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  1. I went to Dal several years ago; I think this is pretty accurate.
  2. I'd go to McGill, if I were in your position.
  3. In your specific example, no, certainly not. If you show a real interest in working in a small town and working in a small office, I think there are a lot of opportunities out there for you. I don't know if you're specifically looking in NS, but small firms are always advertising for associates and lots of older lawyers that have successful practices are looking for young lawyers to take over. It's not for me, but I recognize the opportunity that exists.
  4. Same. I also have a BA in basket weaving. Have been working as a corporate lawyer for several years now. Some days I wish I had a business UG or an MBA, but realistically not having a background in business/the corporate world has no held me back in any discernible way.
  5. Before we drill down, how do you think having an LLM will help you progress your career? Serious question. I work in commercial law, and I'm struggling to see how. I think CFA>LLM for almost any business career.
  6. If I were you, I'd live close to the law school (walking distance to whatever school you attend), and then decide whether you'd be willing to do the commute. Rent will be higher but I think it's worth it.
  7. There is a francophone community here; it's active but it's also relatively small. Immersion is not possible in Halifax (though French immersion isn't really possible anywhere outside of Quebec). However, there are independent French radio stations, French language NFPs, a French university (with a campus in Halifax), conversation meet ups (e.g., there was recently a French speed dating event) etc. - so lots of ways to get involved with the Francophone community and learn/practice French, but not in an immersion setting.
  8. My info is outdated, but I bet your start at like $60k in a large firm. Less in a mid-sized firm.
  9. Yes, you should still find time for hobbies/interests outside of work. Private practice is demanding, and things get dropped on you last minute, but excluding extra circulars all together is a bad idea. For your sake, and the sake of others relying on you (e.g., the firm ), you need to find the time for hobbies and interests outside of work or you'll just burn out (and, frankly, you'll be a super boring and unhealthy person). Most often I see young lawyers take one of two approaches: (1) they want to bill 2000 hours, go to the gym every day, take a weekly photography class, join a working board, and attend every firm event; or (2) they work all the time, and believe they have no time to do anything else, and so they do nothing else but work. Both lead to burnout and unhealthy work/life balances. Try to take a more balanced approach with work and hobbies.
  10. Outsider's perspective: unless you're tied to working in a certain jurisdiction, I'd go to UofT, if I were you.
  11. Also Françoise Baylis and the bioethics department more generally.
  12. Possible but not likely, and even less likely when starting out. I know a lawyer who lives on the west coast but has a legal practice on the east coast. He built a practice on the east coast, and moved his family to the west coast. So it's possible, but, realistically, you spend all your time working or flying to wherever your family or your law practice needs to be, so hobby farm and working part time doesn't seem realistic. Also, this guy isn't doing any old family law file that comes in the door. He's got a specialty and he's in demand. What is much more realistic is working as a lawyer in rural NS, or even in Halifax and having land outside the city, and having a hobby farm in NS (land is cheap here) .
  13. Firstly, I want to say that I was also once 19 years old in university, and I once had a bad semester that I thought would ruin my life my chances at law school. (Spoiler: it didn't.) So I understand where you are coming from. Secondly, let's put your feelings aside for a second, recognizing what's done is done, and let's look at this objectively: What is your CGPA right now including this 15-unit experimental program? How bad is this, really? Thirdly, what is your plan for the future? Will you be taking classes where you can reasonably expect your GPA to be back on course? If so, assuming you hit your averages on these next courses, what will your CGPA look like when you graduate?
  14. I found Evidence to be the most difficult course. I did not find it interesting and there was a lot of material. Admin, Tax, and Business Organizations (which some ppl say are tough) were not difficult for me. I liked reading the materials and going to class. I heard Conflict of Laws is a tough class; I didn't take it, but it sounds super interesting. Anyways, I guess the point is that it's going to vary a lot person to person.
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