It's pretty generic information but in case anybody hasn't yet researched it:
Why the canadian schools? I'm guessing you're canadian. And why is McGill "the Funny Duck"?
Yes I am Canadian and my family lives in Toronto. McGill is the funny duck because they don't require and LSAT score but require proficiency in French for studying Civil Code of Quebec as well as Common Law.
So would you prefer to stay in Canada? Did you do your undergrad in Canada, and how does the law degree there compare to a US degree? Like could you sit for a bar exam in the US with a Canadian degree?
Right now I'm leaning toward YLS. Have to admit though that I don't think I know enough about it yet and am therefore on this site trying to glean some information. Would like to visit YLS, HLS, and SLS to help me to decide but it is doubtful that I will even get the chance to visit one.
Our conversation would better serve a purpose on the Canadian board.. I think I am going to copy the whole thing and post it there. Anyhow, visit:http://www.law.utoronto.ca/prosp_stdn_content.asp?itemPath=3/6/15/6/0&contentId=983&cType=webpages#J.D
Canadian law schools are not ABA approved, and the only states that count a Canadian law degree as an equivalent to an American law degree are New York and Massachusetts. And it also says: "Another popular destination for our graduates is California, but to be eligible to write the California Bar, one must first be called to the Bar of a Canadian province, or another American state such as New York."
If you are interested in academia, though, it's a little different story. Lots of Toronto Law graduates go onto teach at American law schools. To give you an idea:http://www.law.harvard.edu/faculty/directory/facdir.php?id=505http://www.law.harvard.edu/faculty/directory/facdir.php?id=691http://www.law.harvard.edu/faculty/directory/facdir.php?id=84http://www.law.upenn.edu/cf/faculty/rdaniels/
Yeah. Well okay. They all studied at American schools after they got their Canadian degree(s) - but even then, it tells you that it's pretty well acknowledged down the border.
I went to college in the states. And if you get into YLS of course you should choose them over any Canadian law school, unless you can't afford it or can't afford to be away from your family etc. But if you want to be a "Bay Street" lawyer and make lots of Canadian $$$ or work with the Canadian government, then going to U Toronto is MORE than enough....