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How do you train a software engineer to understand the law? It is an important aspect to make a perfect software solution to understand the domain.

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I’m a software developer that wants to work on CounterMeasure. I don't have tax law domain knowledge, but I am flexible, creative, hardworking and smart. Will you consider my application if I apply for your CounterMeasure developer position?

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Why do you work in this area, and how much time do you usually spend to solving tax problems?

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I am interested in the associate lawyer position. I just want to know if you would consider someone like me - commercial litigation background with an interest in tax law and tax litigation. I don't have experience in tax law or tax litigation, but it's an area of interest for me, hence the question. I like your firm's website and think I would fit well within your work culture. Thanks for considering my question.

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How do I know that Counter will be a good fit for me?

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How do you enforce the culture at Counter?

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Do you really need to hire a law clerk or paralegal? I feel like my law firm hired me because the lawyers wanted an accessory to get them coffee and make them look more important.

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How do you view paralegals?

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What is your background, and how did you end up working at Counter?

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How do you hold each other accountable?

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How do you feel when you get home after a long day at work

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What made you choose this career?

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What do you think is the most essential qualification for this job?

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You guys are really focused on technology, right?

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What are the major duties of a law clerk or junior accountant in your firm?

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What would be the biggest challenge that Counter faces?

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How do you train a software engineer to understand the law? It is an important aspect to make a perfect software solution to understand the domain.

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Would you rather hire a new law clerk graduate who is brand new to the field, but with a right attitude and have the high potential to grow to a 5-star law clerk or an experienced individual who doesn't need training at all, but might quit the job anytime when he/she finds a better niche?

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Why do you look so young? You look like you have been here for 6 months. I was expecting a senior manager.

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How can I mentally prepare myself to start working at Counter?

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I hear a lot of stories and see things in the media that make me think that legal practice is intimidating. Should I expect Counter to be that cutthroat?

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What surprised you the most about Counter?

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If you could change one thing about Counter, what would you change?

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If you could change one thing about Counter, what would you change?

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If you could change one thing about Counter, what would you change?

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Can I see court faster, and become a leader faster, at Counter than other places?

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What are the challenges that someone can expect to face in the role?

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Is it correct to assume you use TaxNetPro, Quicklaw, etc.?

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How does automation and saving clients money benefit me personally at the end of the day? Is it a tool to help me bring in business?

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If I join Counter, how much can I use the associates to help me with work that I bring in?

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Do you invest in R&D, technology, process improvement, etc.? If so, what percentage of your annual fee income is invested in the R&D budget?

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I think I'll like working at Counter better, but I'm really close to the people on my current team. Will I like the Counter team just as much?

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Every law firm claims to have an amazing culture. Is everything that I read and hear about Counter actually real or is it just more law firm marketing?

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What were the questions and factors that you considered before leaving [name withheld] to work at Counter?

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How difficult is it to learn to use Counter’s technology?

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What are the advantages to summering/articling with Counter over a BigLaw firm?

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Why should I choose to work for Counter Tax Lawyers over a Seven Sister, national, global, or other boutique firm? People know you’re doing something different, but no one really knows what that is. More importantly, they don’t know how what you’re doing makes your lawyers’ lives/careers better.

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What can you tell me about Counter’s file quality versus Boutique Competitor X or BigLaw Competitor Y? I can’t imagine the work would be any better.

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What kind of files are you working on?

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What does a [3rd-year] lawyer do in a typical day at Counter?

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How does Counter attract and retain clients in the large Toronto market?

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Can I build my own book of business and personal reputation while I work for Counter?

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What is your technology / how does your technology (e.g., CounterMeasure) change what you do day to day?

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If I accept a 2L position, what can I do at law school this year to proactively prepare myself for a smooth transition to summer student work at Counter and enhance my contribution to the firm?

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A summer internship is a short amount of time, but is there still an opportunity for students to work on litigation cases?

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What are my chances of getting hired back?

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Do you have requirements for what courses I take in my second/third year?

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Do you provide the requisite technology you expect me to use (BlackBerry, laptop, etc.)?

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How much do you pay 2Ls and articling students?

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What’s the benefit of articling within a specialized practice rather than rotating through a full-service firm?

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Would I be part of a group of students, and if so, how does your firm maintain a collaborative mentality rather than a competitive one?

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Do summer students get a chance to work with clients or sit in on client meetings?

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What kind of writing does Counter do with Thomson Reuters and do students have input on what kind of articles they pursue?

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How much supervision vs. independence can summer students expect to have?

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What do I do if I feel like I’m not receiving the training I need?

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Is there a chance for me to work with CounterMeasure?

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Can you please give me an example of an assignment given to a summer/articling student in the past?

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What's the first type of work assignment that typically comes to mind for summer interns and articling students?

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What is it like litigating and being a lawyer at Counter Tax?

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Do you collaborate with lawyers from other law firms or is Counter Tax self-sufficient?

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Is working at Counter easier than working at more traditional law firms?

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Does everyone have billable targets?

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Do you expect me to talk to clients?

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Who are your clients? Where do you get them? What does the typical client look like for Counter?

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Counter is big on incorporating tax and legal technology. How has Counter’s practice changed with the advent of legal technology such as Tax Foresight by Blue J Legal?

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When will I be expected to start bringing in clients?

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What competitive advantage does Counter Tax have?

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Is this position opening in response to an upcoming project or goal, higher volumes of incoming work, or recent departures?

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Can I bring a dog to work?

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Are there snacks?

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What does your compensation model or process look like?

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What is the future of this firm? How do I play a role in it?

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In five years, does Counter see itself remaining a small boutique? Or does it see itself rapidly growing and expanding its employee and client base?

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Is the firm planning on expanding and growing in the next few years?

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What is the work culture? Are you collaborative, or do people work in silos?

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What "Counter qualities" do you take pride in? 

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What resounding trait is common in your team?

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What are the inner workings or culture of the firm like?

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How frequently does the firm provide feedback to its team members?

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Do you support further relevant education (CPA, mini MBA, etc.)?

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Does the firm support and facilitate opportunities for associates to write articles and present at conferences or client events?

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Could you tell me about the potential for advancing to income and equity partner in the future?

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What attributes or behaviors stand out to you as particularly impressive?

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What do you believe are Counter’s greatest strengths?

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Do you plan career advancement? If so, is it based on the employee’s interests or the firm’s needs?

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What are the opportunities for growth?

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I'm a junior lawyer, and I'm thinking about switching from a different practice area to start practising tax law. What steps do you suggest that I take to make the switch?

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Why do you work in this area? How much time do you usually spend solving tax problems?

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I'm a software engineer. I think I'm a good one. I don't have litigation or tax domain knowledge. I don't know much about the law. However, I'm a good programmer, I'm a quick study, I'm a hard worker, and I work well with other domain experts. Will you consider my application to work on CounterMeasure or do all your software engineers litigation or tax domain knowledge? 

 

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What is the team's favourite office tradition?

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Are the professional roles within the company that are outside of the traditional law roles regarded with as much importance and support?

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If time and funds were unlimited, what would you like to implement or improve?  

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Is Counter the right place to work?

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What is Counter’s "Success Mantra"?

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Hello. I am wondering whether you are accepting applications for articling students for the 2021-2022 term. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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