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  1. You can search for past papers on the UBC website for most courses that you've mentioned (with the exception of foundations). While there are no sample answers, you can use them as practice questions.
  2. Agreed. According to the TRU website, there are three Australian partner universities for law. Or better yet, take a trip to Australia after finishing law school (or for summer vacation).
  3. According to McGill's website (https://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/international/apply/equivalency), they generally calculate the average according to your overall standing. I think the law faculty may consider your percentile, provided that they use the same method as graduate studies. You shouldn't worry too much about it.
  4. According to the GPLLM website, there are 88 students for the Class of 2019. https://gpllm.law.utoronto.ca/sites/default/files/media/UTLaw-Infographic-Class-v1-2019.pdf
  5. 1. Is it any easier to secure an articling position in Canada if I obtain an LLM from a Canadian University? It could be easier to secure an articling position with an LLM, but it is by no means an easy task. It mainly depends on how willing you are in reaching out to other lawyers and using the resources available at your university to secure a position. Note that there are a lot of low-paying and unpaid articling positions, so getting one isn't as difficult as you may think. However, getting a paid position will require effort on your part. 2. How do U.K law firms view Canadians who decide to to stay and practice law in the U.K. following their degree? Is there a similar stigma, do they not care at all? From what I've heard, law firm recruiters tend to view favourably upon Canadian graduates, since they are more mature than their fellow coursemates (and generally with more work experience). This can work to your advantage, but it is difficult to secure a training contract as an international student. Since you have dual citizenship, this wouldn't be a problem for you. I don't think there is any similar stigma in the UK, given that there are a fair share of UK-educated Canadian lawyers working in London. As long as you have excellent grades, pass the initial assessment tests and interviews, and fulfill their requirements, you have a decent shot at the Magic Circle firms and other international firms. 3. Given I have dual citizenship, should I stay in the UK or try my luck in Canada after an LLM? I think you still have time to decide on this until your final year. It's too early to decide which path you want to take. However, I think it's more beneficial for you to stay in the UK, given your status and the potential stigma that you may get if you return to Canada. If you end up getting a training contract, you are better off staying in the UK. Coming back to Canada should be a backup option.
  6. You actually don't get your money back if you already secured an articling position and are making the switch. The amount for the LPP and the articling program are the same, so no changes will be made, as long as you switch before the deadline (end of August for the Ryerson LPP; not sure for the uOttawa LPP). The candidate will only get back 50% of the fees if they leave after the first two weeks of the program. After four weeks, there is no refund whatsoever. I suppose the actual refund comes if the candidate decides to withdraw from the licensing process altogether.
  7. You really need to think hard. While there are still articling positions available, your choices are extremely limited (unless you widen the scope of your practice area and geographical area), since you have passed the deadlines for a good chunk of them. Honestly, at this point, you are better off either sticking with the LPP or defer your articling search until later in the year. I do know that a number of articling positions show up after August, but that would be a risky move if you don't know what you are looking for. Generally speaking, the current articling positions available, should you search now, will likely be unpaid or paid at an extremely low salary. If you don't have much financial obligations, you can go ahead with the articling position if it is your preferred practice area. Otherwise, you might as well stick with the LPP. Based on what I've heard, around 70% of the LPP placements are paid. I heard that the chance of being hired back is pretty low after completing the LPP. Many of them ended up working as sole practitioners, with a small proportion staying at the firms they were placed at. You still have until the end of August to decide whether you want to stay in the LPP or defer your articling search. I believe the interviews for LPP work placements have not started yet (I think the first round of interviews starts in July), but I do agree that it's unlikely that the OP can back out once the employer accepted them for the placement. Not only would it look bad for the OP, it would also ruin the reputation of the program, and I don't think the coordinators would risk that.
  8. I don't think it's impossible to build a career in law per se, but it will be an extremely steep hill to climb up. Even with your GPA, it will be difficult to gain entry into the two-year program offered by many UK universities. You will most likely be offered the 3-year program option, which would require a greater financial investment on your part. If you are willing to put in the effort to study hard and do well on your exams, it shouldn't be too big of a problem, at least up until the point where you are assessed by the NCA. If you do end up doing the 3-year program, you will generally be allocated 5 challenge exams, provided that your grades are better than 45% and your overall classification is greater than 2:2. If you aren't too fussy about going into Bay Street, I think you still have a decent chance of getting an articling position. I can't speak for most firms, but some small firms and solo practitioners look for candidates that are interested in their practice area and focus less on your undergrad results. In some cases, they don't even require them. Provided that you do well in law school, I don't think your undergraduate results will have a significant impact on your chances of finding employment. However, this comes with a lot of risks and you should also be mindful that it will come with a lot of unexpected hurdles ahead. Good luck!
  9. It highly depends on which areas of law you are planning to article in. I can't speak from personal experience, but I've encountered a few people that were in a similar position as you. From what I know, they did one or a combination of the following: 1) sought out positions in different clubs; 2) attended various conferences relating to their preferred area; 3) actively searched for volunteer opportunities through cold calling; 4) published an article in their student newspaper, and/or; 5) applied for a placement with PBSC or the school legal clinic. All of them found an articling position before the end of the final semester.
  10. It's best that you look into legal assistant or law clerk positions. You should look into job listings, cold call firms of your choice after narrowing down your preferred practice of law, and also network with other NCA students or lawyers at various events. If you can't find any work experience, you might want to search for volunteer opportunities. I'm not sure if this is available to you in BC, but I believe you can check out Access Pro Bono to see if you can work at pro bono clinics as a law student.
  11. You should definitely go on the exchange. It is an opportunity that doesn't come often. In fact, I think it would give you a better position to write on your application if there is anything that might be related to your experience. There are many students that go on exchange and end up in law school, so you shouldn't be too worried. Although I believe law schools do look at your transcripts for your exchange, I think a few schools do not require an official copy under certain circumstances. In some cases, you may be able to give an unofficial copy to them. Alternatively, you can get a certified copy from the international programs office at your university along with a letter sent to the admissions office to verify the transcript (if the exchange university doesn't provide multiple copies).
  12. You might want to look into this first: http://www.lpab.justice.nsw.gov.au/Pages/admission-overseas-lawyers/admission-overseas-qualified-lawyers.aspx
  13. That might be true for Bond, but I'm not sure if the same would apply for Leicester. Most Canadian students attend UK schools because the distance and years of study is shorter, and the cost of studying there, albeit expensive, is not as expensive as going to Australia or New Zealand. I believe people used to go to Bond because of the NCA exemptions that were given to students studying there, but that has since been removed. I suppose the significant numbers of Canadian students going to Bond might be a major deciding factor. Same thing applies to Leicester.
  14. I don't think OP is actually considering to study law in New Zealand. Probably just curious to see if anyone can answer this question. There aren't too many New Zealand universities as Australian universities, so it isn't as competitive in terms of student recruitment. I think the Australian government is very proactive in going out to the global market to entice international students to go to their universities. A lot of Malaysians, Singaporeans, Chinese, and international students go to Australia to study, supposedly due to better brand recognition in these universities. There are a lot more agencies that recruit students to study in Australian universities, but there isn't such demand for New Zealand universities.
  15. If your end goal is to practice in Canada, then the obvious choice is to go to U of T or McGill. It is not worth going to Oxford just to get through the NCA process later on. Even if you decide that you want to study at Oxford later on, you can always opt to take a year for the BCL program after you complete your JD.
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