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  1. Do at least one complete skim of all the materials. As others have said, you don't need to memorize every single paragraph but doing a complete read over will hopefully make you familiar with what sections are located where so you can locate them quickly on exam day (which is critical). I was given CANs. They were helpful in providing a brief overview of the subjects, but I found I still needed to read the materials to get a more complete picture.
  2. UBC has a very good selection of upper year courses on mining law, natural resources law, environmental law and Aboriginal/Indigenous law.
  3. Depends on your firm. Many firms start students in May. Some start them in August, others in September (I would also note that there tends to be more variety in start dates at smaller firms). The same goes for PLTC: some firms prefer you take PLTC before you start articling while others allow you to take it mid-way through articles or at the end of articles (for reference, PLTC is held three times per year: May, September and February). There's really no hard and fast rule about these things.
  4. One tip I’ve always heard is to have at least one recent SCC decision that you are prepared to talk about it (whether you agree with it, disagreed with it, why you find it interesting, etc.). Also read up on the DOJ’s website and be prepared to show you are familiar with its role, mission and work.
  5. Just wait until you have to deal with the Law Society of BC...
  6. To me, this was the most stressful aspect of PLTC. You are given a constant stream of assignments (not graded) and assessments (graded, which you must pass) and this leaves little to no time for dedicated studying of the materials for the qualification exams until the end of the course. The most recent session (the first online PLTC session) was also 9 weeks instead of the normal 10 weeks, which left even less time for studying for the exams. While in hindsight the course was probably easy, it was stressful to go through and the instructors constantly bringing up the statistic that on average 20-25% of the class has to re-do at least one component certainly didn't help make it less stressful.
  7. I interviewed for one of the WorkSafe student Review Officer positions after 1L, so not sure if it will be the same interview process as a permanent position. I remember they gave us a list of "competencies" that were required for the job and told us to come to the interview prepared to discuss the who, what, where, and when of times where we demonstrated those competencies. The remainder of the interview was pretty standard behavioural-type questions ("Tell me about a time you experienced conflict in the workplace and how you handled that").
  8. I've heard U of Ottawa is an eyesore.
  9. You could complete your articles with the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service and be hired as a permanent Crown Prosecutor afterwards. Articling with the ACPS is probably the quickest path to becoming a Crown Prosecutor. The ACPS also hires practicing lawyers who articled/practiced elsewhere (i.e., in a firm practicing civil litigation) for Crown Prosecutor positions.
  10. Thanks MP. Would you happen to know what the typical hiring process is? Are there multiple interviews? I know that the hiring process for BC Crown involves a written component as well. Not sure what the practice in Alberta is.
  11. Does anyone have experience interviewing with the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service for an entry-level Crown Prosecutor position (i.e., not a 2L summer or Articling position)?
  12. Yes, though I wonder if it would be better to apply for CERB first, exhaust the benefit (I believe it is scheduled to continue until October) and then apply for EI.
  13. Does anyone have thoughts about whether articling students who are not hired back would be eligible for CERB?
  14. Large firm in Vancouver. All lawyers are being required to work from home starting Monday.
  15. UBC probably does marginally better in placing grads into Vancouver Big Law firms due to it being located right in Vancouver, but UVic and UBC are pretty much regarded as on-par by Vancouver firms.
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