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  1. I spent 2 years in London and had a blast... Also, it's a short Via ride to Toronto for recruitment. I've done the 6:20 am train from London and made it to 9 a.m. conferences in Toronto.
  2. Oddly enough, I do know one friend who ended up in NY following the UdM degrees. Mind you, he did the JD and used that as an opportunity to get into the UN under a student intern program, despite working full-time as a lawye.r I agree though - no questions asked if America is being considered. Go to McGill. It's also 3.5 years instead of 4 years (UdM + JD year).
  3. Join the Carleton County Law Association. I subscribe to the newsletter and there are posts seeking young calls right now in a wide array of fields in Ottawa/Kanata. Re: smaller jurisdictions. I work outside of a large city. We get unsolicited CVs all the time, especially towards the end of the academic year. Our town is not a stepping stone - it actively looks for people who are looking to establish roots and won't leave the second a position in the city opens up. Magically thinking "the North/rural" is a beacon of opportunity is misguided - you likely need to be in that town/have connection to that town to convince someone that you're not a flight risk. Anecdotally, I only got to where I am in my town after renting office space in town and an eventual duty counsel position. I networked from within and people saw that I was intent on practicing here. A colleague in the neighbouring county had to literally show the deed to her home to demonstrate her connection and that she wasn't a flight risk.
  4. I think it's a crown thing. I had a crown do the same to me after i identified myself as a lawyer when I first set up shop in my jurisdiction. I didn't feel like starting my first day in town with a fight. But yeah.
  5. A trial coordinator that will talk to non-lawyer? My go to are clerks, CSOs and duty counsel for inside info in other jurisdictions.
  6. Explore Canada! Go hiking in the interior. Go to the Rockies. Spend some time disconnected. Make it a point to see family and friends that you might not have too much time to see while articling. Plan some ways for self-care during articling, meal prep planning and the like. Or, you know, day drink.
  7. Check out Daily Court List to take a look at the docket. Some kind lawyer/student on this site might know of a local trial or bail hearing that is proceeding and give you the heads up. Most days are fairly mundane. You might sit for 2 hours in a court room without seeing any action.
  8. My staff use the credit card. It has a pin. We changed pin after our office manager left. She did not have her own card - we just passed it back and forth. I mean, you're a lawyer - you know what happens if a former staff member misuses your corporate credit card...
  9. Undergrad apps are read on a rolling basis. I'm not sure whether cegep apps are, thus the distinction noted. In any case, driving yourself into a frenzy won't speed the process. Focus on your present coursework for now, keep paying attention to the news in case you do get an interview, and keep doing the things that make you happy. Self care during these times is important - don't obsess over something not in your control.
  10. Wouldn't this be more of a "articling student/lawyers" discussion as opposed to "career services" discussion? Speak to a business rep. Ask whether they have experience with law firms. See whether there are deposit only options. My assistant, for example, can deposit money into trust and general but can't withdraw from either. There are certainly ways of doing it. It sounds like you want your assistant to have their own card though which might be why your rep is saying full authority.
  11. ...how could a new school have a bunch of electives? Bootcamps are clearly intensives, like other schools do. Y'all are overreacting.
  12. It is. Profs do the interviews. Profs also review the applications. It takes a long time to go through all of them. These profs are also teaching. It's the end of the semester. Profs also have personal lives. Not all people who interview in round 1 will receive an offer. Not all students who receive an offer will accept. Round 2 is made of up strong candidates bur who didnt make the initial cut/their application was received after.
  13. I knew 2 people that did while I was in law school. 1 switched to part time ASAP. The other was a ghost - I saw him at exams and at graduation.
  14. Again, many criminal lawyers are sole practitioners and don't have students. Though how many articling students are trusted with speaking to arrested individuals on murder... In my jurisdiction, there are a whomping 4 articling students finishing up their articles. One with us, one with another small firm (5 lawyers spread over 3 offices), crowns office and the real estate/civil lit firm. 2 of them do criminal work. There are only 3 "firms" that do criminal law - the remainder of practitioners in my jurisdiction operate as SPs. 1 of these firms has the federal prosecutor contract.
  15. Well, and to make sure that the State didn't infringe on the accused's charter rights in the process. Detained people can phone their lawyer/a lawyer. There are duty counsel available 24/7 via the Brydges Hotline. Some give the generic DON'T TALK statement, others described bail, others spoke undertaking conditions, etc. Despite all the advice, I recall it's something like 80-something+ of detained folk give a statement. Practically speaking, how many lawyers would actually work overnight to attend a cop shop? Plus all that standing around. Who would pay for that?
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