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  1. Transcript Bias?

    It'll be fine. At some schools, its not uncommon for students to have graduated without taking a single 400 series course.
  2. I don't think so. IIRC, there's sections in the barrister PR materials that aren't included in the solicitor PR materials (for example, advocacy). I could be wrong. Double check for yourself.
  3. French Requirement?

    1) We might just be quibbling about words, but I don't think "elementary" French will cut it. I think there's a case they suggest you read. If you've read it, were you able to make sense of it? If yes, you probably meet the minimum standard. 2) An inadequate grasp of French will close off a lot of opportunities (think judicial clerkships, .some clinic stuff, and some research assistantships).
  4. Let's do lunch.....NOT

    I find that I don't save all that much by cooking for myself.
  5. Melbourne JD

    I don't know much about Australian schools but I know enough to say that Melbourne is a good school. Australian law schools are a bit more like European law schools in that most graduates don't actually end up becoming licensed. Melbourne may be different, but I'm not sure. You should study where you want to work. You should also see if you'll be eligible for a work permit where you want to work.
  6. Are you in Ontario? I'm really just starting out, but I've found that the OBA's section groups put out a lot of useful literature on different areas of practice. The website also offers a few free recordings of CPD events as well as a lot more CPD events you can pay to register for.
  7. Legal Academia - International Applicant

    I know its been mentioned before, but I'm not sure if further studies at a Canadian university would help you get to your goal. U of T, McGill, and UBC are usually touted as the better Canadian law schools but, as far as I can tell, its rare for graduates of those schools to find teaching positions at what you, as a foreigner, would consider to be a top law school. As far as I can tell, even the schools from which they graduate have a preference for Oxbridge / T14 educated applicants. Their graduates typically have better luck (though not necessarily good luck) at other Canadian schools that are reasonably well regarded in Canada but don't have much of a reputation outside Canada. Ask yourself, as a foreigner intent on teaching at a top law school, whether you'd be satisfied with an outcome that has you teaching, if you're lucky, in places like the University of Windsor, the University of Manitoba, Thompson Rivers University, or the University of New Brunswick. They're great schools but probably not what you're hoping for.
  8. Legal Academia - International Applicant

    While this sounds ridiculous, I don't think its that far fetched. I think you'll find a fair number of faculty members who hadn't spent much time thinking of Canadian law until they found themselves employed by a Canadian law school. Speaking from my own experience, I once spent a summer helping a new professor put together a course and it was quite apparent they were learning on the go. Granted, you have to be exceptional in some other way if you want the school to overlook the fact that your knowledge of Canadian law is deficient.
  9. 10 reasons TO go to my law school

    Having attended U of T and McGill, I have a tough time understanding people's preference for McGill. McGill/Montreal can be fun places but there's something to be said for not having your physical environs crumbling around you and not being harassed by vagrants as you try to go about your day.
  10. Legal Academia - International Applicant

    Have a look at the faculty profiles at the different law schools. Pay particular attention to the qualification of the younger/newer hires given how the market has gotten more competitive over time.
  11. Articling salary in Toronto

    When it comes to small firms it really depends on what they do and how their practice is structured. Would be hard to give an average.
  12. For what it's worth, I do tend to differentiate between my undergraduate degree and my law degrees when I talk about my schooling (e.g. "I did my undergrad at X and then did law school at Y"). I know both are technically undergraduate degrees but in my mind they're quite different.
  13. Graduate-entry just seems to be a different word for second-entry. It's probably a more accurate term in the US given that American JD programs formally require that applicants complete a first degree (as opposed to Canadian JD programs that don't have this formal requirement). It shouldn't be read as meaning graduate-level. Also, schools that grant MDs typically describe their MD programs as being undergraduate medical education.
  14. It's typically a second-entry undergraduate professional degree.
  15. They're probably only asking about your high school because the applications portal they use was designed for undergraduate admissions.