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  1. I took the one through Oxford Seminars back in 2015. It focused very heavily on the Logic Games section, which was my weakest section. I improved my score significantly, so I was very happy with it. It might be different now or might not work for you, but it could be worth looking into.
  2. This is just sort of a curiosity post. I'm in the middle of articling, and I was having a conversation with some colleagues about school vs. work. It seemed like the group was split 50/50 between people who were happier working and people who missed school (I know that school is "work", but I mean having a job). Personally, I vastly prefer being at work. I love getting up every morning and having a sense of direction, knowing that I have a meeting with so-and-so or a chambers application and feeling like it matters if I show up. I always struggled with a sense of futility in school, knowing that the essay or exam that I poured my blood and sweat into was going in the recycling bin come May. I suppose technically the same thing happens with my notice of civil claim eventually, but it just feels different 😂 The people I was talking to who preferred school mostly seemed to miss the freedom and (relatively) low anxiety. Thoughts? Which do you prefer?
  3. I remember during my 1L finals I had the most vivid dream about sitting around with a friend and explaining to them, in copious detail, some aspect of constitutional law. Then I woke up and realized that law school had ruined my life. 1L can really mess up your head, between the stress and the exhaustion and the immense amount of material that overwhelms everything else in your brain, but it doesn't mean that anything is actually wrong. I was a hard-working but mediocre law student at best, and I still did just fine. If you worked hard and did your best, you passed. Seriously. You'll be fine.
  4. Best: You get a great education. I learned a million things about everything from surgery to tugboats to corporate structure. It was really fun. Worst: You come out thinking like a lawyer. It's great for your professional life, terrible for everything else. You'll understand when someone is talking about how fast their car goes and you say something that involves the word "liability".
  5. I worked at a family law firm as a summer student, and I now take some referrals from my old firm while working at my new firm as an articling student. I would give a word of warning to anyone considering entering the field. Family law has, bar none, the craziest clients I have ever dealt with. For example, one week I was looking at the files on my desk and saw drug addict, drug dealer, drug addict, convicted pedophile (seriously), convicted murderer, and one normal person (who was the saddest of all of them, really). Then take those people and throw them into deeply personal, high-conflict situations. Let the fun begin! The field has redeeming qualities as well, but I always tell students/prospective students to volunteer at a clinic or student legal services before committing to family law full-time. It's a pressure cooker and you need to make sure it suits you. I do find practicing family law part-time a lot more relaxed though, since you only deal with it on occasion and can take less distressing files the rest of the time. Just a thought if anyone reading this is thinking about going into family law.
  6. Sorry, I guess it needed a bit more explanation. It was a matter of good faith on dismissal, and the justice had VERY strong feelings about how this was indeed an issue of morality. She described said feelings at length and at a rather high volume. It was only supposed to be an intro for my friend's argument, but it turned into this big debacle.
  7. A friend of mine once got up in front of a Justice and started off with the phrase "The issue at trial today is not a moral issue." She then spent the next twenty minutes regretting that turn of phrase. To this day, memories of watching it make me cringe.
  8. If you really can not find an articling position, I would say you need to ask yourself, "Do I really want to be a lawyer?" If the answer is no, then start looking for what you want to do and work towards that. I know how hard it can be to accept a "sunk cost", but that might be your best choice. If the answer is yes, then don't give up! Consider getting a non-legal job. As you work at that, bulk up your resume and network. You can sign up with the lawyer associations to meet lawyers where you want to work. I was just recently speaking to a Justice of the ABQB at a Women in Law event who said that she was so disgusted with the law by 2L that she didn't even apply for articling! She graduated and went to work at a bank for 2 years. Then she got tired of that and started applying for articling. She got a job, passed the bar, and went on to have a very successful career. It's hard, but doable. Something to think about.
