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    Tax Law Hours

    As a student I don't think any different than other practice areas; you just may be doing a higher ratio of research/writing since there's so much to learn. As associates, again, I don't think it is very different other than, as I understand, billable hours are lower because you have more non-billable time. So the amount of time isn't that different. The lifestyle can vary on the type of tax, public work vs say high net worth estate planning. The former is typically very time sensitive, the latter less so.
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    How to Become a Partner on Bay Street

    Is your family one of these? Can you marry one of them? If that doesn't work, there's no concept of least amount of work, if you want to make partner you have to work the most of anyone. The question you should be asking your relatives is WHY they didn't pursue partnership and setup their own shops.
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    Ryerson Law by 2020 - Letter of Intent

    This should be a whole thread! That was fun!
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    Ryerson Law by 2020 - Letter of Intent

    We'll find out in the next couple years!
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    Ryerson Law by 2020 - Letter of Intent

    I don't believe Ryerson is sincere in their desire to provide more access to justice. Their goal was to put forth a proposal that would get approved (and did.) I suspect they will plunge ahead, they've done all the work, all they need to do is double tuition and bob's your uncle. If a new liberal government comes in and funds the law school, so much the better. They'll have funding and won't lower tuition = more profit!
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    Ryerson Law by 2020 - Letter of Intent

    Over/under Ryerson goes ahead with law school sans provincial funding?
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    A Tale of Two Cities' (Recruits)

    I would say two things, actually, three. You wrote so confusingly that I don't quite understand what you meant exactly but generally, I disagree you owe anything to classmates, they had the same shot at applying you did, too bad so sad for them. Second, you're thinking about it wrong, it's not about what YOU prefer, it's about setting yourself up to come as close to guaranteeing an offer as possible. Throw too many balls up in the air, and you won't catch any.
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    What type of Law is each school known for?

    This is the correct answer. You don't learn how to be a lawyer at law school, because law schools aren't interested in teaching you how to be a lawyer, and frankly, they don't know how, because 80% of your teachers will never have practiced a day beyond articling, if that. What you get out of law school is what you put in, so really it's the opportunities et al that separate law schools (beyond obvious stuff like location, tuition, etc.)
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    Lawyer Couple: Toronto Life- legal salaries

    I didn't do the math, but sure, that's a great rate (parents guaranteed?) and 30 years, ouch.
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    Lawyer Couple: Toronto Life- legal salaries

    I couldn't figure out how they're only paying $2600 a month on a townhouse for $716,000 with a $35,000 down payment. I want to know who their broker is!
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    Suits For Men

    The jacket, when it gets dirty. Brushing it after use will help to get rid of dust, dander, dirt, etc. but you have to use a clothes brush, or similar. Not those two-sided tape rollers. For pants, I usually do it 1-2 per season, so 1-2 in F/W and I'm lately not wearing wool pants in S/S.
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    Extreme Frustration With Jr. Crowns

    I was speechless for the opposite reason, MP's overblown reaction.
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    Extreme Frustration With Jr. Crowns

    I'm speechless.
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    The Sartorial Canon

    I like the idea of suspenders but I generally don't wear a jacket and to me, it's ridiculous to walk around in suspenders without a jacket to cover them. Side tabs, however, I like, they're just unusual to find. I never considered that they can be effectively added by alteration?
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    Professional Corporations

    It's very difficult for lawyers because non-lawyers can't be shareholders of a legal professional corporation. You also can't get the small business deduction or more accurately have to share it so you're left only with paying them a reasonable salary for work, if applicable. Ignoring the above, the short answer is if you make enough money that you don't need it all, and can 'afford' to let a bunch accumulate, then the deferral may be worthwhile, above and beyond the professional fees and hassles (now you have to invoice the partnership, do your own bookkeeping, etc.)