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  1. Yeah, half the time I tell someone I'm interested in IP they ask whether I'm going to be protecting companies that steal from poor farmers. I'm surprised at how widespread that stigma is.
  2. I'm certainly not saying it's the norm. I had just one prof who did. They marked exams like they would an essay - their rubric had a grade out of 10 for style, conciseness, relevance, etc. Writing more would lose you marks if you touched on topics that didn't apply. It indeed felt subjective.
  3. It seems to depend on the Prof. Some have a checklist and will go through seeing whether you hit each point. That rewards writing a ton and hoping you got the right stuff in there somewhere. Others grade as a whole and will take off points if you get off topic.
  4. Well, I can't really speak on your province, but try not to stress. You did excellent this year. I know top students who got full slates of OCIs who did absolutely nothing in their 1L summer. Does it give you something to talk about in your cover letter and resume? Of course. But it's not going to break you. Just try and come off as interesting, which is more of a writing exercise than anything. Again, unless they get hired back by the firm, it doesn't seem that students with 1L jobs are much better off for OCIs. You're likely more competitive than a student with a B average who worked in their first summer.
  5. I'd say you're being irrational. What province are you in? If it's Ontario, definitely relax. Some students have 1L jobs but I've heard it's generally irrelevant to whether you get hired in 2L, unless you get hired back. But those positions are rare. You have great grades and will have plenty of opportunities next year to find a 2L summer job. Other markets seem to be a different (1L jobs are apparently more common in Alberta) but it's still not an issue if you don't have one. Maybe you're used to reading American boards? 1L legal positions are far more important there, but it's also a much more competitive market. I'd recommend doing some searches on the forum to find similar discussions. Were you born in '94? If so, I'm surprised you feel young. Pretty sure 23 is the most common age of law students in Canada (the average is obviously higher because mature students skew the data).
  6. Are you interpreting stark to mean good or bad?
  7. Yeah actually I've gotten some shit from a family member who is rather successful without formal post-secondary education. Basically why am I wasting my time, I could have made more money from entering the trades and working my way up, I'm racking up debt for nothing, etc. Sometimes I struggle with an answer. The pursuit of knowledge? I know that I want to be a lawyer, but other than that there isn't much to it.
  8. Usually "oh cool" and then they move on. Other than a positive response from my family and friends, nobody else seems to care.
  9. I understand if you don't want to disclose, but I'm curious about which law school you went to. Are you able to share? Perhaps over PM?
  10. Yeah, with a 170+ LSAT you'll get into most schools. Have you done practice tests or are you just guessing you'll be able to score in the 99th percentile? Also, keep in mind the law schools in Canada are far less tiered than the States. UBC, McGill, and UofT certainly have great reputations, but there is no school in Canada where you'll get a subpar legal education or access to jobs.
  11. Yeah, I've been trying desperately to break this cycle. First I just had to finish undergrad and I could finally be happy, then I just had to get into grad school, then I just had to complete my thesis, then I just had to get a good LSAT, then I just had to get into law school, then I just had to do well on exams... it never seems to end. I predict that I'll hit my wall at each stage, then it passes and the relief is immediately replaced by fear of the next hurdle. Taking the time to talk with someone I trust about my accomplishments (who doesn't care if I brag) helped quite a bit. It's amazing how down we can get on ourselves, yet if somebody came to us in the same position we'd immediately be able to reassure them.
  12. I've heard this is an old school thing and nobody really cares anymore.
  13. Perfect, I'll add #5 ranked law school to my resume.
  14. A small group of people take notes by hand and they seem fine. A substantial portion of the learning takes place outside of lectures, so as long as you keep up with the key points in class you'll probably be okay. However, if you want to type your exams (which I'd highly recommend, you often want to hit as many points as possible to get the best grades, so as long as your typing speed is faster than you can hand write) then make sure your tablet is compatible with the exam software at your school.
  15. Prof did you a favour, you blabbed, they had to change it to cover their ass. Can you elaborate on what your grade was before and after the change? And your GPA? I'm legitimately curious why you're this upset. Even if it dropped you from a 70 to a 68 or something (which I would be annoyed about too), the effect on your cGPA is negligible.
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