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  1. How exactly do you distinguish between a billable hour and docketed, non-billable hour? Do you bill the client for 100% of the work that you do directly for them?
  2. Well, I guess if you don't come to Dal, then having $200.00 less is a disadvantage. But, If you want to go to law school next year and have no other offers, then I think paying your deposit before the deadline is smart. I suppose it could hurt your chances at Ontario schools. You agree to Dal sharing your information with other schools when you apply. I guess they probably do. As far as I know, the logic behind your concern is that other schools will see your acceptance at Dal and interpret it as (a) an intention to come here rather than go there, and (b), a chance to admit other candidates who haven't gotten in somewhere else. That kinda makes sense (although I think adcoms are also trying to get the strongest class). However, I've never actually heard of this happening to anyone -- maybe someone who has can weigh here. I also know that people continue to get accepted after paying deposits. I'm pretty sure it's not realtime. I thought the application specified some ambiguous time that they'd release the data (e.g., summer). I could be wrong -- I don't have a very good memory. However, I don't think the committees are monitoring your movements very closely.
  3. You can pay the deposit, withdraw later, and eat the $200.00. But maybe you're asking about accepting in a way that doesn't require you to pay the deposit. I'm not sure about that. Perhaps you should email Rose?
  4. I think they usually wait until June to send out rejections. But I'm not totally sure -- I was lucky enough not to get one.
  5. And? Have the attendees felt sufficiently welcomed on the first of the Welcome Days?
  6. This is cool, thanks for doing it. As a sole criminal practitioner, do you ever feel in over your head? What do you do / where do you turn, if you've taken a file that feels beyond your ability to solve? Or if you're struggling with running your business? Or any number of other things that I can imagine freaking out over?
  7. is that 2.70 on a 4.33 scale? did you apply for this cycle? do you have a connection to Atlantic Canada?
  8. This feels like a strange question to ask. But what constitutes enjoying work? I think I like law school. The cases are sometimes interesting. So is class. And compared with other jobs I’ve had, some areas of practice seem appealing (i.e., occasionally exciting, sometimes meaningful, not usually mind-numbingly tedious and rarely physically painful). I don’t have a tonne of work experience. Most of it's pretty low-level. However, I’ve never really had a job I liked very much — just ones I hated and others I could tolerate. Where’s a good place to set my expectations? I assume I’ll be able to create little revenue early on. Given that, if I get a job that doesn’t make me noticeably sad, then is that a good job to stay in for a while? Is tolerable good?
  9. Some parts of the Criminal Code are entertaining, like s 49 (a), alarming her majesty. However, others are written in this kind of scintillating language: "The provisions of Parts XVI and XVIII with respect to compelling the appearance of an accused before a justice, and the provisions of Parts XVIII.1, XX and XX.1, in so far as they are not inconsistent with this Part, apply, with any necessary modifications, to proceedings under this Part." Anyone who reads almost 900 statutory provisions for fun has my admiration. And if this floats your boat, then you probably should be a lawyer
  10. This might seem naive, but I'm curious. Why do lawyers who hate their jobs keep practising once they pay off their debt? Is it a golden handcuffs thing? Is it too hard to start over at something else? Are they waiting it out until they get hired elsewhere?
  11. Your chances aren't great. You might get interviewed or waitlisted. However, based upon previous years, your numbers are a few points too low. Good luck. Hopefully I'm wrong.
  12. What other kinds of pro-bono opportunities are available to solicitors?
  13. I'm just as unhelpful. 3.5 L2 & 164 gives you an index score above 80 (depending upon the year you wrote the LSAT, what your grades are in percentages and how bad my maths skills are), so you aren't uncompetitive. You're borderline. In fact, if there was a border with a line, then you'd be living there. Hello. Nice place you've got here. However, Dal uses some sort of "rolling admissions" process. I think that means it gets tougher late in the cycle. Which is worse for you. Good luck. You should get in somewhere.
  14. The latter. I'm sure the librarian who taught me was a nice lady and I tried to listen. But dear god. Time stood still in that class.
  15. Agreed. On Dal's scale, B+/A- is anywhere from 3.30 to 3.70. Those will likely lead to different outcomes.
  16. I'm a 1L at Dal. I like it. I don't really want to do a post for this, because (a) I don't care to do Dal's promotional work for them and (b) a bunch of people at my school have heard my opinions on this. I'd like to keep my clipart hat identity separate from my 3-D persona for now. But I'd also extend an invitation for any prospective students to PM me with questions / concerns.
  17. Advantages: - Your rent is a little cheaper. Other things, like groceries, often are too. - You might (depending on where in Dartmouth) live near a lake, park or the waterfront. All of these are lovely places to be in the summertime. - If you're thinking of living somewhere off of the peninsula, Dartmouth is much closer to the downtown than some of the other bedroom communities Disadvantages: - You either have to cross the bridge or take the ferry. Depending on where you live, both can be quite annoying. - Dal is in Halifax. You can live luxuriously close to your school in this city. - Halifax is nicer than Dartmouth. Personally, I didn't like living in Dartmouth very much. Others don't mind it. I have yet to meet a university student who is enthusiastic about being there.
  18. I try to stay off this spectrum altogether. When I'm in public, anyway.
  19. Philosophy helps a little. The LSAT has some formal logic in it and so do some philosophy courses. The experience helps. Not nearly as much as the Powerscore books and timed practice tests though. I don't know for sure what anyone's actual grades are in my class, but I haven't really felt like any particular background is better or worse than any other. There are a bunch of students from the social sciences and humanities. They write pretty well. They speak quite effectively. Having more experience discussing ideas in seminars, they adjusted to the Socratic method a little faster than others. There are also students from science programs. They tend to think in an organized, analytical manner. This helped them on exams. I think that many of them did quite well on our midterms. You can gain a little bit from any undergrad course that you find interesting and challenging. I find that I draw on the systemic thinking that I learned in high school math as much as I do from my undergrad philosophy courses. Art history is also surprisingly helpful. My personal approach was to pick profs who I liked and take as many of their courses as possible.
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