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  1. Can you share whether you're in the private sector and how big the company is?
  2. Can't forget they likely also get those so sweet govt pensions as well. That's probably another 10-15% to their compensation. Thanks for sharing!
  3. Also, if not obvious from my user account name, I am in Vancouver for what it's worth.
  4. My compensation is approx. $125-$130k including all benefits (eg. RRSP match and etc.). I am legal counsel to a senior listed company. So we handle a very broad range of matters (ie. continuous disclosure, M&A, operations, etc.). Would be great if you could also share what you know of your friends’ general details are on compensation and hours.
  5. Hi all, I just wanted to take a poll of in-house lawyers to see how common working weekends is. There's probably a lot of variation due to area of law, geographic location (eg. urban vs. rural, west vs. east), company size, and year of call, but like many things in this forum, the anecdotal feedback would be great. For me, I work in-house as a 5-8 year call and regularly only put in about 1-2 hours on the weekends. During transactions, it can vary and means being on call remotely. Generally, my regular office hours are approx. 50-55 hours a week (when I'm not in a transaction) as well. Thanks in advance.
  6. I self studied and used the Barbri Materials. My advice would be to do a ton of practice questions near the end. However, I wrote it in 2014. So it was a different exam back then.
  7. Good advice. However, I'm not sure if this is wholly applicable to my situation as I feel like most of us are very unqualified for our first law jobs. Of course, I don't know the specifics that you are referring to but this new position is for an experienced mid-senior level solicitor. Hence, I'm thinking that the expectations may be more than that of a newly minted lawyer.
  8. Hi all, I'm considering a job opportunity that would have me change solicitor roles to one which I have little to no experience in. More specifically, the role is within the same general area of law that I currently practice/have experience in. However, the new role is different as it involves more regulatory/compliance. For context, I'm a mid-senior level call and I've been upfront about my lack of direct experience in the area of law. That being the case, I've been offered the position but am hesitant to take it due to the fear of failure. Also, for what it's worth, it seems like finding/hiring a specialist in the area is rare and the interview appeared to be more so if hiree could adapt and learn the new role. Anyone have valuable insight on this?
  9. For those of you who are in-house, I would greatly appreciate any tips you have for shifting from private practice into an in-house environment. For context, I am taking an in-house position that is with a company that has an existing small legal team, utilizes external counsel for large transactions, and will involve me practicing in various areas of business law. Before starting, all I can think of to prepare my self is to familiarize myself with the company as much as possible through its public disclosure filings.
  10. It makes me feel a bit better knowing that I'm not the only one. I'm sure that my experience is likely due to the firm that I am with (eg. small) but seems like there's a general feeling that the securities space isn't necessarily a happy space. In any case, I'm leaving the private junior securities practice, so thank you for all the comments and shared experiences.
  11. Hi all, I was just wondering about how other securities lawyers felt about clients in the junior securities space. For background, I am a mid level call and have generally had a negative experience for the most part. There are certainly good clients out there. However, it appears that a good amount of my clients are often quick to give non-constructive criticism over minor issues/over sights. For clarity, I am not referring to cases where there have been repeated mistakes or large errors. For me, I am always trying to improve my communication skills with my clients, but I feel that it's essentially a waste of time at times.
  12. Securities and corporate finance - or an area of law that seems to closely resembles what one would call "securities and corporate finance"... I wouldn't say a "complete" failure, but I totally understand what you're feeling otherwise. I'd be interested in hearing about lateraling to larger firm. I have only been able to get one interview at a large firm.
  13. I feel like I am missing out on working on "big" files that are typically associated with bigger firms and/or notable law firms. Does any one else get that feeling or is it just me? Money aside and everything, I don't get a much satisfaction from my work as it seems routine and lacks the challenge that I can only assume come from working on more "quality" files. There's just a lack of learning much in my practice. Does any one else get this feeling? Thanks.
  14. I should have specified. I'm a junior call and firms have asked for transcripts after interviews.
  15. Just curious. What are the average marks that large, mid and small firms expect from potential applicants?
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