I think the main reason it isn't an automatic go-to is that it requires sinking in more time and money, often eats up hours one could spend working, and they may not even be accepted into law school in the end anyway. The desire to get a 80%+ average is different said than done (not impossible, obviously). It can also be a bigger commitment than redoing the LSAT.
It seems to be common now for people to take five years to finish undergrad, at least at my university. Some for reduced workload, and some to have a better shot at landing needed research experience for grad studies. But planning to take five years from the beginning is different than hitting fourth year, realizing you want to go to [insert professional program here] but your grades aren't good enough. Now the pressure is on to make a decision. Moreover, for those whose parents are paying for the education, I assume the incentive would be to not take an extra year on a maybe.
Because Ryerson is the only place that does B20, it probably isn't worth it in many people's heads to increase their shot at just one school, versus increasing one's L2 and broadening their chances at more places. So I assume a full-time year would be what most people default to when they consider more studies. That's a bigger ask.
I agree for sure. I was just highlighting the drawback of a rather blunt tool of enforcing a certain pay across the board. In dealing with exploitation, that would throw out the baby with the bath water.
100% right, I was just thinking about the importance of networking, access to mentorship (as you allude to), referrals, etc. Definitely for new call solos that stuff is more important than the reputation of one's alma mater, but it's something that Canadian schools would still better serve people for to at least some extent. I wonder how Bond students could establish such connections if they didn't already have them.
Thank you for the comprehensive reply. I apologize -- this question may have been very basic. I just received an offer from Western on the 11th, so I am trying to get a clearer picture of what to expect.
Having been through 1L, would you also happen to have any advice for preparing over the summer before 1L? Any books worth reading or anything like that?
This is really all I do on this board at this point.
I know of one. Sole practitioner in criminal, but they share office space with more experienced practitioners (and are often brought on to their cases). This person has access to mentorship etc. that way so it isn't the same as just hanging a shingle.
To be fair, I think it is a really really tough road for ANY new call to start solo. Whether they graduated top of class at U of T or are a lowly Bond grad.