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  1. Small towns to me, being from a very small town already, would be generally from 5-25,000 people. Many firms in towns of that size are general practices, touching on many areas (family, wills, real estate, etc). Any idea on salary with that in mind? I appreciate the advice. It is very difficult to find good information about articling in small towns.
  2. Hi all, I am looking for some advice regarding applying to article in small, rural towns in western Canada. I will be cold applying to most of the firms I have identified as potentially good fits. If anyone has experienced the process of applying and securing articles in small town locales, I would appreciate your input on the following questions: 1. how is it best to reach out to these firms? 2. being from out of province, but completing 2 years of Law school in B.C., I understand I must show some connection or commitment to living in the community. does a lack of personal connection affect my chances? 3. I have scoured this website and others looking for potential income information. does anybody have a semi-reliable figure when it comes to being an associate at a small town firm? any and all information is appreciated. thanks!
  3. hi all, i was hoping that anyone with experience working in rural BC or those who have experience with the British Columbia REAL (rural education and access to lawyers) program could chime in. i am currently completing my first year at Queen's law. my aim is to secure employment in a rural or northern location. i come from a small Ontario farming town and hope to work and live in a small town in the near future as i am certain the lifestyle is better suited for me. at this point i have filled out some forms and looked into the communities this program services. has anyone used this program? what were your experiences? is this a viable option or are there more promising avenues to gain employment in these places? please feel free to share any information you feel is important! thanks!
  4. Hi minifrenchie. I am a 1l at Queens. I turned down Osgoode in favour of queens for many of the reasons you have mentioned. After visiting both schools and surrounding areas, I decided Kingston was much better suited to my life than North York. You are right, rent near Osgoode can be wild, and you will most likely need to drive to school if you’re living somewhere where rent isn’t insane. Taking your mental health into consideration is super important and I’m glad to hear that you are. 1l can be tough and you want to put yourself in the best position to enjoy your time and do well. I don’t feel in any way limited by choosing Queens over Osgoode, short of letting go of my undergraduate dream of attending such a “prestigious” school. I will echo what everyone else has, prestige of school seems not to influence success in the field. I am also not planning on taking the corporate route as my interests are elsewhere. Queens offers a pretty good range of upper year classes that I couldn’t find after my first search. If you want, pm me and I can send you the document with all upper year classes. Ive really enjoyed my time at queens and the 25 person small section is awesome. It’s been easy to socialize and has really helped with creating a network of friends in which everyone can lean on each other when needed. I can’t speak for Osgoode, and several friends there are absolutely loving it. But I can say that I am very happy about my decision to attend Queens.
  5. Thanks for your reply, that echoes some of what I have heard on this matter already. I understand profit largely depends on geography as well as the amount of effort one is willing to put in.
  6. @Hegdis Would you say that starting a sole defence practice in Northern Canada could be a viable career option in terms of profit?
  7. I am currently a 1l in Ontario, and I’m looking for advice on what it is like practicing criminal law in northern Canada, both prosecution and defence. I have ties to western Canada, love the outdoors and northern climate and am from a small rural town. I am also extremely compassionate to broader indigenous issues and completed a decent amount of research about indigenous legal issues in my undergraduate degree. I’m looking for info on: - pay information - time commitment information - lifestyle information - any other general information you feel is relevant please don’t hesistate to ask any questions to inform your answer. Thanks.
  8. In today as well 3.6 cgpa 3.7 l2 162 lsat, average ec's and ps, good lor's
  9. My Gpa is 3.8/4.33 and lsat score of 162, which with the index calculation I found on this site puts my index score at 900. I've heard that autoadmit is either 905 or 915 so how competitive is this score?
  10. I would also like to add that most of my colleagues have no intention on going to or applying to law school. I cannot speak for everyone but for the most part those I've talked to are aiming for police work or government public service jobs.
  11. As a legal studies student, I can vouch for the utility of such programs, though not for the applicability to law school studies. first, pragmatically speaking, a legal studies degree prepares you for jobs such as law enforcement, public policy, research, and various other government occupations. the legal studies curriculum is broad, drawing on legal theory, legal philosophy, actual case studies and focus on principles of law based on these cases. For example, my 3rd year contract law class used the same textbook as 1l contract law at uOttawa. Further, exposure and in depth analysis of policy, structural analysis of Canadian institutions and impacts, and specializations in international, business, and human rights law allow one to experience truly interdisciplinary studies while fostering knowledge of the law and its impact on society. obviously I am biased towards this program because I have nothing but good experiences in it. Many if not most of my colleagues are now in fourth year getting government department jobs such as CBSA and Coast Guard. I believe the most important aspect of this degree has been the critical engagement with the law. We do not treat the law as a perfect institution, and constantly find ways to critique and thus improve existing laws and policy. Whether a legal studies degree is really effective at preparing one for law school I cannot say, however it is certainly not a scam preying on hopefuls. It is a broad and engaging program that will give you a solid legal knowledge while not excluding you from other occupations.
  12. Maybe as in average chance, or unlikely?
  13. hi all, just wondering what my chances are for osgoode, western, queens, and uvic given my stats 3.7 gpa, 3.75 l2, 162 lsat
  14. I appreciate your understanding of my perspective, and taking that approach is helpful. I want to go to school somewhere reasonably close to a ski hill! lol
  15. fully aware of your points, however for me and any others interested, an answer to the specific questions would be appreciated.
  16. I was speaking to a professor today, who told me that going to "the best" law school isn't necessarily what is the best choice, on an individual level. She explained that each school has particular strengths, and that as an applicant, I should choose a school not based on reputation but by what programs are available that align with my intended path. with her comments in mind, I wanted to reach out and inquire as to which schools are well regarded for specific programs. I was told that UVic has an outstanding indigenous law program, and that McGill is excellent for human rights. I am aware that 1l curriculums are very similar, but advanced, more "boutique" courses become available that lend to a students desired path. I am considering environmental law, because I am passionate about affecting a degree of change in that regard. I have also considered some type of business law. please, let me know your schools "specialty" as I am going to begin applying relatively soon and need to narrow down my choices!
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