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  1. 1. Not worrying about spending money on vacation - That means buying things I want and eating where I want. I have been on vacation with people on a budget and to me that's not the point of vacation. 2. Not packing a lunch. Criminal litigation means you break when the court decides and have little or no say in how long your lunch is so I eat on the go all the time. Usually it is with the other lawyers but its nice not packing a lunch every day. 3. If I want or need something I just buy it and dont have to wait until pay day -A stick breaks, I need to fix my car etc...
  2. After first semester of 1L I attended progressively less class every semester after that. I knew my strategy to succeed and understood my strengths and weaknesses and used them to my advantage. In 1L my grades did not correlate well with my class attendance and participation. It isnt about "skipping class" its about understanding your habits and your strengths/weaknesses and using them to your advantage. I have issue concentrating in class but am focused when reading and taking notes so I would use class time to read and take good notes. There is also a lot of other variables so there is no hard or fast rule about how to learn and succeed in law school and anyone that suggests there is only one way to do something in school isnt correct.
  3. Fair enough, sorry for misunderstanding. Im mostly a crim guy who dabbles in some civil lit.
  4. I liked forced Settlement Conference in Small Claims given the nature of the Claims and often unrepresented parties. I dont think we are talking about family law? The issue in your first paragraph is fair but we have an ethical duty FWIW to be open minded to settlement and encouraging but its more from parties this hard line (In my experience)
  5. What a horrible decision. I made that exact offer recently, and just had a Settlement Conference where the same offer was in play. There are so many garbage cases brought by Plaintiffs that a no costs dismissal isnt an unreasonable offer.
  6. Dont ask about their undergrad or law school - I would say work as well but I think people differ on that. The biggest thing is dont fake a topic (I saw a poster point this out) talk like a normal person and try to find something in common that you can actually discuss. I like talking about sports and movies/TV and we can talk about that then perfect if not Ill be annoyed if you dont know what you are saying.
  7. Check how your GPA breaks down and why it is a 3.0. Worst case you had a 3.0 every year with exactly B grades the whole time. If you have two years (Better if your last two) with a 4.0 and then your other two are a 2.0 then you are looking better. If you have 75 of your grades as As and B +s and 25% Cs and Ds then you are looking better. I would look at specifically what each school takes into consideration as far as your grades because there are best 2 schools, last 2 schools and schools that have a method of calculation where they drop a certain amount of your worst grades. I would retake the LSAT and do a masters before going to the US or UK. Not every school will consider post graduate grades but some will and hopefully you will score better. Same with the LSAT as most schools look at the best one so improve there. This option is much cheaper than the US/UK. Also apply broadly after you figure out if any of the above two paragraphs work for you.
  8. Articling started pretty slow for me and have some dull times but there are things to do: go to court, read old files, review some fun cases on line, look at other local lawyer profiles to get a sense of who you are working with etc... The blog suggestion is pretty on point too.
  9. Pretty solid humble brag. In all reality the in/out threads over the years are a good reference for a snapshot of the type of grades getting in and they are definitely varied. My advice is to always apply broadly and you never know. Good luck in any event.
  10. Its hard to determine how the "Mature" categories evaluate applicants. Your marks are way below any threshold and certainly will hurt your application but if you do well enough on the LSAT and want to spend $1,000.00 + applying to various schools that have a favorable mature category then go for it but dont be optimistic and apply broadly.
  11. Trusts, estate, family law and real estate. Tax would probably also touch on those subjects. Contracts is mandatory if not definitely take that. I didnt go in Ontario so not sure how specific the classes go but those are the broad ones I can think about.
  12. Its still Bay Street and I would believe even a small Bay Street firm can absorb that impact. I was in a small firm and negotiated my major raise a few months after articling based on my billings. I got a small raise after being called but still at that point I had no idea what I was worth because its such a big transition it makes it hard to speculate. I guess itll be different for everyone everywhere.
  13. If that was your only articling offer why do you think you have more leverage now? Your salary is generally tied into worth to the firm but since you havent worked as a lawyer yet you dont know your worth to the firm. I would discuss something to start and then inquire what kind of billing/hours would it take for you to reach the next salary level and then you aim for that.
  14. Articling is extremely important. Law School does a poor job of teaching what it is like to be an actual lawyer, it does a good job of teaching the theory and history behind the law but not about being an actual lawyer. Articling is the addition to law school that does this. 8 Months is an amount that I would say is too short to properly do this but there has there be some concession for new lawyers to begin actually making money. The system in place at Lakehead is deficient IMO having a CO-OP for a semester isnt anything close to an actual term of articling. I believe there have been stories on this board of students having to article from Lakehead even after the semester CO-OP. The students I have seen doing the CO-OP have not been close to have the responsibilities of an actual articling student. The fact that someone can CO-OP and then open up their own shop is dangerous. I think a lawyer needs their articling period and probably needs a longer one. My articling experience was amazing and taught me so much and I couldnt imagine not having it. Some have had different experiences from that and Im sure students graduating from Lakehead have had good and bad experiences.
  15. TRU is the either the third or second newest law school in Canada. The two areas of law that you suggest aren't really "areas of law" so to speak. There are very few lawyers who practice uniquely in those areas and also very few positions available for that. Social Justice is an overarching theme that is found in a lot of different areas of law depending how you look at it. Its hard to make a comparison between two schools on those three things but for what its worth TRU had/has at least one international law class when I was there and IIRC there is a clinic now to help. That would hit two of your three interests beyond that the city of Kamloops doesnt present many if not any international or immigration law opportunities. Ottawa will have much of those two opportunities. Social Justice is everywhere so no need to look far for that. I did my undergrad in Ottawa and law school in Kamloops. I prefer Ottawa as a city but I prefer TRU as a campus. Ive heard not nice things about administration, class sizes and so forth from people who attended the law school. Not to say TRU didnt have similar issues but I attribute that to the youth of the school and 3L was much smoother than 1L. If you are from Van and want to work in Van then it should be TRU but otherwise its a tougher decision.
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