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  1. I think I once passed through Saskatchewan by train, and I've flown over it a number of times. But seeing comment excerpts in the sidebar attracted me to this thread. I was just wondering why OP is so against a lunch break. If she doesn't want to eat lunch okay, but why should other people be denied the opportunity?! Eating in class is problematic for multiple reasons (sound, smell, sight, spring to mind). And what's wrong with having a day off in the middle of the week, in which she could study all day at home, sipping old fashioneds?
  2. If you feel that, now, you'd be okay moving to Windsor, okay. I can understand you applied last year but then decided better not to move. But, try not to do that again, I don't understand why you'd be willing to go to Western but not Windsor? I'm assuming because of Ottawa and Queen's that you're in eastern Ontario. Also, and this is for you and your support system, will you be able to manage law school and being a lawyer? That's not to dissuade you, I don't know you, that's to encourage you to think and discuss with the people in your support system. My sympathy, or good for you, or both...I did something similar (still practice PT but FT non-law).
  3. Um, if I press on multiple keyboard keys at once, I can produce many characters per second, but that's not typing. Similarly if there's not comprehension, I wouldn't call that reading. Just as one can learn to type faster, and accurately, one can learn to read faster, and with comprehension. That aside, focusing on legal reading, not directly on point to our disagreement but I found this study of how high and low-performing (US) law students (albeit in a small sample size, though prior studies also discussed) read, and the differences between them in terms of how they read and engage with the material, e.g. thinking of the purpose for which they're reading it etc. https://mylaw2.usc.edu/assets/docs/contribute/ChristensenLegalReadingwithPurpose.pdf
  4. [portion only quoted, emphasis in original] I'm just focusing on reading speed. Why not work to improve one's reading speed? I'm a fast reader, but (to the best of my recollection, this was many years ago) I improved my reading speed by, well, reading about it and practicing. I mean, if someone couldn't type, or typed very slowly, to the extent they couldn't finish typing exam answers before the exam was over, they might work on their typing speed, using software, practice, whatever. Why not for reading also, if someone reads too slowly to do the assigned readings? If someone has e.g. ADHD or is visually impaired that's different, but for everyone else?
  5. To play devil's advocate, I agree that the decision seems to have gone overboard. That said, the rules require the parties in attendance have authority to settle (or have telephone contact etc.). There is a significant difference between being open-minded but unpersuaded and still making a $0 offer, versus being so restricted and closed-minded that it is tantamount to not having authority to settle (this was an insurance-defended matter?). So, if the latter were the case, I think it could support a costs award. Though agreeing, that doesn't seem to have been set out in this case.
  6. @Jasminess While generally agreeing with most posts, a few thoughts (some phrased as questions, I don't mean give us answers here, I mean have satisfactory answers for yourself). Bear in mind my law school education was long ago and I only practice law PT so pay more attention to others. TL;DR: read only bold. 1. Even aside from future work visa considerations, would an Iranian-Canadian have problems with crossing the border into the US for the applicable classes in the Windsor-Detroit Mercy dual program if admitted to it? 2. Why do you even want to be a lawyer, let alone in the US (your stated future goal after a few years here)? I mean, anecdote, I had a brief once discussion with someone who was choosing between pursuing a Ph.D. or pursuing work as a carpenter, and they were leaning towards the latter as it made it more likely they would be able to get a visa to live and work in the US (they said, at the time, years ago) and they really wanted to live in California. Great, they had a goal, and they did the research necessary and were willing to do what it took to reach their goal. 3. As a splitter (high LSAT not GPA) I have sympathy for those in similar situations, moreso I think than many, but you haven't pointed to anything that suggests that, even if admitted, you'd do well in law school (I think getting into law school is more difficult than law school itself and competent practice in many areas doesn't require brilliance, but still). If someone has a great 4th year, or high LSAT, or just diagnosed a learning disability, or had to deal with a terrible family or health or abuse or whatever situation for years while in university, okay, those are all reasons to think that, whether or not they get admitted, the numbers alone may not fairly reflect their ability. But still, there should be something beyond mere desire to be a lawyer. 4. All that said, let's say someone won the lottery and had millions but still wanted to be a lawyer, okay, sure, go to the highest-tier US law school they can get into or a UK or Australian law school. Get called to the bar in one or more jurisdictions. But for someone looking at a career, it's not just, can they graduate and get called somewhere, but can they earn a living given the law school they went to and other factors? Look at current stats regarding US law graduates (even a few years ago, I think I read that 50% are not practicing law within 5 years after graduation).
