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Everything posted by TKNumber3

  1. I think law school does prepare you for practice, or at least the litigation end of it. Fact pattern analysis, cause of action analysis, remedy-right interaction, argument and delivery, and many more things were at least addressed in addition to the black letter law (which is also helpful) in most of my courses. While I may never go back to class notes, I don't think it was a waste of time.
  2. Plus, you generally get to do it in a passive aggressive way, which usually is the most hated response for that category of douche canoes. "I'm sure my friend didn't intend to misstate the record, but I should just note for the court..." "Notwithstanding the ample submissions of my friend, noticeably absent was any response to..."
  3. To me there are hurdles with IT at larger firms. You'd likely need some pull to convince them to let you develop anything that'll interact with the core suite of approved programs. Unless you can do it another way, or it's less invasive than I'm imagining (no experience here, just know IT likes to keep the lid on even the most basic elements). A big plus is knowing enough for basics like excel macros. I've tried the odd one here and there and really need to up my game in that department.
  4. You don't need a PhD to do IP work. You don't need a PhD to do IP work. You don't need a PhD to do IP work.
  5. It's arguably personal preference, but the clearly correct answer is they should not be worn outside formal dress. Realistically don't be "French cuff guy" and it shouldn't be an issue. Try not to wear them on more casual shirts and don't wear them without a tie (again, personal preferences).
  6. STEM can be a wide scope, but personally I didn't find any unique issues. The preferred writing approach in law mirrors STEM a bit. Objective->Summary->point by point analysis is consistent with how lab reports or papers are drafted (IMO at least). I found that prior exposure helpful in drafting summaries or memos, as well as exams. The rest is pretty self contained, so you're learning the same brand new stuff as someone from any other background.
  7. Biglaw's problem (well, not exclusively big law), especially as a more junior associate, is always a general lack of predictability. Client decides late Thursday they want random request by Monday. Guess who has to rearrange weekend plans to get it done? (Hint, usually not the higher ups on the file). I think Ottawa has a good number of gov't and tribunal options. Obviously depends on your area of interest. Not too sure on in house, may be somewhat more limited with lots of larger companies being based out of the GTA.
  8. Not sure why we necro'd a year old post... That said, from talking to some people with experience in this type of position it can give you good experience provided your strategy is to use it as a stepping stone. Not overly interesting as a long term option (unless you're a freak who enjoys doc review).
  9. Generally speaking: 1. About what you'd expect for big law, but not quite as bad as Toronto. Lots to do and not enough people to do it. Biggest issue is typically the lack of predictability. 2. Most starting salaries are on NALP. If memory serves they're around 75-85k to start but I could be wrong on that. Add 10k a year for the first 4 years or so, after that it gets more individualized. 3. What do you mean for this? Stick it out and there's a good chance for partnership. Otherwise there's lots of local gov't or tribunal positions people often jump to.
  10. Also, 60% isn't purely "cost", the partners also get a cut for bringing in the business for you to work on.
  11. 8-6 as a "base" day seems pretty accurate, plus some evenings and weekends here and there. Obviously not all billable, but on good days you only lose 1-2 hours. Bigger problem is there's no real "normal" week; bounces from slow to crazy to average to slow again.
  12. No personal experience, but I feel that the work experience associated with having a P Eng would be more relevant than the designation. As for maintaining it, can't comment on liability, but would be surprised if anything you did as a lawyer would ever wander into an engineering opinion. Either way, your firm probably wouldn't pay your fees so you'd have to decide if maintaining it was worth it.
  13. Can you sign up for a car share service like Zipcar? If you only need it occasionally that may be an option, though you'll want it to be reliable.
  14. Best to view it as not just hireback, but also hiring generally. If you do good work and the lawyers like you but can't make the numbers work to bring you back they will usually reach out to their colleagues elsewhere to recommend you. So basically learn everything you can and do good work.
  15. There is an insane amount of time for the gym during school, it's articling and practice where you'll need to force a set time and keep the routine. It's doable though, I found the morning was the easiest to go consistently cause you're never really sure when your day will end. Others would break up a workday with an early evening gym trip followed by more work if needed on busy days.
  16. I'd be careful with this though, as I'm always worried that papers on "pet" issues have to be top notch given the profs extra familiarity with the issue.
  17. Faxes will always exist until they are no longer classified as a manner of service. I'd love for firms to have a "[email protected]" general email, rather than a generic fax that then gets emailed to me in poor quality. But as it is I have to opt in to e-service for each and every file.
  18. Would you rather they hid it from you? Have them say we place an emphasis on work life balance and value everyone's free time, only to show up and realize it's a lie? Recruiting is an expensive, time consuming and stressful endeavour. Best to be as transparent about what you expect as you can.
  19. One thing I would say is never self-edit to alter your efficiency. First, as said above nobody really cares for articling students. Second, firms don't seem to expect new associates to be 90%+, they recognize there is a learning curve. Third, if you have 30% efficiency that may indicate a fixable problem such as missing the scope of the question asked, or not being aware of existing templates. In the end it is a metric you should be aware of, but unless it is way off it is a metric outside of your control so don't stress it too much.
  20. You're right, was thinking FC not FCA. Would agree with the above about focussing on principles vs subject matter.
  21. The way I see it, the majority of FCA cases are immigration and IP related. You don't necessarily need classes in those areas, but what you need is a way to discuss them in an interview. Why are you interested, why FCA, etc. etc. As per above, if you already have the job then don't worry about it. Any reading you wanted to do is just for your benefit. Subscribe to the FCA and FC new decisions, take a daily skim, and try and keep up to date. That's most of the battle. Then you do as you're told by your judge.
  22. Possible alternative is herringbone, which provides some appearance of added texture while equally being less stand-out.
  23. It should go without saying, but I feel the need to point it out anyway, that being specific does not mean "make something up or stretch something too far to sound interesting." You don't want to be the person who listed "brewing beer" cause you thought it sounded like a better term in place of your actual interest in "taking boozy brewery tours," cause I'm 100% going to ask you questions about your setup and you're going to look like a fool.
  24. I know who you mean. Thought it might be him but wondered if there was somewhere else I needed to check out. Thanks.
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