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    It’s 7:55 pm on 27 July, 2020 in Rotterdam right now...
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    It’s not really the terms that make scotia’s deal attractive. By and large, any of the big five will give you the same terms. It’s the credit products. When I was applying, Scotia offered by far the most attractive credit products.
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    Just thought I'd pop my head in as another vote for "Scotiabank is a disaster". My own situation is different from those above, but the common thread is slow, arbitrary, and inconsistent messaging from the bank. While they continue to advertise the best package, my personal suggestion to anyone who hasn't started the process yet is to approach your own bank first. If they will match (or even nearly match) Scotia's terms, then don't put yourself through the headache of making the jump. -GM
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    I've been a cop my whole life... and I've never... had to *BZZZZZZZZZZZZT* Haha glad to see Davis has another fan on this board, thanks for the shout out. Just never try to buy me a new pair of shoes. WHIRLWIND. To answer your question: a bit of both. When I applied in Alberta, there was one central posting for multiple regional offices. You indicated your preferences in your cover letter, but my résumé didn't get screened in so I have no idea how that plays out in practice. BC had one posting for two positions, but one was permanent and the other was temporary, so there was a clear hierarchy: i.e., the top candidate after the hiring process was complete would get the permanent position, and the second place candidate would get the temporary position. Then because it was an eligibility list situation, the rest of us who passed the interview stage got put on the eligibility list for potential future positions anywhere in the region. So luck of the draw there, really, in terms of which positions open up and where you are on the list. I've seen positions in other provinces that are for one specific regional office. Ontario works this way for sure, and I've seen individual postings in several other provinces as well. Postings don't come up frequently enough for me to get a good idea of how all the provinces work, but from what I've seen I would say Alberta and BC are more the exception than the rule, and individual office postings are the norm.
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    They're an international student doing undergrad in the states and contemplating doing law school in Canada. The questions make sense when you keep that in mind.
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    Hi everyone, I would highly appreciate input from anyone who's studied in the UK and will be practicing in Canada. I'm looking to start the LLB online program in UK.( please don't come for me) I understand a lot of people are not fond of this method, but all the schools are online now, this is the future. I like to know which Universities have you attended that were online. Also is there a list of universities I can find that are approved by NCA? I understand I would have to take mandatory courses in a Canadian law school upon completion of the LLB, but there is not much info on online LLB. I'm considering the London University as they offer online LLB. If anyone can shed some light or share any information on this matter, I will forever be thankful. Thank you
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    So silly that Scotia's decision making isn't more universal. Is it just scotia? Are all banks this de-centralized?
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    Assuming you are an incoming 1L, your whole 1L schedule is created and determined by the faculty.
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    Man did I feel small when I took the folded certificate out of my pocket to present it to the Judge, after the barrister in front of me snapped open their silver attache case and pulled out their brass framed credentials with built-in bluetooth speakers.
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    I'm pretty sure it has since I got waitlisted, but not before.
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    Make sure you get that huge frame for it too so when you start the Courtroom Procession (which has been likened to the one during Catholic mass) you won't look like a dweeb holding up this puny thing in comparison to the gilded frames of the QCs.
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    You have to transfer funds from your line of credit into a bank account. It should list your available balance. The advisor should have given you a quick tutorial (mine did) on how to do this on a desktop and the mobile app.
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    The balance reflects the amount of money you’ve spent. If they’ve opened up access to your credit, there should be a “credit limit” or similar somewhere on the account page (I believe it’s only visible on the website, not mobile app).
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    https://store.thomsonreuters.ca/en-ca/pdp/the-lawyers-guide-to-income-tax-and-gsthst-2017-edition/30836280 I used to refer to this gem a lot. I mean, I still do, but I used to, too.
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    In Rotterdam it's tomorrow already... makes you think. Side question, because I don't think it merits its own thread: Are Crown positions for rural/remote offices run as individual, discrete competitions? Or does one apply to a general list, implying a willingness to be assigned to any number of dispersed locations? I ask because I'd be highly interested in applying to far-flung Crown offices where I know my partner could also work, but there would be little point applying to a general pool if we had no idea what the actual worksite would be until late in the process. I believe she could find work in most of the communities that actually have crown offices, but would need some lead time to confirm that, network with the right colleagues, etc. -GM PS @DavisFromCornerGas, you were always my policing role model, though I was never able to live up to the standard you set. Perhaps now you can be my legal role model.
