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  1. You could also apply for the articling recruit next year. Not sure how successful you'd be, but technically there's nothing stopping you. IMO, while large firms may be unlikely at this point, there seem to be a lot of small/mid/in house positions that crop up over the year. While not huge M&A/corporate finance, there are still lots of smaller firms in Vancouver that do solicitor work and would be worth investigating. Even if it isn't you dream articling job, these could be gateways to more ideal positions in the future. Just a thought.
  2. ^ I feel like there was actually a good post about the insignificance of articling and associate-level paper-pushing from someone like Diplock, Uriel, or Hedgis a while back (in a good way, so as to lessen stress and put things in perspective). Anyone know where that one went?
  3. That's an awful situation, I sympathize for you. I don't have anything to add to the advice here, but I'm rooting for you. That's also too bad about your previous position wanting you to work during PLTC. I don't see how that would produce either good quality work or good PLTC results. I definitely couldn't have handled both. I hope things improve for you soon.
  4. ^ That's a good point, Diplock. Definitely be aware of peoples' time. Asking if they're willing to connect, be it by phone/coffee or whatever, is a good strategy.
  5. Look up firms/lawyers of interest and start scheduling coffees, regardless of whether the firm is advertising or needs lawyers. Go to VBA (Vancouver Bar Association) events and sign up for any other relevant organizations you can find. Get your name out there; you never know where a job referral or key contact will come from. Source: This is how I found my articling position in Vancouver.
  6. Not that I’m aware of. I have to wait until next pltc session to re-write the assignment. Perhaps you’re thinking of the review option. You can have an assignment reviewed, but not on any grounds that apply to my situation.
  7. Thanks Hedgis - If only I'd received the adjudicated pass, but I take your point! I also appreciate everyone else's feedback. I've calmed down a bit since writing this post last night. I've realized that I'm probably catastrophizing this situation somewhat. I'm going to relax this long weekend and come back fresh and focused on continuing to do the best work I can.
  8. Thanks for the input, you two. Maybe I am jumping the gun by being neurotic. Im also hoping that because what I failed wasn’t actually one of the exams, that there may be some extra mercy.
  9. As the title suggests, I failed one of the written PLTC assessments (BC Bar admin). I am currently at the end of my articles and my call date will be pushed back roughly 2.5 months. Though I am not being let go and have received a lot of support from those close to me at the firm (for which I am very grateful), I am concerned that the stigma of failure will result in unwillingness of other senior lawyers to give me work, and that this will result in me being gradually pushed out of the firm thereby stunting my development as a junior lawyer. I am wondering if it would make sense for me to look at moving once I re-write the assessment and am Called? My reasoning is that it might be better to start a fresh relationship with a firm sooner, rather than wait for a slow death at the current firm. Have others been in a similar situation? Am I totally off-base with my thinking? Edit: forgot to mention that I was hired back, but this decision was made prior to PLTC.
  10. Was just talking about this exact thing with some co-workers at lunch. I found study groups useful when it was with my close group of friends in law school, but not when it was with a general group of students cobbled together at random.
  11. Had similar grades. Received some interviews but not many. Your grades aren't going to red flag anyone, but they won't wow anyone either. Focus on improving grades even moderately, and gaining relevant experience. This worked for me.
  12. I'd also recommend speaking with articling students/juniors because their experiences will be more immediately relevant to you. The difference between the way a partner/senior associate operates is usually quite different than practicing as a student or junior.
  13. The real value in volunteering with a firm will be to get a sense of what lawyers and students do and therefore make a more informed decision as to whether you really want to be a lawyer. Don't do it simply to help with admission; I doubt it'll make much of a difference.
  14. I wouldn't do it. You may not out-earn your current position until several years in to practice. You would be giving up a job with a pension, good security, good pay, and upward mobility options for something far less certain and likely much more stressful.
  15. Really depends on the firm, but I will say that a junior at my firm took three weeks off and it was no problem.
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