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  1. Is the in-house job one where you'd be doing litigation, or one where you'd be managing external counsel that do litigation? And do you have a preference?
  2. If I were you, and tuition truly isn't a factor, I'd just accept Windsor Dual. I don't think Ottawa's reputation is all that much better than Windsor's, nor do I think that matters, and I don't understand at all why you'd hold out for Ryerson. You can always just leave the Detroit Mercy JD off your resume if you want to.
  3. Ok, sure, I agree with you, but I maintain that happens in other areas as well just in less-obvious ways.
  4. In either case, if the parties agree on the facts they're likely to come to the same conclusion on liability. Facts are really important! By way of example, if I was a plaintiff PI lawyer, and a person called me and said "hey, I was rear ended and I got hurt, do I have a case?" I don't at all know that I would immediately be able to say "yes" with a high degree of certainty before asking a number of questions of my potential client. I'm only saying this to make the point that personal injury litigation isn't as straight forward as many people think it is. Of course it's a fact-finding mission, but it's actually not so different from any other area of litigation dealing with allegations of negligence. Is it likely that a person who was rear-ended will receive some sort of settlement from the insurer of the other vehicle? Sure. But it's also likely that a person who went in for heart surgery and woke up with their foot amputated would receive some sort of settlement, despite the nitty gritty details.
  5. OP probably means the moving party and responding party. But yes, if you can't find a trial decision it probably just hasn't gone to trial. Or it settled. Who knows.
  6. I don't do medical malpractice and have no idea what that's like, though I have heard through the grape vine that the CMPA has deep pockets. I would just chime in to say that in MVA litigation, liability is often not clear cut at all either (I'd say about 75% of my MVA & OLA files are liability fights) - and plaintiff counsel would always do well to screen potential clients and not accept everyone who comes in off the street. Defence lawyers know those firms that handle real cases vs. those firms that are quantity shops that take everything that walks in the door.
  7. I would encourage everyone reading this thread with a view to learning about PI and insurance litigation to look into people's post histories to suss out 1) their year of call (or lack thereof) and 2) their area of practice before assigning weight to their opinions. And for what it's worth, I find personal injury / insurance litigation very interesting. To echo what @TdK said, I'm a junior defence lawyer and my practice also includes tort litigation (MVAs, slip & falls, contractual interpretation, duty to defend and indemnify, use of force) and insurance litigation (no-fault accident benefits issues, priority & loss transfer, subrogation, etc.). All areas can get complicated, all areas involve routine work. There are good and bad lawyers in every area. I don't think being a plaintiff-side personal injury lawyer would be particularly different from being a plaintiff-side employment lawyer, for example, but employment lawyers rarely get referred to with the same level of scorn.
  8. Civil courts will apparently start opening up July 6th as well, though who knows how slowly that will happen or what matters they'll be able to hear in person. Jury trials in civil won't start until at least September, pending the AG's determination of whether juries will continue to be allowed to exist in civil cases at all.
  9. Bay Street firms aren't likely to sponsor a poster like that because they directly benefit from 2Ls' delusion that if they don't end up getting a job at Torys they'll end up living in a cardboard box outside Torys instead. I think it would be useful for the general student population to understand that OCIs are not everything, many people come out of 2L empty handed, and careers are a long and winding road filled with many rejection letters.
  10. Every Career Services Department should make a poster out of this graphic and hang it on the front door.
  11. I don't work in private practice, but I do spend a fair amount of time with other lawyers and with judges in a civil litigation context and can speak to that. I have not run into any issues with judges, and I've found the bar to be quite open and accepting. Law students have a specific brand of paranoia and insecurity about them that I think fuels a lot of the garbage you see in school; practicing lawyers generally just want to bill and go home. Are there a few douchebag lawyers out there who will throw comments about you being female or a minority? Sure, but in my experience those people are very few and far between, and even then they're much more likely to point out that you're junior. IMHO, they make those comments to try to get under your skin in an attempt to get the better of you in the case (spoiler alert: this is not a tactic advanced by competent counsel), so I've found the best way to deal with those people is to just not react and maintain your position. Everyone else in the bar knows who those douchebag lawyers are too - these things generally aren't very well-kept secrets - and you can be confident nobody will think less of you for holding your ground.
  12. Think about that - do you think appearing for an intervenor at the SCC is a car mechanic task, or a Boeing 747 task? I totally agree that the experience you get is likely to differ from firm to firm. That's certainly true of smaller shops so I have every reason to believe it's also true of big firms. My point wasn't so much that all students and junior associates do doc review 24/7 (while I do think that's sometimes the case), so much as that what they do generally involves a totally different skillset than what you'd need at a smaller firm just by virtue of the files being so much larger and the dollar values being so much bigger. Being staffed on a file and being sent to appear at court (be it at Small Claims Court or the SCC), is not the same skillset as being responsible for assessing, managing and running your own caseload of files with minimal oversight. That's all.
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