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I'm wondering if anyone studied at an American law school (mainly T-14) and came back to Canada to practice. Ideally, I'd like to do that. Go to a good American school and eventually come back to practice in places like Toronto. I also want to practice for a few years in big markets in the US.

How was the process of coming back and how did you deal with paying off the debt from American law schools?

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5 hours ago, uncreativename said:

I also want to practice for a few years in big markets in the US.

I mean, this isn't really about studying in the US and coming to Canada, then. It's about moving your established legal career from the US to Canada.

In which case I think the conventional wisdom is that it can be done, but since law is jurisdictional there may be real costs to doing so, at least for the short term (e.g. having to learn the law of your new jurisdiction, adapt to a different law professional culture, build a new client base). But I've never done it, so what do I know. 

I'm going to rename the thread in the hope that you get some more qualified answers. (Former title was "Did anyone study at a good American law school and come back to Canada?")

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^ Thanks!

Btw, I'm still looking at different scenarios. What if I want to move back to Canada right away instead of practicing a few years in the US? I know about NCA exams and the costs associated with it. But I do want to know what the employment prospects are if you attended a T-14 school in the US

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if you want to eventually practice in Canada, then why do you want to study in US? 

Are you allow to work in US?

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I can understand why it might be interesting to study at a T-14 school; those schools have so much money and it could be a fun experience.

The issue for me is the cost; you'll be paying way more money, in USD (assuming that you are Canadian, with savings in CAD), to return to a market that pays relatively less than American markets, in CAD. If cost is a serious concern, it would make more sense to study at a Canadian school. 

You probably won't get a ton of information on this forum since that is a pretty unique path.



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