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  1. Should I Drop Out? (ADVICE NEEDED)

    +1 on headnotes. Headnotes are great.
  2. LSAT recommended for out-of-province applicants?

    Re the bolded sentence. I passed the proficiency test, but my French is shit. There's no way that I could follow a French law school lecture. That's why I didn't go to McGill. Maybe I was an exception.
  3. I was standing in the courthouse and got asked if I am a judge. I did not take it as a compliment.
  4. Beverage for LSAT

    The official Mississauga test-day rules dictate that your desktop may only contain no. 2 pencils and no. 5 plastic cups with your choice of gin and tonic. ... Unless that's not true, in which case, see this from https://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/day-of-test: Pretty sure you can put your coffee in a plastic bottle.
  5. Let's do lunch.....NOT

    I cook in big batches. I usually bring the leftovers and a salad. I might buy lunch once a week. As long as I don't splurge on expensive ingredients, it's less than $2.00 per lunch. And, like Bob said, it's healthier than buying.
  6. Going abroad first

    I would take the year off. I did. I have no regrets -- if anything, I would probably take more time off, if I was doing it over again. I don't think you have to worry. Canadian law schools aren't going anywhere and starting a year later shouldn't make a difference. Plus, as others note, it's easier to travel before you take out a big line of credit and start working as a lawyer.
  7. How Important is it to get Involved in 1L?

    Grades are important for hiring. Especially during the formal recruit. I got involved because I thought that it would help me in the future. But I stayed involved because it helped me during 1L. I've been lucky -- I get to do some great extracurriculars. I've been given advocacy opportunities that weren't available prior to law school. Those opportunities have been fulfilling; they've taught me a lot, allowed me to do actual work, and given me friendships. That kept me sane in 1L and convinced me that I'll probably like practicing law. Is that important? It is to me. I appreciate your concerns about keeping up. I'm a slow worker and there's lots to study in law school. But there are only so many hours you can spend making outlines before you start seeing diminished marginal returns. Find outlets -- regardless of whether they seem like helpful involvement or not. Also, none of the commitments I made in 1L demanded more than a few hours per week (although I chose to spend more time on them). Most were designed to be manageable.
  8. Fall 2018 chances [3.82, 4.0, 162]

    I've heard that they weigh interest in social justice and diversity pretty heavily - I agree with that part of your post. I get rejecting applicants with solid numbers who don't meet those requirements. But I've never seen any indication that they reject strong applicants in favour of weaker ones. If that's true, it doesn't make any sense to me.
  9. Do people have tips or strategies to update themselves on changing law? I've mostly been a student. So here's what I've been doing so far: attend law school. I realize this strategy won't work as well post-graduation. So I'm trying to think of alternatives. I figure lexisnexis and westlaw have some sort of product. But I'm not planning on working somewhere that gives me access to those sites. I subscribe to the SCC email list, but that's just SCC. I browse recent decisions on Canlii sometimes, but that feels a little ad hoc. Do people just read everything in their practice area? Any tips?
  10. Hahaha. I'm actually glad I wrote it that way.
  11. Agreed. I'm not sure if this a serious proposition, but it doesn't make any sense to me. Also, not to be too much of a dick, but in your original title you used the word "sytlistic." Then you asked "would are some of the potential benefits ..." If I were you, I would focus my energy on perfecting your writing in the first person. You personal statement should contain no errors. While this is an online forum, you are obviously capable of making mistakes in your writing. Clean that shit up
  12. This would've been a much better post, if you hadn't made sweeping generalizations and denigrated the people you've worked and studied with. I can't speak for anyone else here. But when the only thing I know is that you've had personal issues with hundreds of people, then I feel safe in assuming that there's something up with you - not everyone else. Hopefully you'll prove me wrong.
  13. Tips for getting through

    I'm not bothered by people lacking ambition - it doesn't matter to me what others' goals are. If people find fulfillment without extra degrees and fancy sounding jobs, then more power to them. However, I have been bothered by people whose lives haven't gone the way they wanted and they've gotten bitter. Negativity can create a toxic atmosphere. I spent a summer working with people who almost exclusively complained about their work, their co-workers, their customers, their bosses, and their significant others. They rarely expressed any passion for what they were doing and never tried to improve. Yet they neither considered going back to school nor leaving for another job. I'm not sure if OP's talking about negativity, per se. But in my case, that work experience was a major reason I applied to law school. I wanted to work with people who actually like their jobs - who discuss their work and take their responsibilities seriously. For all the talk about how much lawyers hate their jobs, I haven't been disappointed in this respect. Many lawyers appear interested in legal issues, their clients, and their colleagues' work. At school, lots of law students are smart and engaged in their studies. So, yeah. For me, this has been a nice part about the legal profession so far. I guess I'm just saying I can empathize somewhat with your desire to be surrounded by motivated people. That said, don't become condescending towards people who don't share your very specific career ambitions. There are lots of ways that people live full, meaningful lives and most of them don't involve law school. And if you need inspiration, I personally like reading biographies of interesting people.
  14. Tech Gadgets for School and Beyond

    For me, Onenote crashed a lot on Mac. But I've switched to a PC and it works great on there.
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