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  1. My understanding is that "research lawyer" means very different things at different places--I heard that research lawyers at one large firm, for example, can't become partner. In another bay street firm, they work is more like librarian work than lawyer work. In another firm, they seem to be well paid, have great work-life balance (relatively speaking), and do really interesting work (think: doing research into weird equity issues, drafting facta, researching lesser known commercial law things, etc.--they're separate from the knowledge management group mentioned above, which is less legal work and more managing precedents and things). I think (although I may be wrong) that one common thread is that there's very little client interaction unless you're a partner in the group. Also you never have to do doc review, which is a huge plus. As you can imagine, the job qualifications at the second firm is probably a lot different at the last firm listed. And this is just among the big firms/big name boutiques that I'm familiar with--I'm sure there are a million more permutations for what "research lawyer" means. If you PM, I can give you more details about the firms I described.
  2. Some of the stores in the path/office buildings are open (at least one LCBO, the Longos in FCP, at least one Starbucks). Obviously social distancing becomes a bigger challenge the more people there are in the towers
  3. I think the poster was alluding to the fact that you can do some math to check the size of the articling class (in the hireback numbers) against the summer student class size for that cohort. Most firms have a smaller articling class size than their summer class but my understanding is that the lower number of articling students is due to former summer students going to clerk/New York/non-law jobs, not because the students didn't get an articling offer. Edit: should have read further down the thread before replying lol
  4. Totally okay to ask if you can have some time to think about it. I've heard that, depending who is on the other side, the court can be a bit snooty about it but that's about all the harm that will come of it.
  5. I think that took about a week to ship to Halifax, so probably a bit less for you. Also, you will have electronic versions of the materials, so you can always study off those until the shipments arrive.
  6. I used google docs for all my notes. Worked great, was easily shareable to others, too. Downsides: fewer formatting options (no footnotes, for example)--not a huge deal for class notes; the documents get laggy for me after 50/60 pages of notes, so for a lot of classes I had to create two or three separate documents. The biggest pro is obviously that they're on the cloud and accessible anywhere, so I don't have to worry about data loss (although, like someone said, that can be done with Word as well).
  7. It kind of depends. The lucky ones land 1L jobs at law firms/government, some RA for profs, other people find non-law related work. A big trek is kind of hard to plan for in advance unless you're certain you'd rather travel than have a 1L law related job (and all the perks that come with it, like not having to participate in 2L/articling recruit). Of course, if you strike out on law/RA jobs and are able to forgo a month of salary somewhere, then your summer is kind of wide open. Only problem is that you don't find out about that stuff until January/Februray at the earliest, I think.
  8. It's fine, I know people who have travelled over reading week. You're (probably) not going to be so busy that you can't spare 6-7 doing nothing, as long as you keep up with your coursework otherwise. Fall is better. In second semester, there are a lot more assignments/deadlines that you'll have to juggle. However, if you're a super high achiever or the type of person who gets stressed out easily, maybe re-think vacationing during the semester. Thinking about how you're not studying while all of your peers are (supposedly) hard at work can be a pretty large mental load, especially in first year, when you have no idea what is going on and are stressed about everything. Your best bet for trip booking during the school year is probably to do it over part of the winter break.
  9. In my 3 years, I've had one class that didn't curve to a B grade. It happens but it's relatively rare. 1L classes are all on a strict B curve. In terms of the B-: the % grade doesn't appear on your transcript (only your letter grade) so it doesn't matter at all, except for the calculation of your average, which affects Dean's list/top ten/class rank/etc.
  10. They did, for the 2019-2020 clearkship year, but a) some schools ignored the "must have clerked or been called by the time of starting" qualification (see: McGill) and b) apparently most/all the law deans complained when sending applications in, so they removed the requirement for the most recent cycle.
  11. You pay around $180 when you first register (deadline is in early December), then you have the ~$5000 fee for the exams/articling. This year, that was due April 8th (unless you went with the payment plan).
  12. Went to Dal, interviewed at BigLaw and government places in Toronto. Never got asked why I didn't go to school in Ontario. Occasionally the "why Dal" question would come up as an icebreaker type question but that's about it.
  13. I would check with your school--Dal has laptops students can borrow to write exams, so that shouldn't be a huge concern. A few people in my classes still take notes by hand, it seems to be going fine for them? I also know a couple people who take notes on tablets, so that's always an option if you get sick of handwriting.
  14. Would advise against living in the dorms on-campus (if that's what you were asking about). There's a lot of housing just off campus and lots of people live within walking distance of Weldon. It seems quite convenient. I have my complaints about the law building but overall, it's pretty nice (they've been doing renovations over the last few years, I think they're all done now, though). There are other parts of the campus that are quite nice (the CHEB is a favourite amongst law students, Wallace McCain is equally as great and it rarely has any law students, which is nice) but overall it's kind of rundown.
  15. No, you would have two 90 minute contracts classes a week (the same as any other class). Section A has more than that because contracts is their small group class.
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