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  1. Some of the law schools report the articling placement rates for their graduates: https://www.law.utoronto.ca/student-life/career-development-office/career-statistics https://law.queensu.ca/programs/jd/student-development/employment-data https://law.ucalgary.ca/future-students/why-ucalgary-law http://www.allard.ubc.ca/articling-positions
  2. If you want to work in Calgary, you should go to law school in Calgary. In the Calgary market, there is no added prestige to attending McGill vs. Calgary. If you don't know where you want to work, then I suppose McGill allows you to keep more options open. However, you do need to decide where you want to work at some point, and that decision should be made before starting law school if at all possible. The Calgary 1L recruit starts pretty quickly once you begin law school, so you will need to decide whether to participate in that recruit and potentially whether to accept a job that will lead to articles in Calgary, all by February of 1L.
  3. The salary differences between Calgary and Edmonton are surprisingly large: https://www.zsa.ca/salary-guide/ UofA has a stranglehold on the Edmonton market and a lot of students decide to stay there. Although UofA has a bigger class size than UofC (160 vs. 130 per year), there are probably more students from UofC that are interested in the Calgary market, so that impacts the respective placement rates.
  4. You can't go wrong with either option, and the potential savings of living with parents may tip the scales in favour of UofA. The prevailing advice on these boards seems to be that UofA and UofC have equal access to the Calgary market, and I don't think that's accurate. For reference: https://law.ucalgary.ca/future-students/why-ucalgary-law "In 2018, our students received approximately 50% of positions being offered in the national Calgary market first-year recruit for summer 2018 positions. The next highest law school had approximately 14% of the market."
  5. This topic comes up quite frequently, so I would suggest reading through some of the past threads: https://lawstudents.ca/forums/topic/35046-u-of-a-or-u-of-c-corporate-law-in-calgary/?tab=comments#comment-421828 https://lawstudents.ca/forums/topic/25317-u-calgary-v-u-alberta/?tab=comments#comment-276697 https://lawstudents.ca/forums/topic/43518-prestige-of-uofa-vs-uofc/?tab=comments#comment-573319 https://lawstudents.ca/forums/topic/40543-uofc-or-uofa-which-is-right-for-me/?tab=comments#comment-515893 https://lawstudents.ca/forums/topic/23811-uofc-vs-uofa-the-remix/?tab=comments#comment-247380 If you want to practice in Calgary, UofC is a better choice (although UofA is still a great option). It's definitely an advantage to move to Calgary for law school, get established in the city, and develop a network there.
  6. Fasken and Miller Thomson are overall relatively weak in the Calgary market compared to other national firms. Tory's is still pretty new in Calgary and its practice areas are quite restricted (mostly oil & gas transactional work and corporate/securities). Norton Rose, Blakes and BDP all have large presences in Calgary with diverse practices and would provide well-rounded summer/articling experiences (roughly 110+ lawyers in Calgary each). Bennett Jones is overall the top firm in Calgary. Osler also has a strong Calgary office, although it's a bit smaller (roughly 60 lawyers). Felesky Flynn is the top tax boutique in Calgary. Nerland Lindsey is also a decent firm with a tax focus. BLG/Dentons/McCarthy/Stikeman/Gowlings all have solid Calgary offices that would be good places to summer/article.
  7. The CBA job boards for Alberta and BC provide some insight regarding the current job markets: https://www.cba-alberta.org/Publications-Resources/Job-Board?page=1 https://www.cbabc.org/Publications-and-Resources/Job-Board The job board for Alberta has fewer postings, and many of the postings are from BC firms looking for Alberta lawyers to move to BC.
  8. I was interpreting the fact pattern as a scenario where a client is unhappy with his lawyer, approaches a new lawyer to represent him, and terminates his relationship with the first lawyer. In the corporate law context, this is relatively common and my understanding is that the rules of professional conduct (at least in BC and Alberta) allow the second lawyer to accept the client without consulting the first lawyer. My expectation is that the professional obligations and conventions are quite a bit different in the criminal law context. Anyways, my apologies for derailing the thread.
  9. The Robert Half salary guide has salary information for associates in Regina and Saskatoon: https://www.roberthalf.ca/en/salary-guide
  10. I'm a bit surprised to see this situation described as unethical, and it's inconsistent with my experience in corporate law. Is this specific to criminal law? Do you just consider this immoral? Or is it prohibited by the rules of professional conduct?
  11. This is a salary guide put together by one of the legal recruitment firms: https://www.zsa.ca/salary-guide/
  12. The rule of thumb at the biggest firms in Calgary appears to be that associate salaries increase by approximately $20,000 per year.
  13. Whether or not a community is rural seems to be a matter of some interpretation. I never considered Kelowna to be rural until I met a bunch of people from Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver who were all quite certain that Kelowna was rural. I would tend to agree that it's a stretch to classify Kelowna as rural. I can also confirm that the bigger firms in Penticton, Vernon and Kamloops mostly pay in the neighborhood of $70,000 for first year associates.
  14. NALP has compensation details for articling students and first year associates at Farris in Kelowna ($50,000 for articling and $73,000 as a first year associate): https://www.nalpcanada.com/employer_profile?FormID=3002&QuestionTabID=46&SearchCondJSON= Most of the bigger firms in the Kelowna market pay similar amounts for the same years of experience.
  15. How does a 3.4 GPA rank in your law school class? It's difficult to provide much guidance without significantly more information (which school you attend, work experience, extra-curriculars, focus of your studies, etc.). GPA plays an important role in the bigger firm hiring process, but it is one factor among many.
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