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  1. Living in Fredericton

    Hey, I went to law school at UNB. Congrats on getting in! It is a great place to go to law school. In my experience, most people secure apartments in the summer time. Most leases run from Sept-Sept. So no, you will not have to pay for an apartment all summer (although you may have to pay for one next summer, even if you don't stay in Fredericton for the summer). I would recommend that you start looking in April or May as that is when most apartments start advertising to the public when they know who is and who is not keeping their spot in the building for the next year. I hope that this helps. If you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
  2. Solicitor-Client Privilege Post

    FYI: Adam M. Dodek, "Solicitor-Client Privilege" I am sure that many of you have had a chance to review and most likely use this book to your advantage but, in case you haven't, I highly recommend checking it out. The book masterfully details the ins and out of privilege in Canada. In my opinion, it is a must-read for any practicing lawyer in this country. For those that have access to Lexis Nexis, the publication is available online. Below is the link to a blog post which explains the book in greater detail. http://www.slaw.ca/2015/07/30/slaw-contributor-adam-dodek-wins-2015-walter-owen-book-prize/ Happy Friday!
  3. Chances [3.66, 164] and Tuition

    Hey! First off, I am no expert when it comes to what it takes to get into law school these days but I would say that with that LSAT score, you would be a highly competitive applicant and UNB. I do know people who have got in with a much lower LSAT score (156-160). Your GPA seems to be on the lower end of competitive but I think that you would likely be successful on the strength of your LSAT score alone. Furthermore, if your father graduated from UNB (not necessarily the law school), there is a section to note that on the application form when applying. Tuition at UNB law is, in my opinion, the best in the country. The law school has an excellent reputation (although the reputation seems to have taken a bit of a hit last year) as a black letter law school whose graduates can apply and research the law with graduates from the best schools in the country. In 2014, tuition was $10.5K. New textbooks, add another $1K (used $500). In addition to all this, the price of living in Fredericton is quite cheap, especially in comparison with Dalhousie. I lived in a really nice apartment my 2nd and 3rd year and I only paid $500 a month. I highly recommend the school. If I can be of any more assistance, please don't hesitate to ask!
  4. Furnished rentals?

    Hey! Take a look here: http://www.colpittsdevelopments.ca/index.php?option=com_apartments&view=apartment&id=31&sef=75 They have a number of apartment complexes all around Fredericton. A lot of their buildings are furnished as well. Be sure to look up how close each building is to campus.
  5. Getting around/Public Transportation?

    Hey! I'm not sure where you are getting your co-ordinates from, but they are not accurate. First, downtown is something of 10-15 minute walk for most place but very few student live in what would actually be considered downtown. Most of students (including law students and undergrads alike) live more uptown closer to campus. Fredericton has plenty of housing and apartments that are literally right next to campus (most of them, I could hit my pitching wedge from the backyard and hit the law school!). Furthermore, UNB has recently constructed some very nice new student apartments on campus that are about a 2 minute walk to the law school. I would recommend looking into these options. Lastly, buses do not run as often as they would in a major city. However, during the school year, they do run quite often (although I must admit I have never used them). The winters can be brutal, no way around it. However, this is Canada and with the exception of the west coast, winters are usually brutal right across the board! I hope this helped. I wish you all best in making your decision. If I can be of anymore assistance, just ask!
  6. Solicitor-Client Privilege Post

    FYI: If anyone is ever looking for an excellent source on solicitor-client privilege in Canada, see the blog post below. For those who have a subscription to Nexis Lexis (students), Dobek's publication is available through Quicklaw. Even if you are looking to kill some time, this is a very interesting read. http://www.slaw.ca/2015/07/30/slaw-contributor-adam-dodek-wins-2015-walter-owen-book-prize/
  7. Books to prepare for law school

    My suggestions would be: 1) Read "Getting to Maybe." I think that most would agree that this is the best pre-law school book that you could invest in. This book masterfully breaks down one of the hardest transitions into law school - the law school exam. I highly recommend reading this, maybe more than once given how much time you have. 2) Make a habit of reading legal blogs as often as you can (or would like). Given the fact that you clearly want to pursue a career in law, this is an excellent time to get into the routine of reading legal news. For me, reading blogs served two purposes in my preparation for law school. First it acclimatized me to how the law is presented to you and how people think about it. Second, the blogs allow you to start to thinking about some of the relevant, overarching themes in Canadian law. The more you know about these issues come the first day of law school, the more comfortable you will feel. I recommend starting here: http://www.clawbies.ca/. This website lists some of the best Canadian legal blogs on the internet. 3) In keeping with the blog theme, check out this blog post: http://www.slaw.ca/2015/07/23/what-to-read-before-starting-law-school/. It lists many of the books I found helpful to read before I started. One final note about whether or not you should prepare and, if so, to what extent. Although this is an age-old debate, like most things, it's completely personal. Personally, I - like you it sounds - was very excited to start. Law school was something I always wanted to do and when I got in I was very anxious to start. I have always told people that I think that this bode well for me when September 1L came around. There is absolutely nothing wrong with preparing and taking some time over the next 13 months to do some legal reading. Moreover, I have also always been of the opinion that doing so will give you a leg up over your future classmates. While I do not recommend attempting to learn substantive material (do not spend your Saturday night memorizing Charter Rights, for example), becoming comfortable with current issues, legal language and how the law will be presented to you in law school will make your transition into this often foreign and nerve wracking environment easier. When professors start talking about introductory themes, you will likely not be hearing many of them for this first time. I wish you all the best come application time!
  8. Prelaw Reading List

