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  1. This is an automated response to a topic that appears to be requesting legal advice. Please refer to the following post regarding such requests:
  2. Osgoode JD/MES is the way to go for this. The York MES is an environmental policy degree. In fact I'm not sure the JD adds a whole lot of value if you just want to do policy development, but if you'd like to work in creating environmental law then it would make sense.
  3. Zero difference for government hiring. ETA: I'm going to caveat this. While government isn't going to have a preference just based on where you went to school, you should consider what each school offers in any particular field you have a strong interest in. If you want to be a Crown Attorney and choose a school that lacks a strong selection of upper-year criminal law courses and relevant clinics, then you may be at a disadvantage when compared an applicant who went to a school that does have those things and who participated in them.
  4. Just want to note here that Passy is a very good price for what you're getting - a private, spacious, one-bedroom furnished apartment for $1203/month. And you get an on-site, responsive landlord.
  5. The Juris Doctor is an undergraduate degree in law.
  6. Do you just want to study this, or do you want it to be your job? If this is an academic interest, I don't think a JD is the way to go. A JD program might have around 3-5 courses on the subject (intro public/constitutional law, advanced constitutional law, administrative law, perhaps an upper-year course on government decision-making), which is nice, but it's not like a 'major'. I think you'd be better off doing an MPP or a political science MA, perhaps thesis-based, where you can really home in on your interest. If you want it to be your job? By all means, get your JD and become a government lawyer, provided: 1. You are prepared to move to where the jobs are (i.e. to provincial capitals or to Ottawa) 2. You can think of at least two other career paths as a lawyer that you're willing to do, in case the jobs aren't available at all (extremely plausible scenario) Note that 'machinery of government' stuff can also be done with an MPP/MA. Not quite so much with the constitutional stuff, though.
  7. Become a government lawyer? You will need to be familiar with the law that affects your specialized policy field. This will be part of your onboarding and the experience you gain early on in the position. It does not require an additional, expensive, three-year degree.
  8. This is an automated response to a topic that appears to be requesting legal advice. Please refer to the following post regarding such requests:
  9. I'm perplexed by the idea that your experience would be a "hindrance" to be "mitigated". I agree with @JaysFan364 above and suspect that when @Luckycharm said there would be no "impact" they meant no negative impact. When in law school, try to get some clinic experience. It doesn't have to be in employment/labour - anything that gives you some experience working on real legal cases is a plus, especially if it gets you on your feet at a court/tribunal. In your position I would choose Windsor over Ryerson. Windsor's academic calendar lists three courses directly relevant to your area of practice (Labour Law, Labour Arbitration, and Personal Employment) while Ryerson seems to have just one course covering L&E. Also Windsor has a well-developed clinical program while AFAIK (based on their website) Ryerson doesn't have any plans for clinics, and it's not clear to me that their one-semester work placement will be equivalent. That said Ryerson does have the IPC (no articling) if you have any apprehension about finding an articling position.
  10. At my in-house, public sector employer, lawyers are entitled to the title of "Senior Counsel" at fifteen years of Call.
  11. This is a great idea. I'd suggest you try to track down lawyers who you might have something in common with as a bit of an icebreaker. Just going off your username, if you can find an alumnus from your university (maybe even in the same or a similar program) who is practicing in the area you're interested in, that would be a good start. LinkedIn would probably help with this. I'd suggest aiming for someone who was called to the bar within the past 3-8 years, if possible. Law school, the licensing process, the job market, etc. change over time and you want to get someone with relatively recent experience. Less than three years is fine too but there is a trade-off between recency of experience and broader career perspective. Another option might be to reach out to a firm's 'student coordinator' or equivalent title to ask if there's someone they might recommend within their firm as a good person to reach out to like this. If you have no idea what practice areas you're interested in, that's OK! Pick out a few that seem like they might be something you're interested in, and go from there. Then, when you're talking to the lawyers, ask them: "I am looking for a role where {{thing you value}}, is this a good practice area to find that? What other areas might be a good fit for that?"
  12. Western.ca is, unsurprisingly, in use by someone else. But a WHOIS search on "uwestern.ca" says it's owned by UWO, even if it doesn't work right now. (And if you google "uwestern.ca", it seems that at some point they had plans for it.)
  13. Providing legal advice to municipalities, government ministries, Crown agencies, etc. In-house counsel stuff.
  14. You know you can be a government lawyer and not practice criminal law (or litigation at all), right?
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