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  1. My answers are in bold below. - Have I already ruined my chances at getting into I don't know, U of T's law school? No. Especially since my undergrad school is ranked quite low and my average first semester was too? University rankings are largely meaningless in Canada, for law school admission or otherwise. - Let's say I do get my grades up, what else do I need to accomplish to make me a competitive student? I recently joined a uni club and work part-time at this one job. First, a strong LSAT score, and second, by making your self a well rounded person by engaging with extra circulars (and it doesn't matter what they are, but they should be genuine and something you have actually dedicated some time and effort to.) Having great extra circulars and references letters won't matter if you LSAT score isn't competitive. - What should I start doing now to prepare for the LSAT? I'm thinking of getting some books for this summer, any reccomendations? UG courses should be decent preparation in so far as they teach reading comprehension and logical/critical thinking, so take courses that focus on that. Philosophy majors generally do well on the LSAT. Look at what they are teaching and think about taking similar courses. When you're getting closer to actually writing the LSAT (I wrote mine after I graduated UG), the best prep is taking lots and lots of practice exams in test-like conditions and analyzing your results for weaknesses. Any advice would be helpful, I don't know any lawyers or future lawyers that I could talk to. And law students who are attending UofT now or other top law schools, what made you competitive? The only things that will make you competitive for any school is a good GPA (which looks like you have - so maintain that) and a good LSAT score. My advice is keep up the good work in UG, commit your self to one or two clubs/groups/initiatives, and when you're getting closer to graduation, start gathering LSAT materials, pick a test date, and make a plan to study.
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    Those who are in Law School..did you ever regret it?

    I'm a few years of out law school now, but I'll admit there were times while in law school that I questioned my decision. During articles, there were moments when you might even say I regretted the decision to be a lawyer. (Mostly on Sunday nights when I was jamming out a research memo on some esoteric topic and eating awful take out, while getting paid shit all to do so, and without certainty of a hire back.) I think a good number of my peers regretted law school or at least openly questioned their decision; the regret mostly swirled around the cost, job prospects (for ppl with low grades, ppl who were picky, or ppl who for whatever reason don't interview well), and the fact that articles and the first few years of practice are a real grind. Nowadays, I never regret that I went to law school. I don't know what I'd be doing otherwise, but I suspect I wouldn't be as happy with my lot in life.
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    Is it recoverable

    Some law schools accept your best two years or only the last three years, etc. I'd suggest you looking at the admissions criteria for the schools you are interested in attending, and figuring out how they will calculate GPA. If all the schools you want to attend only look at cGPA, then you have an uphill battle. If they accept L2/B2, could you finish UG strong, and still have a shot. In any case, the best thing you can do now is finish UG with the highest grades possible. If GPA is looking good for your school of choice, then you should start practicing for the LSAT and figuring out if you can get a competitive score.
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    JD vs McGill LLB

    I cared about this when Dal made the switch.(I was one of the first cohorts to receive a JD.) The switch has had zero effect on my career. However, I do wish I had of opted for the LLB instead of the JD because I think the LLB looks cooler.
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    UVic versus UofA

    Here is what I would do if I were you (and this is completely personal to me): I would go to UVic because it prob. has a decent reputation/alumni base in both BC and AB (e.g., I assume all major firms OCI there) and because it's a chance to live in a new place/province for a while. If you suspect that you'll want to end up back in AB to work, then I'd prob just got to UofA.
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    Political View Biases at Universities

    I would not agree with your assessment of Dal as a having a conservative leaning.
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    Best undergrad for Corporate Law?

    To be perfectly frank, it's the degree that allows you to get high enough grades to get admission to a Canadian law school. After that, you need high enough grades to get work in a large corporate law firm. The subject matter of your UG matters very little.
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    U of A vs U of C

    Uninformed opinion of an outsider to the legal market in the West: I'd go to UofA.
  9. Partially agree. I bought a house recently. A family member helped out. Not with a large amount of money, but it made the whole process a lot less stressful. I could have made the purchase without the help. But, TBH, I don't know a lot of ppl buying homes 100% on their own.
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    Living on campus vs. off?

    It depends on the person. In 1L, I was the person in the library until 10pm most nights, and not hanging out with friends. That was totally unnecessary, but I didn't know what I was doing. In 2L and 3L, there was still a decent amount of work (more than 1L, really) but I had it under control and if I was in the library until 10pm it was probably to hang with friends/get books for a major paper rather than study.
  11. Great work! I'd say you have a shot at both schools. Are you a resident of NS, PEI or NL? That would give you a boost for Dal. Also consider UNB. I'd apply broadly to schools within that range. I'd also consider a re-write. I took two LSAT sittings before I was comfortable with my score.
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    Career advice for 2nd year associate?

    Sounds like the firm isn't being managed properly; they may be great lawyers but their firm management is shit. My next suggestion would have been to just push for the ability to take work from others, but it's not worth investing in such a place. Good luck with the job search!
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    Career advice for 2nd year associate?

    Life's too short to be unhappy at work; this partner sucks, but you are responsible for your own happiness, so here is what I would do (if I were you): Start letting it be known that you're unhappy and you're considering leaving; tell it to your friends and to the HR person/associate coordinator/partners who care about you. Start reducing the work you take from said partner and seeking out work from ppl you like. You can't drop things you are working on now, but don't take anything new from him. If nothing changes, leave when you have another position lined up (no one will be surprised and you will not have burned any bridges). If the toxic partner torpedoes your career at the firm, and it works, then it's a shitty firm (or at least a poorly managed firm), and you don't want to work there. Best case scenario, I think, is that you successfully transition away from this person, you start building a practice you like, and you stay at a firm that pays you well and gives you meaningful experience. Start tomorrow.
  14. I think that is true of pretty much any alumnus connection, especially when we're talking about, for example, small liberal arts universities on the east coast, but they are definitely not the elite schools of Canada.
  15. I know some ppl that went there. They're all smart, successful, engaged ppl. I gather from that anecdotal evidence that it's a good school. (One person was very successful in law school, and is currently successfully navigating "big law" at a international firm; so even if it's "lower tier" it clearly did not affect her employment outcomes. ) But, in any case, I've never run across a school in Canada that I would consider "lower tier" - it's just not a helpful label when we don't have tiers in the first place .