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Everything posted by georgecostanzajr

  1. You can do perfectly well in law school without having ever touched those "optional" readings.
  2. In 1L, focus on your courses and do as well as you can in them. Those grades will greatly influence your career prospects. Also, it's quality, not quantity when it comes to 1L education. You're essentially setting up your foundation - you want to take your time and get it right, not take shortcuts. In future years, if you're genuinely eager about learning more areas of law, I've found that the best way is to get a decent summary about said area of law and read it. It'll have all the important information about that area of law, and if you're interested in learning more about certain aspects of that area of law, you can always read a part of a treatise.
  3. For what it's worth, there is a separate formal 1L recruit. Although it's smaller and a much smaller proportion of the class receives a job through it, a lot of big firms do increasingly participate in it.
  4. If they're taken during your full course load, then my prediction is they will take it into consideration, even if it's not necessary to graduate. Though, this really only makes sense if you are able to do really well on all your graded courses during the semester/year. If taking these extra courses will hinder your ability to get an A+ in your other courses, I wouldn't do it. The benefits may be outweighed by the disadvantages at that point.
  5. Western is online for the full year for upper years, with the exception of a few courses.
  6. A ten minute phone call will do a lot better than a reference letter ever will if this is the concern.
  7. To get this thread back on track, to those who don't want to work for the government but want work-life balance, there are many opportunities once you are a few years out. Many lawyers I know spend a few years in private practice in order to get excellent in-house opportunities, which have far better hours in private practice. You'll take a pay cut, but usually not a huge one (the only real issue comp-wise is long-term, in the sense that your salary won't increase nearly as much as your salary would if you made partner and stayed in private practice). The hours are often really good. Anecdotally speaking, the lawyers I know of that moved in-house have 9-5 jobs and also either flex days, shorter Fridays, WFH days, etc. If you stay in private practice, you'll never get a true "9-5" because of the nature of client demands (in a big city). But many lawyers (particularly on the, somewhat, more senior side) are able to structure their day to integrate time with family and away from work. You may have one week where you're working really long hours because you're closing a transaction, but then the next week you'll only have three hour workdays.
  8. Good grades absolutely do not bar you from receiving employment in private practice -- in fact, they do quite the opposite. I had straight A's in 1L and nearly every firm I applied to was interested in interviewing me. And this continued throughout the process (I even had several compliments about my grades during in-firms). The only "negative" impact it had is on few smaller/mid-sized firms, which declined to interview me because my grades were very high and they didn't want to spend their resources pursuing me when they knew I would likely end up at a large firm.
  9. Get at least a 160 and you should have a good shot at Western/Queens, as others have mentioned. If you want more security, or want to attend other schools, you'll need a higher score. If you're only a few weeks out and hitting mid to high 150s, I wouldn't stop when you hit 160. Study hard for a few months and that higher LSAT score will pay dividends.
  10. This is accurate, undeniably so, but there are plenty of very successful ugly lawyers, so if you're genuinely worried that your appearance will hinder your chances of becoming a successful lawyer, don't be.
  11. #1: That is not the case at large or mid-sized firms during the first few years of your career (at minimum). Even for smaller firms, where you may feel that pressure, you probably would not need to bring in business until you're at least called. #2: You certainly don't need to be extremely social, but you do need basic interpersonal skills. It's not a high bar; as long as you can carry a conversation you will be fine.
  12. You should also know that the Ivey curve is very tight. There is no chance you will get a 92% average at Ivey, whereas in BMOS you might be able to. The best students at Ivey receive about an 86%. Most students range from 77-83% based on my understanding from friends in Ivey. Ivey won't help in the law school admission process (the only exception being U of T which does consider the difficulty of the undergraduate program you were in). However, as others have mentioned, it may serve as an excellent backup to law should you not get into law school or change your mind, and if you do end up in law, it'll likely help in the recruit (though I don't imagine by a landslide as it is not an MBA).
  13. But then it leads to people who are interested in the class but not in London (or at high risk) not being able to take it.
