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  1. I don't understand. Why not just ask them to hang out in a venue where you feel comfortable. If they say no and you want to be part of the clique, then do what the clique does - hangout indoors.
  2. People don't just suddenly change after law school. The types who would brag about grades and the hours they study become lawyers and brag about billables and the hours they work.
  3. What type of firms have you been applying to? The market isn't that bad, but you need to sell yourself right. For example: This: Doesn't jive with this: You most certainly have the skills to work at a firm and you should be telling people as much. Maybe you don't do the billing, conflict searches, etc. in-house, but a good assistant can help you with this. I hope your applications emphasize your experience with the above-noted transactions.
  4. First time was during articling - Nothing particularly time sensitive, just realized that there aren't enough hours in the week to get everything done and keep my head above water. I regularly work a few hours on Sunday to give myself some breathing room during the week. What's crazy is when you start to feel guilty that you aren't staying late during the week or coming in on weekends! This career can really mess with your head.
  5. If you're having trouble with the "Why Vancouver" question during an in-firm interview in the middle of the winter, just open the window and gesture around broadly. Should work fine. In all seriousness, I get the impression that the "flight risk" thing is becoming less and less of an issue if you interview with a national. I work on a lot of the files in my firm's other offices and I don't think my home jurisdiction would even realize if I moved to another one of our offices. Although I would be losing out on some of the business development that I've cultivated over the last while. Having said that - even if it's becoming less of a thing, it's still a thing in a very competitive market.
  6. Articling students can be a financial burden and aren't necessary for the success of a firm/business. Whereas employees are a necessary part of a business that is looking to expand and generate income beyond what a sole owner/operator can earn. Allow me to pop in my monocle and twirl my moustache while holding a bag with "$" written on it.... If I own a mom and pop business and I need more hands to help me expand and make more money, I'll have to suck it up and pay at least minimum wage to bring in employees to accomplish my goal. If minimum wage increases, I'll have to make a judgement call and balance my desire to expand and supply my current clients vs. refusing to pay a higher wage to my employees. Whereas with a law firm, I don't need an articling student. Recruitment, fees, and mentorship can be costly. If I want to make more money and expand, I'll hire more lawyers who can bring in clients and practice without any guidance.
  7. This is what my firm does as well.
  8. I don't think it will affect your chances of getting into law school. What you should turn your mind to is whether a PhD will help your chances of getting hired in the health and science policy field once you get your JD - I can't really answer that, as I don't know. But I wouldn't focus on law school as that's only 3 years of a long career, especially considering some schools don't give a hoot about post-grad studies.
  9. Chances are you won't be looking at any textbooks during the exam. During open book exams you will be looking through your notes, pre-written answers, and Condensed Annotated Notes ("CANs"). Very few profs (only 1 that I know of at U of A, at least) allowed access to any electronic documents during an exam - the exam software will lock you out of any access to docs on your hard drive and you would need a tablet or something on the side. You shouldn't really need the textbooks unless something goes terribly wrong. During a 1L exam I once had to review a textbook because I had zero idea how to answer a small question and I had allotted enough time in my exam strategy to fish through the textbook to answer it. I couldn't find the answer in there because it's like finding a needle in a haystack under pressure. However, the prof's face when I took the plastic wrap off of a textbook was pretty priceless - he realized I was cracking open the required textbook for the first time during the final.
  10. Any minute now, really. I'm not sure how things work at your firm (I suggest you delete it from the original post), but sometimes these things are decided at partnership meetings. So if the partnership hasn't had an August meeting (or they just plain forgot about extending offers, which legit happens), then you wouldn't have heard anything yet. Just hang tight and keep doing your absolute best work. edit: removed advice you didn't ask for.
  11. Do you have access to a CTF membership? I tend to do most of my learning through there. Reading their circulars and commentaries on TaxFind. Otherwise, I would recommend getting a foundational understanding through your local legal resources (ex: LESA if you're in AB). You'll likely find the basics for commercial transactions and reorgs. I haven't really used any texts but it's not because they aren't out there. They just tend to be a bit pricy and my firm would rather send me to seminars. I'm eager to hear recommendations from others in the LS.ca community.
  12. It's also the firm that did a lot for the legal community - like give us this gem:
  13. 100% agree with the last part. I’ve only ever seen a handful of compensation arrangements for partners, and I’ve yet to see them make a distinction between practice areas or how many “units” a certain practice area is entitled to vs another. It comes down to what they can bill (or delegate) and the clients they bring in. maybe some practice areas will bring in more money and could allow a partner to get their hands on a larger piece of the pie. Whatever practice area that is...it’s likely not tech lol.
  14. That's literally the opposite of what I said. How much experience are we talking here? Sure, some lawyers will be corporate as well as technology because they don't have sufficient clients to stick to just one, it doesn't mean that tech is necessarily under the corporate umbrella. If someone focusses strictly on federal/provincial cannabis laws, they are a cannabis lawyer. I wouldn't expect a corporate lawyer to have working knowledge of this area of law. It's completely possible to be a cannabis lawyer without being a corporate lawyer. Same with technology. Same with tax. Capital markets is a mixture of securities and financial services/transactions, etc. why are they a distinct group? Insolvency is a mixture of secured lending, personal property, civil enforcement etc. why are they a distinct group?
  15. Basically what @BringBackCrunchBerries said. It's not about the client but the subject matter. Drafting and analyzing tech agreements (development, fintech, digital security etc.), consulting on Anti-spam matters and digital security, consulting on enforceability of electronically signed documents, etc. My clients aren't always tech companies - some of them want a specific piece of software designed for their business or want to work with a tech company to push new software onto a device they work with. I mean, sure, we can break down the areas of law by their basic archetypes, but I wouldn't really expect everybody who practices business law to have working knowledge of our poorly drafted anti-spam legislation, or know-how concerning fintech agreements and mitigating data security risks. Similarly, not everybody in IP deals with IT patents or how to properly protect software. Just like other niche areas of law, Science and Technology requires being up to date on Science and Technology law. You can't just throw a fintech agreement at any transactional lawyer and expect them to just dust off the old master services agreement template or else your client is going to be bankrupt after the first data breach (if it takes place in the US...). Maybe @BlockedQuebecois experience working at a full service firm is different than mine. I've only been practicing for a couple years. But I've yet to encounter someone who works at a large law firm that has no idea what a Science and Tech lawyer does. Yes, it can be multi disciplinary, but if you click around the websites for the nationals, it's mostly all the same.
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