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  1. Hello all! I am just wondering what UVic's policy in repeat applications is (or other schools). I applied to UVic Law and received an offer, then decided to pursue a Master's degree instead. Now, I am thinking about applying again when I finish my Master's degree and I am wondering whether it will count negatively towards my application having already turned down an offer previously?
  2. There was an article in The New York Times recently about a lawyer who overdosed on drugs due to (his ex-wife hypothesized) overwork and burnout. Lawyers and doctors both have reputations of having high rates of suicide, alcoholism and burnout, and there are many negatives commonly brought up around the profession of law - in particular the competitiveness and long hours. This is depressing for people considering a career in law - the prospect of being forced into a tradeoff between studying and practicing something you care about vs. giving up the freedom to be creative in time off, build a family, travel widely, end enjoy culture. In the medical profession, there are some signs of change - at least in Europe, medical students have their hours capped at approx 50/week instead of the absurd 100+ that North American medical students typically put in during their residencies. In North America, there is debate about reducing the number of on-call shifts residents should work and keeping hours at approx 80/week instead of 100. What is the working hour/lifestyle/mental health situation currently like in the practice of law, and how do you see it evolving? Are younger lawyers taking a stance and refusing to put in excessive hours (these long hours must come at the cost of having healthy social lives, hobbies, exercise etc)? Or is there still an attitude of bravado about how many hours one works, how many more hours one has put in than colleagues etc? Do any of you think that the profession of law is changing for the better yet in terms of work-life balance?
  3. I'm going over one of Barron's LSAT test prep book and there is a section describing contrapositive statements in logical reasoning argument questions that is really bothering me. "The contrapositive reverses the two sides of the standard if/then and negates them." So it uses this example about "If it rains, the sidewalk will be wet" -> "If the sidewalk is not wet, it didn't rain." I understand this example... but what I don't understand is how reversing and negative both always makes a valid argument. For example, "If you don't eat, then you will be hungry" the contrapositive statement is "If you are not hungry, then you did eat." Is this argument "valid" and "not flawed"? Because in my mind the "if you are not hungry, then you did eat" statement can be violated because maybe you're not hungry due to other factors such as being distracted by an exciting event, or having food poisoning etc. Are we supposed to sort of ignore those extraneous factors in these types of questions and assume the argument is valid, or would those types of extraneous factors make the argument still valid (because a statement is valid if you reverse AND negate) but flawed?
  4. Also whether the Nov 30th deadline only applies for scholarships that require an application or if it also applies to the pure entrance scholarships.
  5. Thanks, but what I'm wondering about is specifically the November 30th deadline and whether that includes LSAT scores in order to be considered for scholarships.
  6. Hello, I am just wondering whether to be considered for entrance scholarships at Dal, you need to submit your LSAT scores, or if it's possible to be considered for entrance scholarships just by submitting the online application, official transcripts and references by November 30th but then writing the LSAT in Feb 2018?
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