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GrumpyMountie last won the day on December 19 2020

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  1. It's nice to know it's not just me. After the break I thought this semester would be easier, because "now I'm used to it". But there seems to be more work and much more synchronous time this term, and no time to get out and enjoy the days, which are shitty and grey anyway. I am pretty much a husk of myself right now. Reading week starts in a week, but I really need it to start tomorrow instead. Anyway, the way time works, soon it will be summer whether we're ready for it or not. We will get there - but in my case I'm pretty sure the winter grades will be a little worse, although, there's always the curve (or whatever secret non-curve mechanism we have at UVic). -GM
  2. I was offered it, but the rep said most people don't take it - in fact she seemed a bit unfamiliar with how it worked. The rates seemed a bit high. For myself, I was satisfied with the critical illness policy, which is separate from the disability one. It's explained fairly well here: https://www.scotiabank.com/ca/en/personal/creditor-insurance/creditor-insurance/scotia-line-of-credit-protection.html -GM
  3. Indeed. It's a real hit-and-miss grab-bag of policies. Some schools have a mature category, some schools don't but provide latitude for you to sell your experience in an overall-holistic process. Queen's, somewhat oddly, doesn't have a mature category but encourages you to use "age" as one of their "access" categories, which involves sort of a different logic. -GM
  4. There's always "you never know what will happen in Court; things might look differently to the Judge... we'll see what the other witnesses say, right?" (Again, not a lawyer, of course, but statements that help somebody get into the police car are thematically similar... actually you would be at a slight advantage becauase no one would later accuse you of sugarcoating things purposely in order to an induce an incriminating statement, but I digress...) One thing you don't want to do is sugarcoat/euphemize things so much that the client doesn't really understand the advice. I always remember doing next-of-kin-notification training: "Don't say someone's 'gone'; don't say someone 'slipped away'; don't even say someone 'lost their life' - if you don't put the word "dead" in there, there's a chance that they will hook onto one of the other words and just heard what they want to hear."* All that to say, there can be a fine line between giving news compassionately, and failing to communicate the news at all. -GM *So, of course, one of my "heavily francophone" troopmates, when it was her turn, just knocked on the door and literally said "Hi. Your son's dead."
  5. Just adding another voice to the "Don't put this on yourself" chorus. Not a lawyer, but coming from another high-conflict field, I've had numerous client deaths weigh on me really heavily. You deal with people in horrible situations all the time, some of the situations are not going to get better. Or they will for a while, and then get worse again. It's difficult because you can always imagine having provided different advice/assistance that may have somehow obtained a better outcome, but that's not a fair standard to apply to yourself. People are complicated, messed-up, and get turned inside out and do all kinds of unpredictable stuff. You did what you could, and you should be proud of the efforts you made. -GM
  6. I'm not sure what the question actually is. Is it "Will having connections in a legal field not favoured by my preferred schools, somehow hurt my chances to get into that school?" If this is your question, then the answer is "Certainly not." I am not sure how you are even imagining this disadvantage would operate, but I am sure that fear is incorrect. Your connections are irrelevant to law school admissions, except in the scenario where you are on-the-bubble for admission, and your reference letters become important. Even then, it would be quite bizarre if Ryerson dis-favoured you because of the work choices of your referee. Or is your question "Will going to a school that favours topics other than those favoured by my connections, hurt my employment chances with my connections?" If this is your question, the answer should still be no, for the reason stated by SNAILS. You can study all core subjects at all Canadian law schools. IF Ryerson hurts your employment chances, with your uncle or otherwise, it will be because it's still a new and unproven school - not because it emphasizes the wrong subjects. -GM
  7. Sask is your best bet for sure. 3.8 B2 + 157 should get you in. It's my understanding that Sask grads do well in recruiting in Alberta, as well (can't cite a source, just a general impression from being on here for a long time). It's also the closest non-Alberta law school to you, with a short flight, long afternoon's drive, or unpredictable overnight train trip (if that's your sort of thing.) On the off-chance you're not familiar with Saskatoon, it's a lot like a smaller Edmonton and I don't think you'd have much trouble adjusting! It is literally the same river valley, so I guess you could canoe from U of A to U of S, too. -GM
