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Salary of Canadian Lawyers?

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Salary of Canadian Lawyers?
« on: August 03, 2006, 02:50:09 PM »
Whats the average?

How does it compare to Lawyers in the U.S.?

Re: Salary of Canadian Lawyers?
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2006, 05:37:56 PM »
Whats the average?

How does it compare to Lawyers in the U.S.?

Low.

Poorly.

See postings here: http://www.lawbuzz.ca/

However, one redeeming quality of Canadian schools is that practicing law with US degree in Canada is tricky, whereas the converse is true for practicing law with Canadian degree in US.

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Re: Salary of Canadian Lawyers?
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2006, 12:49:03 PM »
I wouldn't necessarily say that it's not tricky to practice in the US with a Canadian degree. There are only 2 states that take the Canadian degree as equivalent (MA and NY). Otherwise you have to be admitted to another states bar before you can practice (ie for California). I believe that for NY you often still have to take further courses at a US law school, and many states require that you pretty much get an LLM before you can practice there. To get an LLM you need to have already been practicing for a number of years in Canada, then you have to apply, hope you get in, and hope you can afford the 60 grand or so (in US $) that it will cost you to attend (schools typically do not have fin aid for LLMs).

As for the starting salary of Canadian lawyers, I believe the average is $60 000, but that is after articling. At least this is what the banks go on for giving you loans.

Re: Salary of Canadian Lawyers?
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2006, 02:01:43 PM »
"I believe that for NY you often still have to take further courses at a US law school"

Not with a Canadian LLB.

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Re: Salary of Canadian Lawyers?
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2006, 12:11:50 AM »
If you're going from Canada to NY or MA, then you're set with your degree.  If you want to go anywhere else, it's about just as much a pain in the ass to go from Canada to the US as it is to go from the US to Canada.

I'm sticking to the US because

A) the weather is nicer,
B) the starting salaries are higher,
C) the salaries rise much quicker,

and

D) at least here, I can support a Stanley Cup winner as my home town. 


/removes bitter Oilers cap

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Re: Salary of Canadian Lawyers?
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2006, 08:05:19 PM »
I believe that for NY you often still have to take further courses at a US law school, and many states require that you pretty much get an LLM before you can practice there. To get an LLM you need to have already been practicing for a number of years in Canada, then you have to apply, hope you get in, and hope you can afford the 60 grand or so (in US $) that it will cost you to attend (schools typically do not have fin aid for LLMs).

not true at all

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Re: Salary of Canadian Lawyers?
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2006, 12:41:17 AM »
As a habs fan, going to Boston is tricky. I hate the Bruins, and don't want to become a red Sox supporter. Guess I'll just have to support my college team religiously.

Re: Salary of Canadian Lawyers?
« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2006, 12:49:40 AM »
Habs fan? Ain't that on the endangered species list?

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Re: Salary of Canadian Lawyers?
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2006, 01:01:01 AM »
After Chokefest 2006 (aka The 4 Levels of Caning), I think most of that species has died off.

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Re: Salary of Canadian Lawyers?
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2006, 06:53:51 PM »
After Chokefest 2006 (aka The 4 Levels of Caning), I think most of that species has died off.


If by Caning you mean high-sticking our captain and taking his eye out.

Anyways, I'm sure Canadian Lawyers make more than enough money to live nicely.