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    Without family money, can you afford to buy a home?

    My partner and I have planned out that we should be able to afford a $600,000 house within the next two or three years. Again, I'm sure I'd be singing a different tune if I was living in Toronto or if I was thinking from a single-income perspective.
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    Advice: Practicality of Juggling Part-time Job with 1L

    I started 1L with a job and my employer was very willing to accommodate my schedule. About two months into 1L though, I was down to working about 8 hours a week. At that point, I kind of thought "why am I doing this to myself?", so I quit. I wasn't making enough money for it to have a meaningful impact on my debt, I felt bad that I was repeatedly having to ask my employer for days off or reduced hours, and between class, studying, extracurriculars, and work, I had no free time to just decompress (having some down time is important to me). Of course, your experience could be different than mine. You may be very good at managing your time. You could have a job that's well-suited to being in law school. Whatever you decide, you should try to honestly evaluate what you can reasonably manage, what you want your 1L experience to involve (ex. do you want to attend all the social events run through the school?), and what you are trying to gain out of your continued employment. 1L has a way of creeping up on you all at once. You also have very little flexibility in determining your schedule or courseload. I began working again mid-way through 2L. At that point, I was more comfortable with law school, scheduled my classes in a way that afforded me more time for myself, was enrolled in courses that I found interesting (and easier for me to grasp), and was enrolled in a combination of courses that were differently evaluated (i.e. not all my courses were 100% exams).
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    Associate Positions

    Hence the "youthful environment" 👍
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    Associate Positions

    "That 50-year-old applicant is well-qualified for the position, but I don't think she'd fit in here. After all, there's so many stairs" I understand that's probably not what you had in mind, but it's the kind of thing that makes me hesitant. Again though, I may be overthinking it, or maybe I'm just really pessimistic.
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    Associate Positions

    I'm always hesitant when a firm says they are searching for someone who will excel in a "youthful environment" … screams potential human rights issues to me. Then again, maybe I'm overthinking this.
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    Do I have to finish my degree?

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    Applying for clerkships after accepting a 2L job

    I know a few individuals who are articling with Crown Law - Criminal and then clerking with the ONCA or SCC afterwards, as opposed to picking one over the other. I imagine if you make a good impression with the firm you're articling with, they want to hire you back, and you effectively say "BRB, going to clerk for the Supreme Court for a year", you wouldn't be blowing your chances of landing an associate position … but that's just my impression and I have no hard evidence in support of my position.
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    Discussions on Reddit?

    I think individuals in the legal profession like to imagine that they embody the qualities of civility and dignity … not to say that some lawyers aren't a bunch of [insert choice synonym for "terrible people"], but rather, that they might be more likely to present their offensive or rude positions in a more agreeable way. Maybe that's why I see less derogatory slurs on LS.ca than Reddit? Or perhaps individuals on LS.ca are just worried that one day the Law Society will uncover their identity?
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    First-year salary: GTA

    Is it? I imagined that pay outside of Toronto would be notably lower
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    First-year salary: GTA

    I'm currently articling at a firm and have begun to have informal discussions about hire back. Curious if anyone can provide me some guidance about what salary range I might expect. Most of the posts I've found have been for Toronto firms. small firm (8 - 10) GTA I do primarily civil litigation (firm does a lot of business law) Based on my discussions with other associates at the firm, I believe the firm pays a base salary + % of billing, but I don't feel comfortable asking my coworkers about actual amounts.
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    Careers in Criminal Law

    We don't have public defenders here - instead, a low-income individual applies to LAO for a certificate, which the individual then uses to "pay" a private lawyer. It's my understanding that most criminal defence lawyers in Ontario have a some mix of legal aid clients and cash clients. I cannot speak to the rate of pay for legal aid certificate work, and you would be better to sit down and chat with someone about this. In addition to these certificates, LAO also hires staff lawyers (duty counsel), who have offices at courthouses. Duty counsel give some advice about legal rights and court processes. They also do adjournments, pleas, bail hearings, etc. However, duty counsel offices aren't particularly well-funded and when they are busy or short staffed, they will hire lawyers on a per diem basis. This is what I was referring to in my post. It's not regular work (think a few days a month), and doesn't pay that much, but again, it's one way to try and work your way into criminal defence work. Per diem work is work that wouldn't necessarily be advertised - the individual I know networked and met duty counsel supervisors, who put him on a "list" for per diem work.
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    Cover Letter Advice - Referencing Notable Cases

    I never mentioned caselaw in my applications. My thought is that you only have limited space on your cover letter to sell yourself to a firm. If you try to incorporate a case, you're either leaving out important information about yourself or not discussing the case in an in-depth, meaningful way that extends beyond pandering. The exception to this would be if you have some reason to believe they actually want this kind of information. You will have ample opportunity to discuss a firm's past work in interviews - when you tell a firm "I am interested in your firm's extensive appellate work", you should be prepared to discuss.
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    Are You Happy With Your Income?

    I made more money bartending than I do now in my articling position … growth potential is pretty much the only way I can justify this career choice
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    Careers in Criminal Law

    I'm an articling student working primarily in civil litigation, so give a lot more weight to other users' comments, but here are my thoughts, speaking as someone who very recently seriously considered pursuing criminal law. When I was canvassing criminal law opportunities, I spoke with an individual who managed to moved from civil litigation to criminal defence. He began by doing per diem work for LAO. He was only getting a few days a month doing this, but this allowed him to familiarize himself with Ontario's criminal court system, meet some more seasoned criminal lawyers, and get his feet wet. He's now a sole practitioner doing criminal defence (largely LAO certificate work). This individual did offer me an articling position, but what pretty clear that there wasn't going to be a "hireback" - as other users have mentioned, there are very few entry level positions in criminal defence, so you're likely looking at becoming a sole practitioner.
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    Creative Resumes

    Agreed. In most scenarios, I'm not quite sure what message an applicant would be trying to send to a law firm with that type of resume. I'm in no way involved with hiring, but if I received that resume, I would immediately wonder what deficiencies the applicant was trying to conceal. I would also wonder why they were trying to win me over with the formatting of their resume, versus advocating for themselves in writing - a far more relevant skill for a lawyer, in my opinion. The type of resume posted may stand out in certain fields, such as tech or marketing, where there is value in standing out from the pack and shaking things up, but the legal profession as a whole is not that.