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  1. 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.
  2. Probably a bad idea. For travelling while in law school, it's probably best to do that in 3L by way of an exchange.
  3. pp 84-85 https://cdn.dal.ca/content/dam/dalhousie/pdf/academics/academiccalendar/Dentistry_Law_Medicine_2019_2020.pdf
  4. I was a solid B student at Dal and I found it very difficult to land interviews and articles.
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Talk to officials from your law society about your concerns and what you should be doing.
  9. Youth are entitled to a lawyer in the room. Adults are not.
  10. You can contact your province's Law Society for guidance.
  11. Depends on the law school. At Dal, the only 1L exam that was open book for me was Criminal. Property, Contracts, Public -- we were provided the casebook's table of contents for our exams, but couldn't use anything else. (Torts was my small group class, so grading was not based on an exam but on written assignments, participation and oral advocacy.) As for upper-year classes with exams, it seemed 50-50 whether or not the exam was open book.
  12. Lawyers in Fort McMurray charge $300 for a simple agency appearance in criminal docket. Whitecourt and Hinton, they charge $250 for a simple agency in criminal docket.
  13. I agree. Cold calling an office and asking this directly is a bad idea. I guess where I was going is that, as part of general information gathering you might sincerely embark on (whether over a phone conversation or meeting someone), you can get an idea of what kind of living you could expect to make practising in X area of law in X community in X position. I don't think it is unreasonable for an 0L or law student to ask what kind of living someone could reasonably expect to make if they are sincerely wanting to learn more about certain career options.
  14. Your best bet is to cold call some offices and ask. Things probably vary a lot. Anecdotally, $72k and no benefits for first-year call at a small office in a town one hour away from Edmonton. $72k was (still is?) a competitive salary for a first year call in big Edmonton firms). But there were strings attached (expectation to buy in to the partnership within one year or GTFO).
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