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  1. You are right, and I have conflated the two, administrative and legal into something more simpler than it actually is. I find myself questioning some of my prior presumptions. I will heed your criticism.
  2. This has been the overwhelming consensus of replies. I was under a false impression prior to making this thread. The replies have prompted me to re-evaluate my current perceptions and choices. This comment has pretty well summarized it, I will be requesting this thread to be closed. Thank you everyone for your input. I took something away from this post, something I did not know; precisely what I was looking for.
  3. Not legal advice, administrative. I can not make it any more clearer that I am not interested in the legal aspects other from an educational perspective.
  4. I suppose 'depth' was not the best word to use here, as it seems to be giving off a particular idea that is not what I intended to represent. What I mean by 'depth'; Is to be working on a PI case from beginning to end, in which I may understand the inner workings well enough so that I can act in a proactive fashion and provide input that may aid in efficiency and best-possible outcome of the case, all the whilst taking into account the constraints of my legality as a volunteer. To contrast this, I at the moment undertake the mentioned tasks within the original post at the discretion of my superior (a lawyer). 'In depth' refers to being able to undertake the tasks mentioned above and all those similarly administrative that I have not yet learned to complete, but at my own discretion via nature of being well versed enough to no longer require awaiting my superiors instructions.
  5. I don't understand. Do you believe my volunteering arrangements are counter intuitive ?
  6. They are administrative and non legal. Perhaps you're right, I've just never really heard of undergraduate students doing so, most of the tales revolve around being nothing but a 'filing or water boy'. And teaching myself PI, working more in depth - I did not think I'd have to mention it, but obviously whilst taking into account the constraints of not being a lawyer, this does not mean I can not work in depth. There's no need to be second hand embarrassed, working in-depth does not mean I'm going to be drafting motions.
  7. Ouch, but I did ask for you to tell me something I don't know, so thanks.
  8. The latter. To clarify, I do not believe I yet am undertaking the full scope of "paid work" as it pertains to my position. However, I intend to push to that level very soon - whether I am actually paid or not, is not a driving factor, it is just in the case I achieve the level of work that is usually accompanied by some kind of pay, actually being paid would be a symbol achievement. Simply, I like to work. Could you elaborate on,
  9. Was not aware, I will look into that. However, I do not exactly need the money, the only reason I would seek a wage and official employment is to solidify the achievement.
  10. This was going to be part of my strategy, become useful enough so I can demand a minimum wage pay.
  11. Good afternoon to you all, I am seeking advice by expressing my concerns. I am a 3rd year undergraduate student at a Canadian University. I managed to land a volunteering position at a Personal Injury Firm, this firm has been great to me in the sense that my duties and task go beyond what would normally be admitted to a volunteer, more specifically an undergraduate volunteer; I request records, contact clients about upcoming assessments, request OCF's, LAT applications, etc... I pushed for the privilege to undertake these tasks as my daily routine, and I have reached the point in my volunteering venture in which to further past my current plateau I will be investing hours to learn and understand the field of PI as any other paralegal or lawyer might. I have the opportunity to teach myself PI and perhaps begin to work with cases in depth. There's no doubt in my mind if I pursue this strategy I will be able to achieve a higher level of involvement and responsibility as a volunteer. The increasing involvement and responsibility would presumably help me stand out as a favourable law school applicant in the near future. However, I do not know if I want to pursue this. I do not have a passion for personal injury. Due to the nature of PI itself, I am not exposed to much of what goes on inside the courts. To keep things short, at this point I do not hold any preference for PI, nor do I see myself being a PI lawyer in the future. But the position I am in is extraordinarily prosperous. The question now is; If I leave my current position, what lies in store for me ? I do not believe I got lucky, I believe wherever I go I can push past boundaries of just being an undergraduate volunteer and limited to trivial tasks. I am looking at criminal law at the moment, exploring possible volunteer ventures in its sphere. I could use some external advice, tell me something I don't know that may help me make a decision.
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