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Everything posted by Hegdis

  1. You need to ask the actual parties involved. No one here can give you legal advice on Visa qualifications.
  2. Get photos developed of good friends and family and buy a couple cheap frames. It will make your next digs feel more like home.
  3. Do your own homework. Edit: my apologies to the OP. I misunderstood this as an actual exam question, not as a prep question. Disregard my comment and feel free to discuss.
  4. This is the type of question that is so specific you need to contact the admissions office directly. No one here will be able to give you a specific answer.
  5. Do your own homework. Or conversely, get legal advice offline.
  6. You are not a lawyer in Canada until you either 1. get a Canadian degree, article, and pass the Bar, or 2. Get a foreign law degree recognized by the NCA, write the NCA exams, article, and pass the Bar.
  7. Call the school to ask.
  8. I would have a go at the athlete angle since it’s interesting. The first bit is such a common path it does nothing to set you apart. The taekwondo story does.
  9. If anyone has anything more to say that is constructive, go ahead. But let’s not pile on the OP. S/he can take or leave the advice already given.
  10. I just read this great book called Wonderland. The opening chapter explains the discovery of the colour purple (as a dye). I thought it was fascinating. I have been meeting a lot of new people at social events lately and that tiny story has started a bunch of interesting conversations that go somewhat beyond “how about those Raptors?” I recommend having a handful of pocketchange vignettes. If the conversation lags, spend thirty seconds saying something interesting. People can use them as a springboard into any topic - books, travel, movies, whatever. And they will - people want to talk and engage; they just don’t always know how. Be the person who supplies the rest others need to think of what to contribute.
  11. Pzabby isn’t wrong. Lawyers are masters of communication. Honing this skill will only help you.
  12. I think the dual JD program at Windsor would suit you better than anything else I can think of at this juncture and based on your posts in this thread.
  13. You’re forgetting articling. That is a big thing to forget.
  14. If you want to be an American lawyer I am not sure why you’re going to spend time and money getting a Canadian J.D. Law is jurisdictional and you will be wasting a lot of time and money learning about how it works in the wrong country. You are making it pretty difficult for yourself, needlessly. Work on your grades and LSAT and try to get into a decent school in the state where you intend to practise - AFTER you have sorted out your Visa requirements. Just seems like you are doing things all out of order. It’s going to cost you.
  15. We generally don’t allow advertisements for products or services here. And once you are connected with your blog we will not delete any posts you make here. So I would suggest putting it in your profile, but not linking it in a thread as a happy medium. This thread should be enough of a “promotion” for lack of a better word; people can visit your profile and follow your link if they are interested. Just please don’t come back ten months from now to request a mass deletion. This sort of thing has happened before
  16. I was young, like ProfReader. People don’t like lawyers who feel the need to shove their lawyerness down the throats of everyone at X Social Event. And a lot of young lawyers fall into that trap. You try to make it, so you fake it, and then you forget to turn it off... and you become that idiot at the bar. Indulge in some self awareness, bite your cheek, and ask about the other person first - and you’re usually fine.
  17. As some one who has been a principal to a student, I will just share some thoughts. Articling is a bridge into the profession. You aren’t really a student anymore; you’re an apprentice. So get out of the mindset that you get assignments with all the requirements and the instructions set out before you. If you don’t get into the habit of teaching yourself- reading caselaw, reviewing your textbooks (not yet out of date!) and reviewing office precedents and seeking out the chance to sit in court and see it done - you will fall behind and no one is going to stop you. Once you are Called, no one cares. As a professional you are going to have to work with all kinds of people. So if your principal isn’t sitting down with you to go over every task she sets, you need to figure out how much you can do on your own, make an appointment to see them (your principal is not endlessly available to you, they are busy, make a formal appointment according to their calendar) and then lay out what you have done and where you got stuck. Complaining about your principal isn’t going to help. Learning to work with them will both go some way to making your articles better AND give you valuable experience making a professional relationship work. Yes, you can be fired. Make sure you don’t deserve it. Be proactive. Take the initiative. Fight for yourself.
  18. Look up your Law society rules. It’s all in there.
  19. If you are struggling, a quick way to add variety to your diet is to host a potluck. Make whatever dish you can and ask people to bring whatever they have. You can share and then - typically - the host gets the leftovers. Bonus is socializing with your peers and maybe even starting a Sunday night tradition! UBC farms also hosts a lot of food events. And if you get part time work at Whole foods or another market you often get a deal on groceries or flat out get to take the unpretty produce home. The classic ramen-topped-with-whatever diet can work if you include veggies and the occasional meat (another great way to use leftovers). There is also the food bank, although I recognize that is often not the best option in terms of accessibility unless you have a car.
  20. I was not thinking about crying unless it was from laughing too hard. All the prospective Calls were lined up together out of sight and only went down one by one, so we passed the time comparing what the crazy old bigoted tailor said to each of us when he was fitting us for our robes. By the time we were properly assembled we were collectively squirming and snorting with all the grace of a busload of ten year olds holding a silent fart competition. Some of us are named partners now.
  21. Some have done it. My view is that if you feel passion about something, go for it. Law school can wait. It’s still gonna be there.
  22. And the files and dealing with the detritus of humanity. There was an animal abuse file I dealt with involving a golden lab. That was eight years ago. And on occasion it is why I drink. I actually addressed this formally some time back but - the job can cause hurts that you want to salve over.
  23. No one can reassure you that your career prospects on the other end will make 75k a comfortable load. The answer is always “it depends”. 75k of debt is about the norm for a law student. Most students find employment after law school. There are outliers on either end - the ones who find nothing and the ones who get hired on Bay - most fall in between. The most important thing is how you manage your money and how well you do in school. The goal is to maximize opportunity and limit debt. What you have going for you is the right mindset from the start. You aren’t going to mistake a LOC for “free money”, which is what a lot of your peers will be doing.
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