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  1. No. I don't have oodles of free time to watch TV. I don't see how that's unrealistic.
  2. Sure, there are hours during the week when I'm not working or sleeping. But I can't spend all of my "free" time watching TV. In order to get fully caught up on Suits, I'd have to watch 118 episodes. It wouldn't be impossible to do, but it would take a while, and I don't want to add any unnecessary timesucks to my life at the moment.
  3. I am relatively new to practice, and I don't claim to know everything about the practice of law. But that doesn't mean my experiences are invalid. I don't have time to watch Suits.
  4. I don't know how it was when any of you were in law school or your first few years of practice. But these days, the market is supersaturated and the competition for jobs is intense. When I was in law school, there was enormous pressure to get high grades on your transcript and a ton of extracurriculars on your résumé, lest you be unable to secure an articling position. I constantly heard other students talk how much time they spent reading, studying, and working. Everyone always looked tired. And every year, I always heard students telling members of the new 1L class that "you will hate your life." When I started looking for jobs, I never mentioned any of my non-law interests in interviews unless the interviewer asked about them first, and even then, I would always qualify it by saying something like "but they won't detract from the time I have for work." One interviewer once told me, completely unprompted, "if you aren't willing to work at least 80 hours a week, the practice of law isn't for you." In my firm, I constantly hear from the articling students and junior associates how they have no time to do anything outside of work. I'm glad that some of the other posters in this topic had time for hobbies in law school and have time for hobbies in practice. But you didn't have to get started in the current market. We have no bargaining power to control our working hours. Try competing against an endless tsunami of people who are all willing to work 80 hours a week or more, and see how much time you have for hobbies.
  5. I think it's unrealistic, at least during law school and your first few years in practice. Keep in mind that the market is supersaturated with recent law school graduates. Realistically, in order to secure an articling position, you'll need to have high grades and stellar extracurriculars. That means a ton of studying and working. You'll barely have time to sleep, let alone a hobby. When you're searching for articles or a junior associate position, you'll be competing with a tsunami of people who are willing to work 80 hours a week or more. So you can't realistically expect any firm to hire someone who's only willing to work 40 hours a week. The lawyers in charge of hiring at firms tend to be old and conservative, so they see "hobbies" and "work-life balance" as codewords for "laziness." After a few years in practice, once you've proven your value as a lawyer, you may be able to negotiate your way to working 9-5. But if you work 9-5, you shouldn't expect to make partner at your firm, given that you'll be competing against a horde of lawyers who routinely work 12 hours a day or more. If you want to pursue your hobby, you need to be willing to live with the fact that your career will never advance very far. At a firm, your lifestyle will always be subject to the whims of the senior partners. So after a few years in practice, you may want to set up shop as a solo practitioner. This carries its own set of costs and risks. But you may be able to get by working 40 hours a week if you can keep your expenses low enough. And you should have more control over your schedule and your lifestyle than you would working as a grinder to make some senior partners rich. For what it's worth, I didn't have any time for hobbies in law school, and I still don't.
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    Confirmation of receipt of application??

    A little bit of patience may be useful here. When I applied, I received my first acknowledgement on November 10 and my last one on November 27. I don't think it's time to start worrying yet.
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    Late Transcript Request

    There are no guarantees that law schools will accept a late transcript. Perhaps you should check the Admissions FAQ(s) on the website(s) of the law school(s) you applied to. If you can't find the answer there, you should call the school(s) in question and ask.
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    What is considered a good grade?

    All law students are used to getting As in undergrad. But they can't all get As in law school. It's much more difficult to get high grades when you're only competing against other high achievers. You should expect your law school grades to be lower than your undergrad grades. Law professors are very difficult graders. Indeed, one of my law professors gave a big speech to the class justifying grade deflation, and he stated flat-out that "your law school grades will not reflect the hard work you put in." A B+ is fine, and there's probably nothing you could have done to get an A.
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    Acknowledgement of Application

    In my admissions cycle, I didn't receive my acknowledgement from Queen's until November 14. So I don't think it's time for anyone to panic yet.
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    Incomplete Application

    All seven law schools in Ontario send e-mails to acknowledge receipt of an application. For whatever it's worth, I received my first acknowledgement on November 10 and my last one on November 27. So I don't think it's time for you to panic yet.
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    Going solo three years out

    If my understanding is correct, agency work is when a competitor hires you to take over some or all of their work for a period of time because the competitor is going on vacation or medical leave, or simply has excess work. It also includes out-of-town counsel hiring you to do something on their behalf (e.g. make a court appearance) so they don't need to travel.
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    Sample Solicitor Exam

    There are eight sample questions at the bottom of this page: https://lso.ca/becoming-licensed/lawyer-licensing-process/licensing-examinations/guide-to-licensing-examinations
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    Exchange Transcript

    There should be a "Document Tracking" feature in your OLSAS account where you can track which documents OLSAS has received and processed. https://www.ouac.on.ca/faq/documents-in-support-at-the-ouac/
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    OLSAS needs to receive your references by November 1. Your referees should write what they know about you. This can include your character, strengths, academic performance, employment performance, volunteer activities, etc. Beyond that, there's no specific outline for what the letters should look like.
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    When to Submit + Transcript Q

    Yes, I'd recommend submitting your application at least a few days before the deadline for the reasons you outlined. (I didn't follow my own advice and I submitted it on October 31. Fortunately, I didn't have any problems.) According to the OLSAS FAQ, there should be a "Document Tracking" feature in your account where you can track which transcripts and other documents have been received and processed. https://www.ouac.on.ca/faq/documents-in-support-at-the-ouac/