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  1. I totally understand that there will be noise in the office, and unexpected events that could create distractions. However, I doubt people would be playing music in a cubicle area, etc. I have tried going elsewhere. My best result has been using headphones with music, but it still isn't nearly as effective. By the way, I can study fine at home, I just find it motivating to study in the library. There's something about seeing other people still going that motivates me. That aside, I'm just looking to fill the 2-3 hour gaps between classes, because I'm finding it just about impossible to study. I understand that my poor focusing abilities are a huge problem, but that's why libraries have always been my sanctuary away from it. Our library is especially bad, and I think that for most people it's just irritating, but for me, it brings my efficiency down to nothing. Plus, it just seems like a total lack of respect for the people studying.
  2. The typing thing happened most recently, which is why I brought it up. It probably has more to do with the type of desk that they use. But the guy was making it so I couldn't even read my book since it was vibrating and the words weren't clear. I've been to other schools before, and nothing was ever like this. I know you think I'm being incredibly anal, but I think you'd have to see it first hand. My issue is that I've been to several other universities, and never had an issue with any other library. I've always studied well in libraries. I'm expecting everyone to bend to my habits by having them not talk on their cellphone and hear their netflix in a law library? How am I being entitled here? This is a problem talked about all the time at our school, and there have been countless attempts to address it with administration (by others, not me). It's a library. We have a place to eat 50 feet away. There are couches right outside. Am I being unreasonable by wanting them to eat in designated areas, and to remain quiet in places that are supposed to be used for studying? Why does their right to watch netflix and eat in any location they choose trump my right to actually learn at a university that I am paying to attend? There are ample other places to set up netflix and eat everywhere in the university. There are no quiet spots on campus in the prime hours, I have searched everywhere. I've also worked at offices before and had no issues at all with noise, or at other universities. It's the constant distraction here that is driving me insane.
  3. I don't see how me having an inability to study at school makes me 'scumbag' or 'elitest', as it's a very commonly cited problem here. You say that law students regularly do those things, but they don't. There's been a handful of times I have ever seen one of the law students do something like that, but they rarely do. If they did, I would think that they are also being rude. You make it seem simple, that I should just get up in the middle of my study session in the middle of a library, and ask people to quiet down. How is this possible when you have dozens of people doing it? All at various levels of noise? Is it reasonable for me to enter dozens of potentially conflict prone situations? People say something when it's really bad, but it's just easier to go home. The furious typer I was referring to was watching netflix, so i presume he was just typing something on facebook. This is a completely normal practice here. How did you get to the emotional angle of him writing his family? He was watching netflix and eating loudly. I saw it. By the way, almost everyone at my school has mentioned it at least once, so it's not just me. I just have a worse attention span than most, so it effects me worse. I know you want to defend them, but I'm not sure you realize how bad it has gotten. By the way, many of the snails are great and don't say a word, but it's this general entitled attitude you see everywhere. I'm not saying "I don't want to be seeing lowly non law-students when I'm studying", I'm saying, in my current law school, for the first time in my academic career, I cannot learn outside of a lecture. The snails regularly use our classrooms for study groups as well. The only thing that works is headphones with music, but that's also distracting, just less so. The fact is, if I have any time in between class, it's pretty much useless now. This has pushed me back academically, to the point it's a variable in a school choice. I have tried absolutely everything, except the full size noise cancelling headphones. I might need to invest in one of those, since the other ones I bought don't seem to do the trick.
  4. Wow, this is actually very good to hear. I don't know if I want to tarnish my schools name, but it is awful here. Not to mention, the layout of the library is awful as it's also used as a hallway between buildings, and it's a massive open space so sound travels everywhere. I have tried earplugs, they don't get rid of the bass sounds, which can be just as frequent. It also doesn't help with the constant movement on the desks. I had to move today because someone sits down right across from me (connected desks), constantly shaking the keyboard. As I walk out, he's watching netflix and eating lunch. It's unbelievable. I have heard of it being a problem at other schools though, but it's good to hear there are exceptions. You guys actually have a no non-law student policy? That is fantastic.
