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  1. If you are entering undergraduate, and want to leave open the possibility of law school, study something that interests you and that you will get good grades in. What matters about undergrad for admissions is your GPA, not the subjects.
  2. Your profs will probably flag if these are likely to exist. I don't think I had any in 1L exams, they appeared in upper year courses - things like essay questions asking us to comment on the suitability of institution x, or ways in which process y could/should be reformed, whether we thought the state of the law in area z needed to be completely rewritten in the light of recent events 1. For study groups as a concept, I'd say it depends on the people in them, and their learning styles. I learn well from talking things out. Other people learn well by listening and thinking. A good mix of those can really help people understand what's going on (eg the quiet ones will write work out, the talkers will go 'but then what if x, the ratio here was y, Prof flagged to pay attention to z'). But if you wind up with everyone who wants to quietly listen, you're not gonna say much. If you wind up with a room of talkers you might just shout at each other. Most important thing is to know your learning style - which may not involve study groups at all.
  3. Congratulations. It can be hard to turn down a sure thing for uncertainty, but if you weren't happy with it then it was absolutely the right thing to do for you. You can absolutely use it as an example - you tried that, they liked you & wanted to keep you, you felt it wasn't a right fit for the work you wanted to you. I'd keep it tactful, but no reason to hide it.
  4. You should absolutely, definitely, certainly not spend $3000 or anywhere close to that on a law school application.
  5. A car is pretty hard to miss. A watch not so much, there's going to be shirt sleeve and jacket involved much of the time. I can't even tell you which of my colleagues do or don't wear watches, never mind what type they are, but I know everyone's car in the parking lot. They not only know mine, when a member of my boss' family bought my current dream vehicle, I got sent the pictures, and we spent lunch discussing the options they'd selected.
  6. Check your paperwork, but it would normally be calculated daily. So if you take out $1000 at 2.95%, you don't simply owe them $2.46 after a month, you owe them 8c each and every day which is how the $2.46 is arrived at.
  7. Normally you'd want to use your savings first, unless you have them getting a very good return and simultaneously have a very low cost LOC. Better to not gain 0.05% interest than to pay 4% interest.
  8. Bearing in mind that schools calculate GPAs differently, depending on whether they look at overall/specific semesters/years/best grades wherever they are - if you have a 4.0 and you go to the LSAT and type your name on the screen, you will likely get admitted to law school, at least somewhere. Without a 3 digit number out of the LSAT, it's impossible to say where. And if you get say a 140, it's still entirely possible you could sink yourself. But most people do better than that, and if you have a 4.0, most people like you do a lot better than that.
  9. Your school may have a repository for the relevant course. If not, upper classmates who've already done them are ideal for this. (It's not a substitute for going to class, and doing the reading though).
  10. It depends rather on the exam (and school). "Open book" comes in flavours - it might mean bring your notes, but nothing else. It might mean bring anything in. It might mean you have access to your laptop's files. It might mean you have access to the internet and library. Typically "Open book" is contrasted with "open laptop"/"open network", where open book means bring physical stuff in to eyeball, open laptop means you can Ctrl+F, open network means you can Google. This year's finals, just about everything became 'open book' meaning 'written at home using whatever you like because we can't invigilate you together' - the format required would vary by school, we had to submit everything by email in .docx format. Most of my law school exams were modified open-book, meaning we were allowed to bring in any class notes, but nothing from the library. Some were open laptop (bring anything, Ctrl+F), some were open network, a very small number were closed book (and the worst of those were the 100% finals).
  11. Yes. They're the people who are at university legal clinics and begging people to take files pro-bono, because they make too much to qualify for legal aid, and not enough to pay in cash. Being trapped between the levels isn't a good place.
  12. I wonder if weekly is an eastern thing - I've never seen that before. Heck, I've seen just about everything else - biweekly (as the pay period) or annually (as https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/justice/for-legal-professionals/articled-student-program/pay-and-benefits or everyone on NALP), even monthly - but the monthly and biweekly are just based off the annual. You wouldn't bother doing the calculations down to whatever portion of a year the position is for (eg 10/12 of $65k). Just give the annual figure so they can compare it to any other job.
  13. Have you ever seen a salary not quoted on an annual basis?
  14. No Canadian school prefers LSAT to GPA (some American schools do). A number of Canadian schools view it equally to GPA. Many Canadian schools weight GPA more heavily than LSAT (particularly Ottawa).
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