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  1. I think most of my three hour exams were over 3000 words but under 5000 words. You don't have to be a typist but it helps to not be a keyboard poker. Really, any person under 35 who grew up typing is probably fine. I had one friend in school who thought their marks suffered from slow typing but that were 37-39 in law school and had been working in a physical (non-office) job their entire adult life. Everybody laser focuses and types like a banshee but it's kind of fun, sometimes. The key is to put out good content, not type the most words. You can put 6000+ words into the program and still get a C. You can even get a D if it's all barf. I'm sure you can also pull off an A with a tight 2500 word exam.
  2. The answer to a law school exam won't really look like a paper. Arguably, the answer to a law school exam (or at least big chunks of it) will have more in common with, say, a lab report than an essay. Consider this parallel: Ignoring some sections the basic lab report or scientific article goes something like: Abstract/Intro, Method/Experiment, Results/Discussion, Conclusion. People often recommend following an IRAC format in legal analysis. This stands for: Issue, Rule, Application, Conclusion. It's the same basic thing! You set the stage (what is the issue or question), run it through some machinery (the rule or experiment), and then talk about the results and form a conclusion. So don't be scared.
  3. Nice, I was wondering if I can get into law school with my diploma from Marca College of Hair and Esthetics in Mississauga
  4. @TKNumber3 and @canuckfanatic both make good points. Nobody can give you the "right" answer here. Only you can prevent forest fires weight the relevant and largely personal factors that influence this decision. Failing is not the end of the world Deferring is not the end of the world Your financial situation might have some influence Your employment situation might have some influence Would sitting the exam have a large negative effect on your mental health? Would failing the exam have a large negative effect on your mental health? If you defer do you have a clear game plan to be prepared by the deferral date? If you sit and fail do you have a game plan for how to pick the pieces back up and try again? Are you the type who is good at exams, generally speaking? Some of the BAR exams are a blend of knowledge and basic logic. Was the LSAT a breeze or a huge challenge for you? Definitely ignore the thing about the March tests having a higher pass rate. It's either BS or due to some outside reason that has no influence on whether you would pass. If you do choose to write, spend the next couple days getting as comfortable as you can with your Index or the DTOC. Do not try to just read the remaining materials.
  5. Going to school where you want to live and work makes sense for a lot of people for very obvious reasons. If you truly do not have a preference for where you want to live and work, you still might want to go to school in a big city centre. Simply put, there are more lawyers and law offices in big cities to hire you and it can be easier to land a job when you are close and able to get coffee, attend an in person interview, etc. You should also think of your personal connections. If there is a chance they might help you land a law job you may not want to stray too far. I had no idea either but I just went to the "best" Ontario school that I got into based on traditional rankings. Tuition and living expenses can be a big factor though. If I had a do-over I would seriously consider going to a school with cheaper tuition. You can take a bunch of crim courses at every school and you can practice criminal law basically anywhere, so I'm not sure that preference has much bearing on school choice but I am not a criminal lawyer so I may not know. Criminal law is not lucrative, relatively speaking, for most practitioners. You may want to keep your education costs down with this in mind.
  6. It could benefit you. It is not likely to benefit you. In most circumstances you'll either end up as a lawyer who spent an extra/unnecessary year in school or a policy worker who spent a lot of extra time+money on school. If you get a straight JD then practice law but end up hating it, you can always go back and do an MPA or MPPA or MA in PPA or whatever at that point, if you can't get hired directly into policy with the JD and you need an additional piece of paper.
  7. The marks are not insurmountable because you have described a clear upward trend + your poor 1L marks have a very sympathetic explanation. Experience running a local shop + experience in banking can both be decent assets for someone seeking certain types of law jobs. The MBA itself could serve as "demonstrated interest" for some types of law. I'm thinking more corporate or commercial practice areas, but the smaller you get every type of practice is fundamentally entrepreneurial. For certain offices I could see your perseverance and entrepreneurial slant as being pretty attractive. Running a law office can be tough and you seem pretty fucking tough.
  8. Yes, I work on emails basically all day, seven days a week. I am junior counsel for hotmail dot com. So even when I am not literally emailing and I get to do some legal work it's probably about emails. For lunch today I ate two emails (job perk).
  9. No idea RE: your chances without grades and LSAT but your age is pretty normal. The most typical 1L age is probably like 22 or 23. If you got in first try you might be about two years older than the generic 1L. No big deal.
  10. 6 AM - wake up and see how many email notifications I have. Shower, eat two avocados, walk my cat, rollerblade to work. 7 30 AM to noon - sort my emails into must respond immediately, must think about, must respond but not immediately, and ignore categories. Noon to one - typically I am on court over lunch, showing off my suit 1 PM to 4 PM - type responses to my must respond immediately email category and print draft responses for senior pardner to review and send??? 4 PM to 6 PM - brainstorm email responses to my must think about and must respond but not immediately categories. I use a collage approach and lots of glue. 6 PM - if the mood is right I send some of the better emails produced that day. Then it's home to walk the cat again and sort through my emails a bit more casually while I watch a sitcom. Lights out by 10 PM. No email in the bedroom, wife's rule not mine.
  11. I would never say that it would categorically determine that but c'mon - you have to admit that he starting point has a massive influence on where someone ends up living their life. If you took a sample of articling students who were on the fence between two jurisdictions before their call, the vast majority stick in the same place they get called. It's probably not even close. It's fine to say that switching is possible. Sure, anyone can. Most don't.
  12. There are non-law reasons that location is sticky. Friends, relationships, home ownership, children...
  13. Crim, probably for obvious reasons. Poverty law I would think not. You tend to deal primarily with provincial statutes and structures. Unless the position is like, crim duty counsel? (but I really don't know on either front)
  14. Even this response indicates that you have no idea where you want to practice/live. I'm not sure you should think of this as a transient or short term decision. It probably makes sense to assume that this provincial decision could define where you spend the rest of your life. Transferring between provinces in Canada isn't technically difficult as far as I understand but that does not mean it is easy to just up and switch jurisdictions. For most people it would become harder the further they are out of law school - you develop area ties and your accrued knowledge is jurisdiction specific. You already said articling in BC makes you a bit nervous since you went to school in Ontario but you should note that as an articling student your principal is ultimately responsible for the files. Articling is kind of a good context for switching jurisdictions because you have a supportive environment, you can ask all the "stupid" questions you want and those questions are actually expected. Basically, if switching jurisdictions makes you uncomfortable now, when you are still a student and you are not even responsible at the end of the day, imagine how uncomfortable it would make you when you are the lawyer actually responsible for everything from the moment you start practicing in the new place. * big caveat here is that some areas of practice make it much easier to jump around provinces and it actually may not be a big deal.
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