The ‘Golden Ticket’ Cliché Strikes the Canadian Legal Profession

Siobhan McClelland, “Becoming a Lawyer: Is a Law Degree Still a ‘Golden Ticket’,” Huffington Post Canada.

I guess the now-defunct Law Students for a Fair Profession can now say I told you so.

I’m not going to research Canadian law schools, but McClelland’s article appears well-researched and worthwhile for those interested in the topic. The only comparison I can add for readers is that without knowing the number of law students at Canada’s law schools, the number of Canadian law schools (13, I think) per 10 million residents was ~3.9 in 2011 as opposed to 6.3 in the U.S. Add in all the non-ABA law schools and that number jumps to ~7.6. I have to recheck the number of non-ABA law schools and I exclude correspondence/online schools because it just gets too depressing.

Otherwise, it’s like a slow-mo instant replay. No articling positions; no jobs; and tuition is skyrocketing. Osgoode Hall charges *gasp* $25,000 per year in tuition (~$25,300 US). Canada’s great, but until its law school graduates emerge from for-profit law schools with $140,000 in debt, and zero hope of articling positions, then it can compete against the U.S.A. in the whose-legal-licensing-system-is-more-incompetently-implemented game.


  1. Three posts in two days? Reminds me of the comedian who once said that if he pinched his microphone cord together and then let it go, all of his jokes would come out at once.

    1. I wrote one over the weekend and scheduled it for this morning, so I haven’t been *that* prolific.

      On the other hand, there were two other topics that popped up that I’m debating about covering.

  2. Let’s not forget that there are now 17 common law schools in Canada, with an additional 4 exclusively-civil law schools (all in French) and 2 of the common law ones also teach civil law.

    But what happens in the civil law job market is quite different from the common law job market. But is it true that, here, when the legal system isn’t specified, it is taken to be common law?

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