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  1. Your interviewer will understand solicitor-client privilege as well, so I doubt they will be asking you any confidential questions either. If you want to share an experience or discuss a file, I can't see why it would be an issue in a general sense to discuss a recent experience, without referring to the name of the parties, the name of the opposing counsel, or any other specific matter. "I dealt with an X issue. This is the difficulty I encountered. This is the approach I took to advocate for the client. This was the end result."
  2. Thanks for your response! If I understood you correctly, Hicks is on par with the “lockstep” rate of the other national firms based in Toronto (McCarthy, Osler, Faskens etc), regardless of which Hicks office? So around 110 for 1st year, 130 for 2nd year, and 150 for 3rd year? The 175k for a 5th year (appreciate that it’s anecdotal) seems to make sense then.
  3. Hi all, I recently had an interview at a management side L&E firm in Toronto. We’re discussing numbers. For obvious privacy reasons I’d rather not to get too specific on the details. Does anyone have any concrete salary information for these firms I can refer to? That would be extremely helpful, thanks!
  4. As a former Dual, I agree with most of the above except the last paragraph. Numerous students in my year transferred to other law schools throughout Canada into 2L. At that point, it is my understanding that law schools who accept transfers look at your 1L marks and any other compassionate grounds more intently in making the decisions. Single JD at Windsor was very difficult to transfer into though, likely (I'm speculating now) because everyone would want to to save the costs. I disagree that Dual is predatory by nature or designed as a sub par program exclusively as a money make machine with no value. It's not a total sham of a university like ITT Tech or Trump University. You're still getting a JD from Windsor, and you're also getting a JD from a neighbouring US school. You're studying both programs simultaneously, being exposed to concurred Canadian and US legal issues, and many students go on to work or intern in numerous Michigan based firms or institutions. Those skills and experiences are beneficial to students who go on to do Cross Border solicitor work, as an example. So there definitely is value, but is the juice worth the squeeze? In my opinion, no. Most students end up practising in one jurisdiction, very few specialize in cross border transactional work, and having a secondary US JD from a sub-par US institution doesn't exactly make you that much more of a compelling candidate on job applications. Although once you're into practice for a few years, nobody will ever ask or care where you went to law school as it's your reputation and results which are relevant in job interviews and when asking for a raise. My advice for any applicants reading this - if a student can save the money, then it might make more sense to avoid Dual. Get a couple of years of work experience in a quasi legal area and/or pursue a Masters in a quasi-legal area, tighten up the LSAT, and if you're still hell bent on being a lawyer, then reapply and you'll have a stronger shot of getting in. Save the money if you can, and definitely don't go into Dual with the plan and assumption you will transfer because although its possible, doesn't mean you will be able top all it off.
  5. Not easy no. Unless you have a compassionate ground or some sort of extenuating circumstance, single JD won’t bite. You’ll have better luck trying to transfer to other law schools. Both programs are fine, my gripe with Dual was the cost and little to no added value being tied to a low ranking US school. Single JD knows that’s how a lot of students feel and so make it difficult to switch to single. If you can, I’d say avoid Dual due to the costs. But if you get into single Windsor that’s a perfectly good program and it’s reasonably priced.
  6. As a former Dual, I can say that realistically speaking, the "stigma" is nominal (if it exists at all for job prospects). As long as you work hard, get decent grades, you and your classmates will end up lining up OCIs and articling positions at a broad spectrum of big law and non-big law firms. Sure, perhaps the bigger firms might prioritize U of T, Osgoode, Western/Queens students, but you will see Duals placing there as well. Very few of your classmates will end up unemployed. There is no "stigma" from my experience, other than what your colleagues at other law schools have to say. When you're actually in practice, nobody cares or asks which law school you went to; its your reputation, and work product which counts and speaks for itself in future job interviews and so forth. The main reason why I would not do the Dual route if I had a choice is the cost + little to no value of having a second JD at a (let's be honest) very low ranking university (UDM). The cost is astronomical. If you can avoid that debt do yourself a favour and please do. It will take you a long time to pay that down, and that debt will have implications on your ability to secure a mortgage down the line, start investing for retirement, or making other investments. It is prohibitively expensive and you don't gain anything by having a second JD from UDM. If you're interested in practising in the US, a number of states will let you write a US Bar with a Canadian JD (do a google search from the ABA). Law school is hard enough, you don't need to put yourself through a second curriculum, and realistically, 99.9% of your classmates will only end up practising in one jurisdiction. The practise of law is hard enough to master in one specialty and in one jurisdiction, let alone two. Further, as you are squeezing two degrees simultaneously, there will be some courses where you will be skimming through and you won't get getting the full equal experience. For example, we brushed through Canadian Evidence, US Contract Law, US Property Law, and so forth. Definitely did not get a proper full semester and overview of those courses. If I were you, if you did get into other schools in Ontario, I would highly consider those over the Dual. Alternatively, if you get into Windsor alone then that would also be preferable. The Dual is too expensive, and you're not getting any real return on your invest in securing two degrees. If you did not get into other schools, consider going for a one year Masters, rewrite the LSAT, and/or get a couple years of work experience in a law adjacent/government/policy type role, which will make you more competitive applicant in the future. Good luck!
  7. Looking for some suggestions regarding a secondary income steam/side hustle in order enhance my total income. Since the nuances of being a lawyer takes up so much time as is, ideally something weekend based or evening based would make the most sense. If you guys have any suggestions that would be great, thanks!
  8. That’s more or less what I’m expecting, but I was hoping to avoid a phone call and do it in person, but it seems like under the circumstances it will be difficult. Just have to rip off the bandaid I suppose. My boss has quite the ego so I’m anticipating some blowback but ultimately it’s a professional decision. Rip off the bandaid and move on.
  9. Hi all, I’ve been at my firm now coming up on 6 years. It’s been a great ride, however, I’m ready for the next adventure. I’ve locked in a new opportunity elsewhere, but I now have the dreaded task of giving the news to the managing partner of my firm which of course I want to do as professionally as possible. The problem? She is very seldom around at the firm (we’re still working from the office even with COVID). She’s focusing on the business side of things and usually works from home, although does come into the office every now and then but without regular hours or predictably. So... how do I do this? Waiting until I run into her next isn’t ideal because I have a new job with a new start date coming up, so I can’t keep pushing giving her the heads up that I’m leaving because I of course want to ensure there’s still 2 weeks notice. On the other hand, I could send an email so at least I’m giving them ample notice and not waiting until who knows the next time I’ll see the managing partner (the other partners aren’t involved in hiring or HR matters and it’s the managing partner who hired me and who signs our cheques). I suppose I could give her a call out of the blue and let her know, but that sound quite lame. If anyone has any suggestions I’d really appreciate it. Thanks!
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