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  1. 14 points
    This post reminds of this comic from Shen Comix:
  2. 6 points
    Time for an update. So I applied to Scotia more than two months ago and it's currently, again, being "reconsidered" after repeated denial. I gave up on Scotia and I've learned I should have much sooner. The reps disappearing whenever things stopped being easy was a red flag and the knowledge gaps between reps was readily apparent. Only the fourth rep I reached out to ever bothered to gather information on why I was denied, and as helpful and attentive as that one rep was, Scotia's streamlined process (no employment/asset/tax info asked) can mean their loan adjudicators in the back office interpret your file without what may be critical context (e.g. working professional, stable income, etc). So if you come in with a $100k pre-law stable income or $0 pre-law income, they don't know, so they will deem your $30k in existing, unused credit card limits as excessive and flag you as credit seeking. It was also sketchy that they repeatedly promised and failed to ever formally (by email/writing) notify me of their decision, which would prevent the average consumer from knowing their recourse (which is why it's a regulatory requirement). I applied to TD just last week (TD does verify income/assets/tax information), and I've actually already been approved for 125k at prime and funds have even been unlocked, with a new chequing account opened and fees waived. TD had zero issues with my existing credit and doesn't care if I keep it (I communicated I'm happy to reduce it, but they said it was totally reasonable). TD's process was also completely smooth and virtual, as they have an esigning software for all the documents required. Scotia's standard offer for my program has a higher credit limit (160k), but that said, not only do I not plan to need anywhere near the full LOC amount, I'm much happier with TD and the overall experience. Good news in the end Thank you everyone for your support. Hopefully this thread is helpful to anyone with a similar background in the future getting stonewalled and ghosted at Scotia.
  3. 6 points
    I feel for you. Unfortunately, it’s open season in BC against lawyers in general as the BC Government led unfortunately by the AG no less whips up public sentiment against them to sell ICBC no-fault. The BC govt is doing everything to reduce the role of lawyers in society not just PI lawyers; just look at the CRT rules restricting people from retaining lawyers for strata issues, non profits corporate disputes and small claims. The NDP gov would rather have union reps replacing lawyers in most advocacy roles. And let’s face people don’t like lawyers until they have one so they are receptive to this nonsense. If I were younger, I would be getting out of Dodge aka NDP run BC. I would look at Ontario or California if I could swing it.
  4. 3 points
    The problem with Peterson is he doesn't stay in his area of expertise. I know people who have actually been his patients, and have found him ridiculously helpful. The problem is when he continuously uses a large vocabulary, his position of power, and his title/education to push dangerous and insidious ideas onto vulnerable people (often young men) under the guise of expertise. A key of example was his campaign against the addition of gender identity to the list of protected classes under human rights legislation. He consistently misrepresented what the change did, what the law allowed, and what it would do. Instead of deferring to legal experts, he utilized his position of power to stir up a very specific demographic (and raked money in in support of his cause). I can't get behind that intellectual dishonesty.
  5. 3 points
    He's really not. Then again, Jordan Peterson is not similar to Ben Shapiro and none of them are similar to Dave Rubin. Harris = actually smart and honest. Peterson = actually smart but also possibly a whackjob. Shapiro = just smart enough to be a profitable charlatan. Rubin = an unremarkable remora?
  6. 2 points
    A Christopher Hitchens quote that's relevant to this thread: "I think that hatred, though it provides often rather junky energy, is a terrific way of getting you out of bed in the morning and keeping you going."
  7. 2 points
    I graduated recently. I was often very anxious during law school because I was just an average, and sometimes below average law student. Once I graduated, found a great articling job, and reflected on it all, I realized I had a lot to be thankful for. I got in to law school and did great academically in undergrad, so what if I wasn't an award winning law student? I still had a seat at the table and did well enough, made great friends, and found a position. I look forward to the challenges yet to come in legal practice – I got into this field to use my knowledge to help people and find solutions and I am excited to begin. I found myself feeling a lot better mentally when I stopped constantly checking how well my peers were doing academically, got off social media, and immersed myself in nature and exercise.
  8. 2 points
    I know someone who was Jordan Peterson's patient. He's not a Peterson disciple, but thinks that Peterson was a great therapist. I'd have trouble taking Jordan Peterson seriously as a psychologist, mostly because I've heard him talk out of his ass on so many issues over which he has no personal or professional expertise. But it's true that he's probably not useless at everything.
