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  1. go on exchange. please. Best decision i ever made. also, you are not flunking law school
  2. go to a textbook first. 100% best advice which I discovered learning the hard way although the legal research team at my firm would always tell us this. Seriously. Find a textbook on the topic of law you are looking at and you will be able to pinpoint exact issues and cases are directly referenced. If not, you will get a great idea of the area of law and where you should be focusing your search. Finding the area of law in a text does not take as long as one might think. since I have learned this i have probably cut my research time in half
  3. secured transactions for sure. it will be much easier learning it in law school vs on the bar. also a generally valuable class. Bankruptcy is another one.
  4. i had identical stats. in at both but U of C was last two months acceptance. u go a you are in for sure
  5. settlement conference is basically just meet in a room and chat. sometimes you won't even get to speak as the judge will only want to hear from the client
  6. lol. If you have led a trial already I don't think you need to worry about a settlement conference.
  7. This just greatly confuses things. Who really knows whether the time we enter into the system or the amount billed to client is the billable target. Basically I was just wondering if I should be concerned or not as my time entered into system is lower than everyone else, but my billed to client is around the same.
  8. What are peoples take on the effeciency ratio? Docketed to billed? Consideration for hireback?
  9. - I enter into the system 5 hours for drafting a memo (to client). To my understanding this is docketed time. This would also be billable time. If this gets written down to 3 hours. Then 3 hours is my billed time. - If I spend 5 hours writing a publications (nothing to do with client) this is non billable time. This would be docketed time, but not billable time. I am basically wondering what the 1750 billable target means at firms. Is it all docketed time towards a client matter (which is both docketed and billable) that counts towards this target? Or is it actual amount billed to client that counts towards this target? I am asking because I am an articling student. I recently checked the time records or myself vs other students. I have substantially less docketed time as other students, but I am close to being on par with them on BILLED time. I calculated the ratios. And my billed to docket is 70% (70% of my docketed time is billed), whereas the other students are from 40% - 60%. Just wondering if the billed time is the component that matters, and could be an indication of quality of work (which the partners would care about, as well as efficiency). Thanks
  10. It seems to me that a securities lawyer can do M&A and corp reorgs, but a corporate lawyer can't do securities law. Securities law seems more versatile
  11. Particularly, I am wondering if a young associate is more marketable who practices corporate law (mergers, acquisitions, restructuring, etc) vs a young associate who practices securities law. Relatedly, I was wondering the potential promising exit options for both scenarios. (In house, executive positions, business/start up options, governmental, other ones I'm not thinking of?) I had the impression that a corporate lawyer would have a more broad skillset and could have more flexibility in post law options, however I am now seeing/hearing, that securities lawyers may be more coveted and may be more valuable for in house positions? Can someone comment on this? I like both areas of practice and am trying to see where both type of practices could potentially lead if I decide to leave law at some point. Thanks
  12. I travelled to Toronto from Alberta for OCI's... worked out for me.
  13. Hi, I bought the practice exams from Ontariolawexam. I am wondering where everyone else is getting their 2nd, 3rd practice exams? Are people really paying $150 for each set of practice exams? That seems like alot of money. If thats the case I will only be able to buy one additional set (but I hear some people spending 4 days on practice exams lol). Also what is the second best set of practice exams in your opinion (besides ontatiolawexam). I was looking at Bar exam crackers. Thanks
  14. Hello, After doing some reading I see that many students seem to make use of some form of charts for the BAR EXAM? (Specifically for Barrister/Civil Procedure stuff I am assuming). Can anyone comment on this? What areas is this necessary for? Useful for Solicitors as well? I have not read any of the Barrister material yet but my current approach was to just know my index and TOC inside out and focus on getting my lookup recall down to a T. Are the Charts really necessary? What areas should I focus on? Also does anyone have charts from previous years I could use and update?? Thanks Another question... I have purchases index/exams from OntarioLaw Exam. Would you recommend getting another set of practice exams from another company? It seems that practice exams may be more useful than reading. If so which company would you recommend? Anyone have experience with BAR EXAM CRACKERS? (They include 50 page summaries as well! Note: If anyone had past charts of exams they would be willing to share would be much appreciated! Thanks
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