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  1. Employment and labour - have many contacts in that area so I chose it for practical reasons, but I am glad I did.
  2. I've been wearing button-ups and a tie if on a call with a client or attending something like a mediation, but otherwise I'm in a t-shirt.
  3. RE: #2 -- I'm sure its probably that they were not competitive enough to get into Canadian schools, but to be fair, we don't know any of their individual circumstances. Don't get me wrong, I hear what you're saying, but this particular firm may have just had good experiences with foreign grads and hired them based on that familiarity. I would hope that no firm is dumb enough to article someone and hire them as an associate because they're pretty.
  4. Its not an amazing offer or anything, but given the job market, why not accept it and then see if there is anything better down the road?
  5. Curious why you think he would have a hard time over here? If he has experience as an associate working at some global firms, that would be picked up by some firms here, I think.
  6. This would be an awful idea, OP. Pure awful. Go to the UK, it is cheaper and you at least have the option of working in England, Hong Kong, and Singapore, potentially, if you do well and are lucky enough to score a training contract. But a shitty school in the over-crowded U.S. market means your chances of even working in America, if you so choose, wouldn't be that good.
  7. Try for Canada as much as you can, go abroad if you have absolutely no other option. UK grad here with no regrets, practicing in a good field years later and work in an extremely busy litigation practice in downtown Toronto. But there were some headaches along the way and I was at a pretty low point in my life while looking for articles. Also, I think the stigma is not a big deal once you're practicing, as I was interviewed by a Bay Street firm (twice) and they knew about my credentials. But getting articles can be a hugeeeeee pain in the ass. Buyer beware. EDIT: OP - a 161 is a good LSAT score. You should try again. A colleague of mine got in to a Canadian school with a "C" GPA and a 167 LSAT.
  8. Not that I'm defending Diamond at all, but to be fair, trials can be very rare. Still though, I doubt whether he practices at all and if his JD is just for show. I'd be surprised if he's even handled a discovery.
  9. So I've been providing a lot of training and mentoring to other lawyers and paralegals at my firm for a year now. I'm told I can claim these hours as CPD, but how can I find out how many hours I can claim? Thanks a lot in advance.
  10. Very quick question if anyone knows: do you have to gown when appearing before a solicitor's fees cost assessment officer for a pre-hearing meeting? I have to do this on behalf of another lawyer. I assume no gown is needed since an assessment officer is not a judge? Thank you.
  11. With respect to getting into Canadian schools, I think the difficulty varies. I have a colleague who had straight A's throughout his whole undergrad, but went to Australia because his LSAT score was weak. On the other other hand, a friend of mine got accepted recently to a Canadian school with a good LSAT and a very mediocre GPA. Speaking for myself, I don't regret going abroad at all. However, I am very glad I don't have to worry about landing articles again, because at one point I did not feel good about my prospects at all. Just like three years ago when I made this thread, I would still encourage prospective foreign-goers to exhaust their Canadian options entirely before making the plunge. It just makes more logical sense and is much safer.
  12. Without derailing the OP's thread, I posted my own experience going abroad, I believe it is stickied in this thread. Feel free to PM me with any questions.
  13. Think practically. Your reasons for wanting to go to Bond are nice and rosy but TRU is better for your career. Go TRU. I say this as a person who completed the NCA's and took only 5 months to land an articling spot, and also had multiple job offers before getting called to the Bar. But I was probably more fortunate.
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