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  1. Friends in Cowtown had the same experience.
  2. You might be able to leverage it into an "in association" or on a 50-50 fee basis while building your practice. Working with a sole can be a great way to learn how to run your own practice. Some soles as SPs as they are entrepreneurial while others are SPs because they are unbearable. YMMV
  3. I'm at a small firm in a smaller city. We still interviewed 6 people for 1 position for a summer position that was outside organized recruit. You sometimes need to extend offers to interview to a wider number of people if there is a competition for new talent/targeting people.
  4. Poster meant doing civil law in QC following their Aussie degree. But yeah. Could be a tough sell without connections and fairly expensive. You can always do an exchange during your time in law school. Or take a year off and live abroad (I guess? Is that still a thing?) then come back for law school. @he4dhuntr Have you encountered any lawyers with this experience profile during your time in big law?
  5. Quebec has 3 law schools on the Island alone. There are 6 civil law programs for one province - we're already a heavily saturated market, to the point that small firms pay minimum wage to their junior lawyers. You're going to be competing with students who, frankly, are ahead of you in French legal speaking following a hiatus of 3 years outside la belle province, coupled with missing out on organized recruit and networking opportunities. There ARE options to do a 1 year civil degree for people who hold common law degrees. You can explore the various law schools to see which offer it. Off hand, I know UdM and UdS offer programs. I believe U Ottawa does too. You may want to look at the Barreau's admissions guidelines to be sure. The other thing to address is money. Why would you give up on that sweet, sweet QC tuition!?
  6. PA is very competitive, though not sure I would say more competitive than med school itself. Also, I wouldn't add chiropractic practice to any discussion of health professional...
  7. There are also allied health professional degrees, such as dietetics, nursing, speech language pathology, occupational/physical therapy, physician assistant! You might already have the prereqs and the degrees are only 2 years. Or do a 1 year comp sci grad degree. There is more to life than "doctor or lawyer". Either way, that's 5 more years until your career actually starts.
  8. Every province has their own style of ceremony. In Ontario, pre covid, we attended a special ceremony "Call to Bar" that is a special sitting of the court. We receive our official certificates. It's only then can we officially call ourselves "lawyers" but have to pay our insurance and order fees. All this to say, you are not a "lawyer" until several steps are completed. Passing law school is only one step in the journey. I suggest looking at the law society website of the province you might want to consider working in. All these terms and steps are generally written there.
  9. And then, after all that, actually be called!
  10. Not unless there was clearly no way that you were going to be eligible to graduate (i.e. still missing 42 credits at time of application).
  11. McGill is more than just r-score, so it's hard to tell. It is lower than their usual numbers though. I'd suggest that you go through the "Civil law" section and go through the various accepted threads. Also, you may want to include UOttawa's civil program since you're willing to move to Qu├ębec City and Sherbrooke.
  12. They ask you to provide a copy of your final grades. Technically, your acceptance is conditional on maintaining similar grades/graduating.
  13. Liking your comment only for your avatar. Mic drop!
  14. The ones that went into government moved from larger corporate firms. Their research was more aligned with human rights, but they likely would have been eligible for those jobs without first going the corporate route. The other one I knew of was a Crown who left to start their own shop pursing the civil remedies for victims. As I said, most ended up back at their old job/field. LLM (research) is to research a specific issue/field. You can learn new areas of law for a lot less outside of academia.
  15. You receive a call from Madame Y. She says that she's sorry and she didn't mean for this to happen. She wants all charges dropped against Mister Y, your new client. What do you do? You pick up the phone. It's Justice P. Your supervisor is late for his JPT. What do you do? Your client is releasable with a surety. You ask for names and numbers from this new client. She mumbles something and get a number. You call and the person seems confused but they're willing to help. At the court house, the surety asks you to repeat your client's name. The CSO comes out and yells to hurry up. What do you do? Your firm represents Z, a youth that ran away from home. He's releasable so long as a parent is present. Z begs you not to call his father and instead call Biggie. Z won't give you any more info. What do you do? A woman calls yelling. She identifies herself as Z's mother and she is demanding to speak to him. What do you do? Honestly, criminal practice is essentially a huge set of "what if" scenarios. Know sentencing ranges, how to research, conflicts, disclosure issues and client management and ethics.
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