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  1. Life After the SCC

    To be clear, I meant that firms go to the court to interview clerks for associate positions.
  2. Life After the SCC

    Someone better informed can correct me, but I believe there is an SCC OCI (on...court...interviews?) process.
  3. Cambridge vs UofT

    U of T sent 25 students to NY this summer, for what it’s worth. This year may be an outlier, but it is not as remote as people suggest (cf. several Canadian law schools’ placement rates on Bay). London is far more difficult in the years immediately following graduation. I am also familiar with Oxbridge, although not in the context of a law degree. My advice—generally given in the context of grad school and post-grad work—is that if you can go, you should. It’s just an incredible experience. That said, try to find out what college you’ll be placed in. It makes a difference, and might weigh in on your calculations. You’d be insane to give up a spot at Trinity to go to U of T, e.g. Another consideration might be whether you have any doubts about practicing law. You can take an Oxbridge degree and go to many interesting and potentially lucrative careers (banking, consulting, whatever) with relative ease. If you have any questions regarding Cambridge or U of T feel free to PM me. EDIT: Also, I haven’t read this thread in its entirety, but if you are dead set on becoming a lawyer, it’s important to consider that the path you have set out in the UK is to become a solicitor. Becoming a barrister is far more difficult.
  4. Suits For Men

    If you’re in Toronto, check out Uniqlo. Edit: I totally misread ties as shirts. And Uniqlo apparently does just one tie (maybe different styles in store, although only one online as far as I can see — but just $15!) so maybe not a good recommendation. Hm. You could always try second-hand stores? Might be kinda fun.
  5. A Good Problem to Have (McGill vs. Ottawa)

    I actually have a vested interest here: I attend U of T! It’s close; maybe, among the well-informed in the legal community, U of T has the edge. But McGill is absolutely well regarded and many people, informed or otherwise, would pick it out as the leader — and this wouldn’t be unreasonable. Since we’re not talking about the OP going to U of T, the McGill vs. U of T reputation thing is totally moot and beside the point. The main thing is that U of O, rightly or wrongly, isn’t in the conversation.
  6. A Good Problem to Have (McGill vs. Ottawa)

    This is a classic ‘law of small numbers’ problem. Four data points can’t tell you anything. The person at the 60th percentile is likely just a wild outlier. As for the substance of the OP’s question: McGill, 100%. It is commonly regarded (please, god, let’s not debate this) as the best school in Canada and, whether it’s through access to the NY recruit or lateralling elsewhere after articiling, you’re going to be much better equipped to move south. To say nothing of job prospects within Canada. If you are dead-set on going to the States after graduating and your LSAT/GPA make you a competitive candidate for the T14, you should consider deferring entrance to McGill while applying to the appropriate US schools (in your ‘favourite states’). Enjoy the year off. I am also curious where exactly you want to practice, and what type of law you want to practice. Do you want to practice Big Law in a state other than NY/CA/MA? Or are you indifferent as to the practice (or hostile to big law)? Generally speaking, I find it hard to believe that small or midsize firms in smaller states will give any time to a Canadian from a relatively obscure law school that just happens to have an ABA-approved degree. Two notes: 1. It’s incorrect that Canadians cannot make partner in New York qua Canadians. The real problem is that it’s difficult for any associate to maker partner, because the firms are so highly leveraged. 2. I do think there are excellent reasons to attend Ottawa over McGill, but these related to specific academic interests/professional goals that the OP hasn’t articulated. The joint degree isn’t one of them. EDIT: When I say McGill is ‘regarded’ as the best school in Canada, that’s all I mean. These comparisons are incredibly dumb and obviously contested and opinions differ etc., etc., etc.
  7. Ask a U of T student!

    I don’t think any Magic Circle firms participate in any of the formal recruits, whether for the London offices or otherwise. But people have gone to the NY firms’ London offices through the NY recruit. (It really depends on the firm; I understand that Sullcrom is pretty flexible, in this respect.) I’ve been told it’s not tremendously difficult to go to the UK after articling in Canada, and, anecdotally, I know of a few people who’ve done this and ended up in the Magic Circle. There are always weird one-off things that appear. One Magic Circle firm is currently soliciting applications for a particular practice group in its Paris office. No idea how competitive that is, and I wouldn't be shocked if the ad was also placed at other Canadian law schools. I guess, long story short, don’t plan on getting an entry level position in London practicing UK law out of U of T. But it’s possible down the line.
  8. Ask a U of T student!

