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Everything posted by theycancallyouhoju

  1. On to the point - I think it’d be interesting to know if American students who move to Canada deal with any skepticism from employers on whether the student intends to stay in Canada. Kids I knew from other countries were subject to that skepticism during OCIs, or reported being asked skeptically.
  2. Yes, if you ignore the 170 years that one existed and the other didn’t, that’s a plausible argument. But it’s a bit like saying GoT is more influential than LotR because it currently has a tv show. Which is to say, obviously wrong to anyone who thinks about it.
  3. But anyway. You have four options. 1. Spend time before law school trying to learn what lawyers in different practice areas really do. Research heavily and decide what life looks best to you - example, try to get in touch with a junior labor side employment lawyer and talk to them for a few hours about what they like and don’t like in their practice; get a sense of their average day. Go into law school with goals, knowing they may well change in the process. 2. Go to law school and luck into finding areas of law that fascinate you for which practice is equally cool. 3. Go to a large full service firm after the recruit and hope one of their many practice areas clicks for you. 4. Spin the roulette wheel of life and just get the first cool sounding (or, any) job offered.
  4. I’m working about 14 hours this weekend, which obviously sucks. But I’m very well compensated, I learn a lot, I have partners who support me and a couple juniors I trust. My internal relationships are strong enough that I can tell someone no when I need to. I have lots of pro bono opportunity when I see something I want. I’m satisfied, but also fairly confident I won’t want to work these hours forever. It’s a trade I’m happy with for the time being.
  5. I don’t know much about this, but my inclination would be you should find out which US/NY firms work company-side for satellite companies and the like - lot more satellites go up than anything else. I can confirm PE firms that invest in space stuff will require relatively less specialized knowledge from their deal counsel. Space is cool. Space regulation is a bit more like shipping regulation.
  6. Work. It’s not even close. They pay me. If you ignore money, then yeah I obviously I prefer doing whatever I want at any given moment.
  7. Also what kind of culture does this guy think the Jewish people came from? Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David...herders one and all.
  8. What’s wrong with goat herding? People need goats. Goats need herding.
  9. Reach out to the recruitment person at the firm and ask if there might be an opportunity to meet or speak with the person.
  10. Nope. My wedding is gonna be in Europe, so we did all of this from a distance and presumably our resources wouldn’t help you much. Also, she’s not a great project manager or budgeter, so most of this fell to my shoulders. Still I would say it’s not an exceptionally tough task - just a very slow motion small-ticket transaction.
  11. Honestly I am very happy I’m not paying for a planner. Planning a wedding is like doing a very simple deal in a very long time frame - not pleasant, but certainly doable.
  12. Is your question whether you can get an OCI job without attending? Or whether attending could theoretically have benefits you’ll miss? Yes, to both.
  13. There’s definitely no reason to worry that your background ought to signal corporate stronger. Like NYC said, you just aren’t competing with a cohort of A students who knew from undergrad that they wanted to do leveraged financing. Most people are in your boat. But you can start learning words that make you sound less dumb when you try to convince people you’re (now) interested during the interviews. Standard advice is just start reading the business news every day. If you’re thinking of making a career out of this, and though it’s far from necessary, you’d probably want to get in the habit anyway. Pick a couple transactions or market events that are being followed closely and just start being an observer. If there are particular firms that interest you for whatever reason, set a google alert. You probably don’t know what your interests are yet because you don’t know what the day-to-day life differences are for a private M&A lawyer, a finance lawyer, a funds formation lawyer, etc. Step one could be trying to set up coffees (or whatever) with junior associates at various firms and in various practice groups to ask them about what they really do - aside from the work-life or culture stuff, what part of their job is fun, what part sucks, etc. The minute I heard IPO lawyers describe what they like about their job, I knew IPO work was not ever going to be for me.
  14. @Starling I am Canadian, but @Rashabon is correct. That being said, other than tax I cannot think of any LLM program that’s even reputed to be helpful. The only contrary experience I have is with people who shifted practice areas - someone who did M&A for three years and then an LLM in arbitration before switching to dispute resolution, for example. It may depend on just how “not New York” the state is. A small enough office in a not very globalized practice market may produce lawyers who think a local-ish education trumps weird, strange, foreign Canadian experience. But that’s a hard call and I’d talk to people in the state first.
  15. As a general piece of advice to lurkers and 1Ls: never start a job application process by making excuses. It’s a bad look. It is not how you sell something. Doesn’t matter how relevant the excuse is.
  16. I’ve read this a bunch of times but does anyone have any evidence that it’s true? If I remember right, it’s not the case that 80% of people who want an OCI job at U of T get one. So if 80% of Dal grads who want a Toronto OCI job get one, then Dal is objectively better and we should all start advising people to go to Dal and not go to U of T if they want to work in Toronto. Which obviously sounds pretty stupid. As a related point, I couldn’t begin to imagine what would make anyone think that going to Dal makes a person less ‘cookie cutter’ than going to U of T. I have helped my firm recruit, review and interview and I have never heard anyone involved in the process who thinks that way. Honestly, I can’t think of anything less informative about how unique or intriguing a person is than “what standard school in Canada did you go to”. Also, almost all students who get an OCI offer get one OCI offer. So I’m not quite sure where you’re getting this “you won’t have a problem with any firm” position from.
  17. @Rashabon gave most of my response to @providence. I’m assuming OP isn’t interested in a specific practice area because, if so, OPs usually mention that. But I should have stated the assumption.
  18. Do not write about your family and mental health issues in a cover letter to a job application. Ever. This is not like applying to a school with an access admissions officer. This is a job. Anyway, to answer your actual questions... 1. ECs do not matter much at all unless they’re exceptional, which by definition most people’s aren’t. 2. Lots of successful law students had parental money and no meaningful jobs, so you’ll probably be fine. 3. Remember not to write a resume cover letter about your family’s health issues.
  19. I too am extraordinarily humble.
  20. Yeah but equal reason to believe you’ll leave after a year.
  21. No one has ever cared other than family members and prospective law students. If you do crim work, people will ask for your cool stories, but I’m a corporate lawyer and everyone correctly assumes I have almost no cool stories. Bubbe is very proud her grandson is a big successful lawyer, but she’s also very proud my cousin got a B+ in chemistry, so, you know. My partner tells me I’m handsome, but she says it with that smile that lets you know she omitted the “...in my eyes, on good days”.
  22. I actually don’t know anyone doing funds formation or M&A/finance for PE clients, nor any PE GCs that have a CPA/CFA. OP feel free to PM me if you have any specific questions.
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