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  1. Doesn't really matter, but maybe you should explain it in you personal statement.
  2. Expect to do admin tasks, draft pleadings, do research, attend questionings for the first half of your term. Then you you will move on to handle your own files. Trust me there's no shortage of pleadings to draft in PI and I suspect your principle will want you to start doing doing them as soon as you can.
  3. I will chime in on PI. I'm currently about 5 months into articling for a PI boutique firm in Alberta and from what I observe, PI lawyers probably have the best work life balance. No one stays around past 4:30 pm and even though there are deadlines you have to meet, nothing's ever super urgent. Since the work is 100% contingency based, your salary depends on the number of cases you are willing to take on. You also don't need to worry about chasing after clients for payment as you almost always deal with either insurance companies or the fund and they have deep pockets. The law is fairly straight forward and it's mostly torts, remedies and civil procedure. The challenge is that you have to be really efficient at file management. Lawyers at my firm manage 100+ files at same time and it's exhausting keeping track of everything. In addition, most of the tasks involve ordering medical charts or emailing back and forth with adjusters which can get boring.
  4. Do they normally hire articling student? My impression is that in-house typically don't.
  5. Articling at a PI firm too. Use the precedents and ask questions when you have no idea what's going on.
  6. I do know of a practitioner who specializes in international family law, specifically international child adoption. Her clients absolutely adore her.
  7. Your grades and LSAT are the only reliable factors for the purpose of law school admission.
  8. Christ! Thank God I didn't go into family law (very nearly did).
  9. Articling at a PI firm at the moment. I think depending on which province you want to practice in, PI work can be pretty lucrative. Your pay is almost 100% contingency based and you rarely go to trial. There's also a lot of money in family law too especially when you deal with high-end divorce. My impression is that both areas are more or less recession proof, so you are not at the mercy of the business cycle as lawyers at big shops. Firms that do PI or family law typical recruit outside of OCI and I know a lot of people got jobs at those firms by cold calling/emailing lawyers. There's definitely no shortage of opportunities as people are always getting hurt/divorced. My advice, if you want to know what it's like being a lawyer, go talk to real lawyers or articling students.
  10. At some point you will also ran out of study material, so maybe factor that into you plan as well.
  11. Pretty helpful at my school. Can be a pretty good way to network with lawyers in your city.
  12. At best it gives you a bit of insight into what it's like working at that particular firm. Firms can be very different, depending their size, the area of law they practice, location, and firm culture. Volunteering for a solo practioner gives you very little insight as to what it would be like working for Bennett Jones. If you really want to know what it's like to be a lawyer and make informed decisions about your future career path, then you are better off talking to lawyers from different firms. Also, no serious law firms would ever let an undergrad student handle any legal work (admin work at best). Volunteering means time commitment, time that you could spend doing other meaningful stuff, like starting a charity, helping prof with research or running a student club, things that might actually make a difference when it comes to applying for law school.
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