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    How to dress as a Court Spectator?

    I don't understand what this means. Anyway OP, sure if you want to go and try to meet lawyers and whatnot, dress nicely. But if you're actually looking for an answer to your actual question, which is how you're "supposed" to dress for court, and whether you can go casually... the answer is absolutely you can go casually. No need to overthink this one. If you just want to sit at the back in jeans and a t-shirt to take notes, yes that is perfectly fine.
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    How to dress as a Court Spectator?

    Not necessary for someone who's just visiting to observe.
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    Extreme Frustration With Jr. Crowns

    Yes. I agree with respect to the Crown, who is supposed to embody a quasi-judicial body, and safeguard the interests of justice and so forth, but the defence is required to zealously advocate for their client. That doesn't mean lying, cheating, ignoring the rules of the Court, but it certainly does mean being blind to public perception and so on to a certain extent.
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    Extreme Frustration With Jr. Crowns

    AKA, the adversarial system.
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    What type of Law is each school known for?

    I totally don't know how "what you make of it" got autocorrected to "what you are of it" or how "make of it whatever you want" got changed to "name of it whatever you want". Sorry.
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    What type of Law is each school known for?

    I have to agree with Erin. Law school is what you are of it. I have friends from uni who went to Ottawa, Toronto, Western, Queens, UNB, and UBC. I know people now who attended McGill and Windsor too. I have a few friends who ended up on Bay Street, one from Toronto, one from Western, a couple from Queens, one who went to UNB although the is now out in BC, and some of my colleagues from Ottawa. One of my best friends from Ottawa ended up at one of the major Crim firms in Toronto The friend who went to Queeens clerked, then articled, and now works in the DOJ. Other Ottawa colleagues went to MAG, some CLOC and some Crown, etc. A couple went on to do LLMs and try to get into teaching. A couple articled in Ottawa. I articled in Crim defence in Toronto and ended up here in London doing family and child protection exclusively. The UBC guy does business and solicitor work in Vancouver. The McGill girl works for a political party. Another Ottawa colleague worked for the UN war crimes tribunal in Cambodia and now works for her dad's firm in Toronto. Another Ottawa colleague got into sports law and works for some kind of international sports arbitration body in the UK. On and on and on it goes. Pick a school that's a good fit for you and name of it whatever you want.
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    Province and references

    Are you?
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    Are lawyers still using typewriters?

    Ya, but you are talking about a firm environment that still relies on typewriters...
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    Are lawyers still using typewriters?

    Yep, in my practice area I can guarantee that. Relax. It's a pretty laid back thread. Just commenting on how crazy it seems to have a typewriter in 2018.
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    Are lawyers still using typewriters?

    Seriously, with Adobe (not reader, the professional version) you can add text to a PDF anywhere you want. Wheyehrs it fillsble or not. Whether it's text or image. Any. P. D. F. There is no need for typewriters just to fill in unfillable forms.
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    Dilemma - to quit or not to quit?

    I did something similar. It's a job, not a marriage. You have to take care of yourself and your family, and as long as you handle things courteously and professionally, including by giving your current firm plenty of notice, you're doing nothing wrong.
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    Starting Your Own Practice

    Starting your own practice is a ton of work, but can definitely be worth it if you genuinely enjoy taking responsibility for the back-end business stuff as well as the legal side of things. If you have no business acumen and don't want to deal with running a business per se, then going solo is absolutely not for you. The money can be decent if you're running an efficient operation and getting enough calls coming in. There are lots of ways to find low-cost office space that provide opportunities for networking and consulting with colleagues as well. At the end of the day, good organization skills, confidence (but not overconfidence), and the ability to work alone for long periods of time are all essentials. I wouldn't suggest it to someone who's only ever worked in larger operations.
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    Articling Internationally

    International? You mean like Scarborough?
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