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  1. Hey! First time posting on here. I'm having a tough time deciding where to go this fall. I've been accepted at McGill (LLB/BCL) and Toronto (JD), and Oxford (their equivalent of the LLB, 3-year). I'm a sole Canadian citizen, and have been living in London for a couple years having done a Masters here. The two main options I'm considering are Toronto and Oxford. I am not totally sure where I would like to end up living in the future -- I love London, but my family is in Canada, so I imagine that even if I were to qualify in the UK and stay and work in London it's likely that I'd eventually want to go back to Canada, whether after 5 years or 15. It's also quite possible that I'd want to go back to Toronto immediately. I know some people have clear ideas of what type of law they want to work in prior to attending law school, and are certain that 'Bay St' or equivalent is where they aim to end up... I don't want to make my decision on the sole basis of Canadian big law anticling/job prospects because my interests are nowhere near fully formed, but, while I am interested in working internationally, I do want to be able to have a viable route to the Bay St option as I can see myself wanting to take it. Some people I've spoken to that did the Oxford path managed to overcome the issue of not having access to the' on-campus recruiting opportunities with Canadian firms by doing an LLM in Canada afterwards; as I've already done a Masters, though, I wouldn't want to have to do yet another degree if possible. One Oxford alumnus I have spoken to managed to get a summer position at a big Toronto firm, where she ended up articling and currently works, but I'm not sure how rare this is. I'm wondering whether anyone on here has had to make this decision or a similar one, and what their experience has been or recommendations might be. Other than the three years at Oxford and the unique academic and social experience it offers, is there anything a degree at Oxford can provide over Toronto that is weighty enough to justify the headache and cost of the NCA process? I'm also not exactly clear on the bureaucratic differences between attempting to qualify in Canada immediately after a UK degree vs returning to Canada after qualifying and practicing in the UK -- any insight here would also be helpful. Thanks!
  2. Hey! First time posting on here. I'm having a tough time deciding where to go this fall. I've been accepted at McGill (LLB/BCL) and Toronto (JD), and Oxford (their equivalent of the LLB, 3-year). I'm a sole Canadian citizen, and have been living in London for a couple years having done a Masters here. The two main options I'm considering are Toronto and Oxford. I am not totally sure where I would like to end up living in the future -- I love London, but my family is in Canada, so I imagine that even if I were to qualify in the UK and stay and work in London it's likely that I'd eventually want to go back to Canada, whether after 5 years or 15. It's also quite possible that I'd want to go back to Toronto immediately. I know some people have clear ideas of what type of law they want to work in prior to attending law school, and are certain that 'Bay St' or equivalent is where they aim to end up... I don't want to make my decision on the sole basis of Canadian big law anticling/job prospects because my interests are nowhere near fully formed, but, while I am interested in working internationally, I do want to be able to have a viable route to the Bay St option as I can see myself wanting to take it. Some people I've spoken to that did the Oxford path managed to overcome the issue of not having access to the' on-campus recruiting opportunities with Canadian firms by doing an LLM in Canada afterwards; as I've already done a Masters, though, I wouldn't want to have to do yet another degree if possible. One Oxford alumnus I have spoken to managed to get a summer position at a big Toronto firm, where she ended up articling and currently works, but I'm not sure how rare this is. I'm wondering whether anyone on here has had to make this decision or a similar one, and what their experience has been or recommendations might be. Other than the three years at Oxford and the unique academic and social experience it offers, is there anything a degree at Oxford can provide over Toronto that is weighty enough to justify the headache and cost of the NCA process? I'm also not exactly clear on the bureaucratic differences between attempting to qualify in Canada immediately after a UK degree vs returning to Canada after qualifying and practicing in the UK -- any insight here would also be helpful. Thanks!
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