« on: February 14, 2007, 09:29:38 PM »
I'll tell you what really bothers me about UofO - they admit a hell of a lot of student straight out of highschool and CEGEP (in Quebec). Now the academic enlightenment that comes along with earning a university degree prior to Law School has its merits and all, but if I wanted to go to a low end law school and sit next to 18 year olds wondering whether Law School offers Gym class, I wouldn't have busted my ass through an undergrad. There's a reason almost every law school in Canada and the U.S requires an undergraduate degree. If you have completed an undergrad, why would you want to go to a school that doesn't require one, essentially rendering your degree a waste of time.
That being said I have heard good things about UofO Law and if you want to work in the public sector it has an extremely well established alumni base and might be a great fit for you. If you're going for corporate law or want an accreditation that will hold up regardless of what field you practice in I'd say: UBC in the West, UofT (if you can get in) for Ontario - Osgoode 2nd, McGill in Quebec, Dal in the maritimes. So based on your list I'd likely go to Oz. Only wild card I can think of is if you intend to work in the Prairies which I really have no idea about.
That's my 2 cents.
Just to set the record straight... The Civil Law program at Ottawa U admits a majority of students straight from high school or CEGEP, as do all the civil law schools in Quebec. Even McGill, who has a transystemic civil/common law program admits a few students straight from CEGEP every year. You cannot get into Ottawa U's common law program straight from high school or CEGEP - check your OLSAS admission booklet. I am in 2nd year at Ottawa in the common law section and 1/3 of the students in my year have Masters degrees. I do not know a single student who does not have an undergraduate degree. In addition, common and civil law students do not share classes. Please get your facts straight before you post!