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  1. CBA also has on demand webinars - pretty cheap if you are a student or member lawyer <5 years.
  2. I'll be 46 when I graduate next year from law school. Few random points from my perspective... I've always wanted to do law, I love law school and I can't wait to practice. The study of law is challenging, interesting and often times all consuming. First semester of law school felt like a tidal wave hit...you have to dig deep and adapt where necessary to get through. I have made some great friends who are 15+ years younger than me. I treat it like a workplace - there are people of all ages at work, you find your people that you connect with. I've worked in a legal environment for many years so I'm familiar with the work, expectations, etc. There are lawyer jobs that allow you to work less hours for less pay, but if you see it as just a job and not a profession that you really want to practice...there are many other alternatives. The opportunity cost can be atrocious, but that's fact specific. I have an articling position with a former employer, so I can't comment on the unique position of looking for a job as a mature student. However, as others have noted, it is very competitive and you'll have, by the sounds of it most other students in your class hungrier than you to get the available jobs...just because that's the culture/nature of the beast that is law school/legal world. As previous poster said, you really need to examine your why. I can't imagine doing anything else, but it is not for the faint of heart. If its not something you really want, it will be a slog.
  3. Dal admin (not law school admin) sent out an email end of January. Spring and Summer will continue to be online. Nothing definitive yet for the fall. It's all based on the 'vaccination timeline'. Hoping to have in-person classes in the fall for classes under 100. Fingers crossed!
  4. I did a summer internship with a small family law firm. Enjoyed the work itself but it was just more of me alone in my basement, except instead of Zoom school, I was doing research. No impediments to doing research from home, just less contact with humans even than Zoom school🙁. Touched base with lawyers couple times a week to report back. While the work experience was valuable, I probably should have just enjoyed the summer. Toward the end of the internship I did get to participate in client intake/consultations in person and participated in several settlement conferences over Zoom where we were in the office with our client. Those experiences were great! So a mixed bag.
  5. Same! Taking a break to do something non-law related definitely helps me, even if it just means taking an evening or afternoon off. I find this time of the semester, school feels all consuming.
  6. I'm a CPA and now in law school. I had always intended on going to law school...figured I should do the CPA since I had the opportunity. Problem was that life changed and going to do another 3 year degree after 7 years already in school just wasn't feasible at the time. Bemoaned my choice for many years and now here I am. The opportunity cost is huge when you start earning a decent salary and then contemplate giving that up for 3 years and start at the bottom of the ladder again. Do I think CPA would give you a benefit with a law degree? Sure, business law firms would certainly see it as an asset, particularly if you're with a bigger accounting firm but that's about it. If I had my time back, I would have skipped the CPA and gone directly to law school. At the time, CPA just seemed like a good fall back, good job security, etc. Depends what your priorities/interests are. Each of us has our story. Good luck with yours.
  7. I'm 40+ in 2L. For me, I've always wanted to go to law school. Over the years, I've looked at the financial cost/benefit of giving up first career and going back to school...it didn't make sense financially but I know this is what I want to do! Agree with previous poster, it is a bigger decision at this stage in life...make sure you really want to do it. Good luck with your decision!
  8. Seeing a memo on a different topic should ensure you don't accidentally plagiarize, but give you the idea how a memo should flow. I'm surprised your professor didn't provide samples from previous years...that's what ours did in 1L. However, you're right, I'm in 2L and never heard of anyone showing/sharing papers/memos, etc beyond when a professor shares anonymous samples.
  9. I'm a 2L and can honestly say there is no joy in online law school. I've always enjoyed being in class to learn, so that's a big part of it for me. It is a means to an end, which is unfortunate. The experience of being in law school is sooo much richer in person. Partly though I do find less pressure because of the lack of chatter in the halls about that next assignment or exam or whatever. But that's a very teensy tiny benefit to the insurmountable loss of getting to really engage with professors, getting to know your classmates and community outside of class, etc. Hang in there, at least you have 2 more years to hopefully get back in person. I will be most devastated if 2021 is a repeat of this year and I graduate with only one year on a campus:-( I can't even...
  10. From previous threads, this is apparently the Dal calculation: (GPA (L2 or CGPA whichever is higher) / 4.3) * 0.6 + (LSAT score - 120) / 60 * 0.4 To be competitive: Maritime resident: index >= 0.80 Others: index >= 0.81 (4.15/4.3)*.6+(161-120)/60*.4= .579+.273=.852
  11. Schulich (Dalhousie) is confirmed online for Winter
  12. A further suggestion on nomenclature....if instead you used the format "2020-07-05 Form 8 Application..." your folder will be in order by date of document rather than alphabetical. A former workplace of mine used this and I've stuck with it.
  13. 1. You're too late for 2020. Ontario applications are due Nov 1st and the latest I'm aware of elsewhere is Feb 28th for Dal. There may be others with later deadline but certainly not now. 2. Yes, many books available from publisher in e-book format. At least at Dal, all books also available at book store in hard copy which is what most people purchased. 3. Re: question about this year - moot point, since earliest you can apply for now is Sep 2021. Schools have generally not allowed people to defer because of covid though I'd be willing to guess some who were accepted this year may have found other reasons to defer if they really want to attend first year in person. Alternatively, it is a cheaper way to attend law school since you can stay home, assuming you would have otherwise had to travel to attend school.
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