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Everything posted by canuckfanatic

  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.
  15. TIL "🙄" is a question. I always saw it as a statement. But seriously OP, it's worth applying access if you have the medical records.
  16. I got my articling position through cold email applications this past June after my original opportunity fell through due to the pandemic. Here's my thread/comment on what my strategy was: My phone calls were ignored at a higher rate than my emails were. I was often directed to leave voicemails, none of which were ever met with a response. My emails resulted in multiple interviews. One firm told me they weren't hiring, but sent me opportunities they knew of at other firms.
  17. It can start at literally any time. You'll negotiate a start date with the firm, and you'll have to complete an application to the law society and submit it at least 30 days before that start date. Firms most commonly have students start articling in May or August. PLTC runs 3 times a year, 10 weeks each time. The first session is May to August, then September to December, then February to April. You have to indicate which session you want to attend when you apply to the law society, but your firm will tell you which one they prefer you take. It doesn't really matter which PLTC session you take. Assuming you pass PLTC, none of them will impact when you'll get called to the bar. In total, it's 9 months of articling and 2.5 months of PLTC = 11.5 months between starting and getting called to the bar.
  18. Law students are generally quite nice to each other, as well as to legal professionals. Although. some students' behaviour slips below acceptable standards when they stray from the legal bubble. There was a disappointing number of students at TRU who felt they were better than the students in the culinary or trades programs.
  19. FWIW, I also had parental/cultural pressure to be a doctor/lawyer/engineer/accountant. My parents were also funding my education. I actually wanted to be a lawyer, but I knew there were some things my parents wanted/expected that I knew wasn't going to happen. I was, at all material times, prepared to finance myself with my savings/PSLOC if they closed their wallets. Sounds like you need to be mentally prepared for this option as well, OP.
  20. This statement doesn't really jive with this statement: You have the luxury of being able to give law a try, but not to take an extra year of sciences and go for med school? If you hate law after 1L, how would your parents feel about you dropping out? It also is hard to rationalize this other statement of yours: You want to make your parents happy, and it seems that your parents are impatient with how long it's going to take to finish school and start your career. Yet you're willing to risk 3+1 years of law school and 4+X years of med school in order to avoid 1.5 years of extra undergrad? You need to ask yourself some questions like: If I remove my parents from the equation, what career would I go after? What career opportunities available to me would provide the lifestyle I want? How much time am I willing to invest before starting my career? I think it's valid to pursue law for the lifestyle it could support. It's okay for a job to just be a job, and not "your life's passion." With that said, if you have opportunities in other careers that would provide the same lifestyle with less of a barrier to entry, that's the better option.
  21. Your L2 and LSAT are competitive even if you weren't applying in the access category. I'd be surprised if you didn't get in. I don't think anyone on here can truly answer this (unless they were on the admissions committee). It seems like TRU doesn't care about cGPA. When I got in, I had a 2.95 cGPA.
  22. True 😂 in this case they're one of ICBC's top billing firms, so it's not that disingenuous
  23. I interviewed with a couple top DT insurance defense firms in Vancouver with 0 litigation/moot experience. Just tell them that you actually have an interest in the area. Talk about the things you like about litigation in general (i.e., more exciting than solicitor work, more opportunities to get out of the office, etc.). Maybe do some research on the firm's latest court battles, or some insurance defense related news (when I interviewed it was the Boeing disaster). Also, learn what "subrogation" means - one of the firms asked me that. The big firms in downtown Vancouver all pay $65,000 for articling, and $98k - $110k for first year associates. There's a drop off in salary once you look outside those major firms. I'm getting $45k + benefits at a leading firm that's in the GVA but outside of DT. I summered at a corporate boutique in Vancouver just outside of DT that paid $40k.
  24. Plenty of firms are willing to take on students but don't advertise positions. Compile a list of firms in Calgary (google maps is helpful), read their websites, reach out to someone at that firm that you have something in common with (graduated from the same law school, works in an area you're interested in, etc.). Don't copy/paste emails to every firm, demonstrate that you actually did some research on the firm. Don't give anyone the impression that you "don't even care what area, how big or small the firm is." Nobody wants to invest time in someone who's looking for "anything." I struck out at Vancouver OCIs (9 OCIs, 1 in firm). I regretted not looking beyond OCIs from the jump. Law schools put far too much emphasis on OCIs. I still managed to secure a summer position at a small firm, then articles at a mid-size firm. There are lots of opportunities yet to come. The fact that you got OCIs means that you have a competitive application, so keep your head up.
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