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  1. You need to just wait til after midterms. They tend to humble some of those loud talkers into silence. If you did well in your undergrad (which you must've to have gotten in), you have the potential and skillset to do well in 1L already. And so do those who took poli-sci and did well. Don't worry so much about what everyone else is saying, especially those who are acting like they got this in the bag the first month into full year courses.
  2. I think we must be friends in law school. We share a mindset 😉
  3. Pm me also, getting through first year can be a bit of a journey!
  4. Pm me. I'm an upper year here who attends similar hours to 1Ls. I'll do all I can to help you feel welcome in the faculty
  5. I (maybe incorrectly?) made the assumption based on my own junior volunteer experiences that when you want to temporarily volunteer with an established business you will be doing throwaway work that requires little training effort.
  6. Try a courthouse, law library or legal clinic instead. They are often underfunded and could use some free labor.
  7. I used a $150 chromebook for all of 1L, save the exams when I needed to borrow a computer from IT or bring my trusty (not so trusty) 2008 MBP. For this year I upgraded to a $400 Asus vivobook so that I can use my own laptop for exams. Seriously, you don't need something super fancy. If you want that though, for sure get it.
  8. Falling into the "average" range among people who have been A students their entire academic career is nothing to balk at. I think its pretty common for people to feel humbled once they get into law school because the curve has to spread a group of high achievers over a standard grade range. Just keep working hard, and recognize being an 'average' student in law school is still quite good and shouldn't set you back as far as getting interviews and establishing yourself in the career.
  9. I did it, and taking the financial setback was a big factor in the decision. Ultimately, it will be around 8 years from the time I abandoned my prior income until the time where I may be earning that again, and a lot of people close to me found my plan to be crazy. But, I knew I was at the top of my game where I was at and I felt too young to be finished my professional growth. To me, that burden outweighed the comfortable income. Law is attractive to me because I think the degree will open more doors to me that allow me to be continually challenged (or to settle into a comfort zone if that is what I choose) for the remainder of my career. Only you can decide if pursuing a legal career is worth giving up your current cushy gig, but know that other people have made that decision, and each of us has our reasons behind it.
  10. I did a B.Comm. It was my fall back plan because originally I wanted a psychology or sociology degree and to go into law enforcement. I changed my mind to law after attending several ride-alongs and volunteering with victim services. But then I was also incredibly poor after taking two years of 3 classes per term to fit school around working multiple jobs, and couldn't fathom how I would ever afford that many years of school, so I switched to business with the idea that might open more doors than psych/soci. I'm glad I did, because I actually found it very interesting, and I landed a career partway through that helped me fund it since it was directly applicable (though this meant dropping to part time to make my career the priority and significantly delaying graduation). In my degree, I still got a lot of the how-people-and-society-tick side of things with communications, marketing and organizational behavior; plus I got some really valuable tools for life and business with an understanding of finance, accounting and statistics. I mixed up my electives as much as possible too, and I feel like my undergrad gave me a really well rounded education. Ps. I eventually decided that law wasn't ACTUALLY that much more school, and went for it. Choose the undergrad that you think you will enjoy most, because enjoying something makes performing well that much easier (not that it will be easy)
  11. I name dropped in my cover letter. I named one partner at the firm who had worked on a pretty high profile human rights case, and noted the comments that partner made in media interviews subsequent to the case. Another partner I named is actively involved in a cause that I also support when possible. Neither of them knew me, but both have since commented positively on my naming them in the cover letter (though moreso in the context that they were happy to hear their contributions have been noticed, than it being the reason for my hire). I name dropped to both demonstrate that I had looked into the firm, and to emphasize how these specific things aligned well with who I am, and why that meant I might fit in well at the firm.
  12. Don't buy pens, I have pen swag from every law firm within 1000kms of me. You will get pen swag.
  13. I actually do check in on sports news periodically, despite having zero interest in sports. But I don't do it to start conversations, I do it so I don't have to stand silently and smile with a quizzical look pasted on my face for 7 minutes before I finally exit the conversation like some weirdo outsider all awkward and confused. Instead I can stand silently and smile with a look of ACKNOWLEDGMENT for 7 minutes then say "well I can't contribute much to sports banter, so I'll leave you all to it" (because I will know its sports banter and not clients or that crazy guy at the country club or something) and gracefully exit the conversation. Checking in on current events broadly is always a good idea.
  14. I'm also at U of A on exam4 and there is a step to submit your exam when you complete it, so its possible you didn't do that step? We were not asked to show the successful submission, but we were instructed to call for support if there were any issues. During one of my exams, there were I think 7 exams with the same ending time. Most people had to stick around for about 15 minutes because the system was overloaded with people submitting exams and we were all getting error messages. We were instructed to make sure the exam was submitted successfully before leaving. Even still, if you somehow missed the instruction to submit your exams when finished a) would they have received your exams at all? and b) since the typing is timestamped, it should be clear whether you worked on it at all after the exam time expired.
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