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  1. 13 points
    Charisma matters in all job interviews, ain’t nothin’ unique to law in that. Ain’t even nothin’ unique to the corporate world in that - ‘fit’ is as much a thing people test on the social revolutionary sides of the world as it is the corporate commercial sides of the world. Also, for anyone reading, I promise you that you can be out of shape and a weirdo who watches the world chess championship in his office and hates going to bars/never attended one pub night and still get hired to NY in the first round. Not that I have first hand knowledge. Finally - no, you can’t exercise in law school. You have about 30 minutes of free time a day and you’ll have to split it between brushing your teeth, eating, bathroom breaks, and crying. Law school is literally so all-encompassing that it leaves you with less personal time than training to be a soldier. Professional athletes have a less intense regiment. Astronauts relax more. Surgeons will tell you horseshit like ‘oh I was in surgery for 18 straight hours and I saved a human life blahbady blahbady blah’ but deep down you’ll know that they have never truly understood the pain of staying awake for 76 straight hours without once losing focus to understand the ratio “property is a bundle of rights”. You are quite literally entering into the single most intense experience any human being has ever done and anything short of 100% commitment to that endeavor at all waking moments for three years is going to end in your ruin. I’ll be honest - the fact that you’re thinking about going to the gym already tells me you won’t succeed. (Lawyering itself is, of course, entirely different - once you’re handling someone’s liberty, or tens/hundreds/thousands of millions of dollars, or a billion dollar bankruptcy, the pressure really comes off. That’s nothing like an exam worth 1/7th of your GPA, and the very idea that going to court to argue for the well-being of a child, or defending someone from criminal punishment, or handling a transaction that will make or break a company’s reputation, is as intense as writing school exams, is offensive, harmful and childish.) If you aren’t prepared to devote every second that breathe fills your chest with life to the terrible challenge of understanding things like ‘murder is criminally prohibited’, you will fall, you will fail, and you will be left for dead by your classmates. Do not say we didn’t warn you. Your life ends now.
  2. 12 points
    I think articling is actually a pretty good way to ensure competence. It’s basically equivalent to the way many professions do it, like accounting, medicine, and architecture. Changing the process to, say, just an exam (but harder, I suppose) is, in my opinion, a worse option. And with respect to the competence of your classmates, I’m not sure you’d be a very good judge of that. For one, none of them have articled yet. Second, I’m not sure what kind of interaction you would have had with them to judge their competence. You may have done limited group work, or participated in discussions inside and outside of class, but bear in mind that these are poor markers for judging competence generally. I think grades are a decent indicator, but you don’t have access to those. So I’m not sure what you’re basing your opinion off of. It also rubs me the wrong way that you’re so ready to write such a large chunk of your class off as incompetent, while presumably placing yourself in the small sliver of the competent ones.
  3. 11 points
    Got the email this morning!! cGpa 3.99 L2 4.0 160
  4. 10 points
    I wouldn’t necessarily call what I said an assurance. I said “probably” you will be fine, but that’s not a given. Also note my general disclaimer in the thread about my comments. Speaking more generally, I can’t help but get the sense that you (and some others) feel like you’re entitled to get an offer. I’d clamp down on that as much as I could, because if you do get admitted, you’re going to be in for a world of shattered entitlements. Law is not particularly conducive to feeding one’s ego. Also I’d stay away from making broad statements about how your ECs are better than others who are getting admitted. You have no idea.
  5. 10 points
    The offers have been going out for less than a week. There is absolutely no reason to be bitter at this point. There is likely nothing wrong with your app. It's early. It's wise to relax at this point. And, just a small piece of advice, it's probably a good idea not to comment on what may be your future classmates' ECs as 'way less impressive' than yours. Just a thought. It is the early days of the cycle. Some of the members here may not get an offer for several months, some may not get one at all. Please keep that in mind, people.
