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  1. Do good work, do it promptly, and be well-liked. That is how you maximize your odds of hire-back. It's not magic. If you're not hired back you'll at least get a good reference.
  2. Kind of. When the Law Society gives you the latest date you're allowed to start articling in order to be called in June, they're also building in two weeks of vacation into their timing, which is the maximum that they allow your employer to give you. If you start a week after August 6th but only take one week of vacation, etc, you'll technically still qualify. Check with the Law Society to be sure.
  3. I have to say, as a practicing lawyer, it's quite enjoyable to come home from my 15-hour work day, turn off notifications on my phone, pour a glass of wine, and watch 0Ls argue on the internet about which law building has the nicest looking tables and chairs as though it's something that matters.
  4. Leanne is the lady who works at Chambers, the cafe in the law building. She is a treasure. Forgive me for assuming that someone who was willing to choose their law school based on the age and perceived attractiveness of the law building would be willing to go see the various law buildings before making their choice.
  5. Ok so I completely disagree with @lawgal77 and I spent three years at Western Law. But it doesn't matter what two people on the internet think of the building. If you don't want to wait for Welcome Day on March 3rd, contact admissions, book a tour, and go see the school for yourself. The admissions office would be happy to have you.
  6. I think there's value in having a demonstrated work history when you end up applying for law student / articling student jobs. It doesn't matter if it's legal work - what matters is that you can prove on paper that you have a work ethic.
  7. Not liking the first year of your undergrad program is not a good enough reason to jump ship and go overseas to law school. You either want to be a lawyer, or you don't. That leaves you with two options: If you want to be a lawyer (in Canada), you owe it to yourself to give yourself the best shot possible at actually being a lawyer in Canada. That means doing an undergrad in whatevertheheck, writing the LSAT, and applying to a Canadian law school. Choosing to expedite the process and skip town in your first year of undergrad is a terrible, terrible idea. If you don't want to be a lawyer, then don't go to law school in Canada or anywhere else. Let me guess - your response is "But BS17, I don't know if I want to be a lawyer! How am I supposed to make that decision now?!" - winner, gagnant! You're not supposed to make that decision now - you're in first year! That's why it's a good idea to finish the degree you're in now, and make a decision about law school in a few years.
  8. This is a simple choice. Do you want to do litigation or solicitor work? If you want to litigate, take the job at the appeal court. If you want to do solicitor work, take the job at the firm.
  9. I work in-house as a litigation lawyer. If anyone has any questions, feel free send me a PM.
  10. If I were you, I would stick it out, finish my articles, try to gain whatever transferrable skills I could at this current job, and then apply for first year jobs in the area you're more interested in. Maybe even apply for a first year job at this new firm that's looking to hire you. I think you're better off responding to this sort of a job offer with "Thank you for the offer - while I am excited about the opportunities available at your firm, I already have an articling position. However, I'm very interested in your firm's practice areas, particulary _________, and I would love to speak to you later on in my articles if, at that time, you're looking for a junior." Also re: money - in my opinion it would be extremely shortsighted to sacrifice your professional reputation for one year's wages.
  11. I'm a 2018 call. I have not for one moment regretted my choice to go to law school.
  12. I was preparing my insured for an examination for discovery and he says "don't worry, I've been to discovery tons of times. What do you want me to say?" and then winks. We subsequently admitted liability.
  13. Western is strong in corporate law. That does not mean it's weak in other areas. The vast majority of students don't end up doing the type of law they thought they'd do going into 1L (e.g. human rights law, entertainment law, health law, international law, the list goes on). The vast majority of students from most law schools also don't end up being corporate lawyers. You won't be handicapped in any area of law based on what school you go to, assuming you stay in the country. There are no course prerequisites for (most) jobs. EDIT: I clearly went to Western so if you have any questions about the school, my experience, what I'm doing now, please feel free to reach out. Always happy to help.
  14. You'll be fine no matter which school you choose. I'd only add that I went to Western for my undergrad and also went to Western for law school, and had the same concern as you re: wanting to change it up. The law school is very self-contained and you'll honestly sometimes forget that you're still at Western. You'll probably only see undergrads in line at starbucks and at the gym. It's sufficiently different from undergrad that I wouldn't worry about it.
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