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  1. You may have seen this, but I created a similar thread about the legal market in Calgary given where the energy market is headed: It seems there are no easy answers. The prestige thing gets to me too, but more so because I live in Edmonton and am continually told that the U of C is where students who can't get into the U of A go. I also realize it is stupid, but it still gets to me from time to time.
  2. I did an MA before law school. It gave me a chance to explore my passion, do an exchange in Germany, publish, teach, and speak at conferences. I do not regret it, though I received large scholarships and came out of the program without debt. If this master's program is your passion, do it. If, however, you are mostly interested in it because it could lead to better career prospects, I would think about what career you want. There is no use in getting two degrees for the purpose of creating mutually exclusive job opportunities and I suspect the value the master's would add to your legal education would not be worth $30k in tuition and the opportunity costs.
  3. This is my fear--I have a good ability to manipulate language in English, but my range of expression in French is more limited. I worry that my French will never be as good as my English, and aside from the Nabokovs of the world, I doubt that most people can become as proficient in foreign languages as they are in their native language (if they learned the foreign language as an adult). I had several brilliant professors in university who, despite living in Canada for decades, still frequently made mistakes when speaking and writing in English. Nobody would say these professors are not bilingual and they are very well-known and respected in their fields--but practicing law is a whole different ball game. That is why I would prefer to be able to speak in English when making my case, even though in my personal life I would like as many opportunities as possible to speak in French and living in Montreal would certainly help. The idea of studying at L'UdeM to really focus on french is interesting, and one I had not thought of. If I had my heart set on practicing law in Montreal, it would be a tempting option.
  4. Good to know. Even if people don't leave because they aren't worried about competing in a foreign language, I was wondering if you have any perspective on the advantages and disadvantages of choosing to practice law in Montreal as an anglophone. In my case, my reading and listening are good. I read novels in French (my reading is a bit slower than my reading in English, but not by much) and watch French movies (generally don't have problems, except if the movies feature bratty teenagers who use a lot of unfamiliar slang). My accent is horrible though, and my range of expression is nowhere near as rich as it is in English.
  5. True, but my impression is that cost of living is more reasonable in Montreal.
  6. Thank you for taking the time to respond. This is worrisome to me. I assume most people go into the program being comfortable reading, watching movies, conversing etc. in French, and yet most choose not to practice in Montreal. I guess it speaks to how hard it is to compete with native speakers? I am just comparing first year associate salaries at Norton and McCarthy in Calgary (80k source: YYC associates survey) vs. Montreal (106k source: ).
  7. Alberta 1L Hiring

    I'm surprised there appear to have been more opportunities in Edmonton.
  8. I recently got accepted to McGill, which is a dream come true but I am trying to figure out whether it would be practical for me to accept, as one of my biggest priorities is attending school in the place I will eventually end up practicing. I am hoping that some current McGill students or grads could help answer some questions. 1. Where do most anglophone McGill students end up articling and practicing law? Does a large proportion stay in Montreal? Does a big proportion go to Toronto? 2. How lucrative is it for an anglophone to practice law in English in Montreal? My preference is to practice law in my native language (I am not saying I never want to speak in French; I know that in Montreal I would have to speak in French, but I just wouldn't want all of my work to be in French). My impression is that law is a career where it really helps to display a mastery of language, and the ability to use it in a very nuanced manner. As such, I worry that I would always be at a disadvantage if I were practicing in a language I learned in university as opposed to my native language. I recently talked to an anglophone lawyer practicing in Montreal who told me that being an anglophone is actually an advantage in a lot of contexts, such as corporate law when dealing with corporations whose main headquarters are in anglophone jurisdictions. His impression is that Montreal is a truly bilingual city, and it is not a problem to practice mostly in English, with some interactions with clients or colleagues being in French. I just wanted second opinions on this. For context, I am currently interested in labour and employment, but I know that could change. 3. How difficult is it to be called to the bar in Quebec? Do many anglophones get called to the Quebec bar? My plan would be to immerse myself in French as much as possible if I went to McGill so hopefully by the end of my studies this would not be too great a challenge. 4. My impression is that associate salaries are higher in Montreal than Calgary. I was wondering if anyone has information on billing targets at large firms. Thank you!
  9. First year readings

    I would also be interested in reading suggestions, but moreso to help me get comfortable with reading legal texts in French. I have been practicing reading case law in French and have just been picking random cases.

    Got the email and a scholarship offer. GPA: 3.9 LSAT: 170
  11. UBC vs. U of C

    Thanks for your response!
  12. UBC vs. U of C

    Thanks for the articles! The Vancouver article was interesting as I don't know as much about their market, thank you! Calgary is still a question mark for me. There is less money in the system, more work in insolvencies, anecdotal talk of job losses, and others who at the time the article was published were hopeful for economic recovery. Calgary clearly isn't as lucrative of a city to start practicing in as it used to be, but is it now a relatively tough market to enter and build one's career in? Tougher than Vancouver? Are things still going to get worse for the Calgary legal community now that the economic momentum that has lead to such a vibrant legal market won't be there in the future? Or is the worst over and is it now stablizing?
  13. UBC vs. U of C

    Thanks for the advice. It is a tough call to make. No one can predict the future for Calgary given the new energy landscape.
  14. Accepted to UVic 2018

    Got the call yesterday. My index score is 971.
  15. Sorry to beat a dead horse but any updates a year later? I think by this point it is fairly clear that the oil market has been profoundly changed by shale and we will not see the same amount of investment in the province as we have in the past. I am deciding between going to ubc and the u of c, and the decision comes down to whether Calgary will remain one of Canada's most lucrative legal markets or if Vancouver is the more stable choice despite the lower salaries. Long-term, to what extent will a slower economy impact the availability of articling positions, hire-backs and career growth? Calgary is an ideal city for me (close to home, vibrant, close to the mountains), so I would love to hear that it will remain a great place to begin a career in law.. I am cautious though. Any insider perspectives would be greatly appreciated.