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  1. You're looking at this all wrong. Learning how to cook, clean, pay bills, etc, is not something that will take away from your ability to succeed at school. It will add to it. Being a more responsible adult and being accountable for your actions will be reflected in your academics. Some of these properties will be more direct ("I can't go to a bar and drink like a shithead tonight, I need to get groceries") others will be more subtle (developing discipline and responsibility). Further, I'm not sure who you're talking to, but law school will not consume your life. At all. If it does, you're studying hard and not smart. You'll have plenty of time to do all the necessary tasks that come with being an adult. I'm articling right now and I manage to bathe AND dress myself every day! It's not so fucking hard to get the best grades and take care of yourself and your responsibilities. Pro-tip: every medalist at my school didn't spend their nights in the library. They had social lives, jobs, etc. I don't think any of them had the lifestyle of a veal. Note: This advice goes for both U of C and Sask.
  2. It skews a little low in some markets (like Edmonton)
  3. 1. Firm dependent. But it's likely you will have one. Normally the rule is to ask yourself "Does this require a JD?" if not, then your assistant should do it. HOWEVER, as a summer student, a lot of the stuff you will be doing might not require legal expertise and you should get into the habit of learning how to do the things you delegate to your assistant incase you a) are in a position where you don't have an assistant, or b) you have to review something you had delegated before sending it out to a client. Chances are, you won't be using your assistant for much other than tapping into their wealth of knowledge - ask them questions about what a certain partner likes, how to process a form, where to deliver something, etc. 2. I don't work on bay. But the summer experience is normally (unless the firm is REALLY slammed) pretty lax hours - almost like they want to trick you into working for them after law school... You won't be expected to put in the time that the articling students are. 3. Firm dependent. Some places do dinner if you stay past 6:30, or 7, wtv. Take a cab home when you don't feel safe walking or taking public transit home. 4. No. Try everything so you can know what you like and if this career is for you. It will also help you tailor your courses for the rest of law school. Some firms have a formal rotation for their summers and you don't really get a choice.
  4. Dig around in Ziff's textbook (not the case book)
  5. A good bit for paper courses and relatively little for exam courses. I stuck to exams during law school because I'm a terrible writer. I come from a science background and I only ever really wrote lab reports or other technical documents and this proved somewhat useful on exams where the profs didn't want people waxing poetic, but rather just simply answering questions. So you can get away with minimal writing in law school, but I would suggest you take the opportunity to improve your skills for practice.
  6. And yet it still isn't a profession, is very routine, and is mundane. Regardless of some having screwed it up in the past and regardless of one's attitude (well, maybe not for the "mundane" part - some might really enjoy the shit out of notarizing docs). Like any other aspect of practice - if you're unsure, pull out the ol' notary/commissioner guidebook you get when you start articling and read up before (or hell, even while) you notarize something.
  7. Anybody know if this is going to roll-up to Edmonton? I know that some firms are bumping up their salaries to stay competitive but that was before this Calgary bump.
  8. With less income taxes.
  9. For the fees/insurance, I think some law societies are playing around with the idea of part time fees (not sure how that would work/be regulated). For the part time/fee structure part of OP's post - the US is dabbling with some remote/online practice models wherein you are matched with a client who pays in advance for your services and the brokerage website takes a cut. Basically you operate a virtual practice from the comfort of your own home. I was thinking about doing this when I someday transition to semi-retirement but the more I think about it, the more it seems like an accident waiting to happen in terms of liabilities, confirming jurisdictions, etc. Basically all the problems that radiology is encountering by outsourcing their work virtually. Maybe someday it will be viable and you could maintain a piecemeal practice with little overhead and stay current on the law all from home while raising children.
  10. I only know of two and both were very accomplished and had amazing grades. They both found spots in the 1L OCI. The rest participated in the 2L and Articling recruit and did just fine. Bay is realistically within reach if you have the academics and ECs. I doubt a large national firm on Bay would turn down a highly qualified applicant solely because they went to U of A. The problem is that the majority of these applicants get scooped up by Calgary or Edmonton during the 1L recruit. But if you have your heart set on Bay and are willing to travel, your school won't be too much of an issue.
  11. A large amount of my cohort at U of A were from BC and all landed jobs there (if they wanted to). It just takes more effort (flying in for OCIs, firm tours etc.) though the school does help a lot with organizing the tours.
  12. Well that stinks. Thanks for trying though.
  13. Career services. A good amount of people participate in the TO OCIs.
  14. Hats off to the insurance defence 4th year call making 437k a year...
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