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  1. All three of these sentences are total nonsense.
  2. For what it's worth, the few people I know who went through the IELP had good outcomes (big law in Houston or Calgary), but they were also very strong students who probably would have done great outside the IELP too. I would ask the school to put you in touch with past IELP students who can give you a frank account of it. You're also the first person I've ever heard say they "love" Houston.
  3. At least as a junior/mid-level you're actually more likely to get bumped up than bumped down because most NY firms determine associate seniority based on the year you graduated law school. So for instance someone who articles in Canada and then moves to a US firm will generally be considered as a second year associate. This will vary a bit from firm to firm though.
  4. OP, most of the responses you're getting are geared towards US big law (which is all most of us have any experience with). Family law is going to be a lot more flexible to enter, and I'm not sure that an (expensive) credential such as an LLM is going to be worth all that much in that field. The basic family law knowledge you need will probably be on the state bar exam. If I were you I would tie the knot with your American SO, and work on getting admitted in the US jurisdiction while you wait on your green card. Similar to Canada, family law in the US does not have a high barrier to entry, and once you get admitted/authorized to work you will be as marketable for those positions as most other US JD grads vying for those jobs.
  5. I taught English abroad between undergrad and law school. You don't need money to do that, a lot of these jobs pay for your flights and sometimes room and board, along with a respectable salary. The main requirements are a university degree and English proficiency. Personally I found this to be a rewarding experience that made me a more well rounded person. The knowledge/language proficiency I gained abroad has also been helpful in my career. It often came up in job interviews and I think made me a stronger applicant for law jobs than I would have been otherwise.
  6. OP, unless you got a full ride to Stanford, the only scenario in which you attending this school in California makes more sense than going to Western (or any other Canadian school) is if you absolutely want to live in California for some reason. If you are not a US citizen, you will face hurdles in getting work authorization. The only US employers likely to be in a position to hire you will be in big law, which is competitive. Even if going to the California school turns out cheaper (which doesn't sound plausible), the California school will (again, unless it's a top school) only give you a remote chance of practicing law in Canada or Cali. On the other hand, with the Canadian school you will almost certainly find work as a lawyer.
  7. The above sounds directed at Toronto. Calgary is a different story. Firms do a 1L recruit on a similar scale as the 2L recruit, and probably 15-20% of the class gets 1L summer jobs in big law.
  8. I don't doubt your anecdote(s), but your suggestion that there is a major qualitative difference between lawyers in the US versus Canada such that a junior running a murder trial trial in the US is ho hum is ridiculous!
  9. This doesn't to go to your original question, but one thing you should consider is that if you don't already have US citizenship or permanent residence it might be trickier to land public interest jobs stateside because smaller organizations may not be able to secure work visas and larger "public interest" employers such as the federal government may require applicants to have US citizenship. Obviously jobs will still be available to you coming out of Harvard but you may find yourself with fewer options than your equally qualified classmates.
  10. Not sure about country "A," but some countries/jurisdictions allow lawyers licensed elsewhere to provide some range of legal services under a "legal consultant" or "foreign lawyer" type exemption, and you can often work in-house without being admitted in the local jurisdiction, so there may be legal jobs available to you in country A even if fully practicing law is out of your reach (at least without doing a llm or new law degree or whatever else they require).
  11. NY big law experience is fairly marketable in Canada such that it is generally not too difficult to make the jump to a Canadian big law firm/litigation boutique. You should expect to take a seniority hit due to the different litigation skills/substantive knowledge you will be developing in NYC versus what a similarly situated litigation associate in Canada will have gained. Most people who make this jump seem to do so around the 2-4 year call level.
  12. I've written both Ontario and NY relatively recently. Ontario is an open book multiple choice exam that basically tests reading comprehension and ability to look up answers in the materials for several hours without falling asleep. NY is like a closed book law school exam that covers a dozen or so different subject areas in pretty significant detail. NY is a lot more challenging, and I've never encountered any other ON-NY writers who have found otherwise.
  13. I've never heard of anyone ending the year with a low amount of billables. The firm keeps track of what you bill each month, and if you've had a slow month or two you usually get hit with some more work. Some people will bill a lot more than others but I think that's more a function of differences in the files people worked on than a reflection of the quality of each associate. My general sense is we end up working about the same hours as associate at firms with targets.
  14. I'm in US big law. My firm has no billable hours target. As far as I know all associates get the same bonus regardless of their hours. An average year is probably 2200-2300 hours logged, a few hundred hours of which will be non-billable (CLE, pro bono work, et cetera). I find about 3/4 of time I spend at work is billable, the rest being breaks/office chit chat/procrastination.
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