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  1. Windsor vs. Osgoode: "Big Five" Firm Prospects

    Listen, it's nice that you have a position there, but I'd appreciate if you'd stop taking every opportunity to point that out. OP isn't going to work there. It's not realistic.
  2. Windsor vs. Osgoode: "Big Five" Firm Prospects

    Why isn't Stikeman's on this list? I've always had the impression that it's one of the more "prestigious" firms on Bay (note that I'm not on Bay St or even in ON). In any case, your grades and interviews will largely determine your job outcomes. It's def. worth taking into consideration the fact that Osgoode sends more students to these firms, but the school alone, all other things being equal, probably won't give you any better odds.
  3. I know it now, but I don't know what it was when I started law school....
  4. Incorporating as Associate in Biglaw

    Anything is possible, but it wouldn't make any sense.
  5. No co-sign, no hope?

    How many banks have you tried? I would literally go to every major bank and credit union and get an offer; I'd be shocked if one or more didn't include an offer without a co-signor . You can then use that to try and negotiate what you want from the bank with the lowest rate. Finally, have you told your banker that finding a co-signer is not acceptable to you and that you'll walk? You may be surprised how quickly these requirements disappear when you're willing to walk away. Try that with every bank you visit until one doesn't require the co-signer. If they all require a co-signer, then argue with them; ask them what makes you a credit risk compared to others in the market who are not getting co-signors? If it's just that one bill that went into collections that you forgot about, then explain the situation and ask them what you can do to give them comfort (aside from getting co-signor) . The worst thing you can do is make the bank believe that they have you backed into a corner with nowhere else to turn, even if it's true. Do NOT ask a professor to co-sign a loan for you. Ideally, no one should be co-signing loans as it's a terrible idea for everyone involved, except for the bank of course.
  6. Language disadvantage

    I was going to say the opposite: you can prob. litigate but I wouldn't take on a solicitor's practice if you can't spot basic grammatical errors. OP: I don't think you have as big of an issue as you think, BUT lawyers will be evaluating you closely during summers/articles and spelling mistakes/grammatical errors will be noticed, even if they are inconsequential. So while certainly not terminal to your career as a lawyer, I'd suggest working on that, if at all possible.
  7. Common law degree practicing in QC

    I have a couple of friends who have common law degrees and worked in Montreal as lawyers (or more accurately, "foreign legal advisors" or something like that; they had a lot of restrictions on what they could do.) I'm not sure about the level of qualifications they had in the civil law system, I don't think they passed the bar but they did some kind of testing/course work. IMHO, it's a terrible choice for an Anglophone with a only a common law degree.
  8. UBC vs Dalhousie

    Honestly it doesn't really matter all that much where you go to school, or whether you get an MBA, at least between Dal and UBC. Both are good schools and neither has a particularly strong business/MBA program reputation. Both schools will have the basic corporate law courses and that is all you need to get started. Having the MBA may be a leg up in getting corporate/in-house positions, but I'd note, for example, that my company has 30+ lawyers spread out over multiple countries and I think maybe one has an MBA. I did a BA before going into corporate law and I've never really felt at a disadvantage. If I were you, I'd look to costs and where you want to work as the guiding factors. In this case, that's pointing towards UBC IMHO.
  9. UBC vs Dalhousie

    If you're set on corporate law, and especially in-house positions with a possibly of switching to a business role, then it may make a difference. How much extra will the MBA cost? Am I crazy thinking that it will cost an extra $60k or something like that?
  10. UBC vs Dalhousie

    I went to Dal; if you go to Dal, I don't think you'll have an issue finding work in ON or BC, except for the fact that you'll need to travel for interviews - that will add expense, time, and prob. some stress. But Dal has a strong alumni presence in BC and ON and I don't think the degree will disadvantage you. However, if I were you, I'd go to UBC. First because you'll go to law school in the jurisdiction you will prob. end up working in (Van seems more likely based on what I'm reading), and second because you'll pay extra for the MBA that you don't need. Dal's business school is fine, but in the JD/MBA combo, I think the JD is the more valuable degree, and the MBA is adding marginal value when you have a UG business degree. If you had a BA/BSc/BEng, the MBA would have more value, IMHO.
  11. What was your undergrad?

    I finished a BA; did it prepare me well? No, not really; but it wasn't any less prepared than anyone else either, so I suppose in another sense it prepared me just fine. Is the UG degree necessary for preparation for law school? No. Do I think you'll be less well prepared academically having not finished your degree? Not really, no. But two years can make a big difference in terms of a student's maturity and habits - that was the case for me, but it may not be for you.
  12. 90k in house v 110k at firm

    I'm in-house and started with a large firm. Start with the firm. I say this because (rightly or wrongly) future employers will value the firm experience, even long afterwards.
  13. Staying Organized

    A few things that worked for me: Develop a form of transaction closing list/schedule of documents/check list for each type of transaction that lists all the actions and documents that are needed to complete the transaction; use it every time (even when you can recite it in your sleep) and update it as the transaction develops. (You might end up having several forms, one for a purchase, one for a sale, one for financial transactions with real estate, etc.) If you meet with clients a lot, then develop the same sort of list for client meetings and the things you need to tell them about/advise them of. Check the items off as you cover them in a meeting. Keep these check lists in the appropriate subfolder of the accordion folder you will keep. Try to keep everything paperless, to the extent possible. For what can't be paperless, create an accordion folder for each client matter, and a sub-folder for each topic/document in that accordion (e.g. don't just have one large file for a matter, and don't label folders things like "due diligence" - each due diligence item should have it's own folder.) Write memos to file on important things/developments just in case you need to put it down for a long period of time. Keep those in a separate file in the accordion. Outlook categories, tasks, and calendars are your friends. Set Outlook reminders for everything important. Set tasks with deadlines for everything you need to work on. Categorize all your emails by client name. If you get an email/correspondence, deal with it right away if it can be done quickly, if not, then delegate it to someone else, if it can't be delegated, then set a task with a date to follow up when you'll have time. (i.e. don't jump from task to task where those tasks will take you more than 5-10 mins). I like to use the morning for drafting/research/tasks that require focus, and the afternoon for correspondence, meetings, due diligence, completing routine tasks that need to be done - I find many well organized transactional lawyers try to split up their day in a similar way. I also find keeping my desk tidy helps, but that is mainly a personal thing.
  14. Queens vs Windsor

    $30k is a def. a material difference. I had a choice of going to a less expensive school and didn't take it, and I'm glad I didn't. However, I don't think I would have saved $30k. Tough choice...