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yeahman last won the day on October 3 2012

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  1. There is no magic formula. Be likeable, hustle, blog, network, keep tabs on all your friends and acquaintances who might be in a position to need your services, as well as their friends. Beef up your LinkedIn profile and self promote. Go over and beyond for your clients and then ask for a Google Review (if that's your thing). Look at anyone who is really good at sales and marketing and do what they do. More generally for the new calls, unless you're at a huge firm that has an endless stream of work coming your way, you should always be focused on "business development" (and even then, you probably should be). If you work at a firm, the primary goal of your employer is to make money, just like any other business. Building a book of business helps your employer's bottom line and makes you valuable. Relying on others to give you work makes you much less valuable. Re employment standards, all employees (including lawyers) have the right to not be treated horribly at work.
  2. What do you want to do? Who inspires you and is doing what you want to be doing? Figure this out and contact those people. Become their friends and pick their brains. If you are truly passionate about something, you will create the right opportunities. You can apply for jobs online. Chances are you will hate those jobs, if it’s just a job. And you will be applying for new jobs you hate soon enough. Or you will just work jobs you are meh about indefinitely because they pay the bills. This is the life of most lawyers. It’s worth spending the time now exploring your many interests and what makes you really excited and pursuing that relentlessly. Good luck.
  3. If only you backpeddled this quickly on defense
  4. No. I am one of those people. Just because something is possible it doesn't mean it's not too difficult. It's difficult to transfer law schools as is (you need to do better than the majority of your classmates, which in itself is presumptuous) let alone out of a program with institutional barriers in place. If you attend the program, do so with the intention of being there for three years.
  5. Not really. The program has an explicit policy against transfers. Instructors are prohibited from writing reference letters for that purpose. Anyone who transfers out of the program does so in spite of this.
  6. Your peers at Lakehead and TRU will be just as qualified to practice law as you are.
  7. Very few if any Dual JD graduates find meaningful employment in the US, let alone 6 figure employment 1-2 years after graduation.
  8. Everyone is making fun of you behind your back. Though your thoracic spine is in excellent condition.
  9. Every school will have admin problems. I can't specifically comment on those of the single JD.
  10. As someone who recently transferred out of the Dual JD program, I can say that stigma aside, there were administrative problems with the program that were absolutely appalling. Certain situations were so poorly and unprofessionally handled by both the administrative staff and professors that I struggle to imagine them occurring at any other institution in this country. If anyone considering the program would like specifics, feel free to shoot me a PM. Having said that, it is extremely unfortunate because the quality of students I had the pleasure of spending 1L with was excellent. There were truly some brilliant individuals who would excel anywhere and opted to stay.
  11. I have the following 1st year and summer textbooks for sale, organized by subject. As part of a textbook package, I will include over 1GB of outlines, summaries and exams from the past 10 years. I am available for pickup/dropoff in the GTA, or in Windsor on July 29th. PM me to discuss. ALTA (Applied Legal Theory and Analysis): M.F. Fitzgerald, Legal Problem Solving: Reasoning, Research & Writing, 4th ed. (Markham: Lexis Nexis Canada, 2007). McCallum, Schmedemann, Kunz. SYNTHESIS: Legal Reading, Reasoning and Writing in Canada 2nd edition. (Canada: CCH Canadian Ltd, 2008). Oates, L.C. and Enquist A. The Legal Writing Handbook: Analysis, Research, and Writing 5th edition. (New York: Aspen Publishers, 2010). Dickerson, D. ALWD Citation Manual: A Professional System of Citation, 4th edition. (New York: Aspen Publishers, 2010.) Lysaght, P. Michigan Legal Research. (Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press, 2006). CDN & US Contracts: Boyle, C. and Percy, D.R., Contracts: Cases and Commentaries, Eighth Edition, Toronto: Carswell Co., Ltd., 2009 Summers, R.S. and Hillman, R.A., Contract and Related Obligation: Theory, Doctrine, and Practice, Sixth Edition, (St. Paul, MN: West Publishing Co., 2011). Burton,S.J and Eisenberg M.A. Contract Law: Selected Source Materials. (West: 2009). CDN & US Property Law: M.J. Mossman & W.F. Flanagan, Property Law: Cases and Commentary (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2004) B. Ziff et al., A Property Law Reader: Cases, Questions and Commentary 2nd ed. (Toronto: Thomson Carswell, 2008). CDN & US Criminal Law: Stuart, Coughlan & Delisle, Learning Canadian Criminal Law 11th ed. (Toronto: Carswell, 2009). Podgor, henning, Taslitz, Garcia. Criminal Law: Concepts and Practice 2nd edition. (Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press, 2009). Pocket Criminal Code 2011 (Carswell) Constitutional Law: Rotman, Elman and Gall, Constitutional Law: Cases Commentary and Principles. (Toronto: Thomson Carswell, 2008) CDN & US Professional Responsibility: Hazard, Koniak, Cramton Cohen, Wendel. The Law and Ethics of Lawyering, 5th edition. (New York: Foundation Press, 2010). Woolley, Devlin, Cotter and Law. Lawyer’s Ethics and Professional Regulation, 1st edition. (Lexis Nexis: 2010). US Civil Procedure: Glannon, J. Civil Procedure, sixth edition: Examples and Explanations. (New York: Aspen Publishers, 2008). US Tax: Lathrope, D.J. Selected Federal Taxation: Statutes and Regulations. June 2010 Edition. (West: 2010). Livingston, M.A. and Gamage, D.S. Taxation: Law, Planning, and Policy 2nd edition. (Lexis Nexis: 2010)
  12. In at Osgoode. Decent grades with compassionate grounds. Best of luck to everyone still waiting.
  13. It does. Not sure how promising that is though.
  14. Anyone have any insight into the wait list at Osgoode?
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