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  1. Check out the U of C. They've got a $60,000 scholarship ($20,000 renewable each year), in addition to many other big scholarships.
  2. Is UofC fun?

    I believe the U of C experience is similar to other schools, with the added benefit that it's a smaller school, so there's a great sense of community between classmates, faculty, and working lawyers. There are networking events almost weekly (mostly with free food and booze), a slo-pitch tournament, hockey tournament, law show, ski trip, Law Formal, halloween party, Learned Friend Night, and many other parties and social events. The U of C student body gets a ton of financial support from law firms in the city, which gives it flexibility in the scale and decadence of its social events and volunteer organizations. Hope that's helpful.
  3. U of A vs. UCalgary

    Super weird how people have their own opinions about where they prefer to live. Hope this has been useful in your choice between U of A and U of C, OP.
  4. U of A vs. UCalgary

    Another bonus about U of A is that you have enough free time to write treatises on how crappy other schools are
  5. UToronto vs UCalgary

    A couple of points to add as a current U of C student with a number of good friends at U of T, and someone who chose U of C over U of T. Jobs...if you want to end up on Bay St., go to U of T. If you want to stay in Calgary, go to U of C. Basically all of the national firms have offices in Calgary and Toronto. I will be articling at the Calgary branch of the same firm my U of T friends will be articling at in Toronto. Education...U of C places heavy emphasis on developing practical lawyer skills. Classes are geared towards preparing you for the workforce and being an effective articling student as soon as possible. Based on my conversations with my U of T friends, the emphasis at that school is more academic and less practical. For example, I have a friend who took his "small section" class in Criminal Law at U of T, and it turns out they never touched the Criminal Code. Instead, I believe they focused more on the theory of criminal law and less on its application.
  6. U of C law VS U of A law

    I forgot to add the point that the U of A's hiring rate is the second highest during Calgary recruitment. So a sampling of the recruitment might look something like this: U of C - 35% U of A - 15% U of XX - 10% U of XX - 3% U of XX - 2% etc. Hopefully that important qualifier helps put the hiring numbers in perspective! As for the source...the Faculty and the Dean make a point of communicating these stats to current U of C students every recruitment cycle (enthusiastically, I might add). They don't name the U of A outright, they just say "the next highest school"...but it's a pretty easy inference. Here's an example: https://twitter.com/LawDeanHolloway/status/658653905643966464
  7. U of C law VS U of A law

    Chiming in to add an objective comparable: OP had mentioned they want to work in Calgary or Vancouver. While I can't comment on the U of C vs. U of A hiring in Vancouver, U of C students tend to do far better in the Calgary recruit than U of A students do...Of the positions available in Calgary during recruitment (1L and 2L), U of C normally gets ~30-40% of the jobs, while U of A gets ~10-20%.
  8. Accepted 2016

    Just a head's up...it is highly unlikely you will get your P.Eng. with law, unless you plan to practice engineering during law school or after. From personal experience and conversations with APEGA, they require technical engineering experience or grad school to qualify. You may have different info from them, and if so, that's great!
  9. 2L In-House Summer Positions

    Kinder Morgan is doing interviews this week
  10. UofC Hockey Team

    For the most part you are responsible for your own equipment, although I believe that the U of C can rent out some gear. Best to play it safe and have your own stuff.
  11. UofC Hockey Team

    Yes, there are two hockey teams that play in the U of C intramural league. One is a more competitive team, and tryouts are held within the first few weeks of school in September. Time commitment is usually 1 game per week.
  12. Calgary native exploring options

    Hopefully I can provide some insight into your worries with respect to the Calgary job market. Yes things are tough right now and the news about layoffs is quite prevalent. However, the big law firms in Calgary are somewhat shielded from the effects (for the time being). Corporate law practices thrive on change, and right now litigation, insolvency, employment, and to a certain extent banking are all still quite busy. The number of 2L hires around the city seems to have decreased only slightly compared to prior years. I'd still say that the U of C offers the best prospects for employment because of how well-connected the school is with the practicing legal community and extremely high placement rates. In addition, who knows what the price of oil is going to be in 3 years? Ultimately, my recommendation is to attend law school where you want to eventually work. That way, you have an opportunity to network with the legal community in that city while you study, which can increase your odds of getting hired. Another plug for the U of C...recent update on our 2L hiring success: http://www.law.ucalgary.ca/news/ucalgary-law-2ls-earn-48-summer-positions
  13. Upcoming Curriculum Changes (2015 and beyound)

    As a current 1L student, I can tell you that these are extremely positive changes to the curriculum. For example, in the first three weeks of 1L you will learn what a lawyer does and their role in the legal system, and how to read and brief cases. In the current curriculum you basically have to learn much of this for yourself. I'm envious of the 0L's who get a chance to be a part of this exciting change. The new curriculum is designed, in part, to make students better lawyers as soon as you get out of law school. While law is highly academic in many respects, the practice of law is so much more (make sure you read the whole article by following the link in the OPs post)! I don't know if it's been mentioned in any of these threads before, but as far as sheer numbers go, the U of C is an excellent place to attend law school if you want a job. Of the 35 summer positions open to 1L students in the city, U of C won 21 of them. The next school (officially undisclosed, but I think you can probably guess who) won 9. Of note, the OP's previous posts are heavily biased towards the U of A over the U of C. I, of course, am a staunch supporter of the U of C. Draw your own conclusions, but make sure you have all the information.
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