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  1. Great Books To Read Before/During Law School

    Bartleby the Scrivener.
  2. Accepting a Job in a Relatively New Area of Law

    I haven't been in your specific position, but I would say that if you want the job, take it. It's normal to feel nervous about making a big career change, but if it's what you want to do you'll figure it out and be happier for it in the end.
  3. Windsor vs. Osgoode: "Big Five" Firm Prospects

    No, this is not the general consensus. Your cousin has a serious inferiority complex if he thinks he is at a "mid-low tier" firm and that the "Big Five" are the only firms worth working at. I'm not even going to get into the idea that it is only worth striving to work at one of the best/most prestigious firms, but I will note that firm rankings/reputations are dependent on practice area - if you want an actual guide to which firms you should strive to work at, check out Chambers: https://www.chambersandpartners.com/guide/canada/20 (As an aside, I haven't even heard the term "Big Five" before this thread; is this a new law student meme?)
  4. Language disadvantage

    Having a high level of English language proficiency (both oral and written) is definitely very important to being a lawyer, however if you already have a BA and an MA it sounds like you may be underselling your existing language skills.
  5. Giving away a lawyer firm website

    Yes I agree. It is crazy not to have at least a somewhat professional/modern looking website in this day and age.
  6. Practicing Criminal Law Exclusively

    It is an interesting question - whether a specific area of law may shrink or disappear entirely in the future due to societal, political, technological or other changes is not something that I think many lawyers devote much time to thinking about. However, I would think criminal law is about as safe as any area. As nice as it would be, I don't see crime disappearing any time in the near future.
  7. Joining small firm after articling on Bay St: Career impact?

    With which part? That the OP couldn't go back to big law? Or that medium size firms will take anyone with 3+ years experience who carry their own weight and are easy to get along with?
  8. Typing speed

    I would say this varies from firm to firm. At some firms the lawyers (even old ones!) are trying to type more of their documents themselves to reduce support staff overhead. Not to mention it can sometimes be quicker to just type something yourself as the assistant's transcription will inevitable have errors that need to be reviewed and corrected. All this is to say that I think it is useful for practice to be at least a decent typist, although if OP can already type 80 WPM (which appears to be what is implied in his/her post) I think that is plenty fast enough.
  9. Staying in a hotel before the LSAT?

    I think you are overthinking this. Just write at the most convenient location for you so as not to cause yourself any unneeded stress.
  10. On Dealing with Local Prejudices

    Is it really? I don't own any fur clothing myself, but there sure doesn't seem to be any shortage of fur-wearing citizens wandering the streets of Toronto, e.g. Canada Goose seems to be as popular as ever (at least anecdotally, based on the number of people I see wearing their jackets on the street).
  11. Is anyone aware of any upcoming short, free (or cheap) CPD programs before the end of the year in Ontario? I've ended up half an hour short!
  12. Seen in the Ontario Reports

    Yup when WJ first posted it was definitely written as in his OP. Made me chuckle.
  13. Mature Student - old mistake

    IMO any suggestions on how you should best handle this is going to be veering into legal advice; given the importance to your future career I would contact a lawyer about how best to proceed before submitting anything to the Law Society (there are lawyers who specialize in this type of work).
  14. LSUC relationship advice

    It is true. It should be pointed out the email wasn't actually created by the LSUC. If you read to the bottom: "You are receiving this email from Homewood Health because the Law Society has agreed to send emails on their behalf, rather than share our email list with Homewood."
  15. Offshore Attorneys

    Anyone know if there are opportunities for Canadian litigators in these offshore destinations, or is it strictly corporate/securities transaction work?
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