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  1. I've never worked in Toronto and I don't bill hourly but I don't understand this. Billed hours = revenue. Targeted billed hours = targeted revenue. If the firm's realistic targeted revenue (projected revenue) is reduced by 30% and the firm keeps all targeted billable hours the same, it's hard not to view the firm in a bad light. They are either leaving the gap to be filled by some padded hours (dishonest, bad for clients) or they are leaving the gap as an easy reason to let associates go as needed.
  2. My friend was a second year call at a regional firm in Alberta. The firm slashed everybody’s pay 25-30% and promised to do retro pay if the firm did okay and people billed their normal amount. “Plan for the worst, hope for the best” said the partners. When him and I talked about it we kind of assumed, I think reasonably, that the firm would not expect the associates to bill as much. How could they? It would defy any common sense. Anyway, he was working from home and billing less than per-Covid. There was just not enough work to bill the same amount as before. He got let go a couple of weeks ago. The partner said he wasn’t billing enough. I don’t know what to tell you other than this is probably out of your control, largely. It's business and personal factors only go so far. Your firm might let you go if you bill less, they might let you go if you bill nearly the same, or you might be fine billing less. You could, I guess, have a frank conversation with the higher ups about what their expectations are of you so you don’t get blindsided.
  3. What is your total GPA right now on the OLSAS scale? And B2/L2.
  4. Osgoode has a decent amount of opportunities that align with your interests. They have a disability law intensive and a handful of upper year courses on health law, law & psychiatry, etc. that crossover with "elder law" a fair amount. All of the specialty legal clinics including, of course, ACE are in Toronto too, which can be a big deal - you could volunteer at ACE during your entire JD if you want. Osgoode runs a practitioner's certificate in Elder Law every year. https://www.osgoodepd.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/2018-Elder-Law-Certificate-Brochure_JanuUpdate.pdf If you want to do elder law and legal academic stuff in that flavour I would suggest going to Osgoode, being heavily involved in the law journal, and getting involved with ACE and a bunch of the practitioners involved in that elder law PD.
  5. Well now I want to work in Big Law for the first time ever!
  6. I re-read the first post of @Materialist multiple times to find the wildly inaccurate claims and I was not successful. Looks like he just said that "Some [law profs] did PhDs in cognate disciplines" and "Some [schools] may put a big premium on graduate work in law, while others may be less focused on that." @ProfReader then proudly refuted slightly different claims. Materialist, it's a shame that your useful contribution was needlessly undermined by an ornery pedant.
  7. I don't see any argument for replacing the B+ with a Pass. I don't think you need to try to explain the B+ either. You just got a B+! That's all there is to it.
  8. Most solicitors would definitely need a storage solution to pair with a WFH business model. If you keep and maintain minute books, they take up space quick. I'm not sure how clients would feel about their minute books being stacked up in a home office or garage. I don't think it will be possible to ever completely escape paper either, so there might still be some paper files to store for 15+ years for real estate and estates matters. Certain lawyers already use off-site storage but again, not sure how clients would feel about their old files or minute books sitting in some storage unit. Back to legitimacy.
  9. Upon inspection it probably differs by region. I am central east and this was sent around: The Court is able to deal with applications for appointment of estate trustees with a will, applications for estate trustees without a will, and resealing applications, only where there is urgency. Routine estates matters cannot be addressed at this time. Examples of matters that MAY be considered urgent include applications where assets are needed to be accessed for support of dependents, or the sale of property, or both.
  10. Just regarding the Estate Administration discussion - it is my understanding that the courts are not actually processing any basic applications for a certificate of appointment. They are accepting them but not processing them. Need to demonstrate urgency to get anything processed.
  11. Bonkers. You should not try to appeal it because, as dork implies, the people on the other end will certainly have better things to do. You might want to self-reflect on this and try to learn a bit about yourself, what dysfunctions you might have, and how to avoid them going forward. Continued fixation on immaterial events/decisions from many years ago probably won't be fun in your career.
  12. Customer service skills are well-trained in a CLC. As someone who articled in a clinic but practices as a sole, I would say that keeping the paying client happy is generally easier in private practice (probably not true for all practice areas!). Clinic clients are all in poverty, some are in acute crises, some are victims of past trauma - a lot of their dissatisfaction with their general situation can be unfairly levied on their clinic lawyer, and there is nothing the lawyer can do about it. In private practice you can always supply the service the client is paying for. There is also a common level of respect given to a lawyer that you are paying money to which clinic lawyers don't get all the time (some clinic clients are very appreciative, of course.) I'm only saying this for the OP because I believe "customer service", broadly speaking, is actually one of the "business skills" that you can very reasonably present as having been acquired and developed in the clinic setting. In private practice the term might be "client management"; that muscle gets a workout in most clinic settings.
  13. The half day model is interesting and maybe that's the more immediate, partial solution.
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