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  1. 6 points
    I'm sorry that you are feeling left out. This year is challenging for everyone. I will say, though, that if this 'clique' is continuing to hang out together in a group indoors, stay away from them! That is exactly the type of behaviour that is causing the current hotspots!
  2. 5 points
    Got a call and over the moon. Fingers crossed everyone else here that has shared their updates and anxiety alongside me get their preferred firms!
  3. 3 points
    I had 6 firm interviews, and 3 offered, 2 confirmed rejected, and one ghosted me since Monday morning haha. So I think it's not some standard process.
  4. 3 points
    Comparing 1L to my 2L year happening right now, the academic component seems the same. The social part is obviously not great cause there's no longer CTTB or seeing people in the halls. I'm definitely suffering from zoom fatigue and just exhaustion from being in the same space constantly and so as a result I'm finding 2L worse than 1L. The 1Ls are definitely starting law school on hard mode. I think some of the competition of 1L only really emerges when second semester starts and people start getting grades and applying to jobs, trying out for moots, etc.
  5. 3 points
    Yes, yes engineers are big and strong and far smarter than everyone else. Please forgive those who doubt the might of the engineer, we've learned our lesson and will promptly return to weeping while looking at pictures of iron rings.
  6. 2 points
    I spoke to LSAC this morning, and they indicated that within the next few days they will be adding a version of the Flex into their Prep and Prep Plus packages. This is the current plan: • PT 73 (September 2014) will be added in 3-section Flex version to Prep (their free access package available to anyone with an LSAC account). • Parts of the May 2020 Flex will be added to the paid Prep Plus package (which is $99 a year). That latter one is BIG news since it means we'll see new, previously unreleased questions this year!
  7. 2 points
    Life is cliquey, unfortunately. High school never really ends. All you can do is extend invitations for activities you feel more comfortable with. If they join you, great! If they don't, whatever.
  8. 2 points
    Still haven’t heard from some places about interview confirmation. Starting to think I imagined them calling 😂
  9. 2 points
    I think my advice (which should be taken with a grain of salt anyways) would depend on whether you're interested in defence or prosecution. From what I understand, UofT does pretty well with MAG hiring if you want to be a prosecutor, but it's hard to make good money in criminal defence, especially when you're just starting out - in that case, I'd recommend taking on minimal debt. With that being said, you're correct in saying that you can get into criminal law from any school, and UofT does have great faculty (e.g., Kent Roach) and opportunities (e.g., Criminal Appellate Externship, DLS) for those with a criminal law focus.
  10. 2 points
    I received rejection emails from all but one firm. The firm in question I had 3 interviews with, but was ghosted today, so I guess it's not standard practice.
  11. 2 points
    Not comfortable answering, tbh, but I'm happy to report that I also got two incredibly polite calls from firms advising me I "wasn't up to snuff" so, while I won't give you an answer, hopefully i can give you a laugh lol
  12. 2 points
    Anything is possible, but obviously some paths are much more difficult/complicated when compared to others. It's always a weighing game with these questions re: upside of studying abroad (e.g., life experience) versus studying at home (e.g., better future job prospects). Obviously the VAST majority of lawyers in Quebec have studied locally. Some have switched over from abroad after getting some experience, while another subset after their international studies. That said, and as mentioned above, you will be competing in the local Quebec market against students that have put their full time studying the local laws and in schools known to local employers (i.e., easier for them to evaluate the candidates). The upside of an Australian law degree in Quebec is (in my opinion) pretty much nil, even if you plan on working on international deals. And this is coming from someone who worked at a large firm in Montreal where a "transfer lawyer" came over for a summer from the Australian office, for experience. Most large firms in Montreal have international M&A deals, but they still practice Quebec law. There are some degrees that may be more useful or at least familiar, such as French law (being civil law) or say New York or Ontario (which are geographically close, as well as often seen in candidates in Quebec). All-in-all, make a list of pros and cons. Money, life experience, prospects, training, etc. It's not a clear cut science, but ideally you would at least make somewhat of a decision as to where you are most likely to work after your degree. Law isn't unfortunately like a business degree and is thus not as transferable. The number one recommendation when choosing law schools is to study where you want to work, both because of the applicability of jurisdictions, but also due to proximity and contact with future employers during your studies. Far from me to categorically tell you not to study law abroad, but just be aware of your options I guess is what I'm saying. If you really want to travel, you can also take some time off school to do it (or take your summers off), or else do a degree prior to law school (such as a business degree), which could both be enjoyable and come in handy down the line (not to mention further differentiate you from other candidates). Inversely, there are also options of studying locally if you wish to keep doors open to working abroad, McGill probably being the best such option. My two cents (without any clear answers, obviously). Cheers,
  13. 2 points
    For those of you who are relatively new to the forum, this discussion of "my major is more difficult than any other!" has taken place multiple times. If you're interested in reading those (ridiculous and pointless) discussions, a search will provide you with hours of reading enjoyment (and irritation). Let's not derail someone's thread yet again. Thanks.
