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  1. Yes, I'm sure all BC government jobs share a similar process, that's... why I called it "BC government interviews" and didn't specify a department (as I had that experience in a couple of different ones). It's just the only place I've encountered anything like it. For all I know Federal and other Provincial government apps could well be just the same. But I'm curious how biglaw interviews were "unlike what you would expect", and what the person expected.
  2. first week or so of spring term for fall grades. Early summer for spring grades.
  3. If you want to practice in Canada, ideally you wouldn't go to the UK at all. If you have to, UCL, LSE, Oxford and Cambridge are the ones with the least disadvantage to having gone. Pretty much anywhere else is going to be seen as "a university I've never heard of" by most Canadian lawyers - they're not going to know or be likely to research how Lancaster stacks up against London City.
  4. I'm curious about this bit - since I opted out of the whole biglaw process I have no experience of it, so I'm wondering what about those interviews were unusual/what you'd expect from a "normal" interview? (I can say in turn, BC government interviews are the weirdest I've ever had, nothing like any other interview - there they give you questions on paper when you arrive, sit you alone in a room for 15 mins to prepare, then ask only those questions, write down your answers, and say nothing else to you - it's more like a presentation somehow related to yourself than an interview)
  5. More common in some places than others - the (non-Quebec) east tends to have higher tuition for school than the west, but west coast schools in particular can make up for that in cost of living over 3 years. Paying $1000 monthly is going to have an effect, it depends what kind of work you find what kind of effect (and this probably feeds into some places having more stress about the Big Law recruit than others). I mean, I have no idea how accurate any of the numbers are in https://www.zsa.ca/salary-guide/, but their general trend of 'this city pays more or less than that city' feels pretty accurate, and it really underlines the difference of effect if the numbers are even close to accurate. That repayment bill on $50k is going to be a very different experience than on $95k. For people who have a combination of top-tier debt, and below average articling or early career earnings, the total could be prohibitive. For people who have a lower debt load and earn more, not so much.
  6. I guess the obvious response is to ask why you think the answer to PT1 section 1 is E, and not D. The question is all of these are mentioned EXCEPT (emphasis in original). You want to select the thing that is NOT in the passage. A is is lines 1-7 B is 52-55 C is 17-22 D is not in there E is 63.
  7. I was expecting a different question from the title than was given, which leads me to largely agree with the others. I mean, check the law society rules (and this is definitely not advice, to avoid any risk of which I won't cite any locations) as this will sometimes vary by Province, but generally no, if you have a qualifying law degree, you can probably article 2, 5, 10 years after you graduate. But that's a you can - so if eg you go to school, but while there have a breakdown and can't face work for a few years, that means you're still eligible to. Or if you find your dream JD-advantage job (which are rare, but do exist) you can do that and still likely be eligible to become a lawyer later. But those are all what you can do situations, that you don't have to article immediately - which is the headline question. The main post question is about the viability of starting a degree with the intention of becoming a lawyer (the main thing the degree leads to) with a planned gap in the middle, and that's a worse idea. If you're thinking of that, it would be a better plan to insert the gap before you do school, rather than after it, which would put you at a needless disadvantage when you came to wanting to start your career, and needing to pay for it (literally) in the interim.
  8. If you want to work in BC, then being in BC is only going to make that easier (both local law, and local connections), but Alberta is unlikely to be a bad choice for that, it just doesn't have the local benefits. It would likely have a lower cost (even Vic living would be more, never mind Vancouver). UVic coop can offer some unique opportunities unavailable to students at other schools, but it also doesn't guarantee anything, and you might find yourself competing against other students for great jobs anyway (especially for during summer). One thing to bear in mind with UVic is that funding is heavily needs-based, so if you're in a position to pay for 2/3 of things upfront as you say, that might actually work against you a little, as people who can pay for things are expected to, and people who can't get the bursaries - which is a thing it's a little hard to complain about because people without money are the ones who need it, but it also means the ones who diligently saved can feel a little punished for being responsible. That said, it would likely be a mid point of cost between UBC and UoA - Victoria's expensive, it's not Vancouver expensive. And UoA has a prairie winter, nobody wants that.
