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  1. A lot of people have no exposure to the legal field when they enter law school. When they start school, all they see are the big firms: they sponsor the classrooms, study areas, networking events, and are extremely visible within the law school microcosm. So students associate law jobs with big law jobs, not realizing that they are very difficult to get into and a lot of it depends on factors outside of marks. I think that's where most of the talk stems from.
  2. As with everything, it depends. What area of law are you interested in? In what jurisdiction are you interested in practicing? That's like asking whether it's difficult finding a job as a doctor in Canada--you are going to have extremely varying experiences if you are gunning for neurosurgery as opposed to internal medicine. For instance, if you want to work on Bay St in Toronto, that's difficult enough going to a Toronto-centric school. From USask, anecdotally, it would appear to be extremely difficult (although that's likely because most, if not all, people at USask don't want to work in Toronto).
  3. I can't imagine why anyone would think of going solely online for 1L when you have an option of doing in-person. 1L is when a lot of your law school friendships and contacts will be made; it's one thing if everyone is online but if the majority of people are in-person (and they will be), you are going to be majorly disadvantaged when it comes to meeting people and making connections. For this reason alone, I think it's an absolute no-brainer to take any in-person opportunity offered. Not to mention that Zoom school of law is probably one of the worst things ever invented.
  4. Assuming a B curve, it probably goes more like this: HH: A and high A- H: Low A- and B+ P: B or lower LP: Low C (discretionary--not all profs give them) F doesn't really exist as a mark at U of T. As you can see, if you are an A/A-/high B+ student, the U of T grading scheme doesn't really make a difference because you will still be differentiated based on your grades. The UofT grading scheme really has huge impacts for the bottom 55th percentile of the class. Specifically, it has beneficial impacts for the lowest percentile (because they nevertheless have a P) but negative impacts for the highest percentile that still doesn't reach an H (because they also have a P).
  5. Someone might bat an eye if you decide to article with a different firm from which you summered only if they are relatively similar i.e. going from Osler to Blake's. However, since you decided that you are interested in a whole other area of the law, I would be surprised if anybody would ever hold that against you. After all, the whole point of summer internships is to figure out which area(s) of the law you want to practice.
  6. Wait, what? If somebody told me that in a casual setting, I would make sure to avoid them like the plague in perpetuity (and probably tell other people to do so as well at any available opportunity because this person is clearly unhinged).
  7. I wonder what special platform Morgan's students get invited to?
  8. I don't understand why this is a thought that some people have . . . . Are students that were successful at the 1L or 2L recruit now insulated from learning new information about the legal field or interacting w/ other lawyers or law students on lawstudents.ca because they now know everything since they managed to convince an interviewer for ~16 minutes that they are competent? Or are students at Blake's or Osler so busy that they don't have time to spend on internet forums? Which is laughable . . . Like lmao.
  9. To be fair, that's probably the only unrealistic part of that list if you're a partner on Bay Street. Achieving 90% of your dreams ain't bad at all.
  10. Compensation becomes the new GPA when law students graduate. Law students have generally performed very well in school, quite above their peers. They have consistently out-performed the majority of the population at whatever academic endeavour they have undertaken (and most law students have only undertaken academic endeavours). GPA is easy to calculate and many students use it as a measure of superiority above the general population. So naturally, when law school ends and GPA no longer really matter, they need to find another easily-quantifiable metric by which they can assert superiority over other people. And what metric is simpler and more easily-quantifiable than income? None.
  11. I think the point that MountainMon was trying to get at, if perhaps a little inflammatorily, is that by September, everyone who wants a first shot will have had one and the vast, vast majority of people will also have had their second shot. Considering that the first shot, by itself, reduces hospitalization/death to really low levels, combined with the majority of the population also having their second dose, the rationale for keeping things online and not in-person is simply not there. Even if COVID cases are still somewhat prevalent by then, that really doesn't matter considering that the only important metric is hospitalization/death.
  12. I hear that GME has replaced gold as the new store of value.
  13. Bad finance advice is bad finance advice. @OP: Considering that the BoC has signalled that they aren't going to increase rates for (at least) this year, your LOC is literally free money (assuming it's at prime). Getting more than prime in a broad-based index over a time frame of 1-2 years should pose few problems.
  14. That seems...low? I wonder if that bonus structure is unique to the Calgary market or if there is something else going on with the compensation structure of your firm?
  15. As someone who has spent way too much time lurking lawstudents.ca these past few years, I can confidently say that this is not true. Lol.
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