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  1. I took no position on whether or not salary information should be public (the sole thing you're talking about). Indeed, mine is (or, will be, once the relevant time has passed). All I said is that "I won't be working there soon" is a very bad reason to conclude "I don't need to care what they think about me".
  2. I know I'm not paying attention to your desire to move the thread back on track, and I apologise for that - but I really wanted to address the bold to anyone who harbours similar views - the potential consequences matter. Especially once you start breaking it into practice areas in cities, the legal world is small, and you really don't want to get a reputation for talking about things that you shouldn't be talking about. Sure, in this situation, it might not affect your friend (I don't know, and won't comment). But broadly, simply leaving an employment doesn't mean that the old employer's opinion of a person doesn't matter.
  3. You would normally find out you were on the waitlist some time before August. People are definitely accepted into August, and even early September (which is why at some schools, the waitlist becomes in-Province only close to the start of the year, to minimize logistical problems with phone calls that go 'classes start tomorrow/started yesterday, someone decided it wasn't for them, can you come to the school at 9?')
  4. To be fair to LSBC, allowing lengthy abridgements is severely problematic on a basic level - if the articling term is truly necessary to turn out qualified lawyers, then allowing an abridgement due to a viral outbreak means illness=ok to have unqualified lawyers practicing. If, however, people can be let free with society confident they'll do just as good a job as if they hadn't had the abridgement, it questions why in any event articling is the length that it is. I know the US doesn't require articling, but for whatever reason, Canadian law societies have decided it's necessary. If they're right, I wouldn't want them allowing abridgements that counted towards the term required, while students were not in fact learning, and if they're wrong/want to change that opinion, I wouldn't want them to reverse course later just because an illness was over.
  5. Relatively few people hired as Associates will ever become Partners. I don't think Canada's as bad as the US for up-or-out (I'm very open to being corrected, as I never had any interest in or much knowledge of big law environment), but a great many of new hires in year X will not be working in big law in year X+5. Those who stay are in an ever-dwindling minority, those who leave need to carve their new path, whether that be with another firm, in another area, no longer in law, etc.
  6. Information: ICBC use as an example of their vehicle storage policy (https://www.icbc.com/insurance/products-coverage/Pages/Specialized-coverage.aspx) an RV parked in the driveway, so that part of the question seems self-explanatory. Since they don't directly talk about whether or not an ICBC policy is required in that situation or if you could have it covered by a home/property policy, you should probably call a broker to ask them. Also, ICBC may have a reputation, but there's no necessary reason to believe it'll be that expensive - as a driving policy example, my truck costs me $1300/year for everything, with a raised liability, which is way less than I ever paid in a private market (the ICBC-haters can take my cheap government insurance from me only when they promise to cover the increased cost I'm confident would ensue)
  7. It's all highly theoretical, as changes in your GPA could have no impact to a high impact, depending on various factors out of your control. At its simplest, if you've got $5 in your pocket, you can use that to buy a venti frappacino from Starbucks, or you could buy a barrel of oil. Alberta isn't set up to cope with that price. And it might revert back to the $40-odd (or that region ) that they need to be comfortably profitable. But it might not. And that means that Alberta's economy is currently looking highly precarious. Well done for getting the job! But unfortunately, virus has now delayed you a year, and in a year, your firm might not be there. Or they might not be able to hire students. If either of those happens, you'll want good grades to go looking for a backup. Or they might keep right on track for all of this, and then not be able to hire articling students, or have failed in that extra year. In which case you'll want good grades to go looking elsewhere. And finally after you article, they might not be in a position to hire you back, however good work you did - in which case, you'll want...... And even if all of that does happen right, you might not want to stay at your firm for 5-10 years after (or they might not want to keep you that long, or you might need to move cities for a partner), and if you're looking to move within a few years of being called, they'll probably want to see your transcript, at which point, you'll want...... The unfortunate reality is, nobody can promise you what a career is going to look like over the next few years. What can be confidently said is that good grades will normally leave more doors open than bad grades. You might never need to show someone a transcript again, but you don't know that - so keep working as best you can, and you'll give yourself the best chance to overcome any problems that do arise. Worst case scenario then, you have a good transcript nobody wants to see. If you're just worried about worrying, then - you can't control the economy, or epidemiology (on a wide scale. On a small scale, wash your hands & socially distance). So try not to worry. The optional pass/fail can be used to disguise any grades that are truly bad (which might itself raise questions, but that's another issue). Study now, and try to avoid needing to use that trapdoor.
  8. Last year, the written exam was.... right now (last few days of March), people who made it through were notified by the second week of April, with interviews in late April. Obviously with current events, the inability to have people in the same place may upend any part of that - but if the written exam has a date/has happened, those were the relevant gaps in time in a year when everything was going normally.
  9. I hear Morgan's commissions artists to do full on Medieval royalty style portraits of their summer students - the sitting is apparently the first full week of orientation.
  10. That user hasn't posted for 3 years now, and any experience they had is the better part of a decade old. If you want to transfer to a school that needs references, it'll all depend on your relationship with professors - and I can't imagine one who knew and liked you well enough to be willing to write a reference suddenly turning around and turning it into a 'no' because you finished the sentence with "to transfer" instead of "for a job". Competitiveness will vary by school - most take very few (or no) students as upper year admissions each year, so what's competitive one year might not be the next. As a general rule, you want academic competitiveness, and the ability to show community engagement.
  11. No, I can guarantee that would never happen. Mainly because UoM don't have minus grades.
  12. Get a Surface Pro with keyboard. All the on-screen-markup functionality and portability of a tablet, with the added benefit of actually being a computer & running the exam software instead of having to get a second solution just for that.
  13. Job prospects themselves will be similar - close to 100% at all western school grads get articling (of those who want it) - the Ontario crisis isn't so bad elsewhere, and as I understand it (open to being corrected) even there it's much more a question of how much work is required than if it's going to happen. Getting back to Ontario would probably be slightly easier from Manitoba than TRU, as it's a more established school with a larger alumni base, and is physically closer, making it several hours less for a roundtrip. They're both still quite remote, unless you want to work in northern Ontario (in which case I presume Lakehead would be on your list), for whom Manitoba used to be the local school. Manitoba students do not work solely in Manitoba (and indeed, the careers office encourage their students to look outside, as there aren't enough jobs in Manitoba for all of them). If your second choice market is BC and not MB then yes, working in BC will be much easier from TRU than UoM. And for most people, I suspect Kamloops would be a much nicer place to spend 3 years than Winnipeg. For what it's worth (just about nothing), some years ago I was deciding whether or not to apply to TRU, and ultimately didn't - the very high tuition was an issue then as it is now. You will probably want to see if there are any ways you can mitigate the cost, as an extra c$30k of debt isn't something to ignore - but it could be worth spending.
  14. You may wish to re-read the NCA requirements. That would be the course of action if you did a full degree in another common law country (eg at Bond, or Leciester). If you do an online course, you would need to do at least two years of in-class study at a Canadian university in order to be able to write the NCA exams. https://nca.legal/process/assigned-requirements/
  15. So if you don't get into the UoA, you're not planning on working in Canada (at least not without years of additional study later)?
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