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  1. I think the concern is whether Bay Street may value a UC-Irvine law degree over an Osgoode one in the future, but you are probably correct.
  2. Moved cities, six hours away. Lots of my colleagues did too since we are from southern Ontario heading northwards. Love the people there, love the city on some days but goddamn is it bleak and winters harsh. Other than that Canadian cities are not different worlds and you adjust to cities quite easily.
  3. I have met three solicitors who had excellent London legal careers in the big firms who move here for whatever reason (although I speculate its due to an unfortunate little referendum). They are in law school to fulfil bar requirements here (typically a year of courses) and are in the same courses as 1Ls. The schools aren't oriented towards a "level playing field" or anything of that matter; they care about training lawyers for the right firms and niches. If you interested in practicing in the US, I will also recommend probably going to UofT or UBC, as they have excellent name recognition abroad.
  4. Two points I will make. First is there is usually a mature crowd with full careers before them returning, lots of parents and people wanting to do a degree mid-way through. Its the same deal in medicine really; and it reflects the culture where there is a more mature attitude. Second, younger crowds adjust, not the other way most of the time. Law students typically are a bit more mature; but most start picking up professional and more "mature" ways of socialization. People also generally are more open-minded in law school than say undergrad too. It will be a certain hassle doing some stuff you absolutely do not need, e.g. first year crim and pubcon and so-on but we have engineers among us with full work experience and six-figure incomes going back to work IP. I am guessing he will likely start with a way higher income than regular JDs, since he's already super specialized and will probably be thrown into the complex IP cases. IP is a weird world full of brainiacs so I'm told but I the few lawyers I've met have like 4 degrees each.
  5. Common actually for engineers going into IP specializations. I've met 3-4 similar to you, super qualified people who are picked up into IP firms dealing in a specific area. Your age is actually also pretty common and you have a full advantage over the KD to JD crowd. You should take a look at the career paths of a few IP and non-IP lawyers in the big firms, a handful will have a PhD and unusual career trajectories.
  6. There is a FB for everyone. https://www.facebook.com/groups/uOttawaLawHousingAndFurniture/ Many people found roommates from other 1Ls through FB, a few of my friends did and have made friends with them. I will recommend you room with people from other sections or large sections as a matter of keeping work and home separate and all that. Certainly helps with bridging with other sections.
  7. Are you from Saskatchewan or Manitoba? Not to ask too many personal questions but we heard quite a bit on the whole Monsanto Schmeizer affair, e.g. how it really went down from a professor with local connections. It was an interesting contrast to the ruling.
  8. I know nothing of working in IP Law Toronto directly but @TheScientist101 is currently in that industry. Going to page him for some input.
  9. Yes this is true; our caselaw draws more Ontario Court of Appeals cases and so-on; but learning the bar for other provinces isn't as a whole difficult. Connections and networks all else however may be harder and a different story. Lots of people at UO are from out west and out east and do not plan to become Ontarians in the long-term IMO.
  10. If you can justify the L2 as being substantively better; there is a chance at Queens and Western. I'd recommend applying as broadly as possible though.
  11. Man what is your problem dude? You sound incredibly insecure about your UG major. At the end of the day it really does not matter; poli-sci kids do average here but will be ruled out for IP/tech/other jobs usually while those like 3 compsci majors in law school (personally never met one) will get 6figure jobs.
  12. Man this is terribly dumb. Like the stupidest post I've seen in some time.
  13. Except I've spoken to Adcom people on this question after I was admitted. There are very few trained lawyers with technical backgrounds; the vast majority are of the same academic background and profile. Law schools aim for creating lawyers in all aspects and will admit comp sci and engineers at much higher rates.
  14. Usually with a "K". Complete opposite reaction when my sister or friends tell people they are in medicine. Law is great and all but as a group they aren't noticeably smarter than grad students in the sciences, and damn does some of us have a huge chip on our shoulders.
  15. Yes. Since you are applying in the fall you also have 2 more tries to hit 160+ just in case.
  16. LRT is not here yet and how slow the city seems to run in getting things operational; maybe in a few years. If you are going to downtown Ottawa the east-west runs very often; otherwise expect some pains in the winter. Its safe to live across the bridge or around sandy hill or byward however though; those are walking distance from the school.
