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  1. Criminal Division Everyone who wants to volunteer can participate. Everyone who volunteers will have their first file by December of the fall semester. However, students who volunteer to take on files after their shift does an intake can get a file as early as September/October. After every student has a file, people are allowed to take on multiple files if they choose. The more dedicated volunteers tend to end up having 3-5 files at once. Since it's a student volunteer service, we only deal with issues where our principals are not facing jail time. We therefore only deal with relatively minor offences and don't have to deal with things like bail hearings. Generally in 1L here is the process after you are assigned a file: 1. Call your principal to get a detailed version of how they claim the events occurred. Schedule a meeting in person if you have to. 2. Email the Crown to request an ERO + fax the Crown to request disclosure 3. Usually there will be a court date within a few days to a few weeks after you have been assigned the file. This will usually be at CMO or court room 356. You'll generally just be asking for an adjournment to review disclosure, receive advise from an advising lawyer, and get instructions from your principal. 4. After you receive disclosure you will be able to thoroughly review your file. You look up all the elements of the offence + relevant defences + how the courts have interpreted the language in the offence. You then match up the information within the disclosure to the elements of the offence to see how the Crown is going to try to argue the case if it goes to trial. You also make note of any disparities between what your principal has told you and what is in the disclosure. 5. After you are done reviewing the disclosure you discuss it with your dayleader (shift supervisor - a 2L/3L who worked with SLS over the summer) and then discuss it with an advising lawyer. If the advising lawyer is satisfied that they have enough information they will provide advice on the file and sign off on it. If they do not have enough information you may have to request supplementary disclosure from the Crown. 6. After you receive advice from the advising lawyer you contact your principal and discuss the meeting you had with the advising lawyer and relay the information provided. You then let your principal decide if they want to plead guilty or not guilty. 7. If they plead guilty you attend the next court date and schedule a summary disposition. At the summary disposition you speak-to-sentencing-- which basically means you discuss the mitigating factors and explain why you believe they should receive a punishment on the lower end of those contemplated by the provision. Since jail time is not on the table, you are usually just arguing for the lowest possible fine. OR 8. If they plead not guilty you attend the next court date and set the matter for trial. In 1L, unless something has changed, you are not allowed to do trials. In 2L/3L you are allowed to do trials. But yes, you can indeed attend court within a month of beginning law school with the Crim Division. The caveat is that it'll just be an adjournment. Civ/Fam Files are much rarer in Civ/Fam. It's mostly answering calls and referring people to other organizations. If you volunteer with the organization for all three years of law school you'll only get maybe 2-3 files. You probably won't end up in court with any of your files because most of them settle, however you'll probably get an opportunity to participate pretty far into the civil claims process - demand letter/statement of claim/negotiation/disclosure/application to note in default/etc. With Civ/Fam it also depends on luck as to what cases you get. Experiences can vary depending on luck with case assignments.
  2. 84% average from percentage schools generally (possibly always) translates into a 3.9 You have a chance of getting in, but it's not guaranteed. If you could get your average LSAT up to 154 you'd have a very high chance of getting in. 155+ and it's basically a guarantee.
  3. Is that your only LSAT? You'll be fine if your stats are calculated correctly. My CGPA was horrific and I still received an acceptance on the first day of acceptances in January with similar stats to yours.
  4. Being married/in a long-term relationship with someone who is in a good financial situation helps. I'm probably one of the least stressed out people in my law school because of it.
  5. Yeah, I was going to suggest the OP find an easy professor teaching an easy class and take a class with them because it creates a situation where it's difficult for great students to differentiate themselves from good ones, but I figured it would be against the spirit of the thread. Alternatively the OP could try to find a class where there is a lot of subjectivity in the grading taught by a professor who has no idea how to explain their expectations.
  6. Yeah, that's why I was confused when people were calling it hard. It's like Baker and Dunsmuir + a bunch of minor cases that are only relevant for a line or two. As long as a person takes a class where the Admin exam is based primarily on fact patterns it seems like a super easy course.
  7. Admin is meant to be hard? It has been one of the easier classes to study for so far. This thread gonna make me paranoid about my Admin exam in a few days
  8. 2L at U of A: I'd say in excess of 90% of the professors are left leaning with over 50% of them being very left leaning. The most common political party supported by the students by far is the NDP. I'm sure there are some conservative students, but they aren't as vocal about it as the left leaning ones. Note: I may come back to this thread after exams when I have more time and give a more thorough breakdown related to OPs questions For now I will simply state that U of A is plenty left leaning and has lots of student organizations and upper-year courses to get involved in that relate to topics of interest to those who are generally social justice minded.
  9. Apparently the University of Alberta is the only school in Canada to offer a JAG Internship. Besides that, I'm not sure if there are any differences between the schools in that respect. https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/military-university-of-alberta-offer-one-of-a-kind-faculty-of-law-internship
  10. I had a bunch of W's on my transcript and received an acceptance during the first wave of invites at U of A 2 years ago. The U of A doesn't care about your course selection as long as the courses are applied to a degree. If you are taking classes that aren't being applied to a degree they won't accept introductory level classes (which they usually define as 1000 level classes) Of course, this post is to the best of my knowledge and things may have changed since I got accepted.
  11. It's quite common for those working in smaller firms. Often the senior lawyers have enough excess work to delegate some work to the associates, however they may not have enough to fill up the associates' entire schedule on a full-time basis. The solution? Hire an associate on a fee split basis or a modest salary + a fee split of billings above a certain amount and expect the associates to help bring in clients.
  12. First big wave is usually mid-January They occasionally also send out offers in December for people who have already completed their degrees
  13. Most professors just go over the readings listed in the syllabus during class. For most classes if you're able to understand the readings yourself there probably isn't that much of a benefit to actually attending class. The main benefit I get from attending class is exam hints.I almost never learn anything in class that I haven't already learned from the readings.
  14. Some combination of intelligence, work ethic, typing speed, genuine interest in the content, wise course selection and luck. There are so few people with grades like that that it would be difficult for a person to know enough of them to pick up trends. A professor would probably be better situated to provide specific insight as to the characteristics of the top students they have encountered. From my limited experience, it seems like most of the medal contenders have what appears to be a significantly above average interest in the content.
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