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  1. An articled clerk is someone completing their articles of clerkship (otherwise referred to as an articling student or a student-at-law). Firms do not typically guarantee associate positions to people who have clerked/articled for them but it isn't at all unusual.
  2. Coming from McGill (a 3.5 year program in which most students finish their degrees at the end of Fall semester), my sense is that the bigger firms will have very little interest in taking you on early. Smaller firms with less well organized articling programs may be more flexible but not necessarily so.
  3. There's a good chance your LSAT coach is lying to you.
  4. Almost certainly yes. Not necessarily because the U de M program is inferior or anything but simply because Osgoode has a much larger and long established JD program. Even within Canada, not many people know about U de M's JD program.
  5. People sometimes confuse McGill and McMaster.
  6. We're at a point now where new licensees with LL.B.s are assumed to be foreign grads. Granted, most people recognize that McGill is not a foreign school but the association does tend to stick for some people. I'd support a change to awarding J.D.s.
  7. I attended McGill, took every family law related course on offer, and, for a while, contemplated a career in family law. Things I liked about McGill: 1) the low cost of attendance. Things I did not like about McGill: 1) the family law courses seemed to be civil law heavy; 2) limited clinical opportunities; 3) the difficulty in networking with folks in Toronto that don't practice "big law". On the whole, I'd still recommend McGill. I found employers were interested in knowing if I took courses with titles relevant to their practice areas and if I did well in them. You'll probably be learning most of what you need to know on the job anyways. Likewise, for the clinical programs. It was frustrating that law students in Quebec are limited to providing legal information but I found that most interviewers were interested in the soft skills that come with clinic experience.
  8. Sometime ago I came across the website of a career counselor in BC but forgot to bookmark the page. From what I recall, she seems to be based on Vancouver Island, previously practiced law, appears to be in her 40s or 50s, and has short hair. In case that sounds familiar to anyone, I'd be extremely grateful if you could send me a PM.
  9. Not impossible but difficult. How difficult depends on your individual strengths as a candidate, your desired practice area, where you intend to work, and so on.
  10. Yes. It'll be two separate diplomas.
  11. I also articled at a firm specializing in immigration and refugee law. It can be difficult finding meaningful comparators or to gauge your value because of the size of most firms that practice this kind of law, the diversity of the clientele, and the fact that you might not have had the opportunity to interact all that much with lawyers outside your own firm (even in a litigation heavy role, opposing counsel tend to be hearings officers rather than lawyers).
  12. https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/law-society-launches-public-awareness-campaign-to-enhance-accessibility-and-understanding-694838471.html
  13. It's a civil law school and common law school. Arguably, it's more of a common law school as the civil law aspects are taught side by side with the relevant common law aspects of private law and the public law components are almost entirely taught with reference to common law. Either way, Op will certainly be able to practice in a common law jurisdiction.
  14. Haven't ever heard of the program but I'm not a McMaster person. The general advice I'd give is to study something you want to study (it'll make doing well quite a bit easier). Ideally, this would be something that gives you something to fall back on in case you lose interest in law or end up not attending law school for whatever reason.
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