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  1. Billable Hours v Actual Hours

    Depending on the firm you're working for, that could either be a very lucrative or very poor offer. As an articling student, one of the lawyers at our firm was making 15k a month on a fee-split, while another of my friends was making closer to 45k on the exact same split in the same office, doing different work. If you reasonably think you can bill 1500 hours or more at this firm over the year and have a good chance at charging $100 or more for your work, then you're probably earning at least 75k. I say 1500 hour since that's about 30 hours per week plus two weeks off (the average yearly hours is about 2000 less stat holidays) and at the ratio of 3:1 billable to non-billable hours. Some people will only get 2:1 billable to non-billable hours or about 1 hour of billable hours for every 1.5 hours in the office and some people are even more hours for fewer billable hours. It all depends. If you think there's work there and it's in a firm with a practice you enjoy, I would still be open to it since it's not likely that you will get hosed into making no money. You might also suggest a 20/20 split where you take $20 per hour and 20% or whatever. I'm sure they would negotiate with you a little if you needed it.
  2. Does anyone regret going to law school?

    U of C has a theoretical perspectives requirement. classes that fulfill that requirement this year are as follows: jurisprudence, law and literature, legal theory (commercial) legal theory (residential schools), legal theory ( indegenous legal traditions) legal theory (international), canadian legal history, feminist legal theory, law and development.
  3. Does anyone regret going to law school?

    Nope. Member of faculty straight up said that the school will do everything in their power to ensure admitted students graduate through make-up exams, extra-credit assignments etc. They literally do not fail people unless they try to fail.
  4. Does anyone regret going to law school?

    I'm required to take that type of class to graduate... Congrats on your amazing problem-solving skills.
  5. Does anyone regret going to law school?

    TYPE OF CLASS as an example... jesus christ.
  6. Does anyone regret going to law school?

    I'm using feminist legal theory as a clear example of a type of class I will have to take in order to graduate, but which has zero bearing on my education or career.
  7. Does anyone regret going to law school?

    Just going to chime in, I am a second year student who has worked for four years for a sole in Calgary, I don't regret applying to attending law school, but I regret having to be here still. I find law school exceedingly boring and not at all challenging. I don't even like going to class any more and it feels like a drain on my time that could be better spent. There are a few reasons for this: 1. They're basically not going to fail anyone, so no matter what, you can get through law school once you get in so long as you do the bare minimum of effort. 2. Not much of what I'm learning is going to apply to my job. I either already learned a lot of what I need through work or there's just no way I'll need the information I'm learning in feminist legal theory to do an assignment of lease or a real estate transaction, but i still have to take classes like that because law schools like to tote around their curriculum. 3. Like the above, little of what I'm learning is going to be useful at work. Most of what we read in law school is appellate level decisions about legal tests in certain areas of law that you could learn in five minutes from the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest or other legal encyclopedia. I know this because I have legal topics come up at work that I am curious about and I read about them through QL or WL and then do some quick reading of cases after the fact and it's pretty clear how you have to approach the issues. I also frequently look up legal tests for topics in class while I'm listening to lectures and get the bones of two or three days of lecture in ten minutes.
  8. Does any law school actually have a quiet law library?

    Just to say, I have been shushed at the U of S library for having a whispered conversation with a classmate.
  9. Does any law school actually have a quiet law library?

    I find that studying in a semi-noisy environment more accurately reflects working and doesn't make me seem like a pompous whiny shit who couldn't be bothered to do my own work some where else if I didn't like the noise levels in the venue I chose to study in.
  10. Your auto-correct is both relaxing and stressful.
  11. Giving away a lawyer firm website

    I have absolutely tried to make that argument.
  12. Giving away a lawyer firm website

    I laugh at the idea of lawyers regularly updating websites when I can't convince my boss to even have a placeholder website.
  13. Giving away a lawyer firm website

    Aren't you giving away the website by linking to it? all the source code is right there...
  14. Typing speed

    Just going to completely out myself here and say that I bring a standard, full size keyboard to every exam. For my first year exams I was writing between 4000 and 5000 words (or 32000 characters) in about two to two and a half hours and I would lose my mind if I had to use my laptop keyboard for that. I also tried writing by hand for midterms, and also not using a normal keyboard for my first exam and found them both to be excruciating. Formatting alone is sufficient to justify using a computer to write, even if you don't type fast.
  15. Small firm lawyer, AMA

    Where do you get your business from?
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