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  1. I mean what do you expect people to say? I went to law school in a city with shitty public transport. It took 45-60 minutes to get to university. It wasn't great, but it wasn't terrible. I could still certainly connect with peers and professors. By 3L I lived walking distance to campus. It was nice - I definitely would recommend compared to the long commute - but I don't know that it meaningfully impacted my education.
  2. You've identified a bunch of very, very different areas of law that are also very, very niche areas. Class-action lawsuits have pretty much nothing in common with representing detainees. Look - the overwhelming majority of litigation work can be found in some pretty basic areas: family law, criminal law, MVA accidents, and the like. This is where 90+% of litigators earn their living. Some of that really exciting high profile public interest lawsuits... a lawyer might be able to do a handful of those in their career. Virtually no one earns a living doing that kind of work. I mentioned I was waiting to hear on a position still with GOA that would very much fall within the kind of "public interest" work you describe. I asked how many people are currently doing that work - the answer is 1. If I got the position I would be the second - for the entire province. By comparison there are probably several hundred Crowns doing criminal work throughout the province. Look - it's okay to be interested in a really cool niche area. But I think you need to be more realistic about what kinds of jobs are actually out there, in particular for brand new calls.
  3. That's a double-edged sword though. There are plenty of cases where I go "well I sure am glad I don't have to decide this". My job is just to present the evidence and let the judge figure it out. My test is whether there is a reasonable likelihood of conviction - my personal opinions are immaterial,
  4. Just one note - in my experience when it comes to cases involving kids there is no "right" side of the conflict. Either there are two good parents fighting for custody, or two bad parents fighting for custody, or a dispute as to whether a kid should stay with a bad parent versus going to bad foster care...
  5. @SquirrelAtLaw so let's go over this: you want a job that only serves the public interest (and not be a mercenary of corporate interests), I get the impression you wouldn't feel comfortable in government work, you don't want to do any business development, but think a boutique litigation firm would be a good fit. You're describing a unicorn my friend. The job you want doesn't exist. I mean - there are a handful of lawyers who are employed by public advocacy groups, but even there my understanding is that they have to do a lot of "business development" by helping to fundraise. I just wanted to speak up in favour of the idea you dismissed - "just jumping from one opportunity to the next". I can tell you I had detailed plans in law school too - and none of them survived once I got into the profession. Instead I took one opportunity, then another and another. I've wound up in a place I never would have expected but am quite satisfied with my life and career. Ironically, I'm just waiting to hear back about a position that would take me back what I thought my plan was pre-law school (and would likely satisfy your definition of "public interest law"). But such a position would never have been open to me right out of law school and is only now an option because of the various leaps I've taken as different opportunities came about.
  6. @idkwhat2puthereOkay so in more details... Can lawyers help people? Of course they can! The most obvious that can come to mind is criminal defence - it's almost as much social work as it is lawyering. Trying to help line up a treatment bed for your client to try and get them out of remand, or obviously helping them to defend against the charges that could put them in jail. But also the flip side - it's very rewarding as Crown to help a crime victim but putting their abuser in jail. Or in family law, to help a parent keep access to their children. Heck evendoing something like residential real estate and helping people to become home owners. Good experiences? For the most part, sure. I mean it's a job and like any job there's times I don't like it - who wouldn't rather sit on a beach instead of working from an office? But it's emotionally and intellectually rewarding in my experience. Humility - law is very humbling. There is always someone out there who is smarter than you are or knows more about an area. There is always a judge out there who'll tell you they know more (even if they don't). I don't know that it's necessarily a competitive area either (although sure there are lots of competitive lawyers). But really the idea is to get the best possible outcome for your client, and not to beat the other side. I'm a Crown Prosecutor, had a fairly powerful sentencing this morning where defence and I came together and came up with a sentence that everyone could live with - there was no winner or loser. You don't need hubris - but you do need to be able to have a backbone and be able to say "no". Timeline. Okay, so I can't pretend I've ever had a terminal disease diagnosis. Best I can draw on is this: my wife's family has a long history of having a inheritable genetic disease. If your parent has it, you have a 50/50 chance of getting it - and several aunts and uncles have it (and now some cousins almost certainly have it). What I've learned from her family is you just have to live your life. Whatever will happen, will happen. Maybe you only have a few years, maybe you only have a few decades. But you can't let the fear of the unknown rule your life. If you want to be a lawyer, go to law school to become a lawyer. If you want to have kids, have kids. As a parent I can say there is never a perfect time to have kids. I've known people who were pregnant in law school, in articling, and in their first few years of practicing. Yes if you wait until you're more established it can be easier financially - but then you're faced with potential fertility issues and just generally the disadvantage of being an older parent
  7. I'm going to come back and answer in more detail later on, but my response is: if you want to be a lawyer, you should go apply to law school, all that other stuff be damned. If you want to be a teacher, then go and be a teacher.
  8. I really can't see it happening. If you're in private practice with a firm there's the huge issue of conflicts. If you're doing the work you're potentially putting the entire firm at risk of a conflict. With government the issue is insurance. Government self-insures - it doesn't pay for insurance. But that certainly doesn't cover any work done on the side.
  9. Competition law is an incredibly small niche. It's okay to express an interest in the subject but there's certainly no guarantee you'd ever wind up working in that area once you graduate.
  10. I tell you what - don't worry too much about what kind of specific niche you want to wind up in. Life is rarely that easy, and you have to partially be willing to chase opportunities that might present themselves. But hopefully mid-way through 1L you should be able to answer whether you want to be a solicitor or a barrister.
  11. So I'm kind of against blowing through hundreds and hundreds of dollars applying to schools all over the country and think people should apply a little more narrowly. But yeah, just one school probably wasn't wise. Good luck though it's still early days.
  12. I hadn't heard of the story, and that was the first hit when I googled it. https://www.macleans.ca/longforms/thomas-chan-supreme-court/ Such cases are always tough. I had one recently (thankfully no one was hurt). I think most people instinctively feel that it's not right that if you get so amazingly out of your mind drunk or high that you commit a crime it shouldn't be a defence.
  13. Okay so this is well outside of my expertise, and outside of my jurisdiction, but no-fault automobile insurance has bee well established in other provinces for decades. WCB has existed for decades all across the country. How on earth can a BC court suddenly rule that it's unconstitutional?
  14. I had to go back. I just meant that once you're hired here it doesn't say on your business card that you're only on a one year contract. All of our new hires - I don't know if they're permanent or on contract. There's not some big distinction, or class difference, between people on contract and those of us who are full-time. ACPS's use of contracts is different from what I've hard from Ontario. There (apparently) they use a series of short-term contracts, like three months. Here you'd typically be given a one year contract. I can only think of one person in the last number of years who left the office because their contract expired. I don't know how long it typically takes someone to go from a contract to full time employment. And when it comes to job security you're still on probation for your first year anyways, so you could be let go within that first year even if you were full time.
  15. I was just going back through this thread... I posted this in 2015. It's now 2021. And my wages are still frozen, with me not earning a penny more than back then.
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