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    First trial tips?

    I think these responses illustrate what I'm most worried about - the uncertainty of the whole thing. Given that it's my first time leading a trial, I'm trying to overprepare - anticipate who I'll be introducing evidence through, when I'll be introducing evidence, all the important points I need to hit. I'm worried that the judge will come out and say "No need for 'x'" and I'll be completely thrown off and miss something. Thanks for all the advice!
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    First trial tips?

    I am an articling student who will be taking the lead on a small claims court trial early next week (Ontario). This is my first time leading a trial. Though I feel fairly prepared, I'm wondering if anyone has any practical tips for things to do or to avoid, and for how to make this go as smoothly as possible?
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    Are lawyers still using typewriters?

    I just had to order a form from a foreign bar association. Originally, they told me I had to attend an office in their capital city to pick it up. After 30 minutes of the phone, they agreed to mail it to me ... but it needs to be completed on the original physical form. Go figure.
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    Are lawyers still using typewriters?

    There's one in my office, though I honestly can't say what it's used for.
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    Just Started; Wise Advice Appreciated

    1. My thought is that often, especially at the beginning of first year, it can be difficult to tell what is and what isn't important. Try to pay attention to what a particular professor brings up in class. I had one professor in first year torts who repeatedly discussed seemingly minor factual details in her lecture (ex. she would call upon students and ask 'How old was the injured woman?' or 'Was it day or night when this happened?'). When it came to exam time, the individuals who paid attention to these types of details and were able to reference them did better. This was definitely not the class to 'skim for concepts', but I wouldn't have known that at the beginning of the course. My approach was to get a reasonably reliable summary from an upper year who had had the same prof, add information I thought was important as I did the readings, then add information that the prof brought up in lecture. I would then go back and make the information more manageable and condensed.
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    If I recall correctly, this lot also offers long term parking (monthly) - though I can't remember the exact cost, I do remember that it was cheaper than York … but as indicated, it's about a 10 minute walk to campus.
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    Upper Year Courses for the Bar

    I took very few courses covering bar-exam materials and I passed. I felt like the majority of the bar exams materials are structured in a way that assumes the reader hasn't taken said courses. Admittedly, I was able to review the sections relating to courses I had taken a bit quicker, but as many other responders have noted, no way this slight advantage makes it worthwhile to spend months in a course you hate.
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    The Impact of a 20-year-old Transcript

    I've known quite a few students who went to Osgoode after applying in the mature category and many of them said they didn't have amazing GPAs / LSAT marks. Totally anecdotal, but it does seem like Osgoode takes a fairly holistic approach to admissions, especially for mature applicants. I am also under the impression that the mature category at UofT is more competitive than at Oz, but again, totally based on anecdotal evidence.
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    Suits for Women

    Does anyone know of a good dry cleaner in the west end of Toronto that's reasonably priced?
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    Privilege is...

    I think it is worth mentioning that even within the legal profession, individuals very frequently compare themselves to one another. I've heard criminal lawyers who work for Legal Aid saying, "We make 'x'. We don't make as much as the Crowns who make 'y'.", I've heard Crowns saying "We make 'y'. We don't make as much as the lawyers over at that firm who make 'z'", and so on. There's something to be said for the fact that a lawyer earning $100,000/yr isn't considered high, but rather on the low-end (at least in some circles).
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    Transition After Articling

    Can't speak from my own experience, as I'm still articling, but my impression from speaking to lawyers about this is that it really depends on what transition you're hoping to make. I've heard, for example, that it can be very difficult to move from criminal to commercial, though not necessarily as difficult to move from commercial to criminal. Similarly, in the area of employment law, I've heard that it is very difficult to move from employer-side to employee/union-side, though the opposite is not as true. I'm sure the likelihood of being pigeon-holed may also correspond to how long you've been practicing in a certain area. As far as your more specific inquiry about going from family to general litigation, I recently spoke to a lawyer who began his practice in family law, but now practices more general litigation. He said that his experience in family actually made it quite easy for him to expand his practice.
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    Osgoode vs Queens

    I was accepted to Queen's before hearing back from Osgoode. I paid the Queen's deposit and attended their welcome day. I then found out that I got into Osgoode a few weeks later (while I was travelling around Europe) and had to make a relatively quick decision. Ultimately, I accepted Osgoode and forfeited my deposit with Queen's (I think it was about $300 or $400 at the time). While I can't recommend that you should take this route, it is always a fall-back plan if you happen to change your mind. Why I picked Osgoode: There are a wide-range of experiential opportunities offered through the school itself; There are a lot of ways that you can independently seek out experiential opportunities (i.e. there are more legal clinics, firms, etc. in Toronto you can contact to do some work/volunteer); I wanted to practice in the GTA; and I didn't really care about whether or not I would get the small-school living experience. I can't say what my experience would have been like if I had gone to Queen's, though my friends who did attend all seemed to be happy with their time there.
  13. I started articling at a small firm just outside Toronto. The firm focuses primarily on commercial law, but also does a fair amount of litigation, employment, real estate, and some family. When I interviewed, I told them that I would like to focus on employment and litigation, but that I would be willing to gain exposure in all areas of practice. Because the firm is small, the expectation is that I can and will get work from all the lawyers in the firm, which is what I've been trying to do so far. Now, my issue: When my principal and I were going over expectations, he told me that he expected me to bill an average of 7 hours per day, an incredibly reasonable target as far as I'm concerned. While I've been exceeding this target most days, I'm finding that I'm simply running out of work. When I find my workload is getting low, I send out emails to all the lawyers to let them know I'm available. I also will try to make my way around the office to make myself available. Unfortunately, I'm still finding that I'm not getting enough work to hit my target for billables. This also concerns me as I am trying to get the most experience as I can during the 10 month articling period. I've tried to use my free time to go over precedents and areas of law I'm unfamiliar with, but there's only so much to be done. Has anyone else had this experience or does anyone have any suggestions?