    1. No. 2. No. 3. No. I have no idea what you're referring to, re: MCR. It's an entirely new (cantilevered) room, and I've never had a reason to complain about it. If there's some sweet story, please tell. Wifi is great. It's everywhere and very fast. Library is clean. There are snails, but no rodents. That said, I'm sure that Flavelle--a building separate from the Jackman/Falconer complex mostly used for seminars and grad students--is crawling with them. I'd say that I hope they renovate it soon, but I'm sure that'd stick another grand on tuition.
  9. Quitting 2L Offer

    I don't think anyone is suggesting a minimum wage, here. But some firms might be able to and want to pay $75,000 for a great student. And the firms that can't or don't are obviously free to pay less -- and accordingly receive less desirable candidates, or be forced to compete in other respects.
  10. Quitting 2L Offer

    I think your point's well taken, but the risk is reciprocal. How does a student know if a firm is the right fit for them? That they will receive an articling offer? And sure it's an investment -- but an investment that has a return, presumably. Why not just not hire if it is so onerous? And sure, there is a distinction between large and small employers here. I don't mean to elide that.
  11. Quitting 2L Offer

    Just a general comment, leaving aside the musings on contract law: I am frequently disappointed at the habit on this board of dissuading students to act in their perceived best interest (or encouraging them to quietly accede to firms' questionable conduct) in the context of recruitment. Certainly there is some risk that this person's reputation will be reduced to tatters if he or she accepts Firm A -- or even that Firm B withdraws the offer on finding out he reneged on Firm A. Those are his or her problems; if he or she wants to take that risk, more power to him or her. The best and maybe only appropriate thing we could all do is realistically explain the implications of his or her decision. The rules and norms of student hiring and articling absolutely work to the benefit of employers (among others, sure). The life of articling students and associates might be better if we stopped pretending that employment is some fragile gratuity bestowed by benevolent principals that will vanish if students show even the slightest edge in their dealing. Firms want and need to hire talent! Firm A is not going to raise its salaries if it can lock great people into a below-market rate by relying on the law society rules and this weird inter-class pressure. I don't know if reneging on Firm A's offer is the right call for the OP, all things considered, but I think students and junior lawyers would benefit as a class by asserting themselves a bit more. I wouldn't say we should just have a free-for-all -- but just maybe we would all benefit from letting the market operate a bit more freely. And maybe that starts with acknowledging that the decision about where someone starts their career has huge implications, and that it's a decision he or she can and should make in good conscience with his or her own best interest at front of mind. Am I out to lunch?
  12. Suits For Men

    So! Last I looked, there was no Canadian webstore; you had to order from either the US or UK website (and pay in either USD or GBP). The shirts would be shipped internationally, which took ages, and, I was told (but never tried myself), that you’d have to pay customs. But! It appears that they now have a Canadian webstore. So things have changed. And there’s a sale! I may order some now myself. I’ll report back if I do.
  13. Suits For Men

    Not really helpful in the short term, but just want to recommend Charles Tyrwhitt for shirts generally. They frequently have wicked sales, and they are of great quality. Impossible to find at retail in Canada, sadly, and weirdly hard to order online. Bums me out. But if you have the opportunity to pop into a shop in the UK or the States, stock up.
  14. UofT Payment Question

    Oof. You should probably seek proper legal advice. But if you wish to call U of T student accounts, the number is at the bottom of this page: http://www.fees.utoronto.ca/contact.htm. For your information, tuition invoices (and payment instructions) are generally made available on a password-protected internal webpage ('ACORN'). Just doing a bit of research, it appears that it is possible to pay tuition via Western Union (see WU GlobalPay here), however you do so through a specific webpage where the U of T student number must be provided. If you were not directed to this page, I would be very concerned. I'm very sorry you are in this situation.
  15. First semester of 3L, as that’s when everyone else does it (essentially). Spend the last semester fuming over how burnt out you are etc. etc. — but with everyone else there to keep you company. Exchange is best viewed as a holiday. As in, don’t try to learn anything. Enjoy the locale and travel. Edit: Okay, a bit harsh. There are more and less academic schools. But few that compare to U of T. If you want to learn law, it’s often best just to stick around. There may be a few exceptions. (Singapore? Centre for Transnational Legal Studies?) edit 2: you’ll likely have a pretty good sense if you need articles by the time you apply to exchange (I.e recruits are mostly done). may not be good to go if you still need a 2L summer position at that point. edit... 3: maybe if you really want to learn EU or Chinese law exchange is a great idea regardless.