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  1. Yes, I was not entirely sure how many hours a typical lawyer worked every week - did not know if it varied from practice (just an undergrad here).
  2. Neat! That actually sounds like rewarding work - that sounds like something I would love to do. And that makes sense - I imagine one is bound to come across an uptight or demanding client. Gee, that sounds like an irksome client - hope they are not all like that. It does sound bizzare and it sounds like the client was self-entilted. Yeah, I wish I could do an internship at a law firm or even at the government level as an undergrad, but probably not possible without being a JD candidate. Yeah, I am still not sure if the MA/PhD route is for me, or if pursuing the JD/MPA is -- need to mull it over! Your job sounds rewarding and a little more lax though!
  3. Thank you! I will look into UVIC's JD/MPA then -- great school I hear overall. Nice! Yeah, policy can be interesting for sure. I am quite keen on social policy. Yes, a PhD is definitely rewarding and stimulating, but it is designed for academia, and those that do not follow academia with completing a PhD have a difficult time finding government/jobs without that real world experience outside of academia. You can always pursue a PhD in Poli Sci during retirement!
  4. Yeah, having a family sounds like more work -- especially with just 40 hours a week. Nice, I can imagine the law jobs that are 9-5 would be rare and more competitive - that is something I can honestly see myself doing but probably not worth going to law school hoping to find a 9-5 job if they are difficult to come by. I hear being a law librarian is a little more lax as well, but probably not many jobs with being a law librarian. If you do not touch litigation, what exactly do you do if you do not mind sharing? Ah, that makes sense -- I was not sure if it was the long hours that would cause a lawyer stress. Yes, it is definitely a competitive field and culture - did not know clients could be crazy (yikes).
  5. I think the commentor is making fun -- all in good jest. And the titles are hilarious. Not to mention out of touch with reality (in my opinion).
  6. Thank you for the honesty -- it is good to be blunt about these things! Yes, I think an MA in Political Science is simply for one's own intellectual pursuit - it does not prepare one for a job per se. However, I think if one wanted to do an MA in Political Science and study social policy as research, it could be beneficial and even for those who want to study the Charter or consitutional politics (both seem a bit more practical and less navel-gazing). Yeah, I will have to keep the MPA in mind -- I think doing a joint degree MA/MPA would be neat. I also hear some JD's offer a joint degree with MPAs as well. Yeah, the nice thing about the MPA is that you do learn about quantiative research and some economics, which is extremely beneficial and a good skill to have. I am definitely going to look into a solid MPA degree then - especially with a co-op/internship. If I do well with that, maybe I can apply to law school in the future if I can handle it.
  7. Today feels like a Fargo kind of day with the inclement weather.
  8. You sound like you have excellent time management; whereas, I struggle with it! Nice. Yeah, I think I need a career with some down-time or at least not under so much pressure. And that is what matters most - as long as you enjoy the career and work it is worthwhile. I will have to figure out if law school is for me then - maybe there are smaller or more rural firms out there with flexible hours, but can always dive into academica/policy research as well.
  9. Shucks, the MA seems much more stimulting and rewarding to me because of the intellectual research. I think an MPA would be terrific for career prospects, but it seems like a dry degree to pursue, but it makes sense that it opens more doors than the classic MA in Political Science. And nice - it definitely seems like it would be easier for landing government positions. I hear Waterloo's MA in Political Science offers an eight month co-op, which sounds pretty good to me - a lot of it is in provincial positions for the co-op. I did not know that the higher end government jobs are more than 45 + hours per week -- will have to keep this in mind! Thank you for the advice!
  10. Yeah, it seems that way -- maybe more for law professors?
  11. When I mean law clerk, I mean clerking for a judge in court. And good to know, I was not sure! Yes, I honestly was not sure if lawyers or some lawyers were paid or involved in writing papers or academic research. I am very interested in examining and writing papers on the Charter, Bill 21, and political legal cases in Canada as well as political science. Yeah, I feel like I am more interested in the academic research work as well as social policy. I found out that Oxford offers an online mastter's in International Human Rights Law, which is mostly for lawyers, but also for academics, and people that are keen on legal research and legal aid kind of work. I know that one does usually need a JD to be a law professor in the States, but not sure if a master's in law/PhD in Political Science/Law is enough to teach law (but more into the consiutional aspects of law with political science and policy). Thank you for clarifiying -- was not sure if lawyers delved into research kind of work for a career at a law firm.
  12. That is true -- well said. I think a lot of people are not aware of how much work is entailed as a lawyer -- it can be stressful and demanding at times. Not everyone wants to take their work home with them in the evenings and weekends, which can be daunting for some people. I think some people have a starry-eyed view of what a lawyer does at times -- or simply do not know how much work is invested in dealing with multiple cases and clients. I do like the idea of being a law clerk, but those positions are mostly temporary unfortuantely and not long-term. Yeah, I still need to figure out of law school if for me. I would love to work with a small law firm that is flexible but it is probably difficult to find that in Canada.
  13. That is good to know -- thank you for the reply. I had no idea lawyers could have an hour to themselves if needed. When I read that most lawyers have to work over forty hours a week, I imagined them working non-stop from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. or something like that. I enjoy a lot of hobbies and hiking and I worry that being a lawyer would take that away from me because of the working hours. And that is a good way to put it -- it would definitely take more than 35 hours per week to develop some form of expertise in a legal field. I honestly would love to be a lawyer/law clerk, as long as time management is possible and that here is time for other things. I think a small law firm would be neat -- and I read some of them are flexible with hours too but not all law firms are like that. Working the weekends would be difficult for me but if it had to be done, it has to get done regardless of the case.
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