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    First trial tips?

    I did one about a month in articling it was great here are something that I did and I tell others who ask this question. 1. Be prepared, obviously that goes without saying but focus and have everything laid out ready for you ill have specifics below. 2. Have questions ready for all the witnesses, have the questions typed up and anticipate follow up questions you will have. You should know most of the answers that will be given by all of the witnesses but be prepared for curve balls. 3. Draft a factum style memo for yourself as part of your submissions. Have all the law summarized, have the application of your facts to the law. 4. Have your evidence in a ready format to give to the court. If you have multiple pictures double check that you have enough copies for the judge, the opposing party, the witness on the stand and you. This goes for quotes, agreements of purchase and sale etc... make sure you have 4 copies and have them already neatly set up in the order you anticipate submitting them. The evidence should have been disclosed prior to trial but some people lose them. 5. Meet with your clients before and brief them on what to expect and how the day will unfold. For instance I always tell my clients if they dont know the answer to say they dont know the answer. Its a bad look to try and speculate or guess etc... 6. Have all the offers to settle ready and submissions for costs ready in case it gets to that point. Some Judges dont take submissions for costs, some take them in court and some in writing. Make sure you have a number you are requesting and why. Make copies of the offers to settle (if any) for this stage and adjust accordingly. 7. Have a brief opening statement in case the judge gives you the opportunity, some do and some dont. 8. If there is objectionable evidence in the other parties case make sure you are prepared for the objection. Ive had a trial where I knew the Plaintiff was going to attempt to disclose a letter but I was prepared with my objection and it didnt get in. The rules are looser in small claims court but there are still rules. 9. Have the rules of civil procedure, and the small claims court rules and an evidence textbook or something of that nature with you in case. It might not matter as there is less rules here but being prepared for any objections is good. 10. Be early with your client, this ties into 5. There is still resolution discussion going on in the date of trial and Ive had one judge insist on a pre-trail instead of a trial. 11. If the judge is wrong, or allows something that they shouldnt have or deny something on your end. Dont interrupt, dont argue just move on. 12. If the judge tells you to stop or that they have seen enough then that is a hint. Ive had a judge ask me if I wanted to call any evidence. The Plaintiff had presented their case and had been destroyed in cross. I told my client this means we are successful and the only way we could lose is if he says something terrible. He took the stand and I asked 5 questions and that was it we were successful. So if a judge says I dont need submissions, or no need to file more pictures then take the advice and move one. 13. This comes with experience but sometimes the opposing parties witness might say something really bad to their case. You might get a smoking gun type of answer, I usually stop with that witness or change the topic. You never want to give them a chance to back pedal or try to fix their mistake. Eepeist touched on this. Those are just some rambling thoughts I had.
  2. Look at cases that are relevant to your practice area and maybe go to court and watch proceedings (If that is an option available to you).
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    best law movies

    Molly's game I guess counts? Idris kills it and its an overall awesome movie. Otherwise add Runaway Jury for entertainment purposes, and the Wire is my favorite lawyer depiction across all forms of media.
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    Repeated Classes

    Both counted for me as well.
  5. Its hard to know what mature/access categories look so any advice given is limited. Your stats are not good by any stretch but actually prepare for the LSAT and see where that takes you. If financials arent a concern then apply broadly and see what happens - Worst case you are rejected from everywhere and back to the same point you are now.
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    USask vs Dalhousie vs TRU

    Those are all pretty much false. The landscape isnt brown and ugly. Tons of mountains and water. Never noticed a smell in three years, not even sure where the mill is to be honest. Plenty to do in the downtown and I can personally confirm more than two bars. Quoting an opinion piece from a defunct news paper (I believe) to support this proposition is tenuous at best. Never noticed an attitude. False. The winter is not freezing cold and the summer is perfect. I havent been to the East Coast so cant compare but yeah our experiences in Kamloops were obviously different so I guess its a matter of perspective.
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    How best to prepare for 1L?

