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  1. Here's the program in Ontario: https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/about/artcl/program_information.php#summer_law
  2. Called in 2012, working as a lawyer in the public sector. Really couldn't have hoped for things to be better at this stage in my career. Total compensation is around $146K (that figure includes pension and health benefits). Work-life balance is quite reasonable - occasional evening and weekend work but rarely anything that interferes with other plans. The work is consistently interesting and has a meaningful impact. My colleagues are fantastic. That said, I have been fortunate in a lot of ways: I got an articling position at my top choice employer, starting immediately after law school. My law school grades were probably around the median so that's hardly guaranteed. After articling I was hired back. Only about 30% of my articling class was hired back (although I suppose some may have chosen not to). When it felt like the right time for a change in my work, there were internal opportunities available for a move. I have not been disadvantaged by racism or sexism. Certainly knowing the outcome I got, I absolutely would become a lawyer again. That said it's easy to imagine things turning out very differently, so I'm not going to turn my experience into a general recommendation to others.
  3. https://www.blakes.com/English/WhoWeAre/FindPerson/Pages/Profile.aspx?EmpID=10169
  4. https://business.financialpost.com/legal-post/ian-holloway-to-become-calgarys-law-dean
  5. If you've got an $80K job right now in Ottawa, would you really better off moving to Northern Ontario so your husband can earn, say, $90K? If the GTA is out of the question I think your best bet is to stay in the province's second-largest city and have your husband keep looking, and also consider law-adjacent roles.
  6. @Malicious Prosecutor, when you say you briefly adjourn the trial in order to ask the person to leave, do you tell the judge that's your intent? If so then it seems to me that the objection that "this should be a matter for the judge" is sort of a moot point. Asking someone to leave is not "closing the trial to the public" unless it is suggested that the public has no choice in the matter. And if the proposed alternative is "ask the judge to order the person to leave", that seems far more egregious than a polite request! When I was a prosecutor (on cases significantly less charged than MP's) I 100% saw it as part of my job to minimize the discomfort of witnesses to the extent possible within the context of the proceedings. My intent was for all participants in the proceeding including the accused to feel that they had been treated fairly and without unnecessary harm to their dignity or disruption to their lives. I saw this as a core responsibility as an officer of the court and a public servant. I do not think this was an atypical attitude among my colleagues. I never asked anyone to leave - it never came up as an issue - but I can totally see where MP is coming from here.
  7. In-house, 7th year of call, do not own a car. I'm not a litigator now, but when I was, I used a car from the corporate fleet to get to court/tribunal appearances. So no, not every lawyer must own a car. But if you don't have a driver's license, I would strongly advise you to get one if possible.
  8. How many years of university studies have you completed?
  9. Practising lawyer here, 2012 call. If you were just doing the PhD for the purposes of improving your legal career prospects then the value proposition would be dubious. But it sounds like the PhD program is exciting and valuable to you in its own right, and well worth the trade-off of legal career length.
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  11. Huh, I had no idea this was permissible! Is this in Ontario?
  12. There is information on that page that was out of date when I graduated from law school in 2011. Caveat lector.
  13. I can't imagine the one-week trial period would actually be Articles of Clerkship. Articles aren't supposed to be unilaterally + arbitrarily terminable by the employer. I agree entirely with @Malicious Prosecutor's observation. Surely the only thing they could learn in that time would be whether you are capable of momentarily presenting yourself as a conscientious adult. I mean I guess it's valuable to be able to exclude people who don't meet that standard but isn't that what interviews are for?
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