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  1. Ok, that pains a better picture. I don't work on bay street, but, generally speaking, associates have more control over their schedule. I used to put in a lot of time physically in the office because surprise files would come out of nowhere and I didn't want to shuffle back into the office to get cracking on them. Once you're an associate (depending on the practice area, of course) you have a much clearer picture of your workload and deadlines/meetings. As such, you have a better idea of when you need to be in the office. Don't get me wrong, I'm still in the office about 10-11 hours a day and a bit on weekends, but I more or less know when I'll be getting into the office and when I'll be leaving.
  2. 250 billable or 250 in the office? The former is heavy the latter is pretty par for the course.
  3. As someone how will always identify as a Montrealer, I just don't understand how someone can learn French without it being taught by a pineapple.
  4. This isn't really something that's disclosed in Canada. Maybe this recent thread will help (see Question 3 of OP):
  5. This mirrors my experience but at a large firm in Edmonton.
  6. Be inquisitive. Sometimes interviewers don't want to ask the same questions over and over and like it when an applicant asks insightful and inquisitive questions. How do your students find their practice area? If I have a question, can I go straight to a partner? As a student, will I have the opportunity to get involved in XYZ? It's nice to know that an applicant isn't just going to go with any firm that gives them an offer, but rather is feeling out the firms for the right fit. A nice back and forth/conversation. I'm very junior and only recently involved in recruitment for my firm so take the above advice for what it's worth. But it worked for me (not just in the summer recruit, but in other interviews in my life). **note: I'm not suggesting that you steamroll over the interviewer's questions or try to take the reigns of the entire interview. Read the room, of course.
  7. Designation is big in my eyes, not in some of the other lawyers involved in recruitment. I just think it demonstrates a real understanding of subject matter. No need to maintain it tho. and once again to reflect @MansfieldCJ's sentiments: I'm not suggesting OP go out there and try to cram some career experience into their lives before law school. Many different firms look for different things. I can only say what my firm looks for.
  8. *spits out coffee* YOUR PENS ARE FREE?!
  9. I'm involved in student recruitment at my firm and I second this. We tend to hire candidates that have some sort of real life experience beyond travelling abroad. Employment is a great way to demonstrate this (especially in accounting, engineering, etc.). However this will differ between firms. Some have a more holistic recruitment process whereas others looks for specific things (grades, specific undergrad etc.)
  10. I forgot one thing - In late may there's a Tax Law For Lawyers conference in Niagara-on-the-Lake which is held by the CBA. Consider asking your firm to send you over there when you're an associate (or when you're an articling student, but it's unlikely they will drop cash on a specialty so early in your career. Never know if you don't ask!)
  11. Saw your PM. I started at a large full service and just made it very clear I wanted tax. Those courses would likely not provide sufficient preparation to practice tax without oversight. Maybe if you did the In Depth program (levels 1-3). However, knowing the law and actually putting tax law into practice can be very different things. It would make sense to get a strong foundation in the basics of tax and lateral over to a firm that has someone who can supervise your work. Maybe some other folks around here can advise on building a tax knowledge base/practice group from scratch - I have no experience wrt this.
  12. I wasn't dean's list and work mostly (~80% of my practice) in tax. Full service firms often have tax departments and if you make it clear that you want to practice in that area, they'll funnel some work over to you. Having said that, if you're in a smaller shop, I would suggest that you get as much exposure to the field as possible. Consider joining the CBA North tax section (we meet every few months), the Tax Discussion Group (about once a month), and the CTF Young Practitioners seminars. Further, ask your firm if you can attend the tax-based LESA seminars - they can add a ton of value to small business transactions even if you aren't doing the tax work directly, but merely flagging the issues.
  13. I just went through a stack of applications and I didn't put much weight on knowing other languages unless the applicant was fluent. As @pzabbythesecond mentioned, there's a big difference between having a conversation in a different language and providing legal services in it.
  14. It's a bit of an overkill, but maybe you can get a criminal record check through the RCMP while abroad? http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/steps-getting-a-certified-criminal-record-check
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