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  1. So just that one time, then. 😇
  2. Congratulations on being accepted into two great programs at two excellent universities! Others have been saying this, but I still want to add my version of it. As you consider which program to take, think about what you want to do during the degree, not just after it. Which one is most interesting? Which one 'turns your crank'? Which one makes you happier when you imagine yourself doing it? I suspect that what the degree is called is not going to matter much. Also, the perceived prestige won't matter much to the vast majority, including employers, and those who do care about it will often be the ones you least want to deal with. Anyway, these are both among the world's best schools, and while I'm at it I'm going to claim that, from the point of view of undergraduate education, Canada's public universities are all excellent. Your results will almost always be about what you put into it yourself and almost never about the school you went to (as long as it offers the program you want). But my main reason for writing is this: while it is important to think about what might make for a good career when you're done (so it's good that you are looking to that), I really want to urge you to avoid making your decision based solely on the ultimate goal. If you attend university with only the end goal in mind ("a good career" or even "a prestigious career"), you will likely receive excellent training, but you might miss out on the chance for an excellent education. This is my values talking, so YMMV. But whatever else it is good for, an undergrad education is for exploration, expanding your awareness of the world, and discovering that things you never knew existed can stimulate you in ways you never would have expected. But none of those things can happen if you're so laser-focussed on the destination that you forget to participate in everything the journey has to offer. It's Sunday. Here endeth the lesson.
  3. I can confirm this. And until very recently, I thought the 'Seven Sisters' was a mountain range.
  4. Honestly, I think we just have to suppose that Law School application cycles will always be competitive. To make any other assumption, or to act on speculation about the future, would be unwise. We apply when our moment arrives, and we deal with the competition of that cycle.
  5. I know several lawyers who practice part-time and also teach, either full or part-time, in areas not always directly related to law. One of them teaches college-level math. I also know a number of lawyers who moonlight as consultants in areas tangential to law, and a couple of executives in business or public service organizations, but the executives don’t really practice law any more. I suppose lots of things are possible, but it must depend on what qualifications you have and what kinds of things you can or would like to do. I suppose it also depends not just on how much time you want to spend practicing law, but also how much money you want to make (not many teachers make 6-figure salaries, for example).
  6. Bagel stops. It’s the Montreal way. 😎
  7. Don't let the name fool you. From St-Viateur Bagel to McGill Law can be ½ hour or less by bus. You'd walk over to Parc and grab the 80 south to Pine. From there you could walk since it's just a few stops, or grab the 144 if it's there. Go to Peel and walk (or slide in winter) down the hill to the law faculty. Since I started you at the best Bagel place in the city, you'd be munching on golden goodness all the way. 😁 Or get a bike. It would probably be faster. And obviously YMMV depending on where in Mile End you find a place. And yeah... I love Montreal.
  8. I'm gonna say this is probably the best advice so far. Mile End/Parc Extension is one of the most livable neighbourhoods in the city. Go there if you can. This is also true. Some really nice apartments too, though. The closer you get to a Metro station, the nicer — and more expensive — it becomes (as a general, but not universal rule).
  9. As long as you're near a metro station, McGill is pretty accessible, as you know from having lived here! I lived on the Plateau for a long while, and loved it, and I recommend it. But there's also something to be said for the multicultural atmosphere of Côte-des-Neiges and part of Snowdon, and I personally really love Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, especially near the Vendôme metro station or Monkland village.
  10. I teach in a post-secondary institution, and OP's reasons for being nervous about office hours sounds like a lot of my students' reasons for not attending mine. I want to encourage OP to accept the invitation of office hours and assume that their professors will generally be pleased to help them to understand the material.
  11. Eek. You and I have very different perspectives.
  12. I teach in a post-secondary institution (not a law school). So, two points: One of the most frustrating things for me is that the majority of students accepting my offer of help in the form of office hours (amongst other things) tend to be the ones who least need it. One of the things I love most is when the students who really do need it show up and ask for help. And I love watching the lightbulbs go on over their heads as they start to understand a difficult concept. Makes it all worthwhile—for both of us, I hope. Yes, you will encounter impatient profs who aren't great teachers. But I predict they will be a small minority. Most are there to teach law students. I'm willing to bet that the great majority of them will work with you, starting from where you are, and be more than happy to do so.
  13. This will sound weird. If you like history or biography, a couple of years ago I discovered the Waterfield translation of 12 of Plutarch’s Lives, collected by Oxford UP into a book called Roman Lives. (I told you it would sound weird). This translation really brings the text to life and the book ended up being my bedtime reading for a while. But be sure to get the right translation! I would say you have to be into this kind of thing, but I didn’t know I was till I discovered it. I found it less challenging than I expected, and a lot more fun. or... You could also read Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela’s Autobiography. Actually, maybe just go with that.😁
  14. That's the spirit! 😁
  15. Cool! Glad to help, and congratulations on the job! When hiring teachers, of course, "how close to the start date" often (usually) means "how close to the start of classes," or something similar, and it's obviously a very bad thing to leave students with no teacher and the school scrambling to find someone. So they get cranky when that happens. I can only suppose that there are analogous circumstances in law and every other field.
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