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  1. FWIW, I wouldn't tolerate being yelled at. I was very lucky during my articling and associate years to have excellent, professional, decent, friendly bossed. I put myself in a small firm trajectory years ago as I was attracted to the entrepreneurial side of things, but the main benefit I've reaped is having way more ability to control the environment I was going to step into. Like, before I accepted a job, I'd already pretty much met all or most of the people I'd be working with or for. With that said, obviously you haven't had the same luck. The other posters are correct insofar as they are telling you that this position will end, it may be challenging to get back on track if you leave it, etc etc, BUT, I will never agree that you should just suck it up and play with voodoo dolls when you get home. You deserve to be trsated with professionalism, civility, and respect. These are basic minimums that everyone is entitled to at work. Where someone is not up to scratch and can't be brought up to scratch by acting in those ways, the answer is to end their employment, not scream and yell at them. If you are truly at a breaking point (and getting telephone counselling, looking into therapists, thinking of quitting, and so on seems to indicate you are at least headed in that direction), then I do absolutely think it's time for a serious talk with the boss. This doesn't mean going in to "file a complaint" about his wife as it were. It does mean making an appointment, sitting down ejth him privately, and explaining that the way you are being treated is harmful to the workplace atmosphere and your productivity. I took on my first associate in August. I also have a family member working for me as an indispensibly incredible law clerk. We are a very busy practice, and while we keep things professional, we also try to maintain a more laid back office environment because I strongly believe after my own experiences in similar settings that it's better for everyone's mental health, productivity, and at the end of the day it just makes them want to come to work more, or st least not dread it. If your boss is alive at all to the reality of what effect his wife's behaviour is having on his business, he is going to do something positive about it. If not, and you are seriously at the end of your rope, then do what you need to do in terms of looking elsewhere. You can't sacrifice your life and your health to this kind of bullshit.
  2. In terms of number of applicants, I could see Ryerson being right up there because there will be so many people who want to be in Toronto for law school - either because they're from Toronto, or because they want to end up working in Toronto. That said, I don't see it surpassing other more established school in terms of reputation/quality right off th ebat simply because of its location. So the question is, are you asking whether it will be a top 3 school in terms of places people would be willing to go and therefore apply to? Or are you asking if it will be a top 3 school in terms of reputation?
  3. Awesome, but I would still encourage you to consider whether "not so bleak" is really the standard you're aiming for in your plans for the future. As you know, and as the others have said, law school comes with a mountain of debt. As the variety of answers on page one also hints at, there are just no guarantees at all about type of work or salary after graduation. I found that going solo in my area meant an almost immediate dramatic increase in my rake home pay, but that also came with a huge uptick in extra admin and running-the-business hours and work. Others as far in as I am are still making under $75k as lucky chimes in about, and they or may not have a more 9-5 kind of schedule. Getting in to this field certainly can look bleak... It's not the be all end all, and honestly there's nothing wrong with walking away if you realize that the career path and all it entails aren't right for you. The "fuck it" comment was funny and all that, but seriously... Give it some real thought. Of course if you DO just go for it, there are scholarships and bursaries you can apply for both through your school and private organizations. If you have the self-discipline and some seed money you may be able to keep your debt very low too depending on what tuition and living expenses are like where you go. If you do well once you're in, you may also be able to get a TA or RA position during upper years too, although they didn't seem as plentiful in law school as they were outside if the professional programs. Unlike clinic work, (which at my school was paid surfing the summer but only for credit during the school year), TAs so of course get paid during the academic year and that can really offset tuition. But again... None of this is a "plan". They're goals that you have limited control over. Even working part time during the school year is going to be contingent in funding part time work where and when you need it that will cater to your changing school schedule.
  4. If your wife and kids are staying in Toronto, and you're not separating, why not just keep your Toronto residence as your address? Similar to when younger students keep their parents' address where they continue to live in the summer as their permanent address, although they are staying at school for 8 months every year? Are you planning on staying in AB permanently while in school?
  5. I don't think that's fair. OP legitimately transferred to university and just wants to know what impact the college credits will have.
  6. What's your motivation for getting the civil degree? Are you planning on practicing in Quebec?
  7. Yes, and you will be a member if the undergrad student association too, formerly the SFUO.
  8. I knew a couple of people in my class from Before Law School, but only really stayed in touch with one of them. I'm actually really shy when it comes to just chatting people up or making connections in person - it's something I've really had to work on - but I was fine and you will be too I met lots of great people in law school.
  9. Most people seemed more bored than emotional at mine, but I agree with the above... .everyone's different. There are people who've had to overcome a lot more than I had to, to get to their call, and I certainly wouldn't judge anyone for showing their feelz at the call.
  10. There were a few parents with younger kids still at home when I was in law school. I'm sure they worked hard to keep everything balanced, but they all succeeded. Lots of people have asked this question on here too as noted above, so you certainly wouldn't be alone/the first in trying this
  11. Lots of family and criminal lawyers do it. Civil litigation seems like it could be tricky to manage alone unless you just stick to the smaller stuff. Lots of solicitors in solo practice too. Anywhere with a decent sized population is what I was really referring to.
  12. What?? It's way too early to be giving up like this. Keep cold calling, e-mailing, networking, checking the articling registry etc. There's always the LPP. Don't just hit the couch and try again next year!
  13. Hey OP, I was called in 2016, worked briefly as an associate in Toronto, did some duty counsel work in London, worked as an associate here for a year, and then opened my own practice in 2018. I had to hire a clerk within three months because of the volume of work that was coming in. There are some great online resources and groups that you can use to discuss with other solos and turn for help. It's also really great to have some friends in the area who you can turn to for advice if needed. You need to have a decent footing in the main practice area you want to practice within. I'd say get stabilized as a solo in that area before branching out into other areas too. It's easy to take on too much and get overwhelmed because of the worry about what happens if the phone stops ringing (which, by the way, it won't if you're in a centre with enough work and you get yourself a good reputation by treating clients well and doing a good job and being seen as a professional among the local bar, who will start to refer files to you as well).
  14. If this happened in Ontario, you can also contact Discrimination & Harassment Counsel through the Law Society free of charge. They are arms-length, I believe. https://lso.ca/protecting-the-public/information-for-licensees/discrimination-and-harassment-counsel How to Contact the Discrimination and Harassment Counsel Although the Discrimination and Harassment Counsel position is funded by the Law Society, the Counsel works independently from the Law Society. The Counsel keeps all information received in strict confidence. You can reach the Discrimination and Harassment Counsel by: Telephone: 1-877-790-2200 E-mail: [email protected]
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