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  1. There is always someone who is going to be better than you. There's always someone taller, better looking, goes to a better school, gets better grades, earns more money, etc. It's one of the biggest things to learn as you get older - to not measure yourself in comparison to others.
  2. It's not a complete non-factor, but let's be honest: after articles you still don't have very much experience. It's not always easy to be looking for any kind of job post-articles for just that reason, but you probably won't be much worse off than anyone else. It also depends just how transferrable that practice area is. As a crim lawyer, any kind of litigation experience is valuable if you're switching to crim.
  3. I'd give them about a week. This firm did invite you to call them back after all. I'm just reminded of an anecdote. I was applying to firms in a small town. In addition to some sole practitioners, this town had two law firms. I cold-called both. From one I heard no response, but the other was very eager. They arranged to meet up with me fairly promptly, we had a really nice meeting, and they decided they would not offer me a job. I went back to the firm that ignored me a couple of times. They finally did meet up with me and quickly hired me. The lawyer I was trying to get ahold of was simply very busy and a little disorganized.
  4. I think that depends on who is paying. Sometimes the firm will pay - if so then of course the firm gets to decide who to invite. If you, or your parents/extended family are paying, then invite whomever you darn well feel like. You have me thinking back to my own bar call. My principal was a nice fellow - but he hardly ever gave me any work to do! I worked a lot more, and was a lot closer, to some of the other partners t the firm as a result. But still it was my principal who presented me. He didn't know me that well, but he called up my parents, and spoke with the other articling students, and got enough stories to do a credible job of it.
  5. Pretty much. Have you attended an Alberta bar call ceremony? Unlike other jurisdictions its an individual ceremony - your principal presents you to the court and asks for you to be admitted to the bar. Usually they try and collect some amusing anecdotes to tell about you. Then the judge gives a more solemn speech about what an accomplishment it is, and the responsibility it brings. Not sure what you mean by "do not have a good relationship". I can say that a lot of principals are not particularly close to their students. Even if your relationship has been less than perfect I strongly suspect your principal would be hurt if told you did not want him or her to conduct your ball call. Not all students stay on with their articling firm, so the fact you're likely leaving doesn't really factor in much. That being said I don't know that your principal is 100% required to present you. After all people get bar calls after being admitted in another jurisdiction and they don't have a principal to present them. But it would be highly unusual.
  6. Yeah, I'm just going to come out and say it: that plan is unrealistic. Working as a lawyer is fundamentally a job in the service industry. People want to hire a lawyer at the specific times they need them. You can't wait four months to hire a family law lawyer just because your lawyer is on the other side of the country - you'll hire a different lawyer who is available. If you talk to lawyers in private practice they often say how hard it is to book holidays at all, because they have clients who need help.
  7. Okay, so in the world of Operation Varsity Blues and the US college admission scandal, I don't think we can pretend such things don't happen. And you don't need to think of doctors being 'paid under the table' or the like. In my experience a lot of doctors view themselves as being advocates for their patients, and don't like being seen as being gatekeepers, and will happily sign off on almost anything that will help their patients. But that being said... yes when dealing with a specific individual who is getting special accommodation, you have no idea if that person's request is valid or not. A lot of disabilities will not be immediately obvious, may not ever be obvious. They may not even help all that much (my brother, despite his accommodations, was never able to graduate). Really the best way to go through life is to do the best you can with your own circumstances, and not worry whether whats happening to other people is "fair" or not.
  8. What part of "all that matters is your GPA" are you having trouble with? Well, that may not be entirely true in your case. If you take a few years off to serve with the Forces you may well be able to apply in the mature category, which isn't so mechanical. But generally speaking, law school applications are a fairly mechanical process of fitting in your adjusted GPA and LSAT in whichever way that school weighs each factor. There's no adjustment for difficulty of program, quality/prestige of school, length of time to complete, Honours vs not Honours, etc.
  9. Extra semester or not simply doesn't matter. All that matters is your GPA. Now your time in the military may effect your admissions in and of itself, but I'm not really qualified to say that for sure.
  10. So, in university I sort of became friends with a fellow. He had taken some college courses with my brother previously. One day he commented negatively about how my brother required test accommodations in a course they had taken together. He thought it wasn't fair. So yeah, that fellow remembered. And I also remember what a colossal jerk he was for A: for bothering to remember or care, and B: for badmouthing my own brother to me.
  11. I once worked for a small town firm, where the partners had a bunch of side businesses as well. I was helping one partner with his apartment building he owned - he was tired of renting to people on welfare and the damages they caused, so wanted to ask people whether they were on welfare before renting to them. I pointed out the section of the human rights code which said discrimination based on being on welfare was illegal, but he didn't care. He was going to ask them anyways. So I can't guarantee that someone, somewhere, won't ask that question, but legally I can't imagine any sensible lawyer asking that.
  12. But why on earth would you go to school in the US, or anywhere else, without knowing any of this kind of stuff?
  13. If you're from Canada how do you not know some of this? Why would you go to school in the US without knowing what school in Canada is like? Just quickly: -use CanLii.org for free access to caselaw. There is also QuickLaw and WestLaw that your university will probably give you access to. -we use a neutral citation style: year of decision, abbreviation of the court, number of the decision. e.b. R v Marakah 2017 SCC 59 is a decision from the Supreme Court of Canada in 2017, and is reported decision number 59. -mostly socratic, depends on school and professor. Mostly 100% finals, but again it depends. -really don't need bar prep courses because of the articling requirement. -'online study aids and videos' for what?
  14. Does the LSAT even require full-time studying? I think I did 2-3 months of regularly studying after work/school each day, but certainly not full time. Not that I disagree with your overall message Mal - I agree with it. The LSAT isn't something you can study for. You can learn tips and techniques, but will quickly hit diminishing returns. I just think you hit that point earlier than even you say.
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