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Canadian Law Schools

Postby Zeile » Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:42 pm

Does anyone know where I can go to find information relating to Canadian law schools or can anyone tell me anything about them? How are the job prospects from the top schools? How easy/hard is it to practice in the United States with a Canadian JD? How hard is it for an American to practice in Canada? Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. Any and all info would be very much appreciated.

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Re: Canadian Law Schools

Postby niederbomb » Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:29 am

I'm also applying to the University of Toronto.

Here's what I've found so far:

Canada has its own "LSAC" for individual provinces, for example, the "Ontario Law School Application Service." You have to upload a lot of stuff there separately from LSAC.

Salaries go neither as low nor as high as salaries in the USA, but the job prospects in Canada are better for new lawyers. That said, I don't think Canadian BigLaw salaries compare to U.S. ones, nor do Canadian schools compete evenly with U.S. schools for U.S. positions.

For Osgoode Hall (3rd ranked after Toronto and McGill):

Associate: C$73,349 - C$120,000
Attorney / Lawyer C$60,000 - C$109,685
Corporate Attorney C$98,264 - C$143,000

If I attend U of T law school will I be able to practise law in the United States?
In a nutshell, it depends. Like the different provincial law societies, each state has its own entrance requirements, particularly when it comes to law degrees from other countries. Currently, states which accept our law degree as “equivalent” to an American law degree are New York and Massachusetts. Another popular destination for our graduates is California, but to be eligible to write the California Bar, one must first be called to the Bar of a Canadian province, or another American state such as New York. Detailed requirements for every state are available in a publication called the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements published by the American Bar Association. You should investigate this information early in order to avoid disappointment in the future.

I am also curious to learn more first-hand info about job prospects in Canada for lawyers. So if anyone with experience can add to this, it would be appreciated.

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Re: Canadian Law Schools

Postby serdog » Mon Oct 18, 2010 2:26 am

With a Canada degree you can write the New York and Massachusetts bar after passing one of them you are able to write the California bar.
Canada has its own "LSAC" for individual provinces, for example, the "Ontario Law School Application Service." You have to upload a lot of stuff there separately from LSAC.

That only Ontario school in other provinces require you to submit your transcript to admission (trust me I have application of to 4 schools).

Most Canadian students get articling(10 month working under a lawyer and do a few final course before taking the bar) position(80% was seen as a bad year! pay around $45,000-$65,000). I'm finding out that if you have an interest in work in both nation it is advisable to do Canada first as for most states its quicker to be able to take the bar (6-8 exam over two year often a requirement of an other year of school). in Terms of quality there is not much space between to school school(Windsor does get raged on because they decided to work with ofter their joint JD with Mercy) by a large the education you will get a Canadian law school is around T1/T2 level.

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