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  1. Disillusioned?

    Thanks everyone for you input! I like the suggestion of turning the question around and asking how others are doing. Definitely works like a charm. I am at the point where it is taking all my energy not to quit so anything that makes me talk less is welcomed. For the record, I'm cool with calling myself a girl in my screename (given I did make this account when I was a teenager). Does not mean I'd accept it when used to demean women IRL.
  2. Applying in 3rd year worth it?

    I believe you can find stats on this - Osgoode for sure had them. It is a very small percent of the 1st year class - as in I think only 4/290. I applied and got into the schools I applied to in my 3rd year. I went and don't regret anything. I finished my degree prior to entering. I had a high GPA, okay LSAT and great ECs. Getting financial aid is a bit trickier though because you haven't been out of high school by 4 years at that point (if you went straight to undergrad from there). It really depends on what you want. I knew I wanted to go to law school so I took the application process very seriously. I would recommend finishing a degree first in case you hate law. I only applied to certain schools in Ontario because if i didn't get in, I knew i could always reapply more broadly next round.
  3. Disillusioned?

    Hi all, I've been extremely frustrated with how the department I work in is being run for about a year now. It's to the point where I know I cannot work here anymore (I won't go into specifics but I've made a very clear decision to move on). I am currently actively applying and interviewing elsewhere. Does anyone have any tips on how to bite my tongue/act like nothing is wrong until I get this new position? Coworkers have commented that I do not seem like myself (I'm normally a cheerful person) and I'd like to avoid any suspicion that I'm planning to leave. Of course, I will give appropriate notice when I do leave. Thoughts?
  4. What does a litigator's resume look like?

    I also list any notable decisions (with citations) so they can look them up if they choose to do so.
  5. Applying to union-side labour law firms

    I will echo what Adrian and JakeBirgance have said, that commitment to the cause should be sufficient. You still need decent grades, strong cover letter, etc. same as you'd need for other jobs. You can mention your political affiliation or not. That's up to you. Just know your audience. Not all Unions back the NDP, so do your research. Good luck!
  6. staying motivated

    Take a vacation. It sounds like you need one.
  7. You're also forgetting that Osgoode has a bursary program. It by no means covers everything (or close to it) but it can knock tuition down a fair bit. Just for applying to it you're pretty much almost guaranteed some money. OSAP also gives some grants. Also, Osgoode tuition raises about $1,000 every year. I think it was around $19,500ish when I started. It's now around $26,000ish. So that's a huge difference.
  8. I graduated with about $60k of debt. During 3L and until it was paid back I thought about it constantly. I paid it off about 2.5 years post graduation. I stuck to a strict budget but was also paid well. I made paying it off a priority especially when interest rates were still low.
  9. Dating a Lawyer you met at a wine and cheese

    Given that you're really not sure how this person is going to react or is feeling, my advice is to really not be that person who hits on others in a professional setting. It's extremely awkward to be the recipient of such behaviour and comes across as unprofessional imho. Why risk getting a reputation in 1L?
  10. Anyone here fail a final exam?

    Diplock, you are absolutely correct that different work is stressful in different ways. The more help you have on a file, the more manageable that file becomes. Some files, even with lots of help, are stressful because the client is angry/ wants to take their business elsewhere/ has mental health issues which can make working through the legal process more difficult. Sometimes, the client has really had a shitty go of it whether in their personal or work lives, or both. Sometimes you want to help as much as you possibly can but the evidence just isn't there so you have to break the news that the client has a bad case. This is all incredibly stressful yet very rewarding at the same time, when the client believes in his/her/their self and the legal system again. It all depends on the case and the client. For myself, and others like me, while stressful, it does not amount to debilitating anxiety where you know you have an exam but can't bring yourself to open a textbook. This, for me, is why I find practise less stressful. Of course I'm concerned about LSUC complaints, DFRs (labour context) and letting my clients down. I aim to do my best work for each client because I try to put myself in their shoes. If I was fighting for my rights, I'd want someone to be doing their absolute best and providing competent service. Through these stressors, I can still work, I am still competent. The stress is not debilitating, it is a motivator (most of the time). So, if the question is on average, do lawyers find practise more stressful than law school, the answer is obviously yes. However, for those of us with debilitating anxiety brought on specifically by an exam setting, the answer may very well be no.
  11. Anyone here fail a final exam?

    I'm definitely in the minority here but I find practice much less stressful and more enjoyable than law school. It's for one very specific reason though - I have massive anxiety when it comes to testing. I mean, yes, practise is definitely "harder" than law school. My first full hearing was incredibly stressful, nerve-wracking and tear-filled (after the hearing was over and I was at home of course) but I'd much rather have hearings than ever go through studying for the bar exam again. So for all of you who can't eat, can't sleep and have grey hair due to exam stress, there is light at the end of the tunnel! Note* I do not have 6-week trials, maximum 3 days a week on the same case*
  12. Labour and Employment Law

    Government also has in-house Employer advisory-type individuals who are not lawyers who do some grievance/ arbitration work.
  13. Post-call references

    Yes, apply. Especially if you have some practical experience, you could easily be competitive.
  14. Advice for Articling in Union

    In my experience, a lot of people who strike out at big firms want to article union-side/ unions because the articling salaries are almost on par with Bay street depending on where the union/ firm is located. If money is the main motivation for some people, all the power to them. However, it's not really want union side firms/ unions are looking for. They want someone who believes in the work.
  15. What other kinds of careers are available?

    Ok Darth Vader.
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