Cara wrote:How about this as a way of comparing difficulty of entry:
- USA has 9.05 times the population of Canada
- UoT takes 190 new students per year
- therefore it's about as competitive for a Canadian to be one of those 190 at UoT as it is for an American to be accepted in one of the top (9.05 x 190 = 1721) places for new students in US law schools
- If you count down from YLS using the 2009 US News rankings then the 1721st place is at NYU (ranked #5)
- Therefore, UoT is about as difficult to get into for Canadians as the T5 is for Americans
I find the analysis interesting even if I don't really get the utility in comparison; T5 makes sense as a measure of placement power or of difficulty of admissions, neither of which comes into play from crunching these numbers. Also, rather than population of the country, the relevant number is probably either the number of practicing attorneys in Canada or the number of law students each year (which I imagine would exaggerate the noted effect).
But you treat Canada like it has a wholly separate legal education system. Canadians try to get into American schools, especially the good ones, and it's my understanding that a top US JD is an acceptable replacement for an LLB.
If that's the case and Canadian legal education is somewhat connected to the US at the top of the food chain, then you might say more that the top 5 schools for Canada are the top 5 US schools. Or at least that the top schools for practicing in Canada are HYS.