  9. I'll do one for University of Alberta. 1. Many friendly and pleasant students. There are a lot of nice people here. Competition is generally either minimal or non-existent. There are the gunners (there are always gunners), but they are such a small group that it's not a very big deal. 2. Knowledgeable and helpful faculty. I have had a ton of great experiences with the faculty here. Most profs are more than happy to help you out, talk about the material, etc. Many legitimately enjoy teaching. 3. Student Legal Services is a fantastic organization that allows you to be as involved as you wish. You can just show at the call center and field some calls, take files, or become part of the student management if you're up for a big commitment. 4. Related to above, the school does a good job of making a variety of volunteer opportunities available. There's a sheet you get the first Friday of the year that lists them all. Lots of chances for practical experience. 5. Fairly large number of practice-orientated courses. 6. Lots of career events that make networking easy/easier. Those are really the main things I like about it. U of A definitely has its own set of cons, but all in all I think it's a good school and I'm glad I went here. For list of cons, see here: https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/weather/alberta/edmonton
  10. Haha. Yes, I expect that their thought process went something like that. I wouldn't say that FSJ has "improved immensely". It's actually very similar, especially with the dam construction. Sky high rents are still very much a thing, too. Still, family is family, so I don't mind it there. Also, I've always lived in the north, so I have skin like rhinoceros hide
  11. Hello everyone. I actually just got a job with my first choice firm, so the issue is now moot. Apparently my pessimism regarding my career prospects was unwarranted. Haha. Thank you all for your advice! Sorry it turned into something of a wild goose chase. It was nice of you to help out.
  12. I've already talked to the REAL BC folks. Basically they said that they receive over a hundred applications a year and only have money to fund a maximum of 2... I did apply through that posting you mentioned though. Thanks. I missed the window. Sorry about that. Thanks for your reply. I'll answer your questions in order. (1) Yes. (2) I contacted them in hopes of articling in my hometown and that's what they offered. I am not interested in moving to Vancouver. I'm a small-town sort of person, so I would really not want to do that. (3) Not very. It sounded like he just passed the bar a little while ago. I'm leaning towards a "no" here. This sounds like a very risky situation to me. Start articling, come up with a hard file, and there's no one there to help me. Sounds like a complaint to the law society waiting to happen.
  13. Hello All, I was wondering if I could solicit some advice on an articling offer that I recently received. I applied to a medium-sized firm that is based mainly in Vancouver, but has a satellite office with just one associate lawyer in Fort St. John, B.C. Fort St. John is where my family lives and I am trying to get a job there or near there. This firm responded to my application and offered me an articling position in the Fort St. John office without even interviewing me. That immediately seemed strange to me. Then they said that there was no partner there, so they would have to apply for an exclusion from the requirement that principal and articling student be in the same office. This means that I would be attempting to do my articling year with a principal who is hundreds of kilometers away and never visits (as far as I know). This seems like a terrible idea. I want to be able to learn from my principal. All this being said, I am reluctant to reject the offer. I am in 2L, and I don't think I am terribly competitive for jobs. I am just an average student (mostly B's) and have nothing particularly special about me. I only apply to small firms, so I don't do OCI's. I am afraid that this might be the only articling offer that I ever receive. Thoughts? Have you ever heard of this arrangement before? I would appreciate anything you might know about it. Thank you.
  14. As dumb as that article was, in fairness to the author, it is worth saying that people just love scandal. People like to make a big deal out of things because it is interesting, it's something to do. There are a few offended people and then a whole bunch of people that get "offended by association" and it just turns into a big thing. And seriously, article or no article, I find the party atmosphere at U of A to be pretty bad. The fairly large fringe group that stays out of it is kind of shocked and embarrassed at the whole thing.
  15. Hey everybody, This is my first time posting on this forum, but I've been lurking in the reeds for quite some time. I just wanted to share a few things that one of my profs told me about exams, as I was telling him about my woes and worries 1. Stress will not improve your grades. Studying will. 2. Butt + Chair = Success. And my personal favorite, 3. Dumber people than you have succeeded at this. I'm fairly dumb, but I guess that somewhere there is a jolly little fool who is dumber still. To anyone who is reading this, it is certainly not you. Haha. I hope that encourages you!
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