  14. 2 points
    From what I keep hearing. It is best practice to decline the offer you receive today and focus entirely on your interview next week.
  15. 2 points
    “On the Customs of the Professions” (n.d.) First Entry: When meeting an engineer one is instantly struck by the gravitas of his or her (or, in more modern terms ‘their’) iron ring. The appropriate custom is for all those of a lower ranking profession to bow, self-flaggelate to the ring-wearers satisfaction (in North America this is usually indicated by a sharp inhalation / flaring of the nostrils and an upward tilting of the chin) promptly kneel, and subsequently peck the iron ring which at this point has been extended forth in conjunction with the hand and arm - presented in a manner not unlike that which would be expected from royalty; that is, with a rather limp wrist and expression of mild disdain. As a rule, this phenomenon of courtesey generally applies to those members of the Medical, Accounting, and of course Legal professions, among those others deemed worthy of professional designation as is determined by the ring-wearer themself at any given time. Non-professionals need not worry about such introductions as they are typically not considered as worthy of the time nor even gaze of the engineer, as is discussed in “The Pinnacle of Achievement and How to Conduct Oneself as an Engineer” (n.d.). Exceptions to the rule are few and can be found in “On the Customs of the Professions, Exceptions and Qualifiers” (n.d.) but one such interesting circumstance that is worthy of note occurs when a professional engineer finds themselves in the presence of a law student. In light of such an imbalance of power, knowledge, and social standing the law student is to repeat the above routine, with the added step of reciting Godiva’s / Engineer’s Hymn at the top of their lungs. Should this recital not be up to the standard expected by the engineer, the law student is to repeat this process until the engineer is appeased. Alternatively, they may undergo the entire formal process only once and sing/repeat the hymn at the top of their lungs until the next crescent moon, by which point the engineer will have surely saved the world from peril many times over.
  16. 2 points
    If you feel it is important, why not try to work it into your personal statement? I’m not sure the sketch is the right place.
  17. 2 points
    What are you trying to question? Engineering is one of the most difficult degrees you can get lol. Obviously the work OP did in his undergrad is more difficult than the majority of aps. Dont be so naive
  18. 1 point
    Recently lsac released the averages of American and Canadian applicants this year so far. This link details the change in number of applicants for each school in Canada and the US https://report.lsac.org/VolumeSummary.aspx This is the roundup of stats for applicants so far and their LSAT compared to last year (click on the side bar for canadian lsat scores) https://report.lsac.org/VolumeSummaryOriginalFormat.aspx Thoughts on whether this makes the admissions journey harder? There seems to be a fall in the number of applicants for Canadian schools, but at the same time the bell curve for LSAT scores seems to have shifted slightly to the right. What do you make of this?
  19. 1 point
    Sorry for the difficult to answer and possibly irritating question. This forum seems to have a lot of helpful people who are willing to talk things out with foolish law students so I figured I'd give it a shot. Basically I'm a 1L and am really not enjoying it. My intrinsic motivation level is zero. I've managed to more-or-less keep up with coursework through sheer force of will. But the idea of doing extracurriculars, going to networking events, connecting with legal clinics etc makes me want to vomit, so I've only been doing coursework. I was never really interested in the law qua the law, but I always liked things like analytic philosophy and politics, and the LSAT was the kind of logical thinking that I enjoy. So I figured that once I got into law school I'd find the course material at least somewhat interesting, but I just... don't. I keep getting caught between "yeah, it's school, it's not supposed to be fun" on one hand, and "if you hate it so much, maybe you shouldn't be a lawyer" on the other. Obviously you can't judge everybody's mental state from looking at the way the gunners behave in class, but I can't help but get the feeling that everybody actually wants to be here and really has their heart in it, except for me. There's also the fact that school is online this year, so I've been stuck in my apartment with practically no social contact. Obviously this is bad for one's mental state which may be clouding things. So yeah, I don't really know what kind of answer I'm expecting, but does anyone have any thoughts? Did anybody hate law school but like practicing the law? Did anybody initially hate law school but get into the groove it? Or at what point do I just cut my losses and stop going deeper into debt for something I don't like?
