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  2. 2018 2L Recruitment

    Awesome, thank you. I was hoping they sent ITCs. Every day of uncertainty makes the spectre of Bay Street more appealing. Oh, to be risk averse.
  3. Probably employment disputes would be the better terminology.
  4. Yeah, I think you need to think though the economics of this. There is no doubt money in acting on behalf of domestic servants, helping them navigate the system to bring them into the country - as MP points out. But that's acting for employers, not domestic workers. If you act for them, you can't act for their workers. For domestic workers, suing their boss is simply not a feasible option. Oh, sure, they have similar legal rights to other workers, but there are real practical realities. If they lose their job with their current employer (a likely occurence if they sue them), they risk losing their right to remain in Canada, and may have trouble finding other work ("can you give the name of your former employer? Oh, you're suing them. It was nice to meet you"). They certainly will lose their home - they're usually live-in nannies. And it's not like the money involved is large enough for them to take on the risk. A $12k judgement (a year's income) is worthless if they're back in the Philippines. And it's not like a $12K judgement is large enough to support your legal practice. What would you fees be? There's a reason that underserved markets are underserved. The same factors that make them vulnerable also make them a lousy client base. Now, if you can get a gig with a legal aid funded clinic serving that market, that's one thing. If you're Clay Ruby and have private wealth, hey you can take on any clients you want. But if not...

    you're fine
  6. if they are not unionized then what labour disputes are they having? I guess it's a probably with terminology but still.
  7. Accepted 2016

    Hey! I know this post is pretty old, but what exactly did you put in the special facts section if you don't mind me asking? I'm having a little trouble trying to decide what type of information they are looking for. Thanks!
  8. Hey all. I'm taking the December LSAT after withdrawing my registration from the September administration. I just did not feel ready and I felt it would be a waste of my time to sit when I know I'll bomb it. I plan on applying this cycle for Fall 2018. But I'm also still prepping for the LSAT, for which I feel I need at least a 165 to even be considered. My cGPA is 3.33 and my last 2 is 3.8 and my last 3 is about 3.74 (I took a 5th year to slightly boost my GPA, also took a few summer courses so U of T may be out of the question). My B2/L2 are probably the same. My undergrad started off rough because my nephew was diagnosed with cancer. Nonetheless, since he's been doing well, my grades have only progressed so I'm hoping schools see that. I'm just really worried I won't have enough time to work on my applications. I do want to put a lot of work into them since my cGPA is not even close to competitive. I plan on applying to about 5/6 schools in Ontario. So, really, I'm just wondering - how long should completing applications take? Or what is the minimum amount of time I should dedicate to the apps? Thanks guys!

  10. Let me know how the "business on the side (which I don't actually have to spend much time managing!) works out for you. Unless you have significant financial means already that you can just buy an existing business, building a business up from the ground is hard work! The good news is (though let me add my standard disclaimer that you should be cautious taking business advice from a career public servant) is that focusing on recent immigrants / domestic caregivers sounds to me at least fairly do-able. They have both immigration law and employment law issues that are intertwined and somewhat specialized. A couple years ago Mrs MP and I were contemplating bringing in an out-of-country domestic worker. I looked at maybe hiring a lawyer to assist but the only one I could find was at a larger firm and quoted a completely outrageous retainer. And from a business perspective such clients actually have some money! Not a ton of money, sure, but I'm usually dealing with crim law accuseds who are completely destitute and sometimes can't even raise $100 for bail. This assumes you have some kind of connection or "in" to that kind of community. For example, if you are of Filipino heritage you might have a lot of success in getting Filipino domestic caregivers as clients. If you're coming at this area cold though that might be more difficult. Almost all domestic care givers are not unionized, so I'm not sure why labour law shops would be involved. But the second point is true. You might start out helping someone with their immigration status, but then they come to you because they got charged with an impaired, or they're going through a divorce, or bought a house. You have to know your limit of what you are and are not capable of.
  11. A lot of these domestic workers actually aren't protected by union and often has limited legal protection from what I've seen. As for the second point, hum I see that's a valid concern. I guess I haven't really thought things through yet, but good thing I still have sometime before applying and then few years in law school to think things out.
  12. Well, the labour disputes would be covered by union side labour law firms, so there probably isn't much work left floating around there for someone new. You also have to consider that its pretty difficult focusing your work on a particular kind of client rather than a particular kind of law. It requires you to be competent in a lot of areas, which is very difficult to do.
  13. I am currently in Third year. I am hoping to apply to all law schools in Ontario, and Dalhousie and UBC next year. I am wondering how important a "full course load" is to getting in to law school. In Fall 2016, I took 4 courses instead of 5 courses. I took a summer credit to make up for the course I did not take in Fall 2016. For Fall 2017, I would also like to take 4 courses instead of 5 as I am currently in a course that I will most likely not do well in so I would like to drop it before the drop deadline. I would then make up for this in the summer like last summer, which will catch me up on my degree to graduate in four years. Long story short, how important is taking 5 courses per semester when applying to law school. Will this negatively impact my application? I saw on some FAQ pages that it says 5 is preferred but not necessary, so what is your opinion on this?
  14. Vacation

