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  1. I was called to the bar in June and currently work as a lawyer in Ottawa at a very small law firm. I enjoy everyone I work with and have been working here since the beginning of July. However, the salary is on the lower end, especially as a single mom. I recently reconnected with a lawyer who I met a while ago. She really liked me but could not offer me a position at her firm at the time as there was no physical room. She reached out to me recently asking me if I would be interested in working with her as they have since moved and have a lot more office space. Her firm is much larger and I feel like there would be a lot more room for me to grow there. Additionally, the salary is higher. In short, I would like to leave the firm I currently work at. However, they have been nothing short of amazing to me and have paid for all of my LSO fees and such. I have become close to everyone. I just don't see any growth at this firm and I would regret not taking up this new opportunity. Am I a bad person for wanting to leave? What would be the best way to do so without burning any bridges? I just feel like it would look terrible on my part to leave a firm that I have been working at for only two months. Also, I haven't told the lawyer that I currently work. How do I break this news to her without sounding like a person who is not committed? I do not want to bring up the whole single-mom card. What is a professional way to do all of this?
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    So I failed...

    Hi Bonnie! I am happy to say that I passed all of my exams on the 3rd (and final) attempt. I focused more on practice questions (I bought various practice exams from different websites, and while they aren't 100% similar to the real thing, it was still good practice) and went over sections that I didn't understand as opposed to just skimming things over. I also hired Val from OBEC (Ontario Bar Exam Course) - a few friends of mine did so as well. She showed me tips and tricks on how to approach the exams. I felt a lot more prepared going into the March exams than I did before. You really do have to understand the main topics and have an excellent grasp of your index. Also, timing was a big issue for me during the first two writes so I worked on answering questions faster which I also think helped me. I also took advantage of the free exam tutoring services from the law society. You really have to take advantage of every resource possible. Sorry I don't come on this website often (being a mommy is hard work!) but I hope that helps. Best of luck - you can do it!
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    Barrister Exam (March 2017) - Thoughts?

    I was okay for timing (I did make a lot of educated guesses though so as to not run out of time). I thought public law was brutal. How did you find that to be? Everything else was quite a blur but I do remember fam and crim to be a lot harder than civ. I found PR to be okay for the most part.
  4. Hi everyone, I wrote the exam yesterday. I felt alright about it - definitely found public law to be hard though. Did anyone else write it - what were your thoughts? I hope and pray I passed but you just never know with LSUC. Did anyone feel like there were many 'experimental' type questions? I felt like there were quite a few odd questions. Does anyone know if failing miserably in one section may result in an overall fail? On to the solicitors now..for the 3rd time.
  5. Hi everyone, I wrote both bar exams in June and failed. I only had 2.5 weeks to study for both exams (I had a deferred law school exam) while also dealing with a death in the family and moving cities. While I did read the material, I did not do any practice exams or had a good grasp of my index. I received my score sheet back and failed miserably. I decided to give the solicitor's exam another shot in November. This time, I was super busy articling (I work at a large downtown firm) but I did manage to read through all of the material. I thought I had a better understanding of the material this time but I fell short on time during the exam and didn't get to the last 20 questions or so. I especially struggled with Real Estate. Again, I failed. I received my feed back sheet and I did A LOT better on the exam but not enough to pass. I do believe that time/speed is one of my weaknesses. To be honest, I barely wrote any multiple choice exams in law school. This time around, I changed my studying. Instead of reading everything, I skimmed through the material, and focused more on a general understanding of the material. I also have been doing practice questions. I also took advantage of the free tutoring (one tutor was quite helpful and the other was useless). I REALLY need to pass these exams. As you can imagine, I am stressed out of my mind and have so much anxiety with these exams hanging over my head. I've never failed anything before these exams and I just feel hopeless at this point. I'm writing here to ask if any of you have any tips/tricks/advice on how I can improve my speed/timing (with accuracy) and ultimately pass these exams. I did use a timer sheet during the exam but about half way through the exam, I became stuck on questions and took much longer than I should've. Lately, I've noticed I've been making careless mistakes while doing practice exams because I've been so focused on working faster that I overlook little details. Any advice or support would be great. Thank you.
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    So I failed...

    Hi all, So I just checked my messages and found out that I failed both exams. I studied hard, did practice questions, had a good index which I worked on with a bunch of friends, etc. Although I didn't feel that I did well after writing both exams, I'm still heartbroken that I failed. I know time was a big issue for me - I left the last 15-20 questions blank for each exam. I begin articling soon at a big firm and I feel so embarrassed. There is no way I could bring myself to tell anyone at the firm that I failed (they will ask). I'm quite stuck on what to say. Has any one been in this position before? I don't want to lie - I was hoping to tell them that I deferred until Nov. Is there any way they would find out? More importantly, any sort of advice or pep talk would be greatly appreciated. I feel absolutely miserable knowing I somehow have to juggle articling and studying. What if I fail again? Where did I go wrong? Did any of you fail and then change how you studied which resulted in a pass? Does the free LSUC tutoring help?
  7. Just what I needed to hear tonight - thank you
  8. Glad to hear that you passed! Thank you
  9. Thank you! I really hope so - I will be elated if I somehow passed. Its all a waiting game now. This is a little off topic but if I do fail, how would I break the news to my articling principle? She'll probably think she hired a dumba$$...
  10. Hi guys, I wrote the Barristers exam this week and have been feeling extremely down and unmotivated ever since. Time was definitely an issue for me. I wasn't able to finish the last 12ish questions for each part (literally had to circle a random letter for each question). I used a time sheet and was on track for about the first half of the exam and then as the questions started getting harder, I found myself working slower and wasting too much time on certain questions that I couldn't figure out for the life of me. There were many questions I (think) I knew or found answers to, a handful I wasn't able to find the answer to/figure out, and some I took an educated guess or tried to use my common sense (PR questions). The second the exam finished, I really felt like I failed it and still do. My prep for the Barristers included lots of reading (obviously), highlighting, I made a solid index with a group of friends, and did many practice questions. That being said, did anyone else feel the same way but magically passed? Any words of advice, encouragement, tips, tricks etc. would be greatly appreciated. Been feeling really down and have zero motivation to study for the solicitors (the material is SO dense!).
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