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  1. I should have been clearer. By referring to native-level English, I was referring to the abilities that would allow someone to earn the maximum number of points available from IELTS and CELPIP. If you take Op's profile and calculate his CRS score you're probably looking at about 481 points and that's assuming he gets the highest possible language score. The cutoff has been as high as 478 points in recent months - meaning that Op needs every language point available to him. I'll add that in my practice, I've only ever seen one client who was entitled to the maximum number of language points and this person was a native speaker of English. Her partner, also a well educated native speaker of English from the Caribbean did not do as well as her. So yes, Op's written English is quite good and maybe better than that of the average Canadian. However, Canadians don't need to compete against the world for the ability to continue to live here. In reality, the average Canadian isn't competitive for Express Entry and to the extent that some are, that is in large part due to their ability to work in Canada and their easy access to education opportunities in Canada.
  2. I guess in the sense that to be a lawyer you typically need to earn a law degree, complete your articles/clerkship/LPP placement (unless if at Lakehead or Ryerson), and pass whatever competency assessment your province sets (whether it be a bar exam, bar school, or whatever else). Edited to add that I guess you also have to satisfy your law society that you are of good character.
  3. For certain positions in which you are based in Quebec but are regularly exposed to issues/people from outside of Quebec, it is advantageous to have a common law degree in addition to a civil law degree.
  4. With the education/age/professional background you've outlined, you'd essentially need perfect language scores to be competitive for Express Entry. Your command of English, while not native-like, seems solid so it is certainly within the realm of possibility. One thing worth noting is that the people you know may have qualified under Express Entry when it was less competitive. In the past three years the ITA cutoff has moved from about 435 to approximately 475. In practical terms, this change means competitive Express Entry enrollees are now typically people that have previously studied and/or worked in Canada or people who are under 30, hold a graduate (or professional) degree, have three years of work experience, and are fully fluent in one of Canada's official languages.
  5. The overview isn't all that helpful. Bits of it are true but you shouldn't assume that what is true at one school isn't true at the others just because it isn't one of the bullet points. For instance, I don't think anyone would say that the faculty at the various schools aren't well respected or even that Osgoode's faculty is the most respected of all the Ontario schools. Likewise, you'll find mooting programs, study abroad opportunities, and clinics at just about every school.
  6. I think the pros and cons of studying abroad have been covered quite extensively in the past. Essentially, it's something you should try to avoid but it's not the worst thing in the world. Beyond that, I figure you're quite young (seeing as you're a first year undergraduate) and maintaining your relationship with your girlfriend is your primary motivation to study abroad. Your personal life is none of my business but I would generally advise folks to not commit themselves to studying abroad under the circumstances you've outlined as there is a chance that the stigma of a foreign legal education will follow you beyond the course of your relationship.
  7. Your side business is your extracurricular. Extracurriculars don't have to be philanthropic or anything of the sort.
  8. Are they asking you if you have a valid LSAT score or if you have ever written the LSAT (or some other similar question)? You should not avoid disclosing the fact that you've written the LSAT in the past unless the question is specifically asking you if you have a valid, unexpired score.
  9. As part of my practice, I sometimes liaise with an employment lawyer. He has a solo / relatively young (situations under which you are typically expected to hustle) but he seems to have a policy of not responding to e-mails or phone calls past 5 pm or on the weekends.
  10. The crowns I know seem to not use their full names on social media. Probably intended for privacy as well as personal security.
  11. P. Doroshenko (not typing out the full name to avoid Google indexing). He's the guy in the video.
  12. I was once involved with reviewing CVs, organizing interviews, and all that. At the end of the process, I was expressly forbidden from responding to candidates' requests for feedback or updates. It is something I regret whenever the topic comes to mind. That's to say that if you reach out for feedback and don't get any, please just note that the person you're communicating with might not be allowed to give feedback.
  13. If your local connection is strong and it informs your interest in a particular school, go ahead and mention it if you can do so in a compelling way. I can't imagine it influencing the admissions committee in any significant way but, in combination with other factors, can help them get a better sense of your motivations.
  14. @pzabbythesecond Did you not receive your B.C.L.? I figured that the LL.B. was the one that was discontinued.
  15. They did at first but as the firm began to rebound they've been expected to work more but have yet to have their compensation readjusted. My impression is that they aren't yet at 100% of their pre-covid work hours but the 50% pay cut is still in place.
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