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  1. You're definitely not too old to start law school. You might have to try a bit harder to mesh with younger students, but that's hardly a deal breaker. And there's always a contingent of mature folk in every school, so if anything you can throw in with them. Whether or not it is a "good" decision to go to law school depends on a lot of factors, of which, finances is one. How much money will you have to give up and how much you'l likely spend, and how much you'll be making afterwards are all very relevant considerations. You should also consider what taking time away from earning money will do to you financial goals. If you can hit the pause button on earning income for the next 3 years, and can't see yourself not practicing law, then yeah, it's a good decision.
  2. Sure. Silicon valley firms would. Bay street firms, not so much. Silicon valley firms built expertise in recruiting outside of North America because of the degree of specialization in some of the fields, and because demand for those roles outstrips North American supplies. That's not the case with the type of work the OP is looking to get into. We have plenty of very skilled, very qualified, Canadian and American-trained lawyers for that. And I don't get the sense that the patent or IP field, which tend to recruit lawyers with engineering undergrads are hurting for candidates. Also we're talking about an industry that hasn't quite gotten it's head around non-T-25 US law schools here. And those are law schools on the same continent as the firms. I'm not holding my breath that they'll be able to figure out which Indian engineering school is better than which Canadian engineering school when that's not even the primary criteria they're looking at.
  3. Not saying it shouldn't be. Just curious what it is about McGill that worries the OP. Maybe it's it's just the way the sentence was written, but I'm left wondering whether the OP thinks McGill does a poor job of exposing students to clinic opportunities? Or whether it is the French language that they see as a concern?
  4. There's no way to account for what UG these applicants are coming in with, or from which schools. There's a lot bound up in a "median GPA" reading that isn't immediately obvious. More so if you know there are mitigating circumstances affecting your own grades. But if school A has very stringent admission standards, and you're on the "low" end of that, but low end means like a 3.5 cGPA or something, I wouldn't worry too much about it.
  5. You should be able to moot in any school. The experience is really what counts. You should generally go to school where you want to practice, but if you're open to practicing anywhere, then go to the one in the city you'd be excited to live in.
  6. Lol. Okay well I went to Windsor, and I'm telling you to choose Ottawa so you don't have to deal with the @harveyspecter993's of the world 😝. I'm kidding, but it is true that Windsor attracts very social justice focused students (at least initially, this doesn't always last through law school though), or students that struck out at other schools. And it won't shake that rep any time soon. It doesn't bother me (Windsor was my first choice for a number of reasons) but it might bother you. Ottawa's got a far more neutral reputation, and evokes neither enthusiastic nods of affirmation nor quiet stares of condescension. 😩 I'm being didactic, but you get my point. Reputation aside, unless you are heavily into social justice, which you're not, I'd also go with Ottawa because: It's a bigger city with lots to see and do during the year. Windsor is smaller and has less variety even though Detroit offers some intriguing opportunities. the SCC is located in Ottawa, if you love the law and get excited about this sort of thing, there you go Finally, Ottawa's also got more employment opportunities in the city than Windsor does and the city is just about big enough that you won't feel like you're living in a complete backwater if you ended up staying. Windsor empties out of basically all its students at the end of the year and turns into a sleepy little town. Don't get me wrong, there's things to love about Windsor. The students and the faculty are superb, and the atmosphere is incredibly collegial. One of the best in the country I think, and I'd put money on that. The waterfront is one of the most beautiful in the province IMO, and Detroit being a 5 minute drive away opens up all sorts of interesting avenues for adventure. I'd do it all again in a heartbeat. But going to Windsor means you'll occasionally have to eat some snark about the school because of its rep ... even though another Windsor grad is clerking at the SCC this year 😏. But all other things being equal, Ottawa offers a similar experience without the snark. Point Ottawa. If you're still curious about Windsor after reading this, feel free to PM me. Cheers!
  7. Just curious, but why are you worried about obtaining clinical/practical opportunities?
  8. L2 of around 3.5 and an LSAT hovering around 160 will get you a good look from Windsor, and probably Lakehead. Maybe Ryerson when it opens (but who knows). You also wouldn't be out of the running at any L2 schools if your LSAT is strong, although if they rank admissions by cGPA, you might be in trouble.
