I'm not completing undergrad right now but u of a recently sent an email saying they would be reviewing Indigenous applications March 9th I believe and hopefully having decisions being sent out for March 16th...
This was quite clearly not my point, which I know you understand considering you felt the need to caricature my position. I do not think it is "bizarre" to assume that if financial security is present for a given student, other factors than employment prospects will come to the forefront in their decision making process - these other factors could simply be one's interest in a subject (as I have already discussed), but they could also very well be a lower difficulty level.
Also, it is ridiculous to construe my point as saying that "elite undergraduate programs and internships are full of disadvantaged students" when my overarching theme is accessibility to those elite institutions for disadvantaged students in the first place.
Some firms are replacing meals/receptions with 30 minute "coffee chats", either over the phone or video calls. For most large firms your second interview will not occur on the same day as your first. I know of at least one mid-size firm which has said they may invite candidates back for second interviews on the same day.
I appreciate you writing about your experience! I'm also glad you were able to overcome all the hurdles associated with having a foreign degree. As a recent LL.B. graduate that's currently going through the NCA process, your post definitely serves as an inspiration that it can be possible to find success in the Canadian legal market regardless of your legal education background. I do have a number of questions that I would be curious to hear your unique input on.
I am curious to know if you have any advice on how recent graduates with no undergraduate background can differentiate themselves in the articling market?
Also, having practiced in a few firms and having started your own solo practice, what markets/areas of the law do you think foreign graduates should target in order to have the best opportunity to gain employment/articling in?
Finally, I'm curious to hear what your NCA equivalency experience was like. I understand that at one point Bond did not have NCA requirements. Did you have to do equivalency exams at all?
Thanks for sharing your experience!