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  1. If you have a car you can look just about anywhere. You can find cheaper places in suburban/rural areas like Hanwell and New Maryland, which are real quiet areas. Being in the city itself is preferable so you have the ability to study on campus or get involved in the school life if that's your thing. I would recommend the area of Parkside Drive and Greenfields Drive. It's on the southside, close to the Prospect Drive/Bishop Drive commercial area. Rent is reasonable, the buildings are well maintained, easy commute to campus, close to parks, and quiet. There are a few students around but they tend to be older and might also be law students.
  2. Post articling questions

    In Newfoundland it's quite common for private firms/legal aid/Crown offices to swap students so that they can do a "rotation" to gain experience in another field that they wouldn't normally get exposure to. I think it's a great experience - and it's funny to see supposed "top students" go from the big corporate firms into defending petty criminals or Crown grunt work and be totally lost. Having said that, a big portion of articling is understanding and learning professional responsibilities and how to actually be a member of the law society/profession. If you have that you have something to work with. Work experience can always be gained, just as long as you remember that you have to start with simple files and work your way into the complicated ones as you gain experience.
  3. Newfoundland Bar Course

    7 weeks, 6 exams. Exams each Monday, with one exception for advocacy week. Some exams are short, some are a struggle to finish. Some people are faster writers so they just do it faster. There's a lot of different speakers/lecturers for each topic, and they tell you whether their section is on the exam or not for the most part. Questions are usually short answer(1 paragraph) or essay answer(1+ pages) - depending on what area of law is being covered. The materials provided are really useful and some lawyers actually order them yearly to help with their own practice as they are very comprehensive in some fields. It's not hard and I've only heard of one person who has failed it in the last 3 years. That person later completed it on a second try. It's really just long and drawn out. In some cases there is just a clear and obvious waste of time with certain speakers coming in for no apparent reason. They could probably chop 2 weeks off the course and make it shorter without making it much more difficult.
  4. USask v UNB

    Tuition in NL is $1275 per semester, coupled with an aggressive recruitment drive they did a few years back. Most students at UNB who want to be in Vancouver end up bailing after 1L and transferring to UBC or Uvic. While it's definitely not impossible to get back to BC with a degree from UNB, not many people try. That said, I guess OP would be familiar with living in Atlantic Canada and dealing with flights back west semi-frequently so that might be less of a concern than the typical case.
  5. McGill or Cambridge?

    It cuts both ways on these points: Ontario is an outlier in that it has 6 law schools of its own pumping graduates into a market place that's flooded with qualified lawyers and a number of bar calls that significantly higher than elsewhere in Canada - so I would really hesitate to draw conclusions about Canada in general based on the situation in Ontario. There are all kinds of graduates from Canadian law schools looking for articles in Ontario, and specifically the GTA, who can't find any. People study outside Canada and come back, or else the NCA process wouldn't exist, same as people who study in Canada, practice, then move abroad and have to pass the bar in another country. I remember having a couple of NCA students in some of my first year law classes (Criminal and Constitutional) and they breezed right through it. That put them in line to be accredited in Canada right around the beginning of the hiring cycle in Atlantic Canada (January). In direct response to OP: If you want to go to Cambridge, just go. I think it would be a great opportunity and, if you are interested in working in the UK, it can open that door. If not, the option to come back to Canada is always there, just know that the NCA process is a thing (which you seem to) and that you're missing out on awkward meet and greets that supposedly help you get big-firm jobs.
  6. McGill or Cambridge?

    Yes. In this province we write the bar 6-8 months into articling so you have to be working in order to take it.
  7. McGill or Cambridge?

    I recently wrote the bar in Newfoundland. It was a class of 36, 5 people took the course who had completed their law degrees in the UK. It's more common than we're led to believe on this forum.
  8. What does "start looking in January" mean?

