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  1. Articling students are still getting laid off despite their contracts.
  2. It makes sense for them to implement this policy, but at the same time I now expect to laid off immediately since I'm "done my articles" and they have no obligation to keep paying me.
  3. I get where you're coming from. I didn't really have a "passion" for any specific area of law upon graduation. I don't think that's as big of a deal as people make it out to be - you can't force what's not there. I also think it would be silly at this stage in the game to not apply to all the job ads you see. Why not at least throw your hat in the ring? Apply to every job posting you can, but customize your cover letter to make it align with the firm's practice area. A totally generic cover letter won't get you far. Also, tell *literally everyone* you don't have a job yet and are looking for work. Don't be embarrassed about bringing it up - some random connection or acquaintance might have a lead for you. I would also recommend cold emailing firms with your resume. (I wouldn't waste energy messaging bigger or midsize firms). Your best bet is to get in touch with small firms outside the city who will be more likely to need help with a sudden surge in clients, etc.
  4. Recruiter advice will always be to network or volunteer. I find that so unhelpful. What you need to do is apply to every job you see and continue to cold call. Getting an associate position is going to be a numbers game. It's a good sign that you already got two interviews in a month! In the meantime I would suggest getting a job to bridge the gap between articling and being hired as an associate. Any job that will help pay the bills will lower your stress.
  5. She acknowledged there is a lower pay ceiling than being a lawyer. However, she still gets paid six figures and has work-life balance. To me that sounds pretty tempting. She's only been at it for a few years so far, so I can't say whether she will regret not articling down the road. The work is definitely, according to her, more "predictable" than a lawyer's day-to-day. To some people that would be a boring job, to others that would be a benefit.
  6. I have a friend who didn't article and has a job working as a policy analyst with the provincial government. It did take her a year of living at home with her parents post-graduation while she searched for a job though. I would apply for articling positions first and go for a non-lawyer job if you don't land articling.
  7. Honestly, OP, some law school friendships last a long time, but more often they fade. Focus on school and not the cliques. If you make friends, great. If not, you've got loved ones in your hometown (which you will presumably be returning to once you obtain your degree anyways). Cliques are fleeting. Just do your best to get good grades and make friends where you eventually end up employed.
  8. In my limited experience, the clients are usually so convinced they are right and that they will win, that with every loss they are going to be just shocked at the end result. And usually angry. Many clients think lawyers can pull out some voodoo magic in court to cure their mistakes. That's not real life and it's not your job to be a magician. Basically you can't let it get to you or you will go crazy. You have to be blunt about the potential risks of litigation, and after you've done that much, all you can do is try your best. It sounds cheesy, but try not to worry. My principal is a well-respected litigator in our community and as a new articling student I observed him lose five straight cases in a row. It's just part of the job.
  9. It's just outside the city so we cater to a more rural (and older) crowd. I just can't see the firm understanding the value of starting a blog. Yes, we do some litigation and it's a practice area I'm interested in. I should definitely ask to observe more court appearances, even if I'm not getting to participate. I will have to be more proactive about outright asking to come along rather than just waiting for an invite, even if I've already expressed my interest in the past.
  10. Their website is pretty sad and extremely basic. It's only three other lawyers, so they don't do a lot of marketing through their website to begin with.
  11. I'm the only articling student. The lawyers appear to be at least somewhat busy.
  12. I started my articles at a firm with three other lawyers in May. Sadly, I spend a lot of my days scrolling on my phone or reading the news because I'm barely receiving work. To make things worse, we do have to bill our time and I've been billing about 1-2 hours a day on average. I've sent emails and knocked on the lawyers' doors every couple days to remind them I'm even here and am willing (and eager) to work on anything, even administrative tasks, but they will usually give me some minor assignment that takes an hour and forget about me again. They're all very nice and have expressed my work is good, so no issue there. Should I just sit back for the year, twiddle my thumbs until I get called, and accept that they're not going to hire me back because there's not enough work to go around? I'm starting to feel like an annoyance to the lawyers when I ask for work so I've dialed it back. This seems like such a strange problem to have.
  13. Don't put too much pressure on yourself. I read many of my classmates and they were hilariously lame. Mine was also pretty pathetic. Just answer the questions, don't be too dramatic, and remember that your resume, grades, and LSAT score matter a lot more than the Personal Statement. Just avoid making silly grammar and spelling mistakes.
  14. I didn't think I had academic references either. I went to U of C for my undergrad and I barely/never attended class. I'm sure none of my profs knew who I was. I almost avoided applying to Calgary altogether because I didn't have those references. If you send a nice email to all your profs (those where you earned a good grade in the class) explaining you are trying to get into law school, they will understand. It's awkward to ask a favor from a stranger, but offer to provide copies of old assignments so he/she 'remembers' your work, and offer to meet with them in person if they would like. Profs are used to it - most likely they have some canned letter they can personalize for you. If you really can't do that, then get an employer reference letter and submit the one academic as well. But I would say try to follow the instructions and submit 2 references letters if you can. Just try asking via email and the worst they can say is no.
  15. It would be a mistake to go to Edmonton simply for a change of scenery. It isn't fun to make the drive mid-January in the snow, plus your chances at the Calgary job market are slimmer if you go to school in Edmonton.
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