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  1. Thanks! Yeah, don't get me wrong -- I am committed. I love my job and all the people I work with. The clients and cases are interesting, and we have great work life balance. It's just that career planning and next steps, etc is such a foreign concept to me and I want to make sure I am doing it right.
  2. Hello everyone! I am in my first year of practice and have a job at a community legal clinic. Obviously, with the cuts and current state of things it's not the best paying job, and eventually I see myself transitioning to private practice. Right now, I feel secure knowing I have a job and that's fine while I gain experience and weather this pandemic storm. I am wondering if there is any sort of window that is closing re: my jump out of the clinic system. I have had some firms tell me they are concerned with the fact I have no "private firm" experience. Eventually, I am going to want to practice some kind of admin law, but I want to make sure I do not stay at the clinic for so long that doors start to close. This may be an irrational thought which is why I wanted to explore it here and see if anyone had any advice. At the clinic I am getting a lot of client facing experience, a reasonable amount of litigation, and exposure to a whole variety of practice areas (employment, housing, human rights, disability). I'm hoping these will be seen as positives wherever I end up next.
  3. I know this is old, but I got in with a 4.18/155. I do have an MA though and Dal seems to care about academic things like that.
  4. I'm unsure who you talked to who framed an exchange as a positive in your situation. As a Dal grad I can that the advice I was given by a number of faculty members was NOT to go on exchange especially without articles. The exact words used by one professor were "no firm is going to care that you disappeared to some far flung location for 4 months and had a bunch of sex and did a bunch of drugs." I'm not saying that's how every exchange goes, but... I think he has a point.
  5. I'm not really sure to tell you the truth. I feel like solid Hamilton connection was the most important.
  6. I hope this week went well for everyone!
  7. I have heard from Agro Zaffiro, Pavoni Patton DiVincenzo, and George St Law Group
  8. Has anyone heard from any firms regarding interviews?
  9. As a TA this is what I always told my students: If I accidentally gave you a grade too low (maybe by missing a question, or overlooking part of an answer) please talk to me and we will raise your grade. If I accidentally gave you a grade that's too high... Please don't bother me. Accept my miscalculation as human error and run with it. You don't know how you performed on your final exam. Perhaps there was a curve in the end! Maybe everyone did terribly and so the prof added 10% to every test. I've seen that happen; you have no idea how the final grades were assigned. Take your grade and go with it.
  10. I wish the Facebook group would get started already.
  11. Well I suppose if we compare it to Western (with the values listed above) Kingston still comes out as the more expensive of the two options.
  12. If you think about what Kingston has to offer versus what Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver etc. have to offer it is ridiculous. Rent here is high, and you don't have the option to live further away from campus and take transit in (like you would in larger cities). 800 is also likely going to be a very basic apartment/attic/basement. If you really want to live where all the law/med students live, you're looking at 1k+ except you're in Kingston, not Toronto. It's a tough market here; they know it is mostly students and they jack the rent accordingly.
  13. Attending Queen's right now. Sections north of princess are unsafe, yes. The city, overall, is definitely not "quite unsafe." Rent costs are ridiculous though. If you want to live near campus on your own you're looking at ~800/month. You can live in Queen's community housing and pay less, but it is further away.
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