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  1. I'm an incoming 1L looking to meet people to chat with and make some friends. Let me know through PM or reply to this thread if interested. Thank you!
  2. I'll steer away from discussing personal matters regarding self/family too much on public posts. With that being said, I am sure of my preference to move to somewhere warmer. I am in fact more sure of that than any preference in my life. It may seem too shallow, but year after year since I was a kid I've become surer of that preference to the point where I am willing to build my entire life around it. That to me leaves these realistic options (in order of preference): (1)Texas, (2)BC, (3) Southern Ontario. Due to some circumstances, the only BC school I applied to was UBC. I am not too confident with my chances, but it's possible. However, when I applied, I had in the back of my head mild interest in BC - even if I got accepted. As much as I would love to live there, it seems like the BC housing market is bad enough of a deterrent to move there - at least to me it is. So, unless by some miracle that situation improves, I can't find myself moving my family there and trying to start my own family there. Anyway, I've visited Texas enough to be sure that I prefer to work there, but I would like the option to work in Canada. I wouldn't want to be stuck in the U.S. should circumstances change. By that, I mean anything from the legal market, family, etc. I understand I wouldn't be as marketable in Canada, but would I just not be able to build a good career back home if I worked in the US for say 5, 10 years (for the sake of discussion, assuming big law)? That seems a bit unreasonable, but then again I don't know anything about the reality of the legal markets.
  3. Thank you once again for taking the time to reply. I do share the same sentiment regarding the LLM path. For preserving the right to practice in Canada, doing the IELP would provide me with a Canadian JD, and a US JD. I am still not sure if it's heard of that lawyers move across the border based specifically on their practice experience. I am just thinking of the 3-year minimum experience requirement that the Texas Bar has set. Would it be practically possible to find employment based off of canadian experience? It seems unrealistic. Though, I wonder if having a decent connection can help in that regard.
  4. Thank you so much for your kind comment and your suggestions. Thanks to you, I've looked into seeing if those Texas schools would let me transfer as a 2L to them, but it seems as though you need to have done your 1L in an ABA-approved school (which to my understanding no Canadian school is).
  5. Thanks for the reply. Are you suggesting option 2? or working a few years in Canada and then sitting for the Texas bar?
  6. Thank you all for the replies, and for recommending deferring for a year. But, due to personal circumstances, I would highly prefer (almost a must) to kick-start my legal career as soon as possible. I am not American, so the tuition would be out-of-state for UT unless I apply early for the next cycle - It then becomes at the in-state rate for all 3 years. My issue with UT or other high-ranked US schools is that my cGPA* is not competitive, but my L2 is much better. I looked at the class-profile of UT, and it seems that there are only a few people out of 100+ with a similar GPA/LSAT that got accepted**. I could re-write, and theoretically get closer to my PT range of 165-166 or even higher with more studying (I dropped significantly from my PT range on the real thing). All in all, I am not sure how to predict my chances given my upwards GPA trend/minority status (it seems like they really care about diversity numbers in the US?). I've been to San Antonio, I wouldn't mind living there at all! it's a beautiful city 😊. What are your thoughts on: (1) going to Windsor/other Ontario schools and doing an LLM in the U.S.? (2) practicing in Canada until I qualify to write the Texas bar? (3) Let's say UCalgary would allow me to enter IELP if I do 1L in Windsor, do 2L in Calgary and finish IELP? I forgot to mention: UCalgary offers two scholarships for their IELP students to help reduce the 3L/4L UHouston tuition to be closer to Ucalgary's tuition. That's contingent on getting them. Some family members will lend me a decent portion of the overall expenses, others will be generous and cover a semester or two worth of costs. The option of practicing in Canada is preferred should some unforeseen family circumstances change. I apologize for making this difficult for all. Excuse my naivety, but could you please explain to me how U.S. schools strongly affect my chance of bar passage? Also, with some searching, I found that UHouston's bar passage rate is not far behind UT's rate. Both are above the state rate as well. Thanks again Providence. I am still in disbelief about it all, though I do know that you are right in that it will eventually get better. Perhaps it was a blessing-in-disguise but it certainly doesn't seem that way now. * I used below for estimating my US cGPA. ** UHouston class profile
