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  1. It's a civil law school and common law school. Arguably, it's more of a common law school as the civil law aspects are taught side by side with the relevant common law aspects of private law and the public law components are almost entirely taught with reference to common law. Either way, Op will certainly be able to practice in a common law jurisdiction.
  2. Haven't ever heard of the program but I'm not a McMaster person. The general advice I'd give is to study something you want to study (it'll make doing well quite a bit easier). Ideally, this would be something that gives you something to fall back on in case you lose interest in law or end up not attending law school for whatever reason.
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    All the steps

    You'll need a law degree. There's a few different paths in terms of admission to law school but typically speaking you'll need good grades in an undergraduate degree (any major you like) and a good LSAT score. Once you graduate, you'll need to pass the bar exams and do something called articling (basically an internship of sorts).
  4. I graduated from McGill Law without an articling position lined up and I'm extremely grateful that I was able to devote myself to finding a position from January onwards. I don't know what I would have done if I had to manage school and looking for a position at the same time.
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    Interviewing with LSO/LSUC?

    I interviewed for an articling position in the professional discipline unit last year. There wasn't a preliminary interview ... just the actual interview which was with two lawyers and a human resources person. The questions basically asked you to provide example of times you dealt with various situations (two conflicting tasks due at the same time, a difficult coworker, an assignment you didn't understand, etc.). The HR person was especially interested in hearing about times when you might have dealt with people with disabilities, behavioral issues, and so forth. There was a written portion following the interview. It lasted approximately an hour.
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    Post hire-back etiquette

    Thanks for the input everyone. In truth, my concerns stemmed more from what TheScientist101 refers to a misappropriated sense of loyalty than how other employers might view the move (if I were to leave, I'd be leaving to work in a different field and in a different city).
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    Law Firm Volunteer

    I don't think its all that uncommon for non-law students to be working in law firms. I haven't seen all that many volunteers (as in the ones that I've seen have all been paid) and I assume its the kind of thing you see more of in small and medium sized firms.
  8. I was offered continued employment following my articles and accepted. Is there any sort of unwritten rule about having to stick around for a given amount of time before you begin exploring opportunities elsewhere? In case it matters, my accepting the offer to stay on didn't cost anyone else a hire-back spot.
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    Do lawyers ever have really "grand" offices?

    I once interviewed with a lawyer that had a very spacious office (large desk, chairs to sit in around the desk, sofas, a coffee table, and lots of space to spare). His office was effectively the entire floor of a 3 story townhouse with other lawyers occupying the other two floors. I know he has an assistant and other support staff but don't know where they work from as I didn't see any workstations for them.
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    Anyone have any experience with La Cite?

    I lived in La Cite my first year in Montreal. I would not definitely not recommend it due to bad experiences with management. I once booked the elevator to move some old furniture out and they concluded I was moving out. Came back one day to find a work crew painting my walls after they had emptied out my belongings.
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    Deciding not to article?

    Can I ask whether you were required to merely be admitted to practice or whether you were required to have a specific amount of experience practicing law?
  12. I'd encourage people to stay optimistic. It's a horrible feeling to watch the summer pass by and have nothing to show for it but you never know when you'll get an offer and may even be in a position to have to choose among multiple offers.
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    How does McGill bucket students ?

    I recall hearing something similar to what op has described on two occasions. The first was in one of Dean Jutras' breakfast with the dean events and the second was in a private conversation with a faculty member involved in the admissions process. I don't recall Dean Jutras saying that different admissions criteria apply to candidates in different categories but did say that universities are under provincial pressure to admit in-province students but that the school is still committed to ensuring the each of Canada's different regions is represented in the student body. The faculty member did suggest that out of province students face higher admissions standards (because there are only so many seats left over) and that international students face lower admissions standards (because they are seen as attractive sources of revenue).
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    High LSAT (173), abysmal gpa (2.0)

    I took a few courses that could be described as bird courses during undergrad. I did very well in them but that's because I was interested in the material. Students who weren't interested didn't do very well but did better than you'd expect them to have done given that they put in little to no effort.
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