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  1. PArtners at major firms are not going to disclose their draws, and you'll note ZSA doesn't even attempt to give ranges for those. Those numbers are guarded like Fort Knox. Those ZSA ranges also don't apply to lawyers working on their own. Much like a partner, they're not really being paid a salary, but simply take home whatever is left after the bills are paid, and can vary greatly from month to month.
  2. Okay, so lets put aside the "would it be too hard to live on your own". It's not really. It would be an adjustment, but nothing life-altering. Lets go back to basics - do you want to move away from (Saskatoon?) to Calgary, or do you want to stay? Both are perfectly valid choices, but it's up to you to make that decision. Because if you go to U of C it will be much easier for you to get a job in Calgary. If you go to U of S it will be much easier to stay in Saskatchewan. Then make your decison from there. Anecdotally, I didn't move out of my parents house for good until third year of law school. I did however do a co-op work term for six months out of town which was a good "growing up" kind of experience. The dynamic was different when I came back and went to law school while living at home. If the OP still feels very dependent on their parents I would suggest they take steps now to become more independent, whether or not they still live with their parents.
  3. A few different thoughts: -33-34 is not too old to be a lawyer. Plenty of people have started out in their thirties, and many have been doing much less productive things with their time than getting a PhD. -on the other hand it might be kind of tough to live a student lifestyle for that long. I was 26 when called to the bar and kind-of glad to start earning a real paycheque, buy a car and house, get married, etc. -Edinburgh is a really cool city though -you don't mention what kind of PhD you'd be getting. a STEM advanced degree would I understand be useful in working in IP law (but on the other hand you already have a Masters), whereas something in the humanities... not so much. OP is at a crossroads, and no matter which route you take, it will be with some regret about "what might have been". It really depends on how what you want to do with your life: if as ProfReader says you still think you might want to give academia a go, then shoot for the PhD. But if you're pretty set on being a lawyer, I think it would be better to just get on with it and not take a multi-year detour.
  4. Given you want to go to U of C, wait until you hear back from U of C before stressing out.
  5. You're certainly not crazy! Look, in some ways I won't mince words. There's not going to be a lot of people your age in your law school class. If you're lucky there might be one or two - but that does mean people in middle age+ do go to law school! I remember I tutored one woman in Con law who was 20+ years older than I was. The one caution I might have is it's April now. You're looking at a 2020 start date, and wouldn't be called until 2024, at which point you'll be 53? If you have money then by all means go for it, but I don't know what kind of return on investment you'll get if you have to borrow to cover tuition. Junior lawyers (which you'll be) aren't always very well paid to start out. But your brain might be feeling rusty now, but I bet you'll probably be feeling re-invigorated after trying to keep up with all those 20-somethings in class.
  6. I feel like it would be bad form for me to like this post, but I did want to thank you for your kind words.
  7. Let's try in reverse order. 3) in the spring. Usually March-May or thereabouts. Firms do want to be fair to their students and give them lots of notice, but there's usually lots on their plates at the start of the year and student hireback is not at the top of their list. 2) There is no process. You've worked with these people for a number of months - there's nothing more that could be learned from an interview or a letter. You will probably be asked verbally if you're interested in being hired back or not, then later on you'll just be told if you're being kept or not. 1) Few different areas to think about. Obviously be likeable, collegial, willing to take on work. Outside of your control, but yes you need to be in an area that needs junior associates - you can be the most outstanding articling student ever, but if there's no work for you to do, that's the end of the world. I think it's also important that you have a mentor - a partner who is willing to go to bat for you. It's one thing for the people around the table to say "Yeah, chezjackie is pretty good", than to have Partner X say "We absolutely need to hireback chezjackie".
  8. Well, thanks for not calling me out as being sexist, misogynist or something Diplock! And I see the OP has replied again, and specifically NOT commented on their gender. Look - perhaps I should have been more open to the idea that the OP is male. I did, after all, take 3 months parental leave on the birth of my first child. Context, however, is key. I took parental leave when my oldest was born (and not my other kid) because I was with PPSC at the time which had a generous parental leave top-up program. As such I did not lose very much salary. When my other child was born I was with Alberta Justice, which did not have a top-up program. As such I took 2 weeks holidays. We could not afford the massive hit to my salary that relying on EI alone during my parental leave would mean. And my experience is not unique. When I was with PPSC my employer didn't blink my taking 3 months, because the last two new dads had taken the full year. Since coming to the province, I do not know of a single new dad who has taken any parental leave at all. Now I'm a fair bit removed from private practice, but my understanding (which may be wrong) is that parental leave top-ups are pretty rare in the private sector. So my question for the OP is: does either your current position, or your new position, have a parental leave top-up? In any event however, I don't think a leave of 3, 4 or even 6 months would cause any great concern. For some reason it's the 12 month gap that is more likely to cause problems.
  9. You're a young female associate with a single young child. I find it inconceivable that they would be utterly blind-sided if you told them you were taking maternity leave in a year. The new firm (according to you) offers more interesting work, significantly less billable hour expectation, more room for mentorship, and has other lawyers with young family. Oh yeah - more money too. Take the job.
  10. For what it is worth. I have never heard of a one week trial period. I question what worth it would be in any event - in your first week you're A: not going to know enough to do any meaningful work, and B: even the most useless employee could hold it together for one week to show up on time and keep their shoes tied.
  11. No brainer. Save the $40k. Nothing wrong with living at home during law school. No other factor you mention comes close to outweighing this.
  12. Summer before law school I got a job up in the wilderness. I brought a big collection of classic novels and read through a bunch of them when I wasn't working. I still feel like that was the best use of my time that summer, and regretted nothing.
  13. I say this a lot this time of year - just shill out. Wait to hear back from UVic or UBC. I have long said that all other things being equal, it's better to go to school in the place you want to work. But definitely, not getting in to your local school means not everything is equal! It's a little bit harder, and you miss out a bit on the local connections you make in law school, but it is definitely possible to get a job in BC when going to school elsewhere.
  14. All three schools are very good. You can't get wrong getting a JD (sigh) from any of them. Where do you live? And where do you want to practice law in after you graduate? This is far more important that trying to game where you might get into the top ten percent of marks. Getting Dean's List is a nice feather in one's cap, but is a total crap shoot at your point - and I would not say any one school is less academically rigorous than any of the others you mentioned.
  15. I would wait until I hear back from Queens and Ottawa. Why drive yourself crazy trying to pick when you don't have all the information yet?
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