Keep your sentences short, but not choppy - shorter sentences are easier to mentally digest. Be concise. Don't cut yourself off prematurely, but trim any fat. If you're repeating yourself, going on tangents, or getting away from your core argument, then it's too long. Write in the active tense. Write simply. Pick the best words, not the fanciest ones. When everyone has access to thesaurus.com, using words like "transcendence" and "demonstrative" aren't impressive. They're just harder to read. Keep adverbs and adjectives to a minimum. Try and write a narrative, rather than just a recitation of your accomplishments and transcript. You don't have to tell a literal story about something that happened. But it should tell them something about your story or who you are. It should be somewhat personal - it's a personal statement. Lead with strength. This means don't dwell on your weaknesses. If you have something you want to address (like an F in fourth year), then you can absolutely own up to it. But do it quickly. Maybe do it parenthetically. In any case, this shouldn't become a statement on what you've done wrong, but rather on what you can do well in your legal education. Ensure it's responsive. Try and figure out what lawyers and law students actually do. I haven't read a tonne of personal statements, but I have read quite a few cover letters. It's painful to read a great application, which clearly misunderstands the role being sought. So ensure that whatever you're describing will have some applicability to the study and practice of law. Lawyers use legal knowledge to counsel and represent clients during disputes (or so I've heard, I don't actually practice law yet). That means you have to be able to learn the law, understand what the fuck actually happened, and manage a file by communicating with clients, parties, and opposing counsel. Law school is pretty much just about learning the law. Don't get too far outside of that by going off on some American style statement, where you describe how you overcame adversity to sink that winning jump shot before the end of the fourth quarter. That's nice, but law doesn't really require a lot of athletic talent. So. Yeah. Also, remember that personal statements don't usually matter that much. Obviously do a good job. But it's a soft factor - get it done properly, but don't obsess.
  10. Not sure, sorry. I'd call and ask.
  11. Bro bro douche ... sounds like a douchey drinking game for bros.
  12. You'll be fine, because the person you described is almost always fine. Some other people might silently resent you, but if that's the case, then it's probably already happening. And you'll continue being fine with it.
  13. First, it's a free, anonymous internet forum - it's bound to be negative sometimes. Second, you're reading selectively. There is definitely encouragement on this forum(e.g., Uriel on first law school exams, but also countless other posts and messages exchanged everyday). Third, when I ask a question here, I'm asking people for their honest opinion. People in real life have a tendency to hold back. I certainly do. When I'm talking to people, I have other concerns. I want them to like me, I'm worried about hurting their feelings, or I'm busy, and don't want to invest a lot of time into someone else's problems. So I'm trying to present myself in a certain way. My advice might reflect that. When people post here, they're giving you a different range of perspectives that are more detached from social and relational pressures. You're right, insofar as you don't have to accept advice you get here. If you want to go law school and find a career in international elder law, then you have every right to try. But you're wrong to discount the discouragement as just "negativity and ridicule." When you post, you're asking for peoples' perspectives. The responses that I've seen you get, reflect the honest perspectives of practicing lawyers and of law students. Again, it doesn't mean that they're necessarily right, or that you have to accept their words. But they're not the responses of people just trying to put you down or something (that does sometimes happen here - it's human nature). They're taking the time to tell you what they think. Trashing everyone for being negative doesn't make this forum more positive. It just adds to the negativity. If you want to have a positive influence (not saying I do this - just that it's how I'd like to behave), then try receiving others' opinions with grace and respect. Then help out others when you can.
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