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  1. This doesn't relate to law school, but one downside of having a Macbook is that when you get a job at a law firm you wont be able to hook up your macbook to the firms network/computer system (you know what I mean) because those are configured for PC. For example I cannot access the firms servers from anywhere offsite, whereas I could if I had a PC laptop. Although many firms will give you a laptop, some will not. And even if they do, it might be an old laptop that is not very easy to use, as was my case.
  2. MUN getting a law school would be devastating to UNB. They have an arrangement in place with MUN that says that MUN will take a certain number of NB residents into their med school every year, because NB doesn't have one, and UNB returns the favour and reserves a number of spots for NFLD residents, since they don't have a law school. MUN getting a law school would mess all that up, and reduce the number of people who apply to UNB.
  3. Ya but the people earning that much in the US straight outta law school all have about $500k in student debt hanging over their heads after they paid 4 years of undergrad tuition at a good college and then 3 years of tuition at a top law school. If you did not go to a top undergraduate institution, you cannot go to a top law school (like t14) and you will not get one of those big law jobs in NYC. And if those firms did not pay those kids that much money, then they would basically be homeless (yes i know its an exaggeration) as a result of paying NYC cost of living and repaying their ridiculous student loans.
  4. Ya the arrival of the "Suits" generation into practice over the next few years is going to make things real interesting.
  5. The cheapest condo's in Toronto, not even downtown, are going for AT LEAST $400k. The only way to buy for less than that is to buy a pre-construction or go to like Mississauga, where its still like $350k. But for arguments sake, lets assume that prices are 10% lower than that. Since we are debating the income you need to qualify for a mortgage I have included a link to TD's mortgage affordability calculator, as well as RBC's. According to TD, if you make $75k a year, and have a $40k downpayment, you can qualify for a mortgage on a condo up to $378k. If you don't have the $40k deposit, you don't qualify for a mortgage. The lowest downpayment that you can have and still qualify for a mortgage is 5% which translates to a $20k deposit. Then you can qualify for a mortgage on a condo up to $320k. In all of these calculations I have inputted that monthly expenses are $1500, and that there is NO DEBT. No car loans, no student line of credit etc. So when you say that someone who makes $75k can "easily afford" a shoebox condo in downtown Toronto what you are really saying is: someone who makes $75k a year, and has a $20-40K downpayment, and has no student loans or other debt, might be able to qualify for a mortgage on a pre-construction condo in downtown Toronto. https://www.rbcroyalbank.com/mortgages/tools/mortgage-affordability-calculator/index.html https://tools.td.com/mortgage-affordability-calculator/
  6. Thats people who already own a house. If you earn $75k in Toronto today, there is absolutely 0% chance you will qualify for a mortgage on a house, which costs on average $900k. You might be able to qualify for a mortgage on a shoebox condo, if you have good credit and IF you have someone to loan you to downpayment.
  7. If you factor in cost of living, like just rent and car insurance alone, that 1st or 2nd year associate in Ottawa is almost certainly living a better quality of life than the 1L making the same or more money than them on Bay street. Heck, you could afford to buy a house, yes a house not a home, on that income in Ottawa. In Toronto you'd be lucky to afford to buy a shoe box condo on that income.
  8. You cant do either of those without the clients signatures. So OP would have to contact the clients regardless.
  9. I'm a currently a student at Osgoode, and I also did my undergrad at York while living on campus. So the first point I'll address is the location of the campus. It sucks. There's no way around it. Although now that the subway is completed, you can just live downtown and take to subway to and from campus. With t hat being said, the safety concerns about York U and the surrounding area are vastly overblown. As someone who has lived in the area for almost 7 years now lets me declare for all of the world to know: Jane and Finch IS a safe place to live. When choosing a law school the general advice on this forum is to go to the law school that is closest to where you want to practice. If you want to be a lawyer in NYC, then you be better served by going to a law school in NYC, or at least somewhere else in the North East. Getting a good job in NYC is very difficult for Canadian law school grads. And it makes sense. If you want to be a lawyer in New York, you should probably study the law of New York and not the law of another country. My understanding is that the few Canadian in practice in NYC pretty much all come from U of T, Osgoode, and McGill. So going to one of those three schools would maximize your, already very slim, chances on getting a job in NYC with a Canadian law degree. I know that NYC firms come to U of T and Osgoode annually for OCI's, but not to Queens as far as I know. Judging by the sounds of it you have not decided what city, or country for that matter, you want to practice law in. So you should probably go to the law school that gives you the most mobility and will keep as many doors open for you as possible. I'm inclined to think that Osgoode is better in that respect, although that might just be me swallowing the "Osgoode = most prestigious law school in Canada" BS that they shove down our throats here to justify the $30k/year tuition.
  10. I am currently at Osgoode, however I finished my first year at UNB before transferring. Prior to transferring I was under the assumption that I would have to study harder and likely still see my grades drop because of the supposedly stronger class at Osgoode. However, from my personal experience thus far this has not been the case. Even though Osgoode is supposedly one of the best law schools in Canada with very competitive entrance statistic and UNB is, well...... not. I am studying less than I did in 1L and my grades have actually been higher, slightly. I have not noticed any difference in difficulty getting good grades in UNB vs Osgoode. I was expecting the competition amongst students to also be more cutthroat, with students ruthlessly competing against each other and looking for every possible advantage over their classmates. I have not noticed this either, and in fact I'm quite pleasantly surprised by how chill people at Osgoode are. Although I do sometimes wonder if my experience would have been different if I actually did 1L at Osgoode, as I often hear people talk about how people ease up after 1L.
  11. I refuse to believe that Major Bay street firms consider Windsor and Osgoode to be in the same echelon. All of the objective evidence I have seen seen suggests otherwise, for example the ultra vires annual report on articling placement. Although maybe just refuse to believe that I am paying $30k/year tuition for nothing.
  12. I always assumed it was actually the opposite, at least for lawyers. I always figured that the lawyers who go on Glassdoor or sites like that to report their salaries, they are people who are in the earlier years of the career and are insecure or uncertain about how much they should make. Whereas more senior lawyers who are well established and making $200k/year + are less likely to go on line and try and compare salaries because they are more likely to feel like they are properly compensated and that they understand pay structures in the profession. Although I admit that I have no evidence for this, other than the fact that there are alot of self reported salaries on Glassdoor from lawyers at major firms who are junior associates, but barley any from senior lawyers or partners.
  13. UNB is a good bet. Tuition is among the lowest and as someone who grew up in Toronto I found the cost of living to be outrageously low. When I tell my friends that you can rent a 2 bedroom apartment in Fredericton for $600 a month they are absolutely dumbfounded and cannot believe it.
  14. My understanding is that articling students costs for money than they bring in, at least for Bay street firms. The firms do it because they want to pick and choose their associates and future partners and groom them from the start. This is also why its more uncommon for small firms (like less than 5 lawyers) to hire articling students, because its more cost effective for them to pay an extra $20-30k a year and get an associate who is a 2nd or 3rd year call and actually knows what they are doing, and doesn't require constant supervision.
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