Caecilius,If that's the case and you've already done an undergrad degree, then why are you looking at the LLB? This is designed, like you said, for people coming straight from (high) school. There is another course for graduates called the CPE or GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) which is a one year course and takes you in one year to the same standard as an LLB grad...
At this point (after the LPC/BVC) you can then apply for an LLM in the US/UK (I've checked, even Harvard say if your scores are good enough, then game on) if you wish to, so yes, you are at a similar standard in the eyes of North American universities to be at a similar standard.
I think your point about lower admissions standards is a valuable one, but what you have to bear in mind is that in the UK, the quality of your education these days is not your grade or qualification (eg LLB) alone, but where you graduated from combined with the other two factors. For example, to get a 1st (GPA=4.0) at Cambridge or Oxford or any unis in the top 10 is MUCH MUCH harder than to get a 1st at say, at Luton/B*mF**k University, Nowhere.
For this reason I think Canadian employers will be skeptical, becasue how should they know which unis are worth their salt and which aren't! It would be far safer for them just to assume the worst.
I would like to suggest, the reason why there are perceived lower admissions standards in the UK, is because of the lack of the LSAT or similar.
My gripe is that unlike the US/Canada, grade inflation doesn't exist here, since all exams at High School in the UK are taken externally (A-Levels), so that all schools subscribe to largely the same examination provider.
If in North America, you believe the LSAT to be the be-all-and-end-all, then of course any other system looks like it has lower admission standards!
If the LSAT wasn't multiple choice for the most part and the questions were open and not closed, I think it would be a better indicator by far - multiple choice statistically and rationally CANNOT decide such a profound turning point in one's life: whether you're admitted to law school of not.
I think your point was if I came to Canada with an LLB and LPC and two years training (formerly known as articles), I would be less desirable than a Canadian student.Well you're right. Firstly, I have no Canadian legal education. However it is a derivative of English Law. I would, I am sure, be required to take some sort of conversion course (how could I be eligible for the state/provincial bar exam otherwise?), like foreign lawyers here do in the UK (look up the QLTT). The same situation would happen vice versa probably. However, if I did an LLM in the US or Canada, I am sure this would increase my chances greatly, especially if it was one of those designed for foreign lawyers to convert them.