  8. Thanks for explaining better than me. The issue is that, in spoken short-form, people just refer to "JD" or "JID", and no one actually refers to the latter as "JD/JID". So next year, when someone asks you "Are you a JD or JID?", don't say "I'm a JD/JID"! -GM
  9. In UVic parlance, the phrase "JD/JID" generally means "JID", as opposed to "JD and JID". I am not sure why. Maybe the JID students actually earn both degrees? So this thread is specifically about the JID program, as opposed to both programs. -GM
  10. I actually read that whole case in my free time when I was still a police officer. We were dealing with OPCA stuff on the "street" level, too, in terms of weird documents being handed to us instead of drivers' licences, etc. It's a great summary, and it was comforting to read it because I was really wondering "What is the logic underlying all these bizarre claims?" It was nice to learn that the answer is "There is none." -GM
  11. I think the answer to the original question is pretty clear, but I'm going to stick my neck out and ask about the reverse of the suspect pattern. For instance, if I managed to get recruited by a major firm in Vancouver, with the ultimate goal of transferring to Edmonton. Would it be less problematic that way? Am I the first person ever to ask? -GM
  12. This is correct. FWIW; the law faculty itself has not yet sent out anything about summer term. However, I would not expect them to be more restrictive than the rest of the school, so I guess we will be in-person for the summer unless things get worse in the next couple of months - which is still very, very possible. That said, using summer to predict fall is probably shaky. The idea of in-person over the summer specifically relies on the fact that summer classes, which are generally smaller and fewer than fall-winter, can easily be "distanced" in oversized lecture halls. Since that won't be possible in the fall, in-person will have to depend on lowered transmission rates and successful vaccination (which obviously overlap). I do think that's viable, so the TL;DR is that 66% seems like a pretty good estimate. -GM PS I am 90% sure that the Victoria area has the lowest Covid infection rate of any urban area in Canada. But the flip-side is that lower existing infections = higher vulnerability to spread due to lack of prior immunity. If the UK variant starts really spreading among all the old people here, we would go from a Covid success to a massive disaster very, very quickly.
  13. More walkable, much more "culture-y" (difficult to define precisely, but you know what I mean, probably), more trees, nicer older buildings and neighbourhoods (as in, distinct neighbourhoods with an actual "feel"), not just massive subdivisions from the 60's or later. Calgary has (or at least had) all the money, which produces the bigger, shinier, newer things, but if you like old quiet classy things, Edmonton has more of that, in my opinion. A much more subjective factor is that I don't actually like Calgary's climate, which is warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Probably most people would disagree with me, but I like my winters cold and summers hot. I don't really appreciate those +3 days in January where the wind blows the snow away and everything is just brown and muddy. Much prefer the playground of (reliable) snow in the (N. Sask) river valley. I guess we shouldn't forget that this is lawstudents.ca, though. So the usual caveats: live where you want to work, Calgary has a bigger and higher-paying legal market, etc. The above observations are from my time spent living in both cities, but before I was a law student! -GM
  14. As someone who lived just off-campus for two years, I will put in a strong vote for not living near campus, and taking the train there from somewhere else. The area surrounding campus is mostly single-family homes, although there are exceptions and the exceptions are growing. (I moved away two years ago and a lot of the "University District" has been built since I left). We lived in Brentwood and it was a good place to have space for parents of a toddler like us. But there is not much going on and the wind will get to you as you walk around these vast and poorly treed subdivisions on your way to and from campus! Also, because the neighbourhoods are quite large, you may or may not be easy walking distance to grocery stores. As in, every neighbourhood might have one, but the neighbourhoods are so sprawling that you may find it not that walkable. If I were you and I didn't need anyplace big, I would be looking at trendier neighbourhoods with good transit connections to campus. The C-Train really makes it easy to live anywhere on the north side of things. Sunnyside and Bridgeland are favourites of mine, but all kinds of areas around the beltline and east village are nice too. Inglewood is a bit farther but really charming and you could make it work. Really, though, you should stay in Edmonton. The area around U of A is much nicer than any of the places I liked in Calgary... in my opinion! -GM
  15. I don't think there's much baby to save with the bathwater of this chart; I would just discard it as a source. For many (perhaps even most) there are outright errors, and if not, at least unhelpful oversimplifications! -GM
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