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  1. Does anything change once you graduate to being an associate in these firms, i.e. do the hours stay 8am-8pm, does it get better, or worse?
  2. but how many of those remain idealistic and retain the change-the-world mentality? (and maybe it's a tiny bit unfair to compare 18-21 yr old undergrad biz students to a slightly older, more mature law school crowd). Most of my friends who went to law school went in with this change-the-world mentality, had some experience in clinics, but eventually ended up on or near Bay St. where they are doing a lot to change the world (by helping to bring in $$$ to the firm/partners). I don't blame them, I'd probably have been pushed to do the same with >$100k debt around my neck. As much as I don't care for MBAs when I creep people on linkedin I see them in tech start-ups, social stuff, so many different areas. With a law degree, you article, you get called, you get a job at a law firm.. most of the time. No? I can relate to the OP and would also like to know.
  3. So if an aspiring lawyer does not wish to be in an environment where wealth = prerogative, where should one look instead? What did you do?
  4. Are you so jaded that you are not able to put up with another year of law school, graduate and then get into public policy? MBA is another $80-100k if you are thinking along the lines of Queens/Ivey/Schulich/Rotman, unless your UG was biz and you can do a 1 year accelerated MBA. I would think your law degree would be able to get you into public policy...
  5. Fine. Pretending I'm a Bay St. lawyer, I'd buy myself an ALS 1815 Up & Down. If you are unfamiliar with this kinda stuff plz check out the 'why wear a watch' thread or ask @Uriel @whoknows @Aschenbach etc.
  6. Such frustration. Young lawyer, maybe try to stop comparing yourself to your slightly older sibling/cousin who entered the workforce just slightly earlier and look at everyone else who entered the workforce at the same time as you but making 50~60k or less.
  7. $700/mo in maintenance is not wild at all, just spending a few mins on condos.ca will inform you of this. some people pay as much as $1k/mo in maintenance for 2 bed 2 bath condos (relatively older buildings). it's preference. you don't have to try to understand why anyone would ever pay that when you can shovel snow on your own. some people won't get why you (not you btw, i mean in general) racked up +$100k in debt for your law school education either, when you could have easily studied STEM and lead a debt free, comfy life by now
  8. cry me a river... https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/parks-gardens-beaches/gardens-and-horticulture/urban-agriculture/community-gardens/ you are welcome to join me
  9. don't buy a house. problem solved.
  10. In my mid 20s I did LDR for about two years. Being the hopeless fuck who would do anything for their partner I quit my very stable job and moved to a foreign country to be with this person. After about two years abroad, it did not work out. I would have liked to tell my old self to be a little smarter about stuff like this, and maybe focus on forming relationships locally, making that last... just one person's experience. Hopefully you are more rational than me. Good luck.
  11. man i really ought to explicitly start using /s. my post was more about agreeing to @KingLouis's post re: having 'real freedom' w.r.t. housing in the city of toronto, and why i may never be a homeowner in this city. i know people around me whose parents/grandparents downsized and got a huge chunk of cash just for having a random detached home somewhere in the city, and some of this cash trickling down to them was the only way they were able to afford R/E themselves. pzabby, do you live in toronto? bc i do. and i am at the age where most people around me are settling down, and this is just my observation. and if you are gonna pick on my canned sardines comment, which was made in jest, i might as well clarify that 1) i have no interest in becoming a bay st lawyer; 2) even if i were to become an accidental bay st lawyer, maybe canned sardines is my lifestyle choice, not my whining that i don't have enough $ boo hoo so sad being a lawyer not enough money
  12. I guess if your family is from Toronto, and your parents and grandparents still live in Toronto (can be any old random/ugly detached house but preferably near the subway line), they are 100% real estate millionaires. So you might be ok... one day. My grandparents are dead and my parents own neither a house nor a pension plan, so even if I were to become a Bay St lawyer one day, I'll be renting and eating canned sardines on a Friday evening.
  13. I totally agree with you, my last post was really just a silly one. (My colleagues being a train wreck is true though 😆)
  14. Your mistake was joining this forum now, a few years too late.. Had you started this topic before committing to that program the lawyers who loiter in this forum would have strongly advised you against it. Sorry about this, and thanks for the warning.
  15. I am not sure about the highlighted parts, artsy. The lawyers I work with seem to be average/ below average on said matters. Furthermore they are frequently moody, very loud, disruptive, and they leave our office kitchen and fridge a total chaos. And these people are supposedly from the top cdn law schoooools. But I guess if you are hella intelligent you can get by being a nuisance
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