  9. 2 points
    OP, I rarely post on here but your description of how you're feeling right now paralleled my feelings at the time I was studying for the bar (5 years ago!) so thought I'd share some advice. For background, I am a chronic "over-studier" and have always had a large amount of test anxiety, particularly when it comes to standardized testing. Interestingly, I think those qualities actually helped me in law school because it caused me to be extremely diligent throughout the school terms in keeping on top of reading, and gave me *just the right amount of adrenaline* to get through exams. The key (and why I emphasized the last part of that sentence) is that too much adrenaline/nerves/stress can actually inhibit your ability to think and reason clearly and efficiently. Too much stress can overwhelm your brain and cause you to underperform even if you know the material inside and out (which btw, is not even required to pass the Bar exams). I say this not to frighten you, but to remind yourself of this in a calm manner before you sit down to write. What has worked for me is a combination of reminding myself of this psychological information on how our brains work, and transforming negative/stressful/self-negating thoughts about failing into POSITIVE self-talk (e.g. I have studied hard, I know the material reasonably well, I have gotten through law school, and I can get through this, etc.). When I was walking into the Enercare Centre to write the Solicitor's exam, I had so many nerves that I almost vomitted outside the test centre (sounds extreme, but that was my level of fear at the time). BUT: I remember telling myself something like "you can either go home and not write at all, or you can just go in and do your best". It sounds cheesy, but it helps when you encounter that ever so helpful "fight or flight" response. I even wrote a few of these calming "notes to self" on a cue card and took it with me to ensure I would have something tangible to calm me down beforehand. So: study as hard as you can now, stay calm and focused, and just do your best and you will be just fine. Stop the negative thought spiral of "what if" and just focus on what you can do in the present moment.
  10. 2 points
    For what it's worth, I enjoy listening to Sam Harris's podcast. Is he wrong sometimes? Of course; who isn't? Does he make a good faith effort to have meaningful discussions on difficult and interesting topics (and often succeed in doing so)? I think so. I'm not sure how anyone could disregard his podcast outright when he's had roughly 200 different experts on to talk about their respective fields. If one doesn't like Sam, surely they might find utility in what the guest has to contribute. Although, I wish Sam would figure out how to speak efficiently; he has a remarkable ability to ramble on about a point that needs 10 words max. The same applies to Jordan Peterson. I disagree with much of what Peterson has argued, but he practiced clinical psychology for a number of years. Surely he has something useful to share. I know I've found some of his lectures beneficial in my life. It's important to engage with ideas, especially those coming from a basis of finding the truth (which I think both of these individuals are generally motivated to find). Don't reject the idea/author/speaker on the basis of the select few that misunderstand or unduly emphasize one small portion of the grander picture. Listen to a couple of discussions on your own and then make your judgment. Don't listen to what @Jaggers or I tell you.
  11. 2 points
    I'm genuinly curious as to why the specifics here matter so much to you. Would 200 not be enough for you to want that career, but 300 magically would?
  12. 2 points
    If anyone is concerned about having to move between whatever area you’re in and PR as the PR questions are sprinkled throughout, it looks like you can manipulate the software to create a standalone PR section. As you move through the exam, use the bookmark function for normal questions you can’t answer right away and want to return to, and simply leave PR questions unanswered. Once you’ve reached the end of the questions you can use the “Review Questions” tool to filter by “bookmarked” and “unattempted” questions. The unattempted questions filter is your PR section, all in one place. Since you’d be skipping a lot of questions, you can also open the Review tool to see how many questions you have answered to make sure you’re still on pace. The tool shows you how many questions are in each filter and appears to update after you move on from each question (there’s an “attempted” questions filter as well).
  13. 2 points
    I think being able to stop and smell the roses requires somewhat of a shift in the way you might be thinking about life generally. Life is not about achieving the next success. No one wakes up 40-ish years old and says "Yes, I've done it. I made partner. I have a nice house. I have a family. I have succeeded. Now, it's just time to live." Most of us continue to set goals all along the way, some personal, some career, some family-oriented. I'd say that's a good thing to do. But it's equally important to remember that life -- the beauty of living -- is the moment to moment, rather mundane existence. The universe has no plan for you. You're not meant to do anything. You placed expectations around your life based on the way society has suggested you should: go to university, go to law school, become a lawyer, work hard, make partner, earn money, retire. Of course, I think we all fall into this trap sometimes. Like you said, most of us are quite driven, and part of having that ambition to succeed is setting goals. But I try to think of Alan Watts' anecdote that life should be like dancing, or playing music. The point of music is to make music. To play music. It is not to work music. Similarly, the point of living is to live. Don't worry about how to get to point x as quickly or efficiently as possible. Leave that to your morning drive into work. Learn to appreciate the smallest and most inconsequential aspects of life and you won't have to think about stopping to smell the roses. And that's all for "TdK Philosophy" today, folks! Tune in next week when we discuss existential dread!