  14. Be available and responsive. People will reach out to you and give you work, especially given these circumstances. If you don't have enough work, speak to your mentors / student coordinator or start reaching out to those in your section. Careful not to do that too much, because a lot of work can come in at once and then you'll have to say no to people. Use the resources available to you. Your assistant, the library, the research lawyers, student coordinator, professional development team, etc., are all very valuable. If you have a question about anything, don't hesitate to reach out to them. Everyone is more than willing to help - they've been in your shoes. Even if they don't know the answer, they'll guide you in the direction of someone who does.
  15. Yup, you're not wrong, but I'm just saying that in effect employers will treat that 30% midterm the same as a 100% final, whether or not a warning is placed that it was only a midterm. At the same time, the recruit is most likely being postponed to the Winter term, so they may have fall grades by that time which will help in differentiating applicants.
  16. Let's be real. Employers would treat it exactly like a final grade, practically speaking.
  17. To your concern OP, you had a genuine issue and needed accommodation as a result. You didn't cheat the system. You got here legitimately. Don't be concerned.
  18. Sure, if everyone got the extra time, then everyone's exam response would improve, and grades would generally stay the same (given it is graded on a curve or average). The issue is when one student gets the accommodation but others don't. In that case, one exam response would improve while the others remain constant. I know I'm always stressed on exam time. Doubling the exam time would certainly make my response better. I think this applies to most people as well. At the end of the day, I don't see a good solution to this. If the school scrutinizes accommodation requests too much, then those with disabilities may be denied accommodation which they should have been entitled to. It doesn't help that everyone can get a doctor's note if they want one.
  19. I agree with everything you said except for the underlined. I can definitely tell people the things I did which resulted in a higher mark. E.g. relating the facts of a case to the facts of the hypothetical. How did I know this resulted in higher grades? Because on my graded exam, the professor would make comments such as "great comparison between the facts of X and Y" or "good distinction" when I cited some facts as dissimilar. E.g. 2. Corporate was known as being an absolute time crunch. Not known as being a particularly difficult course, but most people wouldn't get through much more than half the exam. To combat this, I put a lot of focus on repetition in order to loosely memorize rules. I organized my OBCA/CBCA in a particular way to find certain provisions quickly. I had a bullet list of main issues to look for in case I blanked, etc. Because of that, I ended up finishing the entire exam which resulted in an A.
  20. In addition to learning the rules, I'd jot down a few sentences on the facts of each case. Those who relate the facts of the hypothetical to the facts of certain cases you learned will receive higher grades (and that's typically the difference between a B+ and an A exam answer).
  21. Depends on the law school of course, but here at Western, I would say that you need to put in a fair bit of effort. It's not extremely difficult but it's not easy either. Most hardworking students I know received a B+ average or higher average. Know the course material very well, know the professor's preferences and what they expect, and do practice exams. Remember to study smart (there are many students who studied all day and night and received lower grades than those who studied in a more effective manner).
  22. I agree with this in part. The beginning of 2L is certainly stressful because of OCIs. But once the recruit is over in November, if you're able to get a job, it's smooth sailing from there.
  23. Firstly, you have the foundations down. You're no longer learning the basics. It'll take you substantially less time to read a case and find what you're looking for. You'll know how to study for courses properly and what works for you. Secondly, your course load is lighter. In 1L, I had 6 final exams. You can imagine how remarkably stressful it was to study for all of those year-long courses at the same time. In 2L, I had 4 courses in my first semester, a course for my Jan term intensive (which was a joke), and three courses in my second semester. The courses themselves are substantively more difficult than those in 1L, but given that you're not juggling 6-7 courses at once, and that you have the basics down, it's a lot easier to manage.
  24. As many people have said, it is a substantial amount of work (in 1L), but it's not as bad as many people depict. You'll still have plenty of time to socialize (if COVID allows...) and time for other hobbies. Compared to most undergrad programs, it is a leg up in terms of the amount of work involved, but again, it is doable, and remember that it is only your first year that is really challenging. It gets much easier afterward.
  25. In terms of OCIs, you won't need reference letters when applying to most firms.
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