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  1. Hi guys, I read on the LSO website that you need to start articling by August 6 2019 to be called to the bar in June. Questions: 1. If you start after August 6 what happens? Edit: I understand you need to attend a ceremony later in the year but what are the consequences of this in respect of associate hiring? 2. Is there a list floating around of when articling starts for firms? I feel like I saw one but can’t find it now. Thanks in advance
  2. So from what I've seen online, the only way someone with a Canadian J.D. can ever practice in Florida is: By redoing their J.D. in Florida or any U.S. state and passing the Florida bar or By practicing for 10 years in the U.S. and then taking the Florida bar (???) Are these seriously the only options? I would love to live and practice in Miami. It's my dream city and apart from that, I have a lot of family and friends there. Is there really no way I could practice law there shortly after I am called to the Ontario bar? No accreditation exams, etc.? 💔 🌴
  3. Yes I think the main problem is your LSAT score. It's a bit low for most schools. Check online for the median LSAT scores for Canadian law schools. Good luck on your rewrite!
  4. Why is it too late? Final semester hasn’t started. Also my new C+ avg is extremely borderline, .02 off from being a B now.
  5. No, I go to a law school with a separate January semester. I think I will just have to suck it up and do everything possible to raise my average again. I have an explanation for my grades but I still know that it was partly in my power to do better.
  6. So should I take “easier” courses next semester? And by that I mean courses that I would subjectively find easier (paper-based theoretical courses rather than exam-based), even if they are not totally relevant to my firm? Sidenote: in 2L I took a lot of challenging (for me) exam-based practical business law courses and did well with a lot of hard work. I am just worried about the C+ avg and don’t want to take chances.
  7. Ok so what I am getting from this is that I basically need to pull my grades up again but either way it probably won’t be the end of the world if I do a good job articling. Thanks.
  8. I got mainly C+s last semester. Had a low B average to start with. Got hired in BigLaw because of previous work experience, the fact that my low B avg was due to a couple anomalies (had mainly B+ up until this semester), and nice attitude in interviews.
  9. I mean...apart from your inflammatory statement at the beginning, that’s a useful answer.
  10. Hey, my grades slid this semester. I now have a C+ avg. I have good reason to appeal a couple grades. I attribute my grades to a combination of an "Act of God" (lol), subconsciously caring less because I have a job (my fault, I know), and taking five very difficult courses in one semester. I'm going to try my best to pull my average back up, but... How much do grades really matter for lateral hiring after articling? I have a "BigLaw" job.
  11. It's self-indulgent and sometimes contradictory advice from someone doing the LPP, nothing more
  12. K...I have wanted to be a lawyer ever since I can remember. HOWEVER, when I was 5 I thought criminal defence lawyers were the only kind of lawyer (literally, in my 5 year old mind I believed that, and had no concept of what a 'Crown' was, or a commercial lawyer etc. - please don't make fun of me). Still wanted to be a lawyer though... My point is that you go into law school knowing very little about the realities of the profession (of course, I'm speaking generally here, and of course I'm aware you go into it knowing that there's more than just criminal defence lawyers). However I think it's fair to say you come out of law school still not knowing too much more than you did coming in. Like some people still think it's imperative to work at a "sister" to have "made it", and their definition of "making it" is making a lot of money, but you can make even more at US firm or a condo litigation firm, for example. I am not going to be doing insurance defence. I didn't know what insurance defence was going into law school. But I now know that it's a type of practice that allows you to do litigation, engage with corporate clients, etc. etc.. I have noticed from some people's profiles that they switch into corporate. A lot of this game is the connections you make. Insurance defence isn't something to write off.
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