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  1. It's a funny thing (and maybe evidence of a strange illness), but I can recognize extremely high-end watches (Royal Oak, etc.) but any watch under, say, $5000 may as well be a Swatch. If you don't love watches, don't bother. No one will ever judge you for not having one. And, if you are a watch enthusiast, you don't need advice from law students dot ca. (In fact, I would reckon getting a showy 'budget' watch, such as Quincy's proverbial quartz Hugo Boss, is more likely to make the horophiles roll their eyes than it is to impress anyone else.)
  2. I think what most people would object to is that, in everyday usage, 'white supremacy' connotes (i) a belief in the superiority of white people and (ii), at least, an element of intent. These are especially odious features of white supremacy -- and it should go without saying that there really are plenty of these people out there, and probably more than a few conservative lawyers. But it cheapens the term to paint everyone with conservative politics with the same brush. Which is, of course, not to say that disenfranchising minority groups, restricting abortion rights, and immunizing police aren't cruel, racist policies. More generally, it's weird to impose a quasi-private language on people? I understand the argument now that it's set out and agree with Katurian, in substance, but the original 'white supremacist' line stuck out at me as odd until he explained it -- now I merely disagree about the term.
  3. This is more of an aside, but it's particularly interesting that people have argued that Clarence Thomas -- originalist FedSoc'er par excellence -- remains a Black nationalist. The relationship between Fed Soc, originalism, and right-wing politics is more complicated than an identity with white supremacy.
  4. I think Mansfield's post is spot on. From a junior lawyer's perspective, I'll just add two cultural differences: First, the US business model is premised on more churn among junior lawyers. There's rarely any pretense of a firm 'recruiting their future partners' and the average tenure of a lawyer in US Big Law is shorter than Canada. Second, while it's firm-dependent, I think some of the US firms tend to feel quite 'corporate' in their structure and management, perhaps by necessity given their scale. Neither of these points are necessarily downsides, especially as a Canadian who may intend to return home a few years into their career. Oh, the third big difference is pro bono, especially if you are interested in litigation. My impression is that, as a junior, there's a much greater emphasis on pro bono work in the US. (I'm a cynic, so I've wondered if there's a financial rationale. Can you write off those expenses?) In any case, I think it goes some way to addressing the relative lack of individual responsibility for client files in the US Big Law. Pro bono is often where junior lawyers will get their first opportunity to stand up in court.
  5. All majors can prepare you well for law school. I can't fault you for wanted to hedge your bets (i.e. major in accounting or marketing) in the event you don't get in to law school, but the best advice you can receive is to take a subject you're passionate about. Unless you are interested in criminology for non-instrumental reasons, steer clear. I'm deeply skeptical that a criminology degree would teach you anything relevant to law school or legal practice -- and, in any case, if you plan on going to law school you'll have plenty of time to learn criminal law then.
  6. This is a silly fight, and I’m not sure why you’re picking it. Almost no one gets over 75% in the UK system. Anything over 70% is a First — roughly equivalent to a GPA of 3.75. Typically, only around 10% of a class gets a First (edit: maybe as high as 20% but the point stands). A high 2:1 falls just short. A high 2:1 is a good grade! Anyone familiar with the system will tell you this!
  7. A high 2:1 is roughly equivalent to a 3.7ish GPA, if I had to guess. It’s a very solid grade.
  8. I'm by no means an expert -- however, LLMs in Canada are typically an academic pursuit and will do little for you in the job market. I think the attitude is somewhat different in the UK and Europe more broadly. My impression is that LLMs are often considered an asset in the job market, and it's not unusual for employers to ask for LLMs. So as much as I love Canada, I think you'll have more luck with the UK LLM in the UK job market than the Canadian LLM in the Canadian job market. But if you want to work in a particular jurisdiction, that changes the analysis entirely. Take this all with a huge grain of salt, please. I also echo @msk2012's comments regarding English and other impediments to immigrating and getting called.
  9. Off topic, but since we're talking about it: I think clerking in Canada has seen a bit of 'USification' (e.g. two clerkships increasingly common, and little chance of going to SCC without a prior appellate clerkship). It wouldn't surprise me at all if the next development is increased competition for trial-level clerkships and, down the line, people doing both a trial and appellate clerkship.
  10. Well, hiring many students could be a sign that the firm see robust growth ahead. So, it could be a *good* sign when a firm is hiring a lot of students. On the other hand, hiring a lot of students relative to the firm's size could be reflective of the firm's leverage -- the ratio of associates to partners. In the US, some firms are known for being more leveraged (i.e. more juniors per partner) than others. It's not a good or bad thing per se. Perhaps obviously, being highly leveraged increases profitability for the partners. But leverage is also driven by and reflective of the nature of the matters the firms are typically involved in. The huge caveat here is that I think the dynamics are different in Canada, where partnership is perhaps more attainable than at the big-name US shops. Anyway, that's a rather long digression. There's probably little information to be gleaned from the number of students a firm hires.
  11. I think another under-appreciated aspect of administrative law is the breadth of forums and issues you encounter. Administrative tribunals are where the law happens, for most people, most of the time. Even a bog-standard admin law course will expose you to forums and issues that you are unlikely to encounter elsewhere in law school, outside of specialized electives. To that extent, I think admin law can play an interesting 'horizon-broadening' function, one which I'm not sure just reading Vavilov or whatever could substitute.
  12. Ethics Civil procedure and/or criminal procedure, private international law, evidence, biz orgs, admin Who cares????????? Id. (Edit: Unduly flippant. But the bar exams are a poor reason to choose a course. Take the stuff you are interested in.) Roast me.
  13. I'm very sorry to hear it. For whatever it is worth, my comments above were directed primarily at the peanut gallery -- not you. I've appreciated your insights, across the forum, as have many others I'm sure.
  14. I think it's a bit of a shame that @Materialist was chased out of the thread and probably from further, potentially valuable, discussions on the site. What makes you think they were not who they said they were, Jaggers? I won't pretend to be a law prof (ha), but I do know a bit about legal academia and everything he or she said rang true to me. The core disagreement between @ProfReader and the newcomer was the relative prevalence of non-law PhDs among junior faculty... which is kind of small potatoes. There are a bunch of non-law PhDs, particularly at U of T (including the most recent hires). For the record, those interested in the path to becoming a law prof in the states should take a look at this website. I swear I've seen Canadians/Canadian schools in a similar spreadsheet, but can't be bothered to look it up.
  15. Yes. Agreed. And Clyde & Co does good international insurance work, I think. My point is merely that the 'international' full service firms in Canada operate mostly as solid national firms with international referral networks. They are quite different from, e.g., Freshfields which -- although UK-based -- handles cross-border transactions and global disputes as its bread-and-butter.
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