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  1. US law school vs Canada to work in US?

    I'm a student at U of T. You're quite right, of course; there aren't statistics. But do you think I'm wrong? If you have a different opinion or sense of things, go ahead and share it.
  2. US law school vs Canada to work in US?

    It's a bad idea to attend a Canadian law school if your goal is to practice in the US immediately after law school. The problem isn't admission to the bar; it's finding an employer willing to hire a newly-minted Canadian JD. There are a few large 'big law' firms that recruit Canadian students. But these entry-level positions are very competitive, even from US law schools; only a very small proportion of U of T's class interviews for them. I think the number is substantially smaller at McGill and Osgoode. If you want to practice in the States immediately after graduating, go to the States. If the cost seems prohibitive (to you and your family) even after scholarship offers... maybe you don't actually want to practice in the States! If you would be happy to practice in Canada but want a shot at NY, you should consider U of T. But know the odds are low. The tuition (and cost of living!) differences of McGill are significant; I'd seriously consider going to McGill for reasons entirely unrelated to chance of success in obtaining a position in the States. Finally, keep in mind that it's possible to go to NY/LA from Bay Street post-articles. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions. I was in a similar position when I applied to law schools.
  3. Crypto Currency and Law

    Everyone contemplating making life-altering decisions relating to bitcoins, blockchains etc. etc. should read Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain. Silly title, but if you can finish it and still believe, more power to you.
  4. Working hours and lifestyle

    On balance...
  5. Ryerson Law by 2020 - Letter of Intent

    Yeah. I'm very doubtful that you will learn enough coding in one semester of law school to be of much use. Likewise I doubt an entrepreneurship course is going to do much to generate entrepreneurship. There's nothing wrong with offering those courses, but I just cannot see a good reason to mandate them that is also consistent with the spirit of a requiring a JD to practice law.
  6. Ryerson Law by 2020 - Letter of Intent

    Not what I said. In fact, I think my position is entirely consistent with those skills being useful. I do think those skills are useful! But JD isn't about teaching 'useful' skills. My point, in a nutshell, is that if what we really care about is the acquisition of 'useful' skills, we should drop the requirement for a three-year, full-time, decidedly academic degree and go back to the old pre-1940s apprenticeship model. Edit: I guess I have my doubts about the academic rigour of Ryerson's proposed curriculum, given those requirements. It just looks like filler to me.
  7. Ryerson Law by 2020 - Letter of Intent

    Approving a curriculum with mandatory coding courses(???), entrepreneurship courses(?!?) and a second(!!!) practical component implies that JD--as found literally everywhere else in Canada--isn't really necessary. It's a joke. The Law Society may as well abandon the pretence and just go all in on the UK model.
  8. Choices but strongly considering UofT

    U of T is $37,000 sticker. I still agree with you, though. Once you include opportunity costs in the overall price of a JD, the difference between U of T and Osgoode is minor. And, if you absolutely need to keep your debt low, it’s not sticker price you should be concerned with.
  9. UofT Vs McGill Vs UBC

    This is accurate. I honestly think the McGill reputation thing boils down to a (i) terrible American prejudice against state universities and (ii) a widespread misconception that McGill is an American-style private college. (I am deeply embarrassed to reference the Simpsons in the year of our lord 2017, but I caught a glimpse of an episode last week and it seems apropos.) Which isn't to say McGill isn't, in fact, a great school! I'm at U of T and I'd have gone to McGill I spoke more than a word of French. It sounds perfect for the OP. Given you want to work in federal public service I'm a little confused as to why we're debating US reputation right now.
  10. Boss Placed Me On Probation

    This is really something. I don't know if you should stay. Do you think there is any merit to her criticisms? If not, I would jet. If you do--and if you want to address those criticisms--I would consider her 'program' in light of her underlying accusation: low confidence. I think this implies that your options are far greater than the three you have outlined: Do what you think is manageable and, more importantly, what you're comfortable with. Or do none of the program, and try to address the confidence issue another way. I don't know anything about you, so take this with a load of salt, but my immediate recommendation would be to join a gym and take up a sport. I give this advice only from personal experience. I used to have pretty crippling confidence issues. (As in, I couldn't look people in their eyes, etc.) I'm still awkward and uncomfortable in many social settings, but it's a lot better than what it was.
  11. Opinions on my massive debt...

    I really don't think this is as neat and tidy as you think it is. It's true that $150,000 in debt is (much more than) $150,000 in forgone savings in the future. But that is emphatically not the same thing as putting $150,000 away in a savings account today, waiting 30 years and collecting a million bucks. For many people, education is desirable not just because it is a well-performing investment (although it is); education is desirable because it's one of the few ways you can make an investment in your future well being, through access to large amounts of relatively cheap credit. The whole 'just save the debt instead' entirely misses the point. I don't see how it's any more helpful than saying "$150,000 is a lot of money" which is just... well... yes, obviously it is.
  12. There are lots of people here way better placed to give you advice. That said, this seems eminently reasonable to me. If they liked you enough to keep you in the mix until 2 PM Wednesday, and you liked the firm enough, and they have offered to chat with you after the recruit... I would just go into the call and say that you're still looking for a summer placement, that you intend on applying to Firm X's office in Y, and that you'd appreciate any recommendation they would be willing to give you there (or elsewhere) when the time comes. I'd be shocked if nothing came of that. (Which isn't to say that you'll get a job, only a positive response.) And I can't imagine anyone holding such a request against you. Put another way, I don't see what the point of this phone call would be other than to do the above. I think giving you a formal letter of recommendation (i.e. on firm letterhead) is a bigger ask. I'd play that one by ear, cautiously.
  13. Take this with a grain of salt, but I’ve heard of firms constructing ‘scenarios’ to evaluate students’ interaction with members of staff; e.g. ‘getting lost’ on the way to an office, ‘forgetting’ who you were interviewing with, etc.
  14. Yeah, Canadians have a particularly good deal in NY. The rationale for the salary isn't just the cost of living; a large part of it is the cost of repaying upwards of USD 200,000 in debt, often at ridiculous federal student loan interest rates (about 7%, today). That said, every lawyer I've met who's done both New York and Toronto remarks on the insane lifestyle of New York BigLaw. There are umpteen reasons to prefer Toronto to New York (and vice versa). It's wrong to think one is better than the other. But it's also wrong to think that they are interchangeable experiences.
  15. Prefacing this by echoing the recommendation that you seek legal advice.... That said, I think there are at least two separate and fairly straightforward routes: NAFTA: there is a provision in NAFTA that allows US and Canadian lawyers to work in Canada and the US, respectively, without a visa (Google 'TN status NAFTA'). Interestingly, US law firms are likely more familiar with hiring people through this mechanism than Canadian employers. Federal Skilled Worker: More likely, you'd attend law school on a student visa, then upon graduation you'd apply for a three-year Post-Graduation Work Permit. Once you receive a job offer, you'd apply to the a Federal Skilled Worker through Express Entry. After several years, you would be eligible for permanent residency (unlike the US visa programs, there's no lottery). You'd hang out for a few years and apply for citizenship. Many foreign nationals (including from the US) attend U of T, with the intention of practicing in Canada after graduating. Consider giving the admissions office a call. They may well have some helpful advice. Hope this was useful.