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  1. I have no experience with interviews of this sort or Osgoode's admissions processes. Having said that, I suspect they will be interested in hearing about why you want to attend law school, how your lifepath has led you to apply to law school, what sorts of skills/experiences/perspectives you've developed since leaving school, and so forth.
  2. Respectfully, I think you're making a number of claims that you might not be in a position to substantiate. In particular, your take on legal practice in Quebec just seems ill informed. Still, I continue to have a hard time accepting that Calgary is the second largest legal market in Canada. Maybe you can substantiate that by proving more money is spent on legal fees in Calgary than in other cities but the better metric is probably the number of people engaged in legal practice (seeing as you were talking about finding a job).
  3. Is there a citation for this? I can see Calgary being the second largest market for corporate lawyers in common law Canada but find it surprising that it would be the second largest market for all types of lawyers in all of Canada.
  4. My sense is that Calgary's reputation, whatever it may be, has been improving over time (as would be expected with most relatively young schools). I think the only schools that have maybe regressed a bit in people's minds are older schools such as Dal and McGill. They are both certainly still good schools but the world isn't what it used to be 100 or even 50 years ago when, I presume, there wasn't such a big disparity in funding levels and when their local economies were stronger.
  5. Fenian's response seems to match up with what I understand about the federal public service hiring process. The bit about how long it takes to get in is something that folks might not expect. For instance, I applied for a particular position in March of 2020 and was informally offered the position in November. The offer is conditional upon being approved for a security clearance which the hiring manager does not expect to be ready before May of 2021. r/CanadaPublicServants is a subreddit that I found to be quite useful when planning my job search and learning more about careers in the public service.
  6. In a sense, I work 40-ish hours a week but I often find myself thinking about work and strategizing when I am not "working" in a formal sense. Before COVID, my work day was relatively condensed as I would do most of my work at the office (with occasional calls from home in the evening). Now that I work from home, it's not uncommon for me to have my first appointment at 8 am and to have my last at 11pm or so. Still, I think it works well for me at my particular life stage (limited familial responsibilities, relatively young, etc.).
  7. My impression, as a McGill grad is that there isn't much exposure to environmental law and the course offerings are limited. That's not to say that the practice area will be closed off to you, though. I suspect the situation is better at UOttawa and maybe Dal. In terms of working for the feds, @Deadpool (who works for the feds) seems to be a big proponent for UOttawa. I think that makes sense.
  8. I think an upside of the LPP is that it gives people who are interested in "higher-end" firms a final shot at working there. A number of otherwise quite selective firms/organizations participate in the LPP and if you make a good impression during your placement there is a possibility that you might be asked to stay on afterwards or at least receive a reference that might assist you in finding similar work elsewhere.
  9. Western grads are active in every area of practice. The course offerings and faculty branding might skew towards business law but you shouldn't take that to mean that other practice areas are closed off to you. I am not a Western grad and don't practice "business law" (as it would normally be understood) so my terms of reference might be limited. Still, of the handful of Western grads I know well, two work in refugee law, one is involved with an NGO that concerns itself with drunk driving, one practices criminal law, and another is in employment law.
  10. I'd recommend that you stay away. I happen to know some people prominently involved in these efforts and can state that these people have fallen very deep into the rabbit hole.
  11. My concern is that people that haven't articled won't know how to do the work they are being licensed to do. Articling can be seen as a hurdle but should also be seen as a formative experience in a young lawyer's career. Frankly, I have serious reservations about newly licensed lawyers moving into solo practice. It's hard enough when you've articled and have a decent relationship with your former principal / other senior practitioners you've networked with during your articles but how will that work with IPC folks? This isn't to say that Ryerson grads who move straight into solo practice will be doomed to fail. Still, at the very least, I would insist on considering the absence of a formative experience such as articling to be a disadvantage.
  12. As a U of T grad, it's a decent school with well qualified faculty members. Still, it's a public institution that engages in a mass-education mission. At the undergraduate level (particularly within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (of which I am a graduate)), the average U of T student is really just very mediocre. The school earns its reputation on the back of its faculty and graduate programs. The undergraduates just pay the bills.
  13. For the sake of argument, let's assume that Canadian law schools are tiered and the reputation of your school has a meaningful impact on your employment prospects. For the purpose of maximizing your Canadian employment prospects, you'd still be better off attending the lowest ranked Canadian school than if you were to attend a top 10 or top 20 British school. Maybe there's a good argument to be made for attending an Oxbridge school (though I suspect most of the benefits from such a decision are found outside of Canada and that few people who are considering an education in the UK actually have this option available to them) but in Canada virtually every foreign degree ranks towards the bottom of the list in terms of employability.
  14. I graduated four years ago (to give a rough estimate of the life stage my peers and I are in). Of my classmates that are married, engaged, or in some other form of committed relationship, I think between 30%-40% of them met their partners at the faculty. Maybe that's a weird metric to cite but it came to mind and seems relevant.
  15. As a general rule, I think we try to avoid answering legal questions on this forum. Having said that, the articling student-articling principal relationship has a special characteristic in that there is, among other things, an expectation that the articling student will perform work normally restricted to lawyers under the close supervision of their principal (and it would be a very bad look for the principal to suggest that the articling student was completing their work independently).
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