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Everything posted by QuixoticLawyer

  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.
  13. I haven't been in your specific position, but I would say that if you want the job, take it. It's normal to feel nervous about making a big career change, but if it's what you want to do you'll figure it out and be happier for it in the end.
  14. No, this is not the general consensus. Your cousin has a serious inferiority complex if he thinks he is at a "mid-low tier" firm and that the "Big Five" are the only firms worth working at. I'm not even going to get into the idea that it is only worth striving to work at one of the best/most prestigious firms, but I will note that firm rankings/reputations are dependent on practice area - if you want an actual guide to which firms you should strive to work at, check out Chambers: https://www.chambersandpartners.com/guide/canada/20 (As an aside, I haven't even heard the term "Big Five" before this thread; is this a new law student meme?)
  15. Having a high level of English language proficiency (both oral and written) is definitely very important to being a lawyer, however if you already have a BA and an MA it sounds like you may be underselling your existing language skills.
  16. Yes I agree. It is crazy not to have at least a somewhat professional/modern looking website in this day and age.
  17. It is an interesting question - whether a specific area of law may shrink or disappear entirely in the future due to societal, political, technological or other changes is not something that I think many lawyers devote much time to thinking about. However, I would think criminal law is about as safe as any area. As nice as it would be, I don't see crime disappearing any time in the near future.
  18. With which part? That the OP couldn't go back to big law? Or that medium size firms will take anyone with 3+ years experience who carry their own weight and are easy to get along with?
  19. I would say this varies from firm to firm. At some firms the lawyers (even old ones!) are trying to type more of their documents themselves to reduce support staff overhead. Not to mention it can sometimes be quicker to just type something yourself as the assistant's transcription will inevitable have errors that need to be reviewed and corrected. All this is to say that I think it is useful for practice to be at least a decent typist, although if OP can already type 80 WPM (which appears to be what is implied in his/her post) I think that is plenty fast enough.
  20. I think you are overthinking this. Just write at the most convenient location for you so as not to cause yourself any unneeded stress.
  21. Is it really? I don't own any fur clothing myself, but there sure doesn't seem to be any shortage of fur-wearing citizens wandering the streets of Toronto, e.g. Canada Goose seems to be as popular as ever (at least anecdotally, based on the number of people I see wearing their jackets on the street).
  22. Is anyone aware of any upcoming short, free (or cheap) CPD programs before the end of the year in Ontario? I've ended up half an hour short!
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