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  1. @machine thank you so much for this! Also uh can you elaborate on the "characters" part, what kind of people are usually attracted to employment/labor law? And why would they react weirdly to a 95% average? I'm sorry I'm just a uni student so i don't know about this world at all!
  2. I did some digging up and I found this PDF that actually has a great deal of info on labor/employment law. I'll leave this be for anyone who is interested in this area and wants to know more about it! https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjGwLjZqcHrAhXGcn0KHTFWAZgQFjABegQIFRAD&url=https%3A%2F%2Fhls.harvard.edu%2Fcontent%2Fuploads%2F2008%2F06%2Flaboremployment2012.pdf&usg=AOvVaw1nLX8GIzIHT1Cg2ecVl6wi Edit: Although I must tell you, this information is America-centric. Still could act as a decent primer though, especially if you have no idea about the field.
  3. I'm looking at different fields of law and Employment law seems really interesting! Work is where most people are going to spend a good chunk of their lives. Workers' rights, employer's queries, compensation/discrimination/benefits issues are really important and from afar a career in employment law seems that at least occasionally I'd end up doing interesting stuff, and perhaps even greatly help some people, but at the same time I won't have to answer client-calls 24/7 given that a lot of this stuff is non-emergency material unlike criminal defense. But this is what I think employment law is. If anyone here has experience with the field, or knows an employment lawyer closely, can you tell me some things about it? Mainly: 1) Is there a growing need for employment lawyers or is it a saturated field? 2) Can I have a successful solo/small practice as an employment lawyer? As in, can I even survive as a solo employment lawyer or is it a kind of field that is best practiced in big/medium firms? 3) What kind of work do you get? Is it interesting in general? I don't expect it to mind-blowing, as every legal field is its own shade of drab, but still--does the kind of work you do make you want to return to your desk the next day? 4) Work-life balance: are you able to go home at a reasonable time and not check your phone/stay up thinking about your clients? Any kind of resources and responses--even if it is a general outlook about the field (e.g. what kind of work you do, who are your clients, etc.) would be appreciated. I really couldn't find much online, so I'm here to look for some help!
  4. @MansfieldCJ Thanks so much for this! It was really informative! I am planning to work in small to mid size firms for the first few years and then launch my own practice but I'm very young so things can change. But it totally makes sense! I've had some experiences with American lawyers, and it definitely feels like a very fast-paced profession where junior lawyers barely ever get to meet the clients whose files they are working on, and as a lot of podcasts have also mentioned the big-law scene is starting to look a lot like general corporate/management style of a structure where there is lesser and lesser hope of people becoming partners and there's also a lot of outsourcing of legal work which affects how these firms work. Also, are there any Canadian lawyer podcasts you can recommend? Thanks so much for this!
  5. Apart from the large paychecks that many U.S. firms offer, what are the differences between the experience of being a lawyer in those two countries? Are some law fields more popular in one country than the other? Is one more modern and tech-oriented than the other? (and more stuff like that) What are some unique things about being a lawyer in Canada that aren't a part of the American legal experience (or vice versa)? Also, would American podcasts (like the Lawyerist podcast) and blogs that give general advice on the experience of being a lawyer translate well to Canada?
  6. I think, and I say this as someone who someone who still technically a teenager, people in the last few years have REALLY changed the dating scene. It's also a fact that teenagers in general are having LESS sex than teenagers back in the day (60s, 70s, 80s, maybe even 90s). In my nearest social circle, people aren't really engaged in long-term relationships, much less anything to do with engagement/marriage. I seriously do not know a single engaged/married person in my entire college unless you count mature students. Maybe it's technology, maybe it's something else, but it's not hyperbole to say that teenagers today lack social skills. We'll catch up sooner or later, but I've met more people who say that 'marriage is not really their thing' than I've met people who believe that they want to have that someday. Also by social skills I mean: not being anxious to talk to people irl, or knowing how to ask someone out on a date, etc. But maybe this is just my experience
  7. @BlockedQuebecois Relax, I was just exaggerating things, but a good majority of people in my undergrad never really considered dating people seriously. So, considering that a lot of people said that you would only find the time, at least compared to the first few years of your job, to date in law school I was just thinking of all those people who have a tough time opening up. Besides my psychiatrist thinks I'm doing just fine so that's that. Kiiiind of a stretch to think I have an unhealthy view on romantic relationships based on a sentence don't ya think? Definitely agree with the stoner part by the way. Also think if we replaced all that drinking with smoking/vaping we'd have less alcohol poisoning cases and more chilled out people in general--that would be awesome. Chill law students. What a dream.
