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  1. Now that I'm thinking about it I remember someone telling me that firms boast about a 100% hireback rate after articling but will fire 1st year associates a couple months into their first year
  2. Hi @erinl2, I didn't know this was a thing, can you please elaborate a bit more.
  3. What is "administrative advice"? Also, performing administrative tasks does not really seem in line with your description above of providing proactive input based on a deep knowledge of PI law. And if you really mean simply administrative tasks, how can you really expect to perform such tasks without getting instructions from your supervisor? Administrative tasks are delegated by the people with the deep knowledge of PI law. Why would someone with such a deep knowledge of it want to perform such tasks?
  4. Lmfao ok. So what I get from this is that you want to work on a PI case from beginning to end, and that you want to be able to understand it so well that you provide advice in respect of its outcome (so legal advice, right) and to complete administrative tasks at your own discretion without getting the go-ahead from your supervisor. All without going to law school and finishing articling, am I correct?
  5. It's all relative. If by "are my volunteer efforts counter-intuitive" you really mean "do you believe that my volunteering arrangements won't let me teach myself personal injury law and work in depth on personal injury files" then yes . You can only learn that stuff properly by going to law school and then articling and then being a lawyer. If by "are my volunteer efforts counter-intuitive" you mean "do you believe that my volunteering arrangements won't support an already strong or borderline law school application" then no, I do not believe that they are counter-intuitive. Of course volunteering experience helps. Back to my questions tho
  6. What is a water boy. And what would you classify as "working in depth on PI cases" without being a lawyer or paralegal
  7. What gives you the impression that these tasks "go beyond what would normally be admitted to [an undergraduate volunteer]"? These tasks sound very administrative and non-legal to me. This is giving me second-hand embarrassment. You can't "teach yourself PI" and "begin to work with cases in depth" "as a lawyer might" unless you want to be called before the LSO tribunal for unauthorized "practice". ...like the other posters have been saying, get into law school and then decide where your legal interests lie.
  8. **While I am a Canadian law school grad articling in Canada, I have knowledge of the following** If you are interested in corporate law, it may be very worth it for you to go to a good UK law school, then apply for UK training contracts (articling equivalent), work there for a few years, and then come to Canada. If you have a 2:1 in law, particularly with your professional sports background, you will likely have a high chance of landing a training contract at a recognized corporate/commercial firm.
  9. It's a setback for sure but not insurmountable. I think you could get into a Canadian law school eventually if you keep doing everything you can to build your resume back up again (nothing less than 80% in undergrad courses from now on, MA after undergrad, work experience). Then you can spin it in your applications like you really bounced back and didn't let failure stop you from going for it.
  10. This is definitely not a disadvantage. If anything it may be an advantage if you are a good student who makes a good impression in interviews and is commercially aware (although the latter isn't a prerequisite for Big Law, it just makes it easier) you will get the job you want.
  11. Highly illogical to think that because someone does not respond directly to your nonsense, they don't disagree BQ maybe you're good at studying but you're so out of touch with everything else.
  12. lol...it's called having empathy and emotional intelligence, but you obviously wouldn't know anything about that.
  13. BQ either made this topic to be purposely combative and kick the people who didn’t get OCI jobs when they’re down, or he genuinely thinks and ponders about this stuff (wtf man). Either way the act of even putting it on this forum is socially unacceptable get a life dude.
  14. I know it’s early days to be asking this but I just want to be on the ball and these questions have been bugging me. I’m an articling student, and while happy at my firm and loving it, I feel you never know if they truly love you back and will keep you. So my question(s) are about interviews and here goes: When do you ask if your firm is hiring you back? How do first year associate interviews work for firms in the same and different cities? If in a different city (say Vancouver to Toronto, Ottawa, etc.) do you skype interview or take vacation days to travel for interviews? It seems weird to sacrifice all vacation days to be able to randomly travel like that If in the same city do you just tell your firm you have an appointment or what.
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