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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. No. You can always go back part-time or take a break and complete an LLM, etc. later on in your career.
  6. 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)? 😈
  7. 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.
  8. Chin up. Save your money and work on a plan to get out.
  9. Where can you get a 500 sq ft apartment for $1,000/ month?! That's a bargain!
  10. THIS! Parkdale has historically been highly competitive... as are many of the other clinics at Osgoode. Apply to the clinics that you actually have interest in.
  11. Let's all stop feeding the trolls. πŸ’β€β™€οΈ Back to the point of this thread. I am getting increasingly frustrated by not being able to move up in my current position - there is nowhere for me to go within the organization except to be my boss. Pay is good, work-life balance is (normally okay).
  12. I just wore pants and avoided this whole issue. No socks, pantyhose or tights. So scandalous! If you're that concerned you can always call and ask them directly.
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