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    Alternative career paths

    JD + Masters of Public Administration seems to be the most common combinations of degrees in my experience. Although I'll say that many of those in policy I've met skipped the JD aspect and just did an MPA. I don't know if undergrad even really factors in unless your working in a specialized area like Health or Education and might get a leg up against someone with a Poli Sci degree.
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    Alternative career paths

    My assumption would be policy roles. I'd imagine that to some extent Provincially at least some of those jobs would be located on the island. With that said I would say that there are policy positions outside of the standard government role. Think quasi-government like Translink, Port of Vancouver, Universities would likely need policy advisors. I imagine there's other roles outside of those in larger privately held corporations or perhaps think tank type scenarios. I worked a policy role in my 1L summer and really enjoyed it. It was not legal work in the standard sense but I did find myself using many of my legal skills as I would extensively with legislation. Although I'm planning to article and be called it's certainly something I would consider going back to later on and many of my colleagues were former lawyers who had left private practice. I didn't work in Vancouver at the time but I'd be happy to answer anything further and can maybe give some insight as to what my more senior colleagues were working on in their roles.
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    Handling students

    As someone who's worked as a summer student, feedback is so helpful. There's nothing worse than passing something off and then never hearing back. Either way is helpful, I want to know if it's good, bad or trashcan worthy. If the work assigned needs improvement, I'd personally rather take the feedback and try to adjust it then have a frustrated associate or partner just redo everything. I realize this isn't always possible with timelines but I'd rather get it right than never actually provide usable work. Timelines are also really helpful as there's nothing worse than being told something is "URGENT" only to find out it can be done in a week or two. I want to try and get work back as soon as possible but that's also helpful for me prioritizing work. Also when you give some work to them the more info the better, there's nothing worse than a brief phone call with a vague description of what's actually needed. It's so much more appreciated when there's a memo outlining at least the basics of what you need done. I've heard of students getting such vague instructions they accidentally prepared documentation that would be used by the other side as the lawyer was so vague in their description. I've only worked as a summer student but this is just my 2 cents on my experience.
  4. Send me a message, I'm a current Dal student and I'll do what I can to send you along some postings for Atlantic Canada jobs if your interested. I'm seeking articles out west but I've been working out here since I started at Dal and maybe I can help some.
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