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  1. I started this thread because I am interested in what other people are doing in to stay positive during Covid-19, especially those in a similar situation to me (of which I suspect there are a few on this board). I'm finishing articling in May, and I'm sure my employment will last until then, but after that...? It's a lot less clear. I wasn't nearly busy enough to begin with before Covid-19, and now predictably things have slowed down a lot. I'm basically down to doing 1-2 hours of billable work a day and I don't even know if I'll have that once I am done the files I'm working on. It's tough to stay positive when I feel like I'm waiting for the executioner's axe to fall. However, I'm sure I am far from the only one going through this, so I thought it might be a good idea to reach out. What are other people doing to make it through this weird time?
  2. Room in a townhouse for rent. $600, all inclusive. No smokers, pets, or couples (landlords rules). PM me for further details.
  3. I've been there a few times. I can mostly recall a bunch of condos, ultra sketchy people, and wet garbage. You want energy and excitement? Go find some mountains or waves and feel the power of nature. Granted there's no progress, the the timelessness is sort of the point. IMO there's no better feeling than waking up knowing you have the freedom of the outdoors. I much prefer that to traffic, bylaw officers, and being asked for change on every corner. So different strokes for different folks
  4. I actually used graduate school to "game" my admission into law school. It is possible to do this, but this only applies to a very small subsection of people. Mostly those who are just below the cutoff line for admissions into law (somewhere around a B+ area depending on LSAT). Your closer to a B- and tbh I doubt it will work for you, but this will vary on your program and the like. Read all about it here: http://lawstudents.ca/forums/topic/43330-graduate-school-and-law-admissions/
  5. Any idea if the people who were really struggling to find articles were the Vancouver or bust kind of people? Or did it effect people who were willing to move around as well?
  6. As far as official statistics go, this is what the Career services person told me about the class of 2016 " Unfortunately, it’s still a bit too early for the Class of 2016’s stats - like other Canadian law schools, we will not have articling data to share until 6-9 months after graduation."
  7. I think I've looked into every J.D. program in Canada and I've never seen a January start for any of them.
  8. If we're going to talk about why law students are overwhelmingly drawn to big cities, group think may very well be a part of it, I've never thought about that. I think a lot of the why, simply comes from habituation as well. Most law students (and most Canadians I believe) are from big cities, and want to stick with what they know. Many have never lived in a small town, and see them as intolerably boring/ and or (and this comes up a lot on the boards) racist. I suppose depending on what you are used to that could totally be true. As far as boredom goes the reality is interior B.C. is a lot less cosmopolitan than Vancouver, and has a lot less concerts and vegan restaurants if that's your thing. The racism is a different matter entirely, and something I don't feel comfortable commenting about this aloud being as I'm as white as snow. However, that all being said I've worked in Big Cities with people from Big Cities and wayyy more of them seemed to be willing to move to small towns for the "right opportunity" in comparison to what I see here, so I think something else is up with law students and urban preferences. Not sure why that is though.
  9. I've said this on the forum before, but I've never directly asked the question so today is the day. Cruising around the forums I get the impression that 90% of people on Lawstudents.ca think that places outside of Toronto-Vancouver-Montreal are tiny little hovels lack color television. Seriously though, having been on this site awhile I suspect that most people on this forum think that places outside million plus cities are too small to consider living in. Sometimes places with over 100,000 people are referred to as small towns. Which really blows my mind having grown up in a town of 15,000 people but I guess it's all relative. Also serious, when I see the posts from people desperately looking for articles, I noticed a bit of a common thread saying that they would do anything, ANYTHING for articles, except for move to a not city, because that's just ridiculous. So living in a large city seems to be more important than utilizing a $100,000 degree for a lot of people. Seems like a pretty big deal. This is building up to a question. Is just people on Lawstudents.ca who overwhelming prefer city living, or is law school the same way? I'm also kind of curious if the competition for articles etc. in small towns is a fraction of what it would be for similar positions in large cities.
