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  1. Peter Hogg came to Canada in the 1970s. The practice of law in Canada is very different now than it was half a century ago. Also, using arguably the most acclaimed Canadian constitutional lawyer as an example of a foreign-trained lawyer who made it in Canada after immigrating is a paradigm example of survivorship bias.
  2. This is a really good description, although my school never used terms like "open laptop" or "open network". This past semester's exams were a bit unusual, in that the software in which exams are usually written (Examplify for us) was not used out of concern that technical issues might arise which could not be easily remedied while writing exams from home. We were allowed to bring in whatever materials we had on hand as well as materials saved on the computer; the exam regulations also said we could also use the internet for resources which would normally be available in an exam or which we would be reasonably expected to use in an exam (presumably, this meant you could look an online version of the legislation or an online version of the cases assigned, although IDK what this precisely means; I don't know how other universities approached this, but ours seems to have been pretty strict about not accessing the internet unless otherwise allowed by profs). In a normal exam situation, the software used locks out the internet and all other parts of the computer, so you're restricted to materials on hand. My school also prohibited students from bringing in library materials (presumably because that would create fairness issues, since the library would not have enough copies for all students). In theory, modified open book and closed book exams also existed. However, I don't think I've written a closed book or modified open book exam in law school before (they definitely exist - some of my profs talked about how they had used closed book exams in the past - but I never had to write one). A few of my exams were take-homes where we were given a longer period of time to write the exam and we weren't required to write in Examplify. For the take-homes I had, we were always prohibited from using the internet, although we were always allowed to use resources on our computer. Anecdotally, even with take-homes (including take-homes in which we had 6 hours to write), I never used anything other than my condensed outlines. I found there was never enough time to consult longer notes like case briefs, flip through the casebook/textbook, etc.
  3. Thank you for this suggestion! I was a bit uncertain about what to do, given that my mom’s insurance (which I have used to access counselling services before) no longer covers me. I’ll try this out and hopefully it will help.
  4. I don’t know how it works at other schools. However, at Queen’s Law, I was once accommodated internally (i.e. without medical documentation) but all other accommodations occurred on the basis of documents provided by my family doctor, who knows I’ve had difficulties with anxiety since my late teenage years onwards. As to the question of abuse, I’m sort of split about this. I know that, in my case, it’s not as though the extra time was spent polishing up an assignment which I had been working on during the normal time set out for the assignment. I had a hard time working on those assignments to begin with and I didn’t end up getting great grades on those assignments ultimately. I’ve never deferred an exam or gotten extra time on my exam, but I could see how misuse of exam accommodations could create some fairness issues, although my experience with this past set of law exams makes me a bit skeptical of the extent to which accommodations that aren’t meritorious will seriously improve marks (QL exams were written to be three hours but we were all given six hours to complete the exams; people seem to have gotten the same sorts of grades which they always got as far as I can tell and I didn’t notice anything particularly aberrant).
  5. I'm having a hard time stopping the recursive thoughts right now. I've tried to reason with myself - tried to tell myself I had good reasons for, e.g., seeking accommodations in the past - but I can't seem to stop the questioning right now. It's been going on for a while now and it's very both very frustrating (I can't help but hate myself right now) and also very painful (I'm starting manifest physical symptoms like discomfort in my stomach, etc.). I've been arguing with myself for a while that I've done nothing wrong and that I should just get over this, but it's not really working, which is why I posted this thread. I was hoping I could get some input from other people while I wait for my psychiatrist to get back to me.
  6. Simple answer is that I've recently been experiencing a lot of anxiety. Notwithstanding that I'm done law school at this point, I've found myself questioning everything I did in law school and constantly doubting myself, wondering whether I deserve the good things that are happening to me. One of the things I have found myself fixating on are two extensions on assignments I received in 1L and one assignment extension I received in 2L. I had some mental health stuff going on at the time - trapped in recursive thinking that made it very difficult to concentrate and get work done, etc. - but now I find myself feeling as though this was "cheating" on my part, that I should've just managed my time better, etc. I've been trying to reason with myself - I know I had mental stuff going on, I got a doctor's note, etc. - but this isn't working. So now I'm trying a different approach and seeing if that might help with my anxiety.
  7. This is a sort of random question, but it's something I've started thinking after hearing some stories (all second-hand stuff). How common is it for law school students to receive extensions on assignments?
  8. I have a 3.91 or a 3.92 (depending on whether rounding is a thing when determining awards) this year. I'm wondering if that puts me in the hunt for one of these. I don't want to ask anybody I know who's gotten one of these awards before because it seems sort of asshole-ish to ask this question, especially since I'm not in the habit of asking other people how they did and therefore don't know if these people did well in their courses this year or not (yay for anonymity, I guess).
  9. What GPA do upper years who win Dean Scholar Awards (Gold, Silver, or Bronze) usually have?
  10. It's an advice thread. OP never committed to follow whatever advise was given; s/he was merely asking for opinions in order to help inform his/her choice.
  11. Wait, I thought the opposite is true? At most schools, there is a required mean for courses but not an actual curve. At Queen's, there is a required median for each course and a maximum (although no minimum) on the number of grades >B+ and <B-. In any case, the mean for a class is not all that useful a number for the most part. Knowing the median is much more useful. If you go to Queen's and if you take a black-letter law course (almost all such courses are curved to a B median), getting a B+ tells an employer that the student beat at least 50% of the class in that course and getting an A- or an A tells the employer the student beat 80% of the class in that course. The same sort of reasoning applies for grades below B.
  12. The message behind the "Cravath walk" sounds inappropriate at a private person's funeral (distinguished from the funeral of a public functionary like a royal). Who cares if the firm lives? I doubt the family of the deceased do. Rather than focusing on the important thing (somebody has died), it seems like the firm is sending a self-serving signal ("we're still here"). EDIT: Reading the source article, Cravath sounds like a firm I would never want to work at. The partners were "relieved that it had ended without further embarrassment to the firm". I don't know about anybody else, but I don't think that's the what you should come out of a funeral of a colleague thinking.
  13. Are there any courts in Canada which accept applications for clerkships from applicants who have already finished law school (i.e. are in their first year of articling)? For context, my grades in 2L were decent and one of my profs in 3L recommended I apply, but I (foolishly) decided it against. I received my marks for first semester in 3L and had my strongest semester in law school. I know regret not applying.
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