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  1. Lol I remember a general feeling at lunch that this was going to happen. A lot of people seemed pleasantly surprised about the morning. But that could only mean one thing: the terror, or more accurately, the Teranet, was coming.
  2. Best: thinking like a lawyer. Studying law brings clarity to your thinking and the ability to see situations from different angles. Worst: thinking like a lawyer. I won't trust instinct and decisions take forever because your mind is set in risk management and 'first principles' mode: why does this work? X, Y and Z could happen and A could happen if Y happens after X.
  3. The breakdown from extreme boredom is definitely a thing. 8 hours of pure rules a day is mental torture.
  4. Lol, I feel like taking real estate gives you a huge advantage though?
  5. lol. I always think it's weird when people say this as a 1L. I would probably be more inclined to hire someone who unashamedly said its for the pay and later opportunities...a lot more believable. When you say you're interested in corporate law I just think you're dying to start due diligence and closing agendas.
  6. This is an interesting question in 2019. I think there are two ways in which a lawyer could use programming. These ways to use programming will determine what language you should know. This likely goes outside the scope of your question, but I hope this could get the conversation going. The first way is for non-core tasks. This is likely what you're thinking of. In this case, VBA is going to be dominant. It is important to know when you should actually write code as a lawyer. You should only write code if your task is going to repeat itself in the future and there is nothing off the shelf that accomplishes the task. For administrative tasks, there is almost always an off the shelf solution. I'm thinking of scheduling and finance here. However, when it comes to your actual work, then there may be some tasks such as formatting or even boilerplate language for which there is no off the shelf solution. Given that this situation is 99% of the time going to happen in Word, VBA is your best bet. The second way is for core tasks. In this case, you'll want to use Python usually. A core task would be something for which there is no off the shelf solution, it will repeat itself in the future and it requires logic that only a trained lawyer would readily understand. This is where solutions like machine learning come to play or just general statistical analysis. Here, analysis is not the limit though. I can also see how automated transactions could also come into this category. Why do I say Python? You're going to want a language that has good libraries, can work with lots of data types easily and that is fairly abstract so you can translate your lawyer logic into computer code easily. Two closing notes. First, most software developers don't code that often. If you have the logic for an application, find someone else to translate that into the nitty gritty. Talk to IT if you have an IT department. Go on a freelance site. Don't waste your time with endless errors if it is beyond the simplest program. Second, there are options in between. Writing fresh code should be a last resort for a lawyer. As an example, try workflow automation software (IFTT or Automator on Mac). If it's a hobby, then go ahead, get your hands dirty. If it is genuinely for efficiency, only code as a last resort.
  7. This isn't really how most tax law works in Canada. I'll go on the assumption you're looking to do corporate tax. Most firms that do that are large and have very structured recruiting. They tend to recruit out of school for articles and summer. This is all to say that there is no straightforward route. You don't get the luxury of an organized application process. You're going to have to get someone's attention while the articling recruit is underway. In other words, you'll have to reach to people you know or cold call.
  8. Hello all, I've done all the readings for the barrister exam, have my indices, marked materials up and have done practice exams. I was wondering what y'all would recommend of the following for the weekend: 1. Reread PR section (seems popular on this forum) 2. More intense reading of actual rules and bylaws - I skimmed these on the assumption most questions would come from designated PR section 3. Do solicitor stuff anyway. I have budgeted a few days of rest and have enough time to read the rest of real estate and do practice exams. 4. Other? Your help, as always, is much appreciated. P.s. which exam company did you find had the most accurate practice exams? I assume OLE?
  9. Hello all, I was wondering if any lovely soul wouldn't mind posting a 'greatest hits' of advice for getting hired back as an associate in a litigation setting (not criminal). I know many are annoyed when someone doesn't go digging for old threads before asking this kind of thing, but I was wondering if anyone could create a brief 'restatement of the law' in this area. If not, I'll just go through the articling students mega thread, but I thought it was worth asking. Thank you, ls.ca world!
  10. Lol my theory is that law schools teach you how to be clerks and profs. That's what they did so obviously that's what you do, right? On the other hand though, any practitioner I have had for a prof has been a complete disaster. They don't tend to know the entire area of law well enough to teach it with coherence. I appreciate the practical tips and expertise in a few areas, but it becomes a nightmare during exams.
  11. Also, in case I haven't ranted enough, here is a story I go back to when I think shit isn't going to work out: Despite his superior academic record, Laskin, who was Jewish, was unable to find work at any law firm of note, because of the anti-Semitism that pervaded the English-Canadian legal profession at the time.[7] As a result, his first job after graduating was writing headnotes (i.e., article synopses) for the Canadian Abridgement,[1] a legal research tool. In order to be called to the bar, it was required that he serve articles with a lawyer who was already a member of the bar. He had trouble finding a lawyer who would serve as his principal, because non-Jewish lawyers would not accept Jewish students. Through connections, he eventually found a young Jewish lawyer, Sam Gotfrid, who was willing to sign as his principal, but Gotfrid was himself only just starting out and could not provide Laskin with any work or salary. A year into his articles, Laskin found a non-Jewish lawyer, W.C. Davidson, who was willing to take him as an articling student, and he finished his articles with Davidson. In later years, Laskin would say that he articled with Davidson, not mentioning his initial start with Gotfrid.[8] That's Bora Laskin's story. If he could bounce back, then so can you.
  12. Tough situation, mate. You've got my sympathy. 1. Luck determines so much so don't think this reflects too much on you. You've obviously taken the right steps to be prepared for an opportunity. Just think of the random chain of events that has led you to this situation. It wasn't like everyone woke up in September of 1L with a master plan that they flawlessly executed. If you change your mindset on this, then you'll stop blaming yourself as much. 2. Stay ready. The events that are going to lead TO your articling position are swirling around in the universe. You just gotta be ready when that opportunity comes. So keep yourself in the batter's box so to speak. This doesn't just mean keep throwing applications against the wall. It means you gotta keep yourself as a functioning human being throughout all of this. Keep healthy, exercise, keep doing the stuff that makes you happy in your daily life as long as it's not slaughtering the innocents (dark). 3. Remember why you want to be a lawyer. You want to be a corp/comm litigator? Sweet. If you're set on that, then think of what that's going to be like. Think of the complex cases and the respect afforded to you when the client is trusting your advice when the millions or billions are on the line. This will keep you going because it reminds you that all the shit is worth it. 4. This can be an opportunity. I know it's tough to see right now, but an articling job that beats your expectations could be out there. You just never know. This happens, by the way, all the time: guy strikes out at normal recruiting only to find himself/herself in a perfect situation somewhere else. Struck out at Bay Street? That could mean you're going to a shop that is specialized in bus. litigation that doesn't work the crazy hours.
  13. I can't stress that enough. You can't just weigh the benefits of a school. You gotta weigh the costs too. This is especially the case because it's 3 years long. If you're going to come out with the mental health problems that are all too common, then the school specialities don't matter.
  14. I strongly advise staying in Canada! It's true you won't know much of what you need to know at your firm, but it's well known by now that having exposure to a subject makes it easier to learn in more detail. It's like pre-reading on a bigger scale. Bottom line is that imho, being a lawyer means being the best for your client. I think that starts in school by improving your skills and knowledge as best as you can. I have no idea how taking EU corporate law in Ireland would help in the first 10 years of your career.
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