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  1. No problem. I hope you can find an articling position in your local area, but I would suggest casting a wider net and include other parts of the GTA as well.
  2. I can assure you it will be difficult to find an articling position in the LPP and limiting yourself to Durham Region. A lot of positions are in far-flung parts of the province. You may have to relocate to Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, Ottawa, Windsor, or some other location in a rural area. There are placements available in the GTA, but you will be shooting yourself in the foot by being picky. In the end, you may end up with no placement. If you want to restrict your search to Durham Region, you would likely have to find a placement by yourself.
  3. I'm pretty sure students at Lakehead took part in the articling process. They likely knew they would be at a disadvantage, especially if they planned to work at a reputable mid-size or large firm. So even if they could be exempted from the requirement, I bet many graduating from Lakehead still ended up articling before being called to the bar. I suppose this will apply to those graduating from Ryerson within the next few years.
  4. There aren't many accounts of LPP students taking the one at the University of Ottawa. From what I know, the one offered at the University of Ottawa is done in French, while the one at Ryerson is done in English. For obvious reasons, there are less people taking the French program, so I doubt you will get a response to your question from one of their graduates.
  5. It's a good idea to get some work experience in different areas of law and figure out if it is something you may be interested in. Many people aren't given this opportunity to get a summer position, so I would take the chance and work something out. Depending on your relationship with the lawyers at the firm and the flexibility they have in the decision-making powers of the firm, you may be able to persuade them to arrange something to get some criminal law matters when you have extra downtime.
  6. The LPP program is a good choice if you were not able to find articles or were given unpaid or underpaid articles. Some people chose the LPP because they were not sure which practice area they wanted to specialize in. I did not take the LPP, but I knew of people that completed the program. Based on what I understood, the first half of the program mainly dealt with exercises through mock files that covered a wide breadth of areas, ranging from criminal law, family law, administrative law, and civil litigation to wills and estates, real estate law, and business law. They were given assignments which required them to conduct legal research, draft memos and legal documents for various matters in different areas of law, as well as courtroom simulations to practice cross-examinations and trial advocacy. Some said it prepared them well, while others felt it did not help as much as they expected out of the program. This was dependent on the placement they got for the latter half of the program. I believe the stigma of the LPP is less pronounced than previous years, as more LPP graduates are working in legal practice. That said, many of these graduates tend to hang their own shingle and work as sole practitioners or in small firms.
  7. I agree with the sentiments expressed here. If you received offers from Canadian law schools, it's better to accept it instead of choosing a UK law school, even if it is TRU or UNB. Employers will almost always choose the JD student that studied at a Canadian law school over the foreign-trained graduate. In fact, many job postings looking for articling students explicitly state they are only accepting applications from Canadian law graduates. As someone who went through the NCA process, I can tell you that you will be at a disadvantage right from the start. Here are some things you will be missing out on: Finishing the academic year later than your Canadian counterparts, which makes it difficult to find positions as a summer student. Limited access to the OCI process, which means losing out on opportunities to work at Big Law and other major Bay Street firms (if that is what you are interested in). Lack of opportunities to try out different practice areas. You won't be able to try out any clinical or intensive programs that JD students can partake in. If you decide to choose the LPP route, you will be competing with locally-trained graduates and other foreign-trained graduates. Many of these foreign-trained graduates are generally experienced with years of legal practice in their own country. They are likely to get hired for the coveted positions. Some are even unable to get a position and are forced to search for one on their own. It is financially demanding to be self-funding your studies abroad. Depending on where you live, the UK can be extremely expensive. You also have to take into account of all the additional expenses and living costs on top of your tuition fees. The tuition fees increase at an exponential rate and can fluctuate substantially due to the volatile exchange rate. On top of that, you need to remember that NCA policies change on a continuous basis. What might be current now may not be the same in the next few years when you graduate.
  8. Someone has posted about their experience transferring from a UK law school to a Canadian law school. You can read more about it here.
  9. It's much harder to find a position with the current situation. Normally I would suggest certain volunteer opportunities available for NCA students, but they are not taking anyone right now.
  10. You may be able to find volunteering positions through cold-calling. but I'm not sure if that will translate into a future articling position. The work you get through volunteering may not be as valuable either, especially if they are mainly giving you administrative work. Many NCA candidates start off as legal assistants or law clerks and work their way up to accumulate legal work experience. I can't speak for BC, but I suppose you might have to look further out into smaller towns and rural regions where your chances of finding an articling position are higher. That being said, if you have enough financial resources to pursue an LLM Common Law degree, it may be worth it to gain potential networking opportunities to help you with your articling search.
  11. Right now at this point, you can only be administratively called. Since you haven't even started articling yet, you don't have to worry about it. The LSO will adjust their schedule in accordance to the current situation. If things get better once you have completed your articling and bar exams, they will eventually move back to in-person call ceremonies.
  12. Assuming you are in Ontario, have you contacted the Member Assistance Program? It's a great way to speak with someone about your issues and get counselling and access to professional resources.
  13. Don't redo the application. Wait a little longer. Things are pretty slow lately, so it will take time. If you really want to follow up, send them a message in the portal.
  14. You can apply for legal assistant positions for the time being. It may not translate into an articling position, but it is still considered relevant Canadian legal experience. I would also suggest doing pro bono, but it is currently not possible. Many employers look for law clerks that have done the law clerk program in college, so you may find it difficult to find a position. Big Law firms also want experienced law clerks with many years of training, so you will not fit their requirements.
  15. Times are hard right now with the current situation. The market seems to be terrible for articling this year. There's a significant increase of law students from Canadian law schools that have not secured articling positions after 3L this year, so I reckon it will be increasingly difficult for NCA students to compete for one at this time. Not sure if you are in Ontario, but you should take a look at the LPP program. There are quite a few successful alumni that have moved on to great positions. While there are very few Big Law positions, you can apply for the in-house positions that hire LPP candidates. They range from financial institutions to big technology companies. It's worth considering if you don't want to risk a bad articling position. Since you have a few months to decide whether to do the LPP or take an articling position, you can choose to enroll in the LPP program for now and look for articling positions in the meantime. Cold call a bunch of firms and start networking right now. If you can't find one by August, you can stick with the LPP.
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