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.
I'm echoing @easttowest in saying that law school was one of the best periods of my life. It was hard and stressful at times, and I definitely struggled with imposter syndrome a lot, but honestly so much fun.
I personally had a different experience at UBC and found the environment really collegial and I genuinely liked 99% of the people I went to school with, but I do think it depends a lot on your small group etc. I do think it's easy to get caught up in the OCI hype but I also had a lot of friends who didn't participate in them because they had other interests, so it's possible to avoid getting sucked into Big Law if you're certain it's not for you.
I'm articling now and genuinely enjoying it as well.