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  1. Yes, exactly. I hardly think most people at Windsor are applying to OCIs. I don't have any numbers to back it up, but I think the logic in the post I was replying to is definitely faulty and should be considered by the OP.
  2. That assumes that 100% of the class at Windsor is applying to OCIs every year, which seems very, very unlikely.
  3. At the firm I worked at before going solo, the senior partner was in the middle of transitioning into purely real estate practice after having spent about 15 years doing family law. Even if the cement hardens, it's always possible to take a proverbial jackhammer to it. You just have to be comfortable going back and starting from scratch in terms of the learning, and depending on where you are (like big form vs solo for example), starting your business and possibly whole career over again. That may be more of a consideration than anything else really, especially if you have a mortgage, kids, etc. Earlier on, lots of people move around and try different things. Within the first five or even ten years of call, I don't think it's all that uncommon.
  4. Contact the law society. I requested extras my year and it was no problem getting them.
  5. Like others, I've had the whole range. When I lived in Toronto one of my neighbours introduced herself and when we were on the rooftop terrace one day and we started chatting. She asked what I did, told her I was a lawyer. She was actually really interested and then asked me what area of law I worked in. At the time I was doing crim defence and she got all awkward and the conversation ended. I got the definite vibe she thought I was scum all of a sudden lol. On the other hand, other people have been anything from impressed to blasé. But my favourite was when I was getting my haircut once, she asked the standard what-kind-of-work-do-you-do question. When I told her I was a lawyer, she said ya, she was going to be a lawyer too, cause she had the marks and everything... You know like she got mostly Bs and a couple of As in high school. But she decided to go to hairdressing school instead to challenge herself. To this day I'm not sure if she was trolling me or what lol. Now when people ask, I tell them I'm a family lawyer and the first reaction I get is usually a kind of disapproving remark that I probably make a ton from divorces. I sometimes mention that I do a ton of child protection/CAS stuff and people usually seem genuinely interetsed in that and how it works. Guess it all just depends on the context and who you're talking to.
  6. At least if you were goj g to be in Ontario, you could maybe try to do some LTB stuff or something in your spare time and in the summer. If you'll be out of province, you don't even have that option.
  7. Well, for example, some poor soul's divorce papers are confidential up until the date of filing, but they don't constitute privileged information, IMO. Unless what you were talking about is some kind of package of draft pleadings along with legal advice for review by the client.
  8. Covered by confidentiality = all other information learned from the client is the course of being consulted by or working for them... Not just "conversations", but that's not really the point here anyway. A lot of people seem to think that everything that's confidential is "privileged", which isn't true. While you still can't just hand over client info, privileged or not, at the border. I think it's fundamentally important for all lawyers to understand that, for example, many emails including their metadata and so on aren't necessarily automatically "Solicitor-client privileged". The exceptions for confidentiality and privilege are different, and it always concerns me that so many of us don't have a basic understanding of the difference, without googling on the spot for the purpose of an internet conversation, let alone a solid grounding in this area.
  9. Omg so much confusion between privilege and confidentiality in this thread... I feel like this topic needs to be covered off way more thoroughly either in 1L ethics and/or the bar materials.
  10. Like, January 2019? That's not very old...
  11. This is probably a function of the fact that I've only ever interviewed with solos or small practices with only three exceptions. It's almost always come up in my interviews unless the salary was explicitly posted along with the job itself... if it wasn't posted or raised by the interviewer, I usually asked about it, and I can't think of a time when the question wasn't answered. But ya, for bigger firms, may be different.
  12. Did salary not come up at the interview at all?
  13. Ottawa has a family law clinic as well (with paid positions in the summer, and positions for credit during the school year), and when I was there, also two family-law-specific courses taught by a very well-respected family practitioner in Ottawa who I believe was later appointed as the chair of the Family Law Program. I loved Ottawa, and I also happen to practice exclusively in family law.
  14. They used to sound of acceptance packages, but even seven years ago the pamphlets and stuff included in the folder were dated. It was just general info about the school with your acceptance letter on top if I remember. Exciting to get it, but now that you find out online anyway it's not like it came as a big surprise or anything. Still though, I wish Ottawa would put a little more effort into branding and making students feel proud of their school... little gestures like this can go a long way. Oh well. Maybe the next dean...
  15. I thought they stopped accruing as soon as you're suspended but I could be wrong.
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