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  1. First and foremost, your income should be able to support your various addictions. All else is extra.
  2. Second this advice. Work comes in waves and your articling principal may be slammed with work right now. I think it is entirely reasonable for you to ask your principal when you are expected to start. Answering it may be a bit complicated for the principal, because they may need to consider workflow, vacation schedules, training, etc. So they're just putting it off and maybe forgetting about it for now. Give it a bit of time and then call back. At least you have a paper record of your employment.
  3. Personally I'm only in it to stop the government from stealing my clients' hard earned money. Every penny that does not end up in the hands of Leviathan contributes more to the common good than any "social" program ever could.
  4. There were women in that group. I suppose the men could have held sexist views, but I don't know. But from what I remember (and realizing this was 5-6 years ago...) it was primarily about racism and general snobbery.
  5. Queen's alum, and not white. I did not experience explicit racism on campus, but I did on the street. It was almost always at night by someone who had been partying and their judgment was significantly impaired. Other times it was from the townies loitering on the street (you have to keep in mind that poverty and substance abuse is an issue in Kingston, and sometimes it can lead to unpleasantness). I suppose similar stuff can happen in a bigger city, but I guess people feel that they can get away with explicit racism because we are outnumbered (Kingston being 90% white, as others have mentioned), or they are emboldened by alcohol and the tribalistic behaviour that can emerge when a bunch of young people are away from home for the first time, or they are just ignorant. But this is not something that's unique to Kingston. I don't want to leave the impression that I was being constantly threatened. I could count the number of these explicitly racist incidents on one hand -- but I suppose that is still too many. Implicit racism is more complicated to report because... well, it's implicit. It's difficult to say when you're being poorly treated because you're not white or because the other person just doesn't like you. While I was at Queen's Law there was a big incident surrounding a group that set up an exclusionary club that appeared to be primarily motivated by keeping the odd ones (read: non-while, non-rich) out. About 20 people were part of that and 1-2 were masterminding it. It seemed like the entire student body was in an uproar over it and condemned that sort of behaviour. There was a big meeting about how we can stop it from ever happening again. The 1-2 masterminds were not held in very high esteem by most of my class for the rest of our time there - and even now years after graduating. So while you might get implicit racism from some, I think it's fair to say that it will not be tolerated by the overwhelming majority. Apart from that, I did not have any issues with feeling excluded -- at least not for the colour of my skin. I did what I wanted to do and socialised with pretty much everyone without difficulty. Now I could go off about the implicit racism you're going to face when you're in practice, but that's going to derail this thread so I'm going to leave it for another day.
  6. I'm failing to understand the point here. There are lawyers who make 4k/month, but that would be below average for Toronto (I guess average or above average in the OP's context in Halifax). And what's with the jibe about representing marginalised people? We would all like to do God's work in helping the poor and dispossessed, but a dominant motivation for many people who become lawyers is to earn a better living than the average person. Some of us even have to pay our own way through law school and need a job that is able to pay for that investment. To lionise a low wage and demonise those who do other work is at best obtuse, and at worst disingenuous. Unless of course you have the luxury to choose whatever practice area best accords with your sense of moral entitlement and money is not really a concern.
  7. If only it was. As with many criminal defence lawyers, if you take on legal aid work there is a huge disparity between the hours billed and what you actually get out of it.
  8. Short answer: no. Long answer: you can still maintain your hobbies, but you have to make compromises. You cannot do your extra-curricular every week or for as long as you want. Sometimes you make plans, but then have to cancel at the last minute. And yes, it also depends on where you are. I have friends who work in government or in-house, who have a fairly reasonable work schedule. Then there are robots like me who work 60-70 hours a week and have no time.
  9. I work at a small firm and I didn't get a holiday bonus as an articling student nor now as an associate. It is well known that I like single malts, so I end up with a couple of bottles of nice scotch. I think that makes up for the lack of holiday bonus.
  10. Super nice guy and actually a great teacher. But he gave me my worst law school grade, and it still hurts 4 years on.
  11. This. And would you really want to practice law without CanLII, Westlaw, and Word? Do you really want to spend your waking hours scribbling on cheap paper, in a room full of cigarette smoke, with not so much as a spellcheck or autocorrect? Also, from an aesthetic point of view, the 70s sucked. Imagine a life of puke brown decor and orange bell bottoms.
  12. Very reasonable. If you're Jeff Bezos.
  13. Apart from the obvious (like hanging out with friends): Splurging on sartorial splendor. A peaty scotch at the end of a long day. Bookshops.
  14. By the time you hit 3L you become pretty efficient at taking in the material, especially when compared to where you were in 1L. That comfort with the material can manifest itself in multiple way, which includes not having to go to class (because you can just read the cases and classes add very little additional value) or you don't have to devote as much time to studying. The same thing will happen when you enter practice. You will start off being very inefficient and working extremely hard. As you grow and get more comfortable with the work, you become more efficient and things get easier.
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