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    Crazy to give up Osgoode for Queens?

    I went to Queen’s because I wanted to see what living in Ontario would be like. I was 21 and had very few attachments. It was a perfect time to explore.
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    Summer Student to Articling Student

    I think Uriel *was* that student. But I remember it being tripping the fire alarm that emptied the building. I like the addition of real flames tho. Let’s go with that version.
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    Crazy to give up Osgoode for Queens?

    Let me just assure you that you cannot make a “wrong” choice here. I am from BC and I went to Queens and I loved it there. But I also just interviewed a bunch of Ottawa grads and was very impressed. So it’s a draw. Go with your gut and once you have decided, don’t worry. Look forward. And congratulations!
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    Careers in Criminal Law

    Heh, that did sound like a gotcha. It wasn’t. I applied to law school over fifteen years ago. Maybe the rules have changed. It happens. For example, you aren’t limited to three writes of the LSAT anymore, but I didn’t know that until some one on this forum mentioned it.
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    Careers in Criminal Law

    I didn’t know you could get into a Canadian law school with a college degree. Am I relying on out of date info now?
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    Pregnant Summer Student

    Congratulations!
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    Part-time Help at a Law Office

    This post looks fine to me.
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    Careers in Criminal Law

    In Canada a Crown prosecutor takes on a “quasi-judicial role”. They are bound by a code of ethics that does not govern defence counsel. While a certain level of zealous advocacy is acceptable, in the Crown view “justice” is always done: whether it is an acquittal or a conviction. They do not “win” or “lose” cases. They are better understood as protectors of due process with an obligation to ensure trial fairness. So the American norm of campaigning for an election on the basis of promising to be tough on crime and ruthlessly seek convictions as a prosecutor is pretty much directly antithetical to that role.
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    Careers in Criminal Law

    If you are seriously considering this, I really recommend not overselling yourself. If some one applied to my business with experience as second chair on one week long trial, I would consider that relevant experience. I would not think that set them well above the average student or first year Call in Canada. What you may not realize is that there is a lot of clinical work and legal aid work for students to do, and criminal articles typically get you running a trial or at least multiple bail/sentencing hearings. By the time a person becomes a lawyer, of Criminal law is their plan, they usually have experience commiserate with your own. I would also be very delicate about communicating your own brush with the law. Defence counsel up here do not automatically assume the police are incorrect or abusive - some take a more extreme view than others, but you wouldn’t want to assume a level of sympathy you aren’t likely to get.
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    Careers in Criminal Law

    For what you can and cannot do you will have to consult the NCA. I am not familiar enough with their rules to say.
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    Careers in Criminal Law

    Your Call date typically indicates your experience level. So if you are thinking of competing with first year Calls you could have an advantage because you have some experience being a lawyer in another country - presumably your advocating skills, work ethic, and maturity could set you apart. But once you start competing with people who have a few years of Canadian criminal law practise under their belt, you are at a disadvantage, because they quickly catch up to the skills/ethic/maturity you offer. Edit: very few defence lawyers get a salary. It’s more often a group of sole practitioners who band together in one office and share a receptionist and photocopier. If you need a salary, look to prosecution work.
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    Careers in Criminal Law

    Bluntly put, no. Your American experience puts you at a disadvantage next to your Canadian peers applying for the same work with the same level of Call because criminal law is very specific to Canada in terms of procedure, evidence, and substantive law. They have the experience you lack.
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    Careers in Criminal Law

    You look for postings, network, and apply. There is no particular magic to it. Your biggest hurdle will be convincing your employer that you understand the Charter and the jurisprudence that springs from it. It permeates nearly every aspect of criminal law in Canada.
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    Can Law Schools Rescind Offers?

    A student code of conduct would have no application to a non-student. Unless you were a student at UBC at the time I don’t see how it could affect you. I think you are looking for confirmation that your specific fact scenario won’t give rise to problems for you as a law student at UBC. You are not going to get that kind of blanket assurance. The only people who could tell you for certain are the same group of people you have said you don’t want to tell. Time to call a lawyer who specializes in this kind of thing.
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    Can Law Schools Rescind Offers?

    The admissions guidelines are very easy to access at the UBC Law website.
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    Can Law Schools Rescind Offers?

    If you already have legal advice, a law student forum is not going to give you better information. No one here is able to give you a definite answer, and we don’t allow our practicing lawyer members to give legal advice.
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    UVic vs UBC

    Agree with all of this too.
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    UVic vs UBC

    FWIW in your shoes I would pick UBC.
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    Are You Happy With Your Income?

    Alright, removed a bunch of shit posts and gave some angry people who have too much spare time a break from the forum. Last warning for this thread. Be a shame to waste the good faith efforts of some to have an actual discussion.
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    Are You Happy With Your Income?

    Thread is gonna take a brief break. Thanks to those keeping the tone up. This is a 24 hour “pause”.
  21. Weird phrasing, like “I am the best candidate due to my ultimate commitment to your work 24/7 and you will find no one else as dedicated as me.” The one “good” applicant wasn’t good. The reasons I referred to the “basic parameters” was because her application was complete and properly formatted and her cover letter was 1. addressed to me, 2. indicated an interest in criminal law, and 3. contained no grammatical or spelling errors. But her grades and experience were below the cutoff set by the Canadian applicants. And ultimately this is the dealbreaker: I wanted my student to be familiar with Canadian law. She wasn’t.
  22. The NCA applicants whose resumes I reviewed lacked basic reading comprehension, wrote vaguely aggressive cover letters that did not address the points I listed in my job posting, appended documents and writing samples I didn’t want, and reeked of desperation (often offering to work for free even though the wage was already indicated). Language was often an obvious barrier: even for the English speakers. It was frustrating and sad. Some people are exceptional. I saw one NCA application that met the most basic parameters set by the Canadian law school applicants - but it wasn’t competitive for my posting either.
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    Careers in Criminal Law

    Certain markets are over saturated while others are underserved. Where do you intend to live?
  24. Your quote in this post seems attributed to the wrong poster... any idea what happened there?
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