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  1. Some schools, like Queen's, sort applications by average LSAT (meaning it determines the order in which they review applications), but they make the admissions decision based on the highest LSAT. Other schools that take your highest LSAT will simply disregard your other LSAT scores. Anecdotally, I scored lower on my 2nd LSAT attempt and it made no difference.
  2. Thanks for the clarification. In a Canadian context, "ITC" means "intent to call" which is a term used in formal law firm recruit processes. I assume you've already looked into NCA requirements and everything?
  3. In this context does ITC mean "Internationally Trained Counsel"/"Internationally Trained Lawyer"? This thread might be useful for you:
  4. Unfortunately trying to research this phenomenon just turns up a bunch of US articles and stats. Most discussion about this in a Canadian context is speculative. In my opinion it's safe to assume that during an economic recession more people apply to law school. During the last recession, this effect took 2 years to be realized. In October 2010, there was a 20% increase in LSAT takers compared to October 2008, which was an all-time high. A quote from the above article: Now, this was from 10 years ago. That's not that long ago. I think there's a good argument that the "lag" will be much shorter, if not eliminated entirely, because people have experienced a recession before and would react more quickly this time around. Here's another interesting (American) article on how this pandemic/recession impacts law school application numbers. The most relevant part of this article reads: Ultimately, as much as Canada is similar to the US, we are also different in a lot of ways. Our economy is recovering differently than the US economy. A new law school just opened in Canada (Ryerson), which presumably would help ease the burden of a general increase of applications.
  5. I applied in 2016 so it might have changed. When I applied, I submitted my transcript before my fall grades were in, then I submitted my transcript again after the fall grades became available.
  6. My mid-size firm also has a hefty ICBC defense practice, along with a bit of plaintiff PI work. What @NucksFTW said is the same thing that's happening here. The younger lawyers in the insurance group are adding commercial litigation, construction litigation, and real estate litigation to their arsenal. On our website under "practice areas" we had PI listed at the top. During a marketing meeting we decided that we'll be moving it to the bottom soon.
  7. I got both my 2L summer position and my articling position through cold emailing my application. In order to have any chance at success, you can't send cookie-cutter emails. Research each firm and write a cover letter and email that demonstrates why you want to work for that specific firm. Also, don't send emails to the general/reception email addresses. Send your emails to partners (managing partners or HR directors if you know who's in those positions). Try and pick people who may have something in common with you, i.e., same law school, same home town, same practice area interest, etc.
  8. On the plus side, if everyone takes Admin and Evidence in one semester then everyone's grades will suffer, which is fair? Kind of?
  9. The lawyers in the solicitor group (corporate, real estate, estate planning) at my firm work 9-5 pretty consistently and I'm sure they're making more than $75k/year. Most of the time at 5:30PM I'm the last one in the office.
  10. You can have your school send your most recent transcript to TRU (it'll probably show your current classes as "in progress"). TRU might decide to wait until your final grades are in to make any sort of decision. They might also wait until your final marks from April are submitted.
  11. Entertainment law is quite niche. I networked with lawyers in that area by looking up firms that practiced it and reaching out to a few lawyers individually. PM me if you want me to point you in the right direction of a few firms.
  12. Agreed. In OP's situation I would also put UVic/UBC as my top 2 choices, and then effectively rank all other Canadian schools by ascending tuition cost, which would put TRU ahead of most Ontario schools. I just found it odd that OP had mentioned they were thinking of applying to schools in Ontario if they had to, but didn't mention considering TRU in the same situation.
  13. @Ichigo if your financial situation changes in such a way that allows you to apply to more schools, you'd have a good shot at TRU. However, TRU is the most expensive school in western Canada. Still, it's cheaper than most Ontario schools which you've expressed a willingness to apply to if necessary. The upside is of course that TRU keeps you in-province, which I'm assuming is your goal.
  14. Life is cliquey, unfortunately. High school never really ends. All you can do is extend invitations for activities you feel more comfortable with. If they join you, great! If they don't, whatever.
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