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    Reading ahead

    Read whatever you want. Reading case law at this point isn’t going to do you much good other than understanding the structure of how judgements are written. You likely won’t retain anything substantive. But if you want to read cases and textbooks read cases and textbooks. If you enjoy reading them then read them despite what others are telling you. If you’re enjoying your time reading, as much or more than if you read fiction, then go for it. However, as mentioned, just alter your expectations because although it won’t do much good it certainly won’t harm you either.
  2. Cite the sections, comment accordingly, and it’s not plagiarism.
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    Changing Articling

    Not even articling yet but people need to be a little bit more selfish sometimes. Leave and take the new articling position.
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    I want to die

    I was accepted with worse stats. There is always hope so never give up. Additionally, your undergrad CGPA has next to no bearing on your law school CGPA in my opinion. Once you're accepted the ball is in your court to perform as well as possible and it can surely be done. Feel free to PM upon acceptance for personal tidbits and guidelines that I have abided by to garner "success" in law school.
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    Potential Articling via Seminar Practitioners?

    We’re any of the posts above really necessary in actually answering OPs question? The question was pretty clear and simple in my mind. I haven’t particularly heard of this method of recruitment but, as indicated above, there really is nothing to lose when a firm/ lawyer shows specific interest in you. I’d recommend that your friend meet up and outright ask if there are any opportunities for employment at their firm or in their field that they’re aware of and then go from there.
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    There is surely no reliable answer to this question. Each file will undoubtedly be assessed on its own merits as per the category it's submitted in, and then contrasted/compared with the whole.
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    Associate Positions

    I wasn't being serious I certainly see your point. Now if the office only had standing desks however that would legitimately be a youthful environment....
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    Associate Positions

    Maybe the offices just have a lot of stairs and no elevator = youthful environment
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    Summer Student to Articling Student

    I’ve been told you have to royally stand out in a bad way not to get hired back for articling. I hardly know if this actually happened but a friend of mine told me a story he/she heard from a friend of his/hers about one student being aggressively sexual towards co-workers and not being hired back. But for the love of god no one use this as a bar for almost how bad you can be.
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    Salary Negotiation Tips

    If the above posts indicate the relationships and views you've developed about the people at your firm I wouldn't be surprised if you get low-balled. I'm on the 4th day of an internship at a firm and I can already see how integral clerks are to the functioning of the firm. Plus they've saved my ass already multiple times.
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    Are You Happy With Your Income?

    I was 23 working for the Federal government and I was only satisfied with my income. Sure I got paid more than my friends (who cares?) but I was hardly bringing in much to stabilize a family after rent was due. Admittedly, at that age I was certainly one of the lowest paid employees but I did nicely for my age. I see nothing wrong with always striving for more. It only becomes a problem when people think they deserve more than they're worth and thats when "unhappiness" is created; whatever that word means to you. Most people carry grandiose ideas about themselves... I mean I'm guilty as charged in that department sometimes. But my god, I get that some people have more life experience than others on this forum and can espouse theories on what happiness is; however, if someone told me how to be happy and it didn't align with my worldview who are you to think yours is correct?
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    Cover Letter Advice - Referencing Notable Cases

    Out of all the applications that I individually tailored I only mentioned one case that a firm participated in. In my opinion, as long as its not coming out of your ass and you actually have a specific reason for noting the case in particular, I see no problem in mentioning it. I would state it, explain why you're bringing it up at all, and then move. Likewise, the case I mentioned was not argued by the lawyer who my application was addressed to. At the time I did not even know that he/she would be on the hiring committee. On top of this, I even had the chance to speak to the partner directly for a brief period and I mentioned the case in person and his/her face practically lit up at the sound of a student recognizing a case he/she argued and won.
  13. First option - What if you go to school for another 3 years and then blow the LSAT? If you're considering doing another 3 years of school just make sure the LSAT is something you can learn well enough to actually get into a Canadian JD program. This is likely your best option but could also quickly turn south near the end. Second option - If you can take advantage of someone in your family who is in the legal profession, or even a close family friend, then if you're passionate about practicing law take advantage of the nepotistic route. Its annoying as all hell for Canadian JDs who strike out on articling but I guess since its permissible at this point in time and since you're asking for advice its a possibility. Third option - Honestly didn't even know an online LLB was a thing and I would imagine its extremely stigmatized no matter where its completed.
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    Thoughts on DIY legal.

    It depends on if there are statistics on whether these kits actually increase access to justice for those who could never afford real legal advice on one's respective legal issues, or if they're used by people simply because they're available and everyone feels like saving a few bucks in the short run.
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    LSAT 177, really bad gpa

    The non-quoted advice you gave is both helpful and reassuring; however, judging OP's responses, he's fully under the impression that he/she does not have a learning disability, and evidently he/she clearly has little trouble actually learning based on his/her LSAT results. Id caution everyone against trying to make it appear as if there's a learning disability looming in order to fit into a discretionary category.