  5. This was not meant as a troll post, or to stir up debate. I am asking this seriously. I have recently landed a job, and I feel more confident in wanting to switch schools (I'm already at a different province than the city the job is in) purely for the inability to study in the library. I have read here somewhere that this appears to be a problem at a lot of schools. Does anyone go to a school that they would describe as having a healthy study environment? Our library is filled with non law students (SNAILS) who bring their food in and watch videos half the time, only to get up and answer their phone every 30 minutes, continuing the conversation as they exit the library. Or they will move to a desk next to you and start smashing their fingers on their laptops so the whole desk vibrates. Or they will There are a very small number of law students who are part of the problem, maybe one or two people, but aside from that it's entirely the snails. This isn't some elitist law student crap, I am very serious. I cannot actually study at my own university, and that used to be my primary study location. I of course go home right after class ends, but I am very unproductive in between classes because I have the attention span of a goldfish. I'm especially interested in hearing about the Western schools. Cheers.
  6. Sorry, I think I have got it figured out, thanks. You're right, I am barely making since, I apologize. Thanks for all of your help!
  7. Okay, that's really helpful, thanks. So lets say 2-300 per hour for a small-mid sized firm, in a large city, for an associate with 5 years experience. Is that reasonable? I figured legal aid rates would be the lowest, but I may be wrong. With your calculations, that would be around $80-120 for profit to the firm, of which the associate gets about half? So as an associate in this situation you would generally get $40-60 per hour for billable hours? That seems to aid up fairly well actually, thanks.
  8. Sorry, I was assuming that this person was a partner in a firm, not an associate. 2:1 seems reasonable for an associate, but I imagine it would be more 1:2 for a partner? It sounds like from what I'm reading, that I am completely underestimating the costs of running a firm. Do you have any information as to what percent of the revenue an associate and a partner would typically get in a small or mid sized firm? Thanks for taking the time to write out a very helpful reply.
  9. I have been trying to understand this my entire time in law school, because the numbers don't add up. Where I live, the average billable hours are between 3-500 for a lawyer. Yet, the average lawyer makes under 100k. Now I understand government jobs and retired/part timers may account for some of this, but it just doesn't seem to add up when everyone talks about lawyers working so much. Even if we take the conservative 300/hour rate, and then say 100 of that goes to the firm (or expenses if you're solo), that leaves 200. Now I know if you work 2000 hours a year, that doesn't compute to 2000 billable hours, however I imagine it would be around 1500 billable hours. Or for easier math, if you had 2000 billable hours, that would be about 26-2700 actual hours. So if someone took 200x2000, that's 400k, several times larger than the average reported lawyer salary. It is hard for me to find a way to reconcile the numbers. I mean if billable hours were 2:1, and the firm took 70%, that would roughly result in around 90k annually, for a 2000 hour work year. Yet everyone says lawyers work more than this, I don't believe firms take that much, and I don't believe billable hours are 2:1. Any thoughts? I'm sorry for asking such a basic question, but I can't seem to find the answer anywhere, and I'm too afraid to ask a real lawyer in person. Thanks!
  10. From what I was told at every single follow-up meeting/dinner, if you were at one or more followups in the 1L hiring, you should be getting a job in the 2L process. There are many more jobs in 2L, and you have a smaller pool with many top talent being taken in 1L. If you had 4 interviews already, and had followup meetings with top firms like BJ, you shouldn't be worried. Not to mention, you can't tell me by the end of this week you aren't going to have way more confidence with the process for second year. Best of luck!
  11. You have been an unbelievable help, thank you so much. It's hard to put into words how helpful this forum is. I really appreciate it!
  12. Do you have any idea how many interviews there are per position, ballpark? Just trying to gauge my odds. I'm sitting at 3 right now, which I am extremely pleased with, but just trying to get an idea. I figured there was 6-10 interviews per job, but I may be way off.
  13. For the reception/dinners, is it just the same people as the interview committee? Does it mean anything if one firm offered you a dinner, but the other didn't? Any other advice for the dinners? My plan was to generally be more extroverted during the interview, but less so in a larger group setting, since I don't want to come off as a guy that's too socially dominant (which I'm not anyway). However, I wanted to show more personality during the interview, since it's really an hour focused on just you. By the way, how long are these interviews? I'm assuming 45-60 minutes, but I haven't heard exactly how long. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer all of these questions!
  14. Thanks for all the info. I'm assuming with applications closing on the 1st, about 50% of interviews have been filled overall, but with some firms at 90% and others may just be starting now. I was not expecting a single interview, let alone 2, but for some reason, I really want to get a couple more. With a few interviews think I would have enough 'chances' that I wouldn't feel much anxiety in the interview. Thanks again!
  15. I can say that Fasken and Blakes have sent out offers so far. It sounds like they cherry pick through the application period, rather than wait until after? If you've heard from 5 firms already, and I've heard from 2 that you haven't yet, it sounds like that's the case. Does anyone know anything about this? Both my offers came out within 24 hours of applying.
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