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  1. No, no, no, a thousand times no - dress like you're going out for dinner with friends. You're a student, not a lawyer yet.
  2. You could copy and paste that for the statement of facts in the appellant/respondent factum in a few years.
  3. Generally speaking if large Vancouver firms are your intended articles, then they will not be fussed about you going to an out of province school so long as they have some indication that you intend to stay in Vancouver, which is not a problem for you. The firms want to see that you have an first year average that ranks highly compared to your peers and that you have some measure of personality and that you carry yourself somewhat professionally. Where you went to school, aside from a few exceptions, does not, in my experience, weigh dramatically.
  4. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/harper-nominates-marc-nadon-for-supreme-court/article14602137/ Nadon J.A. of the Federal Court of Appeal to the SCC. If approved, this means a 6-3 male to female ratio on the Court. C'mon, Harper.
  5. Adding "JD candidate" serves absolutely no purpose other than to highlight the sender's insecurity.
  6. If Vancouver is your final market of choice, I'd give the edge to U of A (coming from a U of S grad). Anecdotally, I've been working in the Vancouver market for about a year now. I have observed that the grads from either school are roughly comparable. So, as Ptolemy said, Edmonton, and proximity may be decisive.
  7. If you want to work in Ontario, go to Osgoode. If you want to work in Saskatchewan (or perhaps Calgary), go to U of S.
  8. I agree, kicking sand on law students from TRU accomplishes little (though, I would say that this summer, there were a number of TRU boosters on this board predicting dozens or more OCI hires out of proportion of TRU's size and reputation). But your reasoning above is premised on a perfectly unbiased market. More students will inevitably impact almost all students from here on out, not just the mediocre or poor students. I've heard of plenty of competitive students having a very, very difficult time getting a position. The Vancouver market is probably over saturated as it is; Calgary's hiring swagger depends on commodities in large part. TRU probably shouldn't have been created as it is today. What I mean by that is that it shouldn't have been created premised as a non-urban focus with no means to realize that goal. There are legitimate shortages in rural communities. There aren't in large urban centres. We're passed this stage now. TRU is a fact and we ought not hold it against the individuals who chose to go there, or whose circumstances dictated that they attend TRU. But we shouldn't forget the market realities facing students in this province and almost everywhere else. The next time someone comes a long with the siren song of rural markets and a new law school, we ought to say a firm, but polite, no, thank you.
  9. There's something to be said for being equipped to handle two professions, even if one is just in a pinch.
  10. As the posters above have suggested, I think this is a case 'the grass is greener on the other side'. Law school may not be for you, but that's no reason to abandon it on the precipice of your degree. It is not as if you have a ready made, guaranteed alternative to law school. You have a vague plan. albeit made with some enthusiasm. In any event, you're FOUR months away from a degree that can have utility beyond the immediate school atmosphere and profession you find so toxic. At this point, all you have to do is breathe and keep your eyes open and they'll give you a degree. To through all away after three and a half years of putting up with it seems absurd. It suggests to me that you want to leave to make a point, to the school, to the profession - perhaps to this forum. But think of your long term future. Finish.
  11. There's no doubt that TRU added students to an already competitive market. For anyone trying to break into vancouver, regardless of where you went to school, this will make life more difficult. I don't think anyone can seriously dispute that. However, I find it hard to fault the TRU candidates for this. They're following the natural course available to them; this school, in their view, was the best chance at finding a job. The decision to input 75 more law students into the system should not be ascribed to them.
  12. You're logically correct, AN. What I was saying above was with reference to individual perspective. If you view everything from a tribal perspective (I am a UBC candidate, not an individual; I am TRU candidate, not an individual), then yes, its always a loss for the incumbent schools. My hope was that people would try to divorce themselves from this perspective to some extent. There's a lot more to people then their law school.
  13. I agree. In the next 2-3 rounds of summers/articles, I think we'll see better numbers. I hope that people in the mix over the next few years decline to view the situation as a zero-sum game between schools.
  14. I don't think erin made that comment qua moderator; she made that comment qua poster. She wasn't trying to censor debate, merely get the discussion back on to its original topic.
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