  9. Based on absolutely nothing I offer the following: avg. GPA: 3.3 LSAT: 157
  10. I'll add that anecdotally, it seems proximity helps out graduates from top tier Mid-Western and East-Coast American law schools, particularly in Ontario because there's a decent chance someone's kid, uncle, niece, colleague, etc. went there. UPenn certainly fits this mould. But I personally don't know much about it. And there's no way to know whether your prospective employer's does either, unless you start interviewing them now. Safest bet is to go to an elite, well-known school otherwise, you'll just need to network a bit harder than others. You'll probably be fine though. More so if you end up working for some fancy, well-known outfit in the States before returning to Canada.
  11. The dual program's been clamping down on transfers to the single program in recent years, and it's apparently at the point where it's very difficult to do. That said, you could transfer to another school entirely if your 1L grades are decent enough. Whether or not $50k per year is worth it really depends on how much money you've got sitting in the bank. I would say for the average student it's not worth going 150k in the red. That is some life altering ish you won't climb out of in a hurry. So, if you're okay with trying again next cycle, I'd work on your LSAT and try to get that up to a 160. That would give you a shot at the single program at Windsor. The higher the LSAT the better. If you can't wait til next year, I'd plan to transfer out of the program after 1L.
  12. Hmm. I think this will come down to how familiar the prospective employer is with the school, regardless of what reputation it has in India. You're assuming a Canadian law firm will be able to appropriately evaluate OP's engineering degree from another country, and then determine that its actually better than a Canadian engineering degree. Maybe an engineering firm familiar with OP's university could make this call, your average Bay Street shop hasn't got a snowball's chance in hell of figuring that one out though.
  13. May street has all the best firms ... sigh 😩 But yeah, I'll echo what's been said, usually going from 2L summer student to articling student doesn't involve a re-evaluation of your transcript ... unless you're at MAG. I've heard from a number of colleagues that they had to re-apply for provincial articling gigs after summering there, and had to submit updated transcripts. You might be asked to submit your completed transcript to your firm to prove that you successfully graduated at the end of 3L, but no one's going through it with a fine-toothed comb. Go on exchange.
  14. Hmm ... what's going on here? Are you not aware of UofT's admission criteria or are you looking for positive reinforcement on what is by all appearances a very competitive LSAT and GPA profile for UofT? Your LSAT score is above the average admitted by the school, and your GPA is very slightly below their median. A scroll through the admitted thread on this forum would show many students with numbers below yours getting early admission into UofT. Which means, unless there's something glaringly worrisome about your application you're not telling us, your chances of admission are pretty good as is. I'd agree with @NeverGiveUp that you should on re-write if you're confident in your ability to crack a 170 [and you really think it is the best use of your time, which I think it isn't]. But frankly I'm more concerned with why you seem apprehensive about the numbers you currently have... Sure you're not an absolute lock with those numbers. But you're pretty damn close. And the thought that that's not "good enough" for you worries the hell outta me. Anyway, I'll stop projecting. Good luck! I mean that.
  15. Possible, yes. Canadian employers, especially Biglaw employers, don't penalize famous, name-brand U.S. law schools like Yale, Harvard, Notre Dame, and NYU ... basically anything prestigious and in the Mid-West/East-Coast. A lot of these employers are familiar with schools in this region and have no issues taking a chance on a student coming out of there. But anything outside of that will mean you'll have to work harder at networking/selling yourself to get interviews. UC Irvine is a good school, but as far as I know its a good regional school. It's also new. Which means its alumni network is not as well developed for lawyers North of the border. So, I don't know how that shakes down for you as far as articling with a US degree but no US firm experience. You're right that good corporate law experience will make things easier for you. So, if you're set on going to UC Irvine, I'd do everything I could to work in some fancy California firm for a few years before transitioning to Canada. If a Biglaw employer here doesn't know your school very well, they might know your employer, and that could convince them to give you a chance. With a US school you're looking at 5 NCA exams, which isn't terrible. So good luck! Also, congrats on the upcoming baby.
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