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  1. Anecdotally, I have an acquaintance from TRU who is doing well here in Vancouver. I also remember browsing the website of one of the boutique firms in the same building as mine and I noticed that most of their juniors were from TRU.
  2. I agree with superspaz as well. It's really about personal preference. You can't really go wrong. Not sure if it's in your budget, but are you able to visit each campus? Fair warning though, if you come to Vancouver, you may not want to leave. It's slated to be 20 and sunny here today!
  3. We need more info. Where are you located? Where do you want to practice? What are you interested in practicing? What is your financial/living situation going to be like at each? Etc...
  4. It depends on what you mean by "community experience". UBC has something like 50k+ students and Queen's is less than half of that. The law school is also larger than Queen's. More students at UBC will live off-campus and, in my view, there is less of a focus on the "ra-ra" school spirit. That being said, I'm sure the law school itself is closely-knit. I highly doubt you'll find UBC Law or the university at large to lack social or community opportunities. It really depends on what you're used to and what you're seeking, which are not things that we can answer. For me, a "college town" experience was what I was looking for and Queen's fit the bill. FWIW, I came back to Vancouver from Queen's and have met numerous UBC students who made it over to Toronto. Beyond the additional legwork for networking which is inherent whenever you go to school outside of your desired market, no firm is going to scoff at either school, reputation-wise, so I wouldn't weigh that too heavily.
  5. Law (JD) is also undergraduate. It's a second (usually) entry undergraduate degree. An LLM, JSD, PHD are graduate.
  6. I love UBC and think that the campus is beautiful, but as a Vancouverite who attended Queen's, I'd take the experience of living in Kingston over commuting to UBC for law school, any day. Granted, this is only a benefit if you're the type of person who is seeking out the type of "community" experience that Queen's offers.
  7. New York is a different beast, but many of the "top" law firms in Toronto also have offices in Calgary. If it were me, I'd probably stay in Calgary.
  8. Not Ottawa? Not that I put much stock in Canadian rankings in the first place, but this seems especially dubious, even as far as those go.
  9. I can't imagine seeing partners getting into yelling matches in the halls over who should have higher six figure income, but I guess they just live on another level.
  10. I was a K-JD student and moved away for law school. It was definitely an adjustment living on my own for the first time, but I think it's a very important step that's better done earlier rather than later. I found it to be part of the adventure and was all the better for it, especially when I later went on exchange. On the flip side, saving money and reducing debt by living at home is a huge benefit. I didn't have this option, but I certainly wouldn't knock anyone living at home for this reason. I guess I'd say that staying at home simply because of the comfort factor (ie. excluding financial considerations) may be doing yourself a disservice down the road. At some point, you are going to have to balance the responsibilities of a demanding field with independent living. I personally would rather learn to do that during law school than during articles or associateship.
  11. Yeah, to be honest, the PhD sounds like a pretty fantastic opportunity. Law school will always be there, this may not.
  12. Assuming you remain interested in IP, I've heard that having an advanced degree is a huge benefit, if not a requirement for some firms. As far as age goes, you won't be the youngest in your cohort, but you also won't be the oldest; I don't think 33-34 would negatively impact your employment prospects either. Edit: Anecdotally, one of the partners at my firm started his career in law at age 35 and has had a long and very successful career.
  13. Anecdotally, I've met a few TRU grads in Vancouver and they seem to be doing fine. I suspect any difficulty TRU grads face in getting articling jobs in Vancouver has more to do with the saturation of the market than their school. However, were I in a position to attend, I'd have issues with the tuition because it is, from my understanding, quite high relative to many other schools.
  14. I think it’s still a bit early to count yourself out. Many people are admitted well into the spring and summer.
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