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.