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  1. Oh that's very interesting then. Maybe you're in the minority then? I'm not sure how their workloads compare to undergrad, but I certainly wouldn't call their work ethic bare minimum (it's far from that). Edit, perhaps they'd do as well if they reduced their workload? I am not sure, but they don't seem to have tried that (at least on the surface from what I can see).
  2. Eek, not sure what you mean by bare minimum work ethic, although you've perhaps elaborated a bit with your reference to "needed to review a good summary or create your own". But as someone who knows a few medalists (although not intimately), work ethic is a core component of their academic performance. It is certainly no where near what I would call "bare minimum". They're all absolutely among the hardest workers (not saying that there aren't students that work harder, there may be?). I think I may also disagree with the "greater interest in the work/law" hypothesis as well. I'm not sure I've noticed this having anything to do with it (re: what the other poster mentioned)
  3. As others have said, if you aren't really losing much from transferring, then it might be reasonable to take the risk.
  4. You've been together for 1.5 years. Observe all the relationships that you've known that have lasted that long and later failed, and try to be as objective as possible. Keep that in mind. Statistically, there is a very good chance that your relationship will not last. If you haven't even lived with each other for a particularly long period, you probably don't even know each other very well. Long distance makes it even harder to get to know someone. Just be careful with your sacrifices. You may feel one way, and project those feelings onto someone else, but they may not feel similarly. This happens all the time, not just with intimate relationships. It's hard to see, and can bite you in the end. Pay attention to sacrifices he has made to this point. They're evidence of his investment in your relationship. If he hasn't made any significant ones, I think it's difficult to judge how serious he is about the relationship. Sorry, it's just that you're in love, and it makes being objective more difficult. This post will probably seem a lot more prescient in hindsight, if your relationship does not last, and you read it through the lens of someone no longer in the relationship. This may all seem very cynical, but I'm really just suggesting that you be more careful.
  5. Please come back and let us know how you felt about the process.
  6. Many law students are insecure braggarts, whether they do well, or not. You may have noticed a handful of them even on this forum. Tune it out. I think that law school may particularly attract insecure people, but this I am not sure of. Any perceived advantage in this regard is shortlived, and quickly disappears once you've spent even only a couple of hours reading cases. Seriously, don't even worry about this. Edit: you'll learn to appreciate the humble law students you meet 10x more due to this.
  7. Might be obvious, but do you know if your firm will cover your membership costs?
  8. Thank you, no I am still in law school. I just posted it here because I thought this was the section for these types of questions. Sorry. Thank you for your response though!
  9. Thanks for this information! Are you saying that it isn't easy to get employment work as a solo, or just labour work? Is employment as a solo still viable if not done on contingency?
  10. I know there are two sides to represent in employment and labour law. I am just looking for information on how a solo practicioner would fare trying to get business for either side. This was part of my research.
  11. I know almost nothing about labour law. I have enjoyed the content of employment law, and so figured that labour was worth exploring.
  12. Oh sorry, I am interested in employment law both employee and management side, as well as labour law for both sides. I don't know though what kinds of work in these areas you'd get as a solo.
  13. Hi everyone, I have a few questions about employment and labour law as areas of practice in Ontario. Is it feasible opening up a solo practice as an employment and labour lawyer? Harder than maybe doing so as a criminal or family lawyer? But perhaps still doable? It's just that I typically see areas like family, criminal, wills and estates, etc, as solo areas. Would you actually get any labour clients? E.g. an individual member of an union? I am not sure how representing an union member would work. Do they get to choose their own lawyer, or would the union have one (or more) appointed to represent its members? How many employment lawyers work purely off of contingency? Or is this a bad idea? What about at least offering such an arrangement? I understand that this would delay payment, but is the conclusion of employment disputes really that far off into the future? Is there a minimum population for a city that would be required to do only employment, labour, and adjacent areas (e.g. worker's comp, etc) as a sole practitioner? Or is it just as viable to perhaps work in an under served, but lower population market? What about places like Hamilton, Ottawa, Toronto, etc? I don't have an idea of how saturated different markets are for these areas of law. If you work in the right market, would you be able to practice employment, or employment and labour, without also practicing these adjacent areas (e.g. worker's comp)? And perhaps a more general question, but how difficult would it be to move to a firm in another city after a couple of years of practice, if the city was sufficiently far away that you weren't able to bring clients with you, but you were still able to demonstrate years of experience, billable hours hit, etc? I mean, are firms looking for years of experience due to acquired competence, or a book of business? Also, what is the typical split for arrangements where firms don't pay you a salary, but instead just a % of your billings. I've seen figures on here ranging from 40-60% going to the lawyer. Does this include scenarios where the firm still provides clients? Thanks for reading my post.
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