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  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. Just a quick note - for some reason law students believe that if you work at a National or International firm you can easily switch within firm to sister offices anywhere in the country\world. This is not so. It is often very difficult for one to switch markets within firm and often the firms dissuade it. If you were to switch markets outside of the firm your experience at either a National or large regional should suffice.
  7. In my experience you will probably start getting phone calls for interviews on Monday. It's possible some will go out today but only for standout candidates who put their application in early.
  8. Not practical advice RE: job hunt, but just a note that you can go onto EI while you search. Not sure if this will be sufficient to hold you over while you look but I'm sure any little bit helps.
  9. Also not required when arguing motions in the Federal Court.
  10. Yeah, like @TKNumber3 said - I am hesitant to say "never", however, in the hard sciences (biochem, organic, immunology etc.) I have not met a prosecutor who does not have a PhD. Engineering is another thing - I have met some who graduated with an engineering degree, worked in the industry for some time and then came to law/prosecution. To date, every job posting I've seen for a hard science prosecution position also requires a PhD. Still, it would technically be possible to be hired on as a prosecutor if you get hired on at a firm as an IP student and they throw you some prosecution work and you excel at it. Even if you have "only" a B.Sc it is very likely that you will be asked to help out with some prosecution work. Also, I caution your statement "should probably forget about prosecution and focus on litigation" -- if you are at a firm as an IP student it is most likely that they will ask you to do it all. Don't turn down prosecution work just because you think you have a better shot at a litigation hire. As a student you are expected to do it all, and to do it all with enthusiasm. If you start turning down work it will look poorly on you over all. What you can do is poke your head into some of the litigation partner's offices and let them know you are interested in litigation and you'd be happy to help them with any work they might have for you.
  11. Well - thanks. I was waiting for a "but" at the end of that sentence but was happy not to find one ;)
  12. You're right - it is a gamble. I'll use my own experience to illustrate. Straight from my law school applications I had only one goal in mind - practice IP. Now, IP isn't really as "niche" as what you're talking about but I soon discovered that it is actually pretty niche. I did everything I could to get into the game. I landed summer gigs, all of my extra-curricular/law school jobs related to the practice. I articled in IP. Now. There were about 3 months when I was looking for a gig as 1st year associate that I sorely regretted being so IP focused. It was way easier for me to land a job in a more broad area of practice (commercial, insurance, real estate, wills etc.) and now that I was out on the other side of articles, it just seemed that getting a job in the "niche" area of practice I had chosen for myself was going to be impossible. Luckily the universe aligned and I basically landed my dream job doing exactly what I want to do. But there were a couple of stressful months there where I was trying (unsuccessfully) to pitch myself to firms looking for associates in more general areas of practice. I was beating my head against the wall asking "why did I put all of my energy/focus into IP???" It's a gamble I took and it paid off - but if I had to do it again I would hedge my bets.
  13. Welcome to the rest of your profession. You're always waiting for something big. Instructions from a client, evidence, reports, a decision etc. The best advice I can give is only stress about outcomes you can actually have an effect on in that moment. If it's after submissions and we're waiting for a decision, then there is no point in stressing about it because what can you do? If I'm in the middle of drafting a factum, then I welcome the stress because it propels me to be more focused and motivated to write it well. Stress can (sometimes) be a good thing if it's in a manageable amount that isn't overwhelming. To be honest, I get worried if I'm not stressed out in certain situations because it means I'm not recognizing the importance of the work, or the consequences of doing a poor job. For your specific question - the answer is just focus on what you can do in the moment - focus on your studies, your relationships and garnering more experience in law school in the interim. The OCI decisions will come soon enough and then you'll know how the chips are falling - right now there is nothing else you can do to help the outcome of that result.
  14. Yeah, I hear you. In my mind I was making the lawyer analogy you made. Every time I've seen a partner switch firms they are precluded from taking associates with them via their partnership agreement. Instead they leave it up to the associate to apply to their new firm. I was thinking of that kind of scenario where the assistant applies (wink wink, nudge nudge) to the new spot. It's their choice to apply and leave their old firm and their success and value should not preclude them from the opportunity.
  15. Your assistant has a mind of her own. Tell her that there will be an opening for a new assistant at your new gig working with you and that, if she chooses, she is welcome to apply. If she is as great as you say she is then she shouldn't have difficulty landing that job for herself - unless of course you stand in the way because of reasons entirely unrelated to her lack of competency. If she actually wants to move, don't let how good she is be a factor that works against her in making that choice.
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