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  1. I am not sure where you get your information, but that is most certainly not the case. There is in fact very little demand and very few jobs. Most paralegals end up leaving the profession. The LSO's published stats show 9000 paralegals in Ontario, and about two thirds of those not practicing. That is an astonishing attrition rate. Don't get your hopes up that the proposed FLSP licence with come to fruition. It is far from a done deal and much opposition from lawyer benchers.
  2. Because the only possible way your life can have any purpose or meaning is to toil on Bay Street and become a partner.
  3. Students seem to focus on the number of hours. I suppose that is because it is (more or less) something that is within their control. But just like grades alone won't get you a job (that nebulous fit thing) hours worked alone won't get you partner. Law is a business and it is all about how much value you bring to the firm. You could be a machine and bill 3,000 hours per year, but the problem is that every year on January 1 you start at zero hours. And the bigger problem is that you are replaceable. There is always some hotshot out of law school that will work those hours or more. The secret to making partner is bringing in business. You could bill one hour per week, but if that hour brings in $1M of business in that hour you would be a partner. This is why Bay Street firms will hire non-lawyers as "advisors". These people bring in business.
  4. Actually both you and Bloc are wrong in your cost calculations. Neither one of you have calculated the income foregone while attending law school. Also, what you are both doing is calculating the true cost of law school, not the opportunity cost. True cost = actual cost + opportunity cost. Both you and Bloc have added some actual costs (ie tuition) and called it an opportunity cost. The real opportunity cost of tuition is not what you pay for tuition, but rather what else you could have done with that money. I apologize if this all seems overly pedantic, but my undergrad was in economics.
  5. Not to be pedantic, but opportunity cost only has one definition or as you put it one dimension. Opportunity cost is defined as the loss of potential gain from other alternatives when one alternative is chosen. The opportunity cost of the money you use to pay tuition is what else you could have earned with that money had you used it for something other than tuition. The interest you pay on the loan you take out to pay tuition is simply a cost (of borrowing), it is not an opportunity cost.
  6. The NCA rules only apply to schools not approved by the FLS. I am not overly familiar with the NCA process, but is there some way to appeal NCA rulings? If there is, how does the NCA justify a 2 year in class requirement if it is possible to get a Canadian law degree with attending class. (Assuming the pandemic continues and it's not just one semester of online classes in Canada). At this point it is an esoteric discussion, but it is food for thought.
  7. Aren't all Canadian law schools going to be online in September 2020? I wonder what happens to the NCA requirements when there is a cohort of Canadian law students that have done some, most or all of their law degree online.
  8. Are you trying to say that those penis enlargement pills I bought aren't going to work? 😜
  9. I can understand wanting some idea of what others are getting and you certainly don't want to leave money on the table, but at the end of the day you are either happy with what the offer is or you are not happy with what the employer offers, regardless of what anyone else receives.
  10. Would I get the bedroom while you and your husband sleep on the couch? 🙃
  11. When did UWO change its name to Trinity Western
  12. I don't disagree with you. The LSO is seeking comments, perhaps as a family law practitioner you should make your concerns known. As for accommodations, when I use to do small claims files I found that the deputy judges held all licencees to the same standard. They did not allow paralegals any more leeway than they allowed lawyers. Self reps were a different story. (rightly so). The only time I saw a DJ distinguish between lawyers and paralegals and make mention of it from the bench was when awarding costs.
  13. That may be about to change. The LSO has been working on a frame work for allowing paralegals some scope in family law ever since the Bonkolo report was tabled. https://lso.ca/about-lso/initiatives/family-law-action-plan
  14. Paralegals can represent at any tribunal that is established under an Act of the Ontario Legislature or an Act of Parliament.
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