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easttowest last won the day on December 20 2020

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  1. https://canlii.ca/t/fwsm0 This is my favourite case. I’m sure I learned of it here “Monkeys with typewriters” is one of the highlights on Canlii. I forgot that it’s the footnotes that make it after reading through and wondering why I thought it was so funny.
  2. I always get a kick out of the fact that one of our really important constitutional law cases is called The Queen v Big M Drug Mart.
  3. I see why it’s famous but I also hate it. Too many short sentences is as bad as too many long ones.
  4. I’m not sure what firm you’re referring to, but this anecdote was shared by the uOttawa CDO at a recruitment event. If they were wrong, it won’t be the last time.
  5. One firm removes your application from consideration in other offices if you have applied to their Toronto office, but that’s pretty aggressive and the only one I know of that has a policy about it.
  6. An OCI firm didn’t cover your licensing fees? Yikes.
  7. I should clarify that I returned to school after a number of years in the real world, which is definitely part of why it was so good. It has led to a job I like to do. This was not true of my old job and law pays more as well.
  8. The three year stretch of law school is the best or second-best period of my life so far.
  9. My best advice is not to get too high or too low through the process. A great interview can lead to no call and the strangest, driest 17 minutes of your life can lead to a firm calling you exactly at 8:00am on call day. Try to keep an even keel, don’t read too much into things like not receiving a response to your thank email, and keep smiling and moving forward. If a firm doesn’t call you for an in-firm, forget them! Focus on the firms who did and move on. It’s a weird, exhausting few weeks, but like all things it will end. Good luck.
  10. I applied to 19, all full service and lit boutiques. For my own arbitrary reasons, I didn’t apply to any American or truly international firms, which cut the list down a bit. I eventually just got tired of making new cover letters.
  11. It’s actually something like 25-49% so.... what is the point???
  12. Ottawa has a 10-point grading scale that goes A+, A, A-, B+, B, C+, C, D+, D, E(???) F, worth 10-0 grade points. Giving out a D+, or 3, to one student (or probably more) must have been part of shifting the class GPA to the curve.
  13. My firm uses intapp. I always have timers running and once a week I update the narratives and release my dockets to the system.
  14. As others have said... When I’m done, the computer goes all the way off. I’m fortunate to work in the office/2nd bedroom (ha!)/gym room, so I leave it and never come back in unless it’s to hop on the exercise bike. Speaking of, I am trying to get on the bike at least every other day, which has been helping... it’s something to do at least! I’m also making a point of being in bed, lights out, screens off before midnight. I’m usually a late night guy and end up with way too few hours but I think we need all we can get these days so I’m trying to change that.
  15. Sounds like you approached purchasing a firm very sensibly, with nothing paid up front and are getting the name on the door to stick around long enough to hopefully convince the clients to keep going with you! Congratulations, and good luck.
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