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  1. My first working on a weekend experience (in a full time job) was month 2 of articling after the "summer". I realized then what I was in for. I remember working three weekends in a row (so basically I was working almost an entire month straight) and thought what am I doing with my life? My work product was still acceptable but not exceptional and that is a crappy feeling. Now I'm in-house. My total hours are much better than when I worked at a firm but I often have evening or weekend work. I also have e-mails coming in from my boss or other execs quite late (11 p.m.) and on weekends. Some of these late e-mails are due to time zone differences but most are not. The expectation is to monitor my phone and e-mail (even when I'm out of the country on vacation) but I normally choose what to respond to and what not to respond to. It's 24/7 where I work with a lot of last minute urgent issues.
  2. This whole post is great. I will add my $0.02 to this discussion. I have worked in-house in two very different working environments. One was extremely regulated with clearly defined roles for all its staff. It was, here is your role stay within it, shut up, make it work and let the seniors do their work. Do not get in the way. With that came a certain lack of respect for in-house lawyers vs. opinions from outside counsel (even when those opinions were the same). The other was not regimented at all which is great in the sense that the role could be molded to the person but problematic in that processes have to be created on the go. There was a great deal of respect for in-house counsel but with that came a lot of responsibility if things go sideways. Trust and relationship building were paramount in this kind of environment. Personally, I do not thrive in a regimented environment so the second works better for me. I will echo that in my experience, relationship-building is everything in-house. If there is no trust and no relationship, you may as well see yourself out. Word of caution though - build relationships but stay out of the politics if you can avoid it.
  3. I created a "Books to read" list. I am lucky enough to be working from home but save about 1.5 hours in commuting time per day so I'm plowing through my pile of books. You can also borrow e-books for free through your local library's website which is great. I also watched Tiger King - it is so ridiculous that for a little bit, you can forget we're living through a pandemic.
  4. I think I am busier now working from home than I was at the office! Work keeps getting assigned and urgent matters are popping up to the point that I have pushed my "busy" work to the very bottom of the list. I have absolutely no idea when I will get to my non-urgent, loose deadline matters. 💩
  5. Mandatory work from home - we were already set up with this access including access to our file systems prior to now. No hiccups whatsoever. Meetings to be done over the phone, over videochat or postponed indefinitely. I must say, I'm pretty impressed by my office's forward thinking.
  6. Be honest about your intentions upfront. This lawyer may not be in a position to hire you but may know someone who is currently looking to hire. More importantly, are you actually interested in this area of law? Is it contracts, labour and employment, IP? What about it is interesting? What else would you like to know other than if there is a job available?
  7. Is it trial anxiety or court anxiety in general? I had nerves but not anxiety arguing court motions or pure legal argument cases but I experienced anxiety during Arbitration, specifically when calling witnesses and cross-examining. I focused on practicing that (i.e. taking trial advocacy courses, talking to my couch, etc.) and over-prepared until I felt more comfortable. The only way to get over it is to do it. I am told it gets better after the first 5 years but I plan to stop litigating altogether before then. I recommend tracking your symptoms. If the anxiety becomes a pattern and starts to interfere with your daily life, sleep, you bawl the entire way home from work the night before a hearing (just me?), etc., then speak to your doctor about it.
  8. I actually think it is a lot clearer during the recruit that the applicant was not successful than it is in the real world. No call, no job. Perfect, thank you, next. It's the real world where I am disappointed when employers don't let applicants know they are successful - especially after at least one interview. That is more like ghosting than not getting a call on call day would be.
  9. So... what exactly do you want them to ask you? From what you have stated, they are asking if you are committed to practicing in the area of law that they (presumably practice). Law is a business. It is expensive to constantly re-train and re-hire. You are a first-year call. I think that's a pretty normal question. You probably do not mean to come off this way but your whole post screams of entitlement.
  10. No. You can always go back part-time or take a break and complete an LLM, etc. later on in your career.
  11. If you are genuinely interested then you will be able to demonstrate an interest somehow. E.g. Were you a unionized worker and does that experience inform why you want to practice in this area? Do you have experience running a business? Do you volunteer or otherwise have some pro bono experience in the area? Do you intend to take labour and employment courses? Moots? Clinics? Have you worked on a small claims trial? Do you enjoy crushing peoples' spirit and careers (management)? 😈
  12. I am not only a young lawyer but a young woman in a very male dominated industry. I do not tell my clients my age even when they try to guess (yes, this has happened). Very few people know how old I am because in my experience it does make a difference how I am treated. I used to be extremely self-conscious about my age but I'm now at a stage where I do not let it bother me but I don't advertise it either. Bottom line - you can't change your age. Work hard, do your best and be professional.
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