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  1. How do your grades stack up? Well you have three average grades and three slightly above average grades (good job in contracts). So I guess you're an average to slightly above average student in your class. I believe judicial clerkships go to students with above average grades, so you're probably not competitive. Moots, working on a journal, and clinical experience would make you more competitive, all other things being equal. You might as well apply for the clerkships you want; you never know what could happen. But be realistic with the fact you probably aren't a competitive applicant.
  2. I did this back when I was applying for a firm job. I wouldn't mention ppl by name, though. I like that way you phrased it in your post: "I've been fortunate enough to have some associates and students speak very candidly about some [good] things that have happened to them in their firm. The kind of things that make you want to work somewhere."
  3. I don't have any specific recommendations for you, but the ABA has tons of materials on the topic, and they will probably help you create an RFP or make a short list of companies you want to get demos from. I don't think the CBA/CCCA is as well developed in this regard. Another thought is to take a hard look at your current software and see if it can be utilized to meet some of these goals; for example, I think Sharepoint could be modified to hit all items on that list except potentially tracking time (but even then you could probably come up with some kind of solution for that.)
  4. You're definitely speaking the truth. I didn't feel comfortable buying a house until my debt was paid off (and it was in the range you quote). However, I did pay it off within about 5 years after graduating, and now I own a home and feel pretty financially stable. It was a kind of a struggle for those five years (as in, I was struggling for a really privileged late twenties person): I didn't really take any big trips, I wasn't really saving anything (that's my new financial goal), I didn't buy anything nice, didn't have a car, rented small apartments...but it was worth it, and so was law school, IMO. (Especially since I didn't really have anything else planned in terms of a career.) Obviously experiences will differ. Maybe I was one of the lucky ones. But most of my classmates seem to be doing OK, and many (I might even say most) had more debt than me.
  5. $75,000 is a manageable amount of debt, in my opinion. But it's also still a lot of debt. Figure out what the monthly payments will be, what kind of job you are aspiring to, and the starting salary for said job. That should give you at least an idea of what's reasonable for you. Of course, things change. You could end up in big law, where your debt load will feel pretty insignificant compared to your future earnings. Or you could end up articling for free with no prospect of a hire back, in which case the debt load could be crushing until you establish yourself. If it makes you feel any better, I was in similar position as you and law school turned out to be very good investment for me.
  6. It will help you stand out as a candidate. While lots of applicants have graduate degrees, I'd wager that not many of them have PhDs in computer science. However, the determining factors will be your LSAT and GPA (check you L3, if that is what UofT uses.)
  7. IMHO, I think the bolded text misrepresents how easy it is to work in the US as a Canadian lawyer (Source: am Canadian lawyer working in the US.) There are actually many issues with working in the US as a Canadian lawyer. The reality is much more nuanced (and, frankly, difficult) than you make it seem.
  8. It would be a big deal. It could result in any one of the following: (i) tossing application (ii) revoking admission (iii) kicking you out of law school (iv) not getting called and/or losing privilege to practice law. If it's any consolation, I started an MA and dropped out; I wanted to leave it off application, but learned that I couldn't. I was accepted into law school. I think if you are otherwise competitive, it's prob not as big of a deal as you might think.
  9. I graduated from Dal several years ago, and have been working in countries other than Canada so I might be able to provide some insight. Answers in bold below.
  10. The 5 year commitment with BBBS stands out. Two years as a program director at a NFP is good too. EC's are about quality, not quantity, so if there is a check box for "applicant has real ECs", then it'll be checked off; they show you're a well rounded person with track record of getting involved, which could benefit the law school/your class, but as others have said, the real determinants are LSAT and GPA.
  11. I felt the same way when i got out of law school; in hind sight, it was a very good investment. I hope you see it the same way when you're a few years out.
  12. Wow. I did not realize that Canadian law schools have gotten so expensive. I graduated just 7 years years ago, but my entire student loan debt was about the price of two years of tuition (just tuition) at UofT... Tuition is getting out of control. Especially when you consider starting salaries of lawyers pretty much everywhere except large firms in large cities.
  13. You'll find answers to those questions on this forum; lots of ppl have asked similar questions already. The consensus, I think, is that going to the UK for law school and coming back is a more difficult, less certain, and more expensive route than just attending a Canadian law school, no matter how you slice it. Some people have done it successfully though.
  14. Talk to a therapist would be my suggestion; affordability might be an issue...IDK to be honest. But keep working hard on the LSAT prep. Hold onto the job as long as you need to. I'm taking everything you said about your parents at face value, and so, no disrespect to your parents, but fuck them.
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