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  1. Thank you for the comments! This discussion drives home the importance of me getting to know local practices. I know some people are remanded locally and that some are remanded in the correctional centre 8 hours away. I also know that local counsel do speak extensively with people remanded in the correctional centre by phone in a way that might be odd for a larger centre. But I don't know what is "normal" in any given situation, what clients expect, etc. But, as Artsydork says, I am envisioning impaired files and simple assaults. I have evidence that cash clients are looking for services here but who knows if they will rebuke me once they are informed of the lack of experience. I take all your points about having a mentor.
  2. How much of a pain in the ass would it be to be without a car if the only police station and court house are a 15 minute walk and the nearest prison was an 8 hour drive away? I am half dreaming about the possibility of asking my higher ups to allow me to take some criminal cases (occasionally get inquires despite not being part of the current practice) but lack of a car is (one of the) obvious issue(s).
  3. The UVIC supported session has a final report (https://assembly.nu.ca/library/Edocs/2007/001316-e.pdf) that I read a couple years ago. If I recall correctly it was pretty interesting read.
  4. Am I the only one who got through law school without making a excel sheet containing a list of my classmates and where I thought they fell on the grade curve?
  5. I don't know about you but I find the process of job hunting excruciating when I am unemployed. If you have a job while you are searching you are much more likely to search for a job you actually want rather than just trying to fill the void with another shitty one. Plus, you can use your current dissatisfaction as a motivator! Possibly exceptions: you are so fed up with your workplace that you are doing really poor work, your human rights are being violated, etc. Those things are more important than a gap in your resume.
  6. I dropped and subsequently retook a course to improve my gpa for applications and in retrospect it was a waste of time and money. Plug all your grades into a calculator so you can get a realistic view of how much your GPA will improve. Unless you got a C- the first time and can genuinely expect an A- or something on the second go around, the difference won't be noticeable. Much better to spend time and effort on the LSAT IMO.
  7. I am probably earlier in my career than FineCanadianFX but I am also in a typical litigation practice after completing several unusual summer positions, and I would agree with what is said above. I would take the unique job that you likely won't have the opportunity to experience again. Maybe it would be a tougher choice if your options were between summering for a firm and going into the bayou to hunt alligators, but nobody is going to be critical of a summer research position for a court.
  8. I always assume people who thought law school was great must have had awful undergrad experiences. I loved every minute of my undergraduate degree. Law school was superficial and utilitarian. I would have quit after the first semester if I had no desire to practice law. If not for the clinic experiences and summer jobs I don't think I would have survived.
  9. I read HLA Hart's The Concept of Law the summer before law school started. It was exactly as exciting as it sounds.
  10. https://zombiesrungame.com/ This gamification running app kept me in a good routine for a couple months. These days I am just looking forward to Friday night snacking
  11. UVIC's career guide says a few weeks after interviews are conducted so hopefully it will be soon?
  12. I am just beginning my second co-op. Do you have any specific questions about it? At the end of the day it is what you probably expect--cover letters and interviews followed by 4 months of work. I found my first co-op extremely useful and it will likely impact how my law career develops in the future. Jobs are mostly government and small private practice with some in-house positions thrown in so those focusing on corporate law may find fewer interesting jobs but overall they are good and diverse and pay reasonably well. The only drawback i can think of is that it can be difficult to dedicate time to interviews etc when preparing for 1l exams but you can choose to defer your first co-op term by taking summer classes if that is a worry (this is what I did). Edit: There are also a few public interest jobs each semester if that is where your interests lie.
  13. 1l grades were released May 2 last year. I imagine we got some official acknowledgement via email.
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