Lets Talk Canada - US Citizen + US Law School = Any Chance?

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Lets Talk Canada - US Citizen + US Law School = Any Chance?

Postby lawschool?s » Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:31 pm

I will be attending a lower t14 think GULC or Cornell and am interested in moving to Canada post law school. Preferably Canadian Biglaw. I realize it pays quite a bit less, but the less hours does sound more doable and I have always been interested in moving to Canada.

Is it pretty hard for US Citizens with US JDs to get positions in Canada? How are the t14 viewed? Toronto or Vancouver specifically (Vancouver preferably, but I realize Toronto is the NYC of Canada)

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Re: Lets Talk Canada - US Citizen + US Law School = Any Chance?

Postby CanadianWolf » Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:41 pm

Did you apply to UBC , Toronto or Osgoode Hall at York ?

The transition is much easier if you attend & graduate from a Canadian law school.

Try lawstudents.ca for more detailed responses.

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Re: Lets Talk Canada - US Citizen + US Law School = Any Chance?

Postby CanadianWolf » Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:51 pm

Also, currently there is a shortage of articling positions available. This is another reason to attend law school in Canada if you plan to live & work in Toronto or Vancouver.

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Re: Lets Talk Canada - US Citizen + US Law School = Any Chance?

Postby lawschool?s » Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:54 pm

No I missed the deadlines to apply to UT and UBC.

I am not sure if I want to end up in Canada permanently either since I have never lived there (I frequent Vancouver quite a bit though). Anyhow I am already commited to a lower t14 and just wanted to see if I could have the option or if firms completely shut out Americans.

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Re: Lets Talk Canada - US Citizen + US Law School = Any Chance?

Postby spleenworship » Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:58 pm

Very difficult, generally speaking. You can get admitted up there if you take four courses in things like Canadian Constitutional Law and such.... but... as mentioned above the shortage of articling positions means that even if you take the courses and pass their exams there is a very good chance you couldn't get a job anyway. I do hear that the Crown needs prosecutors in the Yukon... if you want to live in a tiny village in the ice and snow for the first 5 years of your career.




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