Thanks! Wow, I never would have guessed that Calgary was stronger than Vancouver. I always assumed it was Toronto followed by Vancouver, with Montreal having its own niche with the whole language/Quebec law thing. Interesting!
I think it comes down to where you want to work ultimately (west coast or east coast), so it sounds like USC is the better choice. I personally think that where you want to live has a much bigger impact on your life than an extra $50K or whatever in debt would, so that's how I'd rank the priorities.
What are the top big law firms paying in Canada? (what do they pay for articling year and what do they pay for first year?) There's so much transparency for U.S. law firms, but can't find the same for Canada. Is there a difference between Vancouver salaries and Toronto salaries?