  6. 10 points
    1. Be realistic about money. A student loan / LOC is not HOORAY access to thousands of dollars! It is simply the sudden ability to choose to owe the government / your bank thousands of dollars. Adjust your thinking from the start - “you have debt” versus “you have money” - and it will keep your spending in check. This is vital to both your range of opportunities going forward and your mental health. 2. If you aren’t already living on your own, learn to do a few basic things. Cook yourself some cheap, filling meals. Chilli or stew or stir fry or pad Thai or whatever. Get comfortable making a half dozen things on the cheap and two things happen: you save money and you host friends. Food brings people together and at law school, with all the stress and pressure, a home cooked meal is amazing. Learn to do your laundry. Learn how to separate clothes and what can or cannot go into a dryer; get in the habit of doing it yourself if you don’t already. Similarly, learn to iron: specifically learn to iron a dress shirt! 3. Buy a suit. Just one is necessary at this point. Make it a classic dark navy or a charcoal. Get a blue or white collar shirt or blouse. Get some good dress shoes. Learn to tie a tie or walk in heels or whatever new thing. Try your suit out at a nice bar or restaurant. Get used to the feel of it on your body. Take care of it. That way, when you go to your first interview or firm event in first year, you won’t feel quite as much like an awkward imposter in a brand new outfit with tags newly ripped off.
  7. 9 points
    Seriously? You got your offer six hours ago.
  8. 9 points
    It is a little homophobic to use the word "Douggie" derogatorily. "Douggie" is a well-known gay slang word for a man who is sexually attracted to Doug Ford. It takes a special kind of fetish.
  9. 9 points
    Figure out what you are comfortable with and don’t let anyone judge you for what you choose to be called. Just like it’s no one’s business if you have kids or how many, or if you get married or stay common law, no one should be casting shade over whether one or both of you change your name. Do what you want. It is a good idea to begin building your reputation with a name you intend to keep into the foreseeable future. This won’t really start until you graduate, so during school is a perfect time IF you want to make a change. Using two names can be tricky logistically - as a random example, your license should match your bar card if you want to skip the security gate in my local courthouse. This may or may not matter to you: maybe a few headaches would be worth it? Regardless, congratulations!
  10. 9 points
    I hope you don't plan on snitching on one of your peers. That's a poor way of starting your legal career.
  11. 8 points
    The United States has access to justice issues but twice the per capita amount of lawyers and more than twice the amount of law school seats per capita. Increasing either does not do anything for access to justice, pretending otherwise is asinine. The only people that a law school truly benefits are those selling legal education. The problem with access to justice is that it is extraordinarily work-intensive to litigate even simple problems. A real solution to access to justice would involve decreasing complexity, particularly for simple or low money value matters, and drastically increasing legal aid funding.
  12. 8 points
    Seriously, you guys need to chill! Are you gonna act like this between writing exams and getting marks back? Or submitting resumes and waiting for interviews? If you've done the best you can and know that you are competitive, then don't compare yourself to or worry about others. It's November!
  13. 8 points
    Yes these types of questions are really weird. You should be going to the gym 6 days a week at a minimum. Also make sure you get in some regular tanning and laundry loads. If you want to succeed at law school I cant stress enough how important looking fit and healthy is. Firms want people with abs (not flabs). DM me and I can set you up with a plan. Just spit balling it but I'm thinking of getting you on a PPL routine. I'll need more information to confirm.
  14. 8 points
    I don't understand where people are getting this idea that law school will encompass their whole life. Everyone presumably already has a degree under their belts and was able to get accepted to law school so you know how to be a student. Law school may be more difficult for some than others, but it's just 15ish hours of class a week. If you can't find the time to work out or binge watch TV or do whatever you're into, then you're probably doing it wrong. I personally found that I had significantly more free time in law school than I did my undergrad, but that was just my experience.
  15. 8 points
    The Globe and Mail learned that Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Merrilee Fullerton reviewed the proposal and concluded, based on a number of factors including a surplus of students for articling positions, modest wage growth and projected job openings, that another law school in the province isn’t needed. Exactly what I've been saying. First smart thing Ford's done.