  10. What I'm about to say has been touched on by a few others, but I'm going to say it in more explicit terms. If the university policies are actually what you say they are, than it's really not worth your time to go back to Usask. If you are required to get a 88%, they're basically asking to get pretty close to an A+ in every course. Since the difference between an A- and an A+ often depends on the individual whims of the professors doing the marking and testing, the subjectivity of grading might very well throw you under the bus. The subjectivity of marking aside, it takes a lot of time and energy for most students to learn how to get top marks. Usually there is an upward trend throughout undergrad of higher marks, and this often comes from students becoming "better" at school. You haven't really had this practice, or it's been fragmented at best. For U Sask to expect you to put out top quality undergraduate work without the practice to get there is absolutely insane. This sounds like it's just adding up to more discouragement and heartbreak. Especially if you put in the effort to get an 85 (which I think would be one of your highest marks ever), and are booted out of the institution because that isn't considered good enough. If you can afford to go elsewhere, do so. I've heard much more pleasant things about the mental health services department at TRU for example. If you don't have the money to leave your hometown, and have found that online courses are working well for you, maybe continue in that direction instead.
  11. I got the boot today. On a Sunday long weekend none the less. Stats LSAT 165, B2 3.5 (which I think is what Sask looks at), no Sask connection at all (never even been to the province). Accepted at UNB, Dal, TRU, and U of A so I'm really not worried about it.
  12. It does matter if you like what you do. I made pretty good money as a tradeish person last year, and I'd make more money if I stuck with it, but regardless I was much happier as a graduate student, which was my previous, less lucrative, er... "career" path.. Construction is just not for me, as I personally find it pretty boring. Nor am I really into the culture of construction work (hyper-machoism). However, I'm sure the dudes I work with feel the opposite way. Prestige aside, I think we're all happier sticking with whatever career feels right as long as were not constantly on the precipice of financial disaster. However, when people immediately open up about money the second they start talking about career choices (like at the start of this thread) I wonder why don't always put trades first and foremost. After all if your just thinking about money when your looking at careers, you may as well pick a career where you can have money NOW instead of waiting four years to get a degree before you finally make less money than journeymen tradespeople do.
  13. I sent an email to the career services person about this year's articling rates. So hopefully we'll have an official answer soon. When I went to see her in the spring she said the only people who didn't get articles in the class of 2015, were 1) a person who was only looking in Kamloops, 2) a person who was only looking in Toronto. I personally think that reflects a lot more on the students than it does on TRU as a whole. If your completely inflexible in your location demands when your starting your career, your going to have a harder time no matter what you do or where you go.
  14. This is the hardest part of this whole discussion for me to understand. A lot of this conversation started with people talking about salary versus debt, and how law degree aren't worth it (because your not getting enough money). If your number one concern is money, than the trades are generally a way easier way to make money than ANY degree. They generally don't cost anything to get, it tends to be way less complicated and time consuming to get a job afterwards, and salaries are much higher than a lot of degree holding professions in the end anyways. If your in the right place at the right time you can show up at a jobsite, get hired learn a trade, and have your red seal in a few years. All while making money the whole time. Compare this to spending 4-8 years of time and money on degree(s), then going through an ungodly amount of job interviews, and when you finally do get an entry level job immediately using it to build up your linked in profile, so you can start interviewing again. Please note that I'm talking about actual trades here (Red Seal). It seems the days of making a good salary at a union plant, as a labourer are mostly over. I think there is still a lot of opportunity for people who are willing to learn complex trades though. If your number one concern for evaluating careers is salary, it seems to me that trades people should be looked up to. This is a bit off topic, but when I was doing my BA it shocked me that more people who were floating through their degree doing the least amount possible (no reading, hand in everything late etc.) were going to university to take a subject they had no interest in, when there was a much less complex, more lucrative career path at hand.
  15. And I was just about to post on here and say that you guys are worrying about a problem that doesn't exist. Instead I'll just contend that, it mostly doesn't exist. Another poster is said something along the lines of that most EC's are accepted in good faith. I think this is partially true because EC's don't make a huge difference with your application. Transcripts and LSAT do make a huge difference, and that's probably why they aren't accepted in good faith and have steps to prevent fraud (have to be sent in sealed envelopes etc.) . Unless you make yourself sound like a Nobel Prize Winning Olympian and raise some red flags, I doubt the Adcomm's are going to check your EC's super thoroughly, or at all. They are chiefly looking at hard statistics anyways. You should be alright, whatever you choose to do.
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