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  1. Thanks @Diplock for starting the thread. 1. Taking a vacation every 2-3 months + be in a very lucrative spot is super unrealistic (I've never taken all of my vacation since being a lawyer - it's my goal to change that). 2. As everyone on this forum knows, the fact that I can buy red meat (from Sanagan's even!) without even blinking at the price is my measure of success - there was many a time in my life when I had to count for every scent and meat was just not in the budget. 3. This is probably the first year in my life where I have enough money in the bank that I'm not actually worried about money. That is success to me. 4. My only real financial goal in life is to make enough money to pay for my kids' tuition (assuming they go to school) so they don't start their professional careers saddled with backbreaking debt (like I did). 5. I would never imagine trying to disassociate myself from my "less rich" friends. In fact I try to use what we have to have a lot of fun with them (in ways that are not offensive). Examples (in pre-pandemic times) include paying to rent out a massive cottage and inviting them to it to spend a weekend etc. 6. In law school do not be an ass. You have no idea what impact the people around you will have in two, five, ten and twenty years. You could be begging them to recommend you to their firm, they could become a GC and you have to pitch to them for business. Be nice always.
  2. First, to the OP - following the advice in this thread is key - especially figuring out your coping mechanism now. For myself aspects of law school was stressful, but it doesn't even come close to lawyering (Oh the luxury of having 6 weeks to write a memo!) Being a lawyer is stressful. Full stop. The above two points particularly apply to me. I've had more anxiety than I usually do during the past year. That could be because of WFH, it also could be because we are busier than we've ever been. Ways to cope include expressing to partners when you have too much work and giving them realistic deadlines on projects (or telling them hey, I've been asked to do A on Y file and B on Z file and I can only do one right now tell me what I need to prioritize). Also, (and I'm not sure this is a healthy strategy), telling myself that I am doing absolutely everything in my power to be good, and if it's not enough and I get fired - I don't care (yes, I legitimately worry about getting fired ALL THE TIME). We have a lot of money in the bank and I know if I'm fired I'm very marketable somewhere else - we'll be fine, it won't be the end of the world. I know not every lawyer has that luxury, but momentarily telling myself that I'm doing my best and if the "worst case" scenario happens it's fine really does a lot for me.
  3. Hi all, I have a friend considering leaving Bay to move to either Halifax, St. John or St. John's (apparently a thing lately). I have family out East so they asked if I knew what the salary range was for law-firms out there. I must admit, I do not. My instinct is that it might be similar to Ottawa, but I don't actually know. I looked on NALP and there isn't really anything. I tried searching this site and many irrelevant results popped up. Can anyone out there provide a range for the first 5 years? Thanks!
  4. Secure a new job first before withdrawing your acceptance. It's always easier to look for a job when you already have job.
  5. You interview with the Dean to get a letter to apply for clerkships (usually at the FCA or SCC level).
  6. I've been there too, but usually they are in a different time zone (so it's not "so offensive").
  7. I'm not sure about every big firm, but my firm is bonkers busy right now so being an associate means you work - a lot. IP is fairly high yield for billable hours, I find that most days I work from around 8 am - 8 pm (with a dinner break to see the family) and I'm working at least 4 or 5 hours (maybe more) on weekends. Working on weekends is usually very productive because I get very few work requests so I can catch up on work slipping through the cracks from the previous week. I'm not going to tell you what I billed last year, but lets say it was way over 1800 hrs. The bonus was nice though
  8. At the in person ceremony they do say it out loud. Also - as @easttowest said, you can get a Dean's recommendation letter with a lower GPA (they make exceptions for people 7.5 and higher).
  9. I remember obsessing over this as a student. I thought "it will be the end of the world if I'm not hired back". I wasn't, it was fine. I had secured an associate position at a Bay Street firm before my articling term even finished. It is true that it can take a little longer for some, but everyone I knew in law school has ended up somewhere (i.e. none of us are unemployed, some have law-related jobs, not "law" jobs, but we're all somewhere). It seems like it's the most important thing ever, but in retrospect, it's nothing. My only advice is learn as much as you can, and make sure you have a rock solid reputation.
  10. To put this into context, I get about 200 emails a day. It is very easy for an email to slip through my inbox (especially if it's not from a client/partner/opposing counsel etc.) and I'm only an associate. Partners get way more emails (that's why I'm constantly flagging things for them that they need to reply to). All of that to say - it doesn't mean anything if they didn't reply. You're invited for another interview - take the win!
  11. Whether you can work and be in law school is an individual thing. When I started law school my wife and I agreed that I had to make $x every month for it to work financially for us. That resulted in me working quite a bit (even in my first term). It culminated in 2L when I found myself working 30-40 hrs per week plus going to school (note, the jobs then were flexible and I could do them when I had time - but still, that was too much). All of that to say it's possible to do for sure, but only you know how much you can do.
  12. Hi there, I know many excellent IP litigators who do not have a science background (literally the top IP litigators in the country). If you're given the opportunity and you're interested (even in prosecution) I say jump in. "lateralling" into IP without actually summering or articling in the area of IP within a full service firm is the best way for non-science people to get into the field. As @TKNumber3 already said, TM will not be a problem (it's a lot of fun to prosecute and litigate trademarks because it is so advocacy dependent) you definitely do not need a science background to excel in that field. Good luck!
  13. Ireland in general is awesome! The best part about it is it's only a four hour drive from east to west and 8 hours North to South, so if you want you can even get up to Donegal (which is stunning). I would also recommend Galway. We are also planning our vacation - 2 weeks at a stunning all inclusive (with a kid's club!). And to the OP - best part of my job is when our clients tell us how happy they are with our work product. I've been on a few files now with huge international clients who cannot stop emphasizing how impressed they are with the team. Feels great when the hard work is recognized.
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