  20. 1 point
    I lost my 2L summer job because of covid. I have some articling interviews coming up but I also have the opportunity to article with a sole practitioner I've been working part time for. She's a personal injury lawyer and I find the work interesting. My main issue is my employability after articling. I'm assuming no hireback since she's a sole. Would articling with a sole practitioner affect my chances of getting an associate job either in personal injury or insurance defense? My other concern is my really shitty luck in 2020. If I accept the offer and anything happens to the lawyer then I'm screwed.
  21. 1 point
    OP has a command of written English significantly beyond that of an average Canadian-born Canadian.
  22. 1 point
    Not sure about Ryerson, but why not Queen's or Western? Your LSAT is competitive, along with a solid B2/L2
  23. 1 point
    I don't know what you expect. The activities I did with my law school friends pre-COVID were "drink inside" or "drink outside". Given that the temperature is now rapidly dropping, and you don't want to be inside, you're not left with many options. Organize an outdoor excursion if you'd like, but the onus is on you to do so.
  24. 1 point
    Phew, that's a relief. What you said prompted me to verify and it looks like U of C does it as well, which I'm thankful for (https://law.ucalgary.ca/sites/default/files/Admissions/GPA FAQs.pdf). I hope to be able to post in one! But I'm gonna keep working hard this fall semester, because I'm not taking anything for granted.
  25. 1 point
    I don't understand. Why not just ask them to hang out in a venue where you feel comfortable. If they say no and you want to be part of the clique, then do what the clique does - hangout indoors.
  26. 1 point
    In my experience yes, sometimes students don't get exposed to a big variety of practice areas in 1Ls, because the 1L curriculum is quite theory heavy, and there are limited opportunities available to 1Ls in terms of substantial exposure to a variety of practice areas in the real world. People's minds can absolutely change as they get exposed to and learn more about things they didn't know before, particularly first generation law students. I also find that a lot of times it's not so much "changing" so much as it is "finetuning" and "zeroing in", from a more general area to a more specific area (e.g. you start in 1L wanting to do civil litigation but you don't realize until you're in 2L that you are specifically interested in practicing employment law as a litigator).
  27. 1 point
    Four semesters equates to two years of school left, yeah? The good news it that there are schools out that that look at your last or best two years. So you'll want to focus on doing well in your remaining years, getting a good LSAT score, and applying to those L2/B2 schools. Don't waste the application money on cumulative GPA schools; even if you were able to make a solid access claim there is no salvaging a 2.0.
  28. 1 point
    I've heard a thumb rule that it is about ten interviewees for every spot, but it really depends on the firm and their hiring practices.
  29. 1 point
    It will certainly be around through next April, and may longer! There's been no official word, but we've speculated on our podcast that what they might do is eventually add a 4th, experimental section and then add a break between sections 2 and 3. That would leave the test identical to now as far as scored content, but then add a way for them to test new questions. Because at some point they will run out!
  30. 1 point
    Probably takes them significant time to comb through transcripts and calculate L2 for the applicants whose L2s make a difference in their competitiveness, whereas cGPA is on the transcript itself and they can use it from day 1 of application review
  31. 1 point
    I'd say keep your fingers crossed. I got a call a couple minutes ago, after I posted, from a firm offering me a position after their top choice apparently declined after waiting to think (which I then declined).
  32. 1 point
    Interesting, I was just curious.