  14. 2 points
    I can only give you my opinion but if those were my options 100% U Vic, if only because you will get to live in Victoria. Have you ever been to Victoria? I lived there for a year and it was my favourite city in the world. If my partner didn't own his practice in Edmonton I would have moved there for good (not that I hate Edmonton). I might be biased but it is like my dream city. It is stunning. There are amazing walking paths, the inner harbour is gorgeous, the people are friendly and awesome. The campus is magical, there are bunnies everywhere. There are walking paths in an area called Oak Bay where you will literally run into deer just chilling and walking on the road. There are dogs everywhere and you're near the Pacific Ocean. If you need to clear your head you can go out to a place called Clover Point and just relax and take in some fresh sea air. You can see the stars at night. You can hike in the temperate rain forest and see trees that are thousands of years old. You can see whales, seals, and dolphins. You can look in the little tide pools that are just full of tiny ocean life. You can drive up to Tofino and surf. You can go to the beach and collect sea glass. You take a ferry to Salt Springs Island where people smoke weed and dance all day. You can check out the farmers market and see all the goods from Indigenous and local businesses. The weather is rainy, but they have 100 more days of sun than Vancouver, so it's not impossibly rainy. If you're into sustainability it is super green there. For example, there are no plastic bags at any store and people bring their own. There is an AMAZING Taco Food Truck called "Taco Justice" - best tacos/burritos/nachos I've had in my life. I could go on and on lol. Yeah, you might have to work a little bit harder to practice when you move back to Ontario, but it won't be impossible to do so, and the trade off would be worth it (in my opinion). That is my very very long response to you. Go where your heart tells you to go.
  15. 1 point
    I'm from Ontario, and I have narrowed down my choices between Ryerson and UVic. Ryerson: PROS- better networking in Toronto for human rights law (also will want to practice in ON), not having to article, and the faculty has great reviews on ratemyprof. CONS- 22K tuition and 2.5/month rent, and I'm not a city girl. UVic: PROS- 11K tuition, 1.5K/month rent, and my dream of living in the mountains will be fulfilled! CONS- not the province I'll be practicing in. Throw any of the pros and cons that I've missed! Brutally honest opinions are appreciated lol.
  16. 1 point
    I wasnt aware the left hated gamers 😂
  17. 1 point
    He is back from the dead and recently released a podcast with his daughter, Mikayla Peterson, who was at one time completely debilitated by chronic pain and horrible ankle disfigurements but has entirely cured herself of same with a diet consisting purely of beef. 🤓 I actually did listen to it and it makes his addiction + treatment ordeal seem a bit less crazy than others might depict (although still very wild). Basically got hooked on benzos years ago and needed to kick them but him and his fam could not find a North American treatment procedure they trusted (has to be stupid on their part) so they shipped him to Siberia in a box and he nearly died in a cold turkey facility full of dying Russians but he might be fine now and back to normal. He also touches on the apple cider thing and admits that he probably was sleeping in short stints but just not noticing. There's a religiosity or a propensity for belief in Jordan Peterson that most people don't have in 2020 and you really only see in, well, deeply religious people. I think it can and has lead him down some strange paths but it's also probably necessary in order for him to engage honestly with some of the bigger ideas that he has become popular for discussing. As someone who has been a pretty staunch atheist for most of their life I found his lecture series on the Bible pretty awesome, to be honest.
  18. 1 point
    Is Jordan Peterson even relevant anymore? Didn't he get butchered by some hack doctors and left unable to move or speak properly after undergoing experimental treatment in Russia because he had paranoid delusions about the Western pharmaceutical industry, or something? I will say, between that episode and his absurd claim that after drinking apple cider he felt "impeding doom" and was unable to sleep for 25 days straight, I'd be very cautious about even accepting his supposed expertise in psychology (perhaps I'd be especially skeptical about his claims in that area). lol
  19. 1 point
    If only my parents understood my gaming as "getting shit done" when I was growing up. I would have gotten out of a lot of chores.
  20. 1 point
    Sorry to contribute to the derailing, but I just found a bit of Dave Rubin idiocy I wasn't previously aware of, and it's too hilarious not to share. This has got to be one of the most inane takes on anything ever:
  21. 1 point
    Most ppl will not know at this early stage. I'd just be honest about your interest and intentions and apply to firms that have a variety of practice areas. In my mind, there is nothing wrong with saying: "I don't know what area of law I want to do; I liked these areas in law school, but I want to be exposed to everything possible to help me make my choice."
