Any lawyers on here who can comment on any “stigma” there may be regarding Australian Law School graduates? Their schools have significantly lower entrance requirements, but higher fail rates, better facilities and lower teacher-prof ratios. The tuition is also very high (25-33k per year). The degree can be finished in 2 years (3 semesters per year) as opposed to 3 in North America.
Some Australian Schools (Bond, Sydney, Melbourne) actively recruit Canadian exchange students and I’m considering the possibility. I just don’t want to incur 70k in debt for a degree that may be scorned by Canadians and would require further NCA accreditation courses before approaching the Bar. [/quote]
Law is inherantly local – not just the law itself, but the other lawyers and judges.
So if you intend to practice in Australia, it’s a great idea. If you intend to practice in Canada, it’s stupid.
As an aside, our firm does not hire anyone who did not have a 95% or better score on the LSAT, top 10% and law review or equivalent. The school we hire from are the top 20 schools and then local schools that are widely respected. For example, while we are based out of NY, in Texas we hire out of University of Texas and University of Houston for out Texas offices. In, MA, it’s Harvard and BU. Etc.
Also, there is a direct relation between prospective law students who had a good LSAT and their later satisfaction of being a lawyer — in short, it’s a good predictor of ability to “think like a lawyer” and be good at the profession. I strongly encourage you not to be a lawyer if your LSAT (or whatever the equivalent test is) sucks.[/quote]
I’ve yet to write the LSAT. I’m currently in the process of taking more undergrad courses to raise my average. I graduated with honours but for requirements within Canada I’m not satisfied yet. My Canadian plan is to write the LSAT in June or September.
As for your local point. Some of the Australian schools (Bond for example) offers NCA certified courses as electives and are affiliated with Canadian schools like UBC and Manitoba, and have some of their profs teach in Australia.
I gather this would mean little to your firm though and obviously many Canadian ones will share your opinion.
I’m not worried that I can’t eventually put together a successful Canadian application. But given that it could take another 2-3 semesters to do so I could nearly be done Law School down under by then.
However, an unemployed lawyer with a scorned degree sounds like an awful fate.
Practicing in Australia hasn’t been ruled out, I just don’t want the door back home closed on me.