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  1. I read OP's post more as a pep talk for those who have already finished their foreign law degree and are struggling to find articles/legal jobs. For those who are still deciding whether to obtain a foreign law degree (other than from HYS/Oxbridge), I'd say driedupwaterparks' post above provides a much more needed and realistic cost-benefit analysis.
  2. Try researching for F1 OPT/TN/H1b Visas.
  3. Well...I wouldn't make the decision to complete a 2-year training contract solely on the prospect of bringing immigration work later on. Personally, I don't think it is as profitable as one might think. If OP wants to do immigration work/serve the HK niche market in Canada, he/she can do so with whatever he/she has right now in terms of connection and language skill. To my understanding, most Canadian employers won't care about the HK qualification unless they actually need someone to advise on HK law (but why would the client hire someone in Canada to do that, when they can/should just hire someone from a law firm in HK). I am also not aware of anyone practicing HK law in Canada. The HK qualification will be just a one-line marketing material that have no relevance to 99.9% of the legal work being done in most Canadian law firms. That being said, I think there is still some value in completing the training contract, particularly if it is with a large/international law firm. It might provide lateral opportunities/connections. It also signals that OP has competencies/skills that Canadian large firms might be interested in. But then again, I wouldn't sweat about getting the qualification if OP is dead set on bailing HK.
  4. Find a practice area that you are interested in, through demonstration of ECs/course selection, and approach small/boutique firms. I find that they are less focused on grades when reviewing applicants.
  5. Doing good work is great, but in a volume-based practice (at least the one I know), a good paralegal/legal assistant can complete the same job at a lower cost than a lawyer without losing much quality of work. What makes you stand out from a good paralegal/legal assistant? Have you been the one bringing in all the work that you have billed?
  6. PLTC should be the 3rd year of law school.
  7. It is the "how you doing" of business networking.
  8. I think people do the UBC LLM to partially satisfy the NCA requirements. The LLM does not help in terms of articling search (at least in my personal opinion).
  9. So... what do firms look at when deciding to let someone go in a situation like the one we have right now? Practice group? Billed hours? Seniority? Book of business? Or is it a little bit of everything including some eenie meenie miney mo?
  10. Just curious, what is "interesting" work? You might prefer to work in something that you are interested in, but why does your employer need to give you that "interesting" work?
  11. I think the worst outcome for attending law school (whether in Canada or US) is unemployment. Going to school in the US has the added uncertainty of obtaining work authorization, which shouldn't be taken lightly even for Canadians going on TN. Hell, I am not sure if small firms, or even mid-sized firms, in the US are willing to go through all that paperwork.
  12. Second or third language ability is definitely a plus, but not to a large extent. Clients hire lawyers to perform legal work, not translation. Of course, if you can convince potential employers that you have the potential to be a rainmaker in that language-speaking market, that is a different story.
  13. Are you approaching firms with practice areas that suit your skills and background? For example, if you mainly assisted clients in small claims court during your law volunteer gigs, I think it makes more sense to approach civil litigation firms, as opposed to corporate law firms.
  14. When you say that you "got offered", you received it in writing? And the offer in writing explicitly includes summer/articling and partnership? Or is it something you and your boss briefly talked about over a lunch or something?
  15. This is the only thing I can remember about the PLTC exams as well. On the other hand, I have heard that more people are failing the PLTC exams in the past year or so, in a percentage to my surprise (i.e. more than 30% of the class). I don't have a source but I wonder if something has changed with PLTC.
  16. Know who your client is. Know your law society ethical obligations inside out and learn how to protect yourself. There might be situations where your internal stakeholders want you to be the person to say YES despite the answer being NO and that they already know the answer is NO. There might also be situations where the stakeholders will not take NO for an answer and if so, you then have to quit; however, this might be hard to do if you need that income to pay off loans. Know that there are crooked people (other lawyers included) out there who will not hesitate to throw you under the bus...
  17. I used Themis for California. Definitely recommend...
  18. If you practice immigration, definitely recommend.
  19. I’d think if you attend one of the following, you’d be able to get into a CA law school and therefore, less or no stigma: US T14 JD (plus some good regional schools such as UCLA or USC) Oxbridge law Yes, No LSE, KCL, Or UCL. Not even top schools from other countries. This is my bias for a Canadian who goes abroad to study lawafter undergrad completion. Why? As crazy as this may sound to you, I know not much about LSE. I also know not much about Leicester. The two schools are equally foreign to me. No, I’m not going to take the time to learn about UK school system. If anything, my exchange abroad studies tell me that some schools, even elite schools, have surprisingly relaxed admissions standard for international students. Of course, If I come across a colleague who went to LSE law and I’m impressed by his or her work, I may put LSE on my above list.
  20. definitely check out PR requirement esp rules on how to maintain one
  21. Ah I did not know that. I learned something today.
  22. I recall that LSUC allows International Articling. Not sure if this is still possible.
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