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    Language disadvantage

    English is also my second language and there are times when I have to look up definitions of words. I still haven't figured out punctuation/grammar. My trick is to flat out ask people to rephrase, elaborate, or if I am getting the gist of what they are saying, I phrase it back to them to confirm the meaning. I usually write it down so I can look it up at a later date. I am a firm believer in asking if you don't know and if anyone makes you feel uncomfortable then you have the right to call them a jackass (in your mind of course!).
  2. I worked part time during first year and I would not recommend it at all unless it is a financial necessity. I missed out on a lot of social events and I was extremely stressed out for a whole year because you have to schedule study, work, and personal time.
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    Articling vs LPP route? Need advice!

    It depends on what area of the law you want to practice in. If it is an area like Criminal or Family then articling might provide you with more experience. Based on my articling experience it took about two months to be given my own files to handle. As other members stated there is a strong negative bias against LPP in the legal profession that might make it difficult for you to find a job post-LPP.
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    Impact of course load

    I would imagine that GPA trumps course load when an individual first looks at your application, but a more in-depth examination of your application might disqualify you if you took less than 4 courses per semester for no reason. If you have a legitimate reason such as you worked to support your studies, have children, medical reasons, etc then it might be okay. Maybe a person more familiar with admissions might have better advice.
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    Immigration Law

    I spent most of my articles doing immigration and criminal law and I would highly recommend becoming familiar with criminal law and proceedings if you want to practice immigration law. However, you probably won't need it as much if you just focus on business immigration. I mostly worked with refugees and most clients tend to be financially disadvantaged, but some are incredibly wealthy and will throw money at you! Just to let you know immigration law is very client centered so if you hate interacting with people you might not enjoy.
  6. Thanks for giving a realistic background on why my gender might be an issue as a criminal defence lawyer. In the city I live in we have a small criminal defence bar and I can count on one hand how many women I have seen in the provincial court which is worrying. Most women tend to favour the crown which might be great for some people, but I like helping people navigate through a difficult process. I am considering opening my own sole practice, but it is a difficult decision for the reasons everyone has given. I have already struggled with clients initially not taking me seriously because of my young age and gender. It is a bit annoying, but after a couple of interactions they tend to mellow out about it. I am afraid that if I open a sole practice I will continuously get passed over by potential clients, but it is a chance that I will have to take.
  7. I am currently finishing off my articles and I would like to pursue a career as a criminal defence lawyer, but I have been continuously discouraged by a number of lawyers who have said that it is difficult for women to enter the field. Is that actually true? and have you encountered a lot of female solo practitioners?