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  1. I know students who have interviews at the following firms: - Blakes - BDP - Fasken - BLG - Osler - Dentons - Norton Rose - Stikeman Elliott The deadline to apply is today so I am sure firms are being flooded with applications and more invitations will be going out soon!
  2. Might want to check out Benjamin Berger's research.
  3. Accepted Calgary and now I feel very anxious that I made the wrong decision in passing up McGill. Like you said, come September we probably won't think about the paths we didn't take.
  4. I know the U of A really emphasizes its collegiality. What does this mean? Like if I were to compare the U of A and the U of C (those are the two schools I am choosing between), what about the U of A would strike me as being noteworthy for being "collegial"? I'm not trying to pick apart the use of the word, just trying to understand what people mean by it since it seems to be one of the things people love most about the U of A
  5. Thank you very much for the info--this is really good to know, and relieves my fears about the Vancouver legal market.
  6. Do you know what hire back rates are like for articling students? I have a friend who graduated from a BC school a few years ago, and he said only around 30% of articling students at big firms got hired on as associates. Do you know if the situation seems to have improved?
  7. This is good to know. I guess it sounds like neither school will give a significant advantage in Calgary at this point in time (unless the new curriculum becomes a selling point, though the U of A is going to be updating their curriculum now too). Maybe it comes down to a decision between money, or choosing a school where the majority of the people with whom I build relationships will remain in the city after graduating.
  8. This is a good point. I bet a lot of the older lawyers in Calgary firms are U of A grads though, so it could go either way.
  9. If I were you I would aim for a -0 on logic games and you could substantially raise your score. I raised my score 10 points by exclusively drilling logic games for 3 weeks and watching 7sage videos for every single game I did.
  10. 25-30k overall. I will have probably 90k in debt if I go to the U of A and around 120k+ if I go to the U of C (hard to say as rents are starting to go back up). I don't really want to live in Edmonton. If Calgary isn't a lucrative place to work, I would consider Vancouver--it seems much more stable as its economy is not tied to one commodity. I don't know what type of law I would want to practice, but I have heard that when there is less money in the economy in general, all areas of law take a hit.
  11. The scholarship at the U of A is tempting, and having it on my resume may help me stand out when I apply for jobs (I am assuming it would be tacky to write on my resume that I was offered an entrance scholarship at the U of A if I don't end up accepting it because I chose to go elsewhere--wouldn't it be?). Most people I have talked to think I am crazy to even consider paying 30k more for the same education at what is presumed to be a "worse" school (whether that is true or not). The U of A may also offer more mobility if 3 years down the line, Calgary is no longer a super lucrative place to work due to the oil markets.
  12. I am weighing the pros and cons of attending the U of C vs. U of A, and one factor I am not sure how to interpret is that the U of C dominates in placing students into Calgary's legal market. According to the U of C, their students received approximately 48% of positions being offered in the national Calgary market 2L recruit this year, as compared to the 8% that were offered to students at the next two highest placing law schools (of which I assume the U of A would be one). I am wondering how much can be read into this, and whether it is worth passing up an entrance scholarship at the U of A and taking on 25-30k more in debt to attend the U of C if I know I likely will want to practice in Calgary (depending on the economy and how the oil sector ends up balancing out). The U of C's dominance of Calgary's legal market indicates a preference of U of C students to work in Calgary, and possibly a preference of Calgary firms to hire U of C students. I have often heard that in Calgary, there is a lot of loyalty to the city in that firms really support the local school and local students, and showing connections to Calgary is extremely important as Calgary firms see students without connections to the city as flight risks. But does this mean that the U of C is the obvious choice if I want to work in Calgary? Maybe U of A students mostly want to work in Edmonton and so they choose not to take positions in Calgary, and so maybe the U of C's dominance of Calgary's market isn't an important factor when choosing between the two schools? Just wanted to hear thoughts on this from those who may have more insight into the situation. Another factor aside from whether the U of C offers an advantage if I want to work in Calgary is the fact that with so few U of A students working in Calgary, if I attended the U of A I would basically have to start over in terms of building connections and friendships in Calgary whereas if I attended the U of C, most of my connections and friends would remain in the city after graduating. I am not sure how strongly to value that factor in comparison to the lower cost of attending the U of A.
  13. I guess it depends on where you go. I know a few people who attended the University of Alberta and found it to be really right wing.
  14. Yes we can start our own. I doubt someone in another year will be sitting around thinking about us and will want to administer our group.
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