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  1. It’s a secondary undergraduate degree as it requires at least three years of a previous undergraduate program. When I was at Queens it was mostly about recognizing that law students are more mature students with an education commensurate with their graduate peers’.
  2. Yeee. Call your law society and talk to a bencher. You do not want to make this call based on anonymous internet advice. Since you are a lawyer in your own right you do not want to leave this one up to the partner. If shit hits the fan and you made the wrong call he will not be an adequate shield. Do your due diligence and make the call and take notes of what you told them, what they told you, names and dates - and keep those notes.
  3. Start with your most recent work experience and go backwards. If you have done any seminars or presented or authored any papers as a lawyer add them here. Then your legal education. Include (briefly) anything from law school like: -Legal Aid Clinic intake worker -Junior Editor of Law Review - Lebel Moot (runner up 2017) Then your undergrad. Note your major and any outstanding awards or experiences. This should be a kind of reverse pyramid: most detail with work experience, middling with school, and very little with undergrad. You are getting hired as a professional - not as a student. This is the difference: as a lawyer you sell your experience, not your potential. Lean on the little experience you have far more than anything else. Up to you if you include non law jobs. If you have two years or fewer legal experience, or something relevant to the specific industry that involves this area of law, maybe include. Otherwise don’t. Your resume should never never go past two pages. MY resume is fewer than two pages and I have been at this law job application game for fifteen plus years now. Good luck.
  4. Don’t drastically alter you appearance. I work with several people who have studs and blue or purple hair. Hell there is a judge sitting right now with some kind of silver/green action going on in her ‘do. You may have a mental image of lawyers but don’t feel pressure to conform at this stage with haircuts and navy suit/white shirt if it isn’t your style. Wear clean and ironed pants and a collar shirt, or a blouse and skirt, or whatever you would typically wear to a nice restaurant if you were taking your grandma out for her birthday. On the same note, don’t act out just to symbolically defy conformity. It’s a breakfast, not a performance. Be chill, be friendly, enjoy.
  5. Sent to me anonymously: BC resident who transferred from outside of BC to UVic after 1L. This was around 2012-2014. I had average grades. Reason provided was to be closer to family and significant other. Also, I attended law school outside of BC because this one had a reputation in a specific area of law and after first year I realized I just wanted to practice and it wasn't going to be in that area. Also, now that I knew that, might as well learn BC law if I'm going to practice in BC and not in some niche area. My undergrad grades were not amazing. B+ overall. My LSAT, I think it was a 164(?). The point here is that I don't think I would have gotten into UVic as 1L but I did end up there as a 2L. UVic has a lot of transfers so there's more 'transfer people' who experienced the same thing. In other words, there's a pre-existing group to socialize with. Any feeling that I was out of place subsided overtime.  When looking for articles I was asked about transfer all the time. Sometimes it was just an observation "I see you went to X in your first year" Sometimes it was a "oh I went to X, too." Sometimes it's just a curiosity or it's the first thing they see on the resume. My advice is to be natural and normal. I had many reasons for attending out of province and many reasons for transferring. One reason is that I was not a competitive applicant for BC law schools. I'm talking UVic and UBC, not TRU which in my opinion was too fresh at the time. But that doesn't explain why I attended X instead of some other out of province law school. Employers only want a basic explanation so they can just move on to another subject. Give them an explanation that is true and that makes sense and move on. I used it as an opportunity to talk about the differences between the schools - like cultural differences, political differences. 
  6. If anyone wanted to post something but didn’t want the reply associated with their account they can PM me and I will repost it myself.
  7. Re-arrange your priorities. Choose something that you enjoy that challenges you. The “easy” path isn’t going to prepare you for anything but a life of trying to access shortcuts. You will hit a wall sooner rather than later. Instead, do what you actually want to do and aim higher for yourself.
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  9. Men and women are expected to wear suits to professional events. You just need one. But you do need one.
  10. Learn to cook and do your own laundry and iron a dress shirt. Get a suit and wear it around a bit until it’s a comfortable outfit and not a dress up costume. My usual advice is to go to a fancy bar and order a drink. Update all your health stuff - prescriptions, glasses, teeth, get a physical, etc. Then get photos of your family and friends developed and throw them in some frames. You’re going to want them in your new digs. Finish the novel you have been meaning to read. Finish knitting the scarf you started or building the shed in your parent’s backyard or whatever. Finish your tasks to feel good and motivated for the next steps. Read Getting To Maybe and relax.
  11. When you first start working as a lawyer you want to work long hours because you need to learn. The work itself teaches you how to do it. Law school teaches you the law. It does not teach you how to be a lawyer. To jump on Diplock’s metaphor, school taught you to read and write and analyze prose: it did not teach you how to be an author. After three years of law school you have the tools but not the skills. So anyone who imagines starting out working part time with a sort of casual approach to hours and cases has their priorities wrong. If you want to be a lawyer, plan to be a good one. That means learning the job properly. That means long hours until you master the skills. This is a service industry: people rely on you to be competent and knowledgeable and skilled. You will be none of those things until you have earned them through lots of hard work. You owe it to your clients, who trust you with their families, their money, their businesses, their liberty.
  12. Ah well, that was an experiment. I am going to unpin it.
  13. The mods have no concerns about this thread. If you do, please PM Morgan directly, rather than derailing the thread.
  14. This will seem petty but I swear it isn’t: it’s “advice.”. Advice is a noun. You want advice. Give me advice. Inviting advice. It is pronounced exactly as it is spelled Advise is a verb. I advise you to wait. You advise action. Advise me. It is pronounced as if the “s” were a “z”. It is a very very common mistake but as a new lawyer you need to know the difference.
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