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  1. No Luck in Second Attempt

    Where have you not been rejected so far (ie: still waiting to hear or on the waitlist)?
  2. Ontario Bar Exam Course

    How does one become a tutor? And what commitment is required on your end to be one?
  3. Loan Repayment

    I paid off OSAP with my line of credit as the interest rate is lower. I would also do it asap after finishing school because interest from OSAP begins to accrue right away even though OSAP doesn't contact you for repayment until about 6 months after graduation.
  4. 10 reasons not to go to my school.

    Someone seems sour given all your posts express the same resentment. Keep going
  5. 2018 Ontario Bar Exams

    Yes Ontario Law Exam. They also provided a practice exam for both Barristers and Solicitors
  6. 2018 Ontario Bar Exams

    I wrote both bar exams in June 2016: I started studying in the first week of May and created a schedule for myself that I stuck to. I spent about the first 10 days on Solicitor's materials, reading about 50-60 pages per day. This got me through each section and about half of Real Estate (which was the final section). I then moved to Barristers and spent the remainder of the days until the Barrister exam studying those materials. I averaged about 45-65 pages per day, depending on how difficult the material was. After the Barrister, I spent the 2 week period between both exams to finish reading Real Estate and then went back and re-read some chapters/sections that gave me trouble. In my scheduling, I always gave myself Sundays off. I would even try to read a little extra during the week so I would have to read less on Saturdays. I also made sure I left the final 3-4 days before each exam to do practice exams. Buying an index was a major time saver. Having 1 day off per week also helped keep me sane. This is what worked for me. Staying on schedule was extremely important and calming for me. That being said, I do have friends that read more pages per day than me and did not space out their studying as I did. I know others that had heard from previous writers that you do not need to read all the materials and that "everyone passes anyway." Some of those friends passed and some did not. I also had friends tell me I was studying too much but hey, I passed both in June and that's all that matters. My point is, schedule yourself to study in the way that works best for you. Throughout university and law school, I performed best when I spaced out my studying (instead of cramming). I decided to stick with what I knew worked best for me and would give me the most confidence heading into the exams and in the end it benefited me greatly. If you're someone that does not do well with cramming and doing everything last minute, then that's something you should consider. The material is not easy. Solicitor's in particular is very dense. I knew that it was important for me to read some of Solicitors in May before eventually coming back to it in June after writing the Barrister. If you believe you can squeeze in Solicitors in the 12-13 days you have between both exams (and do practice exams), then maybe writing both in June works for you. I'll mention as others on this post have that studying during articling will be difficult. My hours were much longer than I anticipated and I'm fortunate I wrote both in June. I know this doesn't really answer your questions directly, but hopefully it gives you direction on how to think about your scheduling and studying. If you have more questions send a msg and I'm happy to answer. Good luck!
  7. When can I start articling?

    I can say the opposite that many employers do not care one way or the other, although you might make it easier on yourself writing the exams before articling so you don't have to stress about them during your articles.
  8. Barrister Exam - tips for success?

    I agree with everyone here. Charts helped me greatly. And you can really do charts for each sections as well. As for practice exams, I used Ontario Law Exam for my indeces and they provided a practice exam as well. I found their practice exam to be more similar to the real thing than any other. Emond by far is the worst.
  9. I would say 50/50 as well. However, I do know a couple of students that scored mid 140s on the LSAT and got in. 1 had a masters degree and the other still shocks me because their GPA was not the best. You really don't know what informs the decisions of the admissions committee sometines.
  10. While I'm sure for the posters above and their friends there were zero law school courses that assisted with the bar, that definitely was not the case for me. Having taken real estate, family law, wills and estates, and commercial law in law school, getting through that material was a lot easier. Real estate, family law, and wills and estates were entire sections on their own on the bar. Commercial law was a chapter in business law. Knowing this material from law school made it easier to understand on the bar and allowed me to devote more time to sections/chapters I did not know. That being said, the degree to which taking a course in law school will assist with the bar depends on who is teaching the course in your respective school. If it is a good professor and you have some general interest in the subject matter, no harm in taking it.
  11. There are plenty of opportunities to network throughout 2L and 3L. You definitely would not be at a disadvantage having not attended uOttawa in 1L.
  12. I lived about a 10-15 minute walk from the law building, depending on the weather/walking conditions. Although it was pretty cold walking some days in the winter, I generally enjoyed the walk. Especially early in the fall semester it was enjoyable in the warm weather.
  13. I currently work in Toronto (not Bay Street). I learned very quickly during 1L that my study methods from undergrad would not apply to law school. I learned I performed better (and it reflected in my grades) when I did the following: Do the readings and do them before class - This is not for everyone. I have a lot of friends that went to class first and did the readings right after because it made understanding much easier. For myself, I perform better when I know I am prepared. Doing the readings before I went to class helped a lot in this regard. Read smart - Again with readings, doing them does not mean I read every single word of every reading. After reading so many cases in 1L, by 2L I had learned to decipher the important parts of cases without reading the whole case, granted sometimes you have no choice. I also learned understanding cases (especially the long constitutional law ones) was much easier when I read the conclusion (or final couple of paragraphs) of the case before reading from start to finish. Write your own summaries - The same summaries for the same courses tend to float around in law school. I definitely did read/use them but when it came to exams, I always wrote my own. Writing the summary was studying for me. I learned and studied course material through writing summaries. It definitely takes time, so plan out a schedule ahead of time and stick to it (you're going to have to when you write the Bar anyway). Time management - This is a given regardless of profession, but if you develop these skills in law school you will appreciate them even more when you study for the Bar and practice. For me, this meant starting papers and summaries early. I know law school is busy and you can have a lot of things due at the same time, I did as well. But where you do have some control over your schedule, try to knock off these things earlier instead of leaving them to the night before. For me, If I had 1 hour between classes, or a 5-hour train ride home to Toronto, I used this time to work on my summaries or papers, since most of the other time went to reading or other responsibilities. By 3L, I mastered this skill and did not find myself working on anything the night before at all. I even went on a week-long vacation in October during the semester. Take a break - In 1L I thought if I wanted to do well in law school I had to commit every second of every day to studying. You will burn out/lose interest quickly doing this. I took breaks. I often used the facilities at uOttawa (swim, gym, basketball, etc.), went for walks in the city, explored restaurants with friends, and as I mentioned I took a week vacation in October during 3L. Make time for yourself. These are just a few of the things that come to mind right now. Of course, everyone studies differently. For me the most important thing was the quality of time I put into studying, not the quantity. I could read everything I wanted but if I did not develop skills to understand and apply the material, my performance in law school would not have improved after 1L.
  14. Hello, feel free to ask any questions related to law school, articling, the bar exam, etc.
  15. Do Law Students Wear Backpacks?

    1. Depends on the class, where you plan on studying, how many classes you have readings for, etc. 2. Yes. Normal size.