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  1. Mal

    TRU vs U of A

    UofA places in BC fine, it is a far more established school. I chose UofA over UBC, choosing it over TRU with the cost difference is easy.
  2. The answer is yes if you are aboriginal, otherwise probably not.
  3. Moved to applicant discussion. There are no simple answers to your question, it depends on the school you are applying to and how the school you attend records the grades. My general stance is that it is better to improve yourself moving forward than trying to retread the past if at all possible. Your grades are not that bad, I was accepted to basically all the schools I applied to with a much lower cumulative gpa (but a 99th percentile LSAT score).
  4. I am sympathetic to the argument for lower hours, but a lot of times lawyers are simply not fungible. It is difficult to carve off many tasks since everything is so fact specific and the volume of material is massive for large files. That being said, I would suggest that this only means that the practice of law will require high hours at certain points. The problem with biglaw is that they will require you to work high hours all the time then spike it to crazy hours.
  5. I wouldn't entertain this even if desperate, I would do the LPP instead. A friend of my sister's did free articling and was mistreated while only doing menial paperwork. He ended up quitting the law afterwards. I suspect if he were at my firm, he would love it.
  6. You aren't considering law as a career, you are choosing an undergraduate major. Law school doesn't need to be planned in advance, do well in university and do well on the LSAT. But the whole premise of the thread that one major is easier than another is silly in this context for a few reasons. First, schools are under a tremendous amount of pressure to have approximately the same grading distribution between different majors. If they don't then schools who have lower averages, in things like engineering, will not place as many students in graduate programs of various sorts or place as well in the employment market hurting their students and ultimately the school. The result is that basically, every college class is effectively bell-curved. Second, the students in law school tend to be high achievers and to do well in legal practice means out competing these students. Trying to find an "easy" program hamstrings you by limiting your development during university. It also increases the likelihood of getting into law school but struggling while there.
  7. It depends on the firm, at my firm I would say you need one for court.
  8. A number of people I knew from Vancouver from UofA ultimately ended up there, a number of which are at firms downtown (myself included).
  9. The large difference between Toronto and BC for articling salaries is at large firms which almost exclusively hire from 2nd and 3rd year law school articling recruitment. You should be aware that most people in the legal field will judge you based on your JD or LLB and not on the common law LLM, (of which Osgoode/UBC are equal in the legal field). There is a stigma against foreign graduates. Make sure you adjust your expectations to the reality of the difficulty of landing any articling job from these programs.
  10. Can you get a decent job out of university? If so, do that and consider taking the lsat again.
  11. Only for QC residents. Otherwise, I think it is pretty much on par with a number of the other less expensive schools.
  12. The legal profession is not a good place to be mediocre.
  13. A good friend of mine was practicing at 167-170 and ended up with a 173. Personally I was practicing at 178-180 and dropped to 173.
  14. You shouldn't place so much emphasis on a single path in life, that generally isn't the way it works. It is easy to look at people and think that success is linear, but for most of us it isn't. For almost everyone there are ups and downs, it is just we don't generally highlight our personal struggles. You have hit a stumbling block, but everyone hits those. I was incredibly disappointed when I didn't get a big firm OCI position in law school even as my friends around me did. It ended up sending me down a different path, but that is okay. It took a lot of time, but I did eventually land an articling position at a great firm. It is possible that this stumbling block might mean you don't go to law school or it might be that you end up there eventually. Either of those is okay, it doesn't mean you are not capable or not smart or anything else. Don't fall into the trap of thinking that your worth is tied up in your career success at any particular moment. It isn't. As someone who has experienced mental health issues, I feel the need to add that the legal profession does not generally accommodate very well. Unfortunately, it is somewhat the nature of the profession. The hours are often too long for self-care and the stakes are often too high to let anything drop.
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