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  1. I don’t know if there are many with that background but LE experience definitely helps.
  2. That's fair. If your intention is to go to law school just for fun and you don't actually want to work as a lawyer, then Bond may not be a bad choice.
  3. I wouldn’t sweat it. Law profs do a great job of teaching students how to do research and most schools (maybe all?) have a course in 1L geared towards just that. No one really knows how to do legal research when they start law school but everyone learns how to be semi-competent over the 3 years.
  4. I would second this. The average semi-successful defence lawyer that I know is making far more than the Crowns that I know in Edmonton. The only exception to that is when you’re first starting your career where it seems Crowns make significantly more.
  5. Clearly I’m working in the wrong province...
  6. Where do you work that Crowns make around $200,000? I did a rotation with the Crowns office in my city when I was articling and no one was close to $200,000. I don't even think our Chief Crown made that. It seemed most were making between 80-120 and they've had their salaries frozen for years. Many seem to leave for the defence side to make more money so I guess my experience is different than yours.
  7. No, it actually really is.
  8. I took a few years off after graduating law school before returning to law to article. Before getting too deep into the job hunt, I'd suggest you chat with the BC Law Society to make sure that your 4 year gap between law school and starting potential articles won't be a problem. I know that different law societies have different rules on how many years you can be out of law school before starting articles without having to seek a waiver. I've heard stories from people that were out of law for an extended period of time and their law societies made them jump through quite a few hoops. Just make sure that 4 years won't cause any difficulties before you find a job.
  9. I think the bolded sentence is what it comes down to for a lot of us. I've never been in a position to hire a student and my organization would probably never hire a student, but I think it's the unfamiliarity that makes it difficult. I think it's safe to say that most of us have heard of Oxford and Cambridge, but I also think it's fair to say that a lot (maybe even most) lawyers don't know the first thing about the other schools. I have no idea if these schools are any good. While I may view your undergrad transcript and see a decent GPA, it still doesn't tell me anything about your law school or what you learned. I think it's the unfamiliarity that makes it so easy to just trash those resumes like so many firms do. I know what a B average means from a Canadian law school. I don't have a clue what those UK grades actually correlate to and I don't know that I would be motivated enough to do the research on the school and their grading to educate myself when there's tons of resumes from Canadian grads in front of me.
  10. I would take that admissions officer as seriously as I do those who get paid to tell naive students to go abroad for law school because it'll be faster, they'll have more fun and they'll have no issues finding jobs upon their return to Canada. As for your stats, your GPA seems decent although I don't know what metric TRU uses these days to calculate GPA i.e. CGPA, best 2, last 2 etc. Also hard to give a guess without an actual LSAT mark but assuming you came in around a 157 and your GPA was calculated as 3.7, I think you'd have a good chance at admission. You should take a look at the last few Accepted threads here to see what stats successful applicants had.
  11. I assume you're trolling so I won't take this too seriously. In the event you are that misguided though, I would suggest taking the advice of the other posters - many of whom are lawyers - when they say that no law school is going to care about where you did your undergrad or how tough you think your school was.
  12. I agree with MP. Not every legal job requires insane hours. I did a brief stint as a public servant and although often very stressful, I rarely worked more than 45 hours a week. It wasn't really all that flexible but the hours weren't crazy. I'm now in-house and have a great schedule with lots of flexibility.
  13. I wonder if a possible solution is the law society disciplining these lawyers who even put themselves in these situations like the lawyer in the OP. Lawyers really should be taking SC privilege more seriously.
  14. I'm not sure what area of law you work in, but reasonable suspicion in the crim world means a very specific thing. The CBSA does not need RS before conducting a cell phone search. Their policy simply says they can't do these searches as a matter of routine, but all they need is some indication that evidence of contraventions could be found on the device. That's a lower threshold than RS, but like you said, they seem to be doing a good job at it!
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