This is my first time posting, but I have been a long time lurker.
I recently have been accepted to both the University of Alberta and the University of Saskatchewan; I'm still waiting to hear back from the University of Calgary but really hope I get admitted.
I'm struggling to decide which institution to attend and would appreciate any advice or comments that people have.
A bit of background about myself:
I'm Canadian, but was born and grew up in Hong Kong. I attended McGill for my undergraduate education. Since graduating I have returned to Hong Kong and now work for a financial technology company in Anti-Money Laundering.
I've been interested in pursuing a Law degree for a long time, but having grown up abroad, I really have not had great access to information about things such as job prospects for graduates, student experience and aspects of academic strength (for example, being known for excellence in particular types of law) for different Canadian law schools.
I intend to practice in Canada after graduating.
I have family in both Saskatchewan and Alberta.
Presently, I am leaning towards attending the University of Alberta as it seems to have a bit more national reach than either Calgary or Saskatchewan.
However, I also have been accepted to the Masters of Public Policy program at Calgary, and, if accepted, would be pursuing both a JD and a MPP (through the joint JD/MPP program).
While I would really like to pursue the joint JD/MPP, I am unsure as to whether the University of Calgary would primarily limit me to legal opportunities in the Calgary market.
Additionally, because of the relative weakness of the Alberta economy over the past few years, I would really be appreciate any insights people had regarding the current state of the legal job market for new graduates in recent years.
I also think the University of Saskatchewan seems like a great school and would be grateful if people might have information about it. Do Saskatchewan graduates have good access to jobs in other parts of western Canada such as Alberta (Calgary, Edmonton) or British Columbia (Vancouver)?
Please share any relevant information that you think would be helpful.
I really would appreciate information and comments from those who plan to attend or who currently enrolled in the JD programs of any of the schools I mentioned.