Joel Kwan is a corporate lawyer based in Los Angeles, California. Currently acting as financial/legal associate for Westwood Group, a specialty finance company, Joel focuses on general regulatory compliance, creditor rights and structured finance. Visit his website to learn more.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Mission Accomplished!

I finished my MBA summer internship at CN with a great sense of satisfaction and now looking forward for a new year of law!

Working for CN, such a huge company was not as different as working in a SME. However, there was a bit more beaucracy and it can be more difficult to build a network.

I did not do as much legal work as I would have liked to, but this will be coming up next summer.

Merci M. Layton

J'ai pu voir M. Layton au sommet de son art lors du conseil général du NPD - section Québec en juin 2011. Il semblait à la fois simple comme personne, mais aussi d'une telle présence!
À la vigile lundi dernier, c'était émouvant de voir des personnes de tous les genres, signe que M. Layton a réussi à rassembler un peuple si divers.
C'est grâce à lui que j'ai décidé de passer de l'étape du scrutin à l'étape de l'implication en politique. Aujourd'hui, fier membre du NDP, j'espère bien pouvoir porter le flambeau et rejoindre d'autres avec les même valeurs et les mêmes préoccupations pour le Canada.

Three recommendations from MBA mentor

We have a mentorship program with the MBA program at McGill. I met with my mentor a few weeks back and three things came out of the meeting:

1) I should take some time off before school starts again (ok I will take 4 days off).

2) I should do the recruitement process for Montreal law firms.

I was hoping to start working outside Montreal after my degree, but it may be the better stepping stone in the long-run. I was told at the carreer office as well that I should not turn down Montreal so quickly. I am starting to be convinced. The work-life balance is more possible, the European, laid-back,lifestyle is more apparent here. Cost of living is lower in Montreal. Easier to network and becoming known in Montreal. We'll see how it goes.

3) I should get some brown dress shoes to match my grey suit.