  16. 8 points
    This is so gonna get locked before I have a chance to reply properly. 😥
  17. 7 points
    NEW UPDATE! Got my first offer this week from Western. I'll likely have to wait a bit for Oz to consider my file as a mature applicant with a 3.30 cGPA but it feels great to get the first offer under my belt! Thank you to everyone for your advice and encouragement along the way!
  18. 7 points
    You should do your own homework or exams.
  19. 7 points
    Honestly, knowing what I know of McGill, this sounds like sour grapes that you didn't go there. I don't disagree that undergrad institution is far less important in legal hiring than law school grades. I don't think it's something that is routinely considered, but as I said, there are times when it will be noted and commented on. I wouldn't say it is completely irrelevant. Also re: picking schools for financial reasons - many schools have great scholarship and funding programs. I was from a poor background and I never paid a penny for my "prestigious" undergrad education. McGill has excellent scholarships for good students. You can be poor and go to a "top-tier" school - it is not necessarily easy, but it can be done. My school had special programs for first-generation college students, minority students etc.
  20. 7 points
    I don't think Vancouver has a bigger legal market and more business. Calgary is Canada's second biggest legal market these days.
  21. 7 points
    Law firms as well as lawstudents.ca monitor everything you do. Everything. (Please go back to using your primary account).
  22. 6 points
  23. 6 points
    1. Using a laptop during lectures is absolutely going to make you retain less information. I always got the highest grades in the classes I took handwritten notes in. 2. Facebook is a stupid waste of time 98% of the time you're on it. Walk through the library in the middle of the afternoon. Count how many people are "studying" on facebook. Delete it or block and it and make your own life easier. Same goes for LS.ca but you know what who cares. 3. Take reading break to finish all the readings, taking good notes, for the hardest course you have that semester. Enjoy the peace of mind and extra time to focus on your other courses and exam study prep. Every time I've done that I aced the class - it gives you a big picture of the course themes and how they interact with each other. If you have a reading break. 4. Exercise exercise exercise. Less stress = more fun and better mental health. 5. People are way more stressed than they need to be. Don't listen to the noise - do what you have to do for your own goals, and don't let other people's anxiety seep into your mental frame. 6. Quizlet is great for courses where you have to memorize a lot of small propositions 7. Law school is so much fun!
  24. 6 points
    I don't like the term "maiden" name - "maiden" basically means "virgin." Taking your spouse's last name has no impact on unity. None. If your spouse is so concerned about that, why can't he take yours? Or combine the names or come up with a new name? Why does "unity" always mean the woman changing her name? (Assuming you are female.) I can promise that whether or not you change your name has no impact on how close your marriage will be or whether it will last. I didn't change my name to my husband's last name when I got married, nor did he ask me to. I was already several years into practice and I am who I am under my name. You should be attached to what you've achieved under your name. (I know, that may be your father's name if you are from a patronymic naming culture - I am not - but the buck has to stop somewhere.) You're going to be a smart, independent, professional woman - keep your name, and if your husband to be really loves you, he will support that. I adore my husband and him me and we have a great marriage with two separate last names. ☺️
  25. 6 points
    [For context, I'm British and did a undergrad at an 'elite' university in the UK and am now doing a law degree in Canada having moved here.] I think the thing that Canadians on this board don't appreciate about law in England, is that unless you go to an 'elite' school, the chances of you actually becoming a lawyer are very slim. So, while it is certainly true that you can drift through a law degree at many universities, and work no harder than your average undergrad student in Canada, if you actually want to get a job at the end of it, it really helps to go to Oxbridge, or one of the next 4 or 5 ranked universities, and it's safe to say my friends doing law at Oxbridge worked as hard or harder than I do in law school. As Ryn said, the challenge in the UK isn't getting into a law degree, it's finding a training contract at the other end, which is much harder. Not to say that you couldn't get a legal job after graduating from Leicester, I'm sure people do, but it it would be an uphill battle and it it would be a very long way down my list of prospective universities if I were trying to find a job in a city in England. To the point that I probably wouldn't waste the money if it were the only school i could get into. (Probably the fact that Leicester markets so heavily to Canadians should be indicative of the fact that they don't have enough people applying... or possibly that they're money grabbing for international fees)
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