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  1. I'm still trying to figure out how I made it through law school... honestly. First year, I attempted to read and brief every single possible case. This method proved to be incredibly unsuccessful and led to unnecessary stress when, for instance, I was not able to get all of the readings done, which occurred more frequently as I fell behind. I literally spent all of my spare time outside of class reading and noting and I can tell you that it did not help. I don't feel that I changed my way of thinking or of approaching the law, and don't think I did anything different, and yet in 2nd year, I did less work and my grades were far better. In third year, I did even less, as I think many of us did, and still maintained my 2L grades and, in some instances did better. I hate to say it, because I'm sure you've heard this one too many times, but you will find out through trial and error what works best for you. When in doubt, err on the side of caution!
  2. I always do feel a bit of nostalgia when the days get rough. But I think in terms of best/worst when deciding which thing was/is more stressful. School: best that can happen is I get good grades and get the job I've always dreamed of; worst is that I fail and my career does not materialise and I have to figure something out to pay off my debt. Working: best is that I do what I wanted to do (practice area) and feel fulfilled helping people through their legal issues; worst is I get fired and get another job. When I think of which one is easier, definitely school was. But when I think about going back to school... no thanks. I like being a lawyer and I love the firm I'm at.
  3. At 23, I think you have a very solid head on your shoulders. Maybe there's a way you can have the best of both worlds by becoming a legal scholar?
  4. I thought this thread had some good content:
  5. Very bad advice, not just for sports but for life in general. I absolutely hate when someone brings up something that I'm passionate about, so I ask them questions because I want to find common ground and connect with this other human being, only to be told "oh... I don't actually know anything about (topic x)." It gets even worse when you don't admit that you don't actually know anything about the topic and try to BS your way through a conversation. It says a lot about a person but more importantly it has the opposite effect of starting a conversation because it turns things awkward real quick. To the op, generally avoid work discussions. We all work long hours and the last thing we need is to be reminded of what's going on at work. Just be yourself and be honest.
  6. Most important tip I can give you is to be yourself. Be yourself for a couple of reasons: 1. If they don't like you for who you are, why would you want to work for or be part of that firm? 2. People can see through a facade and will like you less if they think that you are trying to please them. You can only keep up the facade for so long. With that being said, the point of the dinner is exactly what you would expect: who would make a good fit at the firm, and who would be a good candidate for the partner track. You can expect awkward conversation followed by extreme drunkenness (don't be that guy). Be sure to interact with the other students in a respectful manner: they are or will be part of the legal community that you will be practicing in, and your interactions with others will be observed.
  7. I got a massive round of laughter at my ceremony; even the judge! We were asked to provide answers to questions for a brief intro. One of the questions was along the lines "what are your dreams" or "what do you hope to accomplish in your future" and it was a non-career-related question. My response: "to someday own a home." Unfortunately, it wasn't a joke but I always appreciate it when I can get a laugh, even if at my own bleak future. But no, I didn't see anyone crying nor did I cry (at least, on the outside).
  8. I have read that people generally score up to 10 points higher on their practice LSATs than they do on test day, so may be a fruitless endeavour to write again.
  9. We had two kids during law school. Though I like to think I wasn't absent from my kids' lives during law school, I can say with confidence that I am far less of a household staple now. Maybe I couldn't interact with my kids as much as I would have liked to, but things were a bit easier for my family and for myself knowing I was just in the next room with headphones on (I still laugh thinking about my 1 year old bursting into the room randomly with a massive smile on his face, just coming in to look for me or give me something). I tried the whole 9-5 thing, where you just put your head down and work your arse off from 9am to 5pm, monday to friday. Well... that approach didn't work so well, especially in first year where classes go all day (at least at my uni they did). First year was definitely the toughest. In second year, I often found that I would go hard 9-4, take a break for dinner and family time, then back at it from 8-11. On weekends I would go from 9am to 3pm (immediately after nap time), then take the rest of the day off for family time. It's a tough grind, but definitely doable. I was a full time student and my wife was full time employed.
  10. For me.... Best: learning; having the time to learn and immerse yourself in the topic; freedom and flexibility in my schedule; having someone to ask questions and generally not feeling stupid or inadequate for asking; not having to wear a suit; skipping if I felt like it; safety net; having credit to burn; Worst: being so close to being a lawyer and yet so far! Doing poorly on a test and not knowing how to correct your mistakes (mostly in 1L); despite freedom and flexibility, always feeling like I have no free time (whereas after work, my brain leaves it all at the office); compromising on your class choices; having to study things you could care less about (granted, I quite enjoyed almost all of the mandatory classes after 1L so maybe this should be a plus instead of a minus); having credit to burn;
  11. 1. Yes I think that was true for my classes in 2014 through 2017; it was always the PC students who had to ask for help; 2. I can't even imagine a $1700 windows laptop... that thing I could do some serious gaming on!! 3. My wife was still using a very old handmedown mac long after I blew through a desktop and 2 laptops! But yeah, wouldn't want to have to play EVE on that thing!
  12. Lots of folks around here have done a great deal of things during law school and articling. I myself have two kids, both of which were born during my schooling. While you should strive to focus your attention on articling, that doesn't mean you can't do other things. As well, from my experience, planning a wedding is not that much work. We had our wedding in a different city, and even then, it didn't take up that much extra time. Lists help a great deal; know what you need to plan and when you need to plan it. Honestly, you'll be fine
  13. Sorry what? Summer courses = bad?? I did full terms in the summer to complete my undergrad in 3 instead of 4 years. From my experience, summer courses were significantly harder because some of those courses were 3 week courses; others were over 2 months. Work load was typically the same as regular courses (1-2 papers with mid term and final). Not sure how or why summer courses would be considered somehow easier or less valuable than regular courses...
  14. They really pound it into your head that you need to have summer jobs in law in order to be successful. This is really unfortunate because it's simply not true. I had worse grades than you do in 1L and did not have a law-related summer job, and I had no problem securing articles and becoming a lawyer. You will be just fine. Take the summer to enjoy your second last or last summer not doing law-related things, because for the rest of your life, you won't get another summer away from the law.
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