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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Or some of the guys working outside when it's windy and -30.
  9. 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.
  10. I can't echo and emphasize this advice enough. LGs were holding me back from breaking over 160 - I was awful at them, and by awful I mean on a good day could get through two games out of four. No amount of practice helped until I started reviewing with 7Sage videos. Changed everything. Those guys are amazing. And review the ones you got right with 7sage - refine your approach - just because you got the game eighth, doesn't mean you found the best way to solve it.
  11. Either way, nice building though, but apparently pricey. If my dad had money I would totally live there. The Sobeys is attached and accessible from the inside. The train is across the street practically. It has a pool and a gym. The Law centre is just a 5-10 min walk away, tops. Might just live there for ever.
  12. I line them up on bookshelves in my house so that visitors know how smart I am at the law things. If TV law shows taught me anything, it's that the more old legal books I have in the background when I'm talking, the more gravitas I have. If it works for the hallways of large firms, why not my living room?
  13. Most of the law students that live nearby are in one of the residences across the street from the law centre. A cluster of the exiles from BC seem to be in a high-end rental facility close to the university hospital. I've never met a law student that actually lives in the HUB. If you really hate winter, the HUB's connection to the law centre is nice, but the residences across the street are much nicer set-ups, and you're still only a minute away from your classrooms. So that's where students loving nearby tend to be.
  14. An MA can be very useful in law school. Or not very useful at all. It depends on how you leverage it. Your prospective program is in Global Development? Imagine that you do some cool work while in the program, publish a paper in a peer reviewed journal, do some neat fieldwork, etc. Then you go to law school. Depending on what your graduate work focused on, you have a leg up on applying for research assistant jobs in the law faculty. Let's say you score a research assistant position or two on international law, given your graduate degree's area. You end up making connections and building knowledge in the area while padding your resume. This helps you do better in international law courses, build relationships with law professors, get some nice reference letters, get more work in international law...and voila, you end up in a positive feedback loop that was triggered by your graduate degree experience. There are a few qualifiers to that, of course. But it happened to me, and it happens to other people as well. I don't regret getting my MA before law school, but I also was lucky enough to do some cool stuff that was relevant to legal research in certain areas.
  15. The HUB gets a bad rep, but if I had been single when I started law school I would have entertained living there. Sure, it seems noisy, smelly, and overrun by vagrants on the weekend, but it is connected to the the law centre, allowing you to turn into a troglodyte for the winter and skip having you go outside when it's cold, which is the majority of your school year.