  17. A Computer Science Major; as much as people say all majors are the same; will still be more respected by ad Adcom than humanities or life science (my major). Its what happens with engineering degrees who apply to law; its super easy to justify a shitty GPA if its a clearly complex and technical field. The UK degree in art history is also fantastic. If you get a 170 you would likely get into all of these options. There is a very important question I will ask though; is why you would choose Canada. Its rare for people without our legal system to come here; let alone non-Canadians. All my colleagues I've known who didn't go to a Canadian UG chose law here because of long-term immigration reasons (e.g. political/family/other reasons).
  18. My dude you are a highschool on a law students forum and asking for 1st Year UG recommendations. You should choose the right program not based on how you will be as a law applicant; and shouldn't even think about this question this early. I guess you'll grow into it during the next four years; but this kind of post and that username reeks of gunnerism. MacLeans is kind of useless as a basis for how employable you are or what you learn and so-on. Canadian schools are rarely if ever tiered the same way American ones are. These metrics were also built upon Faculty strength and citations which do not matter for undergrads generally. UofT/Sauders/Schulich are all grad-heavy and these do not play into UG strength so much but they are all still probably fantastic schools. I wouldn't really give these rankings much thought either; you'd also want to look into how you'd enjoy the schools; the kinds of unrelated or related experience available; your peers and so-on. I use to live near WLU for example and in the last 5 years it has turned into a full blown a party school and much less academic and way more into weekday drinking then McMaster. Students are way less serious outside of Lazaridis and seem way less mature and way more bro-ish than the kids at Mac.
  19. Just to clarify; my school has a weird mega curve system (UO), and there are no numbers. Anyways the C was in Torts; a black-letter and which is higher-weighted then my other courses. I am right below the B+ range but above the 6.0 (B) average. Other than that I had 3 B+, 2 A- in PubCon, Contracts, Property , Legal Research and Crim which is above median but a B in DIspute Resolution (B+ average curve). I can't shake off the feeling of being megafucked for the OCIs by one grade. EDIT: I am interested in mostly BigLaw and my profile seems to have specialized in IP given my current faculty research job.
  20. Just got my marks. I am in the B+/A- range but had a hard drop with one grade that put me right below the B+/Top20% threshold. Course was a C in a black-letter course, otherwise I had a series of B+s/A-s in the other first year courses. Does this sink my prospects for OCIs?
  21. Detroit Mercy is ridiculously expensive for such a low-ranked school though. You can apply for a Canadian-US dual degree here after first year and get a dual degree with Washington College of Law in DC/Michigan State which are good T2/3s : https://commonlaw.uottawa.ca/en/students/programs/combined-programs/canadian-american-dual-jd-program
  22. Student Proposed Internships are a credited semester basically working for some organization/group/etc. It can be with anyone who has Bar Standing; so you'll see SPIs with non-profits; with corporations; and everything else. January Intensive is fun; its a bit weighted towards submissions and the actual mediations/arbitrations you are assigned are not so marked but those are fantastic learning experiences. There are more elaborate ones in upper-year including a simulation trial; international arbitration practicums and so-on. If you have an interest as a litigator; the school is the literal best Moot School in Canada and regularly quash Oxbridge/T14s in global moots. With that said, UVic is fantastic; and you should generally go to where you want to work.
  23. There are so many. You will absolutely not be unique in anyway; granted you are privileged in IP which is lately one of the biggest in demand areas. I've met people who: a) had PhDs in Lifesci b) worked for national research councils as a scientist c) worked for big pharma with a masters. Have also met endless amounts of MsC students.
  24. By the way; the way they teach students to write in humanities does not translate well at all in law school. The more relevant fields are the Public-Policy oriented fields; or the empirical-based social science (e.g. research-oriented sociology, etc.) I've taken lots of humanities courses, and professors are not so fond of nicely-written nothings that I would have written in a comparative lit course. They are more oriented towards the "Prove X with Evidence" type of thinking (remember, the Law = Facts + Rules) rather than the "words for the sake of dialogue or discussion" that a lot of humanities majors teaches.
  25. STEM fields are lately; a major source of the recruitment fields these days. Every single year draws a bigger STEM class; primarily from life science so recruitment boards seem to have started considering this major more significantly. My school was a little over a 1/10th from a STEM, and there are a disproportionate number of chem and bio grad students here. STEM kids learn how to do technical writing write off the bat, know to use the most minimal words to express points, know how to take an analytical approach and most STEM programs try to cultivate systemic ways of thinking. These are arguably some of the biggest advantages in law school.
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