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  1. I have no extra advice, but it might be encouraging for you to know that I started law school at age 40 after being a stay-at-home mom to my three kids for 8 years. My brain was very, very rusty. It all worked out. I'm 44 now and I'm working at my actual, literal dream job as a lawyer. I survived law school and so did my kids.
  2. I turned 40 in 1L. I didn't try to mingle or do tequila shots with my classmates -- I was 15 years older than everybody else and I have kids -- but it was easy to find the context I fit into. I kind of felt like everyone's mom, but in a good way. I had no trouble finding articles and no trouble finding a job. My age was most likely an asset.
  3. I have a great job at a great firm. I've been here for three months. In the short time I've been here, the firm has taken care of me and I've learned a lot. I really like most of the people I work with. There are some drawbacks, but I won't describe them because they don't matter anymore. I have just been offered a job with my previous employer, and it's a perfect fit. I will accept the offer. (My job contract states that I can leave at any time if I provide two weeks' written notice.) I want to leave this current job gracefully and to keep all goodwill intact. I'm looking for advice about how to do so. It's a small/medium firm so everybody knows who I am. I haven't been here long enough to build bullet-proof relationships, and so I need to go about this gingerly. I'm grateful for any tips. (Note: if you know who I am in real life, please KEEP THIS TO YOURSELF. Nobody knows yet.)
  4. I'm a new call too, and I've been on EI for the last two months too, and I'm interested in family law too, and I grew up in the 80s and 90s too. This is strictly anecdotal, but might be encouraging: I applied very specifically only to jobs I really, really wanted (I applied for four jobs in total), and I just got an offer -- last night, in fact. Until last night I was exactly where you're at, hopeful but vigorously stifling a sense of panic. You seem lovely and smart; someone will detect your value as an employee soon. Are you on any of the Legal Aid panels in your area? If not, that's worth doing in the meantime. Feel free to PM me if you want more details or a pep talk.
  5. Never mind! I got precedents from a colleague.
  6. Haunting this thread two years later: I'm in a similar situation: brand-new call, working on a file as a sole practitioner, wishing I still had access to DivorceMate. For most of the forms I need, I'm using redacted templates from stuff I drafted back when I had DM. But I don't have a saved template for the Consent Motion to Change (15D) or the Draft Order (25). @artsydork, do you have blank templates for these that you could send me? Does anyone?
  7. Richard Moon at U of Windsor writes on s.2(a) of the Charter -- he's someone to read.
  8. I went to Western and had no interest in corporate law. Took the mandatory course, survived. I focused on family and criminal law and got lots of exposure to both -- clinic exposure especially -- and my articling job is in criminal and family law. If you pick Western, feel free to PM me for more details.
  9. I was 39 when I started. I didn't "fit in" with the kids in my cohort, but I didn't expect to, and I still respected and enjoyed everyone. I fit in with my spouse and three kids and my already-friends who are my age. I had no trouble finding an articling job and I'm optimistic about employment after this. I was still too immature for this when I was your age.
  10. Do you need to do one? I believe that the 2017-18 articling students don't have to do it -- last year's cohort was the last one that did. Maybe your circumstances call for it.
  11. Private message, or hit by bus. No middle ground. (Just kidding; I have no loyalty to any school.)
  12. What school are you at, OP? If it's Western, send me a private message.
  13. You've probably already made your choice, but I'll chime in anyway to say that while social justice and human rights aren't what Western is famous for, those things have a strong, if quiet, presence there. Some of the faculty is very human-rights focused -- Professors Melanie Randall and Michael Lynk, in particular, devote much of their scholarly work to HR and are amazing mentors. The student legal clinic is, by its very nature, a social justice mechanism, and you'll get lots of exposure to social justice stuff if you work there, mostly by working with low-income clients and clients facing other social challenges. The clinic also takes on OHRT files from time to time. Pro Bono Students Canada offers lots of opportunities to get involved with social justice initiatives. There are also student associations and clubs you can join that promote specific HR and SJ agendas. I was the "Human Rights Chair" of one such association, for example -- I created that position just so I'd have more HR stuff to do. I focused significantly on human rights at Western Law. My articling job is with Legal Aid Ontario. A few of my social-justice-nerd friends are articling with other agencies (gov or non-gov) that have do-gooder agendas. I don't know if the OHRT or the OHRC (or other HR admins) take articling students, but I think they do. I don't think going to Western would filter you out of their candidate pool -- if they see that you've taken human rights courses at Western (there are a few), and worked at CLS or with PBSC, and demonstrated an interest in social justice and human rights in other ways, you'll do just as well with a degree from Western as from Ottawa or Windsor, for example. Feel free to PM me for more info, if it's not too late!
  14. I just finished law school, and I start articling in July, but I already know that I intend to pursue empanelment with LAO (in family law) soon after I'm called to the bar. Not sure what my employment situation will be after articles (I'm articling with LAO, but the hireback rate for my region is uncertain/terrible), but that's my ultimate plan. My question: how long might I expect the empanelment process to take, if I apply and secure a mentor? What kinds of conditions and terms might be placed on the mentoring agreement? Maybe @artsydork knows...
  15. Ooooh, that's what I like to hear. If this 8:30-4:45 claim is true, I am going to be the envy of everyone who's articling anywhere else. I'll totally say hi for you -- but you have to PM me your real name! Unless they called you artsydork around the office? AND I PROMISE TO BE NICE TO TRESSA.
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