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  1. I would agree with this. From my limited knowledge in Vancouver (going into 2L), I see more lawyers from USask than Windsor. I think in the west at least, it has a stronger presence.
  2. Any advice on doing both at the same time? I know everyone’s experiences will vary, but what worked for you and what would you have done differently in hindsight?
  3. UBC also is home to the Canadian Journal of Family Law and they take in first years as Assistant Editors. You can also get paid to work there for the summer doing more substantial work. Might be something to consider to signal your interest in the area.
  4. This post is really weird. There are people who decide not to practice in every profession. I’m sure there are truck drivers who quit the profession after taking on debt to go to truck driving school because they couldn’t take the long hours on the road or being away from their family for days on end. I understand being worried about taking on debt to go to school but ask yourself why you even want to be a lawyer. You’re not your friend or anyone else on this forum. Their stories or experiences would not be yours.
  5. I think it’s a west coast thing. I’ve heard most American students use outline and in the East it’s summaries.
  6. 1L law-related jobs are quite difficult to get. There are very few firm jobs and some miscellaneous law jobs. Government agencies sometimes hire 1L's too (I was supposed to work at one this summer but it got cancelled due to Covid). Research assistant jobs are also available. Your grades, research experience, relationship with the professor, and interest in the subject are important factors in getting an RA position. I've heard it's also fine to get non-law jobs or volunteer. I would take the opportunity in the summer to do something different and learn a new skill/get new experiences that are transferable to a legal job.
  7. I cut out alcohol pretty much for all of 1L. Saved a lot of money and felt physically healthier. I did find other unhealthy outlets for the stress though.
  8. As a member of the infamous outgoing 1L class at UBC, I think our reputation comes from a specific group of vocal leftist students who stir the pot and recruit other left-of-centre students who otherwise wouldn't have participated. This group was not in my small group. We were quite respectful and people could, if they wished, voice right-of-centre views without being attacked. Granted, you may be the subject of gossip behind your back, but I never heard of anything particularly malicious. I think the combination of overly vocal leftist students, the school's somewhat recent focus on access to justice issues, and the effects of a global pandemic which highlighted inequalities created this marked shift compared to students of previous years. Allard is a strange place - sometimes you end up with corporate gunners in the same study group as social justice warriors. Edit: to whoever is interested in going to Allard, don't let the political climate dissuade you. It's a big enough school that you would find a good group of classmates, whatever your political beliefs are. And for the most part, you can voice your opinions as long as they are backed by logic and reasoned judgement.
  9. I’m also in 1L but the consensus among my peers is to keep average grades. If you do better in 2L, it makes for a good narrative and some employers may appreciate the transparency.
  10. Or you can choose not to have kids at all and spend the $$$ on yourself.
  11. Yeah it really doesn’t matter. I never did a diagnostic and it was fine
  12. The SAD is real, especially when I was marathon training. But you’ll be in law school, so it really doesn’t matter as I doubt you’d have lots of time to spend outside anyway.
  13. This would be very unfair at schools where the midterms only counted if you did worse on your final than in the midterm. At UBC there were many students who used midterms as a practice run. If people had known it would be 100% of their grade, I’m pretty sure most would have studied for their midterms differently. I don’t think there is a universally fair way to do this. Whatever method a school chooses, there will be some winners and losers. It’s also difficult to predict what effect various grading schemes will have on the recruit. I think UBC’s combination of generously granting deferred exams and having an optional pass/fail scheme works for most people but you still find a lot of strong opposition who are not satisfied with anything less than an across the board pass/fail scheme.
  14. I grew up in the lower mainland and have a network of friends outside of law school but I was still able to make a few close friends at UBC. I noticed out-of-town students did not have an issue in this regard. No one knows each other coming into law school so you're forced to make friends. It's still life-consuming and you still are part of the law school bubble even if you don't live on campus. I had a 2.5 hour daily commute and still felt like law school took up my life, also participated in ECs and events.
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