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  1. Congrats. That's embarrassing for them. Has the admissions experience pushed you towards UNB or do you think you'll be accepting at Dal?
  2. Thanks for the replies! Leaving it until third year sounds like good advice. It's not required and the prof doesn't teach it every year, although he/she has taught it before. It'll be a little strange not to have it when I'm job hunting, but hefeweizen is probably right: I can show my passion for basket jurisprudence in other ways.
  3. Say there’s a second year course you’d like to take. It’s a class related to the kind of work you’d like to pursue. It’s about subject matter which you’re interested in. However, the prof who is teaching it next year is … not great. Actually, he/she is well below the level of greatness. A few people like him/her. However, I would struggle to properly learn the material from this prof. I don’t really want to say what’s specfically wrong with his/her teaching – if I said more, then other students could probably figure out who I’m referring to. It’s probably not necessary to defame him/her on the internet. Would you suck it up and take the course in second year? Or would you wait and hope that someone better teaches it in third-year?
  4. I thought the most suspicious part was the description of his participation as "on-again off-again." I see many more "ons" than "offs"
  5. Since you're a maritime resident, I think that your chances are pretty good.
  6. I can't imagine that there are many universally undesirable areas of practice, since desires are subjective and therefore vary from person to person. For instance, I think tax law sounds almost comically boring AND far too difficult for me (although, I don't know anything about tax law). But I met a tax lawyer recently who seemed to enjoy his work more than anyone I've ever met. He was the happiest camper out of all the campers. So maybe there's something there. Specializing in legal malpractice (i.e., suing other lawyers in negligence) would probably be a little rough. You wouldn't be very popular at networking events.
  7. I don't know about other people, but the sheer width and depth of things that I don't know always astounds me. I'm pretty sure that until about two weeks into 1L, I thought that civil proceedings referred to a more polite version of criminal proceedings (probably not the case in family law).
  8. I like law school (although exams aren't my favourite). I think I want to practice law. However, if those things weren't true, I hope I'd be brave enough to admit that law school wasn't for me and start looking at other options.
  9. I'm not really sure. I always thought that they meant the last ten credits that you'd done, i.e., that they probably would split years. I've never checked this though -- I'm just assuming. Maybe email them?
  10. I'd consider 40 words per minute kind of slow for law school purposes. I was probably marginally faster than that when I first got here and found it a little tough to get down everything I wanted to in lectures. I'm sure once you're around 60+ per minute, then you're definitely fast enough to do well on an exam (although everything helps). Like neymarsr said, you'll usually improve just by typing in class though -- I did. But when I practiced online, I got a lot better. edit: If you're not a touch typist (i.e., you don't use all of your fingers, but rather hunt-and-peck 1-3 fingers), then I would recommend a course.
  11. Unfortunately, from my experience and that of some others I know, feelings of inadequacy / impostor syndrome tend to intensify rather than dissipate during 1L. Lots of courses have 100% finals. For long parts of the year, you might not know what you're supposed to be doing, if you're doing it, and if you're capable of doing it. Other people might seem to have it together and you might not feel the same. That can breed uncertainty and anxiety. In my opinion, there's not always anything you can do about it. I'm not trying to scare you -- although scaring 0Ls is good sport. Just letting you know that lots of others will either (a) feel the same, (b) not feel the same because they haven't realized that they're struggling, c) sometimes actually know what they're doing. You might not be able to generate confidence at will and if it gets really bad definitely reach out. But try not beat yourselves if you have self-doubts. You won't be alone in feeling that way.
  12. Kudos for admitting prestige and salary are your primary reasons for wanting to go to law school. I mean, I suspect that's true for plenty of people and I'm not sure that they're necessarily good motives. But if nothing else, I admire that you came right out with it.
  13. I also agree that shopping around is generally a good idea. However, apparently every credit check they do for an application negatively affects a person's credit score. So when OP's score is low, then applying for more bank loans might not be in his/her best interest if the chances of approval are still very low. I agree that paying for your score and working on is a good idea though. Although it's probably not as satisfying as the magic solution I'd be hoping someone would conjure up if I were in OP'S place.
  14. Sorry I'm a little slow to answer right now. I'm in the midst of 1L exams, which you'll all have the pleasure of doing this time next year, if you're accepted and come to law school. I'm glad you find this thread helpful. That's good to hear. Unfortunately, I can't really offer you much feedback about your application. I sometimes answer peoples' "chances" question on this forum. However, I usually do so for people who apply under the regular category. Those cases are a little easier to predict, because (a) I have first-hand experience applying that way and (b) there's information available about both minimum requirements and successful applicants' profiles. For the special / mature categories, I just don't know any of that. People absolutely get in as special and mature applicants. Those categories are designed for people with great stories like yours. However, as far as I know, life experience isn't the only thing that the committees consider for applicants with unusual profiles. Grades and LSAT scores still play a role. I can't really say much more than that; I don't know how they weigh the relevant factors, how many spots there are, or what the competition is like under the mature category. I'm fairly sure that those applications are considered later though (and I think they'll offer you an interview if they're interested). So the silence isn't a bad sign, yet. Good luck
  15. That's rough. Did you try contacting your school? I don't have any knowledge or first-hand experience, but I've heard that some people can get grants or bursary for situations like this.
