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  1. In 2.5 years I've already had multiple clerks/assistants come and go. It's obvious pretty quick when someone just doesn't have the attention to detail or organizational skills. I do mostly basic residential real estate. Landmines is right. Had 10+ deals this Friday and had one ongoing negotiation all day about a stupid tree/neighbour issue, one deal that was amended in a big way on the day of because the purchaser scrambled and altered their financing (did not expect that one to close based on what I was hearing), one purchase where the wire of bridge financing that was sent at 5 AM did not show up until 4 PM (all day on and off the phone with two banks...). And everything closed so in terms of busy days, that was on the luckier side of normal.
  2. I guess builder closings are their own unique thing and they can be pretty routine on day of. how many staff do you have now? scaling up is a weird thing to think of in this model of practice because you (well, I) very much worry about the practice just getting away from me: being unable to properly oversee all files, being forced to work ungodly hours, etc
  3. Wtf How can you possibly do that without irresponsibly downloading lawyer work onto non-lawyer staff? Please do not answer if it would implicate yourself
  4. You know what, I haven't. I could not get into Snow Crash or The Diamond Age and I haven't tried Stephenson since but Anathem sounds very different than those books.
  5. Neuromancer A Canticle for Leibowitz No Great Mischief All the Light We Cannot See Fooled by Randomness and Antifragile These are some of my favourite books. The point is, take this opportunity to read purely for enjoyment because you will probably get pretty sick of words on paper during law school.
  6. You can make $100,000+ in numerous public sector jobs. Firefighters pull that and work seven 24 hour shifts a month. Teachers can approach that (teaching is hard though). Did you know that there are bus drivers on the sunshine list? If you are making $80,000 as a lawyer you will be in the top 10% (or whatever it is now) of Canadian workers but when people complain that law isn't "worth it", at least in Ontario, I think a lot of the time it's lawyers in that income bracket (say, $70k to $100k) and they are making a comparison to the work:compensation ratio of specific employment sectors (which tend to fall under the public sector). The thing with law, though, is that at the very upper end you will outscale the comparison groups. Yeah, if you are working in a legal clinic it might have been a better idea to be a firefighter or TTC bus driver, but if you land on Bay Street you've broken through the comparison ceiling and even as just a reasonably smart and experienced sole practitioner you can realistically clear $200k (in some practice areas).
  7. Frankly for many students they are. But you aren't even comparing apples to apples: A JD/MBA is one extra year of school, I believe. Even if the JD/MBA 90% of the time makes as much as a JD throughout their career, the exploration of all that MBA stuff might be worth the added time and cost to them. The JD/MBA students also get to explore both things concurrently, sort of, which can help for people who very much might like either direction. Adding a JD to your CV would be three extra years of school and getting licensed is more time on top of that. If you don't end up leveraging it it's a "total waste" of a very different magnitude.
  8. That link is for an advocacy group for american attorney-CPAs. Of course that group would promote dual designation. Do you let the Dairy Farmers of Ontario tell you what to drink? I don't think you need to know anything right now but I think it's sound advice that you should just be an accountant for a few years. Once you know what that gig is like and you have a decent perspective of that profession, if you still want to jump to law you can at that point. If your accountant work involves coordination with lawyers maybe you can get some insight through work into both realities.
  9. You need to be clear about what you want to be. Do you want to be a lawyer or a CPA? In theory you can leverage professional credentials and knowledge from option B while doing option A, but in 98% of outcomes you will just be one or the other and in 98% of outcomes your secondary credentials will be nothing more than a few letters underneath your signature. I mean, the secondary credential could be useful in advertising forever but how useful is a big question mark and if you are a practicing CPA and not a practicing lawyer, at some point you're just a CPA who knows the same as their peers, despite your previous dabbling with the law. In both professions you learn by doing. If you want to be a CPA who works in transactions, corporate governance, etc. then you will learn a hell of a lot more in 3 or 4 years of doing that as an accountant than you will in 3 or 4 years of law school. There are probably specific outcomes where you can leverage the double credentials into previously unattainable compensation but these are not going to be as straightforward as: step one become a CPA, step 2 become a lawyer, step 3 profit. I would think that a lot of the people who can leverage both professional roles are more like: hey I was a practicing CPA for ten years then I went back to law school and now I do tax litigation on Bay street and am a partner making a million bucks. I have my doubts that stacking degrees the way you are discussing is going to lead to enough ROI, considering opportunity costs.
