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  1. Personal experience - I did a few internships (one had a nice stipend) at various international bodies, in Canada & abroad, and learned more than the rubbish international law class... I was hands-on, saw some incredible files and cherish every second of my experiences. My goal in time is to be a great prof of international law.
  2. There are some clueless people here. If in, say 10 years, you decide you want to be a lawyer, you can. There is no time limit on passing the bar. Frustrations be gone! Law school sucks the creativity out of everyone.
  3. Don't worry about what others say, you don't like, period. I have a friend who went to work in a small café and was so happy. Now she's a function manager for the Federal gvnt. Your JD is still a diploma, no matter what. I hated law school, but loved doing my LLM. That's me... If I knew you, I'd know exactly what to say. If you love desk work, there's many interesting jobs... if you like to be challenged, there's the RCMP or the CBSA (great job, I have a friend who works at Pearson). The world is YOUR oyster, my friend, get Googling and have fun playing around with ideas (and give your brain a break every so often, spring is here!).
  4. I might be repeating everything people told you, but they can be valuable. Many don't use them, mainly because te instructors in the classes give hints about things to look out for, that's invaluable. Read the materials 3 times, understand it all... My recommendation would be to them at the end of articles. Best of luck, you'll do great!
  5. You'll have to improve your French writing skills. The test de compétence is given during the first semester. For admission you'll need to write a kick-ass and the déclaration personnelle needs to be flawless.
  6. Network, sleep with the top bosses, brush my hair, bathe and say to myself again "no way in hell am I interested in those stuck-up, fake sycophantic jerks who detest meeting students", and have another beer with my friends.
  7. If you possibly do have the time, international (private is easiest) is a great paper, given the context of common law, you could do a comparative of another common law jurisdiction; problems with contracts with civil law jurisdictions (eg. Quebec, Germany)...
  8. I've somewhat been following bits and bobs of your conversation, and finding it quite amusing. Someone questioned what my practice is as the OP. I work in international public law, I only take on short-term projects, then come home and do legal aid work because I enjoy it (until another project comes alone). Keep up the debate!
  9. I think your questions have been answered, but I can add that having a specialized LLM can get you a generous stipend for a PhD or LLD (the latter is used rarely on the Continent). Sweden accepts foreign students, and once graduated you could work there, not an easy process. Think of working in International Law (you'd need the LLM).
  10. Everyone I know doing Immigration Law are very happy. I imagine it must be really in the process of fast-paced changes right now. A lot of firms are crying out for Immigration Consultants too (and I think that's just a one year course)
  11. You said it!! I also think that we should have been thrown to the wolves like many states do (meaning no articling). Last year as practical work? Yes, yes and yes. I only had my eye on the end and was more interested in choosing courses that would let me sleep in, rather than ones that would good for articling applications!
  12. I don't see any conflict of interest there...
  13. No, no, no.... I offered to them that if they wanted to do SPLIT articles, I'd be open to that. The principal knew that I was going to offer in advance. We gain nothing when acting as principal. I don't take on that much legal aid work. I do mainly short-term locum work and that keeps me super busy. I'll take on legal aid work in interesting places, like Bella Coola or Skagway. This is a stunning province and the people in those little towns are so nice, kind and welcoming. There's no way in hell I'd let a student or even a long-standing colleague live in my house! I own a studio apartment, I rent it out on a seasonal basis, it's in a different part of town, different address, different post code. I don't understand the rest of your comments.
  14. Trying to find me is like trying to find a Ferrari in Cuba, you'd need to either Google my name, or look at the list on the LSBC's website. So if a student actually went to all that effort to find a Ferrari (just like me haha), I'd take them seriously. As for means of contact, I get so few cold-calls that I actually enjoy talking about what it was all like - my practice is very unusual, so I don't know if I just leave them completely scared and move to Cuba!
  15. I agree wholeheartedly with large firms. I do have to admit, I'm a sole practioner and a call is likely to go to voicemail, and would be low priority. An email, if it doesn't get flagged, might stay in my inbox, unlike a day like today. My phone is on, and even though it would be a quick call, I would set up a time to meet (my choice of café though haha). With the smaller firms, if the practioner practices in a specific area, and the call was precisely about that area (say, Aboriginal Law)I would like to think that they would be interested in "giving back" to students. They lived that life for many years, I personally think it's only fair - as long as it's not a request for work.
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