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  1. Should I give up?

    "Throw in the ball" - is that a saying? Anyways, yes, I think it's time to move on from law school applications. GPA is flexible - your CGPA may be low, but perhaps your L2/B2 are competitive for law school, and I think some schools even evaluate B3 years; also, I do believe schools take into account difficulty of program, etc. when assessing someone's GPA. The LSAT, however, is not flexible. The reality is that your best school is around the 20th percentile. If you've already paid to write the next LSAT, you might as well give it another shot, but if not, then I'd abandon studying and move onto other challenges.
  2. Bay street big firm

    I left "big law" before partnership, but my impression is that competition doesn't really exist amongst associates. Hours billed can be competitive, but only if you want it to be; most ppl hitting their targets don't care what others are billing. I do think there is competition amongst partners though. However you organize a law firm, the pie is only so big and partners are competing for bigger slices.
  3. That's actually a pretty compelling reason to go to law school. You should realize that not every lawyer stands between an unjust state and the individual (so to speak), but many do on a daily basis (e.g., criminal law, income assistance appeals, etc.), or at least they make sure their clients get a fair shake from the state. I dunno, OP, it's a tough choice, but you seem pretty set on going and have a reason beyond "I want a job".
  4. I've gotta go against the grain here, if for no other reason than to balance the conversation a bit. I'm not trying to be insensitive, but I saw someone in your position go through law school, and I would not recommend that you pursue law. As others have pointed out, there are specialized positions where interaction with others is not important. However, these positions are the minority of positions available (and a small minority at that). In my experience, they go to highly capable persons who can obviously demonstrate their value above their peers, and even if you end up being a gold medal student, you may not be lucky enough to land in one of those positions. I think there are more cautionary tales than success stories down that path. So, you could take the uphill battle, seek mentors/therapists/behaviour modification or one of the specialized positions, and hope for the best. Or you could seek out a profession that is more aligned with your personal strengths. In my mind, law school is too expensive, and becoming a lawyer takes too long, to take the gamble. It's analogous to me wanting to pursue an engineering degree. I'm not particularly good at math. I'm confident that I could ace the math with a lot of effort. But what if I don't? What if I get all Cs and can't get into the programs/jobs I wanted? Why would I do something that I know doesn't match my particular strengths? TL;DRL: Unless you have a passion for law school and being a lawyer, I would not go to law school if I were you.
  5. The board I'm on is pretty grass roots. It's a "working board". If I could re-frame your question, I think you mean: is it more impactful to volunteer with a well funded and established organization where you show up to board meetings once a quarter with your pre-printed board materials and approve some management decisions, or get involved in a small grass roots organization where you'll be expected to put in work --> hard to say; it's different for everyone. I'll say after 5 years on a working board, I'm ready for something less "impactful". Firms won't "force" you, but in my experience, partners will ask you to join groups that the firm has traditionally worked with; it can be hard to refuse that request.
  6. It can be a busy job, obviously, and when you add on non-billable firm work, your family, taking care of your health, etc., and, eventually, having some down time, it can seem like you don't have time for much else. However, the vast majority of lawyers I know (in all walks of life) dedicate themselves to their communities in some way: board positions, volunteering, coaching, pro bono, contributing to a bar society/professional organization, etc. Often ppl are doing more than one of these things while holding down a busy practice and family life. I find I have time to meaningfully contribute to three board/volunteer positions that I have now, but tbh, it's a lot of work and I wish I had only one right now. If you want my advice, I'd not join anything (or at least don't join too much) the first year or two of practice. Just focus on your job and scope out opportunities. Don't join a board you're not passionate about/don't see yourself sticking with. Eventually, your firm may make a suggestion/request that you join a board, but don't join a board just because someone asks you to (though you may find you don't have a lot of flexibility if you firm has volun-told you to do something). You don't want to be locked into something you are lukewarm about when something you are excited for rolls around. (Note: I did not follow my own advice on this topic.)
  7. Fair. You certainly don't need formal logic to be ready for the LSAT. I found it helped me speed up a bit on the simpler problems; the danger is that you set up the problem wrong, so I avoided doing it for the harder questions and used a combination of charts and good old fashioned noodling to get through those.
  8. Practice exams, practice exams, and more practice exams. This advice will serve you well in law school, too. Something that might help you speed up: did you study formal logical in UG? If so, the little equations/symbolic representations of propositions you learn can be very useful...
  9. I'm a Dal grad. A good portion of my graduation class was from BC, and IIRC, everyone found jobs in BC that wanted to return. IMHO, I'd go to the school where you want to work afterwards. If that's BC, then I'd go to UBC notwithstanding the fact that (1) you'll get an MBA as well from Dal and (2) Dal grads generally place well across the country. (The MBA program at Dal is good, but I don't think it's nationally recognized or anything like that.) Also, consider cost. I think MBAs are really expensive - does the scholarship make up that difference? Dal could be a good choice if you want to live in another place for three years and you have a strong interest in the MBA, but if you are staying in BC, I think UBC is the choice.
  10. 1L grades are important. And I'd go so far as to say they are "extremely important" if you want to get an articling position in a downtown, full service firm - e.g., if you want to do, say, competition law, that is basically (IMHO) your only chance to get into that kind of position. However, if you're not focused on Bay Street, then good grades are not as important. Good grades, all other things being equal, will always make it easier to get a job, but it's not as if having a B (or B-) average will prevent you from becoming a family lawyer.
  11. UBC vs UVIC vs QUEENS vs DAL

    They are all excellent schools. Congrats on your acceptances. Do you really have no preference of where you will work after law school? If not, I'd just choose the school that is (i) the cheapest and (ii) in a place you want to live for 3 years. In terms of reputation, I'd say they are all pretty much on par. UBC and Queen's probably have better brand name reputation as universities (as a whole), but if we limit discussion to law schools, I don't think lawyers see a big difference between them (nor will it actually matter much in your career). Having said all that, there are real advantages to going to school where you want to work.
  12. I'm sorry; I really thought you were trolling. Law students dress like other university students. I bet most lawyers don't event wear a full suit most days.
  13. LOL bad trolls are bad
  14. Accepted Windsor Dual 2018

    I'd go to Lakehead, if I were you. Cost alone would be enough for me to make that decision.
  15. Bay St Articles Offers

    Oh do tell!