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  1. FineCanadianFXs

    Switching jobs

    There's no acceptable time. You have one life; time is a non-renewable resource; yada yada. Sometimes you have to make hard choices that involve burning bridges at their worst or disappointing people at their less worse. This board can't really make the calculation for you, but I'd suggest that if this is your dream job opening up, you take it. Who cares about job hopper syndrome if the place you're aiming toward is the place you wanna stay? If it isn't your dream job, however, you have to weigh how much you'll disappoint your current employers--and how much you care about disappointing your current employers--against how much you want this job. The less you want the job, the heavier the disappointment might weigh on you. That's all there is to it.
  2. FineCanadianFXs

    Do people reject in-firms from seven sister firms?

  3. FineCanadianFXs

    Suits For Men

    Love a brown suit. In my view, like any colour, the darker the easier to pull off anytime. The lighter and more pronounced the more noticeable. If I were going lighter, instead of that rusty colour, I'd do something like this instead.
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    How to research firms AND their reputations?

    Or alternatively, you could be like me: succeed in OCIs as much as possible while still winding up without a job at the end of it all. In short, putting in the maximum amount of effort without result. At the time, I felt terrible and a failure. Undoubtedly, it was the best thing that could have happened to me, considering the opportunities that opened up to me afterwards and where I am now (which is very happy and working somewhere I love). I would never be here, were I not put in the position of actually having to investigate the kinds of legal jobs that would genuinely interest me, and give me valuable experience, and then pursue those vigorously. Relax. I know it is difficult to do this during what can be a trying process. But really, relax. Do your best, taking the above advice into account; go for the job you want. But remember all along that if it doesn't work out with that job, then it wasn't meant to be which in many cases is a fantastic result! Because it rules out jobs that were probably never going to fulfill you anyway.
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    The Sartorial Canon

    Honest, not sarcastic answers: The Prada velcro running oxfords: do not wear, very ugly and overpriced. The Gucci queercore brogues: no, see above. The Cole Haan oxfords-or-sneakers? Or both?: Yes, but just not to work or court. Pretty awesome for everything else. I'd absolutely sport those to a wedding to dance in. The Gucci dragon embroidered shoes: spectacular. But also don't wear to work or court.
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    The Sartorial Canon

    Think anyone will notice the light embroidery on these? (I didn't bother asking about these, since they're pretty much as good or better than the Pradas for the same reasons)
  7. FineCanadianFXs

    Suits For Men

    I can't help you with Edmonton-specific advice, but I agree: in my opinion, Moores and Tip Top are overpriced despite giving the impression that you're getting good value (you're not). $300 is not a great budget for the Bay, but your frame might fit Topman off the rack, and that'll be under or around $300. You also might have some luck with Calvin Klein or Tommy Hilfiger suits there. I think I bought my very first blazer at the Bay, which was Black Brown and it has lasted me a long time. I would avoid the 1670 brand suits (I believe it is Hudson Bay's own cheap menswear line); they fit well, but they also look shiny and cheap. I think that about covers your budget at the Bay. I can't vouch for Simons's Le 31, but that's the only brand in your budget you'll find there.
  8. FineCanadianFXs

    The Sartorial Canon

    The Velcro strap kind of acts as a unibrow. They are hideous, yet I love them.
  9. FineCanadianFXs

    The Sartorial Canon

    Those seem totally fine. I think maybe you'd tread the line once you starting throwing pebble grain leather and colourful pull tabs in there or huge brogues and rubber soles, or the weird stuff cole haan is doing. The ones you linked the are vanilla. I don't mean that in a negative sense, I just doubt anyone will bother you about them.
  10. FineCanadianFXs

    The Sartorial Canon

    For men's shoes, I presume? As a classic piece of English literature once posited, "oxfords, not brogues". I think it depends a bit on how complex and casual the shoes are in addition to the broguing. My bet is nobody notices or cares if your captoe is brogued, for example. The broguing itself isn't what matters unless it's excessive (and I don't even know what excessive broguing might look like). Are they oxfords or derbys? Are they black suede? Wingtip? Bunch of other bells and whistles? The more simple, the less of a casual effect the brogues will give off. The more garish the shoes already are, the more the broguing will amplify. Basic black brogues won't turn any heads. I wear a pair of chestnut wingtip brogue oxfords regularly, and nobody's ever said "you're too junior for those! Cut that out, only smooth leather for you." In my view, broguing on black shoes comes across more formal than brown, so I wouldn't worry too much about them.
  11. FineCanadianFXs

