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  1. Wanna talk about the fact that after that they charge us 3100 dollars in fees for the privilege of articling? Thats another major advantage of big firms, you're not paying those fees.
  2. Without knowing too many details of the organization, and knowing about lobbying only second hand (friends in the industry). The pay in the private organizations is usually solid, with good work/life balance and benefits. Mobility is a bit harder to track. Most of the firms want dual specialists (you do telecomms AND transportation, fot example), and porting to another organization at a senior level without industry specific knowledge is difficult.
  3. Firm or GR department in house?
  4. Any chance you folks are gonna need a first year associate next year? Cause frankly, this attitude is a winner (and lines up with everything else I've heard). Please do note, though, I think your firm is an exception rather than a rule.
  5. Just pretend it's document review and you can have both a Bay St. experience and apply for jobs at the same time.
  6. Then you do what many before you did and grind. Look, I applied to everywhere in during the OCI process, the Articling Process, etc. All told I probably applied to 150 places. I didn't have a 2L summer job because I couldn't find one. I had 4 different firms tell me that I was 3rd on their list for 2 jobs. I had 2 recruiters and 4 people I had coffee with say "how do you not have a job yet?". Like not even think it, say it to my face while I had to decide between sputtering "I don't know" and "Maybe at the end of this coffee you'll be able to tell me" as a response. I have an articling job. I got it in February of 3L. It pays well and the hours are good. There are plenty of non-oci opportunities out there that offer a good articling experience. Smaller firms, some midsize, in-house, government, etc. You just have to accept that they aren't going to be wrapped in a pretty little bow and served to you. You have to set your job alerts on indeed/monster/workopolis/linkedin, check the various websites, go meet for coffees, etc. In other words, you have to actually job hunt. And I know it sucks, but there isn't an alternative.
  7. FP Journe Octa for me. Or a Chronometre.
  8. Nope. In this case you're dealing with someone who understand how a progressive tax system works. It's just you're also dealing with someone who is generally pretty self sufficient. If I am able one day to own a home I can clear my own snow, cut my own grass, and can do small-mid size repairs on my own. I'm also fortunate to have friends and family who are tradespeople and could help me with bigger stuff. For someone like me (and maybe I'm well outside the norm) it's going to be far more expensive to own a condo than maintain a house. Edit: Probably better/more fair given this to say paying for convenience in some cases with condo fees than burning money.
  9. Even better are Condo townhomes like my parents'. No special assessment, but the roof is on you to fix, and you have to get the company approved. Good luck getting the decently priced ones approved. Anyway. My bias is showing. I hate condos and condo fees only slightly less than I hate HOAs (though condo boards often come close).
  10. You can, but at least it isn't a guaranteed cost like it is in the case of condo fees. You also get no ability to a) do it yourself or b) acquire quotes from various places and get a lower price. I'll ignore whether underground parking and concierge is a value add, as that seems subjective. But there is some irony in talking about it while discussing affordability. Any lawn at a relatively affordable home in Toronto is unlikely to take much more than 10 minues and 50 cents of gas to mow. Better yet, get a push mower and spare yourself the gym membership. I hate shovelling snow, but I don't hate it to the tune of 100-200 bucks a month. Ill throw my headphones in and grab a mug of coffee.
  11. Yea, 700 a month in maintenance is...wild.
  12. Out of curiosity, how much is your monthly condo fee? Because apartment living is really only a solution when you don't have to pay a second mortgage just so maintenance can slap a coat of paint on the lobby walls every so often. To my knowledge, there aren't many freeholds being built in TO. And that's ignoring my general opinion that condo fees are setting money on fire for no additional equity while we have a retirement savings crisis in this country.
  13. I would love to own a home in Guelph or K/W. Even they are getting to be ludicrous, and that's without decent Toronto bound transit.
  14. See @Diplock I can partially get on board with this, but you lose me at some point. Because as much as you're sold a delusion that you're a victim, there's an equal delusion on the other side, that because you can afford the bills and the apartment that you're being compensated fairly for your work. And frankly, that's a delusion that keeps wages depressed across the board. It's how companies justify stagnate wages, even at the lowest levels. It took people literally having to work 2 full time jobs at minimum wage before people started to speak out about how it hadn't adequately risen with inflation. It's why entry level jobs now require 5 years of experience and pay little more than they did 15 years ago. It's why companies lose older employees and roll those duties into lower level employee's laps with no increase in pay. Because the goalposts seemingly moved from "If you're doing X, this is what your life should look like" to "As long as you have something you can't complain". I think it's fine for lawyers to state that their spending power has decreased over the years, that's the position they are in. What I think it has to be paired with, however, is a understanding that that decline has had a much greater impact on the income bands below, and to only think that lawyers somehow now have it rough is tone deaf.
  15. You're right. Schools don't expect papers to be typed now. And the internet isn't a basic necessity overall these days. Its only been named a basic human right by the UN. You don't need shelter. Nothing I said is really that out there in terms of a need these days (maybe a printer, given the general move to online submissions). Sure, you can go to the library and access these for free (an hour or two at a time) but that doesn't make them less important. Hell, even applying for a job all but requires computer and internet access now. It's not like I'm saying "oh woe is me, I can't afford both Netflix and Amazon Prime and Spotify premium". Technology has become a integrated part of our lives, and it does represent a significant added cost. And just to be clear, I didn't mean you need all three of a laptop desktop and tablet. But you're probably going to need one, and a decently reliable one at that to function in today's Canadian world.
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