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  1. habsfan93

    Careers in Criminal Law

    I don't doubt your anecdote(s), but your suggestion that there is a major qualitative difference between lawyers in the US versus Canada such that a junior running a murder trial trial in the US is ho hum is ridiculous!
  2. This doesn't to go to your original question, but one thing you should consider is that if you don't already have US citizenship or permanent residence it might be trickier to land public interest jobs stateside because smaller organizations may not be able to secure work visas and larger "public interest" employers such as the federal government may require applicants to have US citizenship. Obviously jobs will still be available to you coming out of Harvard but you may find yourself with fewer options than your equally qualified classmates.
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    Lawyers from other jurisdiction/ country

    Not sure about country "A," but some countries/jurisdictions allow lawyers licensed elsewhere to provide some range of legal services under a "legal consultant" or "foreign lawyer" type exemption, and you can often work in-house without being admitted in the local jurisdiction, so there may be legal jobs available to you in country A even if fully practicing law is out of your reach (at least without doing a llm or new law degree or whatever else they require).
  4. NY big law experience is fairly marketable in Canada such that it is generally not too difficult to make the jump to a Canadian big law firm/litigation boutique. You should expect to take a seniority hit due to the different litigation skills/substantive knowledge you will be developing in NYC versus what a similarly situated litigation associate in Canada will have gained. Most people who make this jump seem to do so around the 2-4 year call level.
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    US Law School Ultimate Bar Pass Rate

    I've written both Ontario and NY relatively recently. Ontario is an open book multiple choice exam that basically tests reading comprehension and ability to look up answers in the materials for several hours without falling asleep. NY is like a closed book law school exam that covers a dozen or so different subject areas in pretty significant detail. NY is a lot more challenging, and I've never encountered any other ON-NY writers who have found otherwise.
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    Hours : Targets, Expectations and Consequences

    I've never heard of anyone ending the year with a low amount of billables. The firm keeps track of what you bill each month, and if you've had a slow month or two you usually get hit with some more work. Some people will bill a lot more than others but I think that's more a function of differences in the files people worked on than a reflection of the quality of each associate. My general sense is we end up working about the same hours as associate at firms with targets.
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    Hours : Targets, Expectations and Consequences

    I'm in US big law. My firm has no billable hours target. As far as I know all associates get the same bonus regardless of their hours. An average year is probably 2200-2300 hours logged, a few hundred hours of which will be non-billable (CLE, pro bono work, et cetera). I find about 3/4 of time I spend at work is billable, the rest being breaks/office chit chat/procrastination.
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    Quitting 2L Offer

    Maybe I didn't study this whole thread scrupulously enough, I thought this other job offer came out of the blue some time after interviews had completed. Obviously I was not advising OP to lie to anyone.
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    Quitting 2L Offer

    Forgive my hyperbole, it was not meant to offend you (or trivialize the plight of real "serfs"!). I'm not sure what part of my post suggested that students should have the freedom to walk away but law firms should not. I guess my position on this point is that the norm in most industries is not to have "ethical" rules that bind parties to each other, in addition to the applicable legal and contractual framework, and I'm not sure what this type of rule accomplishes in the legal sector. In my view, the problem with this specific requirement is that while the letter of the rule applies equally to law firms and students, students seem to feel the brunt of its deterrent effect/possible enforcement. I agree that it would not be nice for law firms to back out of articling offers, yet firms do do that (just ask a few of my classmates who saw their articling offers get retracted when the economy went to shit), notwithstanding law society rules. The firm that pulls that kind of move faces fewer potential consequences (will the shafted law student file a complaint and risk burning bridges? Probably not), than a student who would have to worry about the reputational impact (which I'm fine with) and the potential risk of having this held against them in their licensing (which I'm not OK with, as quitting a job has nothing to do with one's fitness to practice law).
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    Quitting 2L Offer

    To give a bit of a different take on OP’s question, the safest approach here (for the reputational risk reasons others have emphasized) is to stick with firm A. That said, there may be a tactful way to bail on firm A and take the job with firm B. If you decide to do it you should be upfront with firm A, tell them that you were unexpectedly offered the job with firm B after already having accepted firm A. I would not mention the higher salary, but you could convey that firm B will offer you experience that is closer in line with your desired career and will likely offer you articles, while the job with firm A seems to be more of a temporary one-off summer position kind of deal. You could ask whether you walking away will prejudice firm A, or whether they interviewed other worthy candidates who could take your place. Firm A could react in a few different ways ranging from saying “no worries, we don’t care, appreciate the candor, good luck with firm B” to treating it as some kind of mortal insult. Only OP knows the personalities involved and the other particular circumstances that would inform where on that spectrum firm A’s reaction is more likely to land. As for that inane LSUC(K) rule that apparently makes summer students indentured serfs for the duration of their employment, I’m skeptical that this is really something that would compromise OP being licensed. Surely OP would not be the first lawyer in Ontario to have walked away from a summer job?
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    NY Bar

    I can't recall exactly, I think it took at least a few months. I did have a few Canadian friends who missed the 6 month deadline by a month or two but BOLE was still able to certify their credentials with plenty of time to spare before the bar.
  12. It depends what you mean by "public sector," but I think if you are applying for say, Crown prosecutor positions, employers will expect to see certain courses on your transcript (i.e. crim pro), and if you haven't taken those courses they may justifiably question your interest in their line of work. If I was that kind of employer and I saw your transcript full of business law courses I would assume that you struck out on the corporate gigs and are turning to public sector jobs as a fall back option. Maybe a different story if you are thinking of public sector jobs that are more business law adjacent (like working at a securities commission or for the CRA or something like that).
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    NY Bar

    I wrote the NY bar after the change to the UBE, after going to Canadian law school and articling in Canada. The general verdict is that the UBE (which tests on federal law) is easier than the NY law specific test was. That said, the UBE is still no cakewalk. Most people I know used either Barbri or themis, and there are number of other reputable prep courses whose names escape me, all of which seem to work fine. I used themis, which basically gives you notes, lectures, and a shit ton of practice questions and then gives you daily/weekly study targets to keep up with, and it was decent. I’m not really sure which area would need extra attention as a Canadian. The one big subject that’s totally alien is con law, but at the same time that subject felt easier, likely because it is a lot less dry than some of the other topics. I wouldn’t expect whatever legal knowledge you currently have to give you too much of a head start on the bar, since even in familiar subjects like torts and contracts the test covers a bunch of obscure crap that you are unlikely to have encountered before. You just have to put the work in, and if you are able to devote a month or two to full time studying you will be fine! If you want to get a sense of the materials, the NYBLE publishes the old tests online, and I think themis lets you watch their 1L course lectures for free (most of the content of which is on the bar). Best of luck and welcome to NYC!
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    Barrister Exam Mistake

    Bless LSUC for ensuring that law school grads internalize how long CPD records must be maintained! They are truly doing the Lord's work.
  15. Some of this advice might be coming a little late, considering OP has probably graduated from one of these schools by now.