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Everything posted by BlockedQuebecois

  1. And which of those sources discusses discusses the access to justice issues caused by the “certificates that [defendants] can take to hundreds of lawyers”? (I’ll help you, because everyone here knows you haven’t read a single one of those documents – none of them do, because there’s no access to justice issues caused by an excess supply of criminal defence lawyers)
  2. I’ll bite: what part of the Jordan decision or academic commentary on it discusses the access to justice issues caused by the “certificates that [defendants] can take to hundreds of lawyers”?
  3. Those aren’t the issues you identified though. You said that criminal law is hard to break into because there’s so much excess supply of lawyers taking on LA certs, and that PI law is hard to break into because there’s an excess supply of lawyers willing to work on contingency. Think about what you’re saying here. You can’t simultaneously argue that it’s hard to get into an area of law because the supply of lawyers exceeds demand and that there are access to justice issues due to lack of supply of lawyers. There are access to justice issues in criminal law – they’re just separate from the economics of being a solo new call.
  4. Because grades are at least somewhat based on non-effort factors such as intelligence, writing ability, etc, and by virtue of the curve most students will get a B or B+ (or whatever a school curves to).
  5. Both your examples don’t engage access to justice issues. You’re literally saying that certificate clients have too many competent criminal lawyers to go to and that PI clients are able to get access to justice because of the contingency structure PI lawyers use.
  6. But what I’m saying is that a many law students (I would argue most law students) are just going to get the same grades regardless of their effort level (within reason). If I was a B student who would get a B while gunning it and would get a B while slacking, I’d slack.
  7. SCC and ONCA are post Christmas (well into January). I think AB was the only court which had applications due before Christmas, and they required applicants to send their fall grades when they became available.
  8. In fairness, most people in law school just pass their courses. If I was a B/B+ student in 1L and 2L and could be a B/B+ student in 3L by riding the curve, why wouldn’t I?
  9. Woah woah woah. Do you mean to tell me that it’s conceivable for some businesses to interview candidates in different ways based on their internal HR philosophy? Crazy. What a world.
  10. None of the firms I interviewed with last year conducted telephone interviews first.
  11. Yeah, they are but the size and application varies from firm to firm.
  12. Who is talking about value to their employer? Students are worthless. That doesn’t mean they have no leverage.
  13. It’s really not that high. The students going to a firm like Davies have other options, both in the Toronto market and outside of it. If Davies were to cut pay, or let their pay fall below the street, they wouldn’t be able to attract and retain the talent they do. And talent is all a law firm has – nobody is going to Davies because they have a nice painting in their boardroom. Does the balance of power rest with the firm? Absolutely. But to suggest that it’s a truly one sided relationship is just silly.
  14. What, you think they did it out of the goodness of their hearts? It’s entirely about leverage. Just because an increase isn’t spurred by a threat to unionize or quit doesn’t mean it’s not about leverage.
  15. But nobody is going to pay me 100 bucks a month to take out my oven. Someone will charge me $100 less to rent an apartment without an oven. I’m totally fine with that. Why do you care if other people want to live in apartments that more efficiently use their space?
  16. If someone offered my partner and I $100 a month to take out our oven, we’d take it. I don’t think we’ve turned the thing on in months, and we certainly haven’t used it regularly since we both started working.
  17. Davies ABLWs are essentially entirely grades based, and take a ton of JD/MBA students too. For that reason, it’s probably the toughest stats-based one to get into. That said, there’s different versions of hard. I’d rather apply to a grades-based clinic than do a substantive interview a la the criminal law intensive.
  18. I thought lawyers were supposed to get past the whole woe-is-me-law-school-is-the-hardest-thing-in-the-world complex. Why haven’t you?
  19. There are top 10% letters? Is it just for the graduating class?
  20. Well if a 0L thinks its a good call, it must be. Jaggers was right. Basically every student at my firm ducked out to go watch the parade. Just be responsive to emails and get your shit done and literally nobody cares where you are.
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