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  1. conge

    Should I go to law school in the US?

    I would first get an LSAT score, and then reassess the situation. Any decision you make now could be overridden by a really high (or low) score. When you have score in hand, then you'll have some decisions to make.
  2. I'm not weighing in on the rightness or wrongness of it, but in my experience articling students do not typically take vacations or extended periods of time off, like you would in normal employment relationships. YMMV based on your firm.
  3. I think the question is suffering from the ambiguity of the meaning of "corporate lawyer" - it can have different meanings in different contexts (e.g., as Rashabon points out, in one sense of the meaning, all securities lawyers are corporate lawyers but not all corporate lawyers are securities lawyers.) What do you mean by corporate law? I ask because you list two pretty distinct areas of law as examples: M&A and restructuring. Assuming that by "restructuring" you mean bankruptcy and insolvency, and not other types of restructurings, like tax driven corporate re-orgs, which are also distinct from each other. If it helps, exit options for all corporate lawyers (including securities lawyers) seem to be pretty good.
  4. conge

    First year associate salary dilemma

    I'd take it and ask for a percentage of anything you bring in.
  5. conge

    The TRUTH about law school

    I actually agree with a lot of this. The exception being that I was a pretty average student that landed well in terms of articles and jobs afterwards. I also didn't have connections. You don't need "stellar" grades to get a job. I agree that the best jobs go to those who have high grades, but hard work (in my experience) has very little to do with it. Plenty of hard workers didn't get the grades (or jobs) they wanted. I also agree that where you want to law school doesn't matter all that much in the grand scheme of things. On the price tag issue, 100% agree. Even assuming that certain schools have certain advantages (e.g., UofT is best for working in TO, McGill for working in Montreal), I'm not sure the price tag is worth the advantage it (might) confer.
  6. conge

    I messed up

    This isn't exactly determinative, but it indicates Windsor takes the highest score: http://www.oxfordseminars.ca/LSAT/lsat_profiles.php Are you sure about Windsor averaging LSATs? If you haven't already, I'd just call the admissions office and ask.
  7. conge

    GPA and PhD Questions, References

    Some thoughts in bold above.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. conge

    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.
  11. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Prob better than litigation. Partnership would depend on the firm and how/on what basis they admit partners.
  15. 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...