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  1. A few more thoughts: It’s pretty easy to disappear regularly for an hour at a time. If a student is only responding to me after an hour I wouldn’t think twice. I’d just assume they were busy with something else time sensitive, are in training, on a call, in a meeting etc. Students are beholden to many lawyers and if I didn’t give them a heads up to be immediately available that’s also kind of my fault and I should have a good reason to need them to be that responsive. Also, in the Toronto core there a half-dozen gyms within 5-10 minutes of the main towers. So getting an email mid-workout, showering, changing, and being back at your desk in 15-20 is very doable. Additionally, most of these gyms have locker and laundry service so you don’t have to be seen coming/going with a bag. All that said, just workout in the morning to avoid all the hassle. Also, hour lunches would be very strange.
  2. Note that this is pretty variable for each person, their lifestyle and their workplace so take it all with a grain of salt and find what works best for you with trial and error. However, a few thoughts (almost all them made irrelevant by COVID/WFH): It's truly not difficult to be active and workout regularly while also working long hours. It just takes a bit of discipline and a bit of flexibility. I suggest morning workouts because it's the most predictable time and when people are expecting the least from you. Friday nights, Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings are all basically guaranteed workouts. Don't schedule rest days because your work schedule and your life will inevitably force rest days upon you. Only you can know what's best for yourself but sometimes there is a balance to strike with sacrificing sleep for exercise. Two-a-days when things are slow will pay dividends when you're stuck with zero-a-days when things are busy. Use the time you have available. If you were planning for an hour and now you only have 20 minutes, still get those 20 minutes in. Better than nothing and keeps you honest. Most importantly: if you're otherwise making a consistent effort, be forgiving when you have to skip a day, or several days, or you want to get that extra sleep, or attend that social event.
  3. I think you're overstating this a bit. For junior lawyers, yes, the diligence process and file management process is vastly different (thank god). For the more senior associates and partners drafting/negotiating the purchase agreements? Not nearly as much has changed.
  4. If that were true, then why is everyone so quick to point out the OP got the list wrong. I'm not looking to get into some prestige argument. But I don't get the Sisyphean battle this board wages against a frequently used term.
  5. I'll always find it weird that this board has such a visceral reaction to the "seven sisters" moniker. In my experience clients use that term. Lawyers use that term. It is what it is. Although not a term you normally hear in reference to litigation. Also trying not to dunk further but going 1/4 out of a list of 7 is admittedly pretty funny. I think others have generally answered the OP's questions so not much for me to add there.
  6. Honestly, my 1L grades improved when I stopped reading most cases and instead directed that time towards reading the analysis in the textbooks/class notes/summaries. I did still read cases if the summary info wasn't making sense to me. Although I don't know if I'd recommend my strategy given how much the other posters disagree with it ...
  7. Well, this is awkward. I said that because I remember reading a (very short) textbook on this for an undergrad course but that was a long time ago and I can't remember the name or author. Anything about "getting to the point" will probably be helpful. Also, I'm a big believer in Orwell's six rules of writing.
  8. It is totally normal for a lawyer to take several hours to find the time to review a work product and get back to you. To be honest that sounds like a pretty good overall turnaround time. For non-urgent assignments it's not uncommon to get a response with a pile of comments weeks later and completely out of the blue. As for not reading your emails carefully ... I'm just going to throw it out there but remember there is an art to email drafting and they don't teach it in law school. Information needs to be conveyed up front and concisely. The longer the email, the more likely you're going to lose them. There are actually some decent books/articles on this kind of writing style if you think you could use some pointers. If this is happening with multiple lawyers then it speaks more to your email drafting than to their patience. If it's happening with just this lawyer and no one else then it's entirely possible this one lawyer is being unreasonable and isn't reading carefully. However, you're about to enter a wonderful career full of clients who are unreasonable and aren't reading carefully. So don't expect this problem to go away any time soon. I don't want this to sound like I'm blaming you. You might be doing everything right. But given that blaming the more senior lawyer (or a client down the road) doesn't provide much of a practical solution (even if it's actually their fault), consider how you might try and resolve the issue in spite of that.
  9. You can make $200K on Bay St. as a 3rd year associate (if we're counting bonuses and you're willing to put in the hours).
  10. I can't imagine anyone caring. Everyone has different work from home setups that can require all kinds of different headphone/speaker setups.
  11. There's really maybe 2 things you should know: Better school and/or grades = better chances Outlier application = outlier results I'd caution against worrying about all the other various things mentioned in this thread because it's not going have any bearing on the two things you can control: (i) your grades and (ii) your application. Also, I say this as someone who spent way too much time worrying about all these same things.
  12. Also, I assume this thread is about working on the weekend in law. If there's a poster who had never worked on the weekend prior to summering/articling, well, we've had very different life experiences.
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