    You will have three years to worry about law school. Take the summer off and don't think about it too much.
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    Stuff to Bring to Law School

    Some schools have free printers or the LS has access to its own student printer. Ink is so expensive so check with the school before this one
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    Stuff to Bring to Law School

    The extra monitor is clutch. I would suggest a vehicle. For instance if you have a vehicle and are debating bringing it to school or not I would suggest to bring it. It gives you so much more freedom. In saying all this don't go to the dealership and buy one if you dont have one.
  10. Bad idea in L1 unless its a job that is only weekends, your schedule is picked for you and it is the busiest of the three years course wise. In the upper years you pick your own schedule so you can build it around any potential job. Either way I wouldn't recommend it you will be too busy with school and ECs (if any) that you will want to enjoy your down time.
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    TRU vs Windsor

    I had the choice between Windsor JD/JD and TRU and the costs was completely in favour of going to TRU and its not even close. I would not recommend waiting a cycle if you have acceptances in hand, you cannot predict how the next cycle will go and you are wasting money on applications and losing a year of work. I articled in Ontario but I had it lined up and it is not Bay Street it is small town Ontario. There were students in my year who did interviews in Ontario but had to fund planes for quick trips. I dont think any of them articled in Ontario after the interviews but I think that had more to do with their significant others as opposed to the availability of a job.
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    No Luck in Second Attempt

    You graduate with a Windsor JD so the hiring would presumably be reflected in the overall hiring of Windsor JD graduates. The tuition isnt ideal but its a Canadian JD from an Ontario school.
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    Upset with 1L Grades, could use some advice

    Don't worry too much about 1L grades. Take the advice above and find out what you did wrong/could have improved and then assess for next year.
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    No Luck in Second Attempt

    I really wouldnt get too bogged down in what the school specializes in. First year is pretty much the same courses everywhere with the same courses and then you can take mostly what ever courses you want but every school will have the basics that you need to practice anywhere. Your stats arent bad so apply to every common law English school in Canada and I would suspect you wouldnt get rejected from them all. A Masters wont hurt and could help (With varying degrees) with your applications so that is a fine backup and it is the backup I had before going to TRU and working in Ontario. The JD/JD program at Windsor would be another option.
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    Hours : Targets, Expectations and Consequences

    I have a $$$ target to bill and that is a number based on salary. Anything above that goes into a number cruncher and I get a percentage of based on my expenses and overall firm health.
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    TRU vs Sask

    Yeah pretty much what Stark said. Stay with your family for the three years and travel on an as needed basis for interviews and stuff. There are Skype interviews, phone interviews and so forth so you might not even need to travel for work opportunities.
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    TRU vs Sask

    Well if you are considering moving to BC why isnt the move done now? That would save on the plane rides home, unless it is to see family. It is harder to network and get a job across Provinces during law school so it depends if that hassle is worth the tuition difference to you.
  18. I got my principal a signed framed Canadians picture for the office. The principal had other Habs stuff and other pictures around the office. It was like $150 or something like that. I did it because of I was thankful for all the help and being a principal is tough. It felt right and its still in the office. He was pretty shocked so if I hadnt bought anything then things wouldnt have been any different.
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    Are there too many law school graduates/students?

    Not really if I still made it through.
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    Are there too many law school graduates/students?

    Competition is good for the market so the number is fine. Some class sizes are probably too big like U of O and I dont think we need another GTA school. The school and extra seats can be better used in an area where there isnt much representation as far as a law school goes.
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    Negotiating Articling Salary

    You need to figure out what kind of targets you actually have and what the job entails first. Some jobs will have X target hours (or target $) you have to meet to justify your 14$ an hour, but it might not. If that is the case you can inquire that if you bill more than the X target consistently would there be a chance of the target and salary going up. Its a compromise position in that its not a raise or a higher starting salary for nothing you have to earn it.
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    Question about Vacation during Articling

    Well when you are articling you get X time off per law society guidelines. If you have a continuing positive dialogue just ask them now. I work in a similar size office and vacation requests go through office manager with approval from senior partner so its best to get ahead of the ball and it will help yourself and assistants with scheduling of matters.
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    Case of the nerves

    Thats called the courtroom
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    Chances? cGPA 3.67 LSAT 147

    Your chances are pretty slim to none with that LSAT. I mean that is extremely low and your CGPA is not enough to overcome, but not all schools use CGPA so you would have to calculate your Best 2 (B2), Last 2 (L2) and then check out schools that use drops such as U of M and UNB. The drop schools use a formula and index so there is maybe something there. I took an LSAT course and it was not for me but I would just hammer as many practice tests as you under actual timed constraints. There is probably much better advice on the LSAT board and I would dig through there. I only got 158 so Im no expert.