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  1. Should I Drop Out? (ADVICE NEEDED)

    This is what I did all of my undergrad (skim the reading, go to class, then read the case in depth), and when I got to law school, it felt like a struggle trying to be able to adjust to doing it the other way around. I fell like it is a huge time sink for me to read the cases before class in depth because I end up just reading it two or three time more than I should be.
  2. 2L Bay Street positions

    148 respondents from a class of 200 63 students had no HHs 36 students had one HH 31 students had 2-3 HHs 18 students had 4 or more HHs. At least 85 out of 200 students got at least one HH or more, and at least a quarter of the class had two or more HHs.
  3. 2L Bay Street positions

    You're right, according to the Ultra Vires article previously posted, the average student in their (slightly) skewed statistics had something like 3 Hs and 4 Ps. There are previous reports of professors talking about the P system, and how students who were previously given C+s and B+s alike now were given a P. I can't remember the exact post, but the prof had given out too many Hs and under the old system, what would have been a B+ became a P -- from this I assume that the "P" grade is more all-encompassing that the former B curve. This may help mask the difference between a C+ and a B+ student for one class, but someone who is riding the B+ curve is bound to get a few Hs mixed in with their Ps, which distinguishes them from the C+/B- students fairly easily. I think other schools have different grade distributions from U of T as well, I believe U of T is at 15/30/55, while Osgoode has something completely different (I can't remember what it is off the top of my head) and some other schools leave it up to the professors to develop their own grade distributions. So it's comparing potatoes to oranges.
  4. Why the Bay St Hype?

    I want to eventually go solo. Not right away, but it's something I think about a lot. Most of the lawyers that I know personally are SPs. I watched my mom go solo when I was in my teens. Going solo requires a lot of work and basically 24/7 devotion. I'm close with a girl who went solo three years ago and she's so happy with her decision. I'm sure some people would scoff at the idea of someone working 24/7 to only make a portion of what their counterpart on Bay St would make, but that's their own benchmark. I'm not sure if it is something I will ever end up doing, but those are the lawyers that I personally admire. I didn't mean it as a slight to anyone, btw. I just sort of got tunnel vision and only thought about my own personal situations. I'm sure lots of professionals end up with healthy and successful careers without working long hours. I've just never been exposed to that and it isn't something I'm familiar with. My picture of law has always been "a lot of work, long hours" -- and the field I was in previously was pretty much the same.
  5. Why the Bay St Hype?

    Anyone else just don't really care about the long hours? I grew up with both parents working 60 hour weeks so it doesn't seem out of the norm to me. I feel like I waste any free time I have anyway. Granted, I'm not set on Bay St, but I feel like you'd have to work long hours in any field to obtain success and move forward in your career.
  6. Commuting During Articles (Bay Street)

    An hour by public transit is fine because you can do a bunch of other things. Even nap. You tune out everyone else and get an hour where you can just relax and unwind, if anything. An hour by car is absolute fucking hell because you're stuck, with your eyes on the road, dealing with traffic and all sorts of assholes on the road. By the time you get to work, you'll be frayed and anxious. Or at least, that's me.
  7. There is a good Russian proverb: train hard, fight easy. That being said, I think most people take easy electives, especially if they're doing a difficult main program... I don't think anyone expects you to learn chemical engineering on the side in your spare time.
  8. How much do real estate lawyers make in Canada

    My family is involved in real estate law. It depends. Some real estate lawyers make big bucks. Some live middle class lifestyles on their middle class earnings. Some can't afford to eat and might as well be unemployed. It all depends. How many closings do they do a month? If you're a solo practitioner, depends on how many clients brokers are feeding you. You piss off the wrong contact and your income can go from comfortable to nonexistent overnight. I've seen this happen and it's brutal. I wouldn't go to school to become a real estate lawyer.
  9. Earning 2 Million Dollars a Year

    Why $2 million? Why not $1.99 million? Or $500k million? Why not aim for #1 in Canada and go for $45 million? Arbitrary number, and pursuing it as a life goal will make you terribly unhappy.
  10. As an off shoot of this: how do employers treat legal name changes?
  11. Honours degree designation

    I would apply and state the degree you are expecting to finish with. What degree type you register with your school is different than what OLSAS asks you state, I think. You have to specify what kind of degree you expect to graduate with separately.
  12. final transcript grades when accepted

    When an offer is conditional they usually tell you, right? It was never mentioned in my call or the letters I received, and when I called to ask about it she said that it wasn't (but I'm not sure if the woman checked or not). Has anyone ever had their acceptance revoked over lowered grades otherwise? Or does it have to be a full wide-spread fail type thing?
  13. Any 'bros' in law school?

    This is a troll obviously but yes, you've summarized the Western culture pretty well. You'll love it there. You can even see if your frat branch or whatever is active at Western and stay in touch with it... the frats there are pretty well received.
  14. I know this question gets asked to death but I'm neurotic so I'm asking it again I already called adcomm at U of T earlier this year and asked and they said that my offer was unconditional and it was fine. But I just got two final grades back and one is in the 60s and the other is in the 70s - I've never had a grade on my transcript lower than 85 lol. I'm graduating this year and I'll still graduate but will they look at these grades and rescind my acceptance? I just feel like crap, these two classes were so difficult, have I screwed myself? Or does "no conditions" really mean that all I needed to do was graduate?
  15. First Year Courses

    No, I guarantee you that they won't care unless you took like, 8/10 first-year courses every year of your undergrad. As long as you have enough courses to graduate with your degree, you should be fine. Like the above user said, some schools place limits on the number of first-year courses that will count towards your degree, I believe my own was 7.0