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  1. I held back a response to this thread earlier, but really? Having an employee payroll system set up is trivial, you can outsource it to ADP for like $20/month/employee. My step-mom's dog training business has one, but your law practice can't manage? An articling student cannot be an independent contractor. It is quintessentially an apprentice relationship which is nearly definitionally a contract of service rather than a contract for services. That you seem to think this is simply a matter of book-keeping belies the real problems in our society of businesses skirting employment laws via falsely characterizing relationships as independent contractors. It isn't necessarily exploitative, but honestly I have trouble seeing it as anything except lazy or exploitative. I am unimpressed with either.
  2. There are only two common forms of grading, either it is graded on a curve (that is, against the same batch) or it is graded based on the expected quality (that is, against a hypothetical comparison group of students in the program).
  3. There is no such thing as a paper worthy of an A, grading is inherently comparative. It is literally part of the definition of the word.
  4. Just email the PLTC director.
  5. Plenty of people on the forum have good insight into the admissions process, there are former admissions committee members on the site. The LSAT is a major factor in admissions for substantially every Canadian law school and a score far below a school's median is likely to significant weigh against your application. That isn't an assumption, it is a fact that any school will tell you.
  6. The other thing you should do is get a heavy weight suit for those days. A good tweed should hold up well in Toronto winters, especially with a decent pair of boots.
  7. It does not happen often. There might be a couple people who drop out or take a leave or that sort of thing.
  8. I live a block from work so it takes me under 5 minutes, it is great. Anything longer than 20 minutes and I'd be tempted to take transit.
  9. It took me a long time to find an articling job in spite of doing well in law school, partly because I had a very narrow focus (tax) and partly because I was struggling with mental health issues. Eventually I found a position at a fantastic civil litigation boutique, spending about 30-40% of my time on tax. Careers are long and the market is fickle. Just do your best to keep developing yourself and keep trying.
  10. It is really hard for anyone to get a job in the maritimes because it is a tiny market served by a large school (Dalhousie) and a smaller school (UNB). The reason you see Dal grads across the country is because the maritime market can't sustain it's current schools. I don't think I know anyone off the top of my head who has done this.
  11. Family law positions are not uncommon, not sure where that information is coming from.
  12. The problem is that you don't know enough to really do any good. It probably wouldn't hurt to pick up a couple of the simpler treatises like Hogg's Constitutional Law, but it isn't really going to help per se.
  13. The difference between the established Canadian schools in the employment market is negligible. UofT does slightly better, but it has markedly better students. Uvic is a fantastic school by any metric.
  14. Why not just self-study, buy a good admin textbook and read the few big cases. Admin law is complicated only insofar as it the results are often murky.
  15. Nobody outside of your firm cares about how long things take, they care about the final product. Thinking of a target as a matter of revenue is a complete miss of what it is doing. The billable hours is measuring capacity utilization, not revenue.
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