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  1. It'll hardly make a difference. You have 5 A-range grades and the firms you're applying to don't practice crim, so I'd be shocked if they cared. I wouldn't even bother mentioning it in any part of your application. At worst, an interviewer might crack a joke about it, because it's kind of funny, but it's not going to affect your interview invitations.
  2. Ease up on the doom and gloom. Were OCIs the only reason you went to law school? I doubt it. If your school has a "B median" grading scheme, you still have a shot at getting a few OCIs. This really depends on the strength of the rest of your application.
  3. @Cakin69 Chiming in to say that I got into law school on my first try with a 2.95 cGPA and 164 LSAT. My L2/B2 was something like 3.4/3.6. I was waitlisted by Western, TRU, and USask. TRU offered me a seat within a few weeks of being wait listed, so I took it and withdrew from Western/USask before finding out if they would have accepted me. EDIT: I should add that I was a K-JD, and applied in the general categories with no special circumstances.
  4. From 2014 - 2018, 22% of TRU grads ended up working in Alberta. For reference, around 25% of TRU students were from Alberta. That 3% discrepancy is basically just people from AB who decided they prefer BC and/or secured Vancouver OCI positions. For the most part, if you go to TRU and want to work in Alberta, you'll get a job in Alberta.
  5. Bumping this because the latest grad class might find it helpful
  6. In that case, in BC very few students find law-related summer jobs after 1L. Most people just work typical summer jobs like retail/serving. 2L summer jobs are more common, but still only about 50-60% of students secure a paying law-related summer job. If you don't land a paying legal job and you need to earn money, it's normal/expected to work in retail/serving in your 2L summer. If you want to pad your resume for the articling job hunt, you can supplement your summer job by volunteering at a legal clinic.
  7. I obviously don't have an LLM, nor have I applied for one, but this is from UBC's website: [emphasis added] https://www.grad.ubc.ca/country/canada Note: UBC's LLM is run by their department of graduate studies, NOT their faculty of law (as Peter A. Allard discovered the hard way).
  8. Another example: Roxwal Lawyers in Surrey, a team of 10 lawyers, were (was?) acquired by Fasken and converted into Fasken's Surrey office.
  9. You should contact the schools you're applying to for a straight answer. Generally speaking, the schools will probably just ignore the NCR co-op term and use your actual courses to calculate GPA.
  10. It's a general crapshoot. Your grades get you in the door, but whether you get in-firms and offers depends on how well you get along with the interviewers/hiring committees. Although, if a firm has one spot for an in-firm and they're deciding between two students they got along with equally, the student with better grades is probably going to get the spot.
  11. I had 9 Vancouver OCI interviews with a 3.2 GPA. I'd expect you to get quite a few more than that.
  12. First off, take a few deep breaths. Put law school behind you and focus on being the best articling student/lawyer you can be. A lot of people find the practice of law to be significantly different from law school. You may very well find yourself excelling at the practice of law even if you weren't very motivated in law school. The UBC LLM program will over look poor grades if an applicant has "other significant formal training, relevant professional experience, and/or otherwise possess demonstrable knowledge or expertise that would prepare them adequately for successful study in a specific graduate program". If you build a career in a specific area of law that you want to pursue academically, that path is still open to you. After a few years of practice your grades will be nothing but a footnote.
  13. I'm mostly focused on corporate law, dealing with small to medium size businesses (most of which are family owned). I've done some insurance and commercial litigation work as part of my training during articles, but I'll be sticking mostly to corporate solicitor work once I'm called to the bar. I'm in the Metro Vancouver Area, in a fairly large city. My firm is one of the largest in my city, though it's a fraction of the size of the big firms in Vancouver.
  14. What province are you looking to work in? Law firms in some provinces/cities offer 1L summer jobs, but most only hire for the 2L summer. Usually only medium to large firms hire summer students, and they usually pay a prorated articling salary. Small firms might take on a student, but usually for minimum wage (if they pay at all). A lot of students work normal summer jobs in retail/serving during their 1L or 2L summer. Other threads on this topic:
  15. This is something you'll learn in law school. Most schools have a mandatory legal research course. There are databases (Canlii, WestLaw, QuickLaw, HeinOnline, etc.) that contain full-text of legislation, court decisions, legal commentary, legal dictionaries, etc. You can search these databases and filter by jurisdiction, time, area of law, and you can search the content of the material for specific phrases/keywords. Unlike a school assignment, in law you're allowed to conclude that there are no relevant cases on the topic. The strength of your research informs your strategy moving forward. Clients might not be happy, because they think they paid you to find an answer. Unfortunately for them, sometimes there is no answer. At that point sometimes the strategy is "let's try X and see what happens". This happens in contract drafting a lot. A client wants a specific term in the contract that's unorthodox. I'll do some research to see if anyone has used a clause like that before and if it holds up in court. Sometimes it's so unorthodox that I can't find anything. At that point I'll probably tell the client "we CAN put this in the contract, but there's no way of knowing whether it's enforceable until you get taken to court over it - do you still want to include it?"
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