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  1. As PJFry said, focus on finding the people you connect with (and the practice groups that interest you). The work done by the national firms and large regionals is generally similar (with some firms being stronger/better-connected in certain practice areas).
  2. Can confirm that Blakes, McCarthy’s, Stikeman, Fasken, BLG, and Bennett Jones in Vancouver have raised associate salaries by a few thousand over the past month or so. Also, I believe articling salaries for most of the big firms in dt Van are at $65,000 now.
  3. This sound amazing. Where do you work, if you don't mind me asking?
  4. FWIW, I went to UBC and currently work at a large firm in Vancouver, and the majority of my close friends at UBC did not do particularly well in the Vancouver OCI recruit, but they all did significantly better in the Calgary and Toronto recruits, so my anecdotal experience is the opposite of Amay's. My impression when I was going through law school was that the Toronto firms took less competitive UBC candidates during the 2L summer recruit because there were so many more job openings over there, but granted that it may have just been a function of the legal market at that time.
  5. I posted this over a year ago in another thread, but I find my experiences are (largely) similar: "I’ve definitely noticed that a lot of people tend to automatically give you more respect/deference when they find out you’re a lawyer. I also find that when it comes up in conversation that I work at a law firm, generally speaking, dentists/doctors tend to be more cautious (because they don’t want to get sued), salesmen tend to be more helpful (because they see you as a walking wallet who might become a repeat customer), service staff (e.g. baristas, concierges, bank tellers) tend to be more deferential (maybe because they’re under the false impression that I’m more important than I actually am), and members of the opposite sex tend to be more chatty (because they’re definitely under the false impression that I’m smarter/richer than I actually am)."
  6. I’m also in Vancouver. I have a bunch of in-house friends around here who work 40-45 hours a week, but not exactly sure what their compensation is. I know of 2: 1 works for a local post-secondary institution and makes about $125k for 45 hours a week, with every second Friday off. Went in-house as a first year but is now a 9 year call I believe. 1 works for a municipality and makes about $130k working 40 hours a week. Went in-house as a 3rd year call and is now a 5th year I believe. Both also have tons of vacation, given who they work for.
  7. It exists and is pretty reliable. Also, hearing Blakes Vancouver bumped up associate salaries in the past few weeks. Not sure by how much.
  8. Don't want to pry, but if you're comfortable sharing, do you mind telling us what your position and approximate compensation are? Hours seem to be on the high end, at least compared to my in-house friends.
  9. I know 3 lawyers who are CFAs (1 obtained the charter prior to law school, 1 during law school, and 1 during articling) and my significant other is a CFA as well. Although it can be a benefit since it showcases to clients that you're intelligent, driven, and can speak the language of finance, I question the utility of the time commitment required. The estimate is that each test requires about 300 hours of study, and combine that with the 4 years of work experience, I highly question the need to obtain the CFA for anyone who is not going into portfolio management. You are probably better off putting those hours into your legal career or networking with non-law employers if you want to switch jobs. Passing the level 1 exams might be a benefit in trying to switch.
  10. Can't comment on the school, but Melbourne's an amazing city. Lots of fun and tons to do.
  11. I work at a large firm in downtown Vancouver and my commute is about 50 minutes each way. I find it completely sustainable. I’m willing to give up the convenience of being close to work for the perks of saving on rent and being closer to my family and friends.
  12. Can confirm that several large Vancouver firms are paying $65k for articling students now. Will be interesting to see how big Vancouver firms react to the Calgary lockstep bump. I doubt there’ll be much of a reaction but I do know that more and more big law associates in Vancouver are considering Calgary as a viable option given how expensive Vancouver housing is, even for someone on a big firm salary.
  13. Lockstep refers to how most big firms have a set raise for each additional year of experience. e.g., 1st year calls make $100k, 2nd year calls make $110k, 3rd year calls make $120k (i.e., there's little to no variance between what firms pay their individual associates, or what each firm pays compared to others) Lockstep bump just means that the lock-step pay scale that (most) big firms are using has been bumped up higher.
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