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  1. Assignments tend to be marked easier than exams. Weakly correlated from my experience.
  2. Your torts professor is wrong. 1L grades are massively important both because they are the only thing available when many students compete for the structured recruit but also because they are the one where the standard is clearest. Lawyers are generally smart, they know how difficult various courses are and when to be impressed or not with grades.
  3. The first thing you need to figure out is what you want to do, there are plenty of firms that care little about grades, but you need to care about something other than "law".
  4. There are plenty of successful lawyers that struggle early on in law school, Uriel has some excellent posts on the subject: But take this as a wake up call, you need to do something differently. It is okay to struggle, successful people are the ones that figure out why and change their strategy. You are not yet at the point where you need to adjust your expectations, but you're right that continuing to get significantly below average marks is going to hamstring your career aspirations.
  5. The grades needed for the Vancouver recruit are probably more stringent because the western Canadian schools tend to have harsher grading. A straight B average is a little lower than the typically successful student.
  6. To be clear, it is not that normal for immigration lawyers to qualified in multiple jurisdictions and it is insane to do multiple law degrees. The joint programs are not worth it because the Canadian degrees are all so much stronger. For the most part immigration is a very low paying area of law. Why are you interested in this area? Because a lot of immigrants don't have a lot of money.
  7. I actually tend to think that a clear billable target is better than a vague one, that way you clearly know what expectations are. My articling firm repeatedly said they don't consider billables and articling was for learning....
  8. My first reaction was the same as utmguy's. Why would you want to work at a place where you feel you can't get mentorship because of fears of being fired? On the other hand, your principal is not your therapist or your friend. You shouldn't use them as a sounding board to talk about your personal struggles. It isn't an issue of honesty, but of professionalism. It is appropriate to get guidance on managing your workload, what the expectations are and the issues with the firm's COVID response. But the guiding star in these discussions is that it should be oriented around being constructive, particularly in how you can adapt. Articling is difficult, particularly early, and COVID has been a struggle for most people.
  9. There is no such thing as pre-law. Most law school admissions do not consider what undergraduate degree is taken as a factor into admissions. The only exception is that University of Toronto implies that it may consider it.
  10. From my experience, anything that requires recording isn't going to be done by the lawyers. The reporting service provided recording equipment when it was needed.
  11. At some point the other thing you need to realize is that you are ultimately in charge of your own boundaries. As long as you are working diligently, and aren't seeking hireback at any cost, then it is fine to say no. Articling is genuinely a difficult experience. Lawyers work hard and they tend to not manage stress well which unfortunately often ends up in borderline abuse to those under them. This is especially difficult because articling students do make mistakes and they do take a long time to do things. But that is par for the course. They are paying for an articling student, learning takes a lot of time, if they wanted someone who could hit the ground running they should be hiring someone who is several years post-call. You should keep track of the time you spend on things. It is part of being in private practice and it will assist you if there is ever really a problem with your principal. It is worthwhile to have a conversation about compensation in order to do over-time, but don't expect much.
  12. There is no reason for you to be here. You are far from even needing to think about law school. Work hard at school, get good grades, build your resume with as much co-ops, extra-curriculars and jobs as you can. You're a first year undergrad, it is not productive or healthy to have family discussions of your future right now. You are not "switching professions", you are not pre-med, you are not pre-law. Stop thinking about your current studies as a precursor; focus on the present.
  13. Why would a Canadian school care about yield? In the States it is a factor in their USNews rankings which is very important in maintaining standing.
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