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  1. If you know you do not want to be a lawyer and want to go to acting school, go to acting school. Or finish your law degree and go to acting school, but that seems to me like a waste of time and money. While I am not familiar with acting careers, I sincerely doubt having a law degree will help.
  2. Graduating law school without debt is great. I am in a similar situation. I have an articling position in the GTA and will be earning $2000 gross per month. While I could possibly (barely) break even living with roommates and living like a popper, I decided to borrow from the bank $20,000 to be able to have a (relatively) more comfortable lifestyle. For me, I justified it by saying I will not remember the $20,000 in a few years, and I would rather minimize the stressors that living with people often brings.
  3. I like the ThinkPad T series. What model Thinkpad did you use in the summer? I have a T470s and T460s, and both are quite slim.
  4. How were your mid-term grades? It would not hurt to include that in applications. I suspect there will be many students submitting applications with Ps and no grades.
  5. If it is your dream to go out West by the mountains for school, it is not a terrible idea to attend TRU. Kamloops is in a valley, and mountains are unavoidable. Yes, if you want to practice in Ontario, it will be easier if you attend law school there, but it is not impossible to study in BC and get an articling position in Ontario.
  6. My apologies if you felt I was critiquing your response. I appreciate your response. Can we please close this discussion? It started with a question about how to deal with a low salary and has derailed multiple times. I thought it was finished several weeks ago until someone dragged it up again.
  7. No, I said the Criminal lawyers, but anyway, doesn't matter.
  8. I don't think block fees applies in the LAO context and applies for private retainers... If LAO is anything like BC's system, it is based on act or time spent in court room i.e. guilty plea, sentencing, etc., with some preparation time allowed for in certain files.
  9. Thank you for your explanation. I am more familiar with block fees, too. And yes, I apologize if anyone was offended by my comment as that was not my intention. I woke up and was frustrated after reading his response. That said, I do have a genuine question in response to your statement, "It's not all that difficult to post while waiting for our matters to be called." I am in BC, and the Criminal lawyers I know are (often literally) running between different court rooms (often responding to intercoms calling them to the room) and the "dungeons" beneath the courthouse. In other words, there is not a lot of waiting. Is that at all common in Ontario, or is there a fair amount of waiting? Again, my intention is not to aggravate anyone, and it is a genuine question. Thank you for the explanation to my question and not being condescending. I imagine my principal was referring to your third point.
  10. Can you ever respond to a statement without being an ass? I know I am going to get shut down, but I really could not care less what some 'practicing lawyer' who does not know me thinks about me...especially when he or she has time to be this active in an online community. Most Criminal lawyers have barely any time to even check their e-mails let alone be an ass in an online forum. Yet people on this forum get on their knees for certain members here. I don't get it. And also, did it ever occur to you maybe I missed the 'billable' part of the word? Yes, I know what a billable hour is, but I have never heard it in the context of Criminal law.
  11. Is 45 hours per week normal? When I was hired, I was told I was expected to work between 60 and 70 hours per week... No, it just turned into something totally different than what I was expecting.
  12. A diagnostic test is a good idea as it allows you to measure your progress. That said, given your evident anguish, I would not bother taking one before cracking open a book. If I was in your position, I would spend a few hours reviewing the general approaches for the different sections, then take a "quasi-diagnostic" test. That way, you are not entering into it blindly, but at the same time, you still have a result by which you can measure your progress. You, however, definitely do not want too long before taking a timed test. I find a lot of the concepts are generally straightforward, but when the clock starts ticking, it can be problematic. My greatest regret is not taking more timed tests.
  13. Hi, all, When you submit your application to start the licensing process with the Law Society of Ontario, do the reading materials for the bar admission exams immediately available? Thanks!
  14. - But is similarities between exams really proof? In a fact pattern, there are a set number of issues and ratios to apply, right? As long as you are not copying the exact same wording, I really do not see how an instructor could prove you colluded. Sure, the allegation and suspicion might be there, but would that be enough to actually bring a formal allegation?
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