Best Law Schools in Canada

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Best Law Schools in Canada

Postby The Avatar » Thu Feb 20, 2014 1:47 am

I understand that in Canada, prestige doesn't play as large of a role as in the U.S. Still, what do you hear to be among the best?

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Re: Best Law Schools in Canada

Postby str8yolked » Thu Feb 20, 2014 2:18 am

The Avatar wrote:I understand that in Canada, prestige doesn't play as large of a role as in the U.S. Still, what do you hear to be among the best?


Toronto > Osgoode > UBC

Edit: some might argue Toronto > UBC > Osgoode, but either way Toronto > everyone else

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Re: Best Law Schools in Canada

Postby sighsigh » Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:18 am

All law schools in Canada are regional (provincial) schools, including UToronto. It's always best to go to law school in the province you want to work in. It doesn't make sense to rank law schools between provinces.

It makes sense to rank law schools within provinces, though, at least for biglaw placement. In Ontario, I'd say it's something like:

UToronto
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Osgoode/Queen's/Western
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Ottawa/Windsor
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Lakehead

For Toronto biglaw placement numbers, check the Ultra Vires data: http://ultravires.ca/wp/wp-content/uplo ... t-2013.pdf

This year, UToronto placed just under 1/2 in Toronto biglaw, and Osgoode/Queen's/Western each placed about 1/4.

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Re: Best Law Schools in Canada

Postby cron1834 » Thu Feb 20, 2014 5:10 pm

(waiting for a BigHockeyLaw joke)

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Re: Best Law Schools in Canada

Postby The Avatar » Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:35 am

U of T medians are 3.9 Best 3 year GPA and Lsat 168.

Osgoode is about cGPA 3.65 and Lsat 162.

I think I'll get into Osgoode and if it's one of the best then I don't mind attending there. Is there a significant disadvantage between going to Osgoode rather than U of T?

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Re: Best Law Schools in Canada

Postby sighsigh » Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:35 am

The Avatar wrote:U of T medians are 3.9 Best 3 year GPA and Lsat 168.

Osgoode is about cGPA 3.65 and Lsat 162.

I think I'll get into Osgoode and if it's one of the best then I don't mind attending there. Is there a significant disadvantage between going to Osgoode rather than U of T?


This is only somewhat accurate.

UToronto doesn't use GPA in admissions, it uses percentage averages. U of T's percentiles for the entering class of 2013 were 83%/85.4%/87.7% (these are calculated from your best three full-time undergrad years). Keep in mind Canadian percentages are different from US percentages. Here, generally an A- is an 80%-84%, an A is an 85%-89%, and an A+ is a 90+%. U of T's LSAT percentiles for the entering class of 2013 are 164/167/169. http://www.law.utoronto.ca/admissions/j ... sionPolicy Also keep in mind that U of T is quite holistic. A full 1/3 of the app is weighted towards softs (PS/ECs/etc.). 1/3 is weighted towards the LSAT, and the final 1/3 towards the percentage average. http://ultravires.ca/2013/03/admissions ... e-is-made/

Osgoode's medians for the entering class of 2013 are cGPA 3.65 (OLSAS scale) and 162. http://digital.yorku.ca/i/144328 (p. 11-12) Keep in mind the OLSAS scale is deflated compared to the LSDAS one. For OLSAS, an A is a 3.9, not a 4.0, and an A+ is a 4.0, not a 4.33.

If you're set on biglaw, go to U of T. It places into biglaw about double (or close to it) what Osgoode places, if you consider both Toronto and non-Toronto (e.g. New York) hiring. But certainly nothing wrong with Osgoode; it's a very solid school.

Lawstudents.ca is a much better place to ask these kinds of questions. http://lawstudents.ca/forums/

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Re: Best Law Schools in Canada

Postby Quest4Knowledge » Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:06 pm

sighsigh wrote:Lawstudents.ca is a much better place to ask these kinds of questions. http://lawstudents.ca/forums/


+1.

In terms of purely prestige, I'd say University of Toronto and Osgoode would be 1 and 2 respectively.

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Re: Best Law Schools in Canada

Postby The Avatar » Thu Mar 06, 2014 1:53 am

What about Osgoode?
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Re: Best Law Schools in Canada

Postby Mack.Hambleton » Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:02 am

The Avatar wrote:Bump


see sighsigh's post, I don't know what else you'd need

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Re: Best Law Schools in Canada

Postby banjo » Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:35 am

Toronto is the most prestigious Canadian law school and seems to have the best big firm placement. Beyond that, I'd go with Alberta or Calgary given the province's strong economy.

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Re: Best Law Schools in Canada

Postby cron1834 » Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:33 am

james.bungles wrote:
The Avatar wrote:Bump


see sighsigh's post, I don't know what else you'd need


Yeah. Wtf? OP, there are only about 20 schools to choose from, and that dude gave you a pretty authoritative run down. There's a TLS article on this exact topic that confirms. What are you looking for?

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Re: Best Law Schools in Canada

Postby jbagelboy » Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:23 am

If you are interested in working in the US, just reviewing entering summer classes at top firms and from the Canadian associates I've met, seems like U Toronto is the only school consistently & reliably placing grads into biglaw (New York). Others certainly do on occasion, but not with close to the same frequency and breadth of firms.




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