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  1. Working as a Crown in different Provinces

    Just saw this now, so I'll give it a shot. How much discretion do I have? A fair bit. I can make dozens of decisions a day without them being questioned or second-guessed. All of that being said however - if I'm deciding to stay a high profile file? You better believe I'll consult with my supervisors, police, and victims beforehand. Even if they don't like the end decision, they get to have their voice heard. A lot of your other questions are going to vary from office to office. Some can be very collegial, some can be very cliquey. It's hard to generalize. As a result in some offices the "good" files can be handed out fairly evenly, or sometimes it can be very political (and not partisan political, but more just a matter of who is friends with who). To one degree or another, Crowns specialize. In particular as you get more senior nobody can handled all kinds of files equally well. That being said some offices suggest a higher degree of specialization than others. Alberta does not widely use term contracts. Unless you're filling in on a maternity leave, everyone gets hired on full-time (albeit with a one year probationary period). I moved provinces twice - I left Alberta, then I came back. It's fairly easy - since you're already employed as a Crown you're fairly tempting as a new hire. The downside though is just the personal - having to rebuild all your personal connections, your reputation, all from start. POlice can absolutely get you in trouble. Smart Crowns will make sure police are on board with any potentially controversial decisions you make. Generally though police are just as busy as we are, and don't care what we do on all but the most serious files.
  2. Seeking advice from Crowns

    As an Alberta Crown, I really can't speak to Ontario's MAG. But I can say this - no - every job for the public service is hired through an public hiring process. An unsolicited application will be disregarded.
  3. Seeking advice from Crowns

    Just to set the record straight - my pension is pretty damn good, but I make some pretty substantial contributions. Hell - it's tax season, so I just looked it up. I contributed just over $20k towards my pension in 2017.
  4. UofC vs. Lakehead

    Once you are called to the bar you can move between provinces with relative ease. Under the National Mobility Agreement you just have to prove your qualifications to the new law society and then automatically become a member. There are no new exams to write.
  5. Dalhousie vs. TRU

    But you're in Toronto, while the OP is in BC and wants to stay there.
  6. Elite Extracurriculars

    The thing is is that hockey is actually more of an "elite" activity in Canada. Do you know how much you have to pay to see a game? Do you know how much it costs to get your kid to play hockey? Liking hockey is actually a sort-of stand in for being an "old school middle class Canadian". Most immigrants, or even children of immigrants, don't know the game.
  7. Living with parents during law school?

    That's Protector of Justice and Defender of Victims, thank you very much.
  8. Living with parents during law school?

    I never even thought of that angle. If you're in your 20s and living at home you damn well better be picking up your socks off the floor, doing laundry, and helping to cook meals and clean up afterwards. There's nothing about living at home with your parents that is incompatible with "self-reliance".
  9. LLM Recommendations

    You need to look long and hard at why summer hiring "hasn't been fruitful", and try to address that. Getting a LLM is not going to make you a more attractive candidate for articling jobs.
  10. Living with parents during law school?

    "Sanity > debt" is true, as far as it goes. It's just that a term like "sanity" gets thrown around in a lot of inappropriate circumstances. Yes, if you're clinically diagnosed with depression, and living with your parents exacerbates that depression, then moving out even if it means increased debt is absolutely the right call. But often the word "sanity" is used when what is really meant is "I dislike having my parents nag me about things I think are unimportant", or any of a number of other social conflicts that invariably arise within families. In many such situations "suck it up" may well be the most appropriate response.
  11. Joining small firm after articling on Bay St: Career impact?

