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  1. Here is the problem: I have recently been offered a doing quazi-legal work for an organization that I'm sure I would love to work for but it is not in a city I want to live in where there is limited upward potential. I am leaning towards accepting it, keep applying elsewhere and then leaving when something better comes around. Is this a common tactic amongst new calls? I know that it looks bad and it screws the other organization over if I do indeed leave but here is my situation: 1. I am an anxious person generally and having a job while help alot with that. 2. Since being called I have exclusively been applying to government/public sector organizations which can take months or up to a year to fill a vacancy. 3. I am on EI which definitely helps but this position pays approximately 70k + benefits. Downsides include: 1. It looks bad if I leave very shortly after joining 2. Moving costs will likely be significant (2-3k) 3. I will be stuck with a 4 month lease minimum (if I can take over a students place for the summer) As for a little bit of context I've had written tests/ preliminary interviews with organizations such as provincial/federal government, and a few international organization (think UN/OECD/Commonwealth) which are the type of organizations I wish to work it. Articling was by far the worst experience of my life, I worked insane hours got treated very poorly and learned almost nothing. I know other law firms arn't all like that but my experience turned me off all firms (for better or worse)
  2. I articled at a bay street firm and realized that the lifestyle (i.e. long hours/stress) isn't what I'm looking for in a career and now I'm looking more towards the provincial/federal government. I know for the federal government, internal employees are usually given the first crack at job openings before the competition is opened up to the public. Speaking to a few lawyers and directors within the government I have been informed that it is a known and tolerated practice for lawyers to apply to non-lawyer jobs with the federal government and then immediately attempt to transfer into the Justice Department. From what I gather it can be much quicker to obtain a legal position in this manner than simply applying to the (few) externally posted counsel positions. I was wondering if the same strategy/practice works/occurs with the provincial government (i.e. can I blanket apply to all non-lawyer positions that I am qualified for and then attempt to apply internally to open MAG positions ... which would presumably be less competitive?)
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    Hi there, just two questions about spending a semester (or two) at another Canadian Law school 1. Do you pay your home school's tuition? (similar to international exchanges) Or do you pay the tuition of the school that you are visiting. This would obviously be a factor in deciding to go to U of T vs McGill for example... 2. How competitive is it to get a LOP for say a term or a year? I would assume it would be easier than transferring, but is it competitive in any way? Some schools also ask for the reason you want a LOP, for me it would be to have access to additional courses (though cheaper tuition as well would be a plus) Thanks a Bunch!
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