  22. 1 point
    Your post makes more sense now. Most students coming out of a law school in Canada have at least a general idea of the direction they want to go. However, a good number of domestic law students also graduate without much of a clue. Many people article in one area and switch to another, or practice in one area and switch to another. Most firms and lawyers do more than one thing. You can apply to a firm and express your demonstrated interest in doing a couple of different things. If you are interested in what the firm does + something the firm would like to do, then maybe it would be a good fit for you and them. Being said, be as precise as possible: it's probably best to be able to actually show why you are interested in say two or three different areas of law, rather than express just a vague interest in a host of areas.
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  24. 1 point
    Hey! I have a similar cgpa, so I made the decision to do a 5th year to boost both both my cgpa and l2. I didn't want to take an extra year at first, but now that I'm doing it I couldn't be happier. Maybe consider taking fewer classes and spending more time volunteering/working so that your last year isn't just focused on completing a program you don't really love. In regards to your LSAT score, i think it might be worth it to look into tutoring if you're still at only a 150ish after an lsat course. I know it can be expensive but if you REALLY want to avoid studying during the year, it might be worth it to go all out for the august test date. That has been my mindset when studying for the august date- I just won't have the time during the year so I'd really like to get it out of the way before then. Hope that is somewhat helpful:) Best of luck!
  25. 1 point
    It's really a damn shame what's going on in BC. The NDP should see the trial lawyers as their partners for justice. Instead they blame them for a failing insurance company. It'll be interesting to see what other practices start to develop in bc now.
  26. 1 point
    @CorpClerk13 I also received a similar email on Monday regarding the status of the waitlist after providing admissions with updates to my application. I was waitlisted back in April.
  27. 1 point
    I realized that Rubin offered nothing of value but it appears I did not appreciate the depths of his stupidity!
  28. 1 point
    I articled with the MAG criminal law division and my grades weren’t anything special. For the crim division, I think showing you’ve taken the appropriate courses - evidence, crimpro - and explaining your interest in the work is mostly what they’re looking for. DM me if you have any questions
  29. 1 point
    Anyone who lumps Sam Harris in with the other individuals you mentioned there simply isn't familiar with his work. But by the sounds of it we'll both be happier to agree to disagree and avoid getting into this.
  30. 1 point
    I've stopped engaging when we get the Harris/Rubin/Shapiro/Peterson types around here.They usually flare up then disappear.
  31. 1 point
    You still have a chance of gaining admission to law school, but in order to do that, it's best to stop thinking about what you plan to achieve and start acknowledging the situation that you're actually in. If you're averaging a 150 now, how likely is it that you'll score a 165 in a month's time? Your GPA is relatively low, so a fifth year shouldn't be off the table. You can't afford to be picky in your situation, so do everything you can to improve your stats. Your extracurriculars should be secondary to that goal.
  32. 1 point
    @Turtles I was in a similar situation to you. Were you asked for a co-signor? Just pursue this to the end of the line. Keep and screenshot all your correspondence. Get a formal email if you're denied from Scotia/TD. It's a terrible feeling, but Osgoode will interface with you, work with you and work it out.
  33. 1 point
    Eh, the exam will probably just take you a little bit longer. Pretty much everyone passes, even if they are a slower reader. No reason to be stressed about it! Best of luck
  34. 1 point
    I think they're still pretty accurate for most schools. Average GPA/LSAT isn't going to deviate very much year-to-year. TRU and Lakehead don't list their GPA/LSAT requirements because they're only ~10 years old and want more admissions data before being able to list accurate averages.
  35. 1 point
    https://www.canadianlawyermag.com/news/general/suing-for-equitys-sake/267406 “ LaCalamita, who is currently not working but looking for a new position, had been earning $300,000 a year and is now seeking $12 million in damages.”
  36. 1 point
    There should hopefully be movement soon as I withdrew my acceptance yesterday. Good luck!
  37. 1 point
    As a fellow high-anxiety person: I leave my phone at home. I have found it is the single most effective way to focus on what I am doing and enjoy the scenery / food / company / silence. Unless there really is some urgent call likely to come through - like grandma is in the hospital or jury is out and could be back anytime - you will be surprised how often you are really only using your phone for social media and obsessive checking of emails. It's vampiric. It's unhealthy. It needs to be measured out. I think that constant exposure to noise is taking an incredible toll on us all, and this toll is unequal to anything anyone really ever dealt with prior to 2010 or so.
