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  1. setto


    Could be they're from another jurisdiction. My firm's office in Sask doesn't offer their summers articles (which sounds awful...)
  2. Not to mention that it completely ignores literally every other field of the law that people with lower economic status encounter because someone else broke the law or did something tortious: residential tenancies, employment, family, etc. It's an asinine comment that's being thrown around social media today. It goes to show that some people don't understand the role of a lawyer in the community beyond what they've glommed from Law and Order.
  3. Avoid the comment section... "you dont need a lawyer if you dont break the law"
  4. I would have thought the same thing! But I browsed around the LSO website and found this: "Lawyers who are administratively suspended for failure to pay Law Society licence fees must meet the following requirements prior to reinstatement of status by the Law Society. Pay all outstanding Law Society Annual licence fees plus a reinstatement fee of $300.00 plus applicable taxes." You have to back-pay fees. Edit: Actually, that doesn't necessarily mean that you have to back-pay. I pulled the quote from this section of the LSO site: https://lso.ca/lawyers/about-your-licence/manage-your-licence/administrative-suspension-and-reinstatement-of-law It's possible that they only mean the fees that you failed to pay which resulted in the suspension and not necessarily that they will accrue while you're suspended.
  5. Skype classic is. Though, and somewhat ironically, the new Skype is quite the opposite: you can't even close down the task in windows 10. You can't kill the thing even if you wanted to...
  6. You should be looking mainly at your firm's precedent database. Every lawyer is different and some prefer you use one of their precedents. If they don't give you one when they assign a task to you, and you have no way of searching for one, ask the lawyer for one or a similar file they worked on that you can dig through. Also, look through this:
  7. Ha! To add to this, I think Criminal law taught me more about statutory interpretation, evolution of case law and legislation, and the judicial system more than any of my other 1L classes. Sure, the same stuff is covered in constitutional, but for some reason I remember it really sticking in Crim. Also, at least in Edmonton, people who want to go into Crim need to get involved pretty early. A 1st year crim course can expose you to it so you can decide whether it's for you or not (although some profs are largely academic and don't really show you much of the practical/practice aspects of criminal law).
  8. Well then I think you should contact Rhitu Bhasin, Nora Rock, Jatrine Bentsi-Enchill, the CBA, and LawPro and tell them - All of their contact information is provided in the links I posted. You have an obligation to maintain the integrity of the profession if you feel that certain actions and publications can bring the profession into disrepute. Edit: I realize this is coming off as snarky, but you make valid points and should say something. A lot of the people in my CPLED program had similar feelings. Now, a fleet of lawyers may be getting further trained in something that you believe is harmful. My cultural awareness program was only 2 articles/pamphlets. Who know what a bootcamp will do, especially one that will be in-person and likely attended by people of different cultures.
  9. I agree. Like I said originally, navigating cultural awareness is not something that can be taught in a pamphlet. It's something that will be picked-up during practice. I don't think that's any reason not to teach it. I don't see anything particularly harmful in the sources I linked above when you consider it's just an introduction.
  10. True, but it's particularly influential in some cultures (Denmark, Turkey, Japan, Sweden, etc.) I guess they are just trying to get at the notion that it can be frustrating if, without understanding their cultural perspectives, your client appears to be especially stubborn about a particular decision. In some cases, this could come off as a lack of confidence and could merit withdrawing from representation but in some other cases, it could be that you aren't viewing the situation from their cultural lens.
  11. Agreed. But to be fair, it may be that I'm really misrepresenting the readings by summarizing them so briefly. Here are the links that were required reading for the CPLED course if you're interested: https://www.cba.org/Publications-Resources/CBA-Practice-Link/Young-Lawyers/2014/Client-Communication-Measuring-Your-Cross-Cultural https://www.practicepro.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2014-09-cultural-competence-bhasin.pdf
  12. I'd put the over/under at $22,000.00 for Canadian res and $40,000.00 for International (if they are accepting them). I know the 40k sounds high, but I feel like international students will flock to a downtown Toronto law school that may have lower admission standards.
