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  1. There were a ton of "purchase and sale of a business" questions on my version of the Solicitor Exam. I am glad that I did not skip that section.
  2. I am struggling with a case that is causing me an immense amount of stress. This is a civil matter. The proceeding is rather convoluted and involves a number of jurisdictional issues. The gist of it is that we had to bring urgent proceedings to get our client injunctive relief, and a mandatory order. I've been working under the guidance of my principal, but as the lawyer of record for this matter all major decisions reflect on me. Essentially, the other side is self-repped. She has, in a number of court documents and correspondences to the court, blatantly lied and/or misrepresented some crucial facts that pertain to our request for urgent relief. None of this would normally stress me out as much as it has now; it's almost to be expected given the party's penchant for (lack of a better word) "drama". What is bothering me is that the self-repped litigant made a number of allegations of impropriety respecting how I conducted this case. I actually feel sick about it because the allegations are not true. As a new call, this has been particularly disconcerting. This is one of my first major files and I truly do not know how to address the consistent lies the self-repped litigant is putting in her materials and correspondence to the court. When did litigation turn into a mud slinging contest? I took pride in knowing I was doing right by my client. This has turned ugly and I'm worried the facts and purpose of this action have been lost. Does anyone have any advice on how to deal with self-repped litigants who go rogue and lie to the court (at the expense of the case and quite possibly, your reputation)?
  3. Legal Robes (Ontario)

    I wish I had read this earlier. Can you elaborate as to their lack of professionalism? If you ended up actually purchasing your robes from there, please let me know what you think of the quality.
  4. I read the posts. I'm basing this new model off the interview I just walked out of, where the lawyer suggested a 60/40 model (where I collect 60% of receivables and give the remainder to the firm). On the basis of what he suggested, a 70k salary would require me to bill ~$116,000/year. Again, I think a 70k salary with a target of $144,000/year in receivables (49/51 to firm) is more than a reasonable ask, if his expectation is 60/40. I would just prefer the security of a guaranteed salary.
  5. Thanks for the feedback, everyone. I've just left my interview and I've spoken to an associate at my current firm, which has a salary/ percentage of receivables model. From what I've read and heard today, I think the apporopriate expectation would be as follows: 70k base salary, with a target of $12,000 in receivables a month. That amounts to 144k a year at minimum. With this model, the employer would make an additional 74k having me there and my salary would pay itself. Anything billed above that quota, I would ask for a 15-20%cut. With respect to overhead, the lawyer advised that it would not be an issue (no office rental, no fee for staff). On this model, I would probably be expected to pay my own lawpro and LSUC fees (unless I can negotiate both into my salary). The lawyer actually suggested a 60/40 model where I receive 60% of my collections and he takes 40. My expectation, I feel, is a good compromise, because I would be giving him just over 50% of my receivables but I would have a guaranteed salary and some security. Thoughts?
  6. Lol that was an extremely low estimate. But does that not further my point? If I'm billing *at least* 200k, I mean at the very least, then what is the issue with asking for a 70k salary? Again, I ask these questions because I'm completely unfamiliar with a small firm salary model. So if my numbers sound unrealistic, I'd rather be told now than leave my interview looking like an idiot.
  7. Thanks for your response. The practice is civil and corporate/commercial litigation-based. I determined numbers as follows: 225 an hour x 4 billable hours a day= $900, x 5 days = 4,500 a week x 50 weeks = 225,000/yr. I'm not foolish enough to assume that it's as clear cut as what I've described above, but I don't think it's unrealistic to bill somewhere in the region of 200k in a year with how the job was described to me (that's 888 billed hours at a $225.00 rate). Am I 'out to lunch' for expecting 1/3 of that intake (~70k) with the rest going to the principal and firm? Perhaps a more realistic expectation would be for just the base salary, with an option to revisit the contract and lower the base/ increase the percentage cut of billings received. If anyone else has some input, I'd appreciate it.
  8. Can someone provide insight on what a reasonable salary expectation would be for a first year associate working with a senior sole practitioner (over 25 yrs experience) with an extensive practice? Without getting into too much detail, the practice is located in Toronto. I am not familiar with small firm billing models, but from what I have learned reading past posts on this site (and by speaking to a few junior lawyers with small firms), generally, the salary structure is a base salary + a percentage of billings collected. Is it unreasonable to request a higher base salary (~$70k/yr) with a smaller percentage of collected billings (10%-15% over 100k)? Many of the structures I've seen provide for ~40%- 60% of billings and a lower base salary (~$40-$48K/yr). As it is my first year out, I would prefer a larger base salary. At least until I get an idea of how much I would be bringing in. Any useful input is appreciated!
  9. Solicitor exam help

    Yes, there's a breakdown. It also reveals that 40% of the exam is professional responsibility (i.e. the retainer, following client instructions, ethics, etc.). Jamiexx, I found practice exams to be the best tool for getting a better understanding of the materials. Practicing / getting familiar with your index in the process is a huge help. I also read the materials through once, then re-read them with my index. It's about knowing where to find the answer so find the best learning map that works for you. Figure out what the issue is, then find proactive ways to tackle the issue. For me, I struggled with finding the answers even though I knew the general concepts. This led me to focus on practicing to find very specific narrow answers more than trying to broaden my knowledge of general concepts. If your issue is time management, practice with a timer. If you struggle with understanding the broader concepts/the material is new to you (some of it was new to me), speak to LSUC about the tutoring program and whether they can provide more guidance on clearing up any ambiguities you have with the subjects. Good luck! And don't sweat too much about being called a little later than you planned. My call will be in September because my firm started my articles three weeks after the deadline. I see this as an opportunity to enjoy my summer as an student under supervision before I start as an associate.
  10. Summaries for Solicitor Exam (Ontario)

    The Solicitor exam is 40% PR. I can recall there being about 6 business tax questions, and a few estate tax calculation questions. The math was never right. I'm not sure if it was because I was in a mad rush to get the answer down in under a minute and 45 seconds; but I've read a lot on this forum about the answers being really off from the calculations you would do in the question. Good luck to you all!
  11. I didn't do a particular course but I did receive a bunch of flow charts and other study aids that really helped during the exam! Let me know if they'd be of any use to you. I heard canbar prep is a good course, as well as Edmond.
  12. Haha, right? I was fighting the urge to burn everything while I was studying. Such a disappointment that that yearning will never be satisfied lol.
  13. Yes! They did. But check your LSUC inbox even if you don't have an email. Sometimes the emails are delayed. I sat only the solicitor's exam.
  14. Just received results for the March sitting of the LSUC exams. Completely unexpected as they normally take 6-8 weeks to be released. It's barely been two.
  15. Yellow Car

    Yeah, my partner already ribbed me for not realizing that I was buying a Korean car lol. Already went through with the purchase! As long as it gets me from point A to point B, I'm not too fussed.