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  1. Interested in practicing criminal law in western Canada (interior BC or Alberta). I'm familiar with the common suggestion that you should go to school where you want to practice--which would make UVic a no-brainer in this regard. But... Dal's course offerings seem to be head and shoulders above UVic in terms of my intellectual and practice interests. The courses actually peak my interest. Also, I'm interested in academia after graduation and my sense is that Dal's higher ranking may be factored in down the road (for academia, not practice).
  2. Have many people on here transferred universities after completing their first year somewhere else? How hard/competitive is the process? If you go to a less prestigious university for the first year will that impact your chance of transferring into a top tier university for 2nd year (I missed application deadlines for UBC and UofA)?
  3. I've been browsing a lot of the "vs" threads and thought it'd be useful to have one semi-comprehensive thread about the factors you should consider when picking your law school. Rather than just comparing two or three schools, what are the key qualities/priorities students should consider before making a decision and how much weight to give each of them? It seems like there is no formal ranking system for Canadian law schools, but does the prestige of a school matter at all after graduation? Or does it only matter in specific scenarios (ie. going into legal academia or top tier firms)? What factors dictate career success most after graduation: university name recognition, grades, extracurriculars, clinic experience, something else? What if you want to specialize in a somewhat uncommon/non-lucrative area of law like international law and human rights, does choice of school matter or will any school prep you through their courses and external opportunities?
  4. Cool, thanks. Yeah I read on their website that the articling placement rate is very high as well. Do you know what kind of placements these are though? ie. Is it mostly smaller firms in interior BC or are larger city firms hiring grads as well?
  5. Can you expand on the tangible benefits of "being more established." I get that TRU is newer, but what (if any) is the actual downside to that in terms of education, earnings, jobs etc? I had the initial reaction to "play it safe" and go to one of the older ones too, but I'm trying to be a bit more analytical than that now.
  6. I'm leaning heavily towards TRU right now. Quality of life wise, I really like the idea of living in a place like Kamloops and its in close proximity to family and friends. Are there any reasons I should reconsider ? I've been hearing some things from a few people about how TRU is looked at and the difficulty grads apparently have getting into top-tier Vancouver firms. What are the implications of your choice of school on career trajectory, articling placement etc ?
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