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    I'm wanting to take it as well. I was in French Immersion I think until grade 10 or 11, but haven't had an opportunity to speak the language for about 15 years. I felt better about it after doing the assessment with USB. A lot of us are in the same boat or have similar misgivings (comprehension, extreme effort, etc). I have to think that in an immersive environment we'll all get back to "cruising altitude" fairly quickly. The pass/fail aspect is comforting as well.
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    OK, that makes sense! Thanks so much for all your help - good luck in your law school journey!!
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    I don't think the class is full, the last email I got from Judi stated that the class is to be decided and that we should hear within the next couple of weeks.........this was about 2 weeks ago.
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    Yep! From what I remember, they ask for your LSAC account number when you sign up for OLSAS and then they just use that to request your score from LSAC.
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    When you submit your OLSAS application, they will obtain your LSAT score from LSAC and all of the schools you apply to will have access to your LSAT score. You don't have to do anything for this to happen. On OLSAS, you chose which Ontario schools you want to apply to (at an additional cost for each). OLSAS is just for Ontario schools. All other schools have their own individual application process. OLSAS should open up in September, then application materials are due November 1st. Some other schools start the process a bit earlier. You will send (/upload) your application materials (transcripts, LOR etc) to OLSAS, and to each individual school you want to apply to outside of Ontario. Any school you apply to will obtain your LSAT score from LSAC without you doing anything. I'm happy to answer any other questions you have.
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    Our Sovereign Lady, Her Majesty the Queen of Canada, of course. I suppose referring to the British Crown was inaccurate. I was referring to the coat of arms, my oath as a barrister and solicitor, and the courts which are still styled Court of Queen's Bench. Things like that.
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    You apply to Ontario law schools through OLSAS (part of OUAC - https://www.ouac.on.ca/olsas/). As far as I know, the only role that LSAC plays for Canadian students is it's administration of the LSAT. You'll need to apply through OLSAS, or the school directly for schools outside of Ontario. I think purchasing CAS was a mistake - I don't think you can use that service to apply to Canadian schools (or, at least, it won't be very helpful).
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    To check my understanding of a passage, I take a few seconds after reading a passage and summarize the general idea of the passage in my head (or out loud). Like I'm quickly summarizing the passage to a friend who didn't read it. If I can't do that, then I need to reskim the passage. Like, "okay, so this author is trying to convince me of '_' mainly using 2 pieces of evidence: '_' and '_'." "The author really likes this poet but critics didn't because '__' and the author thinks they're wrong because _." "The author is introducing his personal paper about "_" and justifying his choice of "_" because "_"." "Scientific topic has been mystery for decades (? - ?) until science man did this unique experiment in __ which led to _" Sometimes I might not fully understand the subject matter but I can tell what the author is saying. My summaries are like "There are these laws...they seem really unfair according to paragraph 3...so the author is advocating for changing the laws in this way to avoid _" This helps me attack questions with a clear head especially main point, author attitude, and structure questions.
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    You should be in most law schools in the country, except U of T. Your chances at Osgoode and uOttawa may not be great as the two law schools love high cGPA. Yet, with your LSAT score, I'd say that you will still have chances there. Not sure about Windsor due to its holistic assessment of applicants. Good luck!
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    No, it doesn't. Not sure about all schools, but I know UBC and a few others will consider you for general even if you apply access and only re-evaluate you as access if you don't pass general round - this is why discretionary applicants hear very late if they got in as discretionary.
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    You would be a first round offer (and scholarship most likely) to the UofA, no access stream needed. Your index is close to the max possible there. Other L2 schools would also love you.
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    If you have some sort of negotiation course/seminar, that would be helpful.
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    Hi there, I used the LSAT trainer by Mike Kim as a starting point. He really gives you the intuition to understand how the LSAT is structured. This was sufficient for me to understand all of the sections but logic games. For logic games I used the Powerscore bible. So my suggestion is to start with the LSAT trainer and if you find that you have weaknesses in one particular area and need a more thorough, technical approach, buy the Powerscore Bible for that section.
