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  1. Playing off of this - it's not always a bad thing and it could be due to the nature and size of the firm. BigLaw isn't the kind of environment that you stick around in because you are close to the partnership/management and don't want to let them down (like you'd see in some small shops where you are less of a cog and more a part of the foundation of the firm). Jumping ship looking for something better doesn't necessarily mean the ship is sinking and it's pretty common in the industry.
  2. If you want to work at one of the firms conducting OCIs, why wouldn't you apply?
  3. "Well, you see, spinning records is a lot like managing a bunch of files. You always have to keep up to date on modern music, the trends of the DJ scene, and keep track of all of the data in front of you. It's much like when [insert interviewer's name] was working on that recent appeal that I read about... [insert long story]... anyways, my DJ name was Fee-Fih-Four-Twenty."
  4. When I ask this question in an interview, I'm looking for a candidate to explain what drives/motivates them and to explain why they'd be a good fit for my firm. However, I don't really want candidates to regurgitate their CV as I've already read it! So I think I'll just start asking: What drives and motivates you and why do you think you'd be a good fit for the firm? Interviews are stressful and I really want to get to know who the candidates are. It's not a test - it's an interview! That's why I try to review these forums around OCIs and hopefully adapt my interview practice. Now I know that I should be more direct 😛
  5. I feel the same way. I am so productive in the office, but at home things are kind of slipping and it certainly doesn't help when the news cycle is hitting me with all sorts of catastrophes and coups. Further, there are just SO MANY emails with people working remotely. I am sorta in the same position in terms of my to do list and responding to clients, but I've started to set small goals for myself/switch things up a bit: 1. Put EVERYTHING on the to-do list, that way I can cross off even menial tasks. Gives me a sense of accomplishment... 2. Bill 2.5 hours before taking a lunch break. 3. Don't spend more than 30 minutes eating lunch. It's very easy to sit on the couch at home and say "I'll get back to work after this episode is done..." 4. Take a weekend and get your legs underneath you. You'd be surprised how easy it is to get up to date on your files by just focusing on them during one weekend without any interruptions. 5. Set times when you answer emails. I like to do this in the morning. If I get an email in the afternoon and it's not urgent, I'll respond tomorrow. The afternoon is reserved for making progress on my files. 6. Close the door in your home office. Otherwise, I think I'm going to ask if I can go back into the office, lol. I really don't like working from home.
  6. Agreed and I think this can be said for many areas of law. They don't tell you in law school how entrepreneurial this business can be regardless of the size of firm.
  7. This is how I look at it - almost like a contractor assigned to build something by a certain date. It has its advantages: I can come and go when I please, get guaranteed income, etc. But also its disadvantages: just because I go on vacation, doesn't mean my assignments hit "pause"- there's no getting away from it. I still need to build something by a certain date! I guess in a sense, the files/assignments come and go as they please as well lol
  8. If anything, I feel as if mentorship and helping out the bar is one of the foundational elements of the legal profession. If anybody here thinks that they're going to leave law school and never have to deal with law students or lost/confused younglings ever again, you're in for a rude awakening. And I think the reason why things are so debated (often to the point of hostility) around here, is because this website acts as almost a form of curated wiki. I'm only a couple years into my career, so this won't carry much weight, but I often google: "[a question about the profession] + lawstudents.ca" to get an actual, boots on the ground, answer. There aren't really a lot of resources for lawyers in their foundational years other than those written by the local bar that are next to useless (I don't need another article on the Brightline conflict test and professionalism, I need to learn how to quit a job or what salary I should negotiate towards, what it's like being in-house as a junior vs. private practice, etc.)
  9. Weber discusses deductions that are personal in nature. I'm not sure robes would fall under that as they are more akin to a uniform that can't be used anywhere else other than in the course of employment.
  10. That's cool and, as someone who takes part of the recruitment process at my firm, thanks for sharing. I didn't mean to say "you're wrong" with my comments but wanted to express that often times we just want to make conversation and see if you're someone we can chat and hang out with. Accents can be an easy ice breaker, but clearly you've encountered people that really couldn't take a hint and kept pushing the subject for some reason. Recruiters are people as well and there are plenty of awkward ones. Most of the time, we're just trying to blow off some steam. The whole point of this thread, I think, is to give recruiters something to think about and you accomplished that. My gut reaction is to say "well why didn't you just tell this lawyer that your accent is due to XYZ hearing issue and put them out of their fricking misery so they can shove a foot in their mouth" but, well, that's not really how this should work. You don't have to talk about XYZ if you don't want to. So you've given me something to think about Having said that, I could not imagine a situation where I don't ask a ton of follow-up questions to someone with a Cockney accent or who knows a fair bit about Cockney rhyming slang. If I was running my firm and encountered something like that, I'd offer them a job without even looking at their CV...
  11. Evidently. I guess some people might be sick of getting asked the question. But I doubt any recruiter is making a determination based on the response given. In the few times this has come up during recruitment, I normally ask as a segue into discussing the languages section of a Candidate's CV or their background. God knows clients will certainly ask you when making their awkward small talk.
  12. I think in the hodgepodge melting pot culture of Canada, it's reasonable for someone to ask you where your accent is from. What the heck is a "less favoured accent"? I ask students where their accent is from to get to know a little about them, where they are from and what sort of life experience they can bring to the practice of law. I'm not going to stop inquiring about someone's accent or what languages they speak simply because of the off chance that someone might have a hearing impediment and I didn't pick up on it.
  13. It's true. Some newer strains are being marketed as "weight loss weed" because they contain a large amount of THCV. But I think you're right - what they do is stop stimulating hunger, they don't take away the fact that eating while under the influence is an experience.
  14. There are healthy and low cal snacks people! - 5 calorie Jell-O, pickles, cucumbers, etc. Also, the munchies are almost non existent on high THCV strains which actually suppress appetite.
  15. This is the dream. Shopify (or a subsidiary thereof) had a job posting in Ottawa a few months ago. Maybe you can dig that up and see the requirements. However, you should look into what sorts of legal requirements that these companies need and focus on that then lateral in. For example, M&A, tech licenses, SaaS agreements, etc.
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