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  1. Lower grades at a more competitive school?

    It's not a crazy question, but you shouldn't let it dictate your choice of law school either. Logically, if UofT has the highest admissions standard, then it should have the best students, and therefore should be more difficult to get high grades at UofT than all other schools because of the curve...right? Well it turns out it's not that straight forward; so many other factors will play into this. For example, I know I tend to perform (in all aspects of life) better when I have strong competition. Also, I perform better when I'm happy and like where I live.
  2. Investing LOC

    The emphasized text seems really important to me. I'd think carefully about what they are trying to convey here...
  3. Making mistakes

    At my job, I sometimes need to do math, like thinking through formulas in contracts to make sure they make sense - I've gotten better at it, but I always ask someone else to check it over - I can't believe anyone trusts me to do that. Edit: I guess it's technically algebra.
  4. Making mistakes

    I don't practice in this area, but something like this my greatest professional fear - I know life goes on, but I'd probably seriously consider another career if that happened.
  5. So I know a prosecutor who went to the ICC as a "visiting professional" for a few months. And much as I like this person, they aren't a superstar lawyer; they started out in legal aid and then moved to prosecuting low level offenses in rural areas, but they did show a commitment to social justice and criminal justice and the communities they worked in over along period of time. However, I don't think this person was actually "practicing law" at the ICC (whatever that mean in the international context), and they weren't participating in trials, but they were there helping out in some capacity. I don't think they were paid, either. So it's not as if the OP is completely out to lunch, but Diplock isn't either - there are very limited opportunities to get involved, and they won't involve being well paid to travel the world your entire career, but it's not impossible ,either
  6. Making mistakes

    I've been there. All lawyers have. If you haven't made a point of speaking to the partner about it yet, do so at the next opportunity. When that happened to me I'd drop by in person and say: "Look, I think I fucked this up; this is what happened..." One partner told me he trusts me more because I would do that, and would send me more work because of it. I suspect other ppl felt the same way. And sometimes I didn't make a mistake at all, I just thought I did, or it turns out that it's a common mistake and it's not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.
  7. D+ average in 1L: Feel Broken

    I think it does mitigate the first year, especially if you can tell them how you improved. An upward trend is always a good thing, even if it starts below average. The ability to actually learn from mistakes is soooo important in this business.
  8. UBC vs. UVic vs. Calgary vs. Dalhousie

    I bet they'll get into all those schools with those stats. I'm a Dal grad. I won't put a wall of text here about Dal but if you want to ask specific questions via DM, feel free.
  9. 2018 2L Recruitment

    That's really unprofessional.
  10. LLM from Canadian UNiversities

    Getting good responses on a LLM chances thread might be difficult; I don't know how many LLM students are hanging around here. For what it's worth, my impression is that Canadian LLM programs are not that hard to get into; I think most schools are looking for a B+ average in a LLB/JD program. Having said that, if you're interested in a true LLM (i.e. one with a thesis component that will allow you to pursue a doctorate, and not one of the "professional LLMs" or "common law LLMs"), then academic intentions may play a role in admissions (e.g. if you want to specialize in family law, try to match that to a school explicitly offering that subject at the graduate level).
  11. Communication

    Honestly, it doesn't sound like a great place to learn the business of law, even if she is a great lawyer.
  12. Communication

    That's a tough situation. I would start looking for other opportunities, if you haven't already, and don't foreclose any options for this lawyer. If you have a real offer in hand as a result, then reach out (once again) and let her know at that time. The worst possible situation is that you don't pursue any opportunities now, and then she (inevitably, in my cynical world) says " I just got another 1L volunteer that will meet my needs for this year, so I don't anticipate hiring any 2Ls or articling students..."
  13. Law school and exercise

    No. Look at it this way: studying will be more efficient and effective if you're in good physical condition. Getting at least 45 mins a day of moderate to intense exercise will make you a better student. This might be confirmation bias, but I recall that most of the top students from my law school class were in excellent condition, physically. I don't think good physical condition will necessarily lead to higher grades, but I don't think it's a coincidence that many with the top grades were in good shape.
  14. This is a good point. I too went to the best law school in Canada, at least as far as everyone in Nova Scotia is concerned, and it's not UVic or UofT... I think UofT is viewed as the best school among ppl in legal community, but if you were to ask a random person on the street what the best law school is (1) they may have a hard time naming a law school outside their local market and (2) it's likely that they think the best school in their local market is the best school in Canada.
  15. London, Ontario - Realistic Career Opportunity?

    Well at this point I'd have to say you prob know more about this market than I do. Do you know in what capacity paralegals can represent students in these kinds of situations?