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  1. I tend to agree with @Tagger in this instance. Your comments show a lack of empathy for students who are really struggling. Without having gone to law school (or even undergrad) in the zoom environment, you don't have the first-hand experience to understand the struggles people are dealing with. 1L is one of the most stressful times in a law student's time in law school. Doing it with the reduced support of the law school community that is a result of the online environment while having to deal with the same pressures is overwhelming for many. Even if you are in law school and enjoy being isolated and staring at a screen all day, responding with smart retorts when people are struggling invalidates their experience. While you may not have this intent, the effect of your words matter. Try to be mindful of your comments - it is a good skill to learn when you get to law school.
  2. It's totally fine not to have a law-related summer job in 1L. A lot of my friends took summer courses or went back to the jobs they used to do before law school. There are some 1L summer jobs, but they are pretty competitive to get. These include research assistant positions for profs, working for the law school itself, government agency work or admin work at a smaller firm. Some Toronto and Calgary large firms also recruit 1Ls after your Dec grades are released.
  3. I agree with all the above posters. However, if you haven't read a single case at this point, it's too late to start before your midterms/finals. Just go off your notes/upper year CANs and practice the hell out of past exams. Then readjust your study strategy in second term.
  4. lol pretty sure I know who you're talking about as this sounds like what my torts professor last year would say. Maybe for the kind of work he is interested in, your work experience, background, and extra curriculars would have a bigger impact than your grades.
  5. You can understand why, but without lived experiences, it is difficult to understand how much weight this would have on any individual racialized person and how it factors into their decision-making process. I would also add that being the only white person in a room full of POCs in North America is different from being the only POC in a room full of white people in North America.
  6. I'd say UBC is probably more corporate than UVic (from what I've heard about UVic), but if you are interested in social justice issues, there are more than enough courses and activities to fill your time.
  7. This is true to some extent at UBC as well, more so within the student body, but the faculty also raises these issues not infrequently. Maybe it's a west coast thing?
  8. I don't understand what the issue here is. Do you want to go to law school because you want to gain deeper understanding within the corporate/securities/tax world or because you think a law degree would give you an economic advantage over a CPA alone? First, you don't necessarily need a law degree to be involved in advisory, M&A and tax. As a CPA candidate, you already know that. I also think most of the education would be from experience and on-the-ground training as opposed to something you learn from obtaining a degree. The job you get out of business school would be crucial as your entry point. If you're currently at one of the Big 4, it's probably a good place to be. Second, CPAs and lawyers make similar money, potentially more for CPAs who make it to C-level positions. I'm not certain a CPA combined with a JD would equal higher earning capacity than just a CPA or JD on its own. Economically, obtaining a law degree would not make sense given the large opportunity cost that comes with it. As a CPA drop-out, I hated accounting and went into it due to family pressure and a fear of being unemployed. So my reasons for going into law are different. I would think carefully about why you want to do this. I agree with the other posters that you would be better off completing your CPA and then deciding whether you want to go to law school. It would give you a better sense about what you can (and can't) do with your CPA and work experience. From there, you would be in a better position to assess the benefits and drawbacks of pursuing a JD.
  9. Definitely talk to your professor to get feedback on how you could improve. A C+ may indicate you are missing a major issue or two. Use it as a learning experience, but don’t get discouraged. Law school is a steep learning curve, especially in the beginning. Your first mark is not always indicative of your abilities.
  10. Damn, @Hegdis, you've really convinced me on wanting to become a lawyer!
  11. Have you spoken to your professors or school counsellor? I think you should reach out to those people. From my experiences, most do care and want you to do well. It's common to feel overwhelmed by all these new concepts, especially when you don't have any feedback until your first midterm. From the fact that you have not done exams yet, I would hazard a guess that your courses are year-long and your midterms are coming up this December. Are they fail-safe (ie. if you do better on the final, then your midterm grades do not count)? If so, take the opportunity to apply what you've learned in class to the fact pattern in your exams with relatively little at stake. You can start doing this by reviewing past exams and working with your classmates to see how you would formulate an answer.
  12. That's what a lot of people like to say, but it's definitely a learnable test. Most people just don't want to put in the time and effort to learn it as the process is quite painful. I would equate it to learning how to play an instrument well as opposed to learning a new concept as you would in an undergrad course. I say this because you need to think how the test thinks and practice doing so until it becomes reflexive.
  13. I think you need an actual assignment and get your hands dirty with doing the actual research. LRW is sometimes hard because you're not spoon-fed the relevant law, you need to actually look for it. Assuming your assignment is a fact pattern where you need to do a legal memo, it's important to be able to spot issues and then look at secondary sources to see which cases/statutes apply. If you are having trouble navigating secondary sources, a librarian can help you (you still need to do the research yourself though).
  14. Have you considered rewriting the LSAT? Just one or two more points would greatly increase your chances.
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