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  1. Do you know what associate starting salaries were in 1998? I bet they were still pretty good. It seems crazy that students are paying like $20k now, and $4k in 1998...it's almost like the previous generation saw an opportunity to exploit future generations by jacking tuition, instead of fighting to keep tuition low so that future students could also benefit.
  2. Mid-life crisis during Articling?

    I've been there. I really have. The good news is that working in a demanding firm gets better if you stick with it; the better news is that you don't have to stick with it, if you don't want to. I don't have a lot in the way of advice, except to (1) take care of yourself and make it a priority (both mental and physical health) - you gotta find time for that because no one else will find it for you - they'll keep stacking work on top of you because you seem competent to handle it (and I'm sure you are, but you don't want it, and that's OK) and (2) I would stick it out at least for articles, get called, and then you can make a decision. In my case, I stuck with my firm for a few more years knowing that I wouldn't be there forever. It got better, but I still left when the right opportunity came up and it was a very good move for me.
  3. Stop panicking, just apply broadly and pick the law firm that seems right for you (or the one that offers you a position). Also, as a helpful FYI, don't call Canadian lawyers "attorneys".
  4. In my limited experience speaking with US lawyers/the US legal community, they haven't really heard of any of our schools. And the advantage that any Canadian school has over any other Canadian school for "international reputation" is marginal, at best. For example, certainly some NY lawyers who have UofT/McGill grads at their firm, or who are involved with OCIs that go to UofT/McGilll, will know the names of these schools. But, generally speaking, outside of a handful of NY lawyers, most of the US legal community doesn't know much about our legal community, and don't really care because it is such a small market. You want "international reputation"? Go to HYS/Oxbridge.
  5. Law school after dental school?

    Honestly, great choice.
  6. My personal opinion on this is that it won't matter all that much. Firms will care about (1) grades and (2) whether or not you'll be a contributing member of the firm that they can stand working with for 12+ hours a day (which is largely determined in the interview process). I think someone taking a year or two off to do something interesting, or having an MA, tends to make someone well rounded/highly educated, so that's a good thing - it might indicate you'll be a good member of the team. Likewise, someone who goes right though UG to LS and articling might be seen as someone who knows what they want, and could be a hard worker for the firm. But none of that matters if (1) you don't have good grades and (2) you don't interview well.
  7. I'd also like to say that being a jerk one time (or even multiple times) doesn't mean you can't redeem yourself by just starting to contribute in a helpful/more constructive way. If someone calls you out just tell them "yeah, I was a jerk a few times in the past, sorry, I'm trying to contribute now." Though I'd bet that most users prob won't even remember that you were a jerk at some point.
  8. Questions for a Law School Prof

    What do you want out of the meeting? Figure that out and then come up with questions that get you there.
  9. UK Law School Graduates

    I always thought it was strange that ppl who hadn't accomplished all that much, professionally, were being paid to give students career advice. The only path they really have any special insight into is how to get a B.Ed. and become a guidance counselor. The rest of the information they could potentially give you is publically available, which I'm assuming they don't keep up with. High schools should just seek out professionals/trade persons/business owners/government employees/etc. who are willing to talk to students about the available paths. The only person in my high school who gave me good advice about going to law school was the local lawyer who came in to teach the "Law and Society" course.
  10. Single JD PSLOC Scotia

    Scary numbers...
  11. UK Law School Graduates

    These programs are either (1) poorly researched by the Canadian universities offering them (i.e., they think this is good way to enter legal profession in Canada) or (2) are intentionally giving UG students the false impression that this is good way to enter legal profession in Canada. Either way, SMH.
  12. I think LSAT is a bit low, even for Atlantic applicants. You have a shot, but I'd put it as an outside chance based on numbers alone. The other factors you mentioned may help. Good luck!
  13. IDK percentages now, but basically half of my graduating class came from outside of NS, and the majority of those ppl were from ON (with the rest being from AB, BC, and ROC).
  14. Cyber and Privacy Laws

    Or maybe just Google this information as its all readily available online.