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Everything posted by Rashabon

  1. Well your reasonable confidence is misplaced and I'll state it definitively - you're wrong. Stop giving advice about Big Law and Bay Street hiring. You don't know anything about it. I'm quite transparent about what I do and where I come from. That you don't know is not my fault. Also you weren't transparent in the post I responded to about the fact that you have zero first-hand or really even second-hand knowledge of Big Law hiring before you started spouting off with dos and don'ts. I work on Bay Street, which I've been clear about around here many times which is where my own experience is coming from. Stick to what you know.
  2. I'm glad people reading this forum can benefit from the many years of experience in Big Law hiring you have under your belt.
  3. You can check out OpenText's solutions: https://www.opentext.com/products-and-solutions/industries/legal https://www.opentext.com/products-and-solutions/industries/legal/legal-content-management-edocs Intapp can be used for timekeeping: https://www.intapp.com/ I don't know whether these solutions can be truly cloud-based or not, but I'm sure there's something out there. There's lots of websites with recommendations for various law practice management tools but I imagine you're looking for more direct recommendations.
  4. It won't have a meaningful impact on your law school applications. At least some schools don't even count retakes in their calculation of your GPA.
  5. But you're not trying for U of T so not exactly a relevant data point. OP - you should be fine. Calculate your OLSAS GPA to see where you land against U of T's medians. If you're near or above them, there's really no point in trying to get a higher score.
  6. So law school prepared you for the real world by making you totally ill equipped to be out and about in it.
  7. Don't you actually have to observe something to have an observation about it? You're a law student, so commenting on the state of practice seems far beyond your actual experiences and observations.
  8. That works for California. It doesn't work for a large number of states which only admit lawyers that are educated at an ABA-approved school. I don't agree with you on constitutional interpretation. Canada has developed its own approach and most cases will look to existing Canadian jurisprudence, not whatever the Americans are doing.
  9. Are you saying in terms of what a paralegal is permitted to do, or in general?
  10. Your entire last paragraph is so wrong. The fundamental theory of Canadian constitutional law is diametrically opposed to the entire conservative judicial project's animating theory, which has dominated discourse in the U.S. for years, so that alone is reason enough to ignore it. But the existence of Section 1 of the Charter and nothing comparable in the U.S. is again such a fundamental difference as to again be so very wrong. Also there are a number of states that will only admit lawyers that have a degree from an ABA-approved school. It is not so easy to work in the states with a Canadian law degree, outside certain states like New York or California (which has an extra hurdle to New York but not that bad). EDIT: Found the old article I was looking for. Not only do Canadians not really look to the U.S. for constitutional matters, Canadian constitutional law is among the most influential in the world, if not the most: http://www.slaw.ca/2012/04/15/canada-is-the-worlds-constitutional-superpower/
  11. He wasn't talking about the $1900/wk being paid by McCarthys, he's talking about how the survey suggests most lawyers were purported to be earning more than $98K annualized in 2007 (which works out to $1900/wk).
  12. https://www.lawdepot.ca/terms.php?loc=CA
  13. So hire a lawyer, what are you wasting time here for?
  14. If the application doesn't request any you shouldn't send any. It's quite simple.
  15. This is bad advice. Why even include a mediocre or generic letter of reference at all? If the application asks for two, pick and send two. Then at least you control the process. If you send more, you run the risk of a recruiter ignoring the application because it failed to follow instructions, or deciding to read two of the three. Then you've lost control over your own application. This debate is academic anyway because the people that could conceivably have three game-changing LORs are not going to struggle looking for a job to begin with. Much like ECs, people constantly overrate the value of LORs, and a ton of firms don't even accept or consider them for good reason.
  16. I'm going to be honest, that doesn't work in a private practice cover letter either, and private practice is just as focused on "skills and experience" as the government. Every decent cover letter I've seen is just as "substantive" as one you'd see for a government application, because you're trying to show you're a skilled individual. I'm not really sure where anyone gets the idea that cover letters for private practice are filled with more nonsense than government ones. The only major difference between government and private practice is that you don't need a personality for the former, as evidenced by the majority of junior government lawyers :).
  17. Yeah I don't think that's true.
  18. I think there's a lot of misconceptions about "holistic" on these forums, and people have flipped around the meaning of it. Holistic means that people with less than stellar stats might get in if they have a compelling application package that the admissions committee otherwise likes, and they think the candidate will succeed in law school. It does not mean that stats are suddenly less meaningful or that you need amazing ECs, etc. to get in. A candidate with a 3.9 GPA and a mid-160s LSAT is getting into Osgoode without fail, even if they do not have a single meaningful EC. Stats are always, always the most important factor in getting into law school. To OP: Come back and ask this question after you see your score. It's meaningless to "shoot" for a score - you should always be aiming for the best possible score regardless of situation. However, once you have a score, people here can more credibly advise you on whether to cancel or just run with it.
  19. Chances are they aren't renting space above a Second Cup in a strip plaza. Also, point still stands that Crowns have the easiest business case of any lawyer in practice. They literally just have to do their jobs and that's it. No need to sell themselves to clients, hustle up business, etc. It's easy pickings. Also in 10-15-20 years Netflix can make a documentary about how you railroaded someone into prison on flimsy evidence. Makes for good TV.
  20. Crowns don't have to be business people on the side either. They show up, try to throw someone in jail and collect a good salary. Also sure, Marie Heinen is pulling in a ton. The guy doing DUI law with an office above a Second Cup in a strip plaza is not outearning the Crowns.
  21. No, they do not look down on switching majors or institutions, or in taking 5 years to graduate.
  22. Sweet potato fries, vegetables that aren't boring, cookies, cakes, homemade bread (better than anything you can get at a bakery), banana bread, keeping your pancakes and waffles warm while you finish cooking the rest, properly making a steak in a cast iron pan if you aren't bbq'ing it, making a good chicken, garlic bread, all the frozen food items which I never buy anymore, lasagna, french toast casserole, baked mac and cheese, pie, pizza (homemade or otherwise). If you don't have an oven I hope you earn enough that not having an oven is a silly decision, or you're prepared to live a miserable, empty life of eating ash and dust.
  23. All sounds about right, though I will say there are plenty of firms (including my own) that do not have an application process - you are told which group is offering you a position and you can take it or leave it. It's not uncommon for their to be shifts between hire back and the start date for a returning new associate, either as a result of changing need in the interim, or a new associate really not wanting to be in the group they were hired into and there being space/need in another group.
  24. Big firms definitely don't consider your hours - you're a student subject, mostly, to the whims of either a centralized system or a junior associate delegating work (usually the lowest leverage work possible). They don't give a shit if you're turning a profit as a student. Now if you don't have any hours because you aren't doing work, that's obviously a problem because there's nothing to evaluate on. But there is not going to be a big firm that evaluates their students on how much they managed to docket and bill. Every firm is different, and it depends on how they allocate students. In the big firm world, as hire back approaches, the people involved in the process will start speaking with the various groups to figure out need - can't hire 15-20 students back if you only need 8-12. Big firms are also generally trying to forecast some time out, to account for personnel changes and general work flow. I can't speak much beyond that because it happens at a level above me at my firm. Associates are involved insofar as their feedback will likely be sought as part of the standard feedback process, and obviously associates might have a view on a student and express that to people that might be able to act on it. Whether that feedback carries much weight or not depends on the person and firm.
  25. I don't think OP intended for this to be a rigorous poll. I think they just wanted feedback from people in that position. Obviously there is selection bias, as there is with literally every question posted on this website, given that you're drawing from whoever posts here and not the gen pop.
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