  9. In order to make any decision on that choice, you'd need to dwell on your long-term future (and to be honest, it's a bit of an odd thing not to have done beforehand, since the routes lead to some very divergent possibilities). Do you want to live in Canada long-term? If so, do you want to live in Quebec? If not, why did you want to get a law degree from Canadian/Quebecois universities? If you want to live in Canada long-term, have you looked into the different requirements for Permanent Residency for people who want to settle in Quebec v settling elsewhere in Canada? (and if so, have you thought about that in deciding between McGill in QC, and Ottawa/T in ON?) Having thought a lot about that, if you want to live and work in Canada, a Canadian degree will make that a lot easier. If you don't, then it will be an expensive decoration that doesn't add much to your employability in Britain, Belgium, or France. The other thing to think about of course is whether or not you'd require, and be eligible for a work permit in Britain in a year or two's time, which at this point nobody can give you a firm yes or no to. On that front, Canada is a much more stable and predictable option if you can see something that you want and would be eligible for (with the caveat that immigration law can change rapidly, as a number of Quebecois international students found in recent weeks). And for that matter, you said 'many' students had training contract opportunities, but do you? Because if not, that's again an important factor to bear in mind. If you want a truly stable and predictable option, then it would be a degree/job in Belgium or France, but since you don't include that in your options, presumably you're willing to tolerate some level of risk/unpredictability.
  10. Isn't this, even more so than most law school questions, quite obviously job dependent? International business law in Vancouver, or Wills & Estates in Richmond, those could be hugely advantageous skills. Criminal defence in Thompson Manitoba, far less so. The immigration questions themselves, you should seek an immigration lawyer or consultant. From a social point of view, where you want to be and what you want to do are extremely important if you're asking if your background is going to have an impact, and what that impact might be (even to the point of how used people will be to interacting with immigrants on a regular basis and in what capacity, which can lead to some surprising results).
  11. Ditto. Having read it I have no idea why it's so feted. Would possibly be of more use to students at lower tier American schools who would never get into a Canadian (or upper tier US school) & need to be spoon fed what little useful info it repeats over and over. For OP, there's at least one that does actually say to be focused on Canadian schooling (https://www.amazon.ca/1L-Zero-Hell-wanted-starting-ebook/dp/B07D5713GK/) (but GTM was the only I know, & didn't like it)
  12. There are many advantages to delaying, in terms of becoming more mature, a better focus on what you want, being more stable and in a better position to take advantage of opportunities. Financially, however, isn't really one of them. Your earning potential after graduation is probably higher than it is beforehand, and worse than that, the assets you build up by saving can mean you don't qualify for bursaries and debt-reduction (there's something of a perverse incentive in these which is hard to get away from - if you don't make them needs-based, people who need money suffer, if you do then people who saved up for school and were responsible suffer, as they have to pay full price). Waiting can absolutely be a good thing, but you should consider both the upsides and downsides, especially if your driving force for doing so is financial reasons.
  13. No Canadian school prioritizes LSAT the way a lot of US schools do, but many treat it equally to GPA - so your 175 there is really helpful. You'd certainly be in at Manitoba (with an early offer), and have other chances too - depending on your L2 you should be borderline at Alberta. Could have options at UBC, and I'd expect at least a waitlist if not better at UVic.
  14. The thing that hurts international applicants is typically having to do degree conversion (which means every university will see it differently even before you account for them being cGPA/L2/B2/various drops, and unfamiliarity with what the marks mean). You have a standard 4.x grade; the only difference you'll have in the process is an extra $25-$50 on the application fee. (Paying tuition, now that's gonna be harder, but that's a whole other issue).
  15. For people who want to work in Toronto, Windsor is 4 hours away from Toronto, which makes running over for networking events, interviews, or anything else a full day task (minimum 8 hours total travel time). This makes location a factor. Osgoode is in the same city, and has a station on the direct transit line to downtown. On your broader point, I can't imagine why you would voluntarily apply to Ryerson (an unknown factor) over Osgoode (a very well known, and positive factor) if you have the grades to confidently predict the outcome, but with your LSAT I'd suggest applying to multiple schools in order to boost your chances of admission.
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