  10. I got an A+ on my first and only graded midterm in 1L. It made me overconfident and complacent, and then I got a C on one of my first semester finals. Kind of wish I got a C on that midterm instead!
  11. I see Diplock has already pushed back on this but I will too. I am making a decent living and what some portion of the population (not lawyers) would think of as a "shit ton of cash" and it is hard for me to imagine a more efficient way to have done this than going to law school or some other professional school. If your biggest asset in the job market is above average intelligence then a professional degree is a license to trade on that intelligence. I am not a networker or a very gregarious person or a person with high creativity. I mean, I can think of alternative paths but they are either very specific or they involve me kissing a lot of butts in some big institutional setting. I think your advice could make some sense to people who have clear ability to leverage things like charm and personality (or pick your other asset) in the job market. I have some friends who are endlessly outgoing and they are succeeding in sales jobs in Toronto with high school degrees, college diplomas, or basket weaving degrees they got at U Springville while playing field lacrosse. The person who has a degree, a sparkling personality, a beautiful chin, and an above average income should probably think twice about investing in becoming a lawyer because there very well could be cheaper and better ways for them to equal the earning potential.
  12. The part about compensation and hours needs to be a conversation between you and the principal, either way. If they agree to alter your arrangement then maybe that is reason enough to stay. Maybe it's a small thing like permitting a small amount of overtime each week. If they are not flexible then at least you will have tried to fix the situation head on. It's not necessary for students to docket their time in all types of practice. In some areas of law lawyers won't even docket their time. "How long is reasonable to sit on a file" -- this depends on the file. Some things don't need to be done right away or any time soon. Files will always get triaged in a busy office, either deliberately or naturally. As you practice you will develop a feel for your overall business and file urgency. As a student right now you probably don't have this sense of urgency and workflow, frankly. On the CPD part - if the way you have framed this is true then it is unprofessional but ultimately it is your principal that is doing something wrong. If the principal has asked you to watch CPD material and you do so, that's just you performing a simple task that aids in your learning... you don't necessarily need to be concerned about what your principal ends up logging on the LSO website. Perhaps your principal does watch the material on replay after hours. Welcome to the profession. Your principal is probably, perhaps harshly, just teaching you some tough but important lessons about practice. "You can never take that long on something again" might translate to "if you take that long on everything you'll never make money in this business". There is constant pressure to get results quickly and efficiently. As a student some things that might look like corner cutting from your perspective (read: bad) might just be efficiencies the lawyer has decided make sense. Yes it is entirely possible your principal is cutting corners that no lawyer should cut, but in cases like this I tend to assume the law student is just naive and an unreliable narrator. Look, I'm sorry you are having a negative experience right now. Yes it's possible your concerns are all valid and you should get out of dodge... but I think there's a better chance you are being (mostly) too cynical about the work environment. Quitting articles can be a pretty big deal. I'm sensing a lack of critical communication between you and the principal and at the very least you need to talk about this stuff with them first.
  13. It depends on the employer. If you are wondering if the unpaid articling jobs tend to be easier than paid ones in some ways because they are unpaid, I would suspect that they do not. In fact some might be harder by virtue of the type of lawyers that stoop to bringing in unpaid students.
  14. Lots of people have similar feelings in 1L, or at some other point in law school. Most of them end up as relatively happy lawyers down the line. In 1L specifically, a huge amount of students feel completely lost through exams... and then most of them just end up with mostly Bs. Try to separate yourself from your thoughts and feelings. Practice some mindfulness or reflection and see if you can avoid any negative behavioural feedbacks. Step away from law school stuff and partake in some hobbies or physical activity. Why did you decide to go to law school?
  15. This doesn't make any sense because there is no reason for it. Maybe there is a bias in effect but the proximate reason would be different. I could imagine something being true like applicants from, say, nursing degrees having a relatively lower chance of getting into law school, but that would probably be directly caused be something like people in nursing degrees tending to have lower GPAs, and not caused at all by ad coms disliking nursing degree applicants. Why do you think this? This is very surprising to me and my instinct is to say that it's more likely that you are misremembering something. I could be wrong, of course, but I just can't see why any law school would give (or would ever have given) half a toot what someone took in their first degree. Perhaps you're right but the stated preference was from decades and decades ago, when prevailing attitudes about the nature of legal education were very different.
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