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  1. Douglas31

    Chances? LSAT 160, L2 3.74, cGPA 3.65

    i had identical stats. in at both but U of C was last two months acceptance. u go a you are in for sure
  2. 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
  3. lol. If you have led a trial already I don't think you need to worry about a settlement conference.
  4. 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.
  5. What are peoples take on the effeciency ratio? Docketed to billed? Consideration for hireback?
  6. - 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
  7. 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
  8. When I say Corporate, I mean M&A and Corporate reorgs
  9. 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
  10. Douglas31

    Travelling for OCIs

    I travelled to Toronto from Alberta for OCI's... worked out for me.
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    Practice Exams

    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
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    Bar Exam Charts

    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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    Study time for Ontario Bar

    Just bringing this up again. I have confirmed my last exam is May 11th!. This gives me 5 1/2 weeks of combined study time. I think this should be doable for both tests in June. Any thoughts? I am planning on buying my indices from Ontario Law Exam
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    Investing LOC

    haha I definitely won't be putting my student line of credit all into bitcoin, that I can say for sure. I also have few the missed opportunity tho, I remember seriously considering buying bitcoin when it was around $2,000. Didn't do it and now its at $11,000. Oh well, one day it will crash. For now I have a small stock holding in my TFSA (Around 10,000) and am looking at housing opportunities. If nothing arises, I am happy to put it into a mutual fund within the TFSA. I am also thinking of pulling out of the stock market soon as I see a crash happening in 2018.
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    Big firm reputations?

    I get the impression, at least from the Calgary and Toronto market, (which I am familiar with) that the massive international firms are a tier below alot of the Canadian national firms. That is in terms of "quality" work. That is, if you were to break down the firms in these cities in tiers... the Blakes/Oslers/Stikemans would be above the Dentons/Norton Rose/DLA (In GENERAL).