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  1. Thanks everyone. It is good to know that I am not the only one. I unfortunately don't have a home office (well I do but my husband uses it; his job requires that he have more of a "set up" with screens and charts and graphs and stuff) and can't go into the office right now. I was managing better when I was able to go in a couple days a week over the summer but that isn't going to be able to happen for the foreseeable future. I like the idea of implementing very specific rules about being on vs off work -- I had those rules when I was at the office too (no lunch break until 3 hrs are billed etc) and I don't know why it is so much harder to follow them at home.
  2. I feel like my practice is slowly falling apart ever since I have been in quarantine. I am struggling so so much with concentration and organization, and just motivation in general. When we initially went remote it was ok, I felt like I wasn't as productive but it was alright. Then I had a huge, really time-intensive file blow up and take up all of my time back at the beginning of the summer. I was very stressed out, not sleeping, etc. I basically put all my other files on hold during that time to concentrate on this intensive matter, and I feel like I have been trying and failing at catch up ever since. I am starting to miss deadlines (not filing deadlines or things like that but internal ones), be slow to respond to emails, etc. just because I am feeling so overwhelmed and not on top of things. I get to the end of the day and I've only done like 1/3 of the things on my list and then I am ashamed and feel like shit and the cycle starts again the next day, but worse because I am already behind. I know that this is unsustainable but I just don't know what to do. A couple partners in my office have asked me what is going on with me because I am normally very on top of things, and I just don't know what to say. Anyways I am not sure what I am looking for, maybe a bit of commiseration or advice? I got in touch with a therapist a couple months ago which was not that helpful.
  3. Thanks, that is interesting about the LSO and good to know. I wouldn’t think that’d still be an issue these days. I will have to read up on insurance/etc to see if that makes sense to do during the search.
  4. My husband and I are from Ontario but have been living in a different province for the last ~7 years. I've been working as a lawyer/articling student for the last ~4 of those. The biggest thing keeping me here is my job - I love my firm, the people, the work, etc. I have friends out here, sure, but miss my family and best friends, the city we are from, etc., and my husband feels the same way. He doesn't love his job in the same way that I do. We have been talking about going back for a little while now. I am leaning towards moving because I think, overall it will be better for both of us to be closer to family (him especially). I also owe it to my husband for moving out here with me and sticking around when he would have rather been in ON. However, I am getting a ton of anxiety about moving and finding a firm that I love as much as mine. It seems so rare (don't get me wrong - sometimes I am overworked or hate my clients, but in general I'm very happy as a litigation associate which I am discovering is not very common). I am also not sure the best way to go about making the move - I think if I explained this all to the partners in my office they'd be supportive and maybe even set up coffee dates, meetings, etc. with people in the new jurisdiction. Alternatively I could start applying from out here so there would be no gap period where I wasn't making money. The other thing I was thinking about was applying for my Masters in ON (I really love school as well, haha) to make connections through that (although I think taking myself "out of the game" for a year could also totally backfire). Basically I really want to be as open & honest as possible, make this as smooth as possible, and not burn any bridges. Does anyone have any advice or experience they can speak to about this? I am worried about having to learn a whole new way of doing things, new rules of court, etc. since I am finally feeling like I know what I'm doing a little bit. I'm also worried that I will hate my new firm and be full of regret about moving (also the city that we'd be moving to is WAY more expensive than where we are currently at, which adds to my fear of regret). Finally, I am thinking about timing and whether it makes sense to move now while I'm still relatively junior, or in a couple years when I'm more "mid level". If you can tell I am a bit of an anxious person and really would just like to hear from those that have been there.
  5. https://www.google.com/search?q=barristers%20robes%20canada
  6. Cheers everyone, I will be in Calgary, not Toronto, so I'm more worried about dirt/dust and messing up my clothes than sweating in the humidity. It sounds like it's simple/doable enough, although I don't know about the logistics about leaving a bunch of suits in the office.
  7. I'm hoping to put off buying a car when I start my articles, and bike to work instead. Does anyone here bike to work on the regular? Do you bring a change of clothes (I am female and image I will often be wearing skirts)? I'm not planning on living very far from my office -- maybe a 10 minute bike ride for the neighbourhoods I'm looking at. Does it make sense to bike to work as a lawyer, or will I be carrying heavy documents with me (will be at a litigation oriented firm)?
  8. I went to the U of A from Ontario for the exact same reason. It was the right choice for me, but you really need to think about where you want to end up working beforehand. U of A places well in Edmonton and Calgary, and okay in Vancouver. You need to establish yourself here though -- I found that Edmonton firms (as compared to Calgary) were particularly wary about people from Toronto or Vancouver leaving and going back "home" after a year of articles. I think this is negated though if you can confidently tell them that you want to stay, and name actual reasons why.
  9. I posted a similar thread on here during articling week this past year. I ended up putting my political expierience on my resume -- as long as it's a mainstream party, I think that kind of experience helps more than hurts. I have volunteered with a mainstream party that is not the Conservatives for years and ended up getting hired at a Calgary firm. One of my interviewers was a strong Tory supporter; we spoke a bit in the interview about the recent changes in provincial politics here & about what that might mean for the federal election. I think he was actually impressed with my "grit" as the party that I support gets a lot of flack in Alberta.The most important thing is to keep it positive and show that despite your political leanings, you won't let partisanship get in the way of building relationships.
  10. When I applied for articling some firms asked for reference letters as part of their application package, some didn't. If you don't think you'll get a good reference from the firm you summered at, you should get a letter from a prof or two
  11. Everyone has given you good advice. I just want to chime in and say that if you DON'T get a job from OCI interviews, that's not the end of the world either. I have anxiety issues and when I didn't get a job - especially after a grueling week that was definitely outside my comfort zone - I felt like I'd completely failed and wouldn't be able to succeed in law. But going through so many interviews and then having several months to think and reflect on what they were looking for - and what I actually wanted - was really helpful going through articling week. I don't think I was ready for OCIs when I went through them, but they were a huge learning experience and ultimately helped me to find a job regardless.
  12. I'm not sure if it's the same in all cities/schools/law firms, but when I went through OCIs at the beginning of 2L the JD/MBA folks that interviewed with us were starting their 3rd year.
  13. Just to answer my own question, I was hired at a firm (yay!) & didn't get an ITO from them.
  14. So after 2nd round interviews... is that it? now we wait until Tuesday?
  15. I worked part-time in 2L and plan on doing so again in 3L (only approximately 12 hours a week). I didn't work in 1L because I thought I might be overwhelmed, but I think it would have been feasible. I have had strong grades throughout law school so far and I don't think working affected them at all - as the posters above said, if you can manage your time, you can easily squeeze in one or two evenings of work. It just means one or two less evenings spent in watching House of Cards or whatever. I'm still involved in extracurriculars as well and did a moot this year (that being said, I don't have a family or other obligations that take up tons of time other than school/extracurricular stuff/social activities). We're only in class for like 15 hours a week!
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