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  1. In that case, it's worth considering York's program, but I would still look for alumni from the program and see where they have gone since they graduated. Great point. I'm an alumnus of this York program. The summer internship I got through that program inspired me to go to law school, led directly to a public sector in-house articling job, and then the six years I have spent as legal counsel in the same organization. So, there's one data point.
  2. Car Accident Settlement

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  3. Giving away a lawyer firm website

    I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if thousands of IP lawyers suddenly cried out in dismay
  4. I have a question ...

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  5. uOttawa vs. Osgoode

    With the opening of the subway station, there is a pretty wide swath of Toronto that would be a reasonable commute to both York and downtown. You can get a better sense of the options when you do your road trip. Be careful not to read too much into superficial data. Yes, more Osgoode students go to Bay Street. But why? Is it because Osgoode's education (or its student body) are superior? Or is it just that UOttawa attracts a class that's less likely to seek Bay Street positions? 1) I'm not an IP lawyer, but from what I've heard, the answer is "all of them" 2) God no 3) Excellent, and it always has been
  6. Osgoode (big scholarship) / U of T

    (Real) maximumbob, if you're reading this, don't worry - we've figured out that your account is compromised. We know you'd never really say this. Just reset your password and we'll get this all cleared up. OP, if you're still stuck, I'd suggest you see if you can take a student-led tour of each law school. It'll give you a sense of the environment, and a chance to hear a current student talk about their experience - and answer any questions that come to you as you wander around. This is three years of your life, so it's worth an afternoon or two of scouting.
  7. Osgoode or U of T for public sector

    I'm not sure either of these is true. Like, both law schools will offer decent coverage of "corporate" topics (by which we really mean "big business topics", right?), and that's really standard to all law schools. To call it a 'focus' would be a bit much, I think, and FWIW, AFAIK only Western actually brands itself as focused on business law. Like, here are the fall and winter exam timetables at Osgoode. What proportion of those courses are specifically 'corporate'? Anyway, that aside. My first instinct is that this might be a case where going to UT for lay prestige might have some value: Eventually you get hired by an NGO, and the NGO needs to justify your expensive salary to their donors, so it helps them if they can add that Ozorut, JD, LLM graduated from the prestigious U of T law school. That said, I'd think more important will be the next sentence in your bio: "Ozorut articled at X, and then practiced Y law for five years at Z, appearing in numerous cases before the Superior Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal for Ontario." So, like, one step at a time, right? Regarding graduate studies, conventional wisdom is that it doesn't matter where you get your JD, so that's no help either. Anyway, it sounds like you have looked at the courses and clinicals and prefer U of T. That is a perfectly reasonable basis to choose a law school. There's no "wrong choice" here.
  8. Osgoode or U of T for public sector

    Can you elaborate on what you'd like to be doing in the public sector? Based on these interests, it sounds like you're more oriented toward NGO work than government, yes?
  9. Crypto Currency and Law

    My understanding of smart contracts - and this is based on fairly casual reading, so I'm very willing to be corrected on this - is that it's specifically a solution for the problem of "what if I send someone some digital information, and then they renege on paying me for it (or vice versa)." And hey, that is a problem worth solving! But the idea that it will replace lawyers on any significant scale seems bizarre to me. Like, in trying to learn about this, I found this Smart Contracts primer through Google where they have an example of a smart contract: And, again, that sounds like a good thing. But digging into this - the self-enforcement" or "self-execution" of the smart contract is only to the extent that the terms can be automatically verified electronically. And I find it interesting that they chose a landlord-tenant relationship for their example, because when I think of the range of disputes that can arise in residential (or commercial) tenancies, it seems to me like the smart contract can really only avoid a small slice of them. Like, OK, I paid my bitcoin and you automatically send me my entry code. But the heat doesn't work, the shower is broken, and oh by the way there's someone living in the second bedroom you never told me about. Off we go to the tribunal! So my sense at this point is that the hype is really around a very narrow definition of 'contract law' focused on one-time, verifiable transfers of digital information. I am not worried for my job.
  10. Firm Perks

    See, people say that the public sector isn't glamorous, but I have a story just like this! Except instead of "flight" it was "drive", and instead of "Costa Rica" it was "Sarnia".
  11. Ryerson Law by 2020 - Letter of Intent

    On that note, memo to law students at schools outside of Toronto (and, for that matter, inside Toronto): If you are interested in the kind of work I do and are looking for career insight I am happy to talk to you on the phone. You don't have to come all the way here. If we speak on the phone, I will give you just as much time and candour as I would someone who met me for coffee. I am happy to hear from you. You don't need to be nervous. You don't need to feel like you're imposing on my time; if I don't have time that day, we'll book another day. I suspect I am not alone.
  12. Should I go to UK or Stay in Canada [3.7]

    The kind of LLM you get for teaching is not the same kind of LLM you get for NCA exams.
  13. Should I go to UK or Stay in Canada [3.7]

    Why? Your GPA is good enough that Canadian law schools are very much on the table. I didn't go to law school abroad, but I know people who did, and it really did affect their ability to get a job. The obstacles are not confined to Bay Street. Yes, there are LLM programs you can take in Canada that would (likely) reduce the number of NCA exams you'd need to take. But the NCA exams aren't the main obstacle to career success in Canada; it's the fact that you haven't gotten a degree in Canadian law, and that Canadian legal employers will very likely be unfamiliar with the law school you attended. I am really surprised by this post. It would make much more sense to me if your GPA was a full grade point lower. But it's not! You're in good shape! Go do your LSAT prep!
  14. Current Canadian Law School Rankings??

    Previously, on lawstudents.ca.

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