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  1. Second the recommendation above. Went to them to get a suit before 1L and was fairly clueless. They were lots of help and I got a nice, well fitted suit. Will be going back to get a second sometime this summer.
  2. Would echo this post. Wait at least until first semester of law school is done. That will give you time to adjust to the demands of school and you can determine if you think you can juggle your studies and extra-curricular commitments with a part time job. Personally, I am very glad that I did not work in first year and I think my grades would have suffered if I did. Again echoing the poster above I do not plan on working in second year either, between trying to secure summer employment for next year and keep up with school I imagine I will be busy enough. Will re-evaluate for 3L.
  3. Is there a story or anecdote about your work as a personal trainer that in some way connects with why you want to go to law school/why you would be a successful student at law school? If so, it can be appropriate in your PS if it helps tell this type of story. The personal sketch is where you list your work experience, so no need to repeat it in the personal statement if there is nothing more to say about it.
  4. While the rejection letter (email?) you get from the school will not contain an explanation of why you were rejected you can still contact the admissions offices of the schools you are interested and they may be willing to provide you with an explanation of your rejection and even some advice on what you could do to improve your application. This may help you more realistically evaluate your chances for admission in the next cycle. I will add I do not have any first hand experience with contacting admissions for this information, but have heard from friends in law school that after being rejected in a cycle they were able to speak with admissions and in their case they they were admitted during the next cycle.
  5. As most people have noted, it is easiest to improve your LSAT. As you are planning to re write in September it seems that you realize this as well. As to raising you gpa, even if you can significantly raise your gpa by taking a second degree, if you do not improve your LSAT there is no guarantee the increased gpa will help. So if you do not increase your LSAT this September, it is important to understand that the time and money spent on improving your grades may go to waste. However, you l2 is good and your cgpa is not awful. If you can improve that LSAT you will be a competitive applicant. Best of luck.
  6. Yeah this was my thought and hence why I had reservations about reaching out in this manner. Thanks for the input. I may just speak to some friends who are in 2L who are spending their summers at the firms I am interested in applying to. If anything it will give me a bit of an idea about the firm and what to expect during the summer. Also, thanks for the heads up re: articling students, I was not aware.
  7. Agreed, maybe others will be able to shed some light.
  8. Thanks for the reply, to clarify though, I was more curious about communicating solely by email as being outside of Canada may make it difficult to connect with people over the phone. I was wondering if lawyers would be open to communicating by email, because I would imagine they would prefer a 20-30min phone call as they can get it out of the way in one go when the time suits them. If not, I was interested in opinions of how important connecting with lawyers in person/over the phone is, especially as it relates to being able to show interest and that you went beyond the firm website. I have heard from both students and lawyers that name dropping, for lack of a better word, is a good way to stand out in your cover letter and show interest to a firm.
  9. Sort of a follow up question to the one asked by OP, but if one was to be outside Canada for the summer would it be a good idea to try and at least connect with articling students/lawyers over email? I hear lots of people talking about doing coffee chats and setting up phone calls to get more information about firms and to be able to demonstrate interest on a cover letter beyond 'I liked your website.' I assume the answer may be along the same lines of more information/networking cannot be a bad thing, but it is always good to hear opinions. Will students/lawyers be receptive to having someone reach out via email?
  10. And I wasn't trying to single out your post about your not reading everything/anything. It was more just to point out to OP that there is more than one way to succeed in 1L and you have to find the study habits that suit you. Here alone he/she has already heard a variety of strategies and as an incoming 1L will undoubtedly hear of many more. My advice is just to listen what has helped others succeed but at the end of the day find what works best for you.
  11. If you want to get a jump on applications I would just make sure you have an updated resume. Last year for biz law and sport clinic you just need to submit a resume and cover letter. I cant speak for the other clinics as I did not apply but you can pretty much guarantee you'll be submitting a resume/cover letter wherever you apply. If there further application requirements for the other clinics maybe someone else can chime in.
  12. I would just say read these comments with caution. Not because people are giving bad advice on how to study but because you really need to tailor your 1L studying to how you learn. If you can learn by cramming for an exam or updating someone else's summary then perfect because that is what works for you. I did very well in 1L but I did all of my assigned readings and made my summaries from scratch. I preferred to study alone but had a small group of friends I would check in with if I needed help. My point is that what people have posted are all good ways to get through 1L, but you will have to find the way that works best for you and that will just take some experimenting once you start school, nothing you can do about that during the summer.
  13. Yes, to me this sounds like a terrible idea. Reading ahead is not going to prepare you for writing an exam and I think that would be a waste of more productive study time. I just finished 1L and can relate to the stress of wanting to do practice exams. That almost exclusively how I studied in undergrad and it worked then. However, before I was writing practice exams I had taken reading and class notes, put those into a ~20 page short summary, and then further into a ~5 page quicksheet that I could speed through during exams (because they are a fight against the clock). It meant that I had to wait until the last week until I was doing practice exams (I think I did about 2 per class for finals). But this was a much more productive use of a practice exam then if I had tried to do one early on. Plus, I can think of a few courses where reading alone would not have come close to preparing me for an exam. Different professors will use their textbooks differently and it will often not be sufficient to rely on the book alone. EDIT: You will need to find a way to study that works best for you, and you will develop this as the year goes on, but it varies for everyone. However, the reading ahead/exam strategy does not sound like an efficient use of studying time in my opinion.
  14. In December you have midterm exams for your main courses. Some of those courses will may have assignments before December exams, but that just depends on your prof. December exams are pretty close to full length exams, though some profs made their final exams slightly longer.
  15. Officially there will be things you need to attend on campus. I think the first day back there was a "mandatory" info session for all 1Ls, but I arrived back to London a few days after the start of the term. There will be meetings to attend, but how mandatory those meetings are will depend on your small group prof. Mine was very lenient and I know a lot of people who did not attend. That being said I found them helpful. I am not sure if other profs made their sessions mandatory or not. Otherwise there is no expectation that you be on campus to work on your memo/moot.
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