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  1. Law Girl26

    Articling Salary

    Some firms will also pay for your bar study time which will add up to more than 10 months of pay, so there's that.
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    Call Day Tips?

    Besides ranking the firms ahead of time, print out a schedule and slot interviews in as you go! I cannot stress this enough. The first 20 minutes or so is all about frantically scheduling. To make sure that you don't double book and that you leave enough time to travel between interviews, slot firms in as you go. Made my life a lot easier and avoided calling firms to reschedule.
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    What type of Law is each school known for?

    Law schools are really known for being expensive.So more than others.
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    GPA question I never expected

    I'm assuming you go to McGill? There is no A+, hence why it is not on the Chart i.e. the A is a 4.0, equal to a grade of A+ elsewhere. https://www.ouac.on.ca/guide/olsas-conversion-table/ Do your best and work hard. Good luck.
  5. If you're really worried, call the Law Society to confirm.
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    Privilege is...

    If payroll is late (for whatever reason), it doesn't matter, I can still pay my bills.
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    I cannot get behind mandatory unpaid articles (or paying for experiential learning post-degree) when this year, tuition for Osgoode students is upwards of $28,000 per year and U of T has reached $38,000. The trend is upward, not downward. https://www.osgoode.yorku.ca/resources-and-services/financial-services/tuition-fees/ https://www.law.utoronto.ca/academic-programs/jd-program/financial-aid-and-fees/student-fees-jd-program
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    CPD hours - Any Programs?

    What area(s) of law do you practice? It is impossible to give you recommendations without that information. I'd do updates in those to start.
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    Do lawyers ever have really "grand" offices?

    This is very true. Depends on the audience. I have found that individuals working in a plant for example are distrustful of individuals in suits vs. companies won't take you seriously dressed down. It really depends.
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    Do lawyers ever have really "grand" offices?

    Huge pro to working union side (depending on the Union) is dressing down! Hoodies, ripped jeans, birks, etc. Suits for meeting with the Company or hearings though.
  11. Law Girl26

    Post hire-back etiquette

    Look, there is no objective "right time" to jump ship. Sometimes the right opportunity comes along and you've only been employed for 1 month. Sometimes, the right opportunity does not come around for years and you have to stick it out. You're a new call. It is expected (at least in what I've seen) that new calls will job hop in their first few years of practice. This can be by choice or not. Be gracious, always do the best work that you can and try to leave enough notice to finish up/ transfer your files as appropriate.
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    Union vs. Management-Side; What's the Difference?

    For the record, there are unions whose members are made up of primarily conservative voters (as strange as that may seem). This is due to the fact that some members make upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year as a union member. There are also unions where members barely make above minimum wage. Unions are not homogeneous. A conservative lawyer may fit in very well with a conservative union, not so well with a progressive union. The reverse is also true. There are lawyers who specialize in pensions. In that area, it really doesn't matter to anyone what side you are on ideologically. However, generally speaking, you are more likely to get hired at a union-side firm or a union if you have some kind of demonstrated interest in social justice or belief in the labour movement. You may be expected to attend the labour day parade, pride parade, etc. in union-side. I seriously doubt this would be an expectation management-side but I'm sure that it comes with its own set of schmoozing expectations.
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    Update: In case people are in the same position as I am or will be in the future, LSO offers career counselling free of charge for members. It has been extraordinarily helpful for me in developing strategies not to sweat the small stuff and continue being productive.
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    Thanks everyone for you input! I like the suggestion of turning the question around and asking how others are doing. Definitely works like a charm. I am at the point where it is taking all my energy not to quit so anything that makes me talk less is welcomed. For the record, I'm cool with calling myself a girl in my screename (given I did make this account when I was a teenager). Does not mean I'd accept it when used to demean women IRL.
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    Applying in 3rd year worth it?

    I believe you can find stats on this - Osgoode for sure had them. It is a very small percent of the 1st year class - as in I think only 4/290. I applied and got into the schools I applied to in my 3rd year. I went and don't regret anything. I finished my degree prior to entering. I had a high GPA, okay LSAT and great ECs. Getting financial aid is a bit trickier though because you haven't been out of high school by 4 years at that point (if you went straight to undergrad from there). It really depends on what you want. I knew I wanted to go to law school so I took the application process very seriously. I would recommend finishing a degree first in case you hate law. I only applied to certain schools in Ontario because if i didn't get in, I knew i could always reapply more broadly next round.