    Okay, so I went from a Biglaw-type firm for articling and my first year of practicing. I then went to a small rural town. I joined that town's "big law firm", which in reality had 8-10 lawyers, while there was one 3 person firm and a a handful of sole practitioners as the rest of the local bar. I found the work to be fairly enjoyable - I was much more involved in actual in-court litigation than I was at the big firm. And a small law firm you're not so anonymous - you got to know everyone in the firm quite well (whether that's good or bad depends on what kind of people they are). From that firm I went and joined the Crown's office and have never since applied in private practice. But yes, I very much had the impression that biglaw would not touch me again once I went small. The couple of times I had files with lawyers from big city firms I definitely had the impression they kind-of looked down their nose at me (although maybe I just had a chip on my shoulder). But beyond that? I think it'll depend much more on the quality of your experience and your work history than it will the size and location of the firm you work at.
  12. Living with parents during law school?

    There's no one right or wrong answer. Everyone has to decide for themselves which option to take (if they even have an option). For me, my parents told me that they could not afford to pay for my tuition. I was on my own for tuition, books, etc. However what they would do is that for as long as I was in school they were happy for me to live at home and not pay rent. That was how they were able to contribute. And throughout most of undergrad that was exactly what I did. I'm not sure what I would have done if I was living in dorms, or with roommates, while in undergrad. While having to take the bus almost an hour to get to school and back was a definite drag, it probably kept me out of trouble as well. I wound up delaying my studies by about a year in order to do a co-op work term. That included living out of town for six months. That not only inspired me that I did NOT want to pursue that career path and to study for the LSAT, but after living apart and then moving back home it helped to adjust my relationship with my parents - I was treated much more like an adult than a child. When it came to law school... I figured I would be commuting, was tired of taking the bus, so I got a screaming good deal on a car lease: $200/month for two years. Problem though was that car lease chained me to living at home - the costs of the vehicle meant I had to stay living at home. By second year I actually kind of wanted to move in with some buddies, but wasn't able to. It was only by third year, with my car lease expired, that I moved to within walking distance of campus at the age of 24. So what was the difference? I guess living at home cramped my personal life a bit - they didn't care if I stayed out late, but as a matter of practical necessity I still needed to go home to sleep, change and eat. But really in a lot of ways that's probably a good thing to have some level of restriction. And by virtue of living near campus I was involved in a lot more social activities - but that was also helped by the fact it was third year law and I had an articling job locked up. All I can say is there is no wrong answer. Living at home to save money is perfectly valid (and I was able to graduate with negligible debt of under $10k). Living away from your parents is perfectly valid as well, and certainly impacts your social life.
  13. Do employers look at your undergrad?

    OP, unless if you were taking some really unusual or rigorous field of study, finishing that degree might be of some benefit. For example if you're working away on a BEng, or a BEd and you want to do education law, or something. But if you're worried about finishing up your BA I wouldn't sweat it.
  14. Practicing Criminal Law Exclusively

    Not that there can't be some particular areas to watch for though. Take impaired driving. As I understand it in BC they've taken most impaireds out of the criminal courts - they're now charged with an administrative offence. And Hegdis can tell me if I'm wrong, but that's made a big difference to those lawyers who specialized in impaireds. As well most crim lawyers are going to be more-or-less reliant on legal aid, whose funding has waxed and wained over the years. I know at one point Alberta LA lawyers were worried that the province would move to a legal aid staff lawyer model, rather than give out certificates to individual lawyers.
  15. Practicing Criminal Law Exclusively

    It's an interesting question - what are the future economics of the practice of law? First of all I don't think declining crime rates are going to be that much of a factor. While statistical crime rates seem to be going down, I am told that at least here in Alberta file rates are steadily increasing year after year. And second of all - the thing about the practice of law is it is all entirely dependent on the politicians. In law school I remember talking with a lawyer who described that he had to re-start his entire practice from scratch when the government completely changed the law in his area and took those kinds of disputes out of court. So Parliament could, theoretically, decide that divorce cases are no longer to be decided in the courts, but by some kind of binding arbitration. Criminal law on the other hand is the one area which is constitutionally protected - the right to a fair trial is protected, which includes your rights to a lawyer. So it's probably one of the safest areas of law going.