I should add that there’s more miscellaneous at Big Firms because you end up doing things like lunch and learns, talking to prospective students, student events/bonding activities or weekly drinks with the firm (pre-COVID).
And less admin cause there’s more staff.
Sorry it didn't occur to me to mention earlier, but the urinals in Allard Hall are terrible. There is one for little people and one for NBA players.
I think I forgot about this because thanks to COVID it's been a while since I last set foot in that building.
My day is a pretty similar split as an articling student at a Big Firm but with longer hours (8-8-ish) and probably 10% administrative tasks, 10% miscellaneous.
There's some mediations/arbitrations/client Zoom meetings/drafting disclosure documents/hearings/settlement conferences/trials thrown in there too, depending which practice group you're attached to at a given time.
Is Evidence not a required course at UBC?
I think you should take it either way, for a couple of reasons:
unless you've already secured a position at a solicitor-only firm, there's a good chance you'll have to do some litigation during articles; and
you should know some general principles of litigation because as a solicitor you'll be advising clients on how to avoid being sued, which necessitates having an understanding of litigation.