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ericontario last won the day on April 5 2014

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  1. 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).
  2. 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]
  3. Try BMO with your cosigner. Also, it will take more than a year to get your 490 fixed. Number one thing is to pay off/resolve any collections and make sure everything is up to date ASAP. Then go from there with paying things down.
  4. Please don't do this... It makes the thread/question useless for others who might have a similar problem or question in the future
  5. Your option would be to go to uOttawa if you want to get a civil law degree in Ontario. You can do a straight civil degree or a dual degree with the common law JD as well. Check out the National Program if you're interested in getting both degrees.
  6. Depends on what you mean by Space Law though. I mean, companies like MDA, or organizations like CSA are going to have counsel. They may do a lot of corporate/commercial stuff... but there will be a lot of niche work likely involved too. Similar to corporate/commercial lawyers who specialize in aviation law and work for the airlines. Possibility anyway. I wouldn't write it off as a career option in Canada before at least doing so more research.
  7. There's an international space law moot that you should try out. Put a team together at your school with your faculty's support and see where it goes! EDIT: This is what I was thinking of: https://iislweb.org/lachs_moot/
  8. So....... anyway................... what was the question? I'm not 5 years out, only 4, but I'm reasonably satisfied. Still in that settling into what works and what doesn't, balancing life and work etc mentality.
  9. I went to Ottawa and loved it (I also did my UG at Carleton in the Faculty of Public Affairs, and knew many happy students in NPSIA programs).. I always think it's a great idea to try to stretch your legs a bit before you settle down. Now is the time to try life in another city, on your own. Finances are important, but it's going to be a lot harder to try life in other cities as you get older, need to start paying down your debt, want to have a family, start settling into a career etc. I also had a friend in the joint program while I was at Ottawa who was originally a year ahead of me but then ended up graduating in my year because of the added year for the MA. He loved the program, and ya, I know it felt a little odd for him to graduate a year behind **some** of his other classmates, but then again... he had a whole other year's worth of friends coming up right behind that cohort as well. I think if you're genuinely interested in the joint program and want to get out of your comfort zone, try somewhere new for a bit, etc. this is your best chance to do that. FWIW I now live in London. While I do love it here, Ottawa is much bigger and has a ton to offer in terms of culture and nightlife that is lacking in a smaller city like London. You're also relatively close to Montreal, and there is just a ton to experience and explore.
  10. I second (or third or whatever) the idea to check Halsbury's, only sans judgment. Honestly just go spend a few days at your local library, you'll find wayyy more resources, and they'll serve you much better than any law school notes.
  11. Good luck! It's about time BC legal aid lawyers were allowed to be able to feed themselves.
  12. The wait AFTER being accepted shouldn't be painful lol. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the next couple of months before you have any papers, exams, or recruits to worry about!
  13. Extra tickets are free. Ask the LSO for them, they will usually give them to you.
  14. I've seen this where basically all the lawyers pay their share of the rent and the receptionist's salary, and will then either have their own clerks or have some kind of sharing agreement in place. There are some examples of this where you will see them all working within a co-branded "law chambers", other times they will all maintain completely separate brands and marketing, and are really just sharing space. As others have said, it's a bit of a catch all term and specifics vary.
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