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  1. Most schools won't use your Master's GPA at all. Those that do include U of A and U of M, but that's not an exclusive list. I think also Dal, but I'm not sure. Definitely double-check the admissions formulae on the faculties' website, as some will favour you more than others. Keep in mind also that for the schools with really broad holistic criteria, it may be harder to say for sure to what extent they will weigh graduate marks, due to the squishiness of their criteria. -GM
  2. I was an RA at Concordia and it was the worst job ever ever ever. So demoralizing dealing with so much stupidity, for no real purpose. That said, it will depend on luck, what building, etc. Sounds as though some have made it work, which truly amazes me. But I sure as hell would not take the chance! -GM
  3. No. Some universities in Canada give 0.5 credits for a half-year course and 1 credit for a full-year course, so 20.0 credits for a 4-year degree is perfectly normal, and I'm assuming that's what OP has. As discussed above, schools across Canada have all kinds of different ways of adding up credits. The same goes for GPA, which is what fuels half the "chances" threads around here. So you'll have to just confirm how your school's system lines up with the requirements from another school. As a very shorthand answer to your question, though: 90 credits=3 full-time years at all the schools I know of. Signed, Someone who is currently attending his 5th university in a 4th Province.
  4. Thanks; this is a cool story. As a 1L I still have mostly absolutely no idea where I'll end up, but I'm interested in small/solo practice eventually, so it's nice to hear some success stories. Mind if I ask: is your area an urban, suburban, or rural one? I imagine it might be easier/cheaper to "buy" a rural practice, but of course there is a much smaller absolute number of them. -GM
  5. It won't be hard for you to make this case, given the way everyone from Ontario seems to love BC so much. In all seriousness, this is not something to worry about. The reality is that most students from schools in smaller cities end up working in the larger cities somewhere else in the province, if not outside it. How many Queen's graduates do you think are actually working in Kingston, for instance? I think the dynamic is similar with Victoria. Other than the obvious government jobs (which are a real thing but don't seem to be all that numerous), it's not a very big legal market, and there's no sense/expectation that the people who go here are expecting to stay here. I am, and I feel like that makes me the exception. Almost no one even talks about government jobs, although I'm sure everyone will end up applying for them in the end! Employers in Vancouver are totally expecting you to apply there. -GM
  6. Right after I finished my contracts exam I was confident I'd nailed it. Luckily in the 5 weeks since then I've thought of all kinds of things I missed... so hopefully that means I did great. -GM
  7. https://law.ucalgary.ca/future-students/how-to-apply/upper-year-admissions#transfer The process is largely the same as the regular application process, according to the school. If you don't get into U of C on the first try, then, it stands to reason you would probably have to do pretty well at your other school to be successful in a transfer. I believe they will wait 'til your Spring term marks before making a decision. -GM
  8. Not in any way. (Not in a bad way either, just to be clear.) Your choice of major will really have no effect on your application at all. Just focus on your LSAT for now (I saw in your other thread that you haven't written yet). The LSAT is, to some extent, still within your control. Too late to change your EC's and no point at all debating the value of your major. -GM
  9. Every time I read threads like this, I think that UVic must - for some reason - be easier than other schools in terms of workload. They don't assign us nearly enough reading to be studying 8 hours every day, let alone 12. Or are people going through readings over and over and over again as they make their notes? I'm a fairly slow reader, and make written summaries of every case we read, and I doubt if I've ever spent more than 30 hours studying in a week (not counting lecture times, mind you). Maybe I'm missing something. I guess I'll find out when we get our marks next week. -GM
  10. I got 6 minutes in to try and get just the vaguest sense, and it seems... relatively fine/normal, as in, this isn't an interview with a crazy person. However, this is one guy's experience at UBC. People with different school/work backgrounds experience law school differently, and also there are differences at different schools. For instance, the small group structure he's talking about doesn't exist at some schools, and may exist but be different than others. So, to echo @CleanHands, I think you'd be better off summarizing specific points that struck you or concerned you, and seeing whether it matches the experience of others. Asking law students/lawyers to review a two-hour interview with another law student, even if it's a perfectly good interview, is just not going to be of massive interest to most of us. -GM
  11. Ahaha. Actually, I almost claimed that there are two people: me and my spouse. But I think that deep down there is a part of her that would like to go back to Montreal, which is decidedly not the case for me! By the way, while we're keeping score, I'm also in the "Edmonton is better than Calgary" minority! I guess, as law school reminds me every day, my values are just objectively incorrect. -GM