    Just to build off of this: After 4 months of articles I applied on a post-articling position in August, didn't hear anything until the week before Christmas and was offered an interview in January. That's a bit of an extreme example that took about 5 months to unfold but illustrates the point that there is no cycle or set process (to the extent that there really ever was a set process to begin with), the jobs come when the jobs come. The earlier you look the better off you will be.
  9. Employment?

    Nobody in my graduating class at UNB that wanted to work in Ontario, Alberta, or elsewhere in Canada failed to find employment where they were looking for it. What Blipple said is spot on - UNB produces fewer graduates and of those graduates, even fewer look to leave the Maritimes. I think we had about 10 students out of a class of 80 that looked for work Ontario and west. I think there's a bias created among students/potential students when they don't see many UNB grads in amongst the partners and associates in Toronto and Calgary, but Dalhousie pops up somewhat frequently. Have to remember that Dal graduates a lot more students and a big reason for that is the way they take in far more applications from across the country. UNB often looks for the Atlantic resident thing and there's just not that many people from Atlantic Canada that want to go west.
  10. Articling Rates

    I'm only speaking from what I see/hear. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 hiring cycles there were no more than 2 UNB students in each year hired at any one office of the large firms, the most I had heard of total for articling positons at one office was 4, and that was a post-merger type of deal. I don't know much about Halifax but I do know that some other branches of the large firms chose not to hire anyone this year at all.
  11. 10 reasons not to go to my school.

    Wouldn't be able to speak to that. I don't think it would as long as you note it in the cover letter, but there's always a chance. I'm not really sure what emphasis firms even place on grades, that in itself varies from firm to firm but my personal opinion, based on the people that I watched get hired, is that grades don't count for as much as we think they do as students.
  12. Articling Rates

    You may want to contact the Career Services Office at Ludlow Hall, they keep tabs on students who graduate (or try to keep tabs anyway) to make sure everyone who wanted articles finds them. Generally speaking, everyone who wants articles gets them, it just depends on how much you're willing to compromise. There are only 3 big regional firms, they hire 1-2 students per office and most of them come from either UNB or Dal. Outside of that, smaller but still mid-size firms from Atlantic cities do OCIs and may hire someone. A lot of the onus is on you as the student and article seeker to find articles though, so how hard it is would probably depend on how much work you put into knocking on doors. The aforementioned CSO and Martha (she's great by the way) down in that office, is always able to help you one way or another.
  13. Nurse wanting to apply to law school?

    I know of two lawyers who were nurses previous to attending law school. One is a solo/general practitioner in a small town, the other was a partner in a small firm in a small city - this one is retired but still does some work for my firm on personal injury files on a consulting basis. Knowledge of those pesky medical charts is useful in picking up little things that another lawyer might miss when bringing a malpractice case forward, but otherwise anybody can do the work. The biggest thing you should consider, steversteves, is whether you really have an interest in law and whether pursuing that interest is worth giving up 3 years of salary for more debt and potentially uncertain job prospects*. * = job prospects vary by individual. The market might be poor in Toronto or Ottawa due to saturation by a flood of law school grads but you might find a fit working for a health authority in a more rural region, or a firm, in a place like Thunder Bay, Sudbury, or someplace even smaller like Kenora - but you can bet they won't be six figure salaries. It's worth noting that a lot of people get into law thinking about one area and then find themselves drawn into another within weeks of starting law school.
  14. There are reciprocity agreements in place that reserve a certain number of seats each year for students from a particular province. It's meant to ensure that students from a province that lacks a school still have the opportunity to study in that field and sort of ensures a pipeline of qualified professionals enter the field in the province without the province having to pony up and open a school of its own. MUN med reserves seats for NB students, UNB Law reserves seats for NL students. NL also has 2 seats at the University of Saskatchewan, or at least they used to.
  15. You don't need to send any. All you need to send is your personal statement, transcripts, CV, and application form. References are not required, I submitted none and a major reason for picking UNB was that they didn't require references.
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