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  1. conge

    GPA and PhD Questions, References

    Some thoughts in bold above.
  2. I really don't know what goes into the NCA decision making process; others here have far more experience with that. But I think I would sum the job prospects this way: as an LLM/NCA student, I don't think you'll get the advantage of the on-campus/structured interview process whereby articling students are selected by the top firms. However, that process isn't required to get a job at these firms, it's just the common route for undergrad law students in Canada. If you have good experience from a good firm (and it sounds like you do), then I would be surprised if you eventually didn't find something. Firms always seem to be looking for associates with 5 years exp. in M&A/corporate work. You might not end up on Bay Street at the most "prestigious" firm (or you might), but I bet something will come up.
  3. I've been away from Dal for several years, but I remember it was basically class all day Mon-Thurs. with only one class - LRW (legal research and writing) - on Fridays. Two days a week, you had early classes (8:15am, I think?). Usually small breaks between classes where ppl either hit the library or hang around the lounge.
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    In Need of Some Perspective

    It will get better. You're just starting out in a very demanding, but ultimately very rewarding and privileged (IMHO), profession. However, you need to do something about the exam and work situation. The primary purpose of being an articling student is to get called to the bar. Your firm needs to give you time to study for the exam. I think you need to be up front with those that assign you work and tell them you failed and you need to study and pass. Alternatively, schedule to write the exam when you can take time off in the lead up, if that's possible.
  5. I can't speak specifically to your questions, but, if you haven't already, you should look into what it takes for you to get called in ON (or elsewhere in Canada). With or without an LLM, I believe there is a process you have to follow (NCAs, perhaps articling, etc.) In the US, I think an LLM might be a fast track to getting called in some states; in Canada, an LLM may help the process, but I'm honestly not sure that it does. Having said that, assuming you get called, I'd imagine that a lawyer with 5 years of corporate/M&A experience would be a valuable asset to a firm, especially if they have clients that are Indian businesses/business owners (assuming that is where you practiced).
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    We're Starting Articles Soon. Give us advice!

    Coffee and music, mostly.
  7. conge

    University of Seattle vs TRU

    TRU 100%, or any other Canadian law school you can get into. Since you don't want to work in the US, it doesn't make any sense to go to University of Seattle.
  8. Prob better than litigation. Partnership would depend on the firm and how/on what basis they admit partners.
  9. conge

    Low Gpa [2.0]

    OK, so probably not, but before you give up, write a practice LSAT; if you do well on diagnostic, there may be a way forward...but honestly, likely not...
  10. It sounds like that's exactly what they did; another way of putting it is that "the then current generation of voting age adults didn't want to pay for future generations to received a benefit that the current generation already received, so they cut taxes and saddled future generations with the debt instead."
  11. Do you know what associate starting salaries were in 1998? I bet they were still pretty good. It seems crazy that students are paying like $20k now, and $4k in 1998...it's almost like the previous generation saw an opportunity to exploit future generations by jacking tuition, instead of fighting to keep tuition low so that future students could also benefit.
  12. conge

    Mid-life crisis during Articling?

    I've been there. I really have. The good news is that working in a demanding firm gets better if you stick with it; the better news is that you don't have to stick with it, if you don't want to. I don't have a lot in the way of advice, except to (1) take care of yourself and make it a priority (both mental and physical health) - you gotta find time for that because no one else will find it for you - they'll keep stacking work on top of you because you seem competent to handle it (and I'm sure you are, but you don't want it, and that's OK) and (2) I would stick it out at least for articles, get called, and then you can make a decision. In my case, I stuck with my firm for a few more years knowing that I wouldn't be there forever. It got better, but I still left when the right opportunity came up and it was a very good move for me.
  13. Stop panicking, just apply broadly and pick the law firm that seems right for you (or the one that offers you a position). Also, as a helpful FYI, don't call Canadian lawyers "attorneys".
  14. In my limited experience speaking with US lawyers/the US legal community, they haven't really heard of any of our schools. And the advantage that any Canadian school has over any other Canadian school for "international reputation" is marginal, at best. For example, certainly some NY lawyers who have UofT/McGill grads at their firm, or who are involved with OCIs that go to UofT/McGilll, will know the names of these schools. But, generally speaking, outside of a handful of NY lawyers, most of the US legal community doesn't know much about our legal community, and don't really care because it is such a small market. You want "international reputation"? Go to HYS/Oxbridge.
  15. conge

    Law school after dental school?

    Honestly, great choice.
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