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thebadwife

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  1. Thanks for the info! I'm curious what separated successful applicants from unsuccessful, and what the grades/experience of the successful candidates were!
  2. I'm a little confused about the whole notion of grading in law school. My school does the curve in a way where there average has to be between certain percentage points, but not curved in a sense that some people have to get A's and some have to get D's/F's. I have become acutely aware from this forum that you should be "above the curve" if you want to be successful in OCIs. My question is... could group studying and collaboration hurt one's chances of getting above the curve? Like for example in a group study, someone happens to have a better understanding of the topic and helps the other students understand... doesn't that make it harder for the first student to then stand out? Alternatively, let's say you are a really good student and have a firm grasp of the information, but your section just happens to have more people that really "get it," couldn't your grades then end up being lower than if you took the same class but in a different section with different classmates? (making your ranking partly dependent on the people you end up taking the class with?) I'm sorry if these questions don't make sense... I am just really struggling with the concept of the curve and how it is really "fair" (maybe not the best word?)
  3. Sometimes I genuinely wonder how they pick the small groups
  4. Thank you for your answer! I found this really helpful. I guess I've been surrounding myself with people who are interested in biglaw and it has clouded my vision a bit, particularly because of all the biglaw events at my school that make it seem to be the most popular career choice that everyone is aiming for. Thank you for giving me a bit of perspective!
  5. Thank you! Another question: How hard is it to get a job at a firm for corporate/commercial work not through OCIs? I know I am probably getting ahead of myself a bit, but I don't want to bank on something like OCIs since they really aren't a guarantee. Even though I'm only two months in, I am really worried about not scoring high enough on the curve looking at how bright my classmates are! Do you have any tips for non-conventional ways of getting 2L summers?
  6. I'm in Vancouver and live with my partner. We pay just over 2k a month rent for a relatively new one bedroom. It isn't huge but it is enough for what we need and splitting the rent between the two of us is doable. I am from Calgary and thoroughly believe that paying more for rent is worth the significantly milder weather and shorter winter. Your environment can make a huge difference in your enjoyment of life, even if you are busy with school! 😊
  7. Where do people who aren't above the curve in their classes end up working? It would seem that the majority of students would then not have a chance for firm work? This is all really new to me so I am a bit confused. Is the Vancouver market different form Toronto? Also, if you have connections to a firm (like, more than just a coffee meeting type connection), how do you make that stand out in a cover letter for an OCI? Sorry for the onslaught of questions and for hijacking OP's post!
  8. I'm not sure which forum section to post under, but I am just a 1L so thought I'd post here. Also apologies in advance for the super ignorant question! I'm curious to know if you need to work in big law to be a business/contract/transactional (not sure the exact term) lawyer? Contracts & property are what interest me the most (I don't really have an interest in crim/public interest etc.), but I am also nervous of the whole big law route (OCIs/grade expectations/competitive work environment). I haven't actually gotten any marks yet, but I want to have a back up plan/idea of my options in an area that interests me just in case I don't make the cut for big law! I am interested in the Vancouver market if that makes a difference.
  9. So in order to have a chance at a firm you need to score above the curve? 😦 Are there other ways to get into big law if you are just average?
  10. Mere puffery made me laugh The one thing I am familiar with! Really wish people didn't resort to trying to make themselves sound advantaged at the expense of others' stress/self-confidence, particularly in 1L! Seems like people should know better and be more empathetic to their fellow classmates.
  11. Yes I am at Allard! How could you tell? I find all the classes daunting, but con and public seem like the ones that really could have been easier if I made different choices in undergrad.. Thanks to all the advice here I am feeling a little better though!😊
  12. What type of reasoning specifically? Like a science example? I had to do a lot of research/the scientific method/analysis in undergrad (though in a "soft" science) that I am hoping will help me at least a little bit
  13. Thank you. This does help. Do you have any tips on how to "eliminate the noise"? I am finding it really easy to over think and get worked up and worried about how everyone seems "better" than me at stuff, whether it is because of the school or work experience they have, or because they can answer the questions so eloquently in class without much time to think etc. 😬
  14. I've been a lurker for a while but decided to finally make an account because this has been bothering me for quite a few weeks, and it is really starting to impact my mental health, so I apologize in advance for the vent. I am a 1L and did my undergrad degree in health/psych. I did this under the impression that with law, it was good to pick an undergrad that you had genuine interest in because law is so different from most disciplines. Now that I am in 1L I'm realizing that most people in my class did Poli Sci, and they seem to have a major leg up in a few of the courses (namely public and constitutional law). They often talk about how they've learned or have been introduced to so many of the topics already, how they're bored with the content because of this, and how they don't have to do all the readings because they already know the stuff from poli sci. With the amount of work there is in 1L (7 classes is such a new concept) it seems like by not having the poli sci background, you are disadvantaged in that you have to put in more work in all 7 classes rather than being able to dedicate more time to certain ones. Given that we are being marked on the curve, and 1L grades are so important for future work opportunities, I am get increasingly stressed by the fact that I (and other non-poli sci students) are getting compared on a curve to students who have already had the advantage of learning many of the concepts. In your experience, how have non-poli sci students faired in comparison with grades and such? Does the advantage eventually go away? How do you deal with people in your class gloating about how easy the content is because they've already learned it when you are being thrown into a completely new area and struggling to grasp the concepts as quickly as you would like?
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