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  1. Depends on what you mean by practical experience. You're not likely to litigate for an environmental law case in a clinic but pro bono students Canada (PBSC) may have some placements where you get to do research and write memos on environmental law that will be used by non profits
  2. re: rural Canada needing lawyers, I was told two things Rural lawyers tend not to hire article students from the city for fear that they'll go back to the city after; and It's difficult to establish yourself as a lawyer in a rural area without having someone show you the ropes through articling. Not sure how true these actually are, but if they are the case, it makes lawyering in rural Canada a little difficult.
  3. The index system was never officially confirmed afaik, but it hasn't failed us yet so we're assuming it works based on the index system, you will not need to re-write in December
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    I ended up going with indo, was a bit scared but it turned out well enough that I didn't make use of their free alteration and yes, as far as I can tell, it is half canvass
  5. jesus providence, every long post you, hegdis, or diplock makes drives me closer to wanting to do criminal law. if only the legal aid situation is better in BC...... (ponders moving to Ontario after graduation)
  6. @BlockedQuebecois YAY 0L PEASANTS UNITE!!!!
  7. wow... um..... complete disconnect of experiences here I never use #L notation with law students when we're talking about either one of us (we only ever use #-year). An example where I used it will be say when I'm chatting with an undergrad friend about law students vs other grad students or something. Among all of my undergrad friends that I talk about law students with (4-5) I'm reasonably confident they all know what the #L notation means, and I don't even think it's all because I told them, either. 0L is fine IMO, as an accepted law student (like BQ said). calling yourself a 0L when you haven't been accepted yet is a bit rich though EDIT: oh, right. I also only seem to use #L when typing/texting. Don't think I ever used that term in person other than ironically ("Oh, I'm second year." "Don't you mean 2L?" *cue laughter)
  8. eh, the #L notation carries certain information that might be useful to have. (namely, what do you study.) That alone should justify its usage. consider the following examples: "You're in school? What year?" "Second year." "Oh, undergrad? You look a bit old to be... Do you mean masters? in what?" "Oh no, I'm in law school." vs "You're in school? What year?" "Oh, I'm a 2L." "Cool! What school?" "UofT." information is way more efficiently conveyed by the second example.
  9. 100 children, obviously. 101 including OP themselves
  10. all these letters and conditionals are giving me LSAT flashbacks
  11. providence: possible =/= probable. it's POSSIBLE for me to win the lottery and never be required to work a day in my life, doesn't mean I'm going to commit my life to gaming the 649. Possibility of success also definitely does not mean it's my best course of action. What's so unique about BC, from what I can see, (again, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong), is that BC's legal aid funding leaves much to be desired, even compared to that of Ontario. Since legal aid is a large portion of a criminal lawyer's income, this means less criminal lawyers, by proportion, will make a decent living in BC. This decreases my chances of being happy in criminal law and makes the prospect of other practice areas more attractive. EDIT: bernard: duly noted, thank you. I really have no idea what else to base it on though. Other than passion/calling/interest/whateverelseyoucallit. That has narrowed me down to roughly 3 fields. I'm hoping current job trends can at least help me go the rest of the way EDIT EDIT: Gah I need to see a careers counselor.
  12. Now, now. I'm not going to deny that there are criminal lawyers that are reasonably well off down here. I feel it would be a fallacy, though, to say that my best bet (or at least a good bet for me) is criminal law based solely on the fact that a) I have an interest in crim law and b) there exist criminal lawyers capable of supporting themselves in the city.
  13. mmh, I risk going off topic here, but here we go. Note that this is all musings of a 0L and all of these thoughts will change in law school, in articling, all that. providence: Understand that your words ring hollow to me coming from an Ontario crim lawyer (unless I'm mistaken and you're BC?) when hegdis, among others, have mentioned the difference between Ontario criminal bar and its BC counterpart. I'd love to be a crim lawyer in BC if I can do it reasonably well. That said though, I have other "passions" (insofar as those can be called passions based on my limited exposure) and it's very likely that it'll be in my best interest to pursue those instead. There is, however, a frustrating lack of information in those practice areas (family and immigration) here right now.... Maybe I should make a thread for that.
  14. I'm taking the advise of going into ls with an open mind. That said though, I have had some exposure of lawyers in vancouver (thanks to an internship with access probono in vancouver) and, based on what I've seen, family law appeals to me more than the rest. Also on the list are criminal law (which I did a thread about) and, to a lesser extent, immigration (being an immigrant myself). As you can see from the thread, I'm not too hopeful about a successful career in criminal law in 3-4 year's time, so I'm kinda wondering about the rest.
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