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  1. Quebec is more restrictive of what law students can do than other provinces. Law students cannot provide legal advice or represent a client in court, even under the supervision of a lawyer. As a result, McGill's clinic is a "legal information" clinic. Rather than representing clients and giving legal advice, they can only provide "legal information". I believe the other clinical opportunities are also research based.
  2. No gowns in the OCJ, only in the Superior Court. Edit: Here’s the advice for Ottawa (but I’ve never heard of gowning for the OCJ anywhere) https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.ccla-abcc.ca/resource/resmgr/docs/gowningguideen.pdf
  3. I’ve done a couple SCC files and in my experience, agents do nothing more than provide administrative services, like printing and filing documents, and transmitting letters to and from the Court. They really add very little value in the present day and most lawyers outside of Ottawa would like to see the requirement to have an Ottawa agent abolished.
  4. The OP said they are "in the west". BC Law Society: Termination of articles Neither the articled student nor the principal should terminate articles without a report from each party being made to the Law Society and, unless the termination was by mutual agreement of you and your principal, the matter will be referred to the Credentials Committee. Alberta Law Society: Termination of Articles A request to terminate articles must be made in writing to the Law Society of Alberta and should include an effective date of termination. There is no formal application form. If the principal and student-at-law jointly apply for termination, the Executive Director/Delegate of the Law Society may grant an application. To apply for a joint termination of articles, please submit a letter of termination signed by both the principal and student-at-law. If the principal and student-at-law are unable to jointly apply, the application will still be considered by the Executive Director/Delegate (Rule 57.3).
  5. You might be thinking of this blog Craig Forcese did several years ago. I remember people talking about it back when it came out, especially the post about where people did their doctorates. http://craigforcese.squarespace.com/bleaching-law/category/law-prof-hiring
  6. From what I understand, UofT recruits at the AALS Faculty Recruitment Conference, which is why their professors conform more to the American market. I thought UofT was the only school that did this, but after seeing the Queen's 2018 hires I wondered if they started attending too because their three entry-level hires clearly would have been on the US market (American JDs and PhDs without any apparent Canadian education or legal experience). Any idea of which Canadian schools are attending the FRC now? https://law.queensu.ca/news/Queens-Law-appoints-four-new-faculty-members
  7. I believe the federal justice system takes the position that clerking is not considered practicing law. For this reason, courts in the federal system (TCC, FC, FCA, SCC) do not pay for clerks' law society fees and classify clerks as Economics and Social Science Services employees, rather than as members of the federal Law Practitioner group.
  8. These posts are correct. But in the OP's defence, UOttawa markets itself as having greater access to the SCC than other law schools. For instance, the Common Law Dean's message on their website says: "We have a strong bond with the legal community in Ottawa and a special relationship with the Supreme Court of Canada. Our students have unparalleled access and interaction to the highest judges in the land. Since 2004, we have welcomed every new Supreme Court Justice into our community at the Faculty of Law. We hosted the questioning of Justice Malcolm Rowe in 2016 and interim Dean François Larocque moderated the questioning of Justice Sheilah Martin in 2017. Our students had the privilege of attending these and many more events. This is only one example of The uOttawa Advantage." I also remember that they posted pictures of an orientation week event at the Court, with a big tent set up on the lawn and students mingling with judges. Of course, as some people have commented, the justices make the rounds at all law schools and anywhere you go, you should be able to see a judge at some point in your law school career (especially if you moot). Another small point I would add is that there are also a couple of job opportunities at the Court that appear to be populated solely by UOttawa law students (likely because UOttawa students are the only law students living in Ottawa throughout the year). The first job is as an interpreter/guide to give tours of the building to the general public. The second job is as a "Research Assistant" in the Court's Law Branch. I don't know what exactly they do, but I came across one CV which described their "research assistance" as assisting with copy editing judgments and assisting counsel with leave to appeal memos. I have no idea how accurate this is. In any case, I believe both positions are also bilingual imperative, so they wouldn't really help the OP. Edit: Just to be clear, as the other posters said, none of these is a good reason to choose UOttawa law school.
  9. When I was at MAG, our after hours meals were covered.
  10. 75% doesn't sound unreasonable. Over the past 11 years their hireback has only averaged 82%. Excluding opt-outs from the total students, here are Fasken Toronto's hireback percentages (from PrecedentJD): 2009 72% 2010 81% 2011 100% 2012 60% 2013 47% 2014 78% 2015 100% 2016 82% 2017 100% 2018 83% 2019 100%
  11. Baker McKenzie reduced pay by 10% yesterday. Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/lawyer-coronavirus-baker-mckenzie/baker-mckenzie-latest-to-cut-pay-over-pandemic-idUSL2N2C12D2
  12. Every year, the website gives a date long after the actual date of offers. In recent years, offers have gone out Thursday night or Friday morning of interview week. This year, SCC offers began and ended on Friday. As soon as SCC offers concluded on Friday, the Court notified all other courts. Most courts immediately began sending out offers (as you can see from reading this thread). Courts of appeal, including the FCA are now finished. You are right that several FC judges only begin interviewing after the SCC and court of appeal offers go out. But many FC judges send out offers as soon as the SCC concludes hiring. It is misleading to state that "hiring is nowhere near complete at this time" and that's what @CoffeeandLaw was trying to tell you.
  13. I think that most years the emails all go out in one day. However, last year it did spill into the next day.
  14. Yes, they're by email. I can confirm I've heard of other interview offers from all of the judges. They're probably still going out as it takes some time.
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