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Thrive92

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  1. I take less time to fail than other people.... I don't want to follow it though
  2. Do you think this is an innate trait that cannot be improved by learning? Because without the complete information, I am very scared to make any kind of inference or conclusion whatsoever.
  3. Unfortunately, U of A do not have an admissions category for special students. They have a holistic round, which (to my knowledge) looks over your overall GPA and perhaps emphasizes more on your ECs. I think it may be easier to get a higher LSAT score than trying to upgrade you CGPA? Although U of A looks at your last 60 credits, bumping that LSAT score to 165 - 6 with a 3.5 GPA would give you a much higher chance of admissions. If you look at the accepted thread for this year, there are some who got in with 3.5 L60 and 165-6. Keep in mind that this year is considered to be more difficult to get in than previous cycles, so just by bumping up your lsat score by 2 points may be easier than taking more courses.
  4. No worries; I have found this pattern of rounding up the letter grade over many posts on this thread, not just yours. It is good for me to note this because im standing at around 3.5-3.6... it would probably count as an A- when I apply next cycle, and not B+.
  5. so...it seems that if an applicant is even 0.01 over the letter grade GPA, the applicant's assigned letter grade is rounded up? Interesting admission policy TRU.
  6. i can only assume that they are veteran lawyers who have established themselves there long before i was even born. mad respect to them. i don’t mind being the newbie lawyer who picks up the crumbs should they want to retire/reduce their workload. i am not intending to step on anyone’s toes. that’s good to hear; i thought i was being kind of crazy for even thinking about this approach.
  7. Yes I had looked over the bc legal aid tariffs for criminal defense lawyers, and although much of it didn't make sense to me, I figured it wasn't a boatload of cash. I am contemplating the moment I get called to the bar and get my vendor number, I will walk around Hastings street for an hour or two with a hundred business cards and meet some of the residents there personally. If there is nothing that would prevent me from doing that (no infraction from the law society, etc), that is what I will do even if it is unorthodox or unconventional practice.
  8. This is very interesting. So like the crown prosecutors, you are paid by the government to only take on legal aid cases? Are you able to work on cases that are not legal aid? I was considering the Maritimes in my law school admissions, but I was told that the legal profession is so saturated there that many work in other provinces shortly after graduation.
  9. As someone who is also from B.C., I was told by my peers that Edmonton is a desolate tundra compared to some of its comparable cities in B.C. As someone who loves cold winters and snow (as long as it doesnt melt into a puddle for a few days), how true is this rumor?
  10. That is disappointing. I thought that the BC provincial government just gave its legal aid some extra funding recently, but I guess that is just a drop in the bucket. True. But me lowering my fees is not necessarily to compete with other lawyers, but mostly to bring in more clients. Not so that other lawyers will be left to dry, but more so to provide my legal services to a wider range of clients. Yeah you are probably right. Very well, I'll sit tight for a few years with my crazy thoughts xD
  11. I see... thank you for your input. As a sole practitioner, would there be any trouble if I would charge my fees far below the market price in an attempt to attract more clients/build my reputation, even after I gain enough experience in the field to charge more? For example, if a criminal lawyer a few blocks away charges 2k for a DUI, and if I charge 500, would lawyers in the region i practice not appreciate it? In other words, would there be any repercussions in any way if the above scenario happened? As stated above, I really don't care much about money as long as I earn enough to live without much trouble (50kish). I have some personal convictions for entering into the field of criminal defense, and the fact that many who come in contact with the criminal justice system are financially unable to afford counsel is one of them. I know it sounds cheesy and cringey, but that is why I am asking these questions. Again, I'm sorry if my questions seem downright ridiculous or makes no sense; i haven't even gotten into law school yet.
  12. nobody? Is this too much of a foolish question? I really don't mind if criminal defense lawyers give me a reality check about this. Please let me know
  13. Hello everyone. I'm currently a 0L finishing up my undergraduate and about to apply in a year or two for law school. I am really focused on becoming a criminal defense lawyer, or maybe immigration. Having said that, keep in mind this is coming from someone who have zero knowledge of the legal field. I was wondering if it is possible for a criminal defense lawyer to make up the bulk of his/her income through legal aid? Maybe this is laughable, but I don't really see myself asking for five - figure payments from my clients. I would like to apply to legal aid bc for a vendor number as soon as i get called to the bar and start working. Although earning alot of money would be nice, I would be satisfied with the average Canadian yearly income ($50k or so). However, I am wondering if that number is possible just by taking legal aid cases? How many cases from legal aid would a criminal defense lawyer receive on average per year? I'm sure for a newbie lawyer fresh out of articling who hasn't made a name for him/herself, the number would be significantly lower than a veteran criminal lawyer. Then later on as you make a name for yourself, perhaps the clients who are eligible for legal aid would be asking for you? Thank you for reading.
