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  1. We are going into work from home mode, as well. Suspect many, if not all Vancouver firms will be doing same this week.
  2. Similar here in Vancouver at my mid-size firm. I know we do have some sort of plan for if our building is shut down.
  3. Can't speak for others, but the draw for me is the ability to maintain a basis in the legal industry and engage in a much more people-oriented (at least on a day-to-day basis compared to my practice) job. I'm also weird in that it's just something I've always been fascinated with. One can also become involved with recruitment in terms of the firm side or even through career services (though that seems to be harder to get into).
  4. Same, except Porsche North America for me!
  5. A few dream options for me: -Something in the sports car industry (huge car geek); -policy or other JD-advantage government work; or -legal recruitment.
  6. IMO, the only disadvantages will arise from lack of alumni network and logistical challenges in applying cross-provincially. I think UVic is well-regarded basically everywhere. Even if there were some discrepancy in reputation, I think the opportunity to graduate debt free or nearly debt-free would still trump the reputational consideration.
  7. I don't have any inside knowledge about this, but I also agree with Quincy in that even if you might technically be able to transfer from Ontario to BC immediately post-LPP, it's probably worth working for even a year as an associate in Ontario. IMO, even a year's worth of experience will probably make it vastly easier to find employment back in BC.
  8. I agree with Hutz. Demonstrated interest and a good personality fit can offset (to a degree) less-than-ideal qualifications on paper. Luck is also a huge factor. However, luck is strongly tied to giving yourself the most chances to be lucky. In my opinion, this means two things: a) you're taking every opportunity to get your name out there by networking, applying for positions, etc.; and b) you're engaging in enough reflection and introspection to recognize great but perhaps unorthodox opportunities when they arise. That is to say, great opportunities don't often fall into your lap; they fall nearby and it's your job to get to them.
  9. I know one person who did this (am a Queen's Law alum). They were in the top ~5% of the class. I believe they applied directly to NYC firms.
  10. I think a paper or excerpt of a paper could suffice (if the paper is really long). I also recall using a memo I wrote pursuant to a fact pattern for a particular class. If you're in doubt, you could always clarify with the employer what kind of writing sample they would prefer.
  11. This is my approach as well.
  12. I am also a Queen's Law alum and I agree with Hedgis. I personally enjoyed Queen's and only on one occasion had an issue as a visible minority male. People are generally very nice and welcoming. The caveat is that I have also lived in another small Ontario city that is...somewhat less accepting of diversity than Kingston, so being around a predominantly Caucasian population didn't phase me. I think that it would perhaps take a bit of getting used to for someone who has spent their entire life in Toronto or Vancouver.
  13. I have one friend who made the switch after working for corporate/securities boutiques until being roughly a 5th or 6th year call. Not sure how much more difficult or easy coming from a legal background made the process, but my friend seems happy.
  14. Maybe I'm just out of the loop, but isn't the NCA designed specifically for people with a foreign degree? How would anyone be eligible t write without any degree?
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