Posts Categorized: New Lawyers

Ontario bar admission overhaul, part 1

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Yesterday, I posted a brief note about the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Licensing and Accreditation Task Force Interim Report To Convocation. Today, as promised, is the start of a two-part running commentary on what struck me as the most relevant or noteworthy aspects of the report. The first half, which I’ll address below, deals… Read more »

Articling abolition? A groundbreaking LSUC report

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It arrived quietly and without fanfare. I’ve seen no reports of it in the mainstream media or the legal press. In fact, the young-lawyer-focused law blogs Precedent and Law Is Cool are the only places I’ve seen talk about it so far. But the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Licensing and Accreditation Task Force Interim… Read more »

Out of law school, into a recession

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Everyone’s talking about it, so we might as well tackle it, too. It seems immaterial at this point whether the US economy is approaching, entering or currently experiencing a recession — it’s clear that the economy is slowing down and, more importantly, that people are getting worried and even scared about it. Some of this… Read more »

Eyes wide open

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Over at the Wall Street Journal‘s Law Blog, they’ve published a Q-and-A with a young New York law grad named Kirsten Wolf. She graduated from Boston University Law School in 2002 right into the dot-com collapse and couldn’t find work, even though she was a B+ student. She has the courage and grace to admit… Read more »

The good times rolled

Posted by & filed under Clients, Compensation, New Lawyers.

A noteworthy item in the National Law Journal today, interesting for a bunch of reasons. The thrust of the article is that with a recession likely to arrive in 2008, associates at many top US firms are likely to see an end to the salary and bonus frenzy that has obsessed the legal press for… Read more »

Large firms and law schools

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Law students seem to believe in a hierarchy of legal job options: large law firms #1, small law firms #1A, everything else #2 and lower. One of the main reasons for this is that the legal profession believes in it, too. You don’t have to buy your average private-firm lawyer too many drinks before they’ll… Read more »

Millennial fever

Posted by & filed under Generations, New Lawyers, Talent.

This post first appeared as an article at Slaw on October 1, 2007. During the past 50-odd years, the North American legal profession has been notable for a ready supply of labour. The post-war population boom and increased access to post-secondary education, combined with the enduring lure of a legal career, ensured that there would… Read more »

Mom and Dad, Esq.

Posted by & filed under Billing, Careers, New Lawyers, Satisfaction.

Somebody asked me, after I returned to the office following three months’ parental leave, “Did you enjoy your time off?” “I enjoyed the last three months immensely,” I said. “But trust me, ‘time off’ does not in any way describe it.” If you’ve spent more than a few weeks raising a child hands-on, you’ll probably… Read more »

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