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  1. Nice! What neighborhood did you live in? Someone on reddit told me that west broadway was a good place to live....but I'm open to suggestions.....would you recommend a broker to find a place?
  2. Been following you on this forum. I really hope you get in; I, unfortunately, was rejected on Wednesday (LSAT 165, mature student with a low GPA from 15 years ago), but am still excited to go to UofM (at least I'll save some money!) Good luck!
  3. Hi All! I'm going to be moving from Toronto to join some of you in Law School in September. For those of you who live in Winnipeg, I had a few questions about neighborhoods, prices, and transportation! I'm a 38 year old male with two cats. I've noticed on Kijiji that there are a LOT of apartments that don't allow pets. Is this normal? I know in Toronto you aren't allowed to restrict pets unless there is a serious allergy. Any insight on that? I'm hoping to live alone and pay between 800-1200/month (all in with heat and electricity) for a decent apartment. I'm concerned about being able to get to school easily, and liking my place, and being close to a bit of action. Is this reasonable to expect? How is the transportation situation? I can drive, but don't really want to buy a car. In Toronto I live in a pretty hipster neighborhood, and really enjoy it. I'd love to be able to get decent coffee, be near a good butcher shop, good produce &c. I really like to walk or bike to what I need. Does anyone have any neighborhood recommendations? Preferably up and coming type places? I'm really looking forward to moving to Winnipeg. I've heard nothing but great things from friends that move through Winnipeg with bands and such. I'd love to hear anything else anyone has to say! Cheers! P.s. do we have a facebook group yet?
  4. Rejected yesterday. Really thought it had a good shot. GO MANITOBA! Mature Student LSAT 165 CGPA 2.95 Good work experience running my own business No Volunteer. Sigh.
  5. Alright. Point taken everyone. And really, no sarcasm, thanks for being honest and trying to push people (and me) into realistic expectations. The thing that has upset me isn't about not thinking I'm special (I'm not) and it isn't about my dreams being shattered that I can't help children in Africa with my law degree. The thing is, when I'm asking earnest questions on a form that is often very useful, and only getting responses that are basically 'don't even consider that job' as defeatist. I'm not asking if I can be the prime minister, I'm asking HOW does one become the prime minister. Well, first you go to law school (or snowboarding school), then you volunteer at your local MP's office bla bla bla. We are all (theoretically) adults here that can make up our own minds about what is realistic and once we have the tools to make a decision, then we can do that. Let me give you an example from something I know a lot about. People ask me about opening a restaurant all the time. I never think it's a good idea. Ever. But if someone asks to sit down with me and have a coffee to talk about it (this happens often btw), I tell them everything they need to know in order to open that restaurant. I tell them that they should work in one first, I tell them that they should talk to other restaurant owners, and I tell them what kinds of things are really, really important to do before opening (like having a lawyer look at the lease...biggest mistake I ever made....cost me over 100k). Anyhow, after all of that is said and done, I ask them if they want to know what I think of their concept personally, and then I tell them that they should know what they are getting into, and probably not open it. The point is, I am answering the question they are asking, and then I slip in my personal feelings about their odds and what kind of a life they are looking to have in the future. What makes this even more frustrating is that it's true that none of you know me, but I'm not financially motivated at all. I want to work in an area of law that will be rewarding, but I'll be happy to make 50-60k for the rest of my life. I'm not rich, I just don't want to be. I'm also going to be lucky enough to finish law school mostly debt free (if I go to UofM) or just a bit in debt (if I get into Ottawa). So I'm less worried about landing a job right away than some people might be. It's true that people in person might be nicer than on forums, but it might also be that online people can be condescending and dismissive because they aren't face to face with someone. The people I'm talking to at work are all regular customers whom I've known for years. And they have told me where I'm being a total idiot, so I feel that I can trust some of the opinions I get. I am very grateful that people are trying to be helpful, but until MPs last post, it didn't really feel like that. I'm believe that people SHOULD be encouraged to be their best, and what that is is different for everyone. Sure, if I get shitty marks in law school, I'm not going to be able to have my choice of jobs. My question was more about what kind of courses should I be taking at which law school to achieve the goals I'm looking to achieve. And if I fail? Fair enough. MP, thanks for trying to give me the advice that you wish you had gotten. I really do appreciate it. Sometimes face to face conversations are better than these online ones because we can react in real time and not in posts, with you turning to sarcasm, and me rage posting about negativity. Now, how the hell do I get on the supreme court?
