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  1. Very quick question if anyone knows: do you have to gown when appearing before a solicitor's fees cost assessment officer for a pre-hearing meeting? I have to do this on behalf of another lawyer. I assume no gown is needed since an assessment officer is not a judge? Thank you.
  2. With respect to getting into Canadian schools, I think the difficulty varies. I have a colleague who had straight A's throughout his whole undergrad, but went to Australia because his LSAT score was weak. On the other other hand, a friend of mine got accepted recently to a Canadian school with a good LSAT and a very mediocre GPA. Speaking for myself, I don't regret going abroad at all. However, I am very glad I don't have to worry about landing articles again, because at one point I did not feel good about my prospects at all. Just like three years ago when I made this thread, I would still encourage prospective foreign-goers to exhaust their Canadian options entirely before making the plunge. It just makes more logical sense and is much safer.
  3. Without derailing the OP's thread, I posted my own experience going abroad, I believe it is stickied in this thread. Feel free to PM me with any questions.
  4. Think practically. Your reasons for wanting to go to Bond are nice and rosy but TRU is better for your career. Go TRU. I say this as a person who completed the NCA's and took only 5 months to land an articling spot, and also had multiple job offers before getting called to the Bar. But I was probably more fortunate.
  5. I'd say that's a compliment if anything. I have a case road map, a draft of all the questions I will ask, both lists of documents, and print outs of cases to support my remedies. Should I include print outs of any cases I cite? I know they have access to a computer so wondering if I should play it safe and bring everything? Finally, what is the protocol for objections during an examination? Do I just stand up and wait for the vice-chair to address me, or do I interrupt the opposing counsel? And finally (again), is it bad if I don't have everything memorized? I've taken this hearing on a bit of short notice so my mind is racing. Cheers!
  6. Yup. Any tips you can think of would be appreciated. Thank you.
  7. Not asking for legal advice (lawyer myself), just hoping to get some tips and tricks from any of you who have completed a hearing at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Have one coming up, any pointers would be helpful. I know its not as formal and intense as a civil trial, but any insight would be appreciated.
  8. You should take the big law job and then figure things out later. You're too new to really know what you want. At the same time, having "big law" on your resume will open many doors, and it is always easier to down-size rather than the opposite.
  9. So much this. Enjoy and have fun with school, practicing is 100x more stressful.
  10. Yes, I believe they ended up passing everything and are now licensed or will be called very soon.
  11. I won't re-state what others have you told, since these are all good ideas, but I will say that under no circumstance should you do the online degree. It is a complete waste of your time and money.
  12. I know someone who failed 5 times but then passed. So hang in there and keep trying!
  13. I don't have a concrete answer, but working for a top international firm must get you some kind of recognition here. For what its worth, I know many people who came from foreign jurisdictions and they all managed to become lawyers. A few of them work in bigger firms while most of them settled in medium-size and small firms.
  14. Interesting. I work 11 hours a day on average and I'm not even in biglaw.
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