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  1. A little more patience. It sounds like you already know the general terms of the position. It would be nice to know your starting date I suppose. IIRC in Ontario the only thing that needs to be filed with the LSO at the commencement of articles has a deadline of ten days after articles begin, so it's not like your principal is missing deadlines or anything. I am assuming they have already been approved by the LSO to act as a principal but even if not, I think that is a very simple application that only takes like two weeks for the LSO to process. If more time goes by and still nothing, make it clear in your next communication that you simply want confirmation of a small number of specific details (your starting date, for example). Simplify the requested task. Honestly, all you really need is the starting date. What else do you need to know? As long as you know that, you can just show up in your cheapest suit on that day and be told the rest. Looking for other positions or contacting the LSO seems bananas considering you have received a detailed written offer and you accepted it. I suppose there is a nightmare scenario where something has happened at the firm and they have to cancel the arrangement, essentially retracting the offer you accepted. At some point you could express your concern and ask, should I worry about my articling position with the firm?
  2. IIRC at Osgoode it was about 9-5 on four days of the week. The Friday was more of a half day, maybe one class. https://ozdomapp1.osgoode.yorku.ca/myosgoode.nsf/jdschedules.xsp
  3. Full transparency - my post was slightly exaggerated and I went to public school and I like public school and my kids will certainly go to public school and most of the time I like my province and my country. Public school teachers are great. Private school is for snobs. Ontario should pay for smaller class sizes and better special education support.
  4. My spouse is a teacher in the public school system and if I had the moola you bet my kids would be in private school. Just wait until your kid is in a GTA classroom with 33 kids, 20 of which have IEPs, 3 of which have violent tendencies, all being taught by an over-stressed 28 year old with only like, 1.5 full days of EA support every week, and your kid is coming home listless with mediocre grades, explaining that he got kicked again by the weird kid in his class and Mrs. Beans is off "sick" again this month so they have a weird supply teacher every day but he heard the principal whisper that she might not be coming back, and you can barely read the stupid blue license plates in front of you in the daylight while you cruise along Doug Ford's Super Gardiner on your way to work!!!!
  5. There would be stuff you're not even thinking of. Example - private school tuition is like $30,000 at most places. Even if you only have two annoying kids, at some point on the partner track you'd make so much money that not putting them in private school would seem irresponsible. All of a sudden you are losing $80,000 per year (there are also costs for their ski trips and horseback lessons, right) so that your kids can wear sweater vests to school. And since you're a lawyer, those kids are going to have to educate into your class, and they also want to travel and "see the world" and stuff because they can, but they probably won't be as smart as you so you'll have to bankroll their half-decade or more of education in the U.K. So you might not be retiring before 55, unless you had them in your 20s!
  6. Many people say things like this but very few do it. Money has a funny way of making you dependent on money.
  7. Your chances of landing an articling position will be better if you are in the province but you can still article in BC with a degree from Alberta (or any other province). You can probably also apply to transfer to U Vic during your degree, although I don't know how feasible that is. Of course, you can also get called in Alberta and then transfer to BC as a practicing lawyer. So, you can work to get back to BC at really any juncture if it is that important. In the vast majority of situations it will make the most sense to just get started on your law degree. I think in order to justify putting it off and "gunning for U Vic" you would need to have some personal factors like: You have a fantastic job right now and can bank money in the next year You have a spouse and child in BC You take care of an elderly parent and leaving home is extremely difficult You would have a very good chance of getting in to U Vic next year And so on...
  8. 1) work a lot 2) pay mucho taxes 3) carry a couple of humongous mortgages?
  9. 1) you’re probably assuming wrong. I think that would be an F at Osgoode and a B at Queens, so it’s school dependant. They use different scales. 2) even if it is below average, so what? The vast majority of below average law students get interviews and jobs. I know a bunch of people who got poor law school grades and they are all working and doing fine.
  10. Hard pass on most of this. I am almost wondering if I am missing the joke and this is satire? Typing speed: Maybe you can do typing drills if you are trying to get the gold medal? I dunno, seems way over the top. If you are a mature student who has not typed much in years, maybe. Writing: Yeah I'm pretty sure you're not going to "master the use of language" in a summer. You'll just learn some big words and use them awkwardly, which will make you sound dumb. Don't even try to do this. Clothing: Sure, get a suit if you want but you could also just wait until you need one. I mean you might gain 15 lbs in 1L haha. Also, women (and men) get whatever the heck you want. Talking to people: Talking to a bunch of strangers about why you want to go to law school does not sound pretentious at all! Substance use: Tapering off coffee before law school is, uh, curious advice. You can drink and smoke pot responsibly during law school. Don't worry about this unless you have a problem, in which case you should be working on it regardless. If you are a young 1L maybe you should think about how you want law school to be, because there is a big social/drinking culture and if you don't want to get wrapped up in it you should make some conscious efforts early to focus on other stuff. Areas of law: Sure, think about it and do some research. But 1L mandates a host of classes that will give you a tiny taste of many areas. You don't need to go into law school with a career plan and even if for those that do many change their plans.
  11. Sounds like they are just putting off calling you back because your articling term is (presumably) still months away from beginning. Busy lawyer with bigger fish to fry right now than your articling details? If they offered you the gig in November and you accepted it then you should have the gig. Some lawyers have a general bad habit of not returning phone calls/emails. I would keep calling for now until they pick up the phone.
  12. I guess it would help but you can get into Corporate Law without even taking any/many applicable courses in law school. So, "need" is not the right word. More specifically, having experience dealing with corporate matters might help you decide whether or not you would actually like corporate law.
  13. Honestly it does sound like you have a decent enough handle on what being a lawyer is like, generally speaking, and why it might line up with the way you work. Yes, it's a lot of paperwork, attention to detail, and constant learning. Yes, a huge function of being a lawyer is communicating things clearly to people. Sometimes it feels like my primary functions are a) to manage a system that functions efficiently to get specific things done, and b) to help my clients understand what they are doing and make informed choices or govern their actions accordingly. "Vicarious trauma" can be an issue in certain legal fields too but your relationship to the individual would not be the same as that of a social worker. Even as a poverty lawyer providing free services to low-income clients through a legal clinic sometimes (often?) you get to be part of a real solution for the person. You can also, of course, practice in a field that doesn't overlap much or at all with other people's personal trauma. With a social work background though I would imagine that you'd be drawn to something that is personal.
  14. I would call someone at your law society to talk about it. Perhaps the reasonable notice that you may be required to give clients upon withdrawing from their file would be a bit longer in light of the unique language services. If your practice is of the nature that you can wrap up all existing retainers in a few months before you call it quits then there might not be anything to worry about. I can't see why you would have any obligations outside of your current clients - it's not your fault that your firm only employs one person with your language skills. Maybe you could be clear with the firm that you won't be providing legal services to any new clients as you transition out. Again, call the law society though after reading through your rules of professional conduct.
  15. How much are the monthly fees for you? Sorry to get specific. I'm setting up an appointment with TD to talk about this and I want to go in fully loaded and haggle the monthly fees into non-existence if possible.
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