  38. 1 point
    I like thinking about the intersection of employment and operations, so I don't mind musing about how a firm should be run during a global pandemic. If you didn't actually understand, you could have just asked for further clarification -- no need to baselessly intone that I was disregarding the fact that most workers are treated far worse. Good night BQ and see you in the next thread.
  39. 1 point
    Nevermind, I don't really care, I'll leave you with a quote by someone else from another thread: "BlockedQuebecois could start an argument with an empty room." Also, not polite to make character accusations if you are misunderstanding their casual comment on a forum. Yikes.
  40. 1 point
    One can make an observation about a negative work situation without also implying that it’s worse than anywhere else in the world. No need to jump in the comment.
  41. 1 point
    If it helps, I haven’t started preparing yet, and I’m scheduled to write on the 15th. So you’re surely better prepared than me. I would just focus on the fact that the bar exam in Ontario is, largely, procedural. Unless you have a history of test anxiety that severely hampers your performance, or you have no idea how to write a multiple choice exam, you’re probably going to pass. And even if you don’t, it’s hardly the end of the world.
  42. 1 point
    @BlockedQuebecois strikes again. Guy could start an argument in an empty room. @pzabbythesecond, I took your point, since I've literally never heard of anyone getting 100% on any exam or assignment at my law school, at least.
  43. 1 point
    Do the moot, because your list of pros and cons illustrates that you don't care at all about the people the clinic serves, so it would be better for everyone involved for the slot to go to someone who does.
  44. 1 point
    Everyone seems fine with bird law
  45. 1 point
    The best ROI is to go to McGill as a Quebec resident and then become the most successful plaintiff-side class actions lawyer in the country. YMMV.
  46. 1 point
  47. 1 point
    One thing I'd like to say on this subject is that I'd encourage anyone going to law school to be kind to themselves. In law school I have worked with and studied under lawyers who were gold medalists, Supreme Court of Canada clerks, Ivy League or Oxbridge grad degreeholders, etc. People who have worked on genocide cases at The Hague, people who have argued or been cited before the SCC, people who have advised Prime Ministers, etc. And many of them did this while juggling family life and all sorts of other responsibilities. I had fewer personal responsibilities and accomplished none of the things any of those people did. It is really easy to forget that studying at a Canadian law school is itself an indication of some degree of success and competence. It is easy to forget that law exams--while not meaningless--assess some very specific skills and aren't necessarily completely representative of your intelligence or ability or potential as a practicing lawyer. It is easy to forget that assessments of you (in academics, in OCIs, in clerkship applications, etc) are relative to other people who are switched on, intelligent, motivated and high achieving people. It is hard to contextualize everything. In short, there is a lot of noise in law school that will inevitably make the majority of people there feel like fuckups. I'm sure that different people will have different ways of dealing with this, but what I found really valuable was doing all sorts of volunteering providing legal services to those who couldn't afford it but didn't qualify for Legal Aid, and keeping the messages that I received from people thanking me and making notes of such things when they happened in person. In the end what has reassured me of my own worth wasn't any grades or recommendation letters or job offers I received, but rather the time a psychiatric patient shook my hand and thanked me because I got him released from the hospital, the time an accused hugged me because I was able to prevent her from getting a criminal record over a minor assault that a prosecutor was treating as the crime of the century, the time a client wrote a long, heartfelt letter thanking me for caring and fighting for them even though I lost their case, the time a single father thanked me for successfully fighting the eviction of him and his disabled daughter, the time that a client's refugee claim was successful and they texted me to thank me for helping make it happen. Whatever else, good or bad, pursuing all of this has meant for me, this all serves as a reminder that I do have value and so did my decision to go down this path. And further, that I owe it to both myself and others to work hard and keep at it, because as law students and lawyers we are empowered to do some real good and shouldn't squander it.
  48. 1 point
  49. 1 point
    My brother was accepted and didn't bother to make an account so I am posting on his behalf. Regular Applicant - LSAT: 152, GPA: 73% He was rejected from ubc and waitlisted for uvic so likely will be accepting.
  50. 1 point
    Just as shocked as the rest of you will be, but... Got the call at 2:45 MST. OLSAS GPA: 3.40 B3 (self-calculated): 3.57 LSAT: 164 Again, shocked. Non-traditional background for law and a few years experience working in student conduct, but I definitely did not expect to hear anything back from Toronto.
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