  12. I am possibly the only person in the world who prefers Edmonton to Montreal (and yes, I've lived in both)... but even I think you should probably go to McGill. I strongly dislike McGill overall as an institution (personal experiences unrelated to the Law faculty), but the reality is that it's very well regarded...worldwide.That will count for something if you want to keep your options open. Think of it this way: Scenario 1: You go to U of A and want to work in Alberta. Employers: "No problem!" Scenario 2: You go to McGill and want to return to Alberta. Employers: "Hey, cool! You went to fancy McGill and you're coming back to Alberta, where you have a clear connection. Welcome home!" Scenario 3: You go to McGill and want to work in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, even NY, etc. Employers: "Great! You went to McGill!" Scenario 4: You go to U of A, but ultimately decide to work in Toronto, Ottawa, NY, etc., for the IP opportunities. Employers: "Hmmmmmm; you seem nice but U of A is a bit of an unknown for us..." This is obviously a simplification, and would work better in a chart, but I'd be surprised if anyone here says I'm completly wrong. If I were you, I would reflect a bit on just how sure you are that you want to work in Alberta. If you're really sure, then study in Alberta. If you think you'd like to keep your options open - and that's what it sounds like - then go to McGill and be one of the hundreds of thousands of Anglos who fall in love with my hometown, to my endless eye-rolling frustation. Just a final note, I think you will find a fair bit of philosophical approaches at all law schools in Canada. We certainly do at Victoria. The comparative aspect, per se, will mostly just be useful if you stay in Quebec (or move to another civil law jurisdiction for work at some point). -GM
  13. As a 1L, I have almost no insight on your questions, so you will not find this answer particularly helpful, but I'm interested in the thread as I too am old and interested in work in smaller communities (albeit in a different part of the country). So I will make a few very tentative observations based on things I have observed in my own. This will form a starting point for more knowledgeable posters to correct me. Geographical preliminaries: I believe you mean west of Barrie, not East. Otherwise your description doesn't make sense. The area you've described only has a population of 200-300k, depending on where exactly you draw your lines. Given the size of the communities involved, you are likely only going to find very small firms in the area. This is going to be the main issue governing the answer to most of your more specific questions. 1+2. Firms in this sort of area are small enough that they're not going to regularly have positions, and even if they do need someone, they may not participate in a formal way in recruitment with your law school, etc. I think a lot of leg-work would need to be done on your part to connect with these firms and see if they would be open to taking an articling student in the medium-term. 3. This is going to vary so widely that it's unlikely you can get a useful number. I think as an average, it is likely to be below the 70% threshold you mention, but a small firm in an underserved community might actually do very well. For an example I'm completely inventing in your area: There could be a sole practictioner lawyer in Brussels making $200K because there is lots of need there for easily provided wills, real estate work, etc. However, a second lawyer could move into the same limited market, and suddenly there's a lot more competition and profits plummet. Generally these communities are somewhat underserved, I believe, but - as in my example - this can vary a lot. I think. 4. It surprises me to hear that there are GTA firms with offices in that area, but if you've found that, then I guess you've answered your own question. My impression is that, usually, "regional" firms in rural areas tend to be limited to that regional area, with a few offices within it, such as this one in your area: https://rossfirm.com/ To me, 5-10 lawyers with 3-5 offices is pretty typical. It's similar to what I've seen in rural Alberta and the rural area north of Victoria, I think. 5. Online/WFH is likely to be an area of continued development, as you mention. I myself am wondering a lot about how that might affect things in a few years. For reference, the firm I linked to above makes a big deal about meeting clients in a variety of ways. I think that's probably a good sign for being able to WFH most of the time, and hopefully that trend continues. 6. I think the Ontario Crown hiring system is more complicated than it is out West, so I won't say much here. Out west, though, it is certainly easier to get a rural spot. In Ontario, I'm guessing it's more hit and miss. Could be lots of established crowns who would rather live in that lovely (and cheaper) area, making positions rare.... or not! 7. I think it's very unlikely that you could find full-time insurance defence work in a rural area. I believe they usually use in-house counsel. When they don't, I don't know if they use "big law" outside counsel or not, but it seems unlikely they would have much work to farm out in rural areas, unless they're contesting a lot of MVC claims or something. Even then, those hearings would be in a Superior court somewhere, and not in your local provincial courthouses (though I have no idea where the Superior Courts are in Grey, Bruce, or Huron counties!) -GM
  14. Yes! I tried to figure out some logical explanation for the discrepancy, but couldn't come up with anything, other than RBS having spent longer under its current name? Of course, I have no idea what criteria are generally used to determine the age of a firm. -GM
  15. Just want to thank everyone who is posting in this thread. I don't even know if I will be applying to anything in Vancouver, but as someone with zero connections to the legal profession or to the region, it is extremely useful just to have these little tidbits as starting points. Also Today I learned that there is more than one law firm claiming to be the oldest in BC. (There is one in Victoria which claims the same). Odd and unimportant, but amusing to me, at least. -GM
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