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  1. If anything just go avoid any potential liability, especially while trying to learn on the move, having the protection of a corporation would be helpful imo.
  2. Sounds fascinating, I would love a copy. Thank you.
  3. It's whatever works for you. On either side, having quick charts to refer to for a simple piece of information is nice. On the solicitor side, for matters such as estates or tax related questions is particularly helpful, but don't over do it. You're going to have thousands of pages of material as is. If you want to bring an extra 1-2 pages of quick notes/charts that's fine, but otherwise just make sure you're comfortable moving through the material and you've got a basic foundation of the material. Remember, this isn't an exam akin to memorizing answers or issue spotting and therefore putting together a detailed analysis. Your job is to quickly read the question and synthesize it, spot the issue they're asking you, and then quickly figure out the answer. Either because you already know it, or because you are quick enough in finding it through your materials. Your job is to effectively "control f" a keyword/concept with your mind in the materials. From what I understand this is all online now though, so I'm not sure if you'll be able to access the materials online or from your computer as well as that might change things.
  4. The Fort Knox security was such an overkill and an unnecessary stressor on the day of what already is an already extremely stressful day. If you skip all of that + running into your friends and rehashing how you studied + not being in a room with thousands of other people. All things considered if I could have written back home when I dealt with the bar, that would have been much more preferable.
  5. So this one comes down to personal preference. I never liked studying for multiple exams as the same time. It's whatever works for you. I would focus on the Barrister exam, make sure you get through that completely at least once, with having read the PR section twice and practice problems. Try and then get through the Solicitor's at least half way, and then in the remaining two weeks finish the balance. You can skim through PR as you will have already read it twice (it's the same content for both exams). But whatever works for you. Just hit those books turn off your computer phone etc and prepare like your life literally depends on it. You don't want to be the person who has to repeat those 7+ hour exams.
  6. https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/notices-and-orders-covid-19/consolidated-notice/ For anyone on the civil side, scroll to section d.
  7. Assuming firm 2 is a regional or national firm, then you're yearly raises will be higher than the smaller firm 1, and you'll get more bonuses in the long run. You have a better shot of making 150+ in let's say 5-10 years in firm 2 then firm 1, if I had to guess. Also the amt of work you're going to bringing on on your own at this stage of your career will be minimal so I wouldn't bank on that too much right now.
  8. Can't say one way or another but there's no guarantees anyway. I'm sure you'll be fine.
  9. More or less what everyone summed up. Give the interview a try and see what happens. If there’s an offer on the table then be honest w firm one and say look this is the situation, when I applied for your firm I also applied to xyz, one of which has now made me a competitive offer. I appreciate the opportunity but I have to do what’s best for myself and my family. Thank you very much for everything but I have reconsidered. worst case firm 1 gets pissy but it’s not unheard of. Would be much worse if if you started and then 2 weeks in you quit.
  10. So if you literally read one more paragraph down, you would have seen why I outlined why being entitled is a bad approach and instead how OP should either accept the situation or attempt to address it. Good job though.
  11. Pretty lousy offer - how many years of study did you pursue and tens of thousands of dollars in tuition did you spend so you could earn let’s say 65-70,000 all in with your commission. Had you worked for the past 3-4 years out of undergrad you’d probably making more. On the other hand, this is just an entry level position for you to learn as much as possible and to become the best possible lawyer you can be. Give yourself 2-3 years of experience and you’ll be getting a much more competitive income either at your firm or elsewhere if they won’t bump you up. So look at it that way. You’re getting paid to learn and to hustle. The first few years of being a lawyer is a serious grind but once you get the hang of it you’ll have more to give back and command value. So it’s not a particularly good offer right now but given the economy and where you are in your career it could be a hell of a lot worse. Try it for a couple of years and then ask for a bump up or look for something more competitive.
  12. Always negotiate within reason. If they’re hiring you back then it shows you’ve made an impression and they want to invest in you for the future. Before the hiring is the best time to lock in your income because there’s no guarantee that you’ll get that raise in 6 mo. “Sorry we don’t have the finances.” And that it’s. You’re not going to quit and they know that since you’re a junior and it’s hard for anyone to get a job right now let along a new lawyer. I would go back with confidence but reasonably say look based upon my research, I understand the market rate for associates in this field is closer to 85,000. I’m excited at the opportunity and I would like to invest in a career here, however, based upon my experiences and contributions over the last year, in conjunction with the going rate, I was hoping for x. And see what they say. and you can play with this however you want. Maybe ask for a slightly higher base but then commissions. But definitely ask. Worst case they say no but it is highly unlikely they would rescind the offer if you come at them in a confident but professional manner. if you respond and say hey I invested so many years into school and I’ve got all this debt and therefore I deserve 85,000, they’ll laugh you out the door. The key is to be professional and confident and within reason.
  13. The materials come with a table of contents which was pretty good and detailed too. The index just helps you “control f” a keyword with your mind. But I found myself relying on the ToC a lot during the exams.
  14. Some people allegedly feel it was an easy exam and winged it. For the vast majority of us it was a difficult exam. I’d air on the side of caution and start preparing ASAP and study as if you’re whole career depends on it. You can technically rewrite but that’s not a pleasant discussion to have with your principal and the colleagues in your firm won’t be impressed. Not to mention it’s hard enough studying with no distractions, let alone the challenge that is articling. Do yourself a favour and over prepare.
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