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  1. You can find the placement rates for 2L Bay St. jobs here: http://www.scribd.com/embeds/187659816/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll About 27% of Western class secures jobs. It was bloodbath this year.
  2. Western class is about 175. So double that is a bit more than the 300 in the Ottawa common law program. Proportionately, that would be about 10 students without articles. Ottawa has 4 times as many students without articling positions as Western. I think those figures from the LSUC report are only for common law. I can't see LSUC concerning itself with civil degrees. One year's stats don't reflect the quality of the school. Oz placed terribly in 2L Bay St placements this year. It's not a bad school. That said, Ottawa has well known issues.
  3. Is there anything that can be done at this stage to stop the LPP? I assume the train has left the station for the next 4 years. This funding model needs to change.
  4. So, I will be subsidizing the LPP program for Canadians returning from foreign degree mill law schools who can't find articles in Ontario. Jesus christ.
  5. Go to Western for these reasons: 1. If you don't end up getting an OCI job in Toronto (which, statistically it is likely that you will not get an OCI job in Toronto), you will need to do all the recruits in the smaller centres (London, KW, Hamilton, Guelph etc.) and apply to smaller firms in Ontario. Getting a job this way is much less centralized. Unless you want to be flying back and forth all the time, it would be much easier to just be here. 2. The friends you make in law school will be a first network for you. If all your friends are from eastern Canada (or from western Canada), you may not have a strong network in Ontario. Most Western students intend to stay in Ontario. Your network will be in Ontario. Those are two reasons. I would go to Western. We have a great time at Western. Lots of drinking and collegiality etc.
  6. Don't live on res dude. Ask around on the facebook group for roomies. Also, don't live near campus. Live downtown.
  7. So, basically it is going to screw over a bunch of incoming students.
  8. Wow. I have several buddies who accepted offers to summer at HB in 2014. This is terrible news.
  9. They need to make an announcement. Soon.
  10. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/the-law-page/heenan-wobbles-as-more-lawyers-leave/article16700729/
  11. You guys need to get these ideas of ranked firms out of your head. There is a group of firms in Canada that do high market corporate work. Heenan, Stikes, McCarthys and Faskens are all in that group. Stikes maybe doesn't care because of its internal priorities or maybe they do care but are making moves silently.
  12. "Mr. Lean was told of a restructuring plan in which the Toronto office might be reduced to between 60 and 80 lawyers. Heenan Blaikie’s website currently lists about 160 partners and associates in the Toronto office. “It would be a leaner commercial operation,” he said." http://business.financialpost.com/2014/02/03/ralph-lean-confirms-move-to-gowlings-from-heenan-blaikie/
  13. Read more: http://business.financialpost.com/2014/01/30/heenan-blaikies-future-in-doubt-fate-expected-to-be-announced-monday/
  14. Things are less than positive. They splashed the cash on their new Toronto office though. I say their western offices are gonnna fold.
  15. I believe you! The secretary that was responsible for doing the first round of screening on student applications at the firm I was at this summer (mid sized firm in GTA), screened out applicants from foreign law schools (we didn't get HYS/Oxbridge applying there) along with applicants with poor GPAs.
  16. Easy to say for someone who has an established career.
  17. Would it be possible, hypothetically, for LSUC to restrict this program to students who have graduated from Canadian law schools? This just seems like the last piece of the puzzle for the complete abuse of the NCA process by foreign grads.
  18. And you have a 170! Congrats. Western is a great option for you. If you have any questions, PM me (i'm an upper year at Western).
  19. IMHO, a 3.9+ in any non-pure science or math degree is suspect of inflation. It greatly depends on the school and on the subject of the degree. Philosophy degrees are notorious for grade deflation (i.e., a B+ average in a philosophy program is considered very good at most schools).
  20. That's because in Canada there hasn't been an inundation of lawyers like there is in the US. It is plain and obvious that there is a ranking system in the US and the firms that do the high-level work (not saying it's any better, but the work is perceived to be better) only recruit from a certain band of schools. As more and more law schools open up, that will inevitably happen here. Maybe the rankings of Canadian law schools don't mean anything in practice right now because they don't really mean anything. But when the number of schools starts to increase by 20% every 5 years, maybe and probably, it will start to matter. Maybe it will be perception or maybe it will be that the top students go to the higher ranked schools due their belief in this perception. At some point the line makes a circle.
  21. Broad comment dude. With a JD, you can know or know how to know the legal obligations of whatever you or the organization is doing. That has infinite applications in business management: employment, labour, securities, corporate activities etc. I could go on forever. There is a reason so many CEOs and high level corporate officials have JDs.
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