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Posts posted by harveyspecter993

  1. 37 minutes ago, tortalicious12 said:

    Just received a majority of my grades today - mostly B-'s with a B and B+. Is it worth applying for 1L formal recruits (toronto) with those grades and good law ec's? 

    Your time is better spent looking at firms not hiring in the formal recruit. It sucks to be median pwned but you'll learn from this experience and be stronger come OCIs.

  2. 8 minutes ago, testcase said:

    To be fair though (and as someone mentioned earlier), you're not going to become VP-X at TD with only 4-5 years of practice under your belt. You'd have to become a partner at a Bay Street firm first.

    Yeah obviously not. I was talking about the "range" of opportunities. I've met a lot of lawyers who only practiced in firms for a few years and are doing some really interesting work and making serious money in house. Obviously you'd make more if you stayed long enough to make partner before looking in house few last that long.

  3. 25 minutes ago, lawlawlaw777 said:

    Just an opinion of mine. 
    I feel like people in Canada are pretty aware of the diversity of race/gender/culture...etc (at least on campuses). But being aware does not equivalent to showing respect.
    However, don’t let racism affect your decisions in anyway. Law itself is not the most diverse field. For example, We don’t have that much race representations in courts or in the government (I’m referring to positions in power). Most if not all judges and politicians are white. But that should not stop anyone from wanting to be one. So don’t let racism stop you from going to western law if that’s where you want to go. Racism is everywhere anyways but don’t let it win. 

    I'm not passing judgment on Western but if a school does have a reputation for racism then a minority 0L with an offer should take that into account before accepting an offer from that school.

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  4. 12 minutes ago, Ryn said:

    As an aside, I really hate closed book exams. My memory has its problems especially when trying to remember specific rules point-by-point or the names of cases. My worst grade in law school was from a closed book exam course. Meh

    Looking back in hindsight, would you have approached the course any differently?

  5. 58 minutes ago, Mal said:

    Summaries are more useful as a study tool than in an actual exam if you want to get the top mark. 

    I must say this thread is bizarre, on the one hand you are asking about the most difficult upper year course to get an A in to "challenge yourself" and on the other you are asking basic questions about law exam writing. 

    I've never done a (modified) closed book exam before so I'd rather ask all the questions I need to at an early stage. I also never asked about how to write an exam. 

  6. 21 minutes ago, QuincyWagstaff said:

    I had a professor who allowed only one (for a mid-term) or two (for the final) pages of double-sided notes. 

    This is a great idea, IMO, for certain subjects. It forces students to think and analyze, by taking away the easier path of transcribing their course summary. 

    But even on an open book exam simply transcribing your summary with little analysis will net you a B at best. 

  7. 34 minutes ago, FingersCr0ssed said:

    Strange. I’d bring the bright line tests and rules. I’d also stick to higher level concepts rather than having minute details on the page. Also, I’d aim to memorize some of those small details, or at least know them to an extent where they would pop into my head from seeing keywords on my summary.

    Go for some small ass font and large margins while you’re at it.

    I just checked the syllabus and we're not allowed to go below a size 10 font. Should be fun!

  8. 4 minutes ago, georgecostanzajr said:

    Following IRAC is all you need to be successful. In theory it's great, but it's a lot more difficult to apply correctly. That's where most people fail (specifically as most of my professors have pointed out, the analysis portion). It requires a nuanced understanding of the law.

    Besides comparing the facts in the fact pattern to the facts in the cases  in your summary and arguing both sides, what else is needed for an A+ analysis?

  9. Once you get to law school you have to make peace with the fact that you're no longer the smartest guy/girl in the room. There's always going to be someone who understands a concept better than you do and that's to your benefit because you can get them to explain that to you if you study with them.

  10. 2 minutes ago, chaboywb said:

    But your comments disparage anyone who chooses to work at that firm, anyone who works off Bay, and pretty much the population of Etobicoke.

    My comments were actually prompted by my experience taking transit to Etobicoke. If you don't drive it's a very tedious place to get to  by transit and it's also not a very walkable area. Its not somewhere I'd go unless I absolutely had to simply because you need a car to be able to move around there.

  11. 15 minutes ago, chaboywb said:

    Seriously man? What a shitty thing to say to someone who is excited to start a new job. Not everybody has the same priorities or goals that you do. Living/working in a busy downtown core isn't everyone's ideal.

    I actually wasn't initially working with the assumption that they got hired by that firm because I assumed no one here would give away the name of their firm.

  12. 1 minute ago, macmill said:

    I was born and raised in Etobicoke, and continue to live here. Works for me :) Plus who wouldn't want to live next to the ballinest amusement park a mall in Toronto has ever seen? LOL And gambling next door. Makes for exciting client meetings. :)

    Let's be honest you'd still lateral downtown first chance you got.

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