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Everything posted by BlockedQuebecois

  1. Look, no offence, but you just wrapped up 1L. You’re entering a profession. It’s fine to seek out information about specific issues, but this thread is quickly becoming a “I don’t want to do research, please someone spoon feed me everything I need to know about legal practice” thread. You’ve gone from asking a somewhat specific, but rather obvious, question about bankruptcy law to saying “what can a sole solicitor do”. When you’re asking a question that broad, or asking a question so easily answerable as “is the scope of practice for paralegals different between Alberta and Ontario”, it’s clear you’ve done insufficient research. And in addition to asking people to spoon feed you information, you didn’t even do them the service of telling you what jurisdiction you’re in, so they could spoon feed you accurate information. I think you should sit down and do some actual research in relation to fields of legal practice that interest you. Look at what services are being advertised by small firms/soles in your jurisdiction. See what files they’ve been involved in. Then, once you actually have an idea about what the correct questions to ask are, come back and ask them. Or, and probably better yet, talk to soles doing the work you want to do in your jurisdiction. This site can be great for questions that your network can’t answer, or for questions that you’d rather not ask mentors or possible employers. But when you’re essentially asking “how do I become X”, asking someone who is X is likely to net you better answers (particularly since this forum is rather Ontario and BC-centric).
  2. Paralegals in Ontario are licensed by the LSO and are allowed to represent individuals within the scope of practice, which includes small claims court, certain tribunals (including the LTB), provincial offences, and summary conviction matters. Are you in Alberta? If so, that may explain your understanding of paralegals, since it’s not a regulated profession there.
  3. *picturing students scurrying from their bedroom to their bathroom then their kitchen with a legal pad*
  4. I think that’s usually for people who open their own practices, and thus would need a revolving line of credit anyways. I’ve heard that employees may be capped at $50k as a line of credit, which obviously wouldn’t cover the debts of a lot of law students. With that said, it’s always possible to negotiate and see what kind of deal you can structure.
  5. UBC actually does offer a medical negligence law course. But yeah, if OP wants to practice in Ontario, they’re probably better off going to an Ontario school.
  6. What even are the dates for the solicitors? Is the 4th the earliest we can write?
  7. Quick! Everyone sign up for the 4th so paz by can’t!
  8. If it helps, I haven’t started preparing yet, and I’m scheduled to write on the 15th. So you’re surely better prepared than me. I would just focus on the fact that the bar exam in Ontario is, largely, procedural. Unless you have a history of test anxiety that severely hampers your performance, or you have no idea how to write a multiple choice exam, you’re probably going to pass. And even if you don’t, it’s hardly the end of the world.
  9. It’s been mentioned above, but I think you need to accept that file management is part of your job. Things can obviously be automated to a degree, but it’s ultimately on you to input the necessary data (or ensure your assistant does). No software is going to be capable of automatically updating every time there’s movement on a file. In my opinion, you’re missing out on valuable advice by shooting it down because it’s not the perfect solution.
  10. What kind of malpractice do you want to commit? U of T is obviously the best choice if you want to mess up Bay Street files and cost is no object, but if you want to get innocent people sent to jail you may want to go to a cheaper school so that your loans don’t make a criminal law practice infeasible
  11. Yeah it is, you beat me to editing that in 😛 I prefer emails to reminders as well.
  12. Outlook can do this automatically for you, if you want. Message > Follow Up > Add Reminder. Then it will remind you on the date you select. Of course, you may prefer receiving an email and thus having it in your inbox rather than a simple reminder notification.
  13. I’m surprised A&B doesn’t go to McGill, considering their student class is relatively large (it looks like 17 students this year).
