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NucksFTW last won the day on January 27 2013

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. I really don't think this needs to be addressed in your applications. Explain the circumstances if employers ask about your grades in an interview, but otherwise I wouldn't mention it.
  11. The focus of your request may be a bit too narrow for this forum. I'm currently an associate in BC practicing primarily in corporate law, so I have a sense of the tasks given to articling students in this practice area. You should expect to do a lot of due diligence for business purchase and sale transactions. This involves reviewing public search results, minute books, material agreements and other documents and preparing a report summarizing your review and describing any issues. You will also likely draft closing documents for corporate transactions, such as director/shareholder resolutions, closing certificates, bills of sale, receipts, share transfer forms, releases, resignations, etc. (depending on the type of transaction). You may also be asked to draft ancillary agreements such as non-competition agreements and transitional services agreements, and potentially share purchase agreements and asset purchase agreements. Another task which can be delegated to students is preparing the first drafts of contracts which will then be revised by the more senior lawyer. You may also be asked to review agreements prepared by opposing counsel and provide comments/revisions. Many corporate lawyers also do commercial leasing work, so you could also be tasked with drafting/reviewing lease agreements. Finally, you will probably conduct quite a bit of research. In the corporate law context this often involves finding and interpreting the relevant provisions of the Business Corporations Act and other similar legislation. In general, there is some overlap between the tasks assigned to a student and a corporate paralegal. In my experience, paralegals spend more time maintaining minute books, filing annual returns, preparing documents for incorporations, and drafting more basic corporate documents.
  12. Need Some Guidance!

    Some law schools will only look at your GPA for your last 2 years of undergrad, so you should probably focus on those schools. Your GPA in your first 2 years is not competitive for Canadian law school admissions. You should aim for a GPA of 3.6+ in your last 2 years of undergrad to put yourself in a good position for being accepted to law school.
  13. moving provinces

    I did look for a job in BC while working/living in Alberta, and I did have to travel to BC for interviews.
  14. moving provinces

    There's some information on the process required to transfer your law society membership here: http://lawstudents.ca/forums/topic/47210-transferring-membership-between-provinces/?hl=transfer You seem to be more interested in how you can make yourself marketable for job opportunities in another province. I articled and worked as an associate at a national firm in Calgary for a couple years before moving to a firm in BC (specifically in the Okanagan). Firms were quite receptive to my applications and I think my experience at a bigger firm was quite helpful. I also tried to use my network to introduce me to lawyers at firms I was interested in.
  15. Should I switch [banking to law]?

    One factor to consider is that many lawyers leave the practice of law shortly after graduation. "...Within 5 years of being called to the bar, 57% of women and 49% of men will have left private practice. Many will move to in-house or government positions, but close to 30% (28% of women and 29% of men) will have left the practice of law entirely...." https://huckvale.ca/2015/04/retention-attrition-issues-legal-profession/ I encourage you to carefully consider those statistics and to examine the reasons that people leave the profession to determine whether or not it will be a good fit for you.