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  1. 0Ls: do this.

    this post didn't go over terribly well haha. I don't feel like defending this anymore, but I'll just say that if you wanna do well and want to do something about it, try the stuff above.
  2. 0Ls: do this.

    I don't disagree that luck is a big factor in the equation, but what you're saying seems to be that doing well is more or less out of your control. To an extent I agree, but I would also say that this implies that a lot of people in Canada should not be going to law school. If the expected value of a law school investment is so uncertain (yes, outcomes do depend on grades at least initially), then the debt is too heavy and the legal market is too weak to justify playing a game of chance.
  3. 0Ls: do this.

    I'm not saying you need to be able to write a SCC factum by September. The list is meant to kickstart what you need to do. Also, why would I wait to do poorly on assignments until learning this stuff? Useless is a strong word I would say. Like I said to Jaggers above, you need to know this stuff. It is impossible to do well without knowing what your professors want and how to put that into action. So, what you're saying is you should try to do one of the these things: 1. Learn as you go. That would be lovely if all of Canada's law school used the pass fail system. If you think about it, a big part in doing in law school is knowing what your professors want better than your peers do. Now, I know what you'll say in response: ask your professors what they want. That's usually a road to nowhere in my experience. Talking to your professors tends to provide you with bits and pieces of information. You would get the same thing summarized in GTM. Why not just economize on your time? 2. Get lucky. Not everyone has access to someone who went to law school. Even if you did, they wouldn't have the same caliber of advice as a law professor who wrote one of these books (so if you do know a law professor, that may be better than one of those books!)
  4. 0Ls: do this.

    They don't have "anything" to do with your marks? How do you think grades work then? The things I described help you know what points to hit and how to hit them. Getting to maybe and Open Book show you what professors want. Knowing how to read, write and manage your time shows you how to translate that into an action plan. Even if you don't read the books, you need to know that stuff eventually.
  5. 0Ls: do this.

    It has long been accepted wisdom on this website that you should relax before 0L. In terms of not working 80 hours a week in august, that is true. But this does not mean you should learn law school on the fly. That will give you Bs. If you want As, here's what to do instead: Read "Open Book" - this is a simpler introduction to how law school works than Getting to Maybe. This will help you conceptualize what your profs are looking for. Read Getting to Maybe. This is a classic for a reason. It is a detailed guide for beating the competition on law school exams. Learn how to learn. There are tons of studies on what works and what doesn't. For example, test yourself wherever possible. This means testing yourself on a reading or doing a practice exam. Learn about productivity. Some of it works. Some of it doesn't. Try three things that are easy to implement. Learn how to read. Seriously. Learn how to read for speed and how to learn for comprehension. Just read the wikihow page. If you were good on the RC in the lsat, don't forget your strategies. Learn how to write like a law student/lawyer. I suggest writing for lawyers or something like that. Introducing yourself to legal reasoning is a bonus. I recommend reading Logic for Lawyers. This helps de-mystify legal reasoning. This is really valuable for every part of law school. Make guides for yourself that implement what you learn above. Make checklists even. This is important because knowing how something works is worthless without an action plan. 1L is a high stakes game for a lot of people. This is especially the case for people taking on debt so don't leave this to chance. Also, you won't have time to improve these skills in October. I hope someone finds this helpful and other people contribute.
  6. Ask a 1L!

    Lol yeah i grew some grey hairs when i read that email
  7. Chances (grad student, ~3.6 cgpa, ~3.75 B3/L2)

    You have probably heard of the pareto principle (80-20 one). I know this is an imperfect use of it, but think of your apppication this way: a whole lot of your application strength depends on your lsat and your undergrad gpa. All the other stuff is nice but those drive your success. Now, I think the gpa is good and the rising trend is good, but nothing can be said sans LSAT score.
  8. Line of Credit Application

    There is a link in solus for this. Otherwise, email the admissions coordinator assuming you're fresh blood. They'll give you a letter.
  9. Baker Newby Articling Salary

    yo I read this as what is a new articling student's salary at Baker McKenzie lol.
  10. 1st Year Courses

    They register you for everything. Just show up
  11. Ask a 1L!

    I wouldn't use them at all. If you have a question on a law, scan a treatise. They tend get things right more often. But using another outline is a bad idea generally. If you force yourself to outline, you'll get an understanding of the law that is much deeper. You can always tell in study groups who did their own outline because they know the law and how it is applied inside and out. Unsurprisingly they tend to get the good grades, which is what you want right?
  12. Toronto Articling Recruit vs. Toronto 2L OCIs

    My fellow professional interpreters, you must look at the entire context! I said it was scary because op was talking about ocis and I assumed bay street. It is scsry that there is little wiggle room between 2l and articling for recruiting.
  13. Toronto Articling Recruit vs. Toronto 2L OCIs

    I did a deep dive on these numbers on NALP. Almost every firm that hires 2Ls hire back their 2Ls for articling. It's pretty scary stuff.
  14. Effect of Transferring on OCI Chances

    This is too broad to be answered. If you're transferring from u of t to TRU then ya, that's an issue. If you're transferring from Windsor to U of T then that makes you a stronger candidate. In my opinion, that would show ambition.
  15. 3L Dean's List, Pt 2

    Wait. So I don't automatically get a clerkship at the SCC and an associate position at Skadden?