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  1. So there are lots of completely valid approaches that people take, so I'll lay out a few (that you've mostly touched on), and then tell you what I did. Keep in mind I was a pretty average student, mostly in the B-B+ range so take my advice with however much salt you want. Most commonly, I think students review the available summaries or CANs (condensed annotated notes), and then go to class. Saves a fair amount of time. If slides are available, they may note them up in Word. If not, they take notes, and trust the professor will focus on what will be important. Less commonly, some students will read all of the cases on their own, and prepare their own summaries. This is, obviously, the most time consuming version of preparation, but for the courses I took this approach in I tended to do better. My approach for most of my courses was to go to class, listen to the professor, and then review the interesting/important cases after the fact. If there were slides available, I would give them a skim like 10 minutes before the lecture, and note them up with weird and interesting tidbits as we went along. Think of it like directed reading: they told you what to look for, then see if you can understand how they got there. This because less necessary as time went on and my exposure to areas of law grew, but it was very useful for classes I found agonizingly boring or difficult. However, this can often leave you feeling lost and playing catch-up if your professor isn't terribly interested in making the information useful. DO NOT USE THIS METHOD IN A SOCRATIC CLASS. I think, in all honesty, a variety of approaches would be most useful. For the areas you find the readings to be less onerous, maybe try making your own CANs and reading everything. For difficult courses, maybe let the professor lecture FIRST, then go back and look at the readings, or use available summaries to guide you. As an aside, I had one class where I read every case, and whenever I could "hear" the professor saying a specific line when I went through it I would highlight it. Turns out he and I think very similarly, because he would always use those lines in his lectures. That made my experience in his class much more rewarding.
  2. I would like to take some time to second this advice. While articling, I developed a fairly serious mental health disorder that took an extraordinary physical and mental toll on me. I was away from everyone I knew and loved, my work was stressful, the hours were long, and in general my superiors didn't believe in positive reinforcement. I took up the LSO's free counselling services, and they set me up with a mental health practitioner in seven days. That is an extraordinarily short time to have to wait for something like that. I assume you are in BC because of the PLTC, so I can't speak to their services specifically, but I urge you to make use of whatever resources you can. I was given 24 sessions - for free - and it made an incredible difference. I legitimately don't believe I would have made it through articling without it.
  3. From a very cursory review, some of them do appear to be that kind of analysis. Like, the Pride Month one specifically looks to engage with the impact of the Just Society Report and potential ramifications of these decisions and the historical context around them. So, that's a real-world application issue. So basically it looks like the LSO is taking an opportunity to give people updates on important developments around marginalized people so you give the best advice possible. Seems good to me!
  4. We had something similar in my ethics class in 3L, where we learned about First Nations people. That was more focused on how you need to be aware of weird issues that crop up due to treaty rights and other things of that nature, though.
  5. I can give you some (vague) numbers around my LoC, though Good At Math folk may be able to work backwards and figure out (roughly) my starting numbers. My loan has a requirement to pay interest +1% of the loan every month. I have taken a slightly more aggressive plan which I like better because it makes the numbers prettier: I pay interest +$1000 every month, or about $1220. I will be using my tuition tax credits to make a large lump sum payment every year until it is gone. This means my loan will be gone in April of 2021. I'm also saving for a wedding, so all of my money is accounted for. My savings aren't growing as fast as some of my peers, but I just look at a my loan payment as being a guaranteed return on investment of Prime.. Edit: also, I consolidated all of my student debt under my line of credit. Sure, Government Loans have tax deductible interest payments, but that didn't make up for the difference in interest rates after some QUICK MATHS.
  6. On your point 2 I would like to add a caveat: Never use a specific knot as a joke, no one at the Society of Saint Andrew will give a shit or even know that you're wearing a Saint Andrew's knot. I'm.. I'm not a very interesting person.
  7. Speaking as someone who is from the Maritimes, went to Dal, and ended up articling in Toronto despite desperately wanting to work in the Maritimes.. I'd probably say Ottawa. I don't think Dal would offer any particular advantage to you if you want to come home, and COULD be a detriment, in particular if you end up looking at smaller firms outside of organized recruit. I like Dal a lot. I like how walkable Halifax is. I live there now with my fiancée. I'd probably still recommend Ottawa, since you want to be in Ontario.
  8. I've worked in both a law office (as an articling student) and now an accounting firm (as a manager) and the most math I've done was figuring out how many hours I need to bill a day to hit my targets if I take all of my vacation time.
  9. It would be 5e. I'll arrange some kind of group communication thing tomorrow!
  10. I only heard back from two individuals unfortunately I am still interested in running something...!
  11. Personally, I'm a believer in this idea.
  12. I articled (am articling, I guess? For a tiny bit longer) at a tax litigation boutique. So not only a very specialized field, a very specialized part of that field!
  13. See that's the thing I keep saying! I've been applying to those places regardless. Just haven't had much luck.
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