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  1. I spent ~$1,550. ~$600 on LSAT fees, $450 on Prep Materials, and $500 on applications.
  2. The Institute for the Future of Law Practice (IFLP) hosts legal-data-analyticsesque internships. You may get the information you're looking for by contacting students who did the program, asking them about their experiences, and learning about the various employers who are involved in the program. Other organizations you may want to contact include legalicity, Alexsei, CiteRight, Three Lefts, Blue J Legal, and Kira Systems. I do not know a lot about the work being done in these organizations though, just have a hunch that you may be interested in knowing about them. TBH, people on this forum (myself included) probably aren't best suited to answer your question though. But I hope my post helps.
  3. This. Will also hijack, but it's because I feel like different perspectives need to be shared. Also completed 1L at U of T and although I do not regret going here (and would still choose U of T if I had the choice), I found this to be more my experience. (1) Competition for ECs. I didn't apply to any U of T-related summer jobs since I had other plans, but I can say that even getting a volunteer position at the legal clinic is so competitive because everyone is just so keen. (2) "everyone who wants a 1L job gets one". Yeah, no. I am above average at U of T (for reference, average grades after first semester are H/P/P and my grades are better). I applied to a non-Toronto 1L recruit with the impression that it won't be competitive (from the experiences of other upper year students) and I struck out. I also did not get a ton of in-firms. (3) Side note: The above also applies to "no one gets an LP". I got an LP on my first LRW assignment (but improved my final mark). And it's not because I didn't try. For future 1Ls: I don't feel like it's the end of the world that I did not get any clinical experience in first year, not land a 1L summer job, nor will be doing anything law-related this summer. I still had a successful first year: I have a better sense of what I want to do in the future and have gotten better with dealing with disappoint and not comparing myself to others. Will also answer any questions over PM.
  4. NGL, your proposal can come off as pretty disingenuous. Like, you're only doing the internship to gain legal experience and not so much because you want to help refugees and the organization. I can understand wanting to potentially get as much legal experience as possible and being disappointed that your original plans probably won't pan out, but showing that you're eager to help out in any capacity would reflect better on you and help you down the road when it comes time for references. My 0.02.
  5. IMO (as someone who thought they wanted to practice in Alberta and was really considering U of A/ U of C, but decided to go somewhere else), if you already have the Alberta connection, then going to Allard will not hurt. Sure, U of A would give direct networking opportunities, but I think the value of networking drops for someone with a connection to Alberta already. Furthermore, not only does going to UBC not hinder your chances at Alberta firms, it also opens up the Vancouver market. Should you decide to not practice in Alberta in the future, going to Allard would open more doors. I would choose Allard.
  6. Somewhat related to this: During zoom lectures, classmates would ask the prof a question through a private chat, instead of sending the question publicly so other students can see. While I understand why students did it, it made online lectures less effective; the professor would not realize the question was sent privately, answer the question, spend minutes elaborating on their answer, and then only tell what the exact question was after it was pointed out that the question was sent privately. When I was trying to figure out what the question was based on the professor's answer, I was like, "is this jeopardy right now?"
  7. Also, some shields can be very very pointy
  8. I like to think of equity as more of a shield than a sword.
  9. Excuse me sir, but Alberta ain't no Saskatchewan
  10. Fair point. But even then, economics and quantitative forecasting can only go so far and at some point, people make decisions based on intuition. Intuitively, I know I wouldn't want to work in a province where it seems like there is such lackluster support for diversification. I don't think it takes an economist to elaborate on the cons associated with an O&G-dependent economy and I share the same concern with Alberta doubling-down on oil. I know there are Albertans who want to diversify, but I think last election speaks volumes about where Albertans really put their economic hopes on. In addition, I feel like Albertans run mental gymnastics justifying their strong support for oil sands. I acknowledge that the following example is somewhat of a straw man because you can always find extreme examples in any province, but I personally hate the whole "ethical oil" line that gets played in industry.🙄 But this is getting political and I don't want to overgeneralize, so I'll just end it on that note... I am curious about the effects on the bigger firms. Even prior to the shutdowns, I spoke with an Albertan partner at one of the more prominent nationals and they said that business was not doing well. They implied that I should stay in Ontario if I have the chance, but they did preface that they weren't an economist oddly enough.
  11. So glad I didn't go to U of C/U of A for law school even though I was strongly considering staying in Alberta at the time. I love Alberta, but recent events (and I am not only referring to COVID) have really just highlighted to me that it may be better to start a legal career in Ontario post-COVID.
  12. I think excluding boutiques and clerking may be too narrow of a scope. I suspect there are non-corporate law lawyers who practice in boutiques/did a clerkship with experiences you may be interested in. For example, a criminal lawyer practicing in a criminal law boutique or a family lawyer who clerked for a judge.
  13. From my limited experience writing law school exams, I think written response, fact pattern-based exams are really great for issue spotting, distinguishing between case law, talking bout policy considerations if applicable, and applying statutes and holdings. I am also weird in the sense that I think Legal Research and Writing memos (if done correctly) would also be an excellent way of testing these things. A MC exam would just seem "superficial" to me. If it's a closed-book "know the rules" type of exam, it would seem very surface level and procedural. I won't say it would be "easy". In fact, I think studying for the MC exam would be very tedious and hard. While I can see how an MC exam can possibly have more breadth than a written exam (e.g. 30 MC questions as opposed to 3 fact patterns), it does miss out on important nuances. Alternatively, if the MC exam isn't a procedural based exam, then I would be extremely stressed because aspects of the law can be so ambiguous/debatable that trying to fit that into a MC format would be a gong-show. What are your thoughts @chaboywb?
  14. Very true. That being said, I have heard horror stories of how some profs (law school and outside law school) responded to the COVID situation (i.e. making the finals harder because they don't like the idea of students writing at home/somehow feeling that because it is a take home final, they have to adjust the difficulty of the exam). However, this doesn't make sense under a mandatory pass/fail, so I think your comment is right. Personally, since I have never written a MC final exam in law school, I am just curious as to how difficult they are generally. Not surprised if Allard just begrudgingly went to optional Cr/D/F for optics. Probably wanted to just continue as is, but didn't want to look like the bad guy.
  15. No, fortunately? Theoretically, I just think a multiple choice final exam in law school would stress me out so much. Has this been the case in your experience?
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