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Everything posted by DoWellAndGood

  1. Sometimes I want to make a binder of your responses on this forum... Would that be weird? Haha
  2. I'm sorry to come into all your threads and be cynical, but I would also caution you on the assumption you will enjoy government. I did my BA and MA in political science, I loved policy, regulation, and politics. I couldn't wait to be in government. 3 years of public service and I was applying to law school as a way to get out of government for good. I'm glad I realized it after doing just an MA. If I had done 3 years if law school instead, just got into government, learn it's not for me, and then have to find a new career with 8 years committed.... Not my ideal scenario. Try and work in government or something government-adjacent like an NGO, in whatever level you can find a spot, and see if it's for you before committing 4 years of law school/articling to such a narrow dream career.
  3. I can't speak for Mal obviously but I was in a similar position (although not senior) prior to law school and I was a 35 hour per week person, and the analysts above me weren't much more. It wasn't until you got to Senior Manager (rarely) or Director (frequently) that people seemed to work more than that, with provincial government at least.
  4. I would seriously look into UVIC's JD/MPA then. It's a great program I hear. I personally enjoyed my MA, and I love policy, and was fortunate to work in policy areas I cared about in government prior to law school. In the end though, it wouldn't be the wise professional/financial decision IMO, so that's where I'm coming from, when an MPA is an option. That said, it was certainly interesting and if I ever won the lottery I might just find a PHD PolSci program that would allow me to study a niche area I'm passionate about and fascinated by, which has no career path other than academia. Thank you!
  5. I'll try to avoid sounding too cynical... As far as I saw it, grad school in political science (which I did at a top Uni) is largely an exercise in academic frivolity. People don't learn to be better researchers during an MA, they learn how to focus in on a core topic, and because of the current climate in academia, that means finding a niche, usually obscure, without much practical relevance (e.g. post-marxist intersectional analyses of the aesthetics of gated communities in the New England Region post-WW2). In contrast, an MPA/MPP will allow you to focus on learning the tools of research and writing, give you better opportunities to practice qualitative and quantitative research methods, will have instructors with practical, real-world experience, and makes you much more desirable in a professional environment because you'll learn how to work, rather than how to "stand out" academically. Unless you want to spend the next 8 years doing an MA then a PHD on "deconstruction of emotional labour: shaping the post-colonial consciousness of traditional work-life balance" then I think the MPA will be the better choice.
  6. You sound like me a few years ago.... I definitely regret doing the MA instead of an MPA. An MA is just a bonus lap of a BA, whereas an MPA is a seperate beast altogether. My spouse, and my best friend, did an MPA/MPP instead and it's easy to see how much faster they climbed in government with it. MA gets you in the door of government but not up the ladder. Also, if you get high up in government, welcome to suddenly working more than 45-50 hours per week...
  7. Any comments from big law associates on how suits work during COVID? I'm going to be starting articles in in a few months and there's a good chance a lot of it will still be WFM/ZOOM law. I currently have 3 suits, all of which have, in the past year or two, become... a tad small. Wondering whether to add another to my wardrobe and/or how many to tailor (if possible... Which is less likely by the day). How many suits would you say are needed/ideal in the current business climate? Also I'm in Vancouver not Toronto if that's a factor.
  8. Thought I'd bump this thread for a few comments: 1. PLTC is confirmed online for May 2021! 2. I was fortunate enough to get the online PLTC for May 25 - What now? hahaha 3. If I'm living outside Vancouver, but I'll be doing 'Vancouver PLTC" online in May... do I really need to be back in Vancouver for it? Any thoughts?
  9. I want to second what another person says above: since UVIC grades aren't released yet, I'm curious how you already know you received a C+ in a Pass/Fail class that doesn't give out grades... Best of luck in the future though!
  10. Keep it in your application but I wouldn't openly brag about it/mention it publicly if you get accepted. Contrary some comments above I would not consider UVIC an open Environment for differences in values/politics and there is a vocal, controlling minority that can definitelyake classes/school less pleasant if you mention these things too much. I still feel bad for a classmate of mine who asked a hypothetical in first year and got shut down my multiple "passionate" students who considered it offensive and still gets called a bad name from it... Just for asking for interpretation of a case.
