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    Hi Guys,

    I'm starting a doctorate in law at McGill University in September, having an LLB at Aberdeen and an LLM at Edinburgh and worked a bit, and so am thinking of trying to get a legal job in either Canada or the US when I finish.

    Seeing as I will be in North America for the next 3/4 years, I was wondering whether anyone thought it was possible for someone in my situation to get a job at a law firm either in Toronto or alternatively in New York? Given the fact I'm doing commercial law, specifically arbitration, they seem the best candidates. Qualifying in Quebec doesn't seem realistic given that I have nowhere near the required level of French.

    I know there are a couple of threads on here about this subject and realise the US has issues resolving around immigration and the hypercompetitive legal market whilst Canada's legal market is also very saturated. I'm hoping that in the latter case spending 3/4 years at McGill and possibly taking the required conversion courses there might count for something.

    I know it's a few years way but it would be nice to get a feel for things early on so I know how much to throw myself into chasing work experience with law firms etc...

    Cheers
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    NY will be very difficult without the combination of a JD and the right to work in the US.


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    (Original post by J-SP)
    NY will be very difficult without the combination of a JD and the right to work in the US.


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    Yeah, so I've heard. Just trying to see what people think.
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    I recommend pursuing the JD program at University of Toronto. They place a considerable number of their students in NY offices.
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    (Original post by Golden436)
    I recommend pursuing the JD program at University of Toronto. They place a considerable number of their students in NY offices.
    Thanks, the one issue with that is that I don't hugely want to do another 3 years of studying haha. Although I suppose I could do a JD or advanced standing or something in the US. Do you think Canadian universities generally are good for that or is it just Toronto?
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    Send your credentials off to the NCA and get your credentials evaluated. They'll tell you how many exams you'll need to take to get a certificate showing you have the equivalent education and then you can apply to and take a Canadian bar. I've heard the Ontario one is remarkably easy in comparison to the American ones.
 
 
 
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