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  1. Take Western. While the additional cost in housing could eat up the $20k you got in scholarship from Western, you don't have an offer from Osgoode and it is late in the cycle. This is a classic bird in the hand is worth two in the bush scenario.
  2. My point is that a legal education is an investment that can quickly start paying dividends. Someone shouldn't limit themselves because they think they can't afford it, as the banks will usually provide a large line of credit. In the post that I responded to, the person said they wanted to work in the IP/tech sector, not for the public service or an NGO, so the information I provided was relevant. No need to be snarky.
  3. If you work hard, law school will pay for itself within a few years of graduation.
  4. You need to take a timed LSAT to get a real score. One of the biggest challenges with the LSAT is answering the questions accurately within the time allotted. If you haven't done it already buy old LSAT practice books from LSAC. My advice to you is to write full timed LSATs, include an extra unmarked section just like the real LSAT. For your unmarked section, pick the section that you're weakest on. After you've written and scored your LSAT test, go through all of the questions and find out where you went wrong. Personally I found the Logic Games Bible and 7sage's video explanations to be excellent. I would write at least 3 full LSAT tests every week. This means you'll have written 27 practice LSATs by test day. Best of luck!
  5. If you equate conservative to mean business friendly, I would say Western and UofT are the most conservative schools. Academia as a whole is pretty left leaning, so many law schools are quite liberal (small L). I am at Ottawa and most of the profs here are just slightly left of Marx. Any class discussion involving a political POV does not even come close to being objective. For the record, I consider myself a political moderate.
  6. Sports Law isn't my field, but I would say always pick Queens over Ottawa. Ottawa has been struggling for years and is currently one giant mess. We lack a permanent Dean. Our professors are irresponsible and unaccountable. One prof cancelled a midterm 10 minutes before it was to begin. Another prof posted final grades but the administration reduced everyone's grades because the class average was higher than a B. So everyone thought they received one grade, but they actually received a lower grade. I hate the curve, but if you're going to curve grades do it before they've been posted. In one of my classes, one week after final grades were due to be posted, we were told we didn't have final grades because the prof had gone on a leave of absence, without marking our final papers. Some courses were cancelled this term because Ottawa didn't have enough profs to teach the courses. We have over 2000 students between common law and civil law and our building is smaller than Osgoode's. I believe Ogoode has about 900 students. We are on top of each other. We now have some classes on Saturdays, as there isn't enough room to hold those classes Mon-Fri and we run classes from 8am-10pm during the week. There are no plans to build a new building or expand our current one. In fact, the university has cut the budget for the Faculty of Law by 5-6%.
  7. I've lived in London and I am currently in Ottawa - give me London any day of the week. Ottawa is the epitome of boring & staid, and the city is infected with a government worker mentality. UWO has the best social scene of any Ontario university and the little town of London knows how to party. Of course, your experience may vary.
  8. IL summer jobs aren't that important, so I wouldn't worry about it. On-campus interviews don't start until 2L, so as long as you transfer to UBC, you'll be fine. Just be sure to work flat out in 1L to make sure you have a B+ average.
  9. There are no OCIs for Vancouver at U.Ottawa. When most law firms hire summer students, they are hoping to get find people to come back and article. U.Ottawa's career department doesn't have B.C. on their radar, so it would fall on you 100% to find your own summer job and articling position in Vancouver. I would suggest working very hard in IL to get good grades, so you can transfer to UBC. You'll probably need a B+ average to transfer. B is the average grade in law school.
  10. I am law school. Once you've been accepted, many banks will give you a $150k line of credit. If money is the issue, and not marks, then you shouldn't count out law school.
  11. Yes, you have another year to decide. You do not have to pass the bar exam in both America and Canada; however, it might make sense to write the bar in both countries, when the information is fresh in your mind. I have no experience in either government or criminal law, so I cannot say whether the program would be advantageous for those fields. I disagree that the program has no advantages in you only wish to practise in Canada. https://apps.americanbar.org/buslaw/blt/2009-01-02/blackstein.shtml
  12. Your first year courses are identical to the single JD program. After your first or second year at U.Ottawa you have to apply to either Michigan State or American U. for admission. In your second year, you have to complete all of your mandatory courses and complete your major paper and oral advocacy requirement; single JD students can do this in their 2nd & 3rd year. It isn't any more work to do in one year; you take the same number of courses, you just have less choice. You require a B average to get into Michigan State and a B+ average to get into American U. It isn't hard to get a B average, so you'll have nothing to worry about. You'll spend your first two years at U.Ottawa & your 3rd & 4th year at either Michigan State or American U. If you go to Michigan, you pay the exact same fees as U.Ottawa and if you go to American U., you'll pay $12k more Canadian per year. If you were to attend either of this schools independently, you'd be paying $43k USD for Michigan and $51k USD for American U, so doing it through U.Ottawa is a great deal. The downside is that you'll have to spend an extra year in law school. The dual JD program is a great program, if you want to practice cross-border law. Most American states' largest trading partner is Canada. It is also a great program if you want to practice law in America. You're considered a single JD student until you apply and are accepted at Michigan State or American U., so if you decide after your first year you just want a single JD, you have nothing to worry about, you just don't apply to Michigan State or American U.
  13. I have posted previously about U.Ottawa. Here are my comments based on my experience: Ottawa is currently a mess - they've had large administrative problems. Dean Feldthusen was replaced because he was getting into public wars with students and other law schools. Dean Des Rosier took his place, but she was unimpressive and she left last fall. The school is currently without a permanent Dean. In the fall term, one prof cancelled an exam 5 minutes before it was due to begin and the same prof failed to mark the final papers in a course. Students were only notified one week after final marks were due to be posted. This term, several courses were cancelled because staff weren't in place to teach the courses. Several courses are being taught by profs who have no background in the subject area. I am currently in a Business Organizations course being taught by a prof who has no background in business law. Ottawa's law building is literally falling apart. There are more students than the building can handle. U.Ottawa has forced the Faculty of Law to cut its budget by 6% at a time when the Faculty needs increase spending, not reduce it.
  14. Your CGPA is below average for Ottawa but you have you have a nice upward swing at the end, which I was told by the Dean at UofT Law that all law schools like. Your LSAT is low for most law schools, but not Ottawa. I wouldn't rule yourself out. I think you're still in the game.