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  1. Mal

    Suits For Men

    What is the firm culture? At most big firms two suits with business casual options is more than enough. If you are doing criminal/family law then you might want three-four suits as it might be simpler to just always wear a suit during the week. Personally I worked at a firm that let you wear anything and I mostly just wore dark wash jeans and a sweater.
  2. Law school involves an investment of $100,000 or more once you factor in opportunity costs. Why would you spend that kind of money until you are able to make use of it? Interest costs alone makes this a dumb idea. To answer your specific question, generally the market for lawyers is bad until 2-3 years experience post-call. While having articled might help a little bit, you are still going to be competing for relatively scarce jobs while simultaneously demonstrating a lack of commitment. Leaving the profession for a couple years whether immediately after law school or a year later to travel is going to cause significant harm to your career.
  3. They are overpriced for what they are, but I would wear them if they were given to me. Personally though, I prefer to buy from higher quality makers as opposed to fashion houses. Right now, for example, I am wearing Carmina loafers (https://www.carminashoemaker.com/mens-loafers/black-penny_loafers_80599).
  4. I went to both UofA and UBC for law school (2 years at UofA, 1 year at UBC). All of them are good schools. UBC had more resources and better business courses, but UofA had a friendlier class. Personally, I hated living in Edmonton which is why I did my final year at UBC. My best friend was the same and transferred to UVic after 1L. In your situation I would probably say go to UBC or UVic. The only real benefit UBC has over UVic is that their corporate law offerings are better.
  5. My experience with the PLTC exams was quite different, in about half the allotted time I was able to answer all of the questions looking substantially every question up (and hitting the character limit for most questions since I pulled exact quotes from the materials that directly answered the question). I then spent another 45 minutes tweaking the wording and reviewing the materials to perfect my answers. I left each exam about 30-45 minutes early. I think this is pretty misleading, while there may be a trade-off between answering each question fully and each question, for most people finishing the exam does make you more likely to pass. My PLTC instructor repeatedly stated that it was more important to finish than to complete since they will try to give part marks where they can. The vast majority of people pass all assessments and exams (between 75-90% of students pass on the first time on everything: https://www.lawsociety.bc.ca/Website/media/Shared/docs/publications/ar/2018-Annual-Report.pdf). These exams simply aren't that difficult.
  6. I mean, I am not really sure what "fair" has to do with anything, but really a "curve" is just what naturally happens for 99% of classes. No, group studying is not going to affect you negatively. Even if it did, you are more likely to hurt yourself by being weird and "strategic". Your classmates are your future colleagues and your reputation begins in law school. This forum generally gives good advice for OCI's, I am unsure what you are taking issue with easttowest. Being above average, is required for many OCI firms...
  7. This also really depends on school, many schools simply don't give out many A+'s. For example one of my good friends got a class award in evidence at Uvic with an A-.
  8. Unfortunately, law firms are actually behind many other industries in a lot of respects. Literally up and down the list. Lack of diversity, poor work-life balance, etc etc etc.
  9. General wisdom is same as the bigger firms. The exact specifics depend on the firm, and that information is not really available anywhere.
  10. Most law firms are a pretty charged environment, while I don't think being screamed at is "normal", law is pretty far behind many other professions in creating good work environments. On the other hand, you are having problems with your second articling job. This is a red flag. Most people keep their heads down and work for a year. It is particularly difficult when you are just starting because everything is new; Hegdis gave you the right advice, you need to put in at least 6 more weeks.
  11. Mal

    Suits For Men

    Suit supply/spier are just as nice as brooks brothers.
  12. If you can't handle moving for a little while, you won't be able to handle legal practice. I say this as someone who is leaving legal practice to be able to manage my own mental health better.
  13. These questions ignore that the lawyers who make considerably more than what you would in your current career tract work 60-75 hours/week or more. Generally I think becoming a lawyer makes sense in only two rough categories: (1) you fundamentally define yourself by your work or (2) you don't currently have an okay career trajectory.
  14. Your marks are good, you don't need to freak out. You are well above average at UofT, which can do quite well at OCI.
  15. Law schools don't differentiate based on courses taken or majors. Take courses you are interested in and will do well in.
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