    Yeah, I normally check my email periodically when I'm on vacation. But my company won't pay for a data package, so I don't sweat about it if there's no wifi and I can't for a day. I actually prefer it that way then facing the prospect of returning to my office and having 1000 unread messages to go through. I rarely respond to anything while I'm on vacation. But if you tell people in advance that you'll have no connection, and your out of office is clear about that, you shouldn't have a problem.
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  16. Yeah, I interviewed with MAG Constitutional back in the day. Everybody knew you should be prepared to discuss constitutional law, since, after all, that's all they do there. I wasn't reading these boards at the time, and I definitely knew.
  17. Changing fields of law after articling

    I'm doing it right now - I did all-litigation articles (not what I was promised but how it worked out) and am now a few weeks into an all-solicitors practice. I made a transition to a rural practice and the firm principal was happy to have someone with a genuine interest in the field who wanted to stay in the area for a long time. That far outweighed my lack of experience. I recognize this anecdote is not widely applicable.
  18. Department of justice...substantive questions

    I don't think the questions are that hard. You learn those cases in law school and you should be reading SCC cases in the area you want to practice and noting the splits anyway.
  19. I think building a law practice and running your own firm as a new call is more than enough work without also trying to run a second business. I can't imagine that that would work. The law society may even have an issue with that as it would be a division of your loyalty to your clients. I think they ask what other jobs/commitments you have if I am not mistaken. I was also going to comment on doing civil litigation for poor people. I guess it depends what you mean by civil litigation. Poor people definitely won't be able to afford fees, so you'd have to do it on legal aid. Legal Aid would cover family, child protection, some immigration, criminal (which isn't civil) so if that's what you mean, sure. Otherwise, are you saying that because the other business makes money, you would be content not to be paid by these clients? I think that's a really risky business plan if that's the case. In terms of the experience needed to open a firm, no, you don't need to work for biglaw and I don't see how that would even help a poverty law firm. Biglaw knows very little about poverty law and the practice areas and skill sets are very different. Relevant experience to that would seem to be legal aid, clinics, sole practitioners or small firms who serve those clients. I opened a small criminal firm with a few colleagues not long into practice and it has worked out for us. I never worked in biglaw. My summer experience as a student was as a research assistant for profs and clinic work. I clerked and then articled in a "larger" crim firm that I guess is the criminal equivalent of biglaw, and practiced a little bit there, then left and started our firm. Articling in the same area I intended to practice in was essential as it allowed me to learn the basics and also get mentors and connections who to this day give me referrals and advice. They didn't do as much legal aid as I do but we had a fairly senior counsel in our firm who had done a lot of legal aid work and was able to set us up. You need a reference for legal aid to get started, and you won't get that from a biglaw firm.
  20. Are there any board members who use this type of software on a regular basis? A typical example would be when doing packages of wills and powers of attorney and the software autogenerates documents based on your firm's own templates. I'm looking into some of the options that are advertised online but I struggle to differentiate between the various options. I know it's something that Clio does, but does it do it well? Do programs like HotDocs provide a significant benefit over more basic software? I have absolutely no idea. I'm looking for something for a general solicitors' practice with <10 people (lawyers and paralegals). I'm assuming I'll get crickets on this question but I'd love to hear from your experiences.
  21. Another bump - not interviewing with the DOJ but I am interviewing with the PPSC and the MAG Family Responsibility Office. Does anyone have any advice or previously asked questions?? Would really appreciate it!!
  22. thanks for your honest opinions! I have now realized that I should have left more details in my opening post in order to clear the inevitable confusion people would have about the viability of my career choice, I have now added more details to the original post. Basically, I hope my business on the side (which I don't actually have to spend much time managing!) will help cover the costs associated with my law job. Indeed, I do only intend on working in civil law and not criminal law, and when I said "disadvantaged and marginalized" people, I actually had a particular group in mind (domestic caregiver and maybe expand the audience later to include people like labor migrant etc) which is related to a personal experience I had that made me want to do all this to begin with. What I envisioned was that I would be mostly dealing with civil law issues such as labor disputes, immigration issues, and challenges to government actions/laws that could harm the already very vulnerable group, etc. I might have an overly-simplistic view of all this though since I lack experience in the area and can only make assumptions based on my personal experience so far.

    Don't worry about it sounding like you've listed things off. It's a very general and open ended question. I've spoken to students who have been accepted to Osgoode and they've noted that part A is to elaborate on what you mention in the sketch. That is, to discuss a bit more in depth the list you provided. Character limit definitely is an issue
  24. For the first question of the personal statement, it seems rather open ended where we can discuss our academics, volunteer, work, etc. Does Osgoode view it negatively if we only decide to focus on work and not on volunteer for example. Or do we have to discuss most/all of the points? Thanks
  25. Hi everyone! I'm in 2L and am trying to prep for the OCI process. I got an interview with the PPSC and everyone keeps saying "prep for the substantive part"... well what exactly is the substantive part? Does anyone have any idea on how to prep for this interview and what resources I should turn to? Does the PPSC send you an email of things to prep for? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
  26. I suspect the OP isn't exactly clear on what a "civil law" practice involves. The disadvantaged and marginalized rarely get sued in civil court for the simple reason they have no assets to go after. I was trying to give the OPs vision the benefit of the doubt and tell that person a basic business model to go forward with.
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