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  1. Yeah, the first week I was incredibly distracted with the news/"co-workers" so hours took a hit (4-5 a day) but we've gotten a routine down so I'm hitting about 8 on average. Its actually nice to hit that and still be home for supper everyday. I miss the office but a part of me will also mourn WFH when it ends.
  2. The main problem with this approach is sitting down and reading all of those pages for 1.5mths. The bar exam is not a test about how well you retain information - it's about how quickly you can find the information. Because of circumstances I'm not going to get into I only had 2 weeks to study for the bar. That was enough time to put together a good index with my study group (although in retrospect I probably should have just bought it) and do a crap load of practice tests to get used to using my index. Don't waste time reading - use the time to practice and you'll be fine.
  3. Yeah, that's weird about BLG and Gowlings. Interestingly McCarthy's still has their first year associate salary up at 110K.
  4. Geeze - tagged the wrong person. Apologies - it's been a long week.
  5. Yeah - for me it was a matter of making sure my family was still comfortable while paying down the debt. My wife makes significantly less than I do so there is a balance there to ensure that we can both live well and not worry about financial pressures. For me that means I pay just over the minimum amount towards the debt and have stuffed the rest into savings. Having a nest egg to fall back on has really given me mental comfort (especially in times like these where there really isnt any job security). We still live well - go on vacations, eat out (in normal times), have a nice car etc. As @QuincyWagstaff said - its important to me to live well if I'm working the hours that I do and that means not paying $4-$5K a month towards the debt.
  6. So. I've confirmed that NRF, BLG, Weirfoulds and Miller Thompson have cut salaries between 10-15%. Also that Torys, Blakes and McCarthys have not. Any others out there following the trend?
  7. I have also heard of large National firms communicating that they will not be following Norton Rose's lead and salaries will remain unaffected (for now?) I'm not sure how anyone can really say that at this point - but wanted to put it out there that it appears that not every firm is following suit. My firm remains silent on the point and we're all just keeping our heads down and trying to bill.
  8. NRF (or so it is rumored). Even if it is available to big firms (which I think it is) it "only" covers 75% up to $58000. I'm sure it helps but doesn't cover nearly the salaries of associates at a large National.
  9. Also at a big firm and we are BUSY. We've had some court dates pushed back but as of now there is no shortage of work. We are also doing remote discovery etc. So in many ways the litigation files are still being pushed forward.
  10. Hey all, and thanks for the shout out @erinl2. As was mentioned above, it is very unlikely you will study anything related to IP in first year - it's possible you'll have some tangential lectures in property law, but otherwise it's not emphasized in 1L (or really throughout law school unless you seek out opportunities to study it). I absolutely love practicing IP because I find that it uses every ounce of knowledge that I have (from my undergraduate degree to my graduate degree to my law degree). What I do is basically science law and it's awesome. Do I get to work with Nobel laureates on cases? Why yes, yes I do. Do I get to travel around the world working with clients and experts? Yes, I do! Do I get to help to coordinate multi-jurisdictional law suits for litigation all over the world regarding multi-billion dollar/year drugs? You bet! As mentioned above the IP bar is extremely small and, as you will see in the thread quoted above, it can be very difficult to get in. I do disagree with the point that if you have an engineering/science background it will be "easy" to find a 1L or 2L job - these positions are still very competitive and purely having that kind of background does not mean you necessarily get a job. I agree that the field is male dominated - however many firms are making in-roads to effect change. Remember, that McCarthy's article is 10 years old and from what I understand they are really taking steps to effect change. If you have any more questions feel free to reach out!
  11. I work at a large Bay Street firm and bill (on average) between 2100-2200 hours a year. I also have a family and weekly extra-curricular activities. It is 100% doable - but as emphasized above it just requires time management and communication about your schedule to your team. Scheduling after 7 and on weekends will probably make it more practical. It is so important for our mental health to make time doing something that "brings you life". Honestly - I think I'm more productive at work because I have regular activities in my life that allow me to re-center and not loathe some of the files I'm on.
  12. I articled at a large firm. We didn't get anything for a holiday bonus. We also did not receive a performance bonus. I had no idea either was a thing for articling students until I read this thread. As an associate we get a small ($750) holiday bonus and then a performance bonus in the new year. Generally we put the holiday bonus towards gifts/treats (nice scotch, fancy appetizers etc.) for the holidays. Performance bonus -- 50% into RRSPs and 50% into vacation(s).
  13. I briefly scanned this thread and I'm not sure whether anyone has said this yet so here it goes: Remember - if you're doing a fee split (or proposing one) often those arrangements are based upon fees collected not billed. Often, even with good paying clients, these are not collected for 3-4 months after the bills go out. Make sure you're clients are actually paying up before you go with the proposal and be cognizant of how long you might have to wait before you see this increase in your pocket (i.e. the length of time it will take for the bill to be collected). Otherwise just a straight salary increase might be the way to go.
  14. Thanks for the tag @erinl2 I agree with erin2L that specializations really don't mean anything. However, if the school is offering you a specialization that means that it has enough courses in that area for one to get a specialization. At Ottawa U this is certainly true regarding IP. I chose the school for the breadth of classes it offers in IP and related areas (i.e. technology and privacy). The courses are very good and are taught by leaders in IP law (not just academic but also practicing lawyers who are experts in particular areas). The opportunity you have at Ottawa U regarding IP practice is also unrivaled. There is an IP advocacy course that allows you to moot at the Fox IP moot (Canada), the Oxford International IP moot (UK) and there is also a copyright moot (Canada). The Ottawa teams are leaders in these moots and are often very successful. Additionally there are these 1L technoships where you can apply to work with a tech/IP prof for the second half of 1L. The projects are really interesting and usually the professors will hire you on for the summer and subsequent academic years to be on their RA team. Often this results in traveling to different conferences to present your work and publications in reputable law journals. Also, let's not forget CIPPIC. One of the coolest things I did as a law student was helping to draft factums for CIPPIC's interventions in various SCC cases that center on different aspects of IP/privacy law. Imagine - you get to give input into work that will be read and heard at the SCC -- while you are in law school. It is pretty darn awesome. In addition to all of that there is the Ottawa IP recruit. Basically many of the firms in Ottawa recruit 1Ls and 2Ls in October. It's a great way to land a gig at an IP boutique or a full service with an IP department as a 1L. I won't lie, the competition is tough, but if you can make it you are basically set by the time November comes around (once you're hired as a 1L your 2L summer and articles are all but guaranteed). You can apply to the IP recruit from any school but it's no secret that the firms prefer students from Ottawa U because it is more likely that they will stick around the city after articles (having students leave firms and move to Toronto or Vancouver is a sore spot for many Ottawa firms). I should also note, as I've mentioned in other threads - the best way to get into practicing IP after law school is to land a job as a summer student or articles in an IP team. Although not impossible, it is extremely difficult to get into IP if you don't have that kind of experience under your belt out the gate. Best of luck and if you have any more questions feel free to post here or PM!
  15. The Dean's recommendation is basically a reference letter from the Dean that looks good on your application. There are a limited number of recommendations the Dean will provide. If you are unsuccessful in obtaining the letter, you can still apply (and I encourage you to do so!) - but others in your class may have a leg up because they have that letter.
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