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  1. I'm a current student at UBC and moved from Toronto. The vast majority of students from Toronto/Ontario in my year who I talked to were focused on Toronto firms during OCIs. I think there were about 8 or so people who got hired into Bay St. firms. I also think your chances at getting an OCI coming from UBC might actually be higher than from an Ontario school, as there is less competition amongst your peers (the vast majority are locals who are focused on the Vancouver firms). The flip side is that you may feel disadvantaged during the in-firm stage given that students from Ontario schools have had more opportunity to network with the lawyers and that the majority of the lawyers are alumni from Ontario schools. I also want to point out that if OP isn't dead set on Bay Street, then UBC isn't a bad choice. The lower tuition costs mean you have more financial freedom to explore different areas of law without the fear of soul-crushing debt looming over your head. I personally found the more relaxed vibe at UBC refreshing. Yes, there is still more of a focus on corporate/big firm jobs just given that those employers have more resources to advertise and host events, but you won't find a "Bay Street/big law or bust" mentality here. I have to agree that there is probably less school spirit at UBC vs Queen's. UBC is more of a commuter school, especially for law school students. Residence spots on campus are really limited, and most people I know in law school are renting off-campus or live with their parents. That being said, I know people who are still really, really involved in the law school community - it's doable if you put the effort into it and go out of your way to get involved in extracurricular activities, social events, etc. I personally did not want to go to "college town" after having done that in undergrad and coming to law school after a few years in the work force. I wanted to live in a real city and have really enjoyed my time in Vancouver. I live off-campus, and I feel like it has been really good for my mental health to be able to leave the law school bubble. It's really personal preference though - I am a big city person and know I would have gone crazy living in any city smaller than Vancouver during law school. Feel free to PM me if you have any specific questions about UBC @hemingway17!
  2. Hello, I have found myself in a surprisingly wonderful but difficult position. I am debating two articling offers, both in-house at large companies, but one is in the Metro Vancouver area and one is in downtown Toronto. After meeting with lawyers in both offices, I can say that they would both be wonderful organizations to work for, and I think I would get to do great work in both places. They are both contract positions for articling only, so I would have to look for a job next year after I am called to the bar. I was therefore wondering if anyone could shed light on the market for new calls in BC vs Ontario? My understanding is that it is pretty bad in Ontario, so I am considering whether it makes more sense for me to accept the offer in BC (despite the considerably lower articling salary) if it might lead to better job prospects in the long run or just an easier time getting a job post-call. Any information you might be able to share would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  3. I am a 3L student who has not yet secured an articling position. I am from Ontario, but attend a school in another province. I was initially very dead set on articling in Ontario and started the registration process for the Lawyer Licensing Process with the intention of writing the bar exams in June. Is it generally advisable to do so, before securing an articling position? Will employers have a preference for students who have passed the bar exams when they are making hiring decisions for articling? Given that it is now mid-March, I have decided to broaden my search and am also looking at articling positions in the province where I currently live. I am not sure though if writing the Ontario exams will in essence limit my options, because I wouldn’t want to go through the process of studying and writing in Ontario, only to end up articling in another province and having to write the bar exam there as well. I guess at this point my options are to either write the exams in June and commit to articling in Ontario (if I pass the exams), or to defer them and wait and see where I end up articling. Does anyone have advice to share as to either option, or whether writing the exams before securing an articling position is the norm/recommended?
  4. Does anyone have any insight as to the nature of the TD articling interview? Wondering if the questions will be more behavioural, substantive, or if it will be more of a conversational interview similar to law firms. Will they be primarily looking or "fit" or focusing more on technical skills? I go to school outside of Ontario, so my CSO doesn't really have much information that can help me for this one. Any advice would be appreciated, thanks! Also, if anyone has previously articled with TD or worked in their legal department, would you mind sharing some of your experiences?
  5. Haha duly noted. I don't think I'm really too inclined to spend a lot of time partying with kids under 20 at this point in my life... but I think as long as there are designed grad student areas (I heard Marine has a grad student floor, and it sounds like there might be something similar at Gage?) it should be ok. At this point really leaning towards Marine unless I hear something super negative about it!
  6. This might be wishful thinking, but I just want to make the best use of my time in first year and have the best student experience possible in terms of making friends, getting involved in extracurricular activities, making use of school facilities, etc. Ideally I'd like to save as much time as possible in terms of reducing my commute time, which is one of the main reasons I'm considering living on campus (on top of the whole meeting people thing and not having to deal with purchasing furniture or looking at apartments/houses.) I don't really have a problem working at home, but at the same time I guess it's kind of nice to have the option to study either at the library or in my own room. At this point I think I am leaning towards living on campus, but probably at either Walter Gage (closest to Allard), Marine Drive (it looks like it has nice views), or maaaybe Ponderosa Commons. Does anyone have personal experiences with any of those that they can share?
  7. Thanks for the replies guys! Kits definitely sounds appealing and that's something I'd be interested in checking out. Do you guys think there would be benefits to living on campus in first year though? Keep in mind, I legit know no one in Vancouver so I'd hope to meet more people living on campus vs. just out in the city somewhere. Plus I wouldn't be able to just come to Vancouver any time to look at houses or buy furniture or whatever... Basically trying to gage how popular living on campus is amongst the general law school/1L population?
  8. I recently accepted my offer to UBC law and am really excited to start in September! I will be moving from Toronto, so I'm not too familiar with the Vancouver area. Where are most people thinking of living? Does anyone have experience with the graduate residences (specifically Green College or St. John's College? I am just thinking it would be easiest to live on campus for the first year until I get more familiar with the city, plus I don't want to have to deal with commuting or cooking while I'm getting adjusted to a new environment. The downside to the college residences is that it seems really structured... like it seems like there are fairly set meal times which are to encourage you to get to know your other residence members. I see what they are trying to do, but at the same time, the inflexibility of it all is kind of off-putting to me. Are there any other graduate residences you guys would recommend? I would like to avoid living in the proximity of undergraduate students as much as possible haha.
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