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  1. While you can write less and do well, I wrote more than one exam at 6k++ that earned one of the top marks in a course. A good friend of mine also would compete for the best grade and hand wrote. Mostly it just depends on your writing style and how good your stream of consciousness is.
  2. I haven't had time to fully digest the decision, however, my initial response is that the analysis is weak and susceptible to appeal. Some aspects are mind-boggling to me. For example, it seems that the most obvious corollary for a motor vehicle accident would have been an accident caused by a horse at confederation, with clear evidence that multiple provinces would have considered this within the ambit of lower courts (see paras 187, 215) but Hinkson says this is "irrelevant" and "not to accommodate personal injury damage". Personal injury in tort did not exist at confederation, there were simply some precursor "torts". Particularly those involving trespass, assault and battery. The approach taken, which boils down to a presumption that superior courts exercised exclusive jurisdiction unless there is clear evidence to the contrary is foundationally incorrect. It is an impossible question because there could never be clear examples (even assuming a robust evidentiary record, which, there was limited evidence period). Above and beyond that, it flies in the face of the presumption of constitutional validity.
  3. Choose a school in the province where your social connections are and that is as low cost as possible. Criminal law is not lucrative, particularly at first. Career prospects are not really affected by school in this area, it is more about how entrepreneurial you are.
  4. It is not possible to say without an LSAT score, as it stands people that do mediocre in undergrad generally do not get accepted to law school. But if you do exceptionally well on the LSAT then you will likely get accepted somewhere. Your background is likely to be irrelevant for admissions purposes.
  5. Do you just like to hear yourself talk? The question: It is better to be top10% by a ridiculous margin. The average student at UBC is barely competitive for big firms, the top10% student at pretty much any Canadian school will get pretty much any interview they apply for with a normal resume. As someone who attended a fairly ordinary Canadian school (UofA) and fairly well regarded ones (UBC and Osgoode), top students can compete anywhere. I didn't do any worse at the more well regarded ones,
  6. I've never met anyone doing part-time studies either, even from a quick googling most programs that even offer this require unique and compelling reasons beyond not wanting to give up your current lifestyle (aka you won't be able to do it if you are able to work at a large accounting firm): See e.g. https://www.law.utoronto.ca/admissions/jd-admissions/half-time-program
  7. In the abstract, the positions are substantially the same from the information you provided in terms of career opportunities. Choose based on where you want to live. Articling is stressful everywhere and independence only matters to the extent that you have free time. Personally, I would have loved to live at home during articling because I worked tons anyways and rent is expensive. I'd choose the Victoria firm because it offers broader experience, puts you near your social network and leaves you in a better position financially. On an aside, from my point of view both of these positions are serving a fairly similar clientele. You haven't mentioned your ultimate career goals are, but it could very well be that you shouldn't accept either or should be looking at improving your resume in an adjacent area. What is your ideal position in 5-10 years?
  8. I found these comments on the same page pretty funny.
  9. It is not subjective, Calgary had a weak reputation in the 90's as it was a relatively new school. If anything, Calgary's reputation has improved.
  10. I would also comment that practice area is just one of many factors, I'd rather be at a great litigation firm than weak unrelated solicitor practice. A friend of my sister's articling experience was basically limited to filling in paperwork for small real estate conveyancing. That isn't something you want for career development.
  11. It's been said before but don't go to law school if you don't want to be the typical lawyer. And frankly excluding barrister work at this stage excludes everything in the legal profession. Solicitor work does not work in a vacuum, it is so fundamentally informed by litigation that opposing it now is in essence opposing law. I don't know any career that offers this. Let me know cause I'm more than 6 years from law school, and while I have great work-life balance, I make slightly more than half that. I can tell you, that this does not sound like law to me and it is not the type of thing that a great lawyer says. I have never met a great lawyer who wasn't driven.
  12. In BC these positions are usually called something like "Policy Analyst" or "Legislative Team" or they are a "Specialist" for some sort of statutory regime. My current job title for example, is "Senior Policy and Legislative Team Lead".
  13. To be clear, I have significantly less at stake here than you do -- I am just a normal British Columbian not involved on either side. I just think that in most systems motor vehicle accident victims will be significantly undercompensated -- so I would rather choose the cheaper system. I have done enough personal injury files to know that ICBC is often unreasonable, but systematically transaction costs in the personal injury sphere are absurdly high. Expert reports are absurdly repetitive in the sphere and still cost thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. Not even counting lawyer costs that are also very high. Since ICBC is a Crown corporation, insurance costs in BC are basically payouts + transaction costs. Drastically reducing transaction costs will lower insurance costs, which takes money away from experts and lawyers and puts it into consumers hands. As a consumer if I am going to get screwed if I am injured in a motor vehicle accident no matter what I'd rather pay less for insurance.
  14. It was in no way out of the blue. First, the previous liberal government in BC gutted ICBC monetary reserves to make them look "responsible". Then, as the major part of the fix to help the somewhat struggling Crown corp once there was a downturn and no cash reserves and limit the costs of lawsuits the government placed a limit on the number of expert reports. The personal injury bar got it struck down which was a clearly pyrrhic victory since it left ICBC in a bad spot, basically forcing the government into no-fault. Lawyers and disbursements taking such a gigantic part of settlements was not a good system. This type of thing is a problem: https://globalnews.ca/news/6596279/i-cannot-go-back-to-work-legal-fees-eat-up-nearly-70-of-b-c-womans-icbc-settlement/
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