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  1. I don’t know if this is helpful but Faskens has sample cover letters: https://www.fasken.com/es/careers/lawstudents/-/media/a047344a484641e0a58c792321fd216e.ashx I also found this guide on cover letters just now (just a google search) that seems helpful: https://inter-alia.ca/2019/01/16/some-advice-on-writing-cover-letters This is the uOttawa resume and cover letter guide: https://commonlaw.uottawa.ca/sites/commonlaw.uottawa.ca/files/naked_resumes_and_cover_letters_2017.pdf Most of these are Ontario focused and I’m not sure if there are specific ways law firms in BC want your applications to be structured. So if I were you I would also go to my law school’s career office and ask if they have tips on that.
  2. Thanks very much, appreciate you sharing!
  3. As an aside - I’m interested in learning what these books/articles are if you’re willing to share!
  4. Keep applying and don’t give up hope. Plenty of (perfectly good, sometimes top notch boutique) firms hire students after the formal articling recruits and some have lawyers who look beyond a students’ grades to other aspects of their application. Highlight your strengths in you cover letter, what makes you unique, what you can bring to the firm. And if you’re in your final year - sounds like you are - work your butt off to ace the rest of your classes. And, do internships if possible (my school had internships where the school found us lawyers and organisations to work with for course credit) and get great references. References are key in that they can vouch for your potential even if you don’t have good grades on paper - seeing as they have worked with you and know your work ethic. If you did bad the first year, let it go - you can’t get it back. Focus on what you can do from here on out. There are firms that are understanding and would look past the first year if you prove you can work hard and pull up your grades later. If they ask what happened, you can explain how you had a rough first year but managed to overcome it and not let it define you. That shows your resilience. Keep applying to all the other firms that are still hiring as well as cold email firms that aren’t formally hiring / network with lawyers. You will be fine - just don’t drop the ball and keep working at it.
  5. The different OBA section newsletters are also good places to publish - it will get you some exposure. Is there a specific area of law you are interested in writing on? Edit: apologies, I made the mistake of assuming you are based in Ontario - I feel a bit ashamed. You can look up the CBA section newsletters for the province you are located in and reach out to the newsletter editor to get your article published.
  6. I’ve had interviews where (non big law) firms were digging into the firm where I was currently working at instead of actually being interested in me. Turned me off completely. I don’t know if this is a thing firms do to sniff out competition etc. but it didn’t make me want to work there even if I had ended up getting it. Heard through the grapevine that they never ended up hiring for that position at all. And this was pre-pandemic. So I feel like some firms also advertise for associates just to see what’s/who’s out there and then not end up hiring. It’s frustrating.
  7. Happy to help Also - this isn’t articling but there is an initiative called the National Canadian Lawyers’ Initiative that was started by a group of junior lawyers/law students during Covid-19. They aim to help small businesses and anyone else who needs legal help by matching law students / new law grads, even recent calls with more experienced lawyers to mentor them and work on cases. It’s pro bono work but working on a project like that will help you strengthen your resume and make connections with lawyers who might just be willing to take an articling student on after working with you. This is the website: https://natcanlaw.com/ Also - if there are more senior lawyers here who would like to step in and become a mentor at NCLI and lend a few hours of their time, please reach out. If you want you can DM me and I can get you in touch with them or you can contact them directly through the details on their web page
  8. I'm not sure if you are a member of the facebook group lawjobexchange but they post legal opportunities there that includes articling. If you're not a member, it's worth it to join. I just saw someone post this one: Keswick, Donnell Law Group is looking for an articling student to start sooner rather than later! We are a multi-service firm that runs like a family! If you are interested please email your cover letter, resume, and transcripts to [email protected]!
  9. Does anyone here do / know of anyone who does public procurement law? If so, what type of work do you do (e.g. example of a file you may handle), do you find the work interesting, and do you think there is a demand for it in this market?
  10. Friend of mine did insurance defence work for their articles and got hired as in house counsel in a completely unrelated field as a new call. I think it’s all about selling yourself, so you should definitely give it a shot.
  11. I’m wondering whether asking for 70k for a first year associate position at a (very) small midtown Toronto firm is reasonable. The firm practices in real estate, corporate, and wills and estate law. Since the current market seems to have forced firms to reduce associate salaries, I am finding it hard to gauge what a fair salary is. If the consensus is that it isn’t reasonable, what should I aim for?
  12. My first instinct would be to call the law society too, but then I would worry that by complaining to the law society, the principal would be bitter towards me and possibly try and find ways to take it out on me. What about emailing your principal first and telling them your concerns, and and then saying something like if you would like, I can reach out to the LSO to see what their recommendations are during this (unprecedented) scenario? Just lightly reminding them that they have obligations to fulfil under the LSO and if not, you’re not afraid to complain. It could seem like a thinly veiled threat, but you’ve then given them the (subtle) heads up. It might force them to actually come up with a plan for you to finish articles, which is what they should be doing, anyway. Feel free to say this is a dumb suggestion by the way, I’m just throwing out an idea.
  13. Thanks very much, that also helps. The real estate lawyers I’ve been networking with told me that residential real estate is very different from commercial real estate. So I was under the impression that I should specifically look for commercial real estate work. But at this point I need experience and so maybe looking for solicitor work at any real estate firm will bring across some commercial deals.
  14. That gives me hope. I like smaller boutique firms, and have no plans right now to go for a bigger firm. So that works out. Many thanks!
  15. Thanks for your reply Deadpool! I think my post wasn’t clear though - I should have clarified it a bit more. I want to get into solicitor work in commercial real estate - the transactional side rather than the litigation side. But since I don’t have that experience and have mostly litigation experience, I’m worried I won’t be hired. Most firms seem to want at least a bit of transactional experience. At least that’s the trend I have been seeing so far. If there are/you know of commercial real estate lawyers working on the solicitor side that were hired with a minimum amount of experience, that would give me some hope. I just want to know what my chances are of getting hired, and if there are any strategies (e.g. things I can do) to show my interest in it so I can become a more competitive candidate. Thanks!
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