  8. As someone who is quite socially inept---what do you best recommend? Like, is tinder fine or am I actually going to have to approach people in person like they did in the olden times? And what if you get rejected?? Or break up?? Law school cohort is very small and that could be awkward. Having three years to find a life partner is really scary
  9. Hi, So, I follow this YouTube channel, 'LeagleEagle', he covers American law related stuff, but also owns a company that prepares law school students for their classes (issue-spotting, practice tests, etc.). There are other courses by other companies, including PowerScore that do things like this for 0Ls and 1Ls. I was wondering, are these courses worth it? And are there equivalent courses for Canadian law students? Has anyone had any experience with these courses? Thanks!
  10. @NormanFetus I'm just worried that in 7-8 years Express Entry won't be a thing. Immigration programs come and go and I'm worried that with changes in the administration and changes in needs, the programs would change. Nice to see another International Student here! Power to you dude!
  11. A legal degree might as well be one of the most non-transferable degrees out there; so unless you're doing international law, there's a good a chance you're planning to stay in Canada after you graduate. As someone who constantly worries about every aspect of their life, I have been thinking about the immigration point of things here. I've seen some international applicants in the previous cycles, and being one myself, I wanted to know what are your plans (as an international student) after graduation and which path of immigration are you looking towards? Personally I've been thinking of--going to school---> PGWP---> Express Entry (if accepted)--> Citizenship Please respond with even a sentence or two at the very least if you're an international applicant, I've been consumed with anxiety and would love to know if there are other people like me pursuing this path, and I'm not just doing a crazy thing without there being much of a chance of success. ❤️
  12. I'm a splitter (low GPA, high LSAT) and would appreciate if you guys could drop in and tell me which schools value LSAT more or just as much as GPA, and which schools place more value on GPA. Bonus: what LSAT score do you think a 3.66 GPA person should have if they want to apply to UBC and Dal primarily? (just wanted to see what you guys think :D) Thanks so much!!
  13. Wooow I hadn't even thought of that! Oh my gosh! What great advice! Some people learn better through structured classes. I have looked for books on Canadian history, but haven't been able to find a structured textbook so far that would allow me to get a basic comprehension of Canada's past. I do not know where to begin, and I don't have the resources or the knowledge to know which textbook would be appropriate. Learning a subject is so much more than reading a book. I can read the Odyssey and the Illiad but that doesn't do any justice to classical mythology, what about the discussions, the essays, the critical thinking, the 'diving deeper into the meaning of xyz', without extensive knowledge of the subject, you do not know which parts are relevant, which parts to pay extra attention to, the context of things, etc. Can't you just read the constitution?
  14. I know that law school is basically a post-grad/professional degree, but are we allowed to take classes from undergrad courses? I know law school is hard and long, and it is likely that most of my time would be spent on studying and surviving law school, buuut I had to transfer to a not-so-great university from a decent one due to personal reasons, and didn't have access to some courses that I would've liked to study. I'm also new to Canada (currently in America) so I don't know much about Canadian history. I really like to study (I know I know, undergrad is easy peasy) and honestly, if I had infinite time and money in my hands, I would have dozens of bachelor degrees in dozens of subjects. I would also like to take a few business classes that I didn't think of taking previously. So...do people take classes from non-law school related stuff, and is it possible for me to do that in the first place? And is it completely inadvisable for me to do that because it may be impractical or too time consuming? Let me know your thoughts!
  15. So I'll still be in school when I apply and I'm worried about a few things. If I want to apply for the priority deadline, i.e. in September 2021 for September 2022, I'd only have my GPA until Summer 2021. However, if I apply in January which is the hard deadline, my GPA would be considerably higher. By Summer 2021 (best case scenario) I'd have a 3.54 but by Fall I'd have a 3.613. These are again, best case scenarios. I'm sure though that at least by Fall 2021 (before Jan. 15) I'd have more than a 3.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). If my lsat is fairly good (my latest PTs have been 160, 164, and 165. and I have at least a year until I apply), should I apply after my Fall marks or would applying in September give me a greater advantage (even if my GPA is 3.44-3.54?)
