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  1. Opportunity, liability, and financial security! Vive la bay street!
  2. I'm honestly not trying to be snarky here. But if you're really acting the way you describe here (poking holes in what your mom's friend thinks about Celine Dion, saying "tell it to your therapist, this is completely irrelevant to me"), then you are going to do a lot of damage to your personal and professional reputation. If I heard a 1L talking like that, I wouldn't think they're confident and analytical. I'd think they're an arrogant prick. I'd avoid them. And if given the choice to work with them, I'd be concerned that they lack the basic social skills to function in an office environment and navigate a client relationship.
  3. It's been a while for me now, but Fenwick Tower had a pretty bad reputation while I was in Halifax. Lots of infestation issues. And, contrary to the NS RTA, they had a habit of taking three months worth of security deposit, typically from foreign students who didn't speak much, if any, English. They were doing extensive renovations when I left. I heard that the renovated units were relatively nice. But, at least when I lived in Halifax, I heard that the renovations were structural, and that there was significant noise and debris. I don't know if that's still the case.
  4. I guess to answer the question more directly, grades are a commonly used metric to evaluate the quality of a student's work. In second and third year law school, grades serve to measure the quality of a student's work in second or third year law school courses. They are recorded on a transcript, which can be given to third-parties, who want a documentary record of that student's performance in second and third year law courses.
  5. Each year at Dal, they gathered us in the atrium and offered everyone who wasn't interviewed by either Stikeman Elliott or an appellate court near the Laurentian river as a sacrifice to the ghost of JSD Tory. This helped ensure that school's recruiting numbers stayed high. I only escaped by hiding in the basement under a fort made of old McGill guides and feeding on scraps that fell from wine and cheese events above. Needless to say, 2L and 3L grades felt functionally meaningless, given that the only two options were (1) a life of work on Bay St. following your first year of law school or (2) literal death.
  6. As several people have pointed out, the problem is that the employers want you to follow the instructions. Following instructions is very important. A lawyer needs an articling student to follow instructions, because, if the student missed the instructions or ignored them, then there's a good chance they're going to fuck something up. Fucking up is bad. Lawyers don't want students who will fuck up. If you don't want to look like you'll fuck up a lot, follow the instructions. Also, it's one more letter from an applicant's perspective. Lots of articling posts get hundreds of applications. If everyone sent an extra letter, then the lawyers would have hundreds of extra letters in front of them. They don't want that.
  7. At some point while I was busy being a child, one of my grandparents died and my family inherited a bunch of money. Over the next few years, my parents were both treated for depression. They got divorced, and were generally miserable to be around. After they spent all the money (I think the separation was expensive), they both found more fulfilling work and started stable, supportive relationships. They both seem happy now. Money is good. People need money. I like having it. But unless all that ails you is poverty, money isn't much of a cure.
  8. Was JRR Tolkien responsible for naming neighbourhoods in Saskatoon? It sounds like some sort of utopian elvish community.
  9. While I have no idea what a PWGAS is, I'll say this. If we're talking about poverty law, then that's different than other fields. And that's because poverty law is different than other fields. Many impoverished clients have serious mental illnesses. Most are in crisis. The fact that a student was really good at spotting issues on their torts exam won't help anybody, if he/she can't get through the client interview. Sometimes those interviews are with semi-intoxicated individuals who won't answer your questions about their charges or their eviction, because they're busy yelling about the landlord is in a conspiracy with the police, their worker, and possibly the premier's office. Dedication matters here. When you're dealing with very high needs clients over and over, the dedicated student will get the information that the supervising lawyer needs, and will seek to build a working client relationship, even when that seems impossible. The one who's mostly hoping that this will impress OCI recruiters? Maybe, but I'm not so sure.
  10. It's problems like these that made me want to study time travel law, until I learned that I'll need to go to Yale in the 2270s.
  11. Boy howdy, do I have some bridges to sell.
  12. I share your dismissive attitude towards mycousinsteve’s post. But I think that issues of race and privilege could be quite relevant to the question of career satisfaction. Just not in the sense of: “how dare you acknowledge that others may have faced barriers — I built myself in a log cabin without the benefit of human contact!”
  13. [36] I have considered the sentencing objectives under section 718 of the Criminal Code. I have had the benefit of hearing submissions over the course of the afternoon. However, I was not persuaded by the Crown's arguments that general deterrence and denunciation militate towards the higher range of sentencing here. I was moved by the testimony of several witnesses regarding Mr. Vandertramp's significant rehabilitative efforts. I was therefore inclined to impose the sentence of six months less a day penalty proposed by the defence. [37] Yet, after seeing defence counsel take 102 seconds to flip from his table of contents to the indoor management rule, I find that the maximum penalty is the only proportional outcome here. Sentence [38] For the reasons above, I sentence Mr. Vandertramp to twelve years and eighty one days custody, after giving credit for pre-trial time served. Released: June 19, 2019 _________________ Signed: Proctor J. Bar Exam Court of Ontario
  14. I blame Ford. I blame her. I blame chief of staff, Michael Wilson. I blame Joseph Hillier. I blame everyone who works at the AGO, who, rather than trying to modernize the administration of justice in Ontario, managed to erode justice for the most vulnerable, while realizing an absolutely minuscule amount of savings.
  15. I use coffees mostly as informational interviews. I ask lawyers for coffee when I'm interested in their practice, and want to ask them questions about it. If they agree, then yes, sometimes in the course of conversation, we develop a rapport. That might lead us to keep in touch. And who knows. Maybe that will provide me with some nebulous benefit down the line. However, that's a side benefit of the main purpose -- learning about their practice. I agree that a face-to-face meeting can create a positive impression. I just don't expect a lawyer (partner or associate) to fall in love and tie the knot after our first date -- merely allowing someone to buy me coffee will likely not accord me preferential treatment in a future hiring process. Maybe it does for other people. But if you're going into those meetings with the expectation that it's going to directly get you a job, you're probably going to be disappointed.
  16. If you can convince someone to become your powerful advocate on the inside by chatting over a cup of coffee, then I must insist you share your secrets.
  17. The rumblings are that even after today's announcement, it should still be around next winter. Where and in what form? I have no idea. Hopefully Osgoode will pitch in more than they've offered so far. Sign the student petition / alumni, if you haven't already.
  18. So was my cousin’s first partner. Funny how beliefs change when it’s time to divide the matrimonial assets.
  19. I eagerly await the day that a poster named @NeverGiveUp informs someone that it is impossible, and urges them to give up.
  20. Yeah, my experience was that small firms and soles were hiring in March 2018, not June 2017, for a June 2018 start date. It's not a bad idea to start reaching out. But you'll probably be doing informational interviews, rather than job interviews right now. The reality is that these practices can't project across an entire fiscal year.
  21. I work in Ontario and attended Dal. No Ontario lawyer asked why I went to Dal over an Ontario law school.
  22. And if an employer did, then the candidate from Western dodged a bullet.
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