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  1. But do they get to carry guns or badges? I'm curious, do you get many lawyers applying?
  2. I recall having a couple Mounties in my law school class. The force was paying their way, guess they felt that it would be a good idea to have a couple serving members with legal credentials. This is going way back however and I don't believe the program is still in effect. Interestingly enough, I seriously considered a spot once as defence counsel for Mounties in disciplinary matters, it was actually a full time gig. A buddy who was a member told me to take it if I wanted a lot of beer bought for me. I sometimes wonder if that might not have been the right call : )
  3. Don't get a dog prior to or during articling. Look, articling is a big deal. You need to be able to devote your time and energy to it. Plus, you'll want to head out occasionally to grab drinks, dinner, show whatever. I have dogs. I love them to death but it's a significant time commitment for significant period of time; 8-15 years. If you want doggy contact, offer to walk friends, volunteer at the humane society - they always want dog walkers, etc. It's a decent compromise middle ground solution so that you can get your doggy fix but not have the commitment. Once you're out and practicing for a while, then you'll be better placed to decide if you are in a good spot to commit to a dog. You'll know your hours, where you're living etc.
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    Let's do lunch.....NOT

    One bloggers thoughts on the matter....
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    Let's do lunch.....NOT

    I bring my lunch almost every day. That being said, the one benefit not mentioned about buying your lunch out is that it gets you out of the office. I think there is a benefit to getting out away from your desk, walking wherever you have to go to get lunch and then walking back. It may be a brief break but the walk/break combo I think can pay off.
  6. Send me a PM. If you're still looking for someone to do the presenting, I can hook you up with someone. I have a shit ton of buddies who practice out there.
  7. Apply. If you get in, then worry. And yes, if you get it, take it. Not sure why this is even a question.
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    "Sketchy" Articling Offer

    I question the intelligence of anyone that appeared in said video if it exists. Fun is fun but that kind of thing has the potential to be a career killer in this day and age.
  9. I think I posted a version of this somewhere before, either here or lawbuzz. 0-4/5 years - you spend every moment shitting your pants because you don't know what you are doing 4/5-8/9 years - you become more confident and believe that you have a handle on everything 8/9 years on - you realize you were full of shit, you don't have a handle on everything but you become comfortable with it and don't sweat it as much
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    I think what is also missing from the conversation is that the articling experience is so uneven. Some firms do a great job of teaching their students, others not so much. And that includes the factories on Bay.
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    It may all be moot anyway; Law Society looking at dumping the LPP
  12. I apologize if my use of back door seemed perjorative, I did not mean it as a condemnatory comment. It was more meant to be descriptive in the sense that it wasn't the usual route. That being said, I stand by my questioning the utility of it. I agree with Bob, articling in BC, particularly if you want to practice there, is the better way to go. I also agree with Diplock that even if you do the LPP and transfer, you're going to be back in the same situation you are now; trying to find work in a very tight market with questionable credentials (questionable in the sense of the LPP not being known or comprehensible). Cast your articling search net wider; smaller centres, and be relentless.
  13. I'm confused. If OP wants to be a lawyer in BC, graduated from law school but didn't article, why not get an articling position in BC? Why do the rigamarole in Ontario with the LPP and then transfer? I get the difficulty of finding an articling job in BC and that the proposed route may be a "backdoor" way but really if you truly want to practice law out in lotus land, get an articling job there, learn the law there and........fuck it, never mind.
  14. I knew a partner who would bill up to at least the 75% limit of what could be charged on a file, but only do 25% of the work and then toss it to an associate to do the remaining bulk of the work but only get 25% of the billing. Needless to say, his files were avoided like the plague.