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Interested in practicing criminal law in western Canada (interior BC or Alberta). I'm familiar with the common suggestion that you should go to school where you want to practice--which would make UVic a no-brainer in this regard. 

But... Dal's course offerings seem to be head and shoulders above UVic in terms of my intellectual and practice interests. The courses actually peak my interest. Also, I'm interested in academia after graduation and my sense is that Dal's higher ranking may be factored in down the road (for academia, not practice). 

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3 minutes ago, ES1 said:

my sense is that Dal's higher ranking may be factored in down the road (for academia, not practice)

No one (in Canadian academia) cares where you do your JD.

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Perhaps the only disadvantage of UVIC's small cohort size is that there are limited course offerings in some niche areas. Depending on what area you are interested in, this issue is probably the only genuine reason I would ever recommend anyone not attend UVIC. Criminal Law is not a niche area though. I sincerely doubt that UVIC is any worse off than Dalhousie in that regard.

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Unless your from the east coast/wish to practice there, one would have to be damn near insane to choose Dal over Uvic. Not to mention its half the price. 

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I think even though the course of dal may more align to your interests,  but I think it's better not to underestimate uvic co-op program.  Academia is usually more concentrated on  theoretical discussion and or intellectual drill of law. But the real  operation, application,  usage of law may be something that need to be reinforced and work-on.

I guess Uvic may provide  you with better  integration of law  , let alone practice in BC.

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I went to UVic for undergrad. It's a great place to spend a few years. The city and campus is beautiful. Vancouver and Seattle is a couple hours away. I applied and got into UVic and Dalhousie and would have chosen UVic by far if I hadn't gotten into western (want to practice in Toronto). I was put off by the dalhousie campus and bigger class sizes. Everyone I talked to at the law school at UVic also gave me rave reviews so there's that. 

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13 hours ago, ES1 said:

Interested in practicing criminal law in western Canada (interior BC or Alberta). I'm familiar with the common suggestion that you should go to school where you want to practice--which would make UVic a no-brainer in this regard. 

But... Dal's course offerings seem to be head and shoulders above UVic in terms of my intellectual and practice interests. The courses actually peak my interest. Also, I'm interested in academia after graduation and my sense is that Dal's higher ranking may be factored in down the road (for academia, not practice). 

So did you not go to TRU after all?

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