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Hello Everyone! 

 
Hope you are all doing well. I wanted to get some advice from you on choosing a law school. 
 
So far I have been accepted into the following 5 universities: 
1. The University of Calgary 
2. Dalhousie University (Schulich)
3. University of Manitoba 
4. Thompson Rivers University
5. Windsor University
 
Factors I am considering:
- Would like to come back to BC to practice 
- Would like to live with my Fiance while in school, he can only move to major cities (cannot move to Kamloops) due to his job at a major Engineering firm
- Coops, clubs, moots, future practice areas
 
Are there any other factors you think I should be considering? 
 
Thanks friends!
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1 minute ago, mangodiaries said:

Hello Everyone! 

 
Hope you are all doing well. I wanted to get some advice from you on choosing a law school. 
 
So far I have been accepted into the following 5 universities: 
1. The University of Calgary 
2. Dalhousie University (Schulich)
3. University of Manitoba 
4. Thompson Rivers University
5. Windsor University
 
Factors I am considering:
- Would like to come back to BC to practice 
- Would like to live with my Fiance while in school, he can only move to major cities (cannot move to Kamloops) due to his job at a major Engineering firm
- Coops, clubs, moots, future practice areas
 
Are there any other factors you think I should be considering? 
 
Thanks friends!

Based on your situations, uCalgary law will be the best option for you. 

Reason 1: Calgary will have many jobs for your fiance.

Reason 2: uCalgary law is an established school that will provide you with many opportunities to engage in ECs.

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11 minutes ago, mangodiaries said:

- Would like to come back to BC to practice 

This makes me think TRU, 100%.

11 minutes ago, mangodiaries said:

- Would like to live with my Fiance while in school, he can only move to major cities (cannot move to Kamloops) due to his job at a major Engineering firm

Unfortunately this takes TRU off the table. If you can't go to TRU then I'd suggest UofC as it's a great school and it'll be much easier to get back to BC from UofC. Going from Windsor to a placement in BC seems like it'll be a big hassle for you.

Calgary is also a great city to live in! Cheaper rent than most major Canadian cities, lots of jobs, and really close to Banff National Park if you want a weekend away. 

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59 minutes ago, ArchivesandMuseums said:

Based on your situations, uCalgary law will be the best option for you. 

Reason 1: Calgary will have many jobs for your fiance.

Reason 2: uCalgary law is an established school that will provide you with many opportunities to engage in ECs.

This is debatable. I would temper OP's expectations re: engineering jobs in Calgary. At least for the short-term.  

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1 hour ago, Twenty said:

This is debatable. I would temper OP's expectations re: engineering jobs in Calgary. At least for the short-term.  

Most of my extended family is comprised of engineers living and working in Alberta. Anecdotally from them the job market at the moment is not great due to the beating the oil and gas sector has been taking. Your fiancee's mileage will, of course, vary depending on their specialties.

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Pick UCalgary. Here's my rationale:

TRU beats UCalgary if you want to work in BC after law school. That said, plenty of UCalgary students have success in BC.

TRU is ~$20,000 per year in tuition. UCalgary is ~$15,000.

Calgary's employment market is probably better than Kamloops.

I wouldn't even consider Windsor if you want to work in BC and TRU/Calgary are on the table.

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