  14. Thank you for the info. It was dumb of me to think that I would have access to 100k right off the bat haha I'll dig up for more info about the bursaries
  15. Interesting..So the PSLOC is not based on a "withdraw when needed" basis? There is actually a limit on how much one can spend in an academic year? I keep trying to find more information about it from the scotiabank website, but there's not much info about the loan sadly As for the bursaries, do you mean bursaries offered by the government loan services, or from law schools? Because pre - covid I would receive a 1,500 grant every semester from studentaid bc. If I purchase the car on my way into law school, I would assume that grant would be gone + reduced borrowing amount?
  16. thank you for your input. i am glad you are doing well with your debt. i am strongly leaning towards being a sole practitioner right off the bat as soon as i finish my articling, as i found out that i love working independently compared to working for others. of course, this is all in the air and nothing is certain right now. working without a fixed income right from the start is what worries me about my debt from law school
  17. thank you. i thought i was being an absolute fool for even considering using my psloc for a car.
  18. Thank you everyone. I have decided that perhaps it may be better not to be a penny pincher and use my student loans a bit liberally once I get into law school. On a separate note, has anyone purchased a new car from their PSLOC? I’m thinking 40k out of the 125k isnt such a big deal. Plus I would look like a pretty penny whenever I drive the new 2021 honda accord sedan touring, so thats a major plus. Edit: that last paragraph was a joke...maybe...so don’t take it seriously
  19. Yes I am banking on the L2 or L20 law schools in the prairies, as I was able to get it together and do decently after I declared my major. It seems like aside from a few people who contributed to this post, the majority of the opinion is to spend now, worry later. I'm starting to think that getting over 100k in debt isnt such a bad idea...
  20. I agree with you on the fact that I shouldn't really be influenced by how successful my friends are, but when you see just about anyone you know progress in life faster and wealthier than you have, the pressure kind of puts you into overdrive. I am definitely thinking of going to a school near me to save money which is UBC, but with my abysmal cgpa there is no way I can get accepted there. I am thinking of doing my first year of law elsewhere (not in TRU because their tuition isnt subsidized), and then transferring to ubc. I know that being able to transfer doesn't happen just because I wish it to, but that is my current plan.
  21. Thank you for your input. I would also consider living semi - comfortably and worrying about the debt later, but I think I would then be emphasizing on how much my future jobs would be offering me, even if I would not like to work with them For example, I would be more drawn towards being an associate of a law firm that specializes in wills and estates because of their attractive salary, when I have no interest in those fields. Although this may make sense financially, I really cannot wait much longer to pursue my studies in law. As someone who is nearing his thirties with his friends with undergrad degrees getting their second or third raises/promotions in their careers, I already feel way too behind to get a minimum (or near minimum) wage job for a year or two while my peers are close to making 100k annually, despite how sensible that may seem financially.
  22. That is true, I completely forgot to include that! By working for the full 3 summers, maybe I can lower my debt to 100k, but I doubt that I can get it below that? (If I can that would be awesome...) Exactly what I'm thinking. Maybe if I get lucky and find a room to rent for 700 dollars a month + 200 dollars for food and other expenses, that would put it at 10.8k per year. However, I know that would be hard to come by.
  23. Hello everyone. I'm a prospective law student who have thought about how to finance my education over and over again, and I am wondering how one can stay below 100k debt pursuing a law degree? I read a recent post in this topic where someone was inching past this figure, and I thought to myself "Isn't that number average for law students?" As I read the comments in the post, I realized that many people have significantly less debt than 100k. Unless you receive help from your family members or you have saved up before pursuing a law degree, I am curious as to how you can go below this figure? I have a little over 50k in student debt right now pursuing my undergraduate degree. I understand that this is more than many undergraduate students who have received student loans (around 35-40k). The law schools I would like to be accepted into would require about 14k per academic year including ancillary fees and textbooks (so about 42k for 3 years). That with 30k for rent and living expenses for those 3 years would leave me with more than 120k of debt (or about 110k for the average student who took out student loans during undergrad). The 30k of living expenses for 3 years of my law studies is projected with me being very frugal with my money (no car, cheap rent with roommates, no eating out). If someone can help me understand how you could shave off that debt below 100k during your academic career, I would be very interested. Thank you for reading.
  24. Sorry, I should have clarified what I meant by starting a business with the money I would have spent on law school tuition. OP was concerned about how by going into the legal profession, they would not be able to reach the goal of the minimum annual pay of 100k. By stating that I would have rather started a business, I meant that there are many more products/services that the OP could focus on rather than legal services to be able to provide to their consumers, and still be able to achieve their goal of annual budget of 100k+. Also, I would stress that if you do really cannot seem to focus an idea/product/services that you may be able sell to consumers, and the only way you can focus on one is by going into law school, getting at least 50k debt + 3 years of your life to be able to provide legal services, then perhaps you are not putting your best effort in searching for a product that you can really excel in selling. Thank you for replying so that I can clarify my point
  25. Please! I implore you to not consider law school and open a business if your intention is to make money. I beg you. Especially the OP
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