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  1. E&E Books Canadian?

    Not if they are based on American law. You are more likely to confuse yourself.
  2. Worried B- student

    Where do you rank in your class? And what school is this?
  3. As someone who is in the middle of bar exams and has one tomorrow, do not rely on your bar admin stuff if its BC.
  4. thoughts on canadian law firm rankings?

    As always is the answer to this question, it is difficult to answer the prestige question because it can mean so many things. Do you mean: Prestige that will get some girl's interest at a bar?: then all firms are equal. Really, nobody cares past saying you are a lawyer, which to some will be impressive. Prestige that other lawyers will be impressed with: Varies on practice group ,. But for the most part, nobody cares. Prestige that your law school friends will be impressed with you?: I guess your list is fine for solicitor work as long as it is contained to Toronto. For lit work you need to really rethink things. Some boutiques are more impressive than all the big firms. BLG, McCarthy's, and Faskens are bigger players here. Davies is not. For other cities, everything gets scrambled, some firms disappear, others become much more prominent. Anyways do you really care? Or, in your heart of hearts, are you really just after: Prestige that makes you feel good about yourself: Alas, this kind of prestige is, in my experience, only an illusion. As soon as you attain the level you think makes you feel good, you realize how empty it is.
  5. thoughts on canadian law firm rankings?

    Certainly harder to get a job at a Henein or a Stockwoods than it is to get one at Blakes.
  6. UK Law School Graduates

    It's (2). It's an effort by schools without law schools to get in on the action. And it's horrible to see.
  7. UK Law School Graduates

    I would strongly advise any high schoolers reading this to not do such a thing no matter how certain you are about wanting to practice law, except maybe if you get into Oxbridge or if you have roots in the UK and want to stay. You will be at a double disadvantage coming back home, being both younger and having a less well perceived degree. Do undergrad, do well, then apply to law school if you still want to be a lawyer in 4 years.
  8. Chances 3.7 and 168

    U of T's average will be slightly deflated by the weighing they put on different degrees. If OP goes to a school that gets marked down by U of T, (s)he might be in for a bit of a surprise. OP - PM me your undergrad school / degree. I don't know how all of them get treated and my info is slightly out of date, but I might be able to give you a better idea.
  9. I think it's more lawyers doing a sorta general practice thing.
  10. USask vs Dalhousie vs TRU

    I would go where you want to practice. None of these schools are ideal in terms of landing "top-tier" Vancouver firms - assuming you mean the big firms during the 2L recruit. So if you don't land a spot - and statistically your chances are relatively small - then TRU is the best for getting a job in the region.
  11. Do lawyers ever have really "grand" offices?

    I think that's probably overstated for the big firms. I've had the chance to be in most of the big firms' offices in Vancouver and Toronto over the past couple of years, and the lawyer office rings around, assistants and paralegals on the inside model is still dominant.
  12. Clerkships

    ONCA does not accept applicants once they are out of law school either.
  13. Grades and being a Lawyer

    While true, it is a myth that everything is even once OCI's have been handed out. Top students need only behave like an adult in order to get job offers, while candidates who just snuck by the cutoff need to really shine.
  14. Why is osgoode & UofT so expensive?

    We already have tiers, but they are much narrower than in the US. That's not because of tuition (where even the bottom tier schools charge exorbitant amounts). It's because a) the regulation of law schools prevents the Canadian version of Cooley from opening up and b) Canada doesn't have the legal or scholarly background to have a Yale or Harvard, which are not just the best schools in the country but the best in the world (perhaps with Oxbridge). Thus we don't see the highs and lows that the US does.
  15. I've had to do this. I don't think CED is the best resource for that, since it is not organized to provide a coherent, single picture. I suggest purchasing a leading text (not casebook - you can already access the caselaw online). Or consider the Irwin law essentials series (I assume they have books on tax / insolvency) as a starting point, then read a more thorough text.
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