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Everything posted by lcrowne

  1. The best advice I've ever gotten on this topic is "don't identify with your clients." This has helped me through some difficult times. But if you want to cure yourself of some of the empathy, a couple of years actively engaged in your law school's legal clinic should provide you with enough cynicism to counterbalance any excess of empathy. And at the end of the day, it helps to remember that you didn't get your client into this situation. If s/he could manage this problem appropriately on his or her own, your legal assistance wouldn't be required.
  2. Admin law lawyer. I'd say it's pretty intectually challenging much of the time, but it can be tedious as fuck sometimes too. At the moment, I'd just like to feel like I've developed competence in any area and then do that again. Right now, it's all learning, almost all the time.
  3. I can confirm this to be the case with RBC. I had to start repaying in June of articling year--just over one year post graduation (which is fine...3 months to go!) Whe I got the PSLOC, dude told me that the interest rate would "probably" stay the same and that it would be based on whether or not I made the interest payments on time. When it converted to a loan, they wanted prime + 3.5. I talked them down to + 2.95 because I told them I would move the loan to my line of credit at my regular bank (and because of the firm I work at, really). Fuckers.
  4. Grand Caymans hires Canadian lawyers, but the postings I looked at required at least 5-7 years post-call.
  5. Don't forget to include the opportunity cost of $240,000 of lost salary for those years you're in law school, plus the years post-call that it may take you to earn what you'd otherwise be earning as an engineer at that point. You could be looking at a half-million dollar proposition at that point. I left a career to go to law school, but I had topped out in my field at $50,000. In my case, it was worth it. But if I had had better earning potential, I never would have considered law school as a viable option. It's just a job, after all, and at a certain point, all jobs are stupid or boring or pointless or whatever.
  6. Sounds like a lot of grinding with no guarantee of being paid. PI is mostly done on contingency, so all that work is being done with no money up front and you're paying out of pocket for medical reports, which you're gonna need to beat the cap. Pretty risky business if you ask me.
  7. Alberta has a minor injury cap. Word is, there are a lot of career low-end PI lawyers practicing family law now.
  8. I work at a national firm and we do family. It's just for the super rich.
  9. By the time I finished articling, I needed progressive lenses. Those are for old people!
  10. I work in a national firm. A big chunk of everyone's articling year consisted of legal research and memo writing. Develop a reputation for being a good writer doing that and express interest in doing more writing tasks, and the work will follow. Most people hate writing and/or aren't very good at it, so they're happy to delegate it to someone else. It's worth nothing, though, that you won't get to do the research without the writing. So if you're hoping to spend all your time on quick law and nothing more, that's completely unrealistic.
  11. You've just described the last week of my life. Have hope, grasshopper. These jobs do actually exist. And these skills are highly valued.
  12. In my province, clerking adds 5 months to your articles. This sometimes means you don't get called until January. Since your remuneration can often depend on your year of call, clerking can end up costing you. Plus, I just wanted to get on with the business of being a lawyer. (I didn't apply for any clerkships, fwiw.)
  13. Law school is the beginning of a process that turns you into a douchecanoe who can't relate to anyone who isn't in law school. It gets worse once you're a lawyer.
  14. I regularly pass for under 30. I would tell you my secret, but then I'd have to kill you and steal your 20-something life force.
  15. That's some pretty short-sighted thinking. I made the same as an articling student as I did at the top of my (shitty) previous career. But I have gotten two pretty impressive raises already and can continue to expect more in the coming years. By the time I'm a fourth year call, I'll be making double what I used to. (Not that money is the reason I went into this or why I'm staying, but the long-term prospects are far better in law than in many other careers.)
  16. I started law school at 36 and got called to the bar at 40. It's hard to give general advice, but I'd be happy to answer any specific questions. Also, check out my post on my experience here: http://lawstudents.ca/forums/topic/25370-law-and-business-career-options-for-matures-aged-dirty-30-and-beyond/
  17. I would say that people should judge the situation for themselves. I went to most of my classes in 1L. In retrospect, it was largely unnecessary.
  18. I was one of those law school ghosts in 2L and 3L. I turned out ok. Not everyone has the same learning styles.
  19. I docket everything I do and let the billing lawyer decide what to do about it. It's not my job as a 2nd year associate to make these types of decisions.
  20. But why are you any more of a "flight risk" than someone in their 20's? The logic of this makes no sense given the attrition rates in law among recent calls, who are mostly in their 20's.
  21. Why does a person in their 30's need to justify going to law school?
  22. U of A law grad. I applied at 35 and started at 36. I had a <3.1 undergrad GPA, 3.9 Master's GPA, and a 163 LSAT. I applied mature, but I was accepted as a regular student. I'm pretty sure many of my mature colleagues had far worse stats than me.
  23. 3L was a total fucking waste of time. I learned 100 times as much articling as I did in all of law school.
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