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  1. msk2012

    UdeM - JD common-law nord-américaine

    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.
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    McMaster Law?

    People sometimes confuse McGill and McMaster.
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    JD vs McGill LLB

    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.
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    McGill/ u of t

    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.
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    Career Counselor in BC?

    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.
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    Uk law

    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.
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    McGill Degree Structure

    Yes. It'll be two separate diplomas.
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    First year associate salary dilemma

    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).
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    New LSO logo

  10. 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.
  11. 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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    All the steps

    You'll need a law degree. There's a few different paths in terms of admission to law school but typically speaking you'll need good grades in an undergraduate degree (any major you like) and a good LSAT score. Once you graduate, you'll need to pass the bar exams and do something called articling (basically an internship of sorts).
  13. I graduated from McGill Law without an articling position lined up and I'm extremely grateful that I was able to devote myself to finding a position from January onwards. I don't know what I would have done if I had to manage school and looking for a position at the same time.
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    Interviewing with LSO/LSUC?

    I interviewed for an articling position in the professional discipline unit last year. There wasn't a preliminary interview ... just the actual interview which was with two lawyers and a human resources person. The questions basically asked you to provide example of times you dealt with various situations (two conflicting tasks due at the same time, a difficult coworker, an assignment you didn't understand, etc.). The HR person was especially interested in hearing about times when you might have dealt with people with disabilities, behavioral issues, and so forth. There was a written portion following the interview. It lasted approximately an hour.