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  1. You got into law school because you're good enough, your strategies are good enough, your work ethic is good enough. Try out other people's advice/studying tactics, but honestly don't stress it. If something worked during your undergrad it will probably work for law. For me that was cramming. I tried so hard to stay on top of things in 1L and it was draining!!! Now I cram and get better marks because my style is cramming.
  2. The advice provided above is spot on. I'd also recommend focusing on networking with lawyers that you admire and asking how they'd go about applying to jobs, and working with your schools Career Services Office - you pay them to help with this sort of thing. I know these tips are generic but they cannot be overstated.
  3. UVIC: 8 applications; 6 OCIs; 0 ITCs 1L: B+, B+, B+, B, B, B, B-
  4. ^ What FingersCr0ssed said... but here is my take - very few students have a law related job after 1L. There is a 1L recruit where a limited number of firms hire students. This recruit is heavily focused on your 1L grades. - UVIC has a co-op program, so UVIC students are somewhat more likely to find law related 1L summer jobs. Usually in a small firm or government office. Hiring for these jobs is generally more holistic than formal recruits. - otherwise you might secure a position with a small law firm, but this isn't a big deal. Try to find something interesting to do - whether that's work, volunteer, travel, or whatever interests you and will make you a more well-rounded applicant in the future. Many people I went to school with needed and could afford a break and travelled after 1L. Others worked their pre-law jobs in order to save money. There is no wrong way to do the 1L summer, except doing nothing. - In 2L there is a formal recruit that many of your classmates will participate in it starts with On Campus Interviews (OCIs), so when you hear about OCIs this is related. These jobs typically lead to an articling position after 3L , but are not the only way to secure an articling position. You'll want good grades and interesting experience on your application. Having experience traveling, working for something pandemic related, etc. will give you more to talk about than a front desk position at a law firm. Basically, the best thing you can do right now is something interesting and that you enjoy. Once you're in law school focus on getting good grades. If you can network with people working where you want to work do that, but know it will mostly be for information purposes and probably won't actually lead to a job..
  5. I'm confused - you're going to UVIC and have already received your grades? You got a grade in the pass/fail ethics course? 🤔
  6. Your resume sounds really solid. I got 6 of 8 interviews I applied for with a B average, including a B- in first year, and no law school ECs but strong work history. I didn't land a job through that process though, so take this with a grain of salt.
  7. Someone correct me if i'm wrong, but I'd also note that this posting discusses "year of call", so you need to be a lawyer (i.e. have articled and been called to the bar).
  8. This is great advice. I've added my own spin on it by explaining what I already understand and acknowledging that they might not be concerned if I know the rest, and that if my understanding is as much as they think I need I will do my best. That way if you do something wrong they should know why and next time they'll trust that you asked the right question. Even though people are generous with their time they're still busy.
  9. That is exactly what i am getting at. Everyone charged with something has a charge, but not everyone with a charge does not care about the law. The only reason the bar would care about a small bag of weed is if it is part of a bigger issue.
  10. I would worry less about getting into a school and more about passing the Bar after you graduate. Your misdemeanor will probably not impact your acceptance to a school, but could be asked about before you're admitted to the Bar. In no way does a conviction, let alone a charge, bar you from being a lawyer, but not caring about the rule of law can.
  11. This seems like a problem for us upper years to figure out. The Student Society at my school is still collecting fees. It'll be a super tough year, but I bet we can find a way to help the 1Ls break the ice! Maybe online board games nights, playful (preferably but not necessarily drinking) games in zoom classes, and more online stuff. I agree it will be different and forming connections will not be very natural, but its also a good opportunity to practice forcing yourself to get to know people, which is something I've done a ton since starting law school.
  12. I've received nothing and all the firms I interviewed for are already listed on this thread! This is grueling!
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