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NucksFTW last won the day on January 27 2013

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  1. Regional Salaries

    You may find this thread useful: The Robert Half salary calculator is also pretty good (but focused more on the bigger cities): https://www.roberthalf.ca/en/salary-guide/legal Many smaller communities don't really have benchmark associate salaries that the market is compelled to match. Compensation is much more individualized and to some extent based on revenue generated in previous years and firm profitability.
  2. UBC vs. U of C

    I graduated from U of C law in 2014 and worked at a national firm in Calgary for a couple years before moving to BC (where I grew up - in the Interior). The Calgary market was hot when I graduated, but fell apart shortly thereafter. If you're entering law school in the fall of 2018, it's impossible to predict what the Calgary market will look like when you graduate in 2021. Despite the recent struggles in Calgary, I think it remains a larger, more vibrant legal market with more opportunities than Vancouver. If you grew up in the Calgary area, you may also find it easier to bring in clients because of your existing network.
  3. UBC vs. U of C

    Take a look at these articles on the Calgary and Vancouver legal markets: http://www.canadianlawyermag.com/article/calgary-resilience-of-oil-town-lawyers-put-to-test-3227/ http://www.canadianlawyermag.com/article/vancouver-city-report-3447/
  4. These are interesting articles on the Calgary and Vancouver markets: http://www.canadianlawyermag.com/article/calgary-resilience-of-oil-town-lawyers-put-to-test-3227/ http://www.canadianlawyermag.com/article/vancouver-city-report-3447/ Compensation for lawyers and job opportunities are quite similar in Calgary and Vancouver at this point. I recommend going to school in the city you would rather live in.
  5. Tax Lawyers

    Many tax lawyers have accounting backgrounds prior to entering law school (including quite a few who were CPA's). Education/experience in accounting is not required to become a tax lawyer, but it certainly helps. Once you're in law school, take all of the available tax law courses and excel in them.
  6. I used to practice in Calgary and know a few people who transferred to Toronto. Most of them seemed to transfer after they had practiced as a lawyer in Calgary for a year or two after getting called to the bar. The legal market is bloated for new calls (especially in Toronto), and you are typically more attractive as a candidate when you have a bit more experience. Searching for a job in Toronto should be pretty similar to Calgary. Apply to job postings and cold call/email firms in your preferred practice area. Also, ask around your firm in Calgary if anyone has contacts they could introduce you to in Toronto.
  7. Big Law Salaries in Calgary

    It looks like that information is relatively accurate. The bigger firms in Calgary generally pay second year calls (starting in January after your bar call) salaries of $100,000 with annual raises of approximately $20,000 for the next 4 - 5 years. Many of the big firms also give bonuses starting at roughly 10% of salary for billing 1,800 hours, with approximately 5% (of salary) increases to the bonus for each additional 100 hours billed.
  8. Statement of interest U of C

    This is good advice. Answer the questions that are asked, try to focus on something that differentiates you as a candidate, and demonstrate that you are an effective and persuasive writer.
  9. Hired but snooping around

    You should article at the firm you've committed to and re-assess your career options in a year. The practice of law is quite different from law school, and articling is a good opportunity to see if you would enjoy this career. I think it's a bad idea to apply to other jobs when you have already committed to an articling position. The firm would rightfully be upset to learn that you might back out, as they hired you for a reason. At the very least, getting called to the bar will make you a more marketable candidate for legal and non-legal positions in Canada and elsewhere. I strongly recommend you stop the alternative job search and follow through with your Canadian articles.
  10. Baker Newby Articling Salary

    I have no direct knowledge of this, but based on the size (17 lawyers) and location (lower mainland outside downtown Vancouver), my guess would be $40,000 - $45,000 per year for articling. Students in BC just don't make much money for articling.
  11. U of A v. U of Sask - Grading Scale?

    I think U Sask uses a lower grading scale than U of A (maybe a B- median vs. a B median). I did not attend either school but this was my understanding from the recruitment process in Calgary. Here's some information for U Sask: https://law.usask.ca/students/jd-students/grade-distributions-grading-guidelines.php
  12. UNB vs. TRU 2017

    I would give the edge to UNB if you want to work in Ontario. It's more established, cheaper, and closer to your desired market.
  13. Ottawa vs TRU 2017

    I have seen plenty of law students start law school with an interest in constitutional law/human rights, only to realize that there are very limited jobs in those areas. Most of these students end up applying for jobs with corporate/national firms in my experience. The rationale for attending the 'best' school you get into is to keep your options open to the greatest extent possible.
  14. Ottawa vs TRU 2017

    Queen's is 100% a 'better' law school than TRU. Most posters on this site tend to agree that reputation doesn't really matter for Canadian law schools, but I would make exceptions to that rule for TRU and Lakehead. Some law firms are weary of hiring students from these new schools, but that is slowly changing. Queen's will likely give you better access to corporate/national firms across the country, including Vancouver. Some big firms do care about 'prestige' to some extent in their student hiring, so Queen's will probably give you an advantage in the big firm hiring process. The edge that TRU has is in the job search outside of big firm hiring, where it is very helpful to be closer to your desired market. So you if you have no interest in articling in a corporate/national law firm, then TRU may be a justifiable choice. I would still choose Queen's over TRU or Ottawa, but it's not necessarily a slam dunk choice depending on your interests.
  15. UBC or Washington University?

    UBC is a much better choice, assuming you're not dead set on practicing in the U.S. after graduation. In particular, the job placement rates at each school are markedly different: "Historically, more than 90% of graduates from the Allard School of Law seek articling positions after graduation and between 91%-99% have reported securing an articling position nine months after graduation." Source: http://www.allard.ubc.ca/alumni/services/career-services/cso-programs-assistance-and-resources Washington University students employed at graduation: 61.1%. This represents the percentage of all 2015 graduates who had a full-time non-university/school funded job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. Source: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/washington-university-in-st-louis-03092