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  1. My biggest fear: not hired back

    Well, fuck. I guess I could always do crim defence as a backup, I've seen more than a few special folks doing that work.
  2. A law school to match my personality

    I can't imagine any law school's culture is disproportionately specialized towards hip hop dances. I stand to be corrected, but what kind of structural forces would lead to that? Having said that, at U of A they put on "law show" every year. And every year there are a few serious dancers, some of which are into that. But I seriously doubt it is more than any other school.
  3. Current Lawyers' Opinions Wanted

    I have an articling position that I haven't started yet, so I'm not the person you want to hear from, but for what its worth, your questions are a bit too broad to comprehensively answer. Pay, hours worked, subjective experiences of the work environment, career progression, job satisfaction...all of these things are so massively variable, that answers are not going to really be all that abstractable into useful information. In fact, if you only get a couple of responses, it could have the opposite effect, and provide a misleadingly partial view of things. What's more, I'm not sure the answers would be that different from graduates of other schools, aside from articling rates, potentially, or stuff like firm cultures in Edmonton. But then you are getting into more specific questions, which is perhaps the direction you need to go. It kind of sounds like you are looking for reassurances; that you will get an articling position, that you will have a rewarding career, that you will have job satisfaction. There are no such guarantees of course. It's a risk. The vast majority of anecdotal experiences are probably not going to point you in the right direction either way, because the full spectrum of experiences are out there. Edmonton lawyers who love their job. Edmonton lawyers that hate it. Edmonton lawyers making bank. Edmonton lawyers who aren't. Edmonton law grads that don't even have jobs. Just like any other city. And as you said, you're already familiar with the dismal articling rates.
  4. Salary in Edmonton

    Basically. The modal articling salary at the mid-size/larger Edmonton firms is 50K, with the modal 1st year associate salary being 70K.
  5. Salary in Edmonton

    Anyone interested in articling and associate salary by year of call for major Edmonton firms can PM me, I have considerable (but not comprehensive, and in some cases, slightly dated) information on the subject.
  6. Articling Jobs 2018

    11 applications, 7 interviews, 2 offers.
  7. Indigenous Law Studies

    As the other posters have noted, some schools are making an especially strong investment in Indigenous law. However, most Canadian law schools have professors that specialize in this area and provide opportunities to work in it. The University of Alberta is a typical example. It hasn't been mentioned yet, but the professors working on Aboriginal law at the University of Alberta have provided students with lots of research assistantships, access to conferences, specialized courses, and plenty links with lawyers/law firms working in the area, and Aboriginal clients seeking help on fascinating issues. And I doubt that the University of Alberta is unusual in providing those. Generally, a law school will provide those opportunities on a regional basis. For instance, those opportunities for Aboriginal law at the University of Alberta are mostly regionally focused on Alberta in general and Northern Alberta in particular. Opportunities to work with and connect with Albertan law firms working on Aboriginal law. Opportunities to work on particular issues related to Indigenous people in Alberta, etc etc. And some of those issues look very different in Alberta than BC. So to some extent the old adage about going to school where you want to practice holds up on this subject as well.
  8. Where/How to Hire Articling Student

    Yeah exactly, write up a description of the position, etc and simply send it to law school career centres to post it. Also put it on your firm's website. Getting in touch with career service centres ≠ OCIs
  9. Post articling questions

    I want to add my voice to this question. The firm I'll be articling with does not practice in one particular area that would really like to work in. How can I get my teeth cut in that area if I don't have a mentor in the firm practicing in that area? Is there any way to start doing it on my own without making a total and complete mess of it/risking disbarment? Edit: before anyone jumps down my throat about why I would take articles with a firm that doesn't practice in a particular area I'm interested in, they are a fantastic firm for every other area I want to practice in/explore. Its just this one particular area that they don't have anyone doing, and I would really like to do it due to significant family connections/opportunities in that field, plus genuine interest.
  10. As Diplock pointed out, the University of Alberta counts graduate school grades. Plus, if I recall, they only count your last 60 or so credit/ credit hours, so your grad marks carry disproportionate weight. I and many others took advantage of this to get into the U of A, and with a decent LSAT score and those grades, you probably can as well.
  11. Corporate/Big Law Qualifcations

    Yeah I think that's about right. You still need to convince them once you have the interview that you're a good fit, not an ass, and preferably not socially retarded. But all other things being equal, it seems to definitely help get your foot in the door.
  12. Corporate/Big Law Qualifcations

    As people have already pointed out, any academic background can lead to a successful biglaw career. But I have noticed that those with degrees in accounting and finance go to the front of the line during OCIs and articling week, etc. All the accounting and finance people got a whack of interviews and every single one of them had a big law job by the end of 2L. The same did not apply to general business degree backgrounds, maybe because there are so many of those. So, anecdotally, having a finance or accounting background seems like a big initial leg up for getting into big law....but Diplock is right, the bigger problem is that at this stage you likely don't have a clue as to what kind of law you really want to practice. When I first got my acceptance letter I was inspired to be a criminal lawyer...and ended up being fascinated and taking articles in an area that wasn't even on my radar in 0L. You need to stay open to those possibilities. Otherwise, you are not accounting for "unknown unknowns" and may miss an area of law that you would have loved even more.
  13. Advice Needed!! (Master's vs. Law school waitlist)

    By "work" I firstly meant more RA gigs and other similar stuff...I know one person who found themselves doing aid work through an RA connection ...and secondly, yeah, it does not apply as well with international law as it would with say, family law or Aboriginal law, but the simple point is just that graduate work can be a good kickstart to that "job-experience" positive feedback loop. But if your point is that "international law" is a unicorn, yeah, I won't dispute that.
  14. staying motivated

    Or some of the guys working outside when it's windy and -30.
  15. I know of at least one person who got into law school by transferring two years of credits from a college to an accreddited online/distance university degree. It may have been part of some pathways program though, or maybe not. Seems to work at least for schools that rely almost exclusively on quantitative rubrics for admission.
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