  16. I wouldn't say that there are many people older than 35. I can think of two people in my section who are 35+ (hopefully I'm not forgetting someone). Then there are a few people who are in their early thirties. The most common age group is early to mid-twenties, but that certainly isn't exclusive. I'm not really sure about the other two sections in first year or the exact make-up of the upper-year classes. I'm assuming that you're asking, because you're over 35 -- maybe I'm wrong and it's just curiosity that motivates your question. I'm guessing if you're significantly older than the rest of your classmates, then your law school experience might be a little different than that of others. In my opinion, that's usually the reality of being different than the people around you. That's especially true if your circumstances are different. For instance, if you have a family, you probably have different priorities than others who don't. You might not hang around after class, you could be at the bar less, and you might have to be more organized and disciplined with your study habits. However, maybe it's just because I'm not older, but no one's age seems to be a particular impediment here. Some of the older folks (older being a relative term, thirty-plus is not actually old) seem to be doing quite well academically. They are well-liked. Most people are and they are no exception.
  17. Friendliness vs competitiveness The two aren't mutually exclusive. People are friendly. There's also an underlying sense of competition, as we're graded on fairly strict curve. In any case, I haven't found that competition has ever undertaken the collegial atmosphere. Lots of people are very good friends. People help each other out with notes and stuff. It's a friendly atmosphere. I'm not sure whether others in my year/section felt this way, but things sort of settled down after the failsafes in December. People have a slightly better idea where they stand in relation to others and, for the most part, no one's showing off in class discussions or anything now. I'd also imagine that it's a little less intense after first year, when you aren't with the same 60ish people all the time. Although, I suppose that's when the job hunt starts. I can't speak for others, but I'm not paying much attention to other people right now. Just prepping for exams. In any case, I think it will be whatever you make of it. If you're friendly, other people will be the same way. There's a bit of weirdness — there always is — but it shouldn't necessarily impact you much. Where you study There's definitely no general rule. Some people are always in the library. Others — including people who have done very well on things all year — are rarely there. Some people study at home during the year, and library-it-up at exam time. Others do the opposite. Do whatever works for you. Actually, the library's been much emptier than I would have expected lately. So a fair number of people must study at home.
  18. I'm neither. If you started your own practice one day, wouldn't you be both?
  19. Lol. Apparently God's in his early 50s or younger. A radical form of Mormonism?
  20. Ha. I totally heard all of those things before I came to this site. Also: Taking political science or business is basically a necessity It's all about who you know They strongly favour varsity athletes
  21. Not really, no. It doesn't resemble a gym yet. Just construction. FYI, the exterior parts of the law building are undergoing some sort of maintenance and renovation. They're covered in scaffolding. They've been like that all year. Here's what they're describing the new gym as. Here is what some students told a person named Violet MacLeod about it. If you're really interested, you can follow the construction process here, where Dal releases scintillating play-by-play of the whole process. Oooh, ahhh -- new tendering stage. Apparently, it's projected to be finished midway through the class of 2019's second year.
  22. There isn't really anything I would recommend reading. Perhaps you could read Getting to Maybe, a book on law school exams. It's not necessary though; professors often (though not always) tell you what to expect. And even if you don't figure it out before December, talking to profs after you get your fall marks back will help you understand what to do for the exams that count. The first set are failsafes. i.e., they only affect your mark if you do worse in April. I think that any substantive reading — studying criminal law cases or something — is probably a waste of time. You won't know what to look for yet, you might not be reading the right materials, and what you need to learn can be very specific to your prof. Instead, I'd work and relax. They'll teach you the material once you get here. Your job will be to learn it and figure out how to apply it within a limited time frame. If you feel the need to prepare yourselves, I'd recommend a couple of things. First, if you're a slow typist, it might help to work on your typing speed. Quantity isn't everything. However, law exams at Dal are done on your laptops. If you are fast enough to get a certain amount down, that really saves you from having to make difficult choices about what to write in the exam room. Also, in some classes, you might want parts of your notes to be verbatim. Good typing helps. Second, if you haven't already done so, try to build good, general lifestyle habits. Law school (not to mention legal practice) can be stressful. You might not have the energy to develop new cooking skills or get into a new exercise routine once it's December and you're studying 10 - 14 hours a day. Being healthy and feeling good help me through the grind. In my opinion, it's easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle, if it's something you do regularly. Try and build good habits.
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