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  1. Are there too many law school graduates/students?

    Better than leaving their lives in their own hands... we see that already didn't work if they're consulting a lawyer
  2. I was informed of this event and it looks amazing. However, I live nowhere near close enough to attend. I would imagine it is not going to be broadcasted anywhere?
  3. Legal Market 2018

    To add to this, as there is presumably less legal work in rural areas, the legal market can stagnate if there are an efficient amount of lawyers coinciding with the amount of legal work required. This is essentially what I was told when I was applying for student positions. Although, I am willing to admit, myself being a student probably weighted heavily on the local lawyers stating there is not enough work to expand their practice. Nonetheless, it is food for thought.
  4. I fail to see any significant reason for linking where one practices and where one completes their masters degree?
  5. My story and questions on intelligence and the practice of law

    Current law student and I think I can relate to the situation you're finding yourself in. In high-school I literally never considered attending university, not even for a second. I operated under the presumption that I am just an average teen from a relatively small city in Ontario whose career options were essentially limited to a labour based workforce (not that there is anything wrong with this. I have never felt like I knew as little as I did when I worked in a garage with mechanics during one summer). It was merely one of the strongest options available at the time and I believe that a large majority of my high-school friends followed that route. Nonetheless, I applied to university during my Gr.13 year after I hung around high-school to party and play sports. High-school I was your average student, 75s to 80s, nothing exceptional considering how-high school is. Despite this, the big day arrives and I am accepted to one of the provinces largest universities 800km away. I remember being terrified if I could even succeed in undergrad considering how difficult one or two friends made it seem. I remember my first midterm grade I received that year, it was a B+ in psych101. I was so excited I called my parents to tell them the news. 4-5 years later, here I am in law school and I would say I'm succeeding. As others have stated, if you have the intelligence to acquire the stats to get accepted to law school then you have what it takes. Don't get me wrong it is not easy; however, you do adapt to the situation. As everyone above me has noted that when you are in environments such as this you grow alongside your peers when you put in effort, you don't fall behind due to lack of "intelligence", which is a ridiculous concept regardless. Hard work, dedication, and perseverance are what it takes to be a successful student.
  6. Workload in law school

    I would say that I have done more reading in the first 5-ish months of law school than I did for my entire undergrad. This is not because law school is an unfathomable amount of reading, but it's because undergraduate programs generally aren't that challenging or taxing. I might also be speaking for myself here, but 100 pages of reading case law is more bearable than my theoretical undergraduate readings on the prison-industrial complex. All I am trying to say is that it's not than bad, and as Ryn noted above me, if you have the stats to get in you probably wont be overwhelmed. With regards to long essays, at Lakehead we don't have to write any substantial essays in 1L. I know we have a mandatory requirement of taking one course that grades us via a "long" essay rather than a final exam but I have no idea as to the components of that portion of our JD. Nonetheless it is nothing to worry about because you may find in subjects like law that the truly difficult thing to do when writing is to write within a small page limit or word count. Its pretty easy to get good at saying nothing with words.
  7. What should an 0L do?

    Id say that may be because those small percentages want to boast their prior experience thus making it appear more people have it than not. One of my professors gave an introductory lecture that went along the lines of saying that he notices that the individuals with the highest grades at the end of the class are those who had zero prior experience because those individuals tend to think they know more than they do so they do not work as hard, and trust me you'll learn (as well all did) that us 1Ls know nothing regardless of prior work experience or not. Best of luck!
  8. Will I Face Any Issues Being a Conservative in Law School?

    If you hold liberal ideologies you will be fine. If you hold conservative based ideologies you will be fine. Law school is about learning to think rationally, and part of this involves listening to different perspectives and responding accordingly. I would say there are generally more liberal based individuals in law school and in society but that should not come as a shock to you. To put your mind at ease, the only time I have witnessed a political ideology detract from a classroom discussion in my whopping 5 months of law school was when an individual made such an uninformed and unintelligible liberal comment that was so difficult to justify she ended her statement by saying: "yea... so he should not just be like so much of a douche or something". You will be fine in law school trust me.
  9. What should an 0L do?

    Take everything Audrey is saying with a grain of salt. I can almost assure you that Audrey is one of the small percent of the 1L population that has had law experience before entering law school. That percentage is even smaller as she (I'm assuming) also got to engage in actual legal work before law school. The large majority of law students have never worked in the legal field, and even if they did it was mostly trivial work. I'm sure someone may come in with an anecdote saying they had tons of law experience before 1L but its just not a common thing. My advice for you would be to get a job anywhere because to survive you will need to eat. Also, as you mentioned you do not have tons of experience in an "office setting" type deal get any job that is marketable. As many lawyers will probably understand, even though I'm only a student, is that people may need money to survive. Don't take an unpaid internship now, take one in the 1L to 2L summer if you cant land a law job then.
  10. I would surmise that not a single person can confirm when schools examine your files, when schools accept applicants, and when the applicants are informed. People on the admission committee don't sit around from 9-5 and assess applicants until 3 o'clock and then execute the obligatory calls for that day. The individuals on these acceptance committees are people like professors who are also conducting research and teaching courses, which do not align with a consistent daily schedule. There is generally no timeframe in which someone can determine when applicants will be notified, its basically just all speculation.
  11. Reading material before starting L1

    As you, and many other future students, I was also eager to read the many books of this nature prior to beginning law school. I read almost all of the "suggested" books despite the fact that everyone says they are useless, and I can confirm, they are truly useless for 1L. None of them will give you any form of insight about types of law that may spark your interest. If you are wondering what it is like being a law student, it is just like being an undergraduate student with more lots work (in my opinion). If you want to see what certain areas of law are like I would suggest just reading news articles in relation to those areas. Google can be your best friend, or check out websites like CanadianLawyerMagazine to read the most fascinating news articles known to man.... But in all honesty just read something you will enjoy reading instead of useless legal reading. I miss the days where I could read for leisure rather than read for class.
  12. Law School Survival Guide Recommendations

    You survive by eating, drinking water, and breathing. Ill take an e-transfer or bitcoin payments for that law school survival guide. Jokes aside, your survive it like how you survived undergrad (even though I did nothing in undergrad). You prepare for class, engage in class, go home and prepare for next days class. Feel free to PM if you have any specific questions.
  13. is 30 too old to start law school?

    Without releasing any possible identifying characteristics, there is a student in my cohort who is double your age. You are never too old to do something you want to do.
  14. How large of a deficit would a 2L transfer student be in with regards to networking or for applying to 2L summer positions in the Ottawa area? So basically did you make any significant relations solely in 1L that any transfer student would miss out on?
  15. The majority of people live close enough to the school that they can walk to school, which rules out the dreary possibility of having to rely on Thunder Bay transit. You can start to look anytime if you are eager. Students post in the Facebook groups when they are moving out of their houses, and I know of people who took over upper year students' leases because the upper years have 1 semester of placement and as such they don't require year-round housing and sublet instead. However, I wouldn't worry too much about not finding housing. The houses don't miraculously fill up with people before the school year as they would in larger universities. Plus the law school is not near main campus so it's only law students searching for housing in the area.