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    OP, I will try to answer, but my understanding of the US market is based off of second-hand information and a few direct interactions with US big law interviewers/lawyers. I am also going to make the following assumption: you are interested in working a large law firm with corporate and institutional clients. My hot take is that the differences between the markets are the logical consequence of the US being the center for global capitalism. Q - Apart from the large paychecks that many U.S. firms offer, what are the differences between the experience of being a lawyer in those two countries? A – One major distinction is that the world’s leading international law firms (many of which are headquartered in the US or UK) have not seriously penetrated the Canadian legal market. The Canadian legal market is dominated by Canadian (i.e. national) law firms, regional law firms, and boutique/niche law firms. The other difference is scale. The NYC big law firm machine employs, generally an order of magnitude more people, and works on files that are typically an order of magnitude (or more) larger than what you might find in Toronto or wherever. In general, the larger the organization and its files, the less individual responsibility you will get as a young associate. So, some of your skill development will be delayed in NYC as compared to a smaller operation in Toronto or Vancouver or Calgary or wherever. The same phenomenon exists within markets as between large law firms and boutique law firms. The flip side is that in NYC you work on files that are rarely if ever seen in smaller markets. Q - Are some law fields more popular in one country than the other? Is one more modern and tech-oriented than the other? (and more stuff like that) A – The US legal market features some practice areas which are not as strong in Canada. For example, in the US, the big law firms have serious white collar crime practices. DC also hosts the international center for the settlement of investment disputes, which makes DC offices a location for serious international investment arbitration practices. In Canada, investment arbitration claims are few and far between. On legal tech, many of the leading Canadian firms appear to be making investments and adopting technology to improve their service delivery, but I can’t really comment comparatively. Q - What are some unique things about being a lawyer in Canada that aren't a part of the American legal experience (or vice versa)? A – Canadian legal culture remains heavily influenced by its contact with the English common law tradition. We retain references to the British Crown in the courtroom, we swear oaths of loyalty to the British Crown, we wear Barrister gowns in court, some jurisdictions retain traditions like designating senior lawyers as “Queen’s Counsel”, etc… The Americans have a mostly common law system too, and I understand they remain interested in English law in some respects, but I get the sense its to a far lesser degree. Q - Also, would American podcasts (like the Lawyerist podcast) and blogs that give general advice on the experience of being a lawyer translate well to Canada? A – I’m sure the podcasts are helpful. You can find Canadian lawyer podcasts as well.
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    Canadian law schools are approved for entry into a law society's licensing process directly. The NCA has nothing to do with that. Even if Canadian law schools do not meet the requirements of the NCA, graduates would still be eligible for admission to the licensing process, since the NCA only applies to foreign law schools. And even then, the reason the NCA matters is because the law societies' by-laws permit people holding a certificate from the FLS NCA program to be admitted to the licensing process. The law societies make their own rules directly, as they are the self-regulating body governing the profession in their respective provinces. No other organization has any effect on that.
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    this is only true for biglaw. e.g., being a public defender can be much more challenging in the US given chronic underfunding of public defender's offices -- not to say we don't have similar problems in Ontario with underfunding of legal aid certificates and recent major slashes to LAO. off the top of my mind, product liability and class actions are much more common down south given lax regulation in the front end. crim law in the states is also much more egregious. see, e.g., civil forfeiture, third party doctrine, and generally overcriminalization and oversentencing well, the Ontario courts still don't have e-file (at least before covid...) robes for sup ct and above; also: "my friend" doubt my $0.02
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    As long as you don’t plan on ever practising law in Canada, and also leave the online degree off your CV, apart from wasting your time and tens of thousands of dollars, I don’t see any harm in it.
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    Google has now parked an ad on this page which says "Study in London" at "The University of Law" with a link to "Find Out More." Yeah, sounds legit. I'll be checking that out as soon as I respond to all the unsolicited emails I get from hot and horny MILFs who are dying to meet me. Seriously OP, engage your brain. If you prefer to think people are advising you against this path you're looking at because we're somehow not down with "the future" and we're just bitter because you figured out how to do it the easy way while stupid-old-us went to brick and mortar law schools in Canada and studied in actual classrooms then fine, you can explain the world in those terms to yourself. But the legal marketplace - both in terms of education and employment - isn't operating on some secret system that's hard to understand. Legitimate law schools aren't begging you to attend them and blaring vague advertisements on the Internet. The basic premise that if something seems too good to be true it probably is still applies. And if you think you've discovered the clever trick that everyone else has missed, while it isn't absolutely impossible you're onto something new, the odds are stacked heavily against it so the last thing you want to do is close your ears to warnings. Instead, you want to carefully look at every possible danger sign before you decide on doing something differently. You've got your answer from the NCA. Doing an online law degree doesn't get you around their requirements. The most that can be said in favor of it is that once you're done your online degree, you aren't required to do anything more than you were required to do without it. And man, that's not saying much. You have real information now. If you choose to ignore it, you deserve whatever happens next - you and the Nigerian Prince buddy that you met online and who you are helping smuggle his fortune out of the country. So good luck with that.
