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  1. So I think I didn’t communicate effectively in my previous post, because corporate/commercial certainly wasn’t a secret code for “big law”. Yes, I have a background in finance, and yes I flamed out at OCIs. After that spectacular failure however, I spent a summer doing part time volunteer work for a solo practising business law (among other things). I was working on small biz files. Doing incorporations, partnership agreements, commercial lit, heck I even did some work on estate planning. It wasn’t glamorous work, but I enjoyed it. I know it’s not always possible to sustain a practise from just this type of work alone and I’m definitely open to doing other things on the side. However, I think "business law'" definitely isn't practised solely on Bay Street. The lawyer I worked for was great, he just doesn’t take articling students, and despite some introductions I wasn’t able to get an articling position from that role. I have kept in touch with him but the practise has been affected by COVID and other than keeping an eye open there isn’t much he can do. Supervising an articling student is a big responsibility and it seems a lot of the lawyers I meet are hesitant to do it (I don’t blame them). A couple of people have suggested PI work. I understand that people are coming from a good place, but I don’t have the background/experience/interest in PI law. Torts was my least favourite class in law school and I’ve never even taken Personal Injury. I don’t want to come off as being ungrateful and trust me when I say that I have interviewed for basically every type of legal work out there. The response I’ve gotten is a lot worse in legal areas where I don’t have demonstrated experience. My total numbers as of this morning are 163 applications (private practise + government + non-law) – 18 interviews – 0 jobs. I want to thank everyone for taking the time and giving me great advice! It means a lot to me that people would take the time out of their busy schedule to help a random person on the internet. I guess deep down I knew that there is no easy answer to my problems. I just needed a place to vent my frustrations. With regards to that purpose, I think this thread has run its course. As for my situation, I have continued applying wherever I see a relevant posting. I also signed up for the LPP. I'm not sure if I'll end up pursuing it but there's no harm in signing up. I hope to keep applying for positions after writing my bar exam next month. No good news, yet.
  2. Thank you everyone for your kind words. I was a bit emotional when I wrote the initial post, but I took a few days off from the job search to focus on the bar and I feel slightly less overwhelmed. With regards to my geographic area and areas of interest, my area of interest is corporate/commercial law, but over the last year I have been applying to basically every articling position I find. I have had terrible results with this strategy, as even with the interviews I get I find the firms question my commitment/relevant work experience/interest in that legal area. I am currently living in Toronto but I'm open to working anywhere, and here again I find that firms often question whether I will stay longterm when I apply for jobs in other cities/provinces. A few people brought up the LPP. My concern with the LPP is job prospects after completion. I have read comments in this very forum that employers don't look at the LPP in a favourable light. In my conversation with lawyers, I also find that many older established lawyers don't like it either. I don't want to go this route and in 8 months find myself unable to find a job. Due to my financial situation I can't currently go out on my own post-call. If i had that option available then perhaps I might have been a more viable option. I would much rather do an unpaid articles. With regards to unpaid articles, I have no problems doing that if I could find something that was at least remotely related to my interest. I just don't want to be in a situation where I am working unpaid for a position I have no interest in. I think it would be unfair to the employer as well since I will not be able to perform to the best of my abilities. The ones I have seen so far are mostly in Personal Injury. I would love to get some opinions on how easy it is to transfer from one area of law to another post articles. I have generally heard its a bit of a mixed bag. I don't want to discourage you but my law school is on your list. You're right that 90% of the students find articling positions, but it doesn't matter what the percentage it is if you're the one person who doesn't. My grades are above average, I took part in various EC's, had work experience, and still ended up with nothing. Maybe I have other faults or maybe I'm just unlucky. I haven't really figured out what the issue so I can't really comment on that. What I can say is that you are paying for a degree not a job. The sad part is I knew all of this before law school started, and yet I couldn't stop it.
  3. I debated posting this since I know my situation is not unique, and I don't want to just whine about my problems. However, I'm at a point now where the despair I feel inside of me outweighs my better judgement. If reading someone complain about their problems is not your thing, I don't suggest reading the rest of this post. I recently graduated from a Canadian law school and have not found an articling position. I have lost count of the number of applications I have sent, the different cities I have applied to, the interviews I have done, the lawyers I have talked to. What bothers me is not that I haven't secured a position at this point, its that I no longer believe I will be able to secure an articling position. I have given everything I had over the last three years to find a job and I have been unsuccessful. I've tried the recruits, cold calls, cold emails, networking, shadowing, articling registry, job boards, social media postings etc. I’ve had multiple appointments with my career office, only to get meaningless encouragement and LPP flyers. My career office has been telling me since the 1L recruit that "everyone" finds a job eventually. I suppose they could still be right, but I'm not sure how long I can wait for that eventuality. I've gotten good feedback from interviews, referrals to other lawyers who are hiring, and even expanded my areas of interest. I just don't know what to do anymore. I know some might say my lack confidence is affecting my job search, but it's hard to be confident when all you hear for years is "No". The job search has changed me as a person. I have become angry and resentful. I have stopped talking to my friends and colleagues because I feel like a failure. I don't want them to find out I'm the only one in our group without an articling position. I used to think that my hard work and effort meant something. I knew I wanted to do law from a young age, I spent hours studying, got good grades, took part in clubs, moots, clinics, research. Now I feel like I'll be lucky to land an unpaid articling in an area I don't even like. The tuition money and years I spent in school are gone. So is any hope for a legal career in my area of interest. The few employers that were still hiring suspended or ended their hiring programs due to the pandemic. I haven't seen a new posting in days. All I have to look forward to is my loans going into repayment next year, at which point I'll start working at a fast food joint or perhaps run off to Belize. Oh and I forget about the LSO fees. I wasn't always this sad. My recent low-point came after a lawyer I was shadowing said he felt pity for me. Seven years in school and all I have to show for it is pity. All the effort I put into learning, and all he saw was someone who can't even find an articling position. Heck even Bond students can do better than that (I'm kidding). How can I convince employers to hire me If I don't even believe in myself?
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