  6. I appreciate that you are advising me to go into an area where I will have a good chance of getting a job. That's not what my original question was about. Only one PM of Canada. Does that mean no one should go for it?
  7. They are an amazing clinic. They've broken new ground in Ontario for elder rights...changing law regarding rent control in old age homes, and are in constant fights with hospitals for discharging patients too early. They have a paid staff of around 9 lawyers now.
  8. Sorry new URL...google hasn't caught up: http://www.acelaw.ca/
  9. It's interesting. I work in a situation where I meet top Toronto law professionals all the time. When talking to them about my ideas and goals during and after law school, they are encouraging and positive. Every time I've posted a question for advice or guidance here I'm met with negativity and ridicule. "there will be, like, no jobs doing THAT kind of thing" "that's a pipe dream" "the number of people who do that sort of thing could fill one boardroom in Canada" Wow. Dream big everyone! I'm a realist. I've owned three restaurants in Toronto. I know what the real world is like. I also know that and of you can do anything you want. So don't let the negativity get you down! Just a thought. Cheers!
  10. Unless I worked here: http://www.advocacycentreelderly.org/who_we_are.php
  11. I think we are all talking past one another here. I understand that 'elder law' is not it's own branch of the legal system. There are firms and clinics set up solely for the purpose of aiding the elderly in matters that are specific to their needs. A friend who works for a major Bay street firm, graduated top of his class at U of T recommended I look into 'Elder Law' as a possible focus of practice. He said it's a growing field, and there are jobs available. I asked a Judge friend who teaches at Osgoode about it too, and we talked for about an hour. Similar story for poverty law. Those are the focuses I'd like to have after I finish law school. Why are we arguing semantics? Thanks for trying to help.
  12. Trying not to be argumentative, but elder law is a real thing: http://www.osgoodepd.ca/upcoming_programs/the-osgoode-certificate-in-elder-law-2/ http://www.cba.org/Sections/Elder-Law http://www.advocacycentreelderly.org/who_we_are.php And quite a few lawyers used that term to suggest going into this field. As far as first nations goes, I wasn't talking about being a family lawyer that represents first nations people, but rather Aboriginal law in the sense that the government of Canada defines it: Aboriginal Law Counsel provide litigation, policy and legal advisory services, primarily to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, on the broad and rapidly developing area of Aboriginal law, including Aboriginal rights, specific and comprehensive land claims, self-government, and Indian residential schools. The Aboriginal Law Section has functional responsibility within the Department of Justice to ensure consistency in policy and practice in Aboriginal law matters. (http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/abt-apd/recru/ap-dp.html) and you can read more about poverty law here: https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/about/pubs/olar/ch11.php
  13. I've been vague because my aspirations are vague. I've spoken to quite a few lawyers about my future, and they all agree to have a general idea of where I'd like to be, but to leave my options open. I'd disagree that poverty and elder law are concepts; I had coffee with the founder of a Toronto based lawyer who started a law clinic that helps seniors (not for profit) against family members, hospitals, the government, and exploitative corporations. She also pointed me towards clinics in toronto that work with first nations people, and low-income people. When I say I want to work with people not corporations, that's my way of saying I don't want to work in corporate law, not that I never want to deal with corporations. I'm a mature student who lives in Toronto. I want to work in Ontario; but again, my law contacts all tell me that I shouldn't be geographically motivated regarding my law school because I'm not interested in corporate law (one of those contacts is a judge and teaches at Osgoode). I think Manitoba will be cheaper because of last year's tuition (about 8000 difference) and cost of living research I've done. Thanks for your reply, and for any comments!
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