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  1. The range for a third year associate in Kelowna is approximately $80,000 - $92,000. Most of the bigger firms in Kelowna give annual raises to associates of roughly $10,000.
  2. The market rate for second year associates in Kelowna is approximately $70,000 - $80,000 per year, with the bigger firms generally paying at the higher end of that range. It would not be reasonable to ask for $100,000 as a second year associate in Kelowna. My understanding is that none of Farris, FH&P or Pushor Mitchell pay second year associates $90,000. That's the top of the range for third year associates.
  3. Kelowna law firms generally have a better work life balance than the big firms in Vancouver, but the difference isn't necessarily massive. The billable hour targets for associates at Farris in Kelowna and FH&P are around 1,500 hours per year.
  4. This is a good starting point: https://www.zsa.ca/salary-guide/ The pay at most of the large firms in Edmonton will be very similar in your first few years.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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."
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. The Robert Half salary guide has salary information for associates in Regina and Saskatoon: https://www.roberthalf.ca/en/salary-guide
  14. 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?
  15. This is a salary guide put together by one of the legal recruitment firms: https://www.zsa.ca/salary-guide/
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