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  1. Argh. I remember when I thought my friend's 1 bedroom suite in Coal Harbour for $1650 was outrageous.
  2. How about a bachelor suite? Finishing up my articles and thinking of making a move to a spot alone.
  3. There will always be someone around you with better grades/experience/connections, you name it. This won't stop in law school, or as a lawyer. The key is to leverage what you have and not get bogged down in what you don't have.
  4. FWIW, I'm finishing up articles at a mid-size firm in a major city center and our "target" (I say this loosely because it really isn't enforced) is 1600. Apart from trials and deal closings, pretty much everyone here seems to lead a fairly balanced life and a number of the partners have young children and seem to be making it work.
  5. Sure, that could work. But again, that's a best case scenario assuming someone a) makes it to Bay or Bay-adjacent, and b) enjoys the wok and firm long enough to stick it out for that period of time in order take advantage of the lockstep.
  6. Almost no one I know cares that I'm in the legal industry and I like it that way. However, I have noticed a small minority of people, usually not friends but general acquaintances, who have taken it upon themselves to ask me for help with traffic ticket or tenancy issues. Notwithstanding that I'm still articling, even when I tell them that these areas form none of the work I'm doing as a student or will do as a lawyer, they still proceed to send me long-winded summaries of their situations. I basically stop reading at that point.
  7. Seconded re: Helen Connop. She is fantastic.
  8. My friends who work in the trades make more than my university-educated friends, apart from those who are lawyers, doctors, or engineers.
  9. I don't know how much your monthly payments will be, but to me, that's a high enough debt level that I would spend some time thinking seriously about whether law is the best move at this time. To put it in perspective, even if you graduate and move directly into a Bay Street position, you're going to be putting a significant chunk of your salary into servicing this debt for a long time. If you don't make it to Bay, it will be an even tougher slog. This is assuming you even want to pursue a Big Law position, in the first place.
  10. I've never been to Fredericton, but I did live in Thunder Bay for a while. Winters are cold as shit and it's somewhat isolated. Summers are very nice. It's a great place if you're into the outdoors. Not such a great place if you're a city person.
  11. That is a very impressive improvement. Good job and good luck with your Masters.
  12. A bit off-topic, but this post really resonated with me. For example, was recently hired back at my firm as an associate and it's a dream job (sorry for the humblebrag). However, my happiness has been punctuated by now worrying intently about proving myself as an associate and whether they might regret their offer if the rest of my performance during articles isn't to a now-higher standard. It's definitely beneficial to be able to get yourself out of the cycle of worrying about the next thing. I wish I had an answer for OP, but I don't; however, want to say that I think it's probably a more common phenomenon with people in law than you think. Perhaps try to talk to some close friends or mentors who can help change your mindset.
  13. This wound up being an issue for me when I applied, even with respect to OLSAS schools. IIRC, an A- at SFU was considered a 3.7 on the OLSAS scale. However, at least in my department at the time, the threshold for awarding an A- was 86. Not sure if things have changed, but perhaps something to be aware of.
  14. I think you've got a good shot at L2 schools like Queen's and Western.
  15. A couple of students I knew during law school enrolled in the joint JD/MBA program mid-way through school. This gave them the opportunity to re-do OCI's and my understanding is that they both obtained jobs through this process when they had not previously. Not sure how common this type of situation is, however. With respect to an LLM, the above comments are in line with what I've heard before. I would also add that in order to pursue academia, anecdotal evidence that I've heard suggests that you need to go to an elite (eg. Ivy or Oxbridge) school to be somewhat competitive.
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