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  1. I also made this transition, with the same timing -- transferred immediately after my call in Ontario. Be aware that it takes a bit of time for the paperwork to be processed at the BC end; I was called in Ontario in September and it took ~2 months for LSBC to deal with all the things and get me officially called out here. (The good news, as Chuckles64 says, is that you don't have to write the exam. And you also don't have to do PLTC.)
  2. I'm sorry to hear you have PPD -- I hope you have the supports you need to help you through it, and wish you best of luck on the journey back to feeling like yourself.
  3. Did 'em both in March, was working full-time during the study period, passed, and I also didn't go to an Ontario school. It's certainly doable (and most people I know did it that way too.) Agree with utmguy that there's a broad swathe of overlap in the material, too.
  4. Yes, this. (I had really, really easy pregnancies though.) Other than saying that, I'll PM you.
  5. In my experience undergrad grades do sometimes come up during the discussion of in-firm interview candidates -- we might note something like a failed class, or an overall trend among the undergrad grades (very high overall, very low overall, an upward trend etc) but I've never seen it be a determinative thing, and in all those cases the candidates had already been selected for in-firms so even an F on a transcript doesn't seem to have been a problem in getting past the on-campus interview stage. Law school grades are much more important.
  6. I'm off on mat leave right now for a year and my partner's also off, full-time; we have a toddler and the new baby, but we don't have any additional child care, paid or otherwise, so there's no question that we both have plenty to do. Even though you have other resources I'd still say at least a month for him, if you can swing it financially, for a couple reasons: first, the PPD thing -- the more support systems you have around you in those early days, the better - even just more people to keep a close eye on you, and someone who knows you really well to know when you seem *off* from your usual self; and, second (and this is a systemic issue, not something particular to you), I would like to see men in general taking more parental leave when they can, because the more that do, the easier it becomes for the next one to do so, and so on. That idea that "the men at his firm take a day or two, a week at most" is something that becomes a mental barrier to men taking the time to be at home with their families and places the burden on women, who often take a year (or sometimes stop out of the workforce for a while). I've seen something similar at my firm but lately there have been some male associates and partners who have taken up to two months of leave after the birth of a child and I think that example will have a trickle-down effect. Just my two cents and of course if you decide for financial reasons or whatever that it's not doable, that's a whole different thing. As for you and the future, what's the longest you've taken off before with the kids? Did you enjoy it or did you want to go back to work? I think it varies from person to person whether they'll miss work or if taking a longer time out makes sense. Would part-time be a possibility on your return to your firm? I know lots of women who did 60-80% for a number of years when their kids were younger and that seems to have been a good balance.
  7. I made this mistake, too, and it was a pain to deal with, but if I recall correctly I'd made some other mistake as well that meant I had to apply for an abridgement of my articles. PM me if you like and I can tell you how things went down for me, but as your first step you'll want to call the Law Society ASAP and explain what's happening.
  8. So, I have this that I have worn on some occasions in court (and during my call to the bar in BC) instead of a shirt. (I also have the shirt; I've needed to wear the winged collar shirtfront thingy because I've been pregnant for most of my career as a lawyer, including during my call ceremony, and the shirt didn't fit over the bump or combine well with maternity pants. However, I know some lawyers wear it instead of the shirt because it cuts down on the heat, which can really ramp up with the robes, waistcoat, and full shirt.) That's the only way that you could get away with not having the shirt, because when everything's done up it looks like you are wearing the proper shirt with tabs. If the employee was suggesting that you could go without entirely, then that would be incorrect in both BC and Ontario so far as I know.
  9. I have a visible tattoo on my leg (upper calf), and it was visible during my interviews for SCC clerkships as well as at my big-law firm (yes, I am a woman, and yes, I was wearing a skirt suit), and I was hired for both. I've never had anyone say anything about it. It's not particularly in-your-face and the subject matter is vanilla. I would say that tattoos which fit that description, and which can be covered by clothing fairly easily, aren't a detriment even at more conservative places of employment. Something really large, always visible, or of edgy subject matter (I'm thinking about this story) would result in different considerations.
  10. I vaguely recall mention being made of one or two glowing reference letters during the last summer student recruitment process at my firm but don't think they had much, if any, real impact. They also didn't hurt, though.
  11. A number of big law firms do come to the Court to do recruitment dinners; they are definitely interested in landing clerks, so if that's the route you want to go it shouldn't be a problem.
  12. I'm also happy to field specific questions by PM. A minority of clerks that I know have gone into academia or done LLMs; most are litigators, but the type of litigation and location and size of firm varies wildly. Some of them are in policy or in government. Like erinl2 says, it's pretty varied. I will note that in my year I think only 2 out of 27 people knew where they were going at the end of the year when they arrived, but the rest of us ended the year having secured our next positions/places in school (for those going on to further academics). So you're not unusual in not knowing what the next step is.
  13. She has until June 15, I believe.
  14. I am also confused about the timing (even with the additional info), but putting that aside for the moment, I echo those who suggest that she write while pregnant, rather than after giving birth. I wasn't pregnant/a parent when I wrote the Bar, but I have since then been pregnant twice while working as an associate in a big law firm, and based on that experience I wouldn't see writing the bar exam as being particularly problematic. Best for her would be writing it in the second trimester, as generally speaking that's the most "pleasant" of the trimesters (morning sickness is usually done, if you have it; energy levels are quite good; the peeing thing's not as bad as it will be in the third trimester). That being said, I've done full-day appeals and other similarly long court appearances in both the first and third trimester and they all went fine, too (with the obvious caveat that some pregnancies are much more debilitating than others). Not sure if the option she has right now would be during second trimester or not. Now, let's say she can't write during pregnancy for some reason (because of the confusion about the timing, I'm not sure whether she's currently articling or is still in law school; maybe can't write now for one of those reasons). I am not sure whether the OP is saying that there's a single mother situation here or not; that might change my advice. If there's a partner in the picture, and she's taking a leave from whatever other obligations might be on her plate, I'd recommend writing both of them at the same time and not doing so any earlier than 4 months after birth, preferably 6 months. If she's breastfeeding, six months should be old enough that pumping at lunch and after (or getting permission to have the baby brought into the building at the lunch break to breastfeed, that seems like something the Law Society should support given the equity/diversity initiatives mentioned above) should be sufficient.
  15. Okay, now I think I do know which firm it is. The associate in the northern office does not have a ton of experience, but I don't think that this is a recipe for a law society complaint (any more so than that particular area of law already is); the firm itself has quite a good reputation, and lots of experienced people, and they'll all be a phone call away. In my firm I do quite a bit of work with people in other offices where we mostly interact by phone and I don't find that to be detrimental -- if I've got a concern or don't know what to do on something a call clears it up just as well as sitting down in their office to discuss. I would say that it's definitely worth sitting down with the firm's leadership and discussing how they see this working in terms of mentorship and oversight, because if you are really set on doing this area of law in this location, this may be a somewhat unique articling opportunity.
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