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  1. The answer is that you can't know. It's tough, but the best you can do is make an informed decision based on what you know about yourself. FWIW, in my 1L experience midterms were essentially meaningless at informing how someone should or might best prepare for a final exam.
  2. They may not give out many large, stats based entrance scholarships, but I think most schools have significant needs-based scholarships and bursaries. It might make more sense for you to look into those.
  3. Those aren't opposite pieces of advice. It all depends on your time management, how much you want to work, and how well you want to do. Most people will amend existing summaries. If you want to win the gold medal you should probably go above and beyond what most people do!
  4. I don't think OP's post is well thought out but there is a grain of truth to it. I have a number of opinions: They should absolutely stop educating so many people in law schools in this country. It's an amoral cash grab. As others have pointed out above, most well paying professions come with a higher level of responsibility/stress. There's no free lunch. http://forums.premed101.com/topic/109869-is-being-a-doctor-worth-it/ I don't think there is any way of truly knowing what being a practicing lawyer is like without, well, being a practicing lawyer. Even watching the inner working of a firm for a summer is going to give a naive observer a proper sense of what it's like - it might even be more misleading than insightful. I am in my third year of practice now and there are lots of negative and positive aspects of practice that were not obvious to me during my first year, and maybe not even during year two. It's a roller coaster. I don't think there are very many people who go to law school without realizing that lawyers tend to work a lot and shoulder a lot of stress. Some law students are okay with that - they either don't mind working a lot or they see it as a fair tradeoff for the money they will make. Some law students are determined to find forms of legal employment that are not as demanding (and there are plenty of positions that are not life-consuming). The interesting think to think about, really, is the portion of students who do not want a life-consuming legal job but end up working one anyway. A decent portion of law students end up getting stuck like that and the reasons why are worth thinking about. It's worth discussing why the profession has a tendency to mismatch some lawyers' fundamental desires and responsibilities, but it's not informative to just say "don't go to law school - being a lawyer is tough!" As a practicing lawyer you can actually control your workflow. You can control the volume. You do less files, go home at 5, take days off. You can get a different job. You can do your own thing. You can have a life. It can be awfully hard to figure out the how, I get that, but it's wrong to suggest that there is no control and there are no options.
  5. One thing that a lot of law students might not realize is that practice can actually be spectacularly boring/monotonous. Some of these practitioner profs are probably teaching in part to spice things up and engage with the more academic/interesting side of what they do a bit more.
  6. There are tons of different options. Local software and cloud based subscription stuff. What area(s) of law? How big is the office? How many lawyers and staff? How junior are you? The main reason that firms stick with PCLaw and continue to use it for some sub-optimal purposes is that it is seen as the proper accounting software. A lot of the newer, cloud based file management systems that let you track time neatly do not do proper trust accounting. Firms that use something like Clio need to still use something like PCLaw for trust accounting, which is a huge pain. Your firm is probably using PCLaw for billing/accounting and just incidentally continues to use it for time tracking. There are cloud based options like Cosmolex that will apparently let you manage files and do proper trust accounting. In theory you could replace PCLaw with something like that. But that's a big migration. It's also a monthly subscription per user so if your firm is not tiny the monthly cost can get up there. I don't practice in an area where I track time but I'm sure there are standalone time-tracking software solutions if you just want to track time outside of PCLaw, on the cloud, and then enter stuff into PCLaw later.
  7. It might not be fair to describe any schools as relatively more or less into the critical theory side of the coin. You'll have an opportunity to explore critical theories of law at any school depending on the electives you pick. Certain professors may be more or less into critical theory stuff. You'll probably want to just look at course calendars and see which schools have the path of electives that tickle your fancy. As has already been said, certain schools might better prepare you for an academic career. As an aside, I HATE how you've used and defined the term "technocrat." In law, many (most?) of the people who challenge the status quo are regular, practicing lawyers.
  8. While we are doing this, can be all please address the not uncommon practice of people printing and signing letters and then scanning and attaching them to emails? Why you do this. Never do this at me. Just type an email.
  9. Most of the time I just go with "fhqwhgads". Straightforward and to the point.
  10. The big question mark is the firm. Do they know you want to do The Side Work (TSW)? Do they have no interest in starting to do TSW? Why not just do TSW as a novel branch of what the firm does, i.e., not do it on the side? Why would they let you do this? Is this spoken to in an employment agreement in any way share or form? I think the LSO and LawPRO won't really care provided the entity providing services to clients is abundantly clear to clients and that entity on its own is meeting all reporting requirements, etc. LawPRO will advise you to buy their innocent party coverage and even if the firm is somehow coolio with you doing TSW they should mandate such coverage.
  11. Can't find the right jobs thread for this but here is a good clinic hiring a contract lawyer and articling student ASAP. This is a very well run clinic. https://twitter.com/CALCtweets/status/1296469585177255936
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