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  1. You do not need a year to do the NCA exams. I completed 8 in one sitting while working full time. If you can study well and are disciplined you would be wasting a year with your plan. The difficulty as a foreign graduate is the OCI process, which is where large law firms recruit directly from Canadian law schools for the second summer, which will then recruit back as articling students. In effect, this removes a number of the more competitive jobs from the job pool for foreign students. The OCI last year was opened up to foreign students for the first time, and I believe the majority of the major firms in Toronto partipicated in it, excluding Osler. The deadline last year was in late August to apply, so this may be the best opportunity to start with on your current timeline. There is also the formal articling recruitment process which has less law firms, which has a deadline typically at the start of July (pushed back this year), for starts the year following. The formal recruitment process is also offered through the Canadian law universities. I believe the UoT LLM lets their students apply through the formal recruitment process. Outside of this, smaller firms deadlines will vary, although typically arranged to start in the summer. Also start networking and building connections. Outside of the big firms they can be invaluable in getting you a foot in the door through offering work experience, summer positions etc.
  2. They use the Angoff method for marking the exams, similar to most other exams. There is no curve. Pass rates that have been released have pass rate at 83% (2013-2016). This information is all available on the LSO website.
  3. Few things in finance require the ability to do complex calculations. Most calculations are done in excel, and you just need a really solid grasp of basic mathematics. Even the CFA exams, recognised as one of the hardest exams in finance doesn’t require advanced math skills.
  4. Thanks. I’ve done some research, so the main recruit is for summer positions (which could lead to an articling position), and the articling recruit is for summer before 3L students? How would LLM get involved? My understanding is that say June 2019 would be recruiting for summer 2020 start. I wouldn’t be able to get involved with the recruit process until after the LLM, which would leave to a gap of a year before starting?
  5. Thankfully I’ve got a solid network at the big firms - would the LLM at Osgoode not also allow me to use the organised application progress? They have a Q&A on Wednesday and I’m trying to do as much research as possible. I know I’m an unconventional candidate, but hope my other education/ experience should help set me apart. Thanks for the advice.
  6. I have a 1st class LL.B degree from a mid level university in the UK. I’m British, and moved to Canada a few years ago (ie I didn’t go overseas for the degree). Put briefly, I never pursued a career in law after graduation, instead opting for wealth management. Times have changed, and I’ve now decided I want to be a tax lawyer. I would have: 6 years of PWM experience, with 5+ tax exams. CFA designation (and other less glamorous designations) already achieved. UK LL.B (1st class). LLM in tax at Osgoode. Good network at some of the big firms. Passed NCA/ bar exams. Am I being too optimistic, or does the CFA, LLM in tax & finance work experience carry enough weight to put me on equal footing to a Canadian JD for a big firm post graduation?
  7. I’m also interested in this. Doesn’t seem to have been running for very many years. Looks to be the best LLM (tax) program available.
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