  14. I’ll pass. I have better things to do than explain to someone who should know better why publicly posting about your work is not advisable as a lawyer. If you want to encourage the opposite, you’re free to
  15. ... Are you serious? Aren’t you a practicing lawyer? I think it should be fairly obvious why disclosing, publicly, that you’re researching a specific issue and reviewing a specific, not well known case could be problematic. It’s not a serious confidentiality issue, but it certainly could develop into one. People really underestimate how much information can be gleaned from tangential stuff. Hedge funds buy private plane flight data so that they can track when planes take unusual flight paths – you may not think anything of the fact that a jet owned by Occidental Petroleum landed at Epply Airfield, but investors saw it and jumped on it, two days before Occidental announced a $10 billion investment by Berkshire Hathaway to aid in an acquisition. And though it’s unlikely to matter here, as a supervisor I would wonder what my employee was disclosing to people in person if they’re comfortable posting on a public forum about the specific task they’re assigned
  16. You have access to the leftover. They portion out the full amount over the three years of law school, but then end result is that by the beginning of 3L you have access to the full amount. You (generally) have access to that full amount until the end of your articling year, at which point it becomes a term loan. After that, you won’t be able to borrow from it – although apparently some people negotiate it into a revolving professional line of credit, and thus have access to it on an ongoing basis.
  17. It doesn’t matter, your OSAP eligibility and funding level doesn’t depend on whether or not you’re taking courses online or in-person. People erroneously think it does because people taking distance education courses often have either lower overall costs (and thus receive less funding) or fail to meet the full time course load requirements (and thus receive less funding). But if your costs remain the same, your funding level will, too.
  18. @sunnyskies1992, if I was your husband I would be looking for a new job. That’s downright sleazy conduct by the firm’s management. At the very least, your pay cut somewhat lined up with the firm’s revenue.
  19. Others can comment better on job prospects in common law jurisdictions out of McGill, but I think generally speaking they’re quite good. With regards to general knowledge and the bar, you wouldn’t be at any kind of significant disadvantage. Many of the topics tested on the bar – such as criminal law and public law – are under federal jurisdiction and thus more or less uniform across Canada. Additionally, some areas, like business law, will have a lot of overlap – the OBCA and CBCA are very similar, and I have to imagine the Quebec equivalent stature is similar as well (although, even if it’s not, you should learn about the CBCA in any good business associations class). Of the areas that are under provincial heads of power, essentially the only one you’re guaranteed to learn at law school is civil procedure, and that’s easily enough self-taught. Otherwise, you would have to seek those out during course selection, and you won’t be at a disadvantage come bar prep time if you’re learning on the fly.
  20. I wouldn’t go to law school simply because your LSAT score is expiring. You, presumably, could score similarly in the future if you decide to pursue law school. I also wouldn’t go to law school to pursue a career that doesn’t require a JD. In your position, I would pursue whatever interests you for a few years. If you don’t find success with that, or your priorities change, the option to pursue law will be as open then as it is now.
  21. No, marks over 90% require special permission, but marks up to 90% can be awarded without permission.
  22. Sure, if you want to be half a CJ, go to U of T.
  23. This did send me down a fun rabbit hole of how many SCC Chief Justices each school has contributed during the Court’s history. The obvious takeaway from my research is that if you want to be the CJ of the SCC, you should: (i) preferably, never go to law school and simply read for the bar; (ii) if (i) is not an option, attend, in order: (a) Laval; (b) Osgoode; (c); Montreal; (d) McGill (e) Manitoba; (f) Alberta; (g) Ottawa. Since past performance is obviously predictive of future success, I think the only logical thing to do with this information is take it as incontrovertible proof of distinctions between law schools and to adopt the above as a comprehensive ranking of Canadian law schools. We should also consider disbanding U of T’s law school, seeing as it charges so much money while offering a literally zero percent chance of ever becoming the CJ of the SCC. [More seriously, it actually was interesting to learn about which schools have produced which justices, though obviously it’s meaningless.]
  24. Do you want legal-specific volunteering opportunities? If not, check out the Canada Student Service Grant program: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/volunteer You can volunteer online, and if you’re claiming CESB you’ll get paid via the student grant for x number of hours. They might also have some legal-adjacent volunteer spots, I’m not sure.
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