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    Law school attire

    As someone who is habitually "dressed up", I may not be the best person to give advice on law school attire. But looking back, I don't think I saw anything in law school that was beyond what I saw in undergrad. There are the obvious outliers: people who looked like they just got out of bed and came to class. I didn't see the flip side of that that often in law school (which is to say, in undergrad I had people show up wearing cravats to tutorials). I certainly didn't write off any law school colleagues for fashion faux pas in law school. I do write some of them off for being generally dumb, or being generally terrible human beings, or for doing lines of coke at law school events.
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    Reading ahead

    Even a couple of years is too old. In any case, the world of admin law will likely be completely re-written (again) in the next few months, so even the newest textbook will be out of date shortly.
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    Average Starting Salary

    Surely any merger would result in the name Davies B. Jones LLP.
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    Average Starting Salary

    Actually, I know a few people at BJ and the hours are not that bad -- bad being relative to some other firms on Bay St. Fun side note: I got a haircut yesterday at around 6pm and my barber said: "I didn't know lawyers get off so early". That cut more than the clippers.
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    What are law school classes like?

    ... and if you're still alive after 3L, articling kills you.
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    Burnout in the profession

    Compartmentalizing works for me too. When I'm doing something, I give all of my attention to it and don't think about anything else. When I'm having dinner, I'm not thinking about work. If I'm at work, I'm not thinking about other stuff in my life. When I'm commuting to work, which is about 20 minutes, it's just me and my music. If my phone buzzes with an email or text, I'll let it wait (I won't even look at my phone). Learning to shut off your brain in this way takes time and practice. You have to learn to let things go and trust that you can deal with them at the appropriate time.
  7. It seems to me that OP wants the law degree for a non-law opportunity that, for some reason, requires a law degree. So this whole debate about articling requirements is moot. The question then is: how adequate are online law programs? I guess it partially depends on OP's learning style and whether they will be okay with self-directed learning. Further question: will this UK law degree offer you courses in Canadian law? If not, it would be better to get the online Diploma in Law (I think that's what it's called) from Queen's. At least they teach you Canadian law and it is taught by Canadian profs.
  8. That is always the ideal scenario, but it doesn't always work out that way.
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    Value of an entrance scholarship on resume

    That recruiter is probably holding on to their hair for dear life anyway.
  10. It depends on the income you can realistically bring into the firm, especially as you're doing lower end stuff. 10-15% topping off of your base would be reasonable. Some firms also allow for an increase in the fee split once you hit a certain target. In terms of the actual income you can expect at the end of the year*, I cannot answer that because I don't do family law, but I invite those who do to chime in. * One of the issues with fee split is that you only get paid once the client pays. That can be an issue if you don't have diligent clients who pay on time. In low-end family law and my area (criminal), this is a recurring problem. If the client decides to not pay you, then you're SOL until you can have the fees assessed and try to recover the debt. I recently had a client die on me with a sizable receivable. I'll have to now write it off as a bad debt that I will never recover. It can suck sometimes.
  11. You're making it sound like billables are only a thing if you work in biglaw or do solicitor type work. That is just plain wrong and massively misinformed. Outside of biglaw, compensation structures broadly come in three ways: Pure salary, with a bonus at the end of the year, depending on your performance; Base salary plus fee split. Pure fee-split, where you eat what you kill. 50%+ split is common, if not higher. OP, if they are offering you a salary, I would push for a bonus (unless you know that the firm is doing low end stuff and there is really no bonus to be had at the end of the year).
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    Potential Articling via Seminar Practitioners?

    No harm in going for lunch with a lawyer in their area of interest. Even if they are not hiring, if they are impressed enough, they may ask around and point your friend to a job opening.
  13. You're talking about UofT I'm guessing, because that is the only school I know that does the "distinction" vs. "high distinction". Does it matter in the recruit? No. The primary focus will be on your 1L grades. Will it affect your scholarship chances? I don't think so, because my understanding is that they are based on the CGPA and not on any honours title the university might attach to your degree. I doubt that you will be rejected for a scholarship because you got a 3.49 and a "Distinction" and not a 3.51 and a "High Distinction". The only thing "High Distinction" gets you is bragging rights. I can, for example, say in my bio that I graduated with High Distinction and it makes me sound very smart and accomplished.
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    Political View Biases at Universities

    I'm going to ignore the shit-disturbing posts and actually try to answer the OP's concerns before this thread also gets shut down by the usual suspects. OP, statistically university profs lean left, so the likelihood is that you will get professors who are left-leaning. Similarly, statistically, university students lean left. Now in my experience (as a very much "right" or "libertarian" individual), this only becomes a problem if you cannot stand people who disagree with you and wish for an environment where people just validate your views, or an environment where other people cannot stand others who disagree with them and want a "safe space" where their own views are perpetually validated. I will assume your concern is the latter. At my law school, I found most professors to be tolerant of different views. I certainly never felt that I would not get an A in a class purely because of my political ideology. There were a couple of profs at my law school who were quite outspoken in their intolerance of others (one actually burned an effigy of a person they disliked), but I didn't have any issues with them in a class setting. I actually ended up getting an A in said effigy-burning prof's class. Other schools may not be so tolerant. Wilfrid Laurier is just one example. Even though it doesn't have a law school, I wouldn't encourage anyone to go there because of its well documented disregard for free thought and expression. It would be really helpful if Canada had some version of Jonathan Haidt's Heterodox Academy Guide to Colleges, ranking the freest colleges. But you can probably glean a bit of that from news reports. My own advice would be to go to a university where there are people who disagree with you and you are not liable to get into trouble for challenging them. Argue with them. Learn from them. Hone your debating skills with them. You will come out sharper, more intellectually adept, and a better lawyer overall.
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    Screwups and Faceplants

    Eventually. But not in set date court, which is a court for... setting dates. Also called remand court. I can tell you that the guards had a good laugh about it -- "it took you 10 minutes to realize he's not your client?"
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