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    Ontario Paralegal - Career path or waste of time?

    I agree about the concerns re: incompetent lawyers, yet my experience has been the opposite of yours regarding paralegals in court. But as you say, my evidence is anectodal as well. I don't do any HTA or LTB or anything else that may be expected to attract paralegals with specialized knowledge. I only do civil, usually pretty much all case law based, and wonder whether that may be a factor. I'm also principally a solicitor, so even though I always have a couple litigation files on the go, I'm not in court anymore than a couple times a month, and even then it's pretty much all Orders Giving Directions (where I only deal with lawyers on the other side). So even as far as anecdotal evidence goes, I expect there are a heck of a lot of others who could offer more than me re: dealing with paralegals.
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    Ontario Paralegal - Career path or waste of time?

    My experience with paralegals in small claims is that Deputy Judges will smack them around in ways they never would a self-rep. And pretty much always rightly so. It's offensive to have a representative next to you who is woefully unprepared (by which I mean unknowledgable of the law and therefore unable to grasp the material issues of the case and direct their attention approriately), which is something I have experienced multiple times already in my very short career.
  3. Know your case and be prepared. The settlement conference is the lowest pressure of anything, but you still want to make a good impression (even though the Deputy Judge isn't supposed to be the judge at trial, he may still hear motions on the matter down the road).
  4. Two exams a couple weeks apart? WHAT'RE YOU A MADMAN?!
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    Ryerson Law by 2020 - Letter of Intent

    Nice try, providence. Anectodes can't be used to prove the validity of other anectodes. It's a rule of logic that somebody or other, I think, told me once.
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    Ryerson Law by 2020 - Letter of Intent

    I expect there's a fairly sizable group who, like me, don't really give a fig if Ryerson opens a new law school, but just don't want to see the taxpayers committed to subsidizing it, given the dearth of compelling policy arguments in its favour. Plus I'm not a student anymore so you grads worried about securing articles can go screw.
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    Getting Married in Law School

    Do whatever with the name. Just get a marriage contract.
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    Ryerson Law by 2020 - Letter of Intent

    It is a little homophobic to use the word "Douggie" derogatorily. "Douggie" is a well-known gay slang word for a man who is sexually attracted to Doug Ford. It takes a special kind of fetish.
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    Ryerson Law by 2020 - Letter of Intent

    Kind of a crappy article by the Globe, all around. But this struck me as particularly misleading : The program had been in the works since at least 2015. The Law Society of Ontario gave its approval in February, when it said students from the proposed Ryerson school could apply for admission to the law society.
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    Getting Married in Law School

    I would just echo the advice that, if you're going to change your name, it would be better to do it now before you're licensed.
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    Dollar value of an articling student?

    Maybe it's different in criminal, but I've not heard of that practice. I don't get why you would want to get in touch with the other lawyer, even if you weren't interested in the retainer. There have been a couple times where I've declined to act in these circumstances, but basically just because I'm part of a relatively small local bar and don't want to piss in the well (and also because lawyer shoppers often smell like problem clients anyway). I have, on one occasion, agreed to take on a client who came to me mind already made up to fire his/her lawyer, for what I thought were good reasons (and it seemed like a good file). After he/she fired the first lawyer, we signed him/her up and the Notice of Change was the only correspondence I had with the first lawyer. Sometimes we take clients from other firms and sometimes we lose ours to them. As long as no one is actively soliciting or poaching other firms' clients, there are no hard feelings.
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    Dollar value of an articling student?

    If a person came to me, having already retained counsel, and asked if I would act for him or her if he or she fired the other lawyer, I may not accept the retainer, but I absolutely would not advise anyone that I had been consulted. I don't understand how that isn't confidential.
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    Dollar value of an articling student?

    I'm with you in principle, but...four thousand in overhead?? As an associate, I'm not really privy to the numbers but...how can a student possibly cost that much? Edit: unless you're including mentoring time, in which case I could definitely see that.
  14. Efficiency is tracked and an important metric for associates at my firm, but I don't think anyone even looks at it for articling students. Stats have little to do with hireback and more to do if your're pleasant to have around and will add value to a practice area or areas and the firm as a whole.
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    Best time to take vacation during articling

    It is unlikely that your firm is going to want you to be gone for a full two weeks straight, particularly at the critical times Providence mentioned. Talk to your principal or a senior lawyer at the firm.