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  1. I'm almost certain this has been posted somewhere else in the forums, but I'm still getting used to navigating the new layout. Perhaps one of our "resident librarians" (as I've heard them affectionately called) can help point you in the exact direction of those posts. Generally speaking, the employment prospects for our Charter class were pretty good. Here's the Maclean's article that was written about them: http://www.macleans.ca/education/lakehead-universitys-first-class-lawyers/ As has been extensively discussed, depending on where you want to work/who will be your employer, not everyone has gotten on board with the IPC program's merits, and there were/are several students who still ended up articling after graduation (in other cases, they chose to article because they weren't certain about the type of law they wanted to practice and they found an articling opportunity to try something they thought they might like). A great many others, though, took the bar exam right away and then took on associate positions in Thunder Bay, the surrounding area, or elsewhere in rural/small town Ontario.
  2. No conditions really means no conditions. Adcomms don't speak in secret code, don't worry.
  3. This is a really great point for you to consider, OP. If I were an employer looking for an articling student/young associate, I would want to know why you're looking for work in my small town/at my firm, when you come from studying in the UK; you may be seen as flighty, coming to a rural area to snag what others may call an "easy" (even though it's not) articling position with all intentions of peacing out when you find something better in the bigger city afterwards. Unless you have some sort of attachment to that town or can sell yourself well, you may have additional difficulties finding a position. Small towns like to hire among their own because it's usually (although not always) more likely that those applicants are in it for the long haul, and will eventually become an investment that provides them some sort of return for the firm.
  4. It doesn't really matter the year level: an upper year course is generally an upper year course. If you want a bio minor, go for it; if it won't hurt your GPA, it will have zero impact on your law school admissions. If it boosts your GPA, it might help. But the substance in having a bio minor (versus any other minor, or no minor at all) is generally irrelevant.
  5. It's beautiful, Morgan.
  6. You've been given solid advice above. The only thing I would add would be to have a couple beer (or whatever your drink of choice is) and enjoy the latest and greatest on Netflix. Hang tight, OP. Best of luck.
  7. Wooow... Way to go Lakehead #exceptional#unconventional Sorry to hear this Tree, but if I were you, I'd be doing the exact same thing. Best of luck at UOttawa.
  8. Thanks! Good luck all. After today I'm halfway there...
  9. To be honest, it sounds like you've already covered all of your bases: or at least all the ones I can think of. Take a deep breath, and hang tight until Monday. See what the adcomms say and take it from there. I'm really sorry this happened to you, but the worst thing you can do for yourself right now is beat yourself up about it so much. People make mistakes all the time: in my experience, it's the attitude with which you handle them that often makes the biggest difference in accomplishing something satisfactory.
  10. My personal opinion (with which some disagree, so feel free to take it with a grain of salt if you wish) is that sending three letters when schools only ask for two actually makes you look like you don't know how to read/follow instructions. Will this make or break your admissions chances? Probably not: in fact, I'd be really really surprised if this alone did. But it doesn't contribute positively to a good first impression, either.
  11. If you're in Ontario, you do it through OLSAS. I can't remember the exact steps, as it's been a little over a year since I did it, but I seem to recall the site being relatively user-friendly. Take a glance through the options once you log in.
  12. The LSS has created the incoming 1L Facebook group: see here
  13. The 2017/18 tuition fees have yet to be released. I don't know how much you know about university governance, but the decision to set tuition rates is made in the Senate (at Lakehead, this vote typically happens late in the academic year; usually during the Senate's meeting in April). My best guess is that Senate hasn't met yet, and so until those numbers are officially voted upon/approved, they won't be available for public viewing on their website. The good news is that you can see how much we paid this year to get a general idea. If memory serves, the cap to increase tuition fees from year to year (for domestic students) is like, 3% or so. And Senate usually raises tuition by the full amount of the cap every year. So you can get a rough idea of how much tuition will cost you, as a prospective 1L on the basis of this year's figures. Check out this document and on page 2, you will see the tuition rate for first year law students (almost 17k) and the amounts you pay if you choose to pay in installments. https://www.lakeheadu.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/51/2016FW%20Undergraduate%20Domestic_Thunder%20Bay%20Campus.pdf
  14. Well this is something that I think is ultimately contextual. It's true that generally the averages are higher and you generally have more upper year courses, but this doesn't necessarily mean it's harder to meet. A lot of upper year courses have much higher averages than first/second year courses: and people generally tend to perform better in them, probably for a wide variety of reasons (which I don't think I need to go through in depth here, because it doesn't really pertain to your concern about an advantage in law school admissions. To address that perceived advantage, I would say it can exist, but probably not for the reasons you are imagining. People who have honours degrees aren't necessarily better candidates by virtue only of that extra year of study. People who have honours degrees have an extra year of grades contributing to their overall GPA (which helps them especially if they have the odd course or two in which they didn't perform particularly well, because that course won't weigh so heavily on the GPA). People who have honours degrees also sometimes have a little more experience doing research and writing, especially if they do an undergraduate thesis (which I understand isn't offered at every institution, so please understand that your situation may vary slightly). Research and writing skills are valuable to have in law school, because you'll be doing a lot of research and writing: but the research and writing you'll do is probably going to feel a little different from the kind of research and writing you did in undergrad (but this again is contextual and highly dependent on your program and your own personal research skills). But even this doesn't have much, if any impact on your law school admissions. Essentially, you need to write well enough to have good grades and a decent personal statement for law school admissions (you obviously need a good LSAT too but this is beside the point). An extra year of undergrad may help with the grades, but I'm not convinced it will change much for your personal statement; unless something life-changing happens during that year of study that changes your motivation for law school...?