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How can an American practice in Canada?
« on: July 04, 2005, 12:19:13 PM »
Can i graduate from an ABA approved law school and practice in Canada???

Or what type of education (additional schooling) would be required in Canada to practice there?

What kind of living to canadian lawyers make vs. American lawyers???

any help would be appreciated - thx
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Re: How can an American practice in Canada?
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2005, 03:53:29 PM »
Can i graduate from an ABA approved law school and practice in Canada???

Or what type of education (additional schooling) would be required in Canada to practice there?

What kind of living to canadian lawyers make vs. American lawyers???

any help would be appreciated - thx

you would need to attend a canadian law school.  Even with a JD from the states, you would need to spend around 1-2 years + articling period. 

Canadian lawyers make a lot less as well.  Generally starting salary is around 90k CAD.  6th year is around 160k CAD.

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Re: How can an American practice in Canada?
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2005, 02:26:34 PM »
Canada actually has a legal system?!?! Don't tell me they have a gov't, too  :o

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Re: How can an American practice in Canada?
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2005, 04:39:52 PM »
If you graduate from a US law school, you will need to get your degree acredited by the national accreditation burreau in Ottawa, then apply to the bar in whatever province you want to practice in.

Also, when considering salaries, you have to consider cost of living. If you are making a decent salary at a Bay St. law firm of 100 000$ you will live like a king. But even with a higher salary in NYC, you will live in a shoebox. However, the opportunities to make BIG money, in the million dollar range, are probably much higher in the big US cities.
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