  11. Thanks everyone for all the advice and perspectives! I'll probably feel out the firm and use these tips well. It's comforting to know I won't necessarily have to give up the gym for a year/decade haha.
  12. Thanks everyone for the advice and feedback! It sounds like any such ideas are better left for when I'm an associate haha
  13. Thanks for the response! I am leaning towards following your strategy and heading to the gym on my way out the door in the evening, which I had intended for the appearance aspect, but you make a great point about syncing it up with daily targets etc. and would make it easier to workout alongside my wife. Cheers!
  14. Hey team, As the title says, I was wondering whether any articling students or associates in big law firms take time out of their day to go to the gym. I start articling next year at a big corporate firm in Vancouver, and I anticipate the heavy workload based on everything I have heard from peers, mentors, and posters on this forum. That said, I haven't found any specific conversations about people that leave the office to hit the gym. In 2L/3L I was fortunate enough and committed enough to go to the gym 5-6 days per week, 2 hours per day, to focus on weightlifting. I understand that level of time commitment for fitness is likely impossible early in my career, but I would still like to maintain a decent gym routine. My concern is that even if I am at the office 8AM-8PM daily, but leave for 60-90 at some point, it will make me look bad or not committed etc. Is there a way to maintain a consistent gym routine while working in downtown Vancouver, but not create the appearance that I am "always missing" from the office etc? I'm genuinely looking forward to the long hours for articling because I want to learn as much as I can as fast as I can, but I'm worried that I'll have to sacrifice my gym routine entirely in order to do it, which is unfortunate because I actually use fitness (morning run, mid-day gym, evening yoga) as a way to maintain my energy levels and be more productive, but it may not give that appearance. Does anyone have any experience or suggestions?
  15. During the Vancouver articling recruit, lawyers that were interviewing me used: airpods; over-ear headphones; laptop microphone; what I can only assume was a large body of water separating their microphone and their mouth, invisible to the eye, creating a strangely distant and haunting effect, reminiscent of a siren out at sea. Overall I don't think it matters, but as always, do what makes you both comfortable and comprehensible. If they can hear you, and you feel comfortable speaking, you should be fine.
  16. Throwing on to what already was stated, a few positives of Victoria are: Active city: people are always out exercising, there's a gym on every corner downtown, and you can find the right for you (cardio, weightlifting, yoga, etc) Casual city: there's not a lot of pretentiousness, nor is there much effort to meet new people. If you can make friends in law school, you'll be set. If not, you'll be lonely. Bike lanes: if you bike, this is heaven. if you hate bikers getting in your way and think they shouldn't be on the road... this city will infuriate you. Lots of plant-based restaurants, to fit the Victoria cliché, if that's your thing.
  17. Real talk, if you want to work crown-side, and live in BC, I would support UBC over UVIC. I know a UVIC alum who made the mistake of saying they wanted to work crown, and they got pretty harshly treated by quite a few students who feel that the crown is... verging on evil, and just exists to put minorities/addicts in prison, etc. Not sure how I feel about it altogether, and UVIC is a great school with wonderful criminal law profs, but openly pursuing crown might be more accepted at a less "progressive" school IMO. Just my two cents.
  18. I had 6 firm interviews, and 3 offered, 2 confirmed rejected, and one ghosted me since Monday morning haha. So I think it's not some standard process.
  19. I'd say keep your fingers crossed. I got a call a couple minutes ago, after I posted, from a firm offering me a position after their top choice apparently declined after waiting to think (which I then declined).
  20. Not comfortable answering, tbh, but I'm happy to report that I also got two incredibly polite calls from firms advising me I "wasn't up to snuff" so, while I won't give you an answer, hopefully i can give you a laugh lol
  21. Got a call and over the moon. Fingers crossed everyone else here that has shared their updates and anxiety alongside me get their preferred firms!
  22. Any chance you'd elaborate? Haha. My classmate made it through the second interview...
  23. I'm so curious, what do you mean hung up? I know someone that said they had an interview that felt rushed, but they said it went for about 30.
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