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  1. Without having more details, I would agree that somewhere between $60k - $85k sounds about right.
  2. Assuming you are joking, but in case anyone reading this isn't clear, would definitely NOT recommend taking this approach when leaving a law job.
  3. Saw an interesting one the other day - am I hijacking this thread too much if I ask what exactly "Bay Street pedigree" means in the context of a job ad? Makes us sound like dogs!
  4. I think there's very few "inherently" bad people (in the sense that they act like a jerk for no discernible reason), but we are what we do. If your supervisor acts like an asshole all day, guess what, he's an asshole! Don't feel bad about doing whatever you need to do to be happy.
  5. I second (or third? fourth?) the advice that if you are going to change your name, better to do it now while you are still in school than to wait until you have entered practice. The last thing you want to have happen is to be involved in a really sweet reported decision as a first year lawyer and then you end up changing your name professionally so that nobody will know of your involvement when they search you on Westlaw.
  6. Has no one mentioned The Verdict (1982) starring Paul Newman yet?
  7. 100% agree. Everyone knows law is not a 9 - 5 job, and it's one thing to be working 70+ hours a week occasionally because something unexpected came up, but I refuse to believe that anyone working 70+ hours a week on average is doing quality, efficient work that entire time.
  8. If you made $95,000 as a first year call in 2012 doing insurance defence I'm going to say you were making more than the market average. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure that at that point in time many of the large Bay Street firms weren't even paying their first year associates that much.
  9. Talk to your professor in person. I assume they must have regular office hours when you can visit them?
  10. I can think of at least one situation from my practice area in which the bolded situation arises. So yes, unfortunately typewriters are still necessary from time to time.
  11. Perhaps link us to an internet photo with someone sporting a similar beard. As noted above, the fact that you describe it as "majestic" is a concern. A well trimmed Ben Bernanke style beard would probably be OK, a hipster beard not so much. If you want to be a corporate lawyer on Bay Street, you should go into the interview looking like one. Look through the headshots of the lawyers at the firms you are OCIing with and see how many of them are sporting "majestic" beards.
  12. The former. Once you've been working a few years your work experience is much more important than what school you went to.
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