    My advice has always been this: You don't need to read anything. Many people beginning law school with you in September will not have read any legal works all summer. However, if you are someone who is a) excited to start; or, b) competitive and wants to get ahead before the race even starts, I would advise you spend your time reading: 1) As others above have advised, "Getting to Maybe." This is an excellent book. It will prepare you for one of the biggest transitions that 1Ls face: law school exams. Furthermore, at least for me, this book gave me great insight into how the law is presented to you in law school classrooms. 2) Blogs. My advice would be to start here: http://www.clawbies.ca/. This website is a list of the best Canadian law blogs on the internet. As I have previously stated elsewhere, you do should not read these blogs to memorize substantive material (memorizing Charter Rights or sections of the Criminal Code, for example). Instead, read these blogs to gain insight into the current, overarching issues in Canadian law. While reading, practice being the "reasonable law student" - if you don't understand a word or an issue, take the time to look it up. Making this practice a habit will allow you to be many steps ahead come September. 3) Case law. I am often asked, "should I read case law before starting school?" My advice has always been, if you would like to get a tase of reading cases, go for it. I did it. However, take the same approach as you take to reading the blogs - do not read them to memorize precedent or the elements necessary for making out the criminal charge of manslaughter. Instead, read case law to become comfortable with how judges write decisions. If you are going to be studying at a common law school, case law will be the number one way that you will learn the law in the next three years. Therefore, the more comfortable you are with reading jurisprudence, the further ahead you will be. Lastly, as I have also said elsewhere, I always feel the need to disclaim the following after giving advice to an incoming 1L on reading the summer before starting: more than anything, enjoy this summer. It's great to be excited. However, August will be the last month you have to enjoy law school with no strings attached. Right now, everyone is congratulating you on huge accomplishment of just getting in. And, so they should - it's a big deal given the number of applicants vs spots available. You've completed a big goal. My advice is to enjoy it as much as you can before the hard work starts. I wish you all the best come September! Enjoy the ride.
  9. Incoming 1L's, Congrats on being accepted to one of the 23 law schools across Canada! You are in for an amazing experience that will both test and reward you. If you are like I was a few of years ago before I started my first year, you cannot wait to get started. Since beginning law school I have been asked numerous times by incoming 1Ls, "How can I prepare?", "What should I read?" and "Should I start reading cases?" My response is always this: start reading but not so much to learn substantive material. Instead, read to become comfortable with the way law school is presented to you. I often recommend starting with this website: http://www.clawbies.ca/. This site lists some of the most influential Canadian legal blogs out there. Take your time and work through some of the posts on the various blogs. This post may be an excellent place to start: http://www.slaw.ca/2015/07/23/what-to-read-before-starting-law-school/. Furthermore, these blogs will familiarize you with some of the most recent, overarching issues coming out of Canadian law. Being comfortable with some of these topics will undoubtedly make your transition into this new and foreign world easier. In terms of reading substantive cases, I always say "go for it." I did it. However, my advice is to read these cases with much the same approach you should take when reading the blogs. You need not read the case law to memorize Charter Rights, provisions of the Criminal Code or the necessary elements of making out the tort of assault - this will all come with time. Instead, like the blogs, approach any case law you read with the goal of learning the ways courts produce and write their decisions. In the next three years, case law will be the primary way you learn legal concepts. The more comfortable you are with reading court decisions, the further forward from the starting line you will be come your first day. My last piece of advice is this: enjoy this summer. I know that you are probably anxious to start, and that is a good thing (you never have to write the LSAT or even think about it again, and that is enough of a reason to be excited in and of itself!). However, looking back, the summer before you start law school is the last time you get to enjoy the accomplishment of getting in with no strings attached. There are no casebooks yet, no late nights, no early mornings, and no stress. Right now, all you have is people proudly congratulating you, much the way I started this post by doing. So take a deep breath. You are officially a law student. A JD candidate. A person with a very bright future. Simply enjoy that and the remaining days of this summer! All the best come September!
  10. I was in the same boat a couple of years ago. I ultimately chose UNB and I couldn't be more happy with my decision. In my experience, UNB students were very successful in securing jobs all over the country - not just in Atlantic Canada. Unlike a couple of the other people who have commented above, I do have some insight on Dalhousie. First, although not entirely on point, I completed my undergrad at Dalhousie. Secondly, and maybe more helpful, three of my really good friends went to Dal law. Their experiences were also mostly positive. In comparing their experiences at Dal Law to mine at UNB, the only real differences we have come up with in our conversations is a slight difference in courses that are compulsory (ex. UNB 1L's must take Constitutional Law while Dal 1L's take Administrative Law), the overall size of the classes (Dal class sizes are about twice as large as UNB's and as a result, there are more elective courses offered in upper year), and a larger emphasis on Aboriginal Law at Dal. Other than that, our experiences have been very similar. At the end of the day, law school is about working hard, enjoying the experience and networking with everyone you can - maybe most importantly, your classmates. I secured an articling position in downtown Halifax. My classmates (and some of my best friends) are now currently working all over the country. In sum, my advice to you is to look closely at all the information you can get your hands on, talk to as many people as you possibly can who have firsthand experiences at these schools and then make the best decision you can with the facts you have gathered. It will be good practice for your future career! Good luck and rest easy, there really is no bad choice.
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