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  1. I wonder if it’s like marking a message unread. They looked at it then they flagged it as interviewed so they’ll remember to check it again later. I suppose you can always call and ask but I’d wait a while and see what happens.
  2. Generally I wouldn’t worry about the price of something unless it’s extremely ridiculous. But I doubt candidates are taken to ridiculously expensive places in the first place. The lawyers usually order apps for everyone. For dessert, I’d just wait to see what the lawyers do and just go along with it unless they turn to you for your opinion; in that case I think it’s okay to say yes if you want dessert. Same deal for drinks. See what the lawyers get. If they get wine, you can, too.
  3. There are lots of books on different areas of law that basically summarize things in broad strokes. For example, the Irwin Law series on Contracts does what I thought was a fairly good job summarizing contract law generally as it's applicable today. Your prof will likely include examples of these kinds of books in the course syllabus; if not, you should feel free to ask him or her about recommended titles.
  4. What do you think the answer to this question is?
  5. I didn't know that either. I don't recall there being anything like that in my cycle (2016) but that doesn't mean it didn't happen (just that I didn't know anyone who attended one) or hasn't changed since. I'll just add that this isn't necessarily true, but it certainly hurts your prospects quite a bit unless you do something to make it up. For example, if you must turn down a dinner invite, ask if it's possible to go for a quick coffee at X time or a quick lunch. It shows interest and, realistically, firms know that they're competing with others; they're not going to brazenly drop you as a candidate if they try to book a dinner slot with you that's already been filled by another firm. I know plenty of people who asked for alternatives and, as far as I am aware, each received an offer from said firm. So it does work.
  6. I'll say this about reading quickly: in this job I feel like it's an absolute necessity to be able to read fast and comprehend what you're reading. You very rarely have the luxury of a multiple of time over the average to complete work. If it takes the ordinary person an hour to do something and it takes you four, that's very bad. Best case scenario you will always be behind and you'll feel like you're drowning; worst case scenario you will have so much time written off that you'll have to really fight to keep your job. I think it makes sense to work on your reading speed and comprehension as much as possible because I think it can only do you good. I mean, it's one thing to take a bit longer than "average" to read and understand something (or even maybe twice as long), but in your (@jayoh's) example, you talk about needing four times as much time to do the work. That's a lot. Even if you were exaggerating, I think anything more than double is a significant impairment. Anyway, I say the foregoing with the caveat that I'm a first year associate and I don't necessarily know how things usually work, so I am just repeating what others have told me and from my sense of things. But I don't think it's bad advice to work on one's reading speed and comprehension as much as possible.
  7. I only did it once when I was doing OCIs and it was because the lawyer I met was amazingly generous with his time and gave me a lot of good advice. He didn't have a problem with being mentioned in my cover letter. Whether the firm reached out to him I have no idea, but if they had, he would (presumably) have nice things to say about me or at least could have confirmed that he knew who I was. In all my other applications I never mentioned that I met anyone and I got several interviews. I am not entirely sure it matters that much that you name drop someone you met, but if you did and it was an actually meaningful connection, there's no harm in doing it.
  8. People may disagree with me, but I feel there’s virtually no reason to cancel a score unless you’re going to a school that averages them. I don’t know what the rules are around this special administration of the LSAT and whether it counts as a “take” if you cancel your score. I understand you can retake for free if you do cancel so while that may save you some money, you may, as you say, be in the position of getting something worse than 157, which would be bad for you. All Ontario schools take your highest score, so even if you manage to score lower in a retake, it won’t affect you. A 157 isn’t terrible. You should obviously retake and do better, but I just don’t see the harm in not cancelling if you’re only applying to Ontario schools (aside from getting a free retake of course; so I guess it depends on what that is worth to you).
  9. Best to use http://lawapplicants.ca to convert your grades to the OLSAS scale. It's the easiest way.
  10. You don’t use LSAC to apply to Canadian law schools (except to take the LSAT). It’s through OLSAS for Ontario schools.
  11. Well it's just like any other thesis proposal. That is to say, you should talk about the kind of research you want to do and how you would do it. Remember, an LLM is a research master's, which means you need to be able to articulate what you would want to study.
  12. OP said that they don't want to pursue an option that doesn't give them the title of "lawyer". That means an LLM would not suffice. The only way to actually be a lawyer and be licensed to practice law in Canada is to follow Hegdis's advice above.
  13. I think you should firstly try and figure out where you want to stay and practice. Do you want to stay in Alberta? Or are you shooting for Toronto Bay Street biglaw? If the answer is the latter, maybe you want to consider an Ontario school, but even so it's not necessary. Plenty of people get hired for Bay Street who aren't from Toronto. And even if you don't, you can lateral there if you spend a few years working at a similar level in Calgary, for example. The only extra hoop you'd have to jump through is getting licensed in a different province than where you went to law school in, but that's not really a "hoop" per se, it's just probably going to be a bit more challenging because you will have to learn the Ontario-specific bar materials on your own. But it's doable and done all the time. U of C is a great law school. Doing your undergrad there and law school is totally fine. You won't be disadvantaged by doing so. If money and debt is such a major factor for you, please don't get caught up in the I have to go to a "reputable" "prestigious" law school otherwise I'm totally screwed rhetoric because it's incorrect. No one cares where you went to law school as long as it's in Canada. The differences are so minor they're almost meaningless, assuming you perform at a high level wherever you go. Finally, since you're still in high school, you've got four years to figure out if you even want to go to law school when you're done. Also, getting in to law school isn't guaranteed either. So I'd suggest finding an undergrad (if you haven't already) that you find interesting and can get you a job outside of law and focus on that. Get excellent grades and don't worry about anything else. Revisit this question sometime in the second half of third year when you're preparing to write the LSAT. Maybe by then you'll have a better idea of what you want or can afford.
  14. Oh I for sure agree with you. If you're really cost-conscious, go to another province and you'll still get a quality legal education. But my point was that even if you decide to stay in Ontario, I can't imagine someone spending much more than $100k on an undergrad and a JD combined. OP's $200k figure just seemed ridiculously inflated.
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