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  1. UofA has lower tuition and would be less expensive in general. Tuition runs 11-12k/year at UofA and 18k or so per.year at Queens (double check these amounts with the schools but they should be in the ballpark). Ontario also has a 8% provincial sales tax which is another factor to consider. As for quality of life, that's pretty subjective. Is there some reason you would prefer to be in Edmonton over Kingston or vice versa? Edmonton will have more "big city" amenities where Kingston will have more of a university town vibe.
  2. Here's a thread on this exact topic Where do you intend to practice? Both schools are great, place well in their respective markets, and place grads nationally.
  3. The grading distribution at Queens is a little different from that of other schools. The school dictates that the median course grade must fall within a particular range as opposed to the average. The resulting distribution tends to be a bit higher than that of other schools. Here's a link (https://law.queensu.ca/jd-studies/grading-exams) where you can find the grade breakdown for each course to see for yourself.
  4. Mostly the architecture aesthetics. Tastes and preferences may vary so do a Google maps tour for yourself to see what the different neighbourhoods look like. I think the UofA, Garneau, and Strathcona are pretty nice and that is where you will likely spend the vast majority of your time. There are also crime/safety issues but I wouldn't worry too much. Most of the city and particularly the area around the university is pretty safe. As for residence, I’m only familiar with Grad Res. The units seem pretty nice and come furnished. The only negative is that the furniture and flooring are commercial grade items that are not particularly comfortable. The mattresses are particularly bad. Overall, I’d recommend residence. You can’t beat being right next to the law school. Regards to differences between federal and provincial law, I wouldn't worry about it. Just take courses that you are interested in. The law is not drastically different in each province and you will learn what you need to know while articling or as an associate. There are plenty of opportunities to get to know your professors, but they are pretty informal. I found everyone to be approachable and friendly. I’d often chat with my various professors before/after class, at Steve’s café, at the gym, or even just in the neighbourhood. I never used office hours so I am probably not the best person to comment on how to use them effectively.
  5. Hi Azir, I am a UofA grad who is currently articling in Ontario. I found my job through the formal recruit so it was pretty straightforward for me. Of course, experiences vary and some of my classmates have struggled to find a position. Finding an articling position can be a challenge from any school. I don’t think that you will be disadvantaged in any way by having a law degree from UofA. UofA has many different experiential opportunities to choose from. Student Legal Services is probably the most popular but there are others to choose from depending on your interests. UofA participates in most of the national moots and also has few internal and Alberta specific moots (see: Moot manual). In total there are about 50 or so mooting spots for second and third year students. The faculty also hires students as research assistants and provides a few other paid/volunteer opportunities. With regards to “courses geared to the rest of Canada”, you will not find courses geared towards other provinces. That said, where significant differences in the law across provinces exist, the professors will bring these differences to your attention. The one big positive for UofA, which may partially address your concerns about forming connections, is that the law school has some truly great people. There is a positive vibe around the law school which is hard to describe. Just about everyone is friendly and welcoming. In short, I enjoyed my time there and I can’t imagine that you will have any trouble forming relationships with your classmates and professors if you choose to attend UofA. As for negatives, there are not too many that I can think of. Edmonton is not everyone’s favorite city. It’s cold and dark in the winter and parts of the city are pretty ugly. The Law building could use a little TLC. It is a bit run down and looks like it was designed to survive a nuclear blast. The course registration system is ridiculous. The availability of most courses, including those that are mandatory, is limited. Some second year students cannot register for enough courses during the initial registration period and are forced to wait until additional registration slots open throughout the summer. Every event seemingly has free pizza. Your diet will suffer. Hope this helps
  6. I'd stick with UBC if I were in your position. If you want to live in BC, UBC is an ideal choice. If you want to live in Ontario, either school can get you there. You already have a great background for corporate law and really don't "need" the MBA. Without a clear reason as to why you need/want the extra degree, I don't think having an MBA is worth the additional expense.
  7. I'll second that! UofA and UofC both have good programs. Either school will (almost certainly) get you a job in Calgary if you are personable and have respectable grades. An extra thousand dollars a month while in law school goes a long way.
  8. You definitely have a shot at a few Canadian schools. That said I would still rewrite assuming you are looking to start in 2019. A few to consider are: TRU (uses B3 for GPA) Calgary (uses L2 and is holistic) Alberta (uses L2 including grad school grades) Sask (uses best 2 years from undergrad) Manitoba (I believe drops some courses and may disregard part of your transcript if you ask. I think this is sometimes allowed when a student switches programs or there's a large gap. This may be worth looking into depending on your situation). Lakehead (Not sure how they calculate GPA but your stats might be in the ballpark. They also consider other factors such as a northern/rural connection) Windsor (both single and dual might be an option. Check their website for what they are specifically looking for) Western/Queens (both look primarily at L2 and have mature categories) UNB (They drop up to 25% of your credits from their GPA calculation) Dal (primarily uses L2 if it is better than your CGPA)
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