  7. I'll try to be as brief as I can. Facts: My goal is to work in the Houston area in big law (location preference, family 2hrs away, and weather (yes, it’s that shallow - but it’s a strong preference)). Open to working in other locations (San Antonio etc.). I would like to practice Energy Law/other corporate-oriented areas, but I am open to change. I’d like the option for in-house to exist. I currently live in Windsor Ontario with family. Most of my friends are in Windsor/rest of Ontario. I've been offered the opportunity to attend UCalgary, UAlberta, UWindsor (I've applied to a few others in Canada ). UCalgary has a 4-year dual JD with UHouston called International Energy Lawyers Program (first 2 yrs in Calgary, last 2 Houston). Houston tuition would be at the in-state rate ($33,000 USD/year). UHouston big law placement is around 10%. My Girlfriend’s death last month and current 20-yr old family problems have left me feeling unstable. I am working on my problems with a professional, but I am scared of moving alone – especially considering the importance of grades at the same time I’d be settling anew and my extinguished plan of moving with my dear girlfriend away from home. Problem: I am unsure of what path to take to set me up best for achieving my goal. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Option 1: Attend UCalgary, make the top 50% of class cut to apply for IELP, then complete the program and hope to be top 10% of the class – which is nerve-wrecking since I would like to achieve that but I also would like account for the chance that I don’t achieve that. Tuition + rent ONLY (est.): $19,500 x 2 yrs* + ~$64,600 x 2 yrs* = $168,200 CAD. *(rent @ $500/month (Calgary) and $1,400/month (Houston), includes health insurance for Houston) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Option 2: Attend Windsor (or other Canadian schools); staying home to remain mentally stable and save money. Then, do an L.L.M. in the U.S or practice for a few years in Canada to be able to write the Texas Bar. Notes: - My family wouldn’t move with me in option 1 until I move to Houston. - pg 20 of Texas Board of Law Examiners: https://ble.texas.gov/rule13, one can practice in Canada for 3 years and then sit for Texas’ Bar. Theoretically, this means saving a lot of money. But I am concerned regarding my employability in the US after, given the lack of a network. - I am not too familiar with LLM’s (school to attend, value etc.) but it seems logical to look at Houston's LLM for calculation purposes. So: Tuition + rent ONLY (est.): $20,000 x 3 yr (Windsor tuition + free rent/living) + ~$77,000 x 1 yr LLM* = $137,000 CAD. *($1,400/month rent in Houston and includes health insurance). ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ I understand that this might not be the right location for the post and/or the right forums (maybe TLS?), but I hope to read the opinions of the active members of this forum. Thank you for your time and effort in advance.
  8. Thank you guys so much for the replies. I will try to research it more to get a better idea. I hope to be able to do big law in Texas if I did this program, but it seems that only around 10% of Houston law center graduates (I'm not sure it that excludes IELP grads) get a big law job. I also am learning that I am extremely weather-sensitive, and I highly prefer to live somewhere warm. From my experience in southern Texas, it's a good fit for my preferences. Though I like BC, who knows if it will ever become affordable.
  9. I am interested in the IELP in order to work as a lawyer in Texas. For those of you who have attended the program/know anyone that has, do you think the overall price tag and the extra time to graduate justify attending it? I am concerned about the value as well because University of Houston law center's rank is 54th, which as far as I know isnt great because the farther you go down in ranks, the less likely you are to be getting the good jobs upon graduation (their posted stats are alarming as well). I am not sure what other factors are important for considering my employability in Texas but here's some facts: -I am a Canadian citizen -My undergrad cGPA isn't competitive, my L2 is. (I have extensive documentation to explain it all) -I have family in Texas close to houston, so I've visited the area and I just love it. I definitely would commit to permanently settling there. -I have a background in business administration. My interactions with energy law are non existent besides some basic research on what it's about, which makes it seem interesting, but I certainly have very little idea of the practice of any energy law specialty. The above fact is also a concerning because if I attend uCalgary it would solely due to its IELP. I am not sure if going there for a year to get some exposure to energy law (which is going to be drastically different from practice and there's tons of different areas to study, etc.) then transferring to another school is a good plan should I not want to do the IELP. However...if the IELP may truly help me get a job in Texas (regardless of area), please let me know. Sorry for being all over the place. I have too many questions that I prefer to ask to you guys, not to a recruiter or some one else likely to be biased in favour of the program.
  10. How would the process work for other Ontario schools (Windsor, western, queens, etc.) if you get accepted at a non-Ontario school? I got accepted into a non-ontario one and I have until March 30th to accept/decline. Its one of my top choices, but I prefer an ontario school. I am just worried that I wont have an offer from an ontario school sooner than March 30th because I wrote the January LSAT.
  11. Does an early acceptance offer exclude people writing the January LSAT?
  12. The last component of question #3 says: "(If you are an applicant to the Dual JD program, you need not answer the second part of this question)." What should you do if you are applying to both JD and JD/JD programs?
  13. Hi all, I am wondering if it is acceptable for me to have multiple sketches (with multiple verifiers) for the same activity 'umbrella'. Basically, I've helped new immigrants in my local community settle smoothly by aiding in activities such as: translation of numerous legal documents, applying for various essential services, aiding in the process of attaining suitable employment, etc.
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