    The Sartorial Canon

    I would (and have in other threads) argued that these rules are outdated. What matters in the end is what looks good and what looks professional, and where both meet should be the goal. And what falls into either category can sometimes be a result of eroded familiarity with and desensitization to norms. It is absolutely a reality that, in Toronto, many lawyers--and other working professionals--don't give two thoughts about shoe/suit colour, so I think most browns have become acceptable with dark navy, even though the effect can be a distraction as one of those articles points out. Also, lets be clear about the difference between a dark navy and a lighter blue (for which tan is totally fine and looks great). If in doubt, following this guide is a pretty foolproof approach. (While I'm sharing guides, I also love consulting this one when picking out ties/shirts/socks). That was just a hypothesis, and the eye of the beholder rules. But I think it is generally true that men approach fashion blissfully unaware of how their hair, eye colour, and skin tone affect their other clothing choices. I'm always so shocked seeing men having left the house in the morning wearing shirts and ties that, when combined, have the added effect of making their wearer look like they just escaped the plague hospital. It's baffling that a quick mirror check didn't reveal "oh dear I look pukey in this".
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    Crim courses only? Am I screwed for the Bar exam?

    You'll be fine. As stated in other threads, the bar exam is an exercise in looking things up real fast. So yes, it helps to know in advance the language of things to make reading the materials easier. Having taken a lot of Crim, you'll breeze through those materials. I did, as I did in other subject areas in which I took classes. That said, in areas you're unfamiliar with, learning the lingo is thankfully pretty easy. It's also part of being a lawyer so develop that skill now. When you start a chapter in an area you have no idea about, keep a running list or chart of what stuff means and who is and does what. That's all it takes. For example, I didn't know what an estate litigator was or what they did. Didn't take long to figure that out, in fact, it's right there in the name. I think you'll have little difficulty learning what a partnership or corporation is for the purpose of the bar exam. What's more important than your understanding of the material is your ability to (i) understand questions about the material (ii) being able to look up the answer to that question very quickly and (iii) being able to efficiently and quickly answer those questions with at least enough confidence to just move on already to the next question and not waste time aiming for perfection. Doing this will be easier so long as you know the players and terms in each area of law, and have highlighted and indexed your materials in a meaningful way. In any case, as you're already aware, take whatever is more useful to your career or relevant to your interests. Substantive law courses will not help you on a largely procedural-centric exam.
  13. FineCanadianFXs

    So Um...What Now?

    1. Don't panic, it both won't resolve anything and is also unwarranted; 2. I've been there. Lots of people I know have been there. You're like "how can I have invested this much time and energy yet continually come up short". That is a totally normal response that I and many others have also had. 3. You're getting stronger with every application, interview, and networking session You may not realize it, but if you're doing the right things--and it sounds like you are, because you are getting interviews (which means you're a desirable candidate on paper) and are implementing feedback you get along the way--you're becoming a more capable interviewee and applicant. Fabulous! You're completely on the right track. 4. There's no perfect normal timing to law students finding their dream articling jobs. Loads of law students go through formal recruits and/or accepted the first job that fell in their lap and became miserable as a result. Others held their breath and found something just right for them at the last moment. Don't fall into the trap of thinking "X didn't happen before Y time, and that reflects negatively on me". Not just because the logic is faulty, but also because it harms your confidence. It sounds like your grades are excellent, you're enthusiastic about a particular area of law, and are creating a fine professional network for yourself. There are lots of law students nowhere near that level. You're gonna be fine.
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    The Sartorial Canon

    I've never had any issue with black and blue. I wear it all the time. A nice pair of black oxfords or chelseas with a navy suit is a fantastic and classic look: https://smhttp-ssl-33667.nexcesscdn.net/manual/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/suit-chelsea-boots-style-mens.jpg https://i.pinimg.com/originals/9d/cb/1f/9dcb1f2b01fcc02452f0837eb10ab92f.jpg (Note: I have no idea what is going on in the second pic with the gloves or checked jacket with unchecked pants. It's probably lifted from some designer's lookbook. I'm just using it to show the chelseas against the navy pant.) I have a feeling that blue and black also depends a bit on complexion and hair colour. Black shoes with black hair makes for a great bookend as above. But I don't like the below use of blue and black at all, and it probably has to do a bit with the suit pattern but also with the hair colour. https://cdn.lookastic.com/looks/navy-suit-grey-crew-neck-t-shirt-black-chelsea-boots-large-13752.jpg Brunettes might look better wearing chestnut, oxblood, or burgundy. Just a hypothesis, not an assertion.
  15. FineCanadianFXs

    The Sartorial Canon

    Counterpoint - you can wear suede shoes with a suit. Just not with a business suit: https://sartorialnotes.com/2013/04/01/suede-shoes-and-suits/ I don't particularly like any of the above combinations, albeit I do wear blue suede shoes with my most casual suit sometimes. That suit is cropped, and I typically go sockless. I think the reason it works is that there's a break between suit fabric and shoe fabric. Which is why it also works in @providence's examples. I think it's when the fabric of each connect--where the pant meets the shoe--that causes the clash. I think you'll often see men who try to pull off the look wearing suede loafers, which I think succeeds for the same reason. I personally wouldn't wear it for work, however, I reserve my suede+suit outfit for social settings.