Camron wrote:I find it funny who the person finding fault with UofT ranking is using anecdotal evidence to back up his/her claim that McGill is superior.
I am not sure if this point has been mentioned or not, but if you want to pursue McGill and want to do so easily; DO NOT WRITE THE LSAT. Once you write the LSAT, you are required to notify them of your score. Do 2 years in a useless/bird undergraduate program (i.e. a BA), and you should have no difficulty getting accepted if your ECs are up to snuff (but you should have enough free time in your undergraduate year anyways).
UBC is 6 worse credit hours BUT if you are applying in your last year of your undergraduate program, they typically don't look at your last year marks.
IMO, if you are looking to practice in Canada (specifically on Bay St), UofT is probably the best law school to attend. There admission process is around that of a mid T14 school so you usually will need a 166-170+ LSAT with a cGPA of 3.7+ (you can apply with 3 years of undergrad but rarely anyone gets admitted without a degree) for admission. In terms of admission standards, I think UBC is next with a 164-166 LSAT and a cGPA around 3.7-3.8. Osgoode is lower than this but I think they do have a better placement on Bay St than UBC (cGPA: 3.7-3.8+ LSAT: 160+).
Sorry if this is an old ass post on an old ass thread, but breaking into Bay St is more about networking and grades than where you're coming from.
Sure, UofT grads have it "slightly" easier to get a job there, but remember that most, if not all, Bay St firms have offices all over Canada, and you can indeed transfer in Bay St if you know how to talk to Partners.
These firms do show up at Osgoode and McGill for Bay St recruitement as well, so UofT is definitely not the best to attend.
I say go there if you got a decent funding plan because a J.D. from UofT is ridiculously expensive, and the same placement chance can be acquired for a lot cheaper at McGill.
Let's not start another debate between McGill and UofT, both have great placement stats, even leading foreign offices show up to both schools to recruit, so it basically comes down to your grades and your networking skills.
But if you are "broke", McGill would be a better investment, especially since you can practice in Quebec and even become a Civil Law Notary there (Which enjoy great salary, low working hours and good Prestige here in Montreal(Shortage as well)).