  13. Just a guess: Those are usually practice areas covered by smaller firms. It's possible they are mandatory in order to place their students in the practical rotations in 3L - I feel like mostly smaller firms will be bringing these candidates on (unless biglaw decides to chew up some free labour), and so they should be somewhat-versed in these areas. But I think the theory that they are doing this to reduce electives (like @Ambit suggested) is more likely the culprit. I think it may be similar to one of the required readings (though it was never really tested-on) during this year's CPLED course in Alberta - Cultural Competency. It basically goes over being conscious of other culture's social hierarchies, mannerisms etc. in a legal setting. Working at a larger firm, these things are unlikely to come up considering most law firms/corporations around the world adopt the western model of cultural norms (Old guy speaks more and commands more respect than young woman etc.) But the readings were pretty interesting when it came to cultural mannerisms for smaller clients (Woman from X will unlikely take plea deal because it would bring shame upon her family). I'm not sure a bootcamp is necessary - the pamphlet we had to read pretty much got the message across. It's more something that will be developed in practice and I don't think people will be able to pick up the intricacies of the multitude of cultures you'll find in Canada. All you really need to do is give people a heads up that these differences exist and have them self-learn to develop their practice. I'd be pretty pissed if I started law school and had to sit through a bootcamp like this. But I have my issues with law schools teaching non-substantive-law material in the first place (an issue for another thread).
  14. I was under the impression that if it were to be a transfer within your firm (like moving from Stikeman TO to Stikeman NYC) it's an L and if you are going on your own and not looking for permanent status, it's a TN/TD. Though my info is a bit outdated.
  15. Ah! Didn't even think of that. I guess I have blinders on as the only crim defence people I talk to are fellow articling students.
  16. Aren't articling students normally tasked with this sort of thing?
  17. I think we need to stop feeding the bots...
  18. They used to be ok in the US, especially in NYC. However, the US has two viable options to becoming a physician: MD and DO. Recently the residency programs for MDs merged with DOs a few years ago and they all compete over the same pool of spots now in North America (including Canada). So spots are limited for foreign trained docs in the US, and extremely limited in Canada (which has considerably less funding for residency positions). So if you get a spot in the US as a Canadian, you then have another hurdle: visas. You will need a J visa which are only given out for particular residency types and are limited in number. So it's still possible, but it's very risky these days and you will be sitting on about 400-500k in debt (before board exams and licensing), a massive stigma, and interest that ticks the day you graduate.
  19. That's basically why programs like these are largely considered predatory. Same with Caribbean med schools.
  20. Who's watching lecture videos during residency, or fellowship? And even if they do, it's rarely practical material and normally similar to M1 and M2 lectures - facts. The basis for pimping during residency is just regurgitating facts!
  21. Med is a different beast. Medicine is pretty black and white and is all about taking in vast sums of information (multiple times more than law) and then regurgitating it. Law operates in the grey area between black and white and you will rarely find a situation that says "if X happens, do Y". There are so many nuanced aspects to it that you often need to feel out by asking the prof questions or (if you're that person...) asking hypotheticals in class. I found that when watching or listening to recorded lectures and I thought about needing some clarification on a point, it was really easy to just say "eh, forget it."
  22. I did. It was fun compared to having a real job before law school. There's a learning curve, but it can be fascinating and fun. Academically it's really not that bad. The job stuff can be stressful if you don't prepare for it or allot any mental energy towards it. You'll soon find that law students (especially 1Ls and then articling students) enjoy coming together to complain. It gives them (or I should say "us", as I'm an articling student) a sense of surviving in the trenches with one another and overcoming all odds to accomplish something great. But really, it's just an echo chamber of complaints and in reality it's not bad at all. You will have fun if you learn to study smart and enjoy the process.
  23. U of A looks at last 60 credits. So I think that would be one.
  24. Exactly! Some transactions and the law behind them are friggen fascinating. It's like many other subjects - not every physicist studies physics to finally crack the unifying theory or to develop some method to save humanity. Some people do things because they're fun, interesting, and complex.
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