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  1. Summer Jobs

    I probably should have noted earlier that the SPI's only work for students at the University of Ottawa. Here's the information page. Here's the guidelines. Start looking whenever, but somewhere near the end of the semester there's an information session. Keep an eye on the Dictum newsletter for dates. Any law firm is eligible. Any government department is eligible. Technically even the convenience store down the road is eligible so long as you're supervised by someone with a law degree. MP and MPP offices are also popular choices since so many members of Parliament and the Ontario Legislature are lawyers. I think it's particularly helpful for people interested in criminal law. It gives defence lawyers in particular a pretty good resource with free labour and students can make limited appearances at the courthouse.
  2. Am I going to law school fall 2018?

    Maybe Lakehead, if you applied, didn't write a completely transparent letter of intent, and hit your low 150 goal for the LSAT. Still a long shot though. And I don't mean to disparage Lakehead, it's a fine school. My initial reaction is that you're going to be taking a year off though. No shame in that, especially at the age of 23. If you don't go next year, and do moderately well on the LSAT with your gpa, then you should be good to go. That puts you at 25 ish going in to first year, and smack dab in the middle of most schools median age range. I think your best option is actually to wait. You have a high gpa, and with a decent LSAT too you can take a lot of dollars off your tuition with scholarships. Think long term here. Do you want to scrape by in to school? Or do you want to coast in and take put a dent in the debt load you're about to take on?
  3. Summer Jobs

    Ease up your workload in second year and do a couple student proposed internships. You won't get paid, but you'll get good experience and you can be much more picky with where you spend your time. The requirement is that you basically volunteer for a couple weeks with someone who has a law degree. They don't even need to be practicing law. This counts as a full course you can apply to you fall or winter schedule. Sign up for FSWEP. Most of the student Department of Justice Jobs that show up won't be advertised. Students will be recruited through FSWEP. Or just sit tight and wait for some RA positions to show up.
  4. Mature Student - Just beginning Undergrad

    This thread is much more productive than the one that got revived the other day.
  5. D+ average in 1L: Feel Broken

    @PerniciousLawI think @ericontario actually worked in the clinic at UOttawa, but I don't know which division. He might have some good insight for you. I would suggest a direct message though, or maybe connecting in the UOttawa thread.

    I have no shame saying that Hang em' High Jack McCoy set me on the path to a legal career. That, and all the research I did before I decided to go.
  7. D+ average in 1L: Feel Broken

    Torts? 60% fall? 40% final? Don't worry, intentional torts is easier than negligence. Learn Bruce's law, not just what's in the book.
  8. Crown Attorney summer/articling question

    Here's the student jobs. Send in an application and see. They post periodically throughout the year.
  9. Add cost of living differences on top of that too.
  10. Past Exams

    I can't help specifically, but I can give you this link for past exams. The resource isn't exactly up-to-date. Most exams are circulated informally among students. Hopefully it has what you're looking for though.
  11. OSOG for 2016-2017 academic year

    I got an email about this last week actually saying they identified me as being eligible (I had forgotten it existed). My administration told me I had to apply for it through their academic awards website (uOttawa).
  12. You're also competing with fewer people I guess too though. I expect that most spots have been offered, but to that point it's mostly the same people with high LSAT and GPA (even by law admission standards) are getting them.So lots of offers, fewer acceptances.
  13. Why do you have to go to school next year? Just because you want to? Or is there an actual compelling reason? People are really caught up with getting their professional life going as quickly as possible. There will be no difference in starting school in 2018, compared to 2019. Take the September 2018 LSAT and a year off to work/volunteer/travel (apparently... I never had money for that)/just think about things. A year off will do you some good after doing an MA and an undergrad. It will also let you feel more prepared for the LSAT for the 2019 applications. If you want to go all out and do the LSAT this year, first see if the schools you want to go to even accept the February LSAT. Second, actually sit down and see if you'll have time to study for December. I was a TA during my MA, and I know that once December hit I was neck deep in my papers, and then grading their shitty papers and exams. I definitely wouldn't have done well in December.
  14. To the original question, I wrote summaries after classes ended but before exams. My first set of summaries were an arduous task because the first half of all my notes were just garbage. I did a lot of re-reading in December. Starting earlier wouldn't have helped because I still didn't know what I was writing about in the beginning. I've tried Providence's method and not reading before hand. It's true, when you're going through the case after the important parts jump out at you. But I won't be doing that any more because it just isn't for me. I find I fall behind in class because my default setting is to write everything down I don't already know about the case. So when I don't know anything, I try to write everything. That's really something that I don't think is going to change. Though re-reading afterwards is something that's helpful. Admittedly, it's a lot of reading for one class. But it's something that I have to do simply because my knowledge retention after one go at the material isn't as good as some other people. People just learn differently. For reading speed, I was sub 10 pages per hour while making notes when I started school. Especially the earlier contracts cases from the UK. The language was so silly, plus the subject matter to me is super boring. So it really took a long time at the start. I write notes on everything - in the margins and computer. It's heavy but, like I said, that's just how I learn. It isn't prohibitive though. I'm working part time and have time to exercise, so school isn't totally consuming. I estimate I'm up to around 15 pages per hour, with notes. All depending on the subject matter.
  15. program information

    I don't want to be mean, but this is really basic information. Really you should be able to find this yourself. It's all there on the website, or through the respective Law Societies. As well, if English is your second language you might also want to consider upgrading before tackling law school admissions.