  16. UPDATE: As some suggested in this post that it would be best for me to reach out and seek advice from the law society of the province I want to practice in, and other lawyers, I did just that, and I want to give an update because I'm sure that I'm not the one who's done something like this. Fun fact, it is this whole shenanigan that actually pushed me to consider becoming a lawyer so I don't want other scared people who might look at this thread someday to be misguided. So far, what I've been told by a representative from the Law Society of BC and several lawyers who handle credentials is that I do have to, of course, declare the incident which I was never planning to hide anyway, and depending on the specifics of my case I could be called-in for a hearing, and USUALLY, it goes fine. The bar association usually looks for repetitive behavior, and indication of fraudulence, violence, etc. but single drug-related cases are usually not grounds on which I could be prohibited from becoming a lawyer, and a single possession charge of marijuana is unlikely to even lead to hearing in BC. There's hope y'all!
  17. My prosecutor said that PDP was not a conviction nor an admittance of guilt, but people can assume that it was so because I entered a program and paid a fine.
  18. A bigger issue? Drug addiction or intent to sell or something like that? I think I'd be fine on those grounds...and also weed is legal in Canada. As far as I've heard possession of under 30 grams is decriminalized. I understand that breaking the law, anywhere's law, is not a good reflection on my behavior but I was 18 and I didn't know any better. In 2018, 43% of college-aged students in the US admitted that they had tried weed at least once in the past twelve months. I'm not defending my actions per se, but I don't think that a simple possession charge is indicative of a 'bigger issue', but that's my opinion and of course the bar association may see it differently.
  19. Hello everyone, I was charged with a misdemeanor--but not officially convicted (the case was dismissed and I entered a pre-trial diversion program), for possession of under 6 grams of weed. Would that ruin my chances at law school? I also faced disciplinary probation for that. Do you think colleges would look at that very harshly?
  20. Hello everyone, I’m a 0L and there’ve been a lot of people who are telling me to not pursue a law career because, recession. I’m a student studying Sociology in an American university, I’ve wanted to move to Canada for a while now and my dream has been to become a lawyer, and practice criminal law someday. But honestly I’d be fine practicing any kind of law as long as it’s not corporate/tax law, which unfortunately pays more than other branches of law but I digress, This is the second economic recession in my lifetime, and this time it affects me directly (and many, many other to-be lawyers and lawyers who are practicing). Many people have told me to consider making a career change because there’s not enough jobs for lawyers out there. I wanted to know what you guys think, especially when it comes to the Canadian job market—is a law degree still worthwhile? My parents are willing to pay for most of it, so I’m not worried about debt, I just want to know if I’m making a huge mistake or not deciding to pursue this stream of career. I know that I’m asking this question in a subreddit where a lot of people have already decided on their choice of career, and I know I might be getting a biased point of view but I’m sure a lot of 0Ls have this question in their minds, because what good is our hard work, money, and passion if we’re going to end up not getting a job as a lawyer?
  21. I'm an international student currently in the U.S (I'm an Indian national) and I've been looking into Canadian universities. I wanted to know what are the experiences of other international student out here, how hard was it to get accepted, what were some troubles you faced, how easy was it to apply for a study permit? What were some challenges you faced when applying? Also the people who have already been accepted and are on campus, what's Canada like for you? And how's law school in general? Do you feel accepted? Homesick? Let me know! I'd love to hear all your experiences!
  22. Hello~ I'm an international student, with hopes and dreams of getting into a great law school in Canada, like all of y'all. I've traveled through the country and I absolutely love Montreal, and would like to move to Quebec eventually if it's possible. And McGill is my dream school, it has been for a while. BUT I know only very basic French, and I understand that you need to be an advanced level speaker to excel in the courses. My question is: Is it possible for me to enter McGill without having a strong knowledge in French? I'm willing to learn and from now to next year when I apply for law schools, I am willing to work hard but realistically, I probably won't be the level that McGill needs me to be. What are my options? Do they have language programs there, that if you agree to go to them you can be admitted? (I've heard that colleges in US do that for non-english speakers). Please let me know whatever knowledge you have about their admission policies for non-french speakers. I appreciate it!
  23. The title says it all pretty much. I don’t want to end up in a super crowded city like Toronto. I do want some work experience before I do solo practice of course, but in a small town. Would it matter if I’m not from their province? For example if I go to Uni of New Brunswick but apply for a job in, say, Nova Scotia, would it lower my chances for employment there? Thanks, I appreciate it.
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