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    There is no university that is online that is approved by the NCA. It is an absolute requirement that you attend at least two years in person to be eligible to begin the NCA process, and no Canadian law school offers a program that will meet this for foreign graduates (you would be required to do a full JD in Canada).
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    But also, surely they change the questions. Even the LSO cant be that incompetent
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    89.43% (3 year average) for Canadian law students passing the Ontario Bar on first write. 52.54% of NCAers passing on their first write. Full report here
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    I never said it was news - just putting info out there as we get the inevitable questions around this time of year. You also posted the same link that I did.
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    Alright my friend. Dig in and hang on. This is a shit time. It is a shit time to be demotivated, a shit time to be looking for work, a shit time to be isolated professionally. Say it with me: SHIT SHIT SHIT. This is bullllllshit. You have major questions that need to be answered before you can move in any direction - forward, back, sideways. This is a state of paralysis. This is a crisis of energy. This sucks, it sucks, and it is not your fault. It is almost two in the morning where you are. This is not problem solving time. This is shitty brain-setting-off-grenades time. This is shut the fuck up brain and let me sleep time. This is not a good time. Turn off your phone. Call your mom or your best friend. Find a notepad and start writing it all out. Play Animal Crossing. Put on an old nostalgic album. Make a cup of tea. Go outside and walk through your silent and still neighbourhood. You do not need to solve these problems this minute. Put them aside until tomorrow. It’s going to be ok.
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    I do not think that Ryerson has any strengths in human rights law. Go to uVic; it is a very reputable law school, and it has a particular strength in human rights and Indigenous law.
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    Very relatable. I see deers in my backyard all the time. Victoria is literally a fairy tale town. I haven't been to many places on earth but I am pretty positive that Victoria is one of the best places to spend a lifetime. You won't need that much for rent. A two-bedroom studio near the campus is slightly over 2k per month. Find a roommate and you'll be looking at a rent of about 1k. Houses are cheaper, I live less than 10 mins of bus away from the campus and I pay 800 a months including utility bill.
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    Yupe, hence why I'm posting on lawstudents.ca
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    I cannot believe I get to write this.... just got in about an hour ago! cGPA 3.01 L2 3.5x, LSAT 161. It shows up on my uozone but not on OUAC yet (and no email). Does anyone know when it should show up and if I should expect an email.
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    Uvic without a doubt. I've also heard their Co-Op has some Ontario placements too, so you can try to put your foot in the door like that. To be honest, I agree with the general idea of going to school where you want to practice, but Ontario (I am assuming you mean Toronto, because if not my advice would be different) has an ego to it that employers assume people want to be there - even if they went to school somewhere else. And (accurate or not), it's not TRU where employers might think you went there because you didn't get in anywhere in Ontario. Uvic is a well regarded school that's competitive to get into. And the financial savings should be much higher in your list than other things, especially in this economy.
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    Are these schools you've been accepted to or schools you're considering? If it's the latter, I'd say Osgoode is a better competitor to UVic, and you should consider that over Ryerson. Ryerson is brand spanking new and has no alumni network. It may someday be a great school, but it's not going to be close to UVic by the time you're graduating. So, beyond annoying travel costs and the high cost of rent in B.C., some of which is offset by the really more expensive tuition you'd be paying in Ryerson anyway, UVic is more advantageous in just about every other way that matters. Personally, I'd be buying a ticket to B.C. ... as soon as we're allowed to fly again that is.
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    Vic does have a very low vacancy rate but op you should be able to get a nice studio or 1 bed apartment for like 900-1200 @ChasingMountains (Its been two years since ive lived there tho so things could have changed)
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    Generally speaking the prevailing opinion on this site is go to school where you want to practice, but the fact that Ryerson is brand new with no alumni base may change things. It seems to me like you would have a better experience at UVic and are only considering Ryerson because you want to work in Ontario. Why not go into the UVic thread and ask if any students from Ontario managed to go back home and what the experience like? I'm sure that they will give you much better advice than the average person on this site. Also if you're not a city girl why go to school to school in downtown Toronto? Did you consider applying to schools like Windsor? Goodluck!
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