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  1. Oh ok. I think the major difference is that we weren't responsible for registering for classes. We only had to confirm our intention to enroll on Minerva and indicate our language preference. The way it was set up was that timing didn't matter as long as you met their deadline.
  2. I'm aware that government pays less than Bay street but isn't it also the case that it pays more than many private practice employers? Without having any data to point to, my sense is that government lawyers earn more than the average lawyer. Happy to be corrected.
  3. When I studied the two, I used more or less the same strategy for both. The bigger factor is probably going to be how your classes and exams are structured. If you're genuinely interested, have a look at some of the student outlines floating around the internet. McGill's Pubdocs allow for public access as do UBC and UVic. Pay attention to the structure more than the content (probably not a good idea to try to pre-learn the material).
  4. What I remember is that you were allowed to choose between taking each course in English or French when I was in first year. They may have been limits to which they were able to accommodate people's preferences but to my knowledge nobody came up against those limits. To my knowledge, nobody was forced to take a first year course in their second language (things were different in second year with advanced civil law obligations and common law property).
  5. Try Getting to Maybe. I don't think its any more relevant to one legal tradition than another, but at the very least it'll help you out with criminal and constitutional law. Should also be relevant to your courses in civil law.
  6. The topic was brought up in this thread and generated some useful discussion. Albeit dated, the following resources are also probably worth glancing at:
  7. Is this a new policy? I don't recall students being forced to take first-year classes outside of their preferred language while I was at the faculty.
  8. Is it that you think those books aren't relevant to the study of civil law or that you prefer to read in french? My exposure to the civil law was at McGill (which may have an atypical approach to the civil law) but my sense is that the core skills are the same whether you're studying the civil law or the common law. Also, there's no getting around the common law even in a civil law program (e.g. constitutional and criminal law).
  9. I had Gelinas a few years back. He was good but unremarkable (my memory of him seems to have faded). I remember him having helpful powerpoints.
  10. I spent time at a smaller Quebec university (UQTR) between undergrad and law school. It could be that the UQ system is an outlier, but I had serious concerns about what I saw there. My sense is that almost everyone there was a sessional. Many of the instructors neither held a PhD nor were they in the process of earning one. It was even common to walk down the hall and see university students using class time to create bristol board presentations.
  11. There was a pilot project one semester where you could access anything on your computer but not access the internet for exam purposes. Wasn't continued afterwards.
  12. I think COL can be a tricky thing to compare. I've seen some metrics that suggest that the COL relative to the average wage is more expensive in Toronto than in NYC. Also, I suspect that the wage gap between biglaw in NYC and the average wage in NYC is greater than the wage gap between biglaw in Toronto and the average wage in Toronto.
  13. Pacific E & P has reached out (but has also changed its name to Frontera Energy).
  14. Fair. I haven't heard from them yet.
  15. Pacific E&P's posting suggests that they'll be accepting applications until the 23rd. Also, worth noting that Aviva has advertised a second articling position.