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Everything posted by BlockedQuebecois

  1. I don’t think there’s a meaningful difference in student body strength or academic strength between UBC and U of T. I think you’re wrong to believe that U of T provides a better educational experience.
  2. I would go with Queens. Criminal law, particularly defence, is low paying to start out. Saving the $20-30k you’ll save by going to Queens will free you up to take lower paying positions as you enter practice.
  3. What are you basing that off of? Why do you think the current enrolment is the ideal?
  4. This makes me incredibly confident in my previous prediction that Ryerson would quickly enter the top 5 (now 6) law schools in Ontario. Depending on its tuition, I could easily see it jumping into the top three most desirable schools within 5 years.
  5. I'd caution other people reading this that, unless they are attending HYS, it is highly unlikely that getting 180k from any bank for a law degree is a good idea.
  6. Based on the ad, which reads "[t]he work done by Blakes inSource typically includes document review work, due diligence, commercial contract review and legislative updates", I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that the role involves doing document review, due diligence, commercial contract review, and legislative updates.
  7. Mixing metaphors, I see. I’m incredibly offended. Just because I could totally pull off a powder blue suit does not mean I would have the poor taste to do so.
  8. Oooh, who am I? Also, fun thread idea.
  9. No, the other winter of second year. I don’t know why you doubt that. Essentially all the big law firms essentially guarantee an articling position to their summer classes. Big law summer classes certainly constitute “many” students.
  10. Depends on the student. The vast majority of JD students leave law school with articles. Many students will have their articling positions locked-down by the winter of their second year.
  11. If you think the life sciences sound horrible and life sucking, wait till you get to law school!
  12. The LSAT really doesn’t require any kind of studying. I don’t know why you think that. The fact that people do doesn’t mean it’s required.
  13. I feel like the average highly intelligent person would do fine on the LSAT. The LSAT is essentially an IQ test, seeing as it tests no substantive knowledge. Certainly anecdotally the high IQ people I know have done fine on the LSAT.
  14. There is literally no evidence of grade deflation at U of T post-reform. Unless you count the whining of countless undergraduates, but then every school in Canada is suffering from an epidemic of grade deflation that puts the Spanish Flu to shame.
  15. Unless you're flunking out of law school by the end of the semester, there would need to be some other serious problems for a firm not to hire you back for articling. And no firm is going to hire back an articling student with poor reviews and better grades over an articling student with good reviews and worse grades.
  16. It likely does depend on the person, and I don’t deny that clinics and intensives are beneficial. I think they’re the best, most practical part of law school. That said, if I was doing public interest work, I’d rather have 42k more in the bank than a semester at Parkdale.
  17. Pretty much what pzabby said. The law isn’t terribly complicated. You could learn everything you learn from a law school course in 4 days if you needed to. You could easily design a first-year curriculum with enough courses to be actually difficult (say, 7 per semester) and enough electives to allow for specialization and you’d spit out essentially identical law students. Hell, they might be able to handle stress a bit better, too.
  18. No, but I think law school is, post-1L, largely a waste of time.
  19. Yes, it’s possible. I think you can fit in a maximum of 7 if you apply to the right ones at the right time. I got offered two others for 3L, but turned both down (however, I only could have fit one of those into my schedule, not both). And obviously involvement in clinics in 1L is much different from the clinics and intensives in upper years.
  20. I disagree with @Deadpool. I don’t think Osgoode’s additional clinical opportunities are worth 42k. Western also offers internships, works with PBSC, has a wide range of courses and many student organizations. The only place I would give Osgoode the edge is re: clinics. I’ve done five clinics or intensives at Osgoode now, and I don’t think they’ve added 42k in value to my degree.
  21. Transferring to U of T is unlikely to help you in the NY recruit, seeing as that happens during your 1L summer.
  22. My point is that there's no pressing need to protect law students. They're smart, privileged individuals. They don't need our paternalism, and the idea that they do – and that they need protection so badly that we should shield them from a competitive job market and potentially harm access to justice to do so – is infantilizing, idiotic, and insulting.
  23. Ah yes, society's pressing need to protect people who are undeniably in the top, what 20% of the population, in terms of both population and privilege. How could we forget that. I've said it before and I'll say it again – society's paternalistic energies could be much better spent protecting the people who need it rather than the wilfully blind law student.
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