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  1. You aren't giving us a whole lot of information, so advice won't be very useful. There have been numerous other threads written about this, which you might want to check out. The usual answer to these questions is that all of those schools prepare you for those fields of law, and to consider what city you would most like to live in for three years.
  2. It is not Scotia or bust. I didn't even apply to Scotia. I applied to Royal Bank (RBC) over the phone. I provided very basic information about my work history, and provided my letter of acceptance and proof of deposit to the law school by email. I was approved within 14 days. $110 000 line of credit to use when and how I wish and an interest rate of 2.95% (.5 over prime). Being about 40 years old with a great credit rating helped, no doubt.
  3. Wow. I'm really sorry to hard about the racism you have experienced. I find it hard to imagine that shouts of "go back to your own country" (or anything remotely resembling that) are common at Canadian law schools. From what I have heard, Canadian law schools go to great lengths to invite diversity into their schools. Whites and Asians I know have even expressed bitterness that they feel they need a higher LSAT and GPA to get into law school than more diverse candidates.
  4. You have probably done this, but you could: (1) look at past and present job ads on the internet in your area. (2) talk to any lawyer acquaintances you know in your area. If I were in your shoes, I would just resign myself to getting paid what the tell you they want to pay you. It will be more than you got as an articling student.
  5. I got into Osgoode (firm acceptance) and Ottawa with a 3 year degree.
  6. The textbook policy on replying to "thank you" emails is to not reply if there is no new substance to be added. This prevents spam in people's in boxes, and prevents constant notifications of new messages which are in fact without actual constant. I have taught business writing at a college. What not to do: Bob: Thanks for agreeing to meet with me at 3:00 on Tuesday as we discussed on the phone. (This first email is OK, but later ones are not) Susan: No prob! Bob: See you then. Susan: Right back at you, buddy. Bob: Sounds good.
  7. I have always been one to say that mature students (i.e. people with many years out of school before law school) are just as well equipped to succeed in law school as younger people. However, I can't see anything wrong with going the K-JD route. You will maximize your lifetime earning potential, and there will likely be opportunities later in life to pursue whatever you might want to to in a gap year.
  8. Which of these sounds better to you? The man she had trusted had just stolen her iPhone and left without a word. She cursed under her breath, but vowed to not give up her faith in humanity. or The man she had trusted had just stolen her iPhone and left without a word. She muttered "h%$# s%$% under her breath, but vowed to not give up her faith in humanity. Use your own discretion if you are considering using profanity. I do feel that your writing style is a good way to establish your personality and separate yourself from other school candidates in your PS, but use caution and remain professional.
  9. Law school in September is going to be rough. Should I just keep working for the company where we built this chimney last fall?
  10. If your definition of "social justice" includes criminal law, then Queens.
  11. One thing that's pretty obvious, but maybe worth mentioning, is that some of these institutions offer both university and non-university courses, degrees, diplomas, certificates and programs. So even if you are going to an accredited Christian university, you obviously have to make sure you are taking courses that lead towards a recognized undergrad degree.
  12. Have you tried searching for a law school related forum based out of Europe? I have no idea if this is a good website or not, but here is an example of something I searched - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=28 If you are considering studying law in Canada and then practicing law in Europe, my gut tells me don't do it. It would be better to just study law in Europe.
  13. I think we are still talking about Bay Street/NYU/high end type stuff. Does anyone want to provide some numbers (even if they are estimated) for amount of people from each school who literally have a "hard time finding jobs"? For purposes of my question, I mean the law school graduate cannot find an articling position (later, junior lawyer position) with a small, medium or large firm. The person has looked outside major cities for work within 3 hours drive of the GTA. The person has found work not requiring a law degree or is unemployed.
  14. Some of this is might be based on what I consider to be a false assumption: That law students who secure jobs at big firms in an urban area have succeeded while those who do not have failed. For example, a Queens student may have the career goal of securing a foot in the door with the Crown in a rural area and a Western student may want to get into business law with a small firm in a medium sized city.
  15. Having those two years working with members of Parliament is an added bonus, the significance of which is proportional to the nature of your role. You should get one or two acceptances from those law schools provided you keep your grades up. You seem like the type of person who will make the right decision about this. Good luck!
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