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I'll recently be called to the bar in Ontario this September. Looking for advice on the best way to gain employment with a law firm and the best ways to search for the position? Should I try for online postings with the firm? Or should I simply go to the firm with my resume? Are there any websites or postings anyone can recommend? I would appreciate your advice since I'm new to the legal world!

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Did you go to law school in Canada? If so, I might start with your school's CDO. They are sometimes willing to assist students with a year or two of graduation.

It sounds like you're starting from scratch. Have you decided on the type of work/type of firm you want to pursue? That will help focus the process you should follow.

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36 minutes ago, jazz79 said:

I'll recently be called to the bar in Ontario this September. Looking for advice on the best way to gain employment with a law firm and the best ways to search for the position? Should I try for online postings with the firm? Or should I simply go to the firm with my resume? Are there any websites or postings anyone can recommend? I would appreciate your advice since I'm new to the legal world!

https://ca.indeed.com/jobs?q=lawyer&l=Ontario

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On 9/9/2019 at 11:08 AM, Luckycharm said:
One of the ads. 
 
Whitby, ON
Full-time, Contract
$75,000 - $100,000 a year
  • Salary$$75,000 to $100,000YEAR yearly for 35 hours per week
  • Terms of employment Term or contract (ending: null)
    Full time
  • Day
  • Start date As soon as possible
  • Benefits: Medical Benefits, Dental Benefits, Other Benefits
  • Vacancies 1 Vacancy
  • Placement Agency
  • Job no. 1307039
  • Source Job Bank

 

Has to be a scam, when was the last time you met a lawyer that worked only 35 hours per week. :)

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11 minutes ago, OWH said:
One of the ads. 
 
Whitby, ON
Full-time, Contract
$75,000 - $100,000 a year
  • Salary$$75,000 to $100,000YEAR yearly for 35 hours per week
  • Terms of employment Term or contract (ending: null)
    Full time
  • Day
  • Start date As soon as possible
  • Benefits: Medical Benefits, Dental Benefits, Other Benefits
  • Vacancies 1 Vacancy
  • Placement Agency
  • Job no. 1307039
  • Source Job Bank

 

Has to be a scam, when was the last time you met a lawyer that worked only 35 hours per week. :)

You can pull those hours in public interest, government, and legal aid. I've also seen senior lawyers and partners working those hours and taking home a huge chunk of pay. 

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On ‎9‎/‎12‎/‎2019 at 9:37 AM, Deadpool said:

You can pull those hours in public interest, government, and legal aid. I've also seen senior lawyers and partners working those hours and taking home a huge chunk of pay. 

In-house too; typically 35-40 hours a week (with some exceptions) and better pay than that.

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when i worked in house i pretended to work 35 hours a week - when i reality i worked mostly 20 hours a week.

there were some busy weeks that were 40-50 hours but those were rare. 

it's government - sometimes there is actually not enough work.

got paid $80k a year lol.

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2 hours ago, law4sho said:

when i worked in house i pretended to work 35 hours a week - when i reality i worked mostly 20 hours a week.

there were some busy weeks that were 40-50 hours but those were rare. 

it's government - sometimes there is actually not enough work.

got paid $80k a year lol.

That kind of position would drive me crazy. I like being busy at work; I just don't want to take it home with me, or be doing it all the time (like I was in private practice). I feel like I've got a nice balance with my current employer. They expect a lot from me when I'm there, but don't contact me when I'm on vacation and generally no one emails/contacts you  past 5ish (unless there is something crazy going on.)

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There are a lot of recent topics on this website that you can review that discuss ways a new call can obtain employment. I was called in June 2019 and got my current job off of contacting a partner from a firm that was hiring in one practice area and providing him with an application package. I then did two interview with them, as per normal. Other people I know tended to do the same thing, rather than relying on Indeed, etc., just because it is so competitive and unless you are a superstar, it can be hard to distinguish yourself. 

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