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  1. Yeah I guess so. I just don't think $11k tuition is that bad personally (assuming of course you get the max bursary).
  2. Yeah, photographic memory doesn't exist. Some people are really good at remembering details, but that is not so much "photographic" as it is very good recall. The verbatim recitation of a book as demonstrated by whatshisface in the first episode of Suits, if you've seen it, is not possible to do without substantial effort. Can you memorize a whole book and recite it verbatim? Sure, but not just by looking at it once (or even a few times). Even if it were possible to do so, I don't see how it would help you with the LSAT. The exam is all about thinking, not about remembering. Maybe as others said, it could help you on the reading comprehension section, but even that is a bit more about extracting meaning rather than regurgitating what you read quickly.
  3. I didn't want to rent a locker so I just used a backpack so I could put everything I needed in there. Honestly there was a good mix of both from what I can recall. Messenger bags are more compact but I think you end up losing a lot of potential carrying space, which I valued. But it's up to what you want to do -- i.e., rent a locker at school or just carry everything with you all the time?
  4. Well I can't speak for BC schools, but it's possible to get as much as $10k in bursaries, with an additional $10k bursary available in 3L for a select few who have very high educational debt. I think that's pretty decent. Your mileage may vary of course.
  5. I’m not sure when you get info about entrance scholarships but I’d imagine it will be forthcoming. A lot of people make decisions off of scholarship money so they’d be stupid to wait to give you that info if you’re going to get an award. Bursaries are distributed at or around the end of first term, so you’ll have to wait for it. Applications happen when you start classes. That said, the bursaries starts Oz are very generous so long as you can demonstrate financial need. So keep that in mind too.
  6. I mean I suppose they could have been less snarky about it, but I hope you got their point. If you want to be a lawyer, one of the first things you should learn is never speak with authority where you don't actually know or have the experience. Just like it would sound stupid for me to say, "so I don't know anything about the US national anthem, but it starts with 'O beautiful, for spacious skies', so start with that verse and go from there", it doesn't make much sense for you to give what sounds like authoritative advice (notwithstanding your disclaimer, which was weak at best) on how law practices work. Yeah it absolutely is. I heard the same from some new calls who took jobs at small firms. I, personally, am not expected to bring in new clients at all and I imagine the junior associates at firms my size or larger are similar. But these kinds of firms, I think, are the exception rather than the rule. I would imagine the vast majority of juniors, who are employed by small firms, are expected to bring in new clients ASAP.
  7. Ryn

    3.1 GPA?

    I can’t see a 3.1 cGPA as being admissible anywhere in Ontario. Even your L2 is a hard sell at roughly 3.4, though that sounds a bit more reasonable with a high enough LSAT score. Some non-Ontario schools are possibilities. I know UNB for example drops some of the lowest grades. In any event you’re not out of options but they’re incredibly limited so I would apply broadly.
  8. Demanding this of you is not only egregious it's unethical (who's the one in high school again? Certainly not you). You need to establish some very clear boundaries of what you are or are not willing to do. And if she refuses to budge on this point, I think it's best if you depart her employ. You're a called lawyer -- you have the pick of any firm looking for an associate, or you can go out and hang our own shingle. It's only one step away from what you're seemingly being asked to do anyway, i.e., receiving no support and having to bring in clients. If you think dropping down to part-time will help your mental health while you go look for another job (which is advisable) then I would do that. Otherwise, start handing out resumes as quickly as possible. This place doesn't sound like anywhere you want to be long-term. Edit to add: I'll say the above with the caveat that I don't have much experience myself. I'm a new associate as well. But I certainly would strongly consider the above route if it were me in your situation.
  9. I am happy I've never seen that word used.
  10. I think the point is that the vast majority of time you don't. And things generally read better when you follow the rules of grammar. That said, there are some stupid rules. Like "not beginning a sentence with a conjunction", or "not ending a sentence with a preposition." Or what I just did there: making a full sentence out of a fragment. All of these actually have a rich history in writing and the "rules" are just stuffy nonsense. But other grammatical rules, like using commas in the correct places, or not using "which", actually tend to make things more clear. And, I would argue, not paying attention to the rules around commas could actually cost you. There have been a few notable cases where comma placement was a deciding factor. And there was one, I think, where not using the Oxford comma actually made a difference of millions. So, bend the rules, sure. Just know which rules to bend.
  11. This is the worst. Or when you get a copy of an agreement that clearly wasn’t drafted by a lawyer but by what I like to call a “legal enthusiast” — those are always fun to try and make sense of. Worse is when you can’t revise it completely and you have to cobble together some weird hybrid. Ugh.
  12. I like using “same” in certain instances for clarity and brevity. I could omit it altogether but then there might be some ambiguity about what I’m referring to. I could substitute the actual thing I’m talking about but then I’d need to repeat a bunch of words or create a defined term just for that purpose, which seems excessive. That said, I agree that it’s overused in many cases. It just so happens that this is one of my favourite comics on the subject.
  13. A semicolon would be correct in the case of the bolded comma. On the topic generally, I’m a fan of proper comma use (including using the Oxford Comma to avoid ambiguity wherever possible), and will also edit documents accordingly when I come across them. But I think my biggest pet peeve is the gratuitous use of “which” when one means “that”. It’s everywhere and always makes me want to throw a grammar textbook at the author.
  14. There is a question about academic misconduct on OLSAS. And the law society asks you about your criminal record when you apply for licensing.
  15. I split this off from the adcom thread. I feel like you have a chance depending on what you wrote in your part B. A 3.3 is a hard sell but it’s possible.
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