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  1. Ethics Civil procedure and/or criminal procedure, private international law, evidence, biz orgs, admin Who cares????????? Id. (Edit: Unduly flippant. But the bar exams are a poor reason to choose a course. Take the stuff you are interested in.) Roast me.
  2. I'm very sorry to hear it. For whatever it is worth, my comments above were directed primarily at the peanut gallery -- not you. I've appreciated your insights, across the forum, as have many others I'm sure.
  3. I think it's a bit of a shame that @Materialist was chased out of the thread and probably from further, potentially valuable, discussions on the site. What makes you think they were not who they said they were, Jaggers? I won't pretend to be a law prof (ha), but I do know a bit about legal academia and everything he or she said rang true to me. The core disagreement between @ProfReader and the newcomer was the relative prevalence of non-law PhDs among junior faculty... which is kind of small potatoes. There are a bunch of non-law PhDs, particularly at U of T (including the most recent hires). For the record, those interested in the path to becoming a law prof in the states should take a look at this website. I swear I've seen Canadians/Canadian schools in a similar spreadsheet, but can't be bothered to look it up.
  4. Yes. Agreed. And Clyde & Co does good international insurance work, I think. My point is merely that the 'international' full service firms in Canada operate mostly as solid national firms with international referral networks. They are quite different from, e.g., Freshfields which -- although UK-based -- handles cross-border transactions and global disputes as its bread-and-butter.
  5. As a coda to the above comments, there are genuinely 'international' firms -- they just aren't the vereins, nor are they in Canada.
  6. You're thinking like someone looking to hire a lawyer. Everyone else in this thread is thinking about getting hired as a lawyer. We were talking -- pages ago, now -- about a very common scenario facing summers and articiling students: You join a firm without any strong preference for a practice group, even between litigation and corporate. Perhaps it operates on a rotation system. Perhaps you develop a preference. Perhaps you're offered a spot in a practice group that's not your first choice, after articling. Maybe you want to hedge and go to a firm that is good 'all around.' We're not discussing people with a lot of agency who, as you suggest, can do a lot of market research. I think what the students in this thread are after is a more holistic assessment of firms.
  7. I agree with the spirit of your post entirely — but this comment is amusing, as it illustrates the trouble with rankings. Wachtell is significantly more selective, profitable, and prestigious than Cravath (and pays twice as much) — notwithstanding Vault’s opinion. Wachtell’s ‘problem’ is that it’s smaller and less of a ‘household name,’ and so does worse in Vault’s national survey. But, that’s the fun part of these rankings, I suppose! They set up a conversation.
  8. This kind of candid discussion just isn't possible on a pseudo-anonymous website. Not saying that's a good or bad thing, but I think that's why your (entirely reasonable) questions are almost certainly going to go unanswered.
  9. In addition to being old, I think that post is (self-consciously, sure) highly idiosyncratic. In my opinion, it doesn't resemble a notional 'objective' ranking created today (however flawed).
  10. I realize I came off a bit snarky and I'm sorry for that. I wasn't actually envisaging your situation. I was thinking of someone who likes doing journalism but doesn't, for whatever reason, want to be a journalist. There are things about being a lawyer that are similar to being a journalist, and I think a person who enjoys doing one might enjoy the other. I think that your aspiration to write about the law doesn't demand a law degree. Look at Linda Greenhouse. A JD would give you some insight and familiarity with the law that might be helpful. But that should be tempered. Law school isn't really geared towards teaching those aspects of law that most interest you. But your last message suggests you want to write about the law and practice law. The only way to do both these things is to get a law degree! So go to law school, I guess? The journalism part is really up to you -- I wouldn't expect much institutional support, beyond access to some platforms to stretch your wings, e.g. aforementioned student newspapers, blogs, student journals, etc.
  11. I agree with everyone else here. But I think law is a great career for someone who has an interest in journalism. It scratches a lot of the same itches -- getting to know new people, learning new things, writing, mastering unfamiliar facts, etc. etc. -- and requires many of the same skills: entrepreneurialism, attention to detail, independence, and clear communication. Plus, lots of law schools have reasonably vibrant student newspapers. If you want to be a journalist because you like the idea of being a famous writer who gets to go on adventures or whatever, you shouldn't be a journalist or a lawyer.
  12. Serenely contemplating the laid off associates lying to their friends and family about being employed so that they don't spill the confidential beans.
  13. They will look at whatever your university considers full-time status. I would say the answer is likely ‘no,’ but you’d have to check with your school. (Isn’t this sometimes marked on the undergrad transcript? I forget.) Not much you can do about it now, though. Just apply and explain the circumstances in whatever part of the application is intended for that kind of thing.
  14. You joke, but somewhere some lawyer is writing a memo on Trump's new executive order. Hopefully Trudeau gets behind this exciting initiative.
  15. It's funny to talk about Morgans this way, but lets be real. They're a firm like any other. You don't need to resort to hyperbole just because they have the most elite corporate practice in the country and, arguably, the best appellate litigation group. (In fact, I've heard their real estate litigation practice is decidedly middling.)
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