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  1. Sure, all of that is true, but here's the thing: you're constructing a straw man. Dal doesn't claim to be oldest law school in Canada, nor does it make any claim with respect to the Commonwealth. It claims to be the oldest common law school at a university in Canada, which it is. Make of that what you will.
  2. Wasn't McGill founded as a civil law? I think Dal is the oldest common law school at a university in Canada.
  3. I think the major difference is that ON firms do not perform OCIs at UNB. They (of course) accept applications from UNB students, but UNB students need to travel to Halifax/Dalhousie and attend OCIs there during Dal's OCI week if they get interviews. I'm not sure what the situation is at Lakehead. Generally speaking, the advice is go to school where you want to work, so Lakehead may be the right choice here, notwithstanding the fact that UNB is an older law school.
  4. That could be tough to prepare for. My interviews were HR (as gate keepers, I think), my future colleagues (lawyers), and then a panel of the exec. HR was focused on "situational" questions (e.g., if you encountered X at work, how would you deal?), my colleagues wanted to know specific details about my exp and work as a lawyer (e.g., describing transactions and my role in them), and the exec was more of a informal get to know type panel. They all asked questions about me, and I think were trying to gauge whether or not they liked me. We talked about travel, what I like to do outside of work, what I thought about certain subjects. I'd hate to say that you should prepare for all three types of scenarios for one panel, but it may be the wisest course of action. Is there any way you can call an HR person and get a sense of what will happen at the panel interview?
  5. I've done one of these. Who's on the panel? Just lawyer? HR? Exec? A mix?
  6. In my experience, these jobs are almost always at some small or medium sized family firm/business and aren't exactly sought after positions. The best/more desirable jobs will always be open to competition.
  7. I took two years between UG and LS. It was awesome. Moved to a new city and worked there for about 1.5 years, then went travelling to Europe for the rest of the year after I saved some money and got into LS. I would not do things any differently a 2nd time around, but a the time I was listless and thought it was a bad idea.
  8. Just turn down the opportunity. You don't want it. And you went into law to "practice with a conscience´╗┐"; you don't want don't want to be an unconscionable corporate lawyer. Go back to the job market, find something else, and report back on how it went.
  9. I'd advise just being open to all experiences that present themselves (within reason). I wouldn't hang my hat on an incredibly niche area inhabited by a minority of lawyers at large firms. You might end up specializing in arbitration, but more likely you'll end up doing something you never really imagined. In terms of what you should be looking into: look into what your firm already does. Tell them: you're interested in touching everything they do to get a sense of what you really like, and you're especially interested in area X (today, that seems to be arbitration.)
  10. If you want to work in Australia, it's prob. a good choice. If you want to work in Canada, it is not a good choice, assuming Canadian law schools are on the table .
  11. I've actually heard the opposite from ppl who have experience on both sides of the boarder. NYC associates work more hours and the frequency of really large/complex work is higher. They also do not spend a year articling (which entails rotations, etc.) This generally translates into more experienced junior lawyers. NY junior associates may have worked an extra thousand hours (or significantly more) on a specific area of law than your average Bay Street lawyer by the time they are a few years into practice. On the flipside, I've never heard an American lawyer (NY or otherwise) say anything disparaging about their Canadian counterparts. I think they generally see Canadian lawyers as well trained and competent (until proven otherwise); they know we don't (yet) have any shitty law schools, for example.
  12. They are all fine programs. I'd go with the program you're most genuinely interested in and the school you are most excited to attend. Also, it's just a starting point, lots of ppl switch majors/programs in UG. Personally, I'd take one of the programs at McGill or UofT because you can live in an interesting city for 4 years while getting a degree that can get you a job when you leave (in case you're not interested in further studies at the end of UG - most aren't.)
  13. I wouldn't call myself a bodybuilder, but I exercise/work out 5-6 times a week (cycling, swimming, and full body work outs). I went to school with at least one legit bodybuilder. IMHO, law school is a great schedule for keeping fit. Sure, you're busy, but aside from a few hours of class/day, you can largely make your own schedule. Even during the busiest of times, you can find time for an hour work out. So, if you lift heavy 2-3 times a week, eat lots, and get lots of rest (sleep), I'd say it's entirely possible to have gains in law school. Eating well/enough can be tough as a student, but I bet you know the drill re. eating well. (Lots of protein, eat whole foods, etc. - i.e., being somewhat disciplined with what you put in your body.) I think stress and anxiety of law school can lead ppl to stop working out, especially in first year. However, my personal experience suggests that being in good shape/getting regular exercise will help reduce stress and anxiety and generally leads to better grades as well. I would highly encourage everyone to make time everyday for exercise in law school, even if it's just something as simple as going for walk after class.
  14. All other things being equal, I'd go with the cheaper tuition, and that advice wouldn't change much no matter the choice of schools. But since you're from the east cost already, and if you're not worried at all about cost, then I'd go to Osgoode. Chance to live somewhere else (at a $40k+ premium) for four years, if nothing else.
  15. Personally, in your situation, I don't think it's worth it to pay more for Osgoode. Maybe, maybe, if you 100% set on Bay Street and would accept no other outcome, then it might be worth it. (That is assuming Osgoode places more students on Bay than Dal, and assuming that statistically means you're more likely to end up on Bay by going to Osgoode.) However, if that is your only goal, I might suggest reassess the whole law school plan in the first place.
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