  7. Re A2J, I necro'd an access to justice thread with a new Slaw posting by Ken Chasse (and response by Malcolm Mercer, and Chasse reply).
  8. Necroing this thread since posting about access to justice ( A2J ) and another piece (Slaw has a summary of an article on SSRN) by Ken Chasse who I started it with. I think he's a bit idealistic/impractical, but I also thought Malcolm Mercer's response inadequate in this recent exchange in Slaw (new piece by Chasse). While I don't agree with everything Chasse writes, I agree with his overall point about the profession/LSO failing to act. http://www.slaw.ca/2019/07/25/law-society-policy-for-access-to-justice-failure/comment-page-1/#comment-950303 Chasse argues in part that lawyers earning money and access to justice for the public is not a zero-sum game (he doesn't call it that), that the LSO could/should have pursued policies that would help ensure lawyers continue to earn while access to lawyers was affordable (including using a public defender model rather than legal aid certificates as more efficient).
  9. While not applicable to me anymore, that appeals to me a lot more than food delivery. Stepping out even for a few minutes is a lot more of a mental break, even if you do have to return to the office to eat. Like, lawyers boasting about how their firms paid to have dinner delivered to them at their desks, did they not understand that not having to leave was coupled with the expectation that people would not leave to go to dinner?
  10. I can be pretty critical and dismissive of lawyers and the legal profession, and while I haven't been in that environment for years, based on big firm lawyers I knew/know, I still don't think it fair, or true, to categorize them as generally driven by greed and desire. Are some? Sure, just like some sole practitioners, physicians and surgeons, dentists, financiers, etc. are. But not generally. Now, I do agree that there are some pressures in some/many biglaw firms, and maybe it's worse in the US, but I assume you were focused on Canada.
  11. Thanks, I've heard the pizza is good (and they have special prices some hours) but I had the summerlicious menu when I was there. And some interesting beer including an orange creamsicle beer that was surprisingly good and not overly sweet.
  12. It would be a fairer comparison if law schools charged bachelor degree level fees, as they used to (higher, but only slightly so). Yeah, dentistry's a good comparison. No guaranteed employment, work generally not paid for by government (unlike medicine), second entry, and people hate you or hate seeing you while simultaneously needing to do so, meaning they put off seeing you until their problems get worse and more painful to try to fix.
  13. Grab quickly to go, or grab quickly to order and eat there quickly? Of course the last place I went in First Canadian Place was King Taps during Summerlicious a few weeks ago, so I'm probably not going to be much help to you...
  14. Other people may be better lawyers/athletes/whatevers. But no matter who, and even if I don't know what it is, I know there are things I'm better at than them, or things I know they don't, or value I can bring to a matter to supplement their own. And, not that some would necessarily know from some exchanges on this board (not with you!) but IRL I get along very well with most people, which also distinguishes me, sadly, from a number of lawyers I've dealt with and is its own source of satisfaction...
  15. If you're spending 20k+ per year (a lot more, realistically, given foregone income while going to law school), studying in a field you want a job in, why wouldn't you want to learn as much as possible as the field you're going into? Not just for professionalism reasons, but for self-protection, to make it more likely you don't screw up in practice? Now, that effort to learn given the curve isn't going to be perfectly reflected in marks, one may just get the average, but why slack off? Unless one is raising a family (and even then, what do you think your work schedule will be like...), what better things does one have to do? See above. Also, how is a B/B+ just passing? I don't see that getting the same marks in 3L, even if working smarter not harder, is slacking off.
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