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  1. This isn’t a defence of the assistant’s behaviour. But post-concussion syndrome (provided it was a concussion) can produce a lot of mood changes, including the kind of irritability and depression that can produce kinda extreme outbursts. I had a very serious concussion 10+ years ago, and didn’t have the luxury of stopping work and school while I recovered. I don’t think I actually yelled or called people names, but I was definitely unpleasant to be around for the weeks after I was discharged from hospital, and I remain grateful to the people who were supporting and accommodating to me. I’m not trying to say you should have to tolerate abuse. You shouldn’t. But it’s possible that this is more of a one-off situation where everyone is navigating a difficult health issue while she recovers than it is reflective of a generally shitty workplace. Maybe she’s just an abusive asshole. However, if she had what I had, your boss, presumably being the one going home with her every night, is the one taking the brunt of her behaviour. Not you. If that’s the case, I do question whether storming into his office and demanding change is going to be well-received.
  2. Awkward introverts can fit in too . I speak from personal experience: 28 years as a card-carrying awkward introvert. And counting. I formed most of my close law school friends in second and third year. Give it time. First semester of first year of law school is not really a good gauge of anything. A lot of people are finding their footing. A lot of people are putting on a bit of a performance. In my class, things calmed down after the first set of exams, as people figured out what works and what doesn't. Everyone relaxed a little and became a bit easier to be around. The neurosis will be in full gear again around OCIs, though. Watching the second year recruit is really a spectacle -- it's like watching some Amazonian bird mating dance on a Planet Earth documentary.
  3. If OP (a) graduates with a JD from a recognized Canadian institution or an NCA equivalent and (b) can work in Ontario, then the LPP is an option.
  4. I always unbutton my jacket when seated. So unless I had to stand during the interview, then I imagine unbuttoned.
  5. I did a bunch of PBSC in first and second year. Honestly, none of them were great. But I picked ones that gave me practice doing some basic things (research, client interviewing, SLA, etc). That practice was invaluable in my other, better extracurriculars later on -- I think I had a bit of a headstart on when I got to clinics in upper year, insofar as having a few basic skills to really dive in on files and end up with a lot of substantive experience and responsibilities.
  6. Without sounding like a fortune cookie writer dropping acid in a second year philosophy seminar, good advice often answers an unasked question. It happens here and it happens with clients: someone submits a request for information or opinions, and others, who (hopefully) have more expertise or experience comply by providing the advice sought. But in many cases, the question doesn't accurately capture the root of the problem. For example, "what LSAT score do I need to get into Queens" is really an issue of if and how the candidate will be competitive at his/her desired school. "Which UK law school is best for practicing corporate law in Canada" often calls into question the reasonableness of OPs expectations and the viability of the proposed plan. "How do I sue the complainant for defamation" might reasonably lead you to ask whether the proceedings in question have been resolved, and if not, how they should be defending themself first. That's why Diplock collects "likes" like gym selfie featuring yoga pants on instagram: where the framing of the question seeks to elicit temporary comfort or short-term indulgence rather than a critical look at the underlying issue, he's good at letting everyone know that's what is happening (although I suppose that's the opposite of a gym selfie). Well that, and a brashly entertaining writing style. Also, while I wasn't going to belabour my point, I do love to belabour a point. I always find the "that's not what I/OP asked!!" response odd on a public forum. While there should be some effort to be responsive and on-topic (unlike what I'm writing), our answers aren't just read by the OP, but sometimes hundreds of others. So the OPs own wishes aren't necessarily the determinative: our responses are better when we aid other readers, rather than just the one who got around to asking the question. Anyway, if anyone wanted to read my defence of derails, I'm glad I've been able to satisfy your very specific desire.
  7. Fuck the TTC? Wait until you move to Port Credit or something and you're ready to fuck the GO train.
  8. You probably could. But, as you might be implying in the second half of your paragraph, it's not about ease or your ability, it's about licensees' compliance with their professional obligations. Legal work by a non-licensee must be reviewed by a lawyer or paralegal. Review takes time. Corrections take time. With less resources, lawyers have less time. And so there are fewer volunteer positions.
  9. You can ask them to have coffee. And a lawyer let me shadow him for a couple of days.
  10. This is probably only true if the volunteer was interested in doing purely administrative work. An undergrad likely lacks the skills to do intake. They can't really provide legal services, unless they are directly supervised by a lawyer who assumes full professional responsibility for their work. And, given that clinics are underfunded right now, the supervising lawyers and other staff don't have time to train and oversee people who might only be there for a few hours a week for a little while. You could probably scan, shred, copy, input information, but most clinics can't offer undergrads much substantive experience.
  11. At tribunals, too. I've had clients who are about to relent and instruct settlement, and then some civil litigator sends an over-the-top, "do govern yourself accordingly" letter on a minor issue, the client freaks out, the whole thing blows up, and we have to go to a hearing that could've been avoided but-for having that civil litigator, doing his* civil litigation thing on the other side. Maybe that shit works in personal injury, but my clients are already so volatile that any aggravation is completely counterproductive. *It's always been a "his," when this happens.
  12. Was it a unionized tech company? Edit: the implication being that if it's not unionized (or unionizing), then it's not labour law.
  13. It's not that hard to show interest in -- I had a bunch of ECs that would've demonstrated my interest in labour and employment law, had I remained interested the field. But a non-existent interest cannot be conveyed. So if you don't have an interest in labour and employment law, then it's impossible to convey your interest in labour and employment law. Except by lying. Dishonesty allows you to convey an interest in anything, really.
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