I was not aware that the NCA exams were something that could be done while working. This is really good information and I think is really pertinent for those who are deciding between US or Canadian schools with the intent to return to Canada.
I agree that NY will have better exit options, especially into international markets. Bay st. seems limited in providing good exit options mostly in Canada. On the bright side I don't really think you can go wrong with either UofT or NYU as either school is going to put you in a really great position to work as an attorney.
I think it would also be worth considering NYU's biglaw placement. I used to operate under the assumption that any T6 was guaranteed Biglaw but have recently been told that this is not necessarily the case. Maybe someone who knows more about American schools can speak to this.
Ya not necessarily the case. I have more than one friend who graduated from a T-6 and had significant difficulty finding a job. My comparison was more biglaw vs. not-biglaw, and I agree, Bay St. will offer you great exit options in Canada but is more limited internationally.
Also, considering there are simply no better alternatives for those who are actually set about wanting to be a lawyer, focusing on the downsides of going to U of T or going to a T-6 school is pretty pointless. There is no such thing as a completely risk-free option.