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  1. "If you can walk and talk you can get into Brock." Much truth to this statement.
  2. Windsor has an exceptional litigation program. Some of the strongest litigators I have witnessed in the past year have gone to Windsor. I do not know if it is something in their water, but I have been very impressed.
  3. Here you are OP: https://www.canadianlawyermag.com/author/mallory-hendry/evolving-with-clients-part-1-3618/ If you want to get into the field, I would say it is essential to get articling with one of these firms. The industry as a whole is shrinking (due to many reasons I will not get into) and you will want to learn from the best. I recently started articling at a PI firm North of Toronto, and I think your observations are correct. I assume you want to work Plaintiff side as opposed to defence? You should be looking for a boutique firm that focuses solely on PI. That is where you will get the best experience for practising the plaintiff side. In my experience, most of the boutique firms have a very personal application process, and you want to make yourself stand out from the crowd. I had average marks from an Ontario law school and no specific experience with PI, but I knew I wanted to go into this area. I went around and handed out CVs to firms directly. The older partners at the firm seemed to enjoy this because I received a few calls back. Most of the boutique firms are not as formal as the corporate firms you experience in law school. As you have pointed out it is just as much about personality as your legal understanding in this field and talking to the lawyers at my current firm it is essential to show yourself as a personable and approachable individual. You will be working with clients who have not only physical, but psychological, and mental injuries. You will be expected to deal with these positively. Please feel free to message me if you want more details. God speed.
  4. I work at a top 10 PI law firm in Barrie. When I was applying I showed up to a few firms in the area to drop off my CV personally. One of the partners at the firm called me and interviewed me personally the next day. I work here now. Most PI specialist firms are not huge and there are not usually set dates, just individuals who apply. Try some of these firms they are all leading in the field: https://www.canadianlawyermag.com/author/alexia-kapralos/canadian-lawyers-top-10-personal-injury-boutiques-3632/
  5. I am no expert but aren't the NCA exams marked as the same (50%) as Law School exams?
  6. Going through law school I always had the idea I would work in PI because I like the personability and "trench work" idea of that area. Also, there are many vulnerable individuals who require assistance, so I make myself feel better using my law skills for good (have your laughs). I was surprised to get out of law school and realize that PI lawyers make more on average than insurance defence. Moreso, I work at a PI firm in Barrie and have seen how many insurance defence lawyers apply to PI firms and try and end up in PI firms. Anyone else experience any of this or am I an isolated case?
  7. Following the past two years, by the end of this week or early next week. I was also wondering if the pass results tend to be higher or lower because March has way less people writing? Has anyone heard anything as to this?
  8. I am articling at a top PI litigation law firm outside of Toronto and am making 90K + a year. It depends on many different factors and what area you looking into.
  9. When you get into practice most lawyers pre 2010 have LL.B.'s. I know for a fact when highering lawyers are not going to care what the title is, they will care more about what you as lawyer have to offer.
  10. Can confirm the Advocates' Society is great for litigators or finding "specialty" programs to refresh you each year. I have found that the OBA/CBA is more "academic" if that makes sense. They push for legal changes and comprise members of the profession who are academics and prominent practitioners. OTLA is intended for those in the civil litigation area of law and acts as a strong lobby / keep you up to date on relevant injury law. (They have a great weekly newsletter if you practice in this area!). You should always join your local law associations as well as they act as an excellent source for networking with local lawyers in your region! Hope that helps OP!
  11. I am writing the Solicitor and Barrister exams for the first time in March and am (1) looking for the best tips or advice you have, and (2) where would I find the best practice questions that resemble the real exams? I have done the practice questions on the LSO website, but there are unfortunately not many of them. Thank you!
  12. I started articling at a personal injury firm in Ontario (outside of Toronto) in September. I was looking to collaborate a list of average starting salaries per area of practice for boutique firms because I could not find any online... My starting salary in PI is $ 95,000.00 (with bonuses during Christmas and end of accounting year). My friend is working at a criminal defence boutique, and his starting salary was $65,000.00 (Plus performance bonus). My other friend isworking at an Intellectual property boutique and is making $85,000.00 (Christmas and end of accounting year bonus). I wanted to compare articling salaries per these boutiques and was wonder what was common in other areas of practice? Maybe we can put together a guide for future articling students (indexed to inflation of course).
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