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conge last won the day on September 28 2016

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  1. Should I apply next year..?

    Sweet username. I wouldn't rush it. Depending on LSAT score, I'd say your chances of getting into law school are good. I'd take this next year to learn French, travel, or just work and save money for law school, or whatever comes next. Having just finished UG with a high GPA and no immediate plans is a great place to be.
  2. Document Assembly/Automation

    I like the FormTool. It doesn't supply any precedents though.
  3. Vacation

    Assuming I don't have anything that needs my immediate attention while on vacay (in which case I bring a laptop or just don't go), this is how I handle it: Tell the ppl who would care that I'll be gone in advance; remind them that you'll be gone closer to the actual date. Get another lawyer to agree to baby sit your files while you're gone (for this and step 1, your office could be very formal with change over memos and emails to work sources, or it could be a convo over coffee in the morning - I've done both depending on the situation and how much I think needs to be done on my files while I'm gone.) Set your out of office (duh) but don't say anything about your email access. Just say: "I'll be gone. I'm returning on X and will get back to upon my return. Contact my assistant if you need anything urgent." --> hopefully your assistant can handle minor things and he can direct the rest to the lawyer who is babysitting your work. Once a day, usually at night laying in a hotel room or tent, I flip through emails and give personal responses to ppl that got my out of office (e.g. I'm out of the office, i'll be back Monday and i'll get on it right away upon return)/answer questions that need answering/flip docs to my assistant for help/etc. When you get back, things shouldn't be too bad. I assume you are in a firm. One of the best things about being in a firm is lots of competent colleagues to help you out and I've found ppl let you do whatever the fuck you want so long as your work is done and you are making money for the firm - so if you want to be one of those "I don't check email" ppl you probably can be. One associate I knew got IT to make sure he didn't get ANY work emails during vacay - it worked for him bc everyone knew about the plan. I wouldn't just do it without telling anyone...
  4. Is full course load necessary?

    I DON'T KNOW!!! YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE ADMISSIONS OFFICES TO CONFIRM!!1 mod edit: this post made more sense when the title was in all-caps and 20% punctuation. Unfortunately for conge, I have fixed the title. -WJ
  5. Looking for some guidance

    It's possible that you could get into a law school in Canada. But before I'll join the musings on the various scenarios that can get you there, if you're serious about law schools, you should study for and write the LSAT. (I don't know of any schools that take mature applicants without an LSAT, but it's possible they are out there, so look for those as well, but point being: it's hard to take you seriously right now.) But, honestly, don't do it. You'll be 50 by the time you finish articles and it takes years to pay off student debt, not to mention the employment prospects of someone who is 10-15 years from retirement at the start of their career. Also, it seems to me that you're only doing this because of some vague notion that you've always wanted to go to law school but somehow never took any steps to get there. I'd suggest that law school isn't the panacea you're looking for.
  6. It's definitely feasible. The key, in my opinion, is finding a senior lawyer to teach you this new area of law - if you have someone willing to bring you along, then you're really not that far behind students who actively articled in the area (first because good articles usually comprise of several different areas of law, so it's not as if ppl normally specialize in articles. and second because no one really knows anything after articling anyways, even if they do specialize in articles, and so there just isn't that much to catch up on.)
  7. Should I Drop Out? (ADVICE NEEDED)

    I'd give it some more time. I had my doubts during law school, but I stuck with it and I'm glad I did. Having said that, I also dropped out of an MA program to go to law school and that was a gut feeling. So if you really know it's not for you, and it's not just doubt creeping in, then maybe you should quit and look at other options.
  8. Any source for this assertion? I've never heard this before...
  9. UofT/York v. UBC? (mostly regarding cost)

    Hope this helps!
  10. I'd take the job and keep applying for gov't jobs. If you get gov't job, then you'll have a real decision to make. Right now, it's just a decision between having job and not having a job - take the job. I know you say you're sworn off private practice, but you also admit you learned nothing during articles - I would encourage you to apply to private practice jobs as well; there are likely more of them (than NGO/Govn't jobs) and you'll gain valuable legal experience that you can't really get in any where else. It will also beef up your resume because right now it sounds like you have no experience as a practicing lawyer (and in my limited experience, if you didn't article with govt or clerk, getting a position is tough without prior experience.)
  11. Going abroad first

    Input: get into law school and then worry about whether or not you have time to travel before law school. Words of Wisdom: I got into law school and then spent like 6 months travelling before school started. I did very, very little planning. It's def possible. Start saving money for the travel and once you get into law school put your stuff into storage and take off!
  12. Probably dumb question

    No. And definitely not as a candidate.
  13. Let's do lunch.....NOT

    I cook a large meal Sunday night and pack up 2-3 days of lunches with the left overs (last night was veggie chilli and corn bread). I buy lunch at $10-$12/day when that runs out/I don't feel like eating the leftovers. I'd like to spend less on lunches...also, coffees - I swore I'd never be that person who needs to spend less on buying coffees and yet here I am...
  14. I understand the desire to plan ahead, but it's a bit premature to make that call now, IMHO. Instead, you need to focus on getting the best LSAT score possible. Study hard for the Sept. LSAT and then re-evaluate the options when you have a score. If you're not ready for the Sept. exam, then try to delay or cancel. (I don't know if this is even possible without a record of it and/or paying a fee.)
  15. Melbourne JD

    The decision of where to study law should made keeping in mind the fact that you learn the laws of the country/state/province where you study. So two very important questions that will help make your choice: (1) where are you legally entitled to work? (2) where do you want to work? If both of those answers are AUS, then AUS is the right choice (and IIRC Melborne is one of the best schools in AUS). If Canada, then Canada is the right choice. If there is a split, well that's tough, and it comes down to your values. Which do you value more: the certainty of knowing that you can legally work in the jurisdiction after you finish your degree even tho it's not your 1st choice in terms of places to live? Or the chance to live in the place you really want, even if it means your employment outcomes may not be as good? The only bad decision here is answering "Canada" to (1) & (2) and going to an AUS school without even having applied to Canadian law schools.