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  1. I don't know how difficult it is, but I certainly know some foreign born and foreign-trained lawyers in Canada. Of course these are criminal defence lawyers, but still. @sana05 No one is going to be able to answer your question for the simple fact that LLMs are not highly regarded in Canada. Having an LLM from any school doesn't really make you a more desirable candidate than someone who does not have an LLM. Do you have permanent residence in Canada, or otherwise have the right to work in Canada? If you do not, there might be some value in obtaining a LLM as the time spent studying can be used towards getting your permanent residence. Now, an LLM may be of some other benefit to you. Maybe you'd just really like to dig deep and study some issue of law (of the few people I know who got LLMs, they don't regret the experience even though they say it didn't help their career). Maybe you look at it as an opportunity to improve your english. But if you're just looking for help in obtaining a job, an LLM isn't it. You're better off just doing the NCA right away,
  2. #1 - what the hell - why aren't you gowned for you bar call? #2 - since when are bare legs inappropriate for court?
  3. Reputation is also not a very great metric. I know some defence lawyers with fearsome reputations, but are all bark with no bite in court, and some lawyers with no reputation who are zealous advocates (and of course some lawyers whose sterling reputations are very well deserved). In seeking criminal articles you want to look for the firm where you will learn the most and actually be conducting trials, not just being a trial-scheduler for your principal.
  4. U of A is undoubtedly better if you want to wind up practicing in Edmonton. For Alberta as a whole U Sask is just as good.
  5. Both are fine. U of S might wind up being cheaper, both in tuition and cost of living. But there's no wrong call here, and nothing obviously preferring one school over another given what you say.
  6. Q: What do you call someone who graduates last in their class in law school? A: A lawyer. Look, OCIs may not be an option, but that's still just a minority of overall articling positions. And once you're in practice, no one will ever ask you about your grades. If first year law school has so totally turned you off of the idea of being a lawyer then yes, maybe consider dropping out. But don't spend a moment thinking about it if all you're worried about is your marks.
  7. Never heard of the former, only ever heard of the latter. Perhaps it does come down to a US/Canadian thing. In a criminal context an Agreed Statement of Facts is covered under s. 655 of the Criminal Code.
  8. I feel like I should point out that MS Office has been available for Mac from the very beginning. Microsoft has been a Mac software developer from pretty much day one.
  9. Robson Hall is indeed the Law School at the U of Manitoba.
  10. Why are you cross-comparing McGill and Manitoba? There's no one right answer for everyone - each school offers something different. Where do you currently live? Where do you want to work once you graduate? Do you speak French? You mentioned going international. For what it's worth Manitoba will have little to no international recognition, while McGill does have some (though all Canadian schools pale compared to the Harvard/Yale or Oxbridge). But beyond that I would maybe say Manitoba would have better job prospects in western Canada, while McGill would have better in the remaining parts of Canada.
  11. No, I think you've identified the three main issues. Your contract may well state you are not to engage in outside work. EVen if the contract doesn't state it, managing conflicts would be a nightmare. And your liability insurance may not cover you for outside work if paid for by your employer. I know that's my issue as a government lawyer. Government self-insures, so I have no liability insurance for anything I would do outside the scope of my employment.
  12. Thankfully, when asked about how to fight their ticket, I just say "I'm a Crown Prosecutor, not a defence lawyer. My advice is to pay your damn ticket!"
  13. They're not necessarily wrong. My in-laws are not noticeably any poorer than my family and they work in the oilpatch / trades.
  14. It depends very much on the context. For one example, a couple of years ago I was chatting with some of the other dads on my kids soccer team. It turned out that over half of us were lawyers. I guess I just live in that kind of community. My being a lawyer was unremarkable, except to the extent we compared our practices. When I first met my future in-laws, they were a little apprehensive, I think I made them feel somehow inadequate (they're all good, hardworking people who have done well for themselves, but no post-secondary educations). To this day my sister-in-law, when she's drinking, will accuse me of thinking that I'm "too good" for her family - which I think says everything about her own feelings, and not of mine. I joined a hockey team last year. Wide range of backgrounds: we have several blue collar types, but also a teacher and an pharmacist. It was half way through the year before my job ever came up, to which a couple of guys said "Holy shit!" I think they were more impressed/intimidated by the Crown Prosecutor part. And since that day for the rest of the year, my job never came up again. I've gotten disdain a few times - but usually from people I've prosecuted. Back in university, it does get you a bit of respect when dealing with undergrads. That was kind of nice. I represented the Faculty of Law one year in the wider student government. The outgoing law rep said a lot of the undergrads will look to you for some guidance, and suggested the various committees to be on. Almost immediately, just on the strength of being a law student, I chaired committee meetings and had a lot of clout. That being said though, for most people when you're in law school you're kind of in that law school bubble, and most of the people you associate with will be other law students.
  15. My work is endlessly flexible. Sure, go ahead and take off early on Friday if you're caught up. Go work from home on Tuesday because your kid is sick. For an entire year I even worked 7:30 so I could pick my kid up from daycare sooner. The huge catch though is: as long as I don't have court. And I have court 3-4 days per week. Then, you are at the whim of the court schedule. I have reasonably good success in saying at one point "Your Honour, my child care commitments are such that I have to pick up my children by 6pm at the latest, which means I am not available to sit past approx. 5:15. I am more than willing to cut short any lunch breaks to try and get through", and even "Your Honour I am supposed to take my children to swimming lessons today. In order to make it I would have to leave here by 4:30. If I can not take them they will not be able to go this week. They can miss swimming if necessary, but I would like to be able to take them if possible". As long as your request is reasonable (and the Accused is out of custody!), accomodations can be made. But I'm not sure if that's the kind of "flexibility" @Johnappleseed was asking about - he sounded more concerned that he'd be working 80 hours plus per week (not that there aren't firms where that happens). There's probably no legal job with 100% flexibility. You're always going to have firm court or client commitments you have to make. But once past articling there is often room for at least some flexibility - lawyers aren't working on a factory floor with a time card to punch every day.
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