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  1. For solo family lawyers who practice mostly in contested divorces -- how many clients do you tend to juggle per year, and what would you say is the average length of a file (with no trial, and understanding that of course there are vairables)? Thank you!
  2. Thank you for this. I was thinking of talking to someone at the law society so this is affirming.
  3. After clerking for 10 months, I have been at my firm for 4 months. I am feeling pretty negative about the experience, and I don't chalk it up to the difficult transition to private law or working virtually. I am concerned by the way the lawyers run files (missing filing dates, not communicating with clients, acting without instructions), as well as the lack of support or education I'm getting. If I'm just being a spoiled articling student and I just need to suck it up, I am absolutely willing to do that. But I think i need some outside perspective. What are the good reasons for not accepting a hireback (if even offered)? When do you know that you are just being challenged by the transition to private law? What is the etiquette behind leaving or sticking around (I know they have invested in me as an articling student and I feel bad leaving them high and dry once I'm done articling)? Thank you and please be gentle. If I'm just being a spoiled articling student I totally understand.
  4. Alberta definitely has and equivalent so that's a great idea. Thanks for the suggestions! While I got fairly comfortable with substantive law at the court, and learned a lot about advocacy, basic procedure is a mystery to me.
  5. Just started my firm article (family law) after clerking for 10 months, and the work load is lower than I would like, given that I'm working from home due to covid. I have asked for more work but they just aren't busy. It sounds like they will be busy in the fall when I'll be a lawyer, and I get the impression that their main goal is to get me to be a lawyer by that time so they can charge more for me. So since I'm not getting the amount of work I expected, I figure this is a good chance to do some learning I may not have the time to do later. What would you have taken the time to do/familiarize yourself with during your article if you'd had the time? Things I'm thinking: - work on a potential journal article - read up thoroughly on ethics - write up an easy to review CAN for any important legislation I want to make my article productive and have a decent foundation before I pass the bar. Any thoughts? Thanks!
  6. Thanks so much for sharing . I am clerking and then completing my article in civil litigation, but am very interested in crown work. Do you think starting out in civil is a bar to that career? I have kind of fallen in love with criminal law through my clerkship, and I'd love to hear your perspective.
  7. Hi folks, I am curious how the firm you articled with impacted your career down the road? What are your perspectives with their own careers, or with seeing your colleagues' careers regarding the impact a lawyer's articling firm has on their overall career trajectory. Did working somewhere with prestige right off the bat destine you for success? Did working somewhere less than ideal at first hinder you later? Does the firm make the lawyer or vice versa? Would love to hear your experiences.
  8. Thank you very much! I am working at a small firm next year in an urban environment, but am curious about what lawyers in other work environments experience as well.
  9. I am moving on to a family law practice once I am done clerking, and am feeling nervous about private practice. So I was wondering from family lawyers -- how is your practice going? Are you finding that you need to seek out clients? Are you working long hours? Making ends meet? How are you handling burn out from managing high emotions all of the time? I am in Alberta, so would love to hear that perspective in particular, but happy to hear from anyone. I would also love to hear comparisons between junior and senior associates, as well as firm vs sole practice situations, if you have those perspectives. Thanks for your time! Apologies if this is an overdone topic.
  10. Fair enough. This is probably a good perspective to take and makes a lot of sense. Thank you for this -- gets me out of that "woe is me" mindset.
  11. Ok this is good advice. I will do that. Thank you so much.
  12. This may be fruitless but I thought I would give it a shot. My principal has been really bad at responding to emails, and I am still waiting for him to sign the articling agreement the Law Society sent to him. He has lots of time because I am clerking currently, but I just really don't want to be lost in the shuffle. HR knows he has the email too. The Law Society has told me that they don't send reminders. I sent an email saying to let me know if he needs more information or didn't receive it. Radio silence. HR responded to me so I still have a job clearly (haha 😐) but I just don't know how to get him to respond to my emails. Anyone else experience having to remind their principals more than once to return the articling agreement? What is best practice here? There may not be an answer to this but I thought I would try.
  13. Hi everyone, I am clerking in Alberta for 10 months after third year, which means I need 5 more months of an article afterwards. I was wondering if there is anybody else who had the experience of having a clerkship lined up, but not an article for after by the beginning of their third year. Did you find your article before you graduated or during your clerkship? Would just love to hear how unusual this is, and any tips from people who have gone through it!
  14. Hey! I've lived in Mission and loved it, but Kensington is definitely the most convenient for getting to school. It is also really vibrant with lots of other students living there, shops, restaurants, etc. Mission is great, but not being by the train makes it more difficult to get to school. I live in Marda Loop and love it -- given that the 20 goes directly to the school I would say it's even more convenient than Mission. But you can't beat Kensington for convenience. Mission is closer to 17th ave which is where there's a lot of bar patios and nightlife, so that is a benefit. I found living there for a few years, I got to know a lot of the regulars that were also in their 30s and it had a real community feel. That said, I am sure Kensington has a similar community spirit. I'll also add that both have really lovely parks and access to the river so are great for long walks when you need study breaks -- it's not all about the nightlife! Quality of life is so affected by the area you live in, so you're right to try to pick out the right area for you Also the Safeway is better in Kensington if that matters to you
  15. Yes, I'm pretty sure they did.
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