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  1. if you are not going to file a complaint what are you going to do? Tell them to contact your Principal and tell them to be nice? I just don't see what the valid basis is for contacting LSBC and, regardless, I don't think it's a good idea for the reasons listed above.
  2. " A few days later, he emailed saying he assumed my saying I couldn't work during PLTC meant I was quitting articling, that working during PLTC was an employment condition´╗┐ (he never said or wrote such a thing), and that he thought it best if I end my employment with the firm. " Where did they say she was terminated for not working? They said they assumed she was quitting and that they thought it would best if she ended her employment. From what I am reading it's very clear: no one has had their articles terminated. They are heading in that direction, but it has not happened. I don't doubt that the firm is treating her poorly and ideally shouldn't be doing this. But that does not mean you have a valid basis to file a complaint to the law society. Once again, you don't wanna be known as the girl who filed a frivolous complaint against the people who gave you articles just because you thought they expected too much from you. The legal professional is a small, tight knit group, and the number of people who actually hire lawyers is even smaller. Word gets out.
  3. They have not terminated her. They have said that they are "assuming" that her refusal to work during PLSC means she is quitting. Presumably they want to hear a response. From what I am reading, no ones articles have been terminated yet. Theres obviously a discussion of potentially getting to that point, but it has not happened yet.
  4. What exactly is the basis to contact the law society? "My boss wants me to work through PLTC and I don't want to and our employment agreement does not address this issue." That hardly seems like grounds to contact the Law Society. And considering the fact that this is the first firm to employ her out of law school, I don't think its a good to file a borderline (at-best) complaint to the law society. You don't wanna be known as the person who filed a frivolous complaint against the people who gave you articles, just because you think they are expecting too much from you. Remember, you are going to need a reference from these people, so don't make things worse than they already are. The whole thing about them thinking that she was quitting, if push come to shove, can just be characterized as a misunderstanding.
  5. I wanna meet the person who scored 180 and decided to write the LSAT again. Must have an interesting life story.
  6. I wrote the LSAT 3 times. First time I got 155. Third time around I got 164. I cancelled my 2nd write, in fact I walked out in the middle of the 3rd section over the objections of the proctor, because I knew that I had completely bombed the LG section. Like there was 0 doubt in my mind, I had just completely botched it. The thought of even having a 149, or something like that, completely terrified me so I cancelled my score. In hindsight, I am happy I did, although I guess it really would not have made a difference.
  7. No, I cannot emphasize enough how much I regretted taking this course. I took the course with Geva, and he is a good professor, but based on the name of the course i thought it was a course that was about .. commercial law. The course really should have been called "The Personal Property Security Act", because literally all we did in the class was go through the PPSA line by line, with case law annotations. Needless to say, thats not what I signed up for and the PPSA isn't exactly the most exciting statute.
  8. Ya I probably should have mentioned that the firm I work at is a small firm.
  9. This doesn't relate to law school, but one downside of having a Macbook is that when you get a job at a law firm you wont be able to hook up your macbook to the firms network/computer system (you know what I mean) because those are configured for PC. For example I cannot access the firms servers from anywhere offsite, whereas I could if I had a PC laptop. Although many firms will give you a laptop, some will not. And even if they do, it might be an old laptop that is not very easy to use, as was my case.
  10. MUN getting a law school would be devastating to UNB. They have an arrangement in place with MUN that says that MUN will take a certain number of NB residents into their med school every year, because NB doesn't have one, and UNB returns the favour and reserves a number of spots for NFLD residents, since they don't have a law school. MUN getting a law school would mess all that up, and reduce the number of people who apply to UNB.
  11. Ya but the people earning that much in the US straight outta law school all have about $500k in student debt hanging over their heads after they paid 4 years of undergrad tuition at a good college and then 3 years of tuition at a top law school. If you did not go to a top undergraduate institution, you cannot go to a top law school (like t14) and you will not get one of those big law jobs in NYC. And if those firms did not pay those kids that much money, then they would basically be homeless (yes i know its an exaggeration) as a result of paying NYC cost of living and repaying their ridiculous student loans.
  12. Ya the arrival of the "Suits" generation into practice over the next few years is going to make things real interesting.
  13. The cheapest condo's in Toronto, not even downtown, are going for AT LEAST $400k. The only way to buy for less than that is to buy a pre-construction or go to like Mississauga, where its still like $350k. But for arguments sake, lets assume that prices are 10% lower than that. Since we are debating the income you need to qualify for a mortgage I have included a link to TD's mortgage affordability calculator, as well as RBC's. According to TD, if you make $75k a year, and have a $40k downpayment, you can qualify for a mortgage on a condo up to $378k. If you don't have the $40k deposit, you don't qualify for a mortgage. The lowest downpayment that you can have and still qualify for a mortgage is 5% which translates to a $20k deposit. Then you can qualify for a mortgage on a condo up to $320k. In all of these calculations I have inputted that monthly expenses are $1500, and that there is NO DEBT. No car loans, no student line of credit etc. So when you say that someone who makes $75k can "easily afford" a shoebox condo in downtown Toronto what you are really saying is: someone who makes $75k a year, and has a $20-40K downpayment, and has no student loans or other debt, might be able to qualify for a mortgage on a pre-construction condo in downtown Toronto. https://www.rbcroyalbank.com/mortgages/tools/mortgage-affordability-calculator/index.html https://tools.td.com/mortgage-affordability-calculator/
  14. Thats people who already own a house. If you earn $75k in Toronto today, there is absolutely 0% chance you will qualify for a mortgage on a house, which costs on average $900k. You might be able to qualify for a mortgage on a shoebox condo, if you have good credit and IF you have someone to loan you to downpayment.
  15. If you factor in cost of living, like just rent and car insurance alone, that 1st or 2nd year associate in Ottawa is almost certainly living a better quality of life than the 1L making the same or more money than them on Bay street. Heck, you could afford to buy a house, yes a house not a home, on that income in Ottawa. In Toronto you'd be lucky to afford to buy a shoe box condo on that income.
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