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  1. Whether your agreement allows you to or not, the cons of investing your LOC are that you need to beat the interest rate (usually prime or prime+0.5) for it to be worthwhile and you may not have easy access to it if its tied up in investments. With that being said, I know students who put it all in stocks, made a down payment on a house, bought cars, etc. Its up to you to decide whether it's worth it in your circumstance. Before it becomes a loan, I'll probably take a portion of mine to make an emergency fund in a high-interest savings account. I may pay a bit more in interest than I'm getting, but the peace of mind knowing it's there is worth it to me. I am extremely risk averse, though. I'm sure most financial pros would not recommend this.
  2. To be fair, OP seems to be in BC, and for whatever reason they call summer students "temporary articled students".
  3. If you're not hitting your PT scores, and you are PTing under actual test conditions, then you're either too tired or nervous during the real exam. The day before the exam do not do ANYTHING LSAT-related. Put it out of your mind. Go into the test completely fresh.
  4. I worked but I can understand why someone wouldn't. My pre-law earning potential was minimum wage. At best I'd make about 10k in a summer. I can see somebody foregoing that to enjoy their life for a few months after undergrad.
  5. 1L finals. Criminal law. I breeze through the exam. My answers are flawless. I feel like I hit every issue. I have time to backtrack and fill in additional information for every question. No doubt in my mind that I aced it. Outcome: B. Two days later. Property law. Legitimately thought the prof screwed up and gave us the wrong exam. My answers are gibberish. I don't finish. While leaving the exam room, start Googling school's policy for repeating failed courses. Outcome: B+. Moral of the story - you'll be fine. Addendum - Flash forward to now. 3L. Have articling lined up. Written over a dozen finals. You'd think, by now, I'd realize that the curve saves all and it's near impossible to fail. Yet I'm still stressing about a shitty final I wrote a couple days ago.
  6. Some very credible people say they don't work, but I swear by blue-light filtering glasses. I can feel the difference as soon as I put them on - my eyes feel far more comfortable looking at a screen when I wear them. I find they work better than the computer programs that reduce blue light.
  7. What worries me about this is that students will likely be collaborating on their exams. That's going to throw off the curve.
  8. Yeah I completely understand what you're saying with a different interpretation of socializing. There are students that go to undergrad just to party and they pay a lot of money to do so. I sure hope there aren't any students going to to law school for that reason.
  9. "Social aspect" doesn't have to mean getting together with friends over drinks. The social aspect of law school that I enjoyed prior to this year was meeting people with similar or different life goals than me and getting to discuss them, meeting with profs in office hours and getting to pick their brains, lectures which ended up being two hour discussions on morality which half the room contributed to, and building up a network of people that I can hopefully keep in touch with throughout our careers. I found law school to be FAR more social than undergrad. My undergrad, where 90% of students were fighting to get into med school, was like being in a cold war. I always thought law would be even more cutthroat but I've found that law students will go above and beyond in helping out even relative strangers. Same with lawyers in general - it seems like most will happily take time out of their day to grab a coffee with a student. It is an extremely social profession and that aspect of it is invaluable. Zoom U has taken all of this away. Well, that and being a 3L, I suppose. I can't bring myself to attend awkward virtual social events and the temptation to just shut off my camera during lectures is hard to fight. I came out of my shell a lot in law school and this year feels like it's pushed me back into it. I don't blame any 1Ls for being disappointed that they're missing out.
  10. I was an RA and I loved it.
  11. ...you also had a considerably higher cGPA and LSAT than the OP. How is answering the exact question the OP asked "unhelpful and anxiety inducing"? They didn't ask for advice, they asked for their chance.
  12. OP is an anomaly. A 3.69 is low for med or dental school, but most law hopefuls are aware it's a perfectly fine, and quite strong, GPA. I disagree with anyone who says to avoid this forum. You can't treat every post as gospel but I have learned a ton from here.
  13. Unfortunately, the 1L summer recruit is very heavily focused on a very narrow subset of your grades, and minor hiccups seem magnified. I don't think an explanation will help and you may be out of luck (though obviously still apply). At the end of the day, keep in mind that very few students are successful in the 1L recruit.
  14. I had one course where assignments were graded very highly and exams were not, so the average ended up being in the normal range without having to curve. But it definitely depends on the prof. The best way you could know would be by asking the prof what the average was.
  15. If we're talking formal recruits, you still have to compete but in a very different way. Grades (plus experience to a lesser degree) get you OCIs/interviews with big law firms. Your ability to impress and get along with interviewers, along with a bunch of luck and playing the game right, gets you a job offer. The very top few students/medalists in each class may be able to get these jobs with some slack for their social skills, but the simply above-average students need to nail their interviews. Outside big law, my guess is that your ability to network and sell yourself is more valuable to smaller firms, and your grades are more valuable to government positions. I'm not certain on that, though.
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