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NucksFTW last won the day on January 27 2013

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  1. UofC vs. Dalhousie

    Dalhousie will likely give you more access to articling positions in Toronto. That's a pretty compelling reason to choose Dalhousie over U of C.
  2. TRU vs Windsor

    If the decision is between TRU and the Windsor Dual JD, then TRU is absolutely the choice even if you want to practice in Ontario. The cost of the Windsor Dual JD program simply cannot be justified for the product you are receiving. Alternatively, you can wait and apply for next year's cycle if you can realistically increase your odds at being accepted to one of the Ontario schools over the next 6 months.
  3. Passive Income For Lawyers

    The practice area I've seen with the highest potential for passive income is incorporating companies and acting as registered and records office. Most firms charge around $300 per year to act as R&R and file annual returns. This involves very little work which is almost entirely done by a paralegal. The stronger corporate law practices that I've been involved with have each acted as R&R for around 300 companies. That's $90,000 in revenue per year which the lawyer does very little ongoing work to generate (after the incorporation). Some practices are even able to cover all of their overhead for the year with R&R work.
  4. From HR Manager to Employment Lawyer

    You would still need to do relatively well in law school to land a job at one of the top employment boutiques or one of the national firms with a prominent employment practice. I assume you want to work in Vancouver based on your reference of Roper Greyell. The other Vancouver firms that come to mind with strong employment practices are Harris and Fasken. These jobs are very competitive, but your experience would certainly be a significant asset in the application process.
  5. TRU vs Windsor

    Windsor has to be the choice if you plan to practice in Ontario after graduation. Finding an articling position in Ontario from TRU will be much more difficult. My concern with TRU is that the articling placement rates were originally relatively high because the interior of BC was historically an under-served legal market. Accordingly, the region has been able to absorb students from the first few graduating classes, but I'm not sure that can continue indefinitely.
  6. Leaving law - other options

    Check out this thread which discusses some alternatives:
  7. UofC vs. Lakehead

    Where do you want to practice in Ontario? If you want to practice in northern Ontario it makes sense to attend Lakehead as that is what the school is geared towards. If you want to practice in southern Ontario, U of C is the better choice in my opinion. U of C is a more established and reputable school and it has more extra-curricular activities and better course selection. I would also rather live in Calgary than Thunder Bay during law school, but that is personal preference. If you attend U of C and can't find articles in Ontario, you can always article in Calgary and transfer to Ontario later. If you attend Lakehead it will be more difficult to access the Calgary market because firms in Calgary typically want to see some sort of connection to the city.
  8. U of C vs TRU

    As a U of C law grad practicing in BC, I would recommend attending U of C over TRU. In my experience, U of C will likely give you slightly better access to the Vancouver market than TRU because it's a more reputable school. If you attend U of C and can't find articles in Vancouver, you can always article in Calgary and transfer to Vancouver later. This is actually quite common, and articling salaries in Calgary are quite a bit higher in Calgary than Vancouver. If you attend TRU it will be more difficult to access the Calgary market because firms in Calgary typically want to see some sort of connection to the city. U of C is also less expensive, has more extra-curricular activities, better course selection, and I would rather live in Calgary for law school instead of Kamloops.
  9. Tips on enhancing a GPA to get into law school

    Some law schools in Canada only consider your grades for the last 2 years of your undergraduate degree. If you get mid 80's in third and fourth year, your GPA should be competitive for these schools. There are plenty of threads with further information on law school GPA calculations. Here's one that has a useful overview:
  10. I recommend U of C (graduated in 2014). The schools will give you similar access to the Ontario market. However, Calgary is a great backup plan if you can't find an articling position in Ontario. The legal market in Calgary is significantly better than the legal market in New Brunswick, and Calgary firms are more open to hiring people who didn't grow up there (but the connection to the city by going to school there will be helpful). You can always move back to Ontario after a couple years of experience in Calgary (and quite a few students do). I would also prefer to live in Calgary over Fredericton for the 3 years of law school, but that's a personal decision.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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/
  14. 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.
  15. 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.