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Re: UCalgary Law, and other schools...
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2004, 08:21:45 AM »
UCalgary is generally considered one of the weaker schools in the west.

UBC, UVic, Ualberta
UMan
UCal
Sask College of law

is generally the pecking order

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Re: UCalgary Law, and other schools...
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2004, 09:43:58 AM »
Honestly though, pretty much every school in Canada is almost the exact same, except for UofT which is generally considered the best - And then the bottom few, like Sask College and some others.  Everything in the middle is all pretty much equal.

I would say, a big decision on picking a law school from that group is, where you would like to go to school.  There probably isn't much difference between UBC and UofA say, so pick the school that you like the best.

If you go to any big firms website, you'll see that there lawyers (and articling students) come from pretty much every law school.

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Re: UCalgary Law, and other schools...
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2004, 12:42:44 PM »
UCal fills a niche in admissions in that experience really can for once offset lower marks, so if that fits you, I'd apply.  No reason not to.

As for rankings of schools, ask yourself what you want to do after law school.  There is a definite pecking order, but it really depends what you want to do.

Some examples,

Corporate law = reputation MATTERS, and there is a genuine difference in where you go (and it doesn't stop with UofT; For Toronto it goes something like UofT, Osgoode, Western/Queens, Ottawa/Windsor)

IP Law = reputation extremely important (UofT, Ottawa come to mind)

Litigation = nobody cares

Immigration law = nobody cares

Government = no one cares, minus certain positions in which case you better be in McGill followed by UofT

Criminal law = nobody cares

See what I'm getting at?
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Re: UCalgary Law, and other schools...
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2004, 12:45:02 PM »
BTW, this doesn't apply to Sask College.  The place is TTT.

Actually, I don't think their employment % deviates all that much, but compared to their admission practices, Osgoode's admission requirments make a lot of sense!
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Re: UCalgary Law, and other schools...
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2004, 01:20:53 PM »
Caecilius,
What school would be best suited to the study and field of International Law/Business/Organizations?

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Re: UCalgary Law, and other schools...
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2004, 02:54:57 PM »
U of A is well represented with BIGLAW in western Canada.

Not so much out east.

Matt

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Re: UCalgary Law, and other schools...
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2004, 05:07:43 PM »
UofT is best for international law as well ...

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Re: UCalgary Law, and other schools...
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2004, 06:07:47 PM »
Yes, for international U of T is best. Surprisingly, Mcgill is probably 2nd or 3rd for international law, but not much else.

Matt