  33. 1 point
    It's difficult to believe that most people would enjoy law school remotely watching lectures over online video. Law school in 1st year is like learning a new language. You do not know how to properly read a case and many courses consist of reviewing old 19th century cases that are dense, boring, complex and difficult to understand. So yes, I couldn't imagine enjoying 1st year law school without the physical interaction with students/professors/mentors/TA's etc. Also, having a social life and going out with other law students is a critical part of the law school experience.
  34. 1 point
    It's kind of weird to add it in the sketch. The sketch is like a resume. Would you put being a parent in your resume? I agree with Pastrey that if you feel it is important to add it makes more sense to address in the personal statement.
  35. 1 point
    As you all know, some firms and organizations are interviewing next week. What happens if we get an offer on offer day, accept it, and wish to change our mind next week? Any ideas/experiences??
  36. 1 point
    I’m a 2L at Western and I’m happy to look over personal statements as well. Given the approaching deadline, I’ll try to get feedback to you in ~48 hours. Just over a week until the process is over. Hang in there!
  37. 1 point
    At least there's only 10 more hours!
  38. 1 point
    @gg092 Thanks so much! That clears it up a bit. I think I'm just dwelling on the worst case scenario a lot at this point, considering I've done fairly well in French seminars at UO before. I guess the only thing is the 1L learning curve but that's going to be a challenge no matter where one goes. Thanks once again
  39. 1 point
    Lol too early for sleep yet in BC, but I'm sure I'll struggle when I get there. I just came to wish everyone good luck tomorrow!
  40. 1 point
  41. 1 point
    That is a very impressive B2/L2. How anyone gets that many A+s is beyond me.
  42. 1 point
    Your resume sounds really solid. I got 6 of 8 interviews I applied for with a B average, including a B- in first year, and no law school ECs but strong work history. I didn't land a job through that process though, so take this with a grain of salt.
  43. 1 point
    Tuition is out of control, there is no doubt about that. It's hard for me to say whether it is worth the extra money since I have nothing to compare it to. What I will say is that I feel reasonably confident about my job prospects after graduation, if I can secure middle-of-the-road grades. Is that worth 35K? I don't know! I really struggled with the decision to choose a school, but now that it's started, I'm glad I'm here. Whether or not you want to pay the cost of tuition is definitely something worth asking yourself, and the answer will be very personal. I would think long and hard about it, and actually do the calculations of living expenses + tuition so that at bare minimum you know what you're getting yourself into.
  44. 1 point
    I can't definitively say what the French JD program is like for 1Ls. In general, the lectures are actually not complicated material (though 1L tends to be a learning curve due the type of learning it is). You could probably catch up in the textbook or review the powerpoint. As long as you generally catch what's important (i.e. what the prof signals will be on the exam), I'm sure you'll be fine. And if something's really not clear to you, ask a classmate or your professor directly.
  45. 1 point
    I really echo this sentiment. I'm a 2L and find my motivation much lower this year than in 1L. Being cooped up in your apartment and doing law school remotely is not fun at all. OP, I would take the online platform into consideration, but I also get the sense that your concerns stem from a deeper issue with the study of law itself. I think quitting when you realize you don't want to do this is a really smart decision. However, I would maybe wait for a few more months, at least until you've finished your first term. I enjoyed second term much more than first as classes delved deeper into case law and you find your bearings on how to read cases/statutes and apply them to a set of facts (which I think has a logical element to it that's reminiscent of the LSAT).
  46. 1 point
    This is a huge factor. I'm in 3L and dread each and every moment of work in virtual law school. It's isolating and depressing. Sorry you have to start off your law school journey this way. But know that you're not alone.
  47. 1 point
    Pick whichever school you prefer, because you almost certainly will not end up doing either of these things.
  48. 1 point
    I am very well paid, and don't mind working evenings and weekends if there is good reason for it. What drove me nuts was when it was a result of a fake emergency or because of poor planning or just a lack of respect for people's need for downtime. I have one file right now where the partner working on it regularly sends emails in the middle of the night and on weekends. I assume that when that person is working on my file at those hours I am not getting the quality of work I'm paying for, and I won't likely send any more files their way. I'll send work to people who are actually on top of their workload, not regularly chasing it down late at night.
  49. 1 point
    It is rarely a good idea to do only what is absolutely required. In law school, or in life.
  50. 1 point
    I suppose if you're really lacking a conversation topic you can bring up your 160+ LSAT
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