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  1. You will not receive anything until you get an email to check your licensing portal. Once you are in, you will receive a message that you were called to the bar.
  2. Most of the positions in the British Civil Service are available to Commonwealth citizens. You may read more about it here.
  3. Make sure you network with other people. It's difficult starting out as someone without much support. The articling search is made worse by the current situation with the pandemic. You need to reach out to others and maintain a proactive attitude to move forward. It's not easy in the beginning, but you will get better with practice. Find someone who is willing to be your mentor. A lot of people in the legal community are willing to give back. They have been in your shoes before and would like to lend a helping hand. Someone has mentioned two people whom you can contact on LinkedIn. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Most are friendly enough to approach. Even if they can't help you directly, they may be able to help you out by asking their own network of connections. Join organizations and make sure of their resources. There are so many catering to NCA students and internationally trained lawyers. Some of them include NCA Network, ITLNCA NetworkS, Global Lawyers of Canada, and other similar associations. Sign up for the LSO Articling Registry. There are firms that are still looking for articling students and may use this to create job postings for an articling placement. Even if you can't find articling, there's always the option of joining the Law Practice Program at Ryerson.
  4. Actually you may be eligible for certain positions in the Civil Service. Assuming you are a Canadian citizen, you would be considered a Commonwealth citizen, allowing you to apply to all non-reserved posts in the Civil Service. While you are restricted from applying to certain positions, you aren't barred from all of them. In my previous post, I was under the impression that you were looking to pursue the LLM degree after completing your JD degree. That's why I pointed out the international exchange program with uOttawa.
  5. I can assure you the legal market in England and Wales is oversaturated. However, if you do well for yourself, get good grades, and keep striving to gain work experience at the big firms, there's a possibility to lateral over to London and work there. It's also worthwhile to use your third year to do an international exchange abroad. Figure out which exchange partners are available through uOttawa and make sure to establish some networks while you are in the UK or another European country, whether it's France, Belgium, or the Netherlands.
  6. It really depends. Some people might be comfortable in their preparation without any practice exams, while others prefer to do a few before attempting the actual one. As someone else mentioned, the OLE exams are easier, so you should be aiming for a higher mark. From what I've heard, the practice exams offered by other companies are slightly harder and more analogous to the questions you see on the actual exam. What is considered a "good" mark is subjective, but the general practice is to make sure you get at least 70% to 75% on each section of the exam.
  7. The passing mark is not at all close to 50%. You should be aiming for at least 70%, preferably 75% to be safe enough to pass.
  8. While I agree that people have managed to create their own success stories with a foreign law degree, I don't think people appreciate the pretentious attitude you are portraying through your post. Let's be realistic here. You can be leaps and bounds ahead with an established network and motivation to do well, but it isn't something most law students start off with. It's difficult to do it for local students with a Canadian law degree. What makes you think it would be easier for foreign-trained graduates?
  9. Contrary to that, if your articling placement is supposed to end on a weekend, your last day will be on the Friday prior. It's actually mentioned in the FAQs. https://lso.ca/Becoming-Licensed/Lawyer-Licensing-Process/FAQs#articling-5
  10. Yes, they are mailed to your address.
  11. From what I understand, the process for the SQE scheme, like the QLTS, is still split into two parts. While the SQE scheme allows greater flexibility to complete your assessments elsewhere in the world, it will be more difficult than the QLTS scheme. The first stage will include two assessments testing your knowledge of substantive law (as opposed to one in the QLTS). This is essentially the same thing as the bar exam. The second stage will be more rigorous, covering a greater number of legal practice areas and skills than the QLTS. Where the QLTS scheme allowed candidates an unlimited amount of times to complete all assessments without any time frame, the SQE will only allow 3 attempts for each assessment. Both assessment must be completed within a 6-year period. The QLTS scheme only applies to foreign qualified lawyers, while the SQE will allow all aspiring solicitors to become qualified, regardless of their background and education. As a licensed Canadian lawyer, you should be better prepared for these two assessments, given your legal education, articling experience, and completion of the bar exams. Here's a chart which compares the two different schemes.
  12. This really depends on how you approach your career path. You have a good chance of making it into big law if you manage to snag an articling position at one of the Seven Sisters or international law firm with offices around the world with the likes of Gowling WLG, Dentons, DLA Piper, and others of similar calibre. If you want to become a solicitor in England and Wales, completing the QLTS scheme would have been the best option after being called to the bar in one of the Canadian provinces. However, the SRA is transitioning to the SQE this September with a different process to become a solicitor in England and Wales.
  13. I'm so sorry for your loss. While you may not want to address your personal situation in your cover letter, I do think you can indirectly mention it without going into detail. It would be a good idea to explain how you persevered through law school during a very difficult time of your life while juggling your responsibilities as the breadwinner of the family. Employers are looking for lawyers who have such qualities and I think your experience is a fitting testament to your resilience and determination.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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