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  1. I’m more surprised that Some people are able to shove food in their mouth within 10-15mins “lunch breaks” and go back to churning out papers !! It mustn’t be good for the digestive system !!
  2. I say it really depends on work culture and job nature - for eg in a firm with so many partners, a missing associate (or student ) could be in meeting with some other partner - so, partner A may be assuming that the associate is working for partner B or some other partner but for a sole pro firm , that’s definitely not the case
  3. Yeah agreed. The way my friend justified an early work out is that — Hitting the iron became a part of him so much that , without his workout , he can’t focus on anything throughout the day - like something in his life was “missing” . That’s why I mentioned “priority“ - to him, it’s probably even more important than “work “ , Just like to some people they must have their morning coffee — else they “die”
  4. A friend of mine wakes up at 6am every morning for the gym (regardless what time he goes to bed) before going to the office. He says that this schedule makes sure his gym routine will always be uninterrupted by work responsibilities. Just a matter of how much priority you put into your workout
  5. I’ve received personalised calendars and think they’re rather useful (I count court deadlines a lot).
  6. Many respect to you for starting your own business with all the uncertainly looming esp during these uncertain times. Thanks for sharing and wish you best of luck !
  7. If you're in it for the money, you're going to be in one hell of a disappointment (unless you make biglaw).
  8. Given the nature of PRC , virtually all big businesses in PRC are either pro-CCP, or indirectly owned by CCP or state-backed. Otherwise, they can't do business there. ..
  9. I am originally from Vancouver. But I can name at least 2-3 classmates who graduated from HKU and now practicing in TO. I also did a quick search from the Ontario bar list of a few popular HKer last names, and quite a few popped up, showing their ability to speak Cantonese/Mandarin (meaning likely to be from HK). Besides, TO has the highest Chinese population in Canada (Vancouver 2nd I think).
  10. Having another read at the thread I’m also inclined to think that there is some merit in obtaining HK qualification before returning to Canada. Firstly, poster already studying pcll. No point to study pcll if he / she isn’t going to be HK qualified. Secondly there are a number of lawyers in Vancouver / TO / cities originally from HK and would be more interested to hire a HK qualified student for the sheer hope he / she may serve the HK market( there’s a lot of talk about HKer immigrating overseas and a lot of immigration changes in Canada, I think a HK qualified lawyer can be helpful in that market ). He can always market himself as an immigration lawyer. Poster may think 2 years training (HK’s articling - called “ training contract “ is 2 years long ) may be long but over the long term you’d think back and probably think it was time well spent to obtain the qualification in the grand scheme of things.
  11. I know a number of classmates (3 ) who finished HKU LLB / JD but due to whatever reasons returned to/ moved to Canada / left HK, mostly because of lifestyle reasons. All of them returned with HKU law degrees (one finished PCLL), 1 to Vancouver, 1 to TO, 1 to US, the 2 who went to Canada both completed NCA without studying local LLM , but for the finding of articles, there is a market for Chinese speaking lawyers in those cities (i.e. Vancouver, TO) with large Chinese populations. Most focus on buying selling properties, clients being Chinese (whether Chinese businesses, or PRC buyers). If you're happy serving that population then I'm sure there are opportunities, because many Canadian lawyers, can't read/write Chinese (for obvious reasons). But I must stress again, if you don't like serving PRC businesses in HK, then you might want to have some second thoughts on going to Vancouver / TO market, which I think some law firms would be interested in hiring you due to your Chinese abilities ... Take the above with a grain of salt.
  12. Back in the old days, we write our comments / amendments mark ups with a red pen. I do that when the other side sends me a printed document!
  13. If that’s your worst nightmare then it’s still really pleasant. I would kill to have a banking job. If you take a step back, you’d realize that life isn’t as bad as you think it is. Once you start working no one cares about your grades. It will be difficult to find a job, but we all face this one time or another
  14. I don’t like to write a lot or waste time on adjectives so I’ll be concise :- 1. You don’t have to respect your boss. You don’t even have to like your boss. All you have to do is finish your training and become a lawyer. Then thank your principal and be grateful and always remember your experience so you will be a better boss one day. 2. Don’t worry about money. Finish your training first (unless you already have a job offer on hand). Start looking at the same time, but don’t quit until you have an offer. 3. Don’t argue with your boss. Stay in good terms. She gave you a low ball offer and you took it. You should have known this would happen. The fault isn’t hers but yours (with expectation). 4. A lot of shady things happen at law firms. I’ve seen worse. It happens at every profession. We all go through this in life (lawyer or not) one time or another. It’s called being an employee. Good luck.
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