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  1. I participated in PBSC. I did not have a good experience with either of the two projects I volunteered on.
  2. This. But to answer your question, I don't know what challenges the Crowns I referenced faced. It depends on the broader economic/employment landscape at any given time and the location of the Crown office. Recently, many lawyers have left the Defence bar to become Crowns (reason? probably has something to do with a mix of fewer well-paying private retainer clients because of the economy, saturation in the Defence car, and the difficulty of running a substantially Legal Aid practice) . So right now, I believe the competition for Crown positions is fierce. My general assumption is that, if you get a start in litigation (e.g., PI or family law), the transition to criminal law and the Crown in particular would be more feasible than if you start your career doing solicitor work (i.e., real estate, wills, estates, etc.) Also, in AB, it is no secret that it is less competitive to get a Crown position up north or in certain regional offices (e.g., St. Paul, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie).
  3. I know multiple Crown Counsel who did PI before getting into criminal practice by becoming Crowns (in AB). I can’t speak to how common this is or how much such a background might be a disadvantage in hiring. All I can say is that it apparently does happen where I practise.
  4. You sound like you have a “2L position or bust” attitude. With your grades, you should probably be thinking more in terms of “what can I do to work towards ultimately being successful in obtaining an articling position”. Hiring by smaller offices is more disorganized and haphazard. Smaller offices often don’t advertise, often don’t hire summer students and, if they do hire an articling student in any given year, often don’t know whether they need one until a few months before a position is filled.
  5. Irwin Law's Essentials of Canadian Law series.
  6. OP, which Province? Alberta is one of the last provinces (the last?) to have individual bar call ceremonies. I could see these individual bar call ceremonies having the potential to be more emotional for someone being called to the bar. Yes, I have seen someone almost cry at his individual bar call ceremony in Alberta while he was swearing the oath of a barrister and solicitor. In Alberta, the practice has been that you pick the Judge you want to preside at your own bar call ceremony. Typically, you will meet the Judge in person beforehand, as he or she will want to get to know you a bit. And you will provide a list of acknowledgements for the Judge to read out to your family, colleagues, mentors and friends at your ceremony. (As a footnote, this year has been the first in Alberta where someone can elect to have either an individual bar call ceremony or a more anonymous group ceremony like the above posters assumed in their comments.)
  7. For criminal defence counsel, the listserve of your local defence lawyer association (eg CDLA in Calgary, CTLA in Edmonton, CLA in Ontario). And read new cases on CanLII. And go to seminars and conferences.
  8. Probably a bad idea. For travelling while in law school, it's probably best to do that in 3L by way of an exchange.
  9. pp 84-85 https://cdn.dal.ca/content/dam/dalhousie/pdf/academics/academiccalendar/Dentistry_Law_Medicine_2019_2020.pdf
  10. I was a solid B student at Dal and I found it very difficult to land interviews and articles.
  11. Check your Law Society website and rules regarding the paperwork you need to do (in Alberta, I recall there were a few forms and we needed to have character references fill out a form).
  12. I was there 2012 - 2015. The campus was more on the run-down side. (I don't know what has changed since then.) I'm not sure about an outside track.
  13. Atlantic resident or not? Admission standards are slightly relaxed for Atlantic residents. In any event, I agree that a 160 is the lowest LSAT score where you can feel that you are competitive and admission is likely should you have a GPA of ~ 3.7 or higher.
  14. Talk to officials from your law society about your concerns and what you should be doing.
  15. Youth are entitled to a lawyer in the room. Adults are not.
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