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  1. Fine, but you could've fooled me during the recruit. If I hear the words "collegial" or "I came here for the people" one more time this week, my head will explode
  2. The Toronto recruit felt like it was guided by a secret rulebook. A lot seemed to turn on crypto-signals, like my enthusiasm level during my 70th partner pitch about collegial-collaborative-entrepreneurial-horizontal-noteatwhatyoukill culture, or how many times I asked to hear additional collegial-collaborative-entrepreneurial-horizontal-noteatwhatyoukill culture pitches, or how well I could handle being approached for multiple collegial-collaborative-entrepreneurial-horizontal-noteatwhatyoukill culture pitches at the same time. The NY recruit, by contrast, felt transparent and relaxed. The firms told me frankly what they were about, and seemed more interested in my experience and academics than in whether I could blurt out "first choice" at the right time.
  3. I will add my voice to those warning you not to blindly trust the advice you get from this forum. As you [may/will] learn, Lawstudents.ca is a bit of a meme among law students. It is for anecdotal, generalized advice which is presented with enough confidence to make readers assume correctness. It should not be used as a primary resource for making life decisions. In essence, you do not know whether you will succeed in law given your personal circumstances. It might be some comfort for you to know that many 0Ls struggle with the same uncertainty. Although you suspect that your personal circumstances will severely affect your performance, there is virtually no way for you to know this as a 0L. When you are in law school, you may find that your behaviour is not as out of the ordinary as you imagined. You may even be shocked to find that many law students are extraordinarily socially awkward, or are thought of as being "weird jerks" for unsatisfactory reasons. In practice, you may find that your thoughtfulness, self-awareness, and fantastic writing more than make up for your social awkwardness. There is simply no way to reliably know at this stage. Everyone, to some extent, makes a leap in the dark when deciding to go into law. There is no way to do a trial run as a lawyer. There is, however, a way to do a trial run at law school. If your school has a tuition refund period, it might be worthwhile to attend, knowing that you can drop out without penalty if you find school unbearable. Good luck and all the best.
  4. OP proposes reducing the bar to admission, not graduation. OP's system would graduate the same number of lawyers as now, but would shift the admission timeline from 0L to 1L, and use first year marks instead of LSAT/GPA to weed out low-performing students. This is not the same as the US system, and would not produce the same glut of graduates that the US system does, unless the # of schools increased too (this was never proposed). Intuitively, actual professional school marks are better indicators of success in professional school than proxies like uGPA and standardized testing. This no-proxy model of admissions is used for professionals in other countries, and to my knowledge, does not reduce their quality or availability. This kind of system does produce new kinds of arbitrary unfairness; e.g. first year French med classes test silly rote memorization to ensure that only a few people pass to second year. Additionally, under OP's plan, the primary goal of 1L classes becomes screening applicants for law school. Their content/form might shift to better accomplish this goal. Unfortunately, if the 1L classes aren't perfectly representative of law school classes, they become proxies for success, just like LSAT/GPA. At that point it might be more worthwhile to improve the proxy value of the LSAT, rather than force everyone to take a year-long screening course.
  5. Accepted with French condition. Kind of worried about French readings + exam questions, hopefully the class will help. GPA 3.66/4 LSAT 164 2 years work experience Good luck all!
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