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  1. I'd recommend taking a cold shower.... for maybe.... 20-30 minutes. I genuinely don't think you need community feedback to answer this.
  2. I say this with the greatest respect, You can't choose what hand you are dealt when you are born, But you can certainly choose how you opt to respond to its adversities. I wish you the best with whatever option you make, but I think it would be disrespectful to defer your acceptance at UNB simply to attempt a second cycle with other schools. (And you'll learn quickly, you only get one reputation in this profession and it starts on day 1).
  3. I personally am a notorious "worry-wart" myself. So I deeply sympathize. I genuinely hope you are successful where ever you end up, but I feel obliged to warn you, Law School is an extremely stressful experience. And the career is essentially all about mitigating or attempting to control for uncertainty. I think it largely matters how you approach school, and alot of people learn to cope after the first year, but I'd recommend reaching out to some learned members of this community to inquire about how you can hit the ground running and minimize the potential of your stress disorder from getting the better of you. Maybe you should spend some time looking into what services will be available at UNB both outside of campus (therapy) or on campus (accommodations), that might help ease some of the stress regarding moving far from home.
  4. I could be wrong but is this not the worst possible place right now in the Country to start another law school?
  5. Wanna work outside Canada...... Go to Oxford. If you have any desire to work in Canada.... go to U of T. Done.
  6. I'd advise you spend sometime on the foreign degree section of the forum and if possible message some of the more active/learned members of this forum. You need unbiased information and some guidance. You're making an incredibly expensive decision that may not grant you the opportunities you're hoping for.
  7. Firstly, don't lean too heavily on the "worldwide rankings" .... with the exception of a few schools, no one really cares about this stuff. Very Simple: If you want to work/live in Canada afterwards..... I'd recommend being VERY cautious before going overseas for a legal education. Rightly or wrongly it comes with a stigma, and securing a job let alone good articling may prove very difficult. If you are thinking of maybe relocating to Australia.... then sure.... this might be a fantastic opportunity for transition.
  8. For what its worth - DON'T BURN BRIDGES I went through a similar problem when I decided to return to school. I had a been with my employer for two years and had a very good relationship with my boss and was in a relatively more senior position. I chose to give my boss just shy of two months notice. I made it clear I wanted to give them ample time to find an appropriate replacement. i.e. Use your best judgement.
  9. I am pretty sure only Ontario has this alternative form of articling. Further, I think the shortage of articling positions is a problem that is particularly acute in Ontario, which was why the Law Society introduced the alternative scheme.
  10. If you haven't already... start booking coffees with previous summer hires or current articling students. (Further, they might be able to recommend some associates or partners to touch basis with). Word of warning, the recruit process is not fun. Don't go in with any expectations. Don't burn any bridges (with the firms or your peers). Be yourself, be genuine, and take what you can from the interview process. Good luck
  11. I remember in my school, during the 1L, alot of my colleagues were quick to sign up for things during first semester. However, after people got their first exam marks back there was a very noticeable exodus. My advice, find your groove first before you worry about all these additional commitments. U of T is going to be filled with some of the best students in the country, whom are competing with you for opportunities that are in limited supply. Sure, grades aren't everything. They won't be the tie breaker to you getting a job over another applicant in the late stages of the interview process in the recruits. However, bad grades will definitely preclude you from getting opportunities to interview. Assuming you intend to secure a 'good' job before graduating, choose how you spend your time wisely. Best of luck,
  12. Just as a side note, you shouldn't be signing off on posts using your real name.
  13. You need to raise your LSAT. Your score is prohibitively low. Something even within the realm of 155+ would give you a fighting chance, but a 150 I am afraid is likely going to prevent you from having any success. Keep working hard, and try to raise it. Best of Luck
  14. I can't speak to the faculty of law specifically, but I know Queen's had a number of services available to students - whom I frankly feel were very underutilized.
  15. When I read this title, for some reason all I could think of was chasing Mentos with Coke.
  16. It may surprise you, but much like people, Lawyers come in all different shapes, sizes and forms. You may get brownie points with some You may get permanently black listed by others. ....... Use your judgement as to what you wish to bring up with different people, that ability to know when to use your discretion to problem solve is kind of key to being successful.... My advice, If your default approach to social situations is to bring up divisive topics like religion, politics, etc........ you're probably doing it wrong. There is a difference between having different views (albeit even non-mainstream views) and being the sort of person who opts to shove that fact in everyone else's face at every opportunity.
  17. That is just one firm, And maybe generally speaking more people who go to higher tier universities think to go to law school. Don’t over think it.
  18. Dreamer89


    I don't think there is any point speculating until you get your LSAT back....... In the meantime, if you'd like to speculate I'd encourage you to look into the acceptance threads of the schools you're interested in.
  19. 1: Law School is a privilege and an opportunity that goes by fast. Take as much as you can from your classes. Make time to pursue out-of-class opportunities that speak to your interests and ability to network. The learning curve is challenging, and don't worry about figuring out what your passion is right away. Alot of people change their area of practice a couple years into the start of their career - follow what makes you happy. 2: While it has likely worked for you your whole life up to this point.... starting now..... Your ability to succeed and get the best career opportunities for articling will not be determined by your grades, merit or past work experience. 3: Law School is filled with overachievers many of whom have never failed before in their lives. (Spoiler Alert): Many will get their first taste of what it feels like to lose. Don't let yourself collapse under it, show your perseverance.
  20. Immediately seek an opportunity to gain time with any counselling available at your school. Seek out each teacher and determine what they think you can do to help meet expectations within their class (even where you're performing well). Look into opportunities for additional resources. (in Alberta there are prep books for the Grade 10, 11 and 12 finals - that are actually amazing course notes, well worth the expense, but I can't speak for Ontario). Take the classes that interest you, do not take what you think people will be looking for. Focus on realistic expectations and goals for your remaining school year and what you need to do to put yourself in a good position to gain admission to a university. LASTLY, Don't worry about Law School. You are WWWWWAAAAAAYYYY to young to be thinking about this career. You don't know what your passions are yet, you don't know where your post-secondary education may take you (assuming you get in for that matter), and you have no idea what position you'll be in at the end of your undergraduate at being a realistic applicant. Don't fixate yourself on how to become a lawyer, as you probably don't genuinely have a good reason at your age to make that determination. Follow your passions in class and they'll lead you in the right direction (and who knows maybe in 4-5 years... the answer is law). Just be sure to be honest with yourself as to what you enjoy. When I was your age I picked my education off perceived utility and it was a disaster.
  21. Alot of people do this, and it seems to have wide spread acceptance regardless of what political circle you may run within. (Progressive or Conservative) But do what is right for you. It sounds like you have a really understanding and supporting partner. Do your best to keep your relationship healthy over the next couple years (it can be a challenge). Best of luck, Lol, don't do this ....
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