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  1. What are the advantages of doing a JD/MBA

    I did a JD/MBA so perhaps I can comment. In my case, I didn't find the MBA to be very useful (I actually found the educational quality of the MBA courses to be fairly low for the most part if I were being honest), though I have taken a somewhat unusual career path for a JD/MBA in that, after striking out at OCIs, I wound up clerking and will soon be starting a litigation related position with the Federal Government (tax litigation to be exact). That being said, I did find some of the MBA courses (like accounting and finance) to be marginally useful, and I don't think I would have gotten my 2L summer job (at an accounting firm) without the MBA. The MBA also wasn't that expensive for me, as at my school you only have to pay for one year of MBA tuition, while at the same gaining access to scholarships and financial aid from both schools. The way I see it, I basically added roughly 12K to my debt load (plus the opportunity cost of one extra year in school) in exchange for an extra set of letters next to my name.
  2. U of Ottawa vs. Western for crim

    If you are interested in crim, I would go with whichever of these two schools are cheaper for you.
  3. At the Tax Court at least, there seems to be a roughly 50/50 split between judges with litigation backgrounds versus those with solicitor backgrounds.
  4. Strike Update

    You would be missing out then. Experiencing a strike is part of the Osgoode experience.
  5. Family law is not an area which requires high 1L grades to break into. 1L grades matter for firms doing OCIs in the fall of 2L. Although your 1L grades have likely closed that door, this is not a major loss for you as very few of those firms do family law. Just make sure to improve your grades in 2L and 3L while getting as much relevant experience as you can. Even if you don't manage to improve your grades, that is still not a deal breaker as my impression is that family law is an area where experience and having a demonstrated interest in the area would trump grades.
  6. Thanks! I am articling now so this would be as an associate (or whatever the equivalent to that is in government).
  7. I thought about that, unfortunately the offer from the Toronto office is what I received. I don't think that is a coincidence - I hear that the Toronto and Vancouver DOJ offices have a hard time retaining people because of the high cost of living.
  8. Hey, Does anyone happen to know what the current starting salary is for the Toronto DOJ office? The latest salary I could find was from 2013 (where it was listed as $71K). If it is in fact $71K, is that feasible to live on in Toronto with $67K in loans left to repay? I ask because I recently accepted a job with the Toronto DOJ. The DOJ has always been my top choice and so when I was offered a position with them I immediately accepted without even asking the salary. I was in the midst of going through interviews at the time for jobs that would commence after I completed my clerkship (mostly with biglaw type places), which I immediately cancelled after receiving the DOJ offer. Given my high debt-load, I do find myself second guessing my decision in retrospect as the other places I was interviewing at would obviously have offered a considerably higher salary.
  9. The bar exam is far more a test of stamina than it is of intellect. Don't take it too hard. Whatever that exam tests, how good of a lawyer you would be is not one of them.
  10. Tax Lawyers

    Out of curiosity, between tax litigation and tax planning, which of the two currently has the better job prospects?
  11. Failed Solicitor 4th time

    I believe LSUC offers free tutoring for those that failed the exam multiple times, so I would look into that. When studying, I found doing past exams to be far more valuable than reading the materials (so I guess do as many past exams as possible).
  12. I am shocked that I passed the solicitors (I thought that I failed it for sure). Thank God I don't have to go through the hell that is studying for those exams again.
  13. I found that I was okay for business law and estates, but I had a lot of trouble with real estate where I was forced to guess for a good chunk of the questions. Overall, I am not confident at all that I passed.
  14. 2017 Associate Salary Bump (Toronto)

    If the large firms raise their salaries, would that have a cascading effect of causing small and mid-market firms to raise their salaries as well?
  15. Ya, it's not like I don't already have enough debt, right?
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