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  1. Ask a 1L!

    Thank you for your thorough response!
  2. Ask a 1L!

    What do students generally do during reading week? Does it differ from first year to second year to third year? Would it be okay to go on a trip during that time?
  3. Accepted to Queen's 2018

    I know you have pretty much made your decision and leaning towards Queens but another consideration should be which city you would feel comfortable living in for the next few years. I wrote my LSAT in Windsor, and no disrespect to any Windsor students or residents, but I simply could not see myself living there. Check out both campuses and get a feel for the city and see where you would feel most comfortable spending three years of your life.
  4. Bader Castle Program

    There are 25 places available for each program; so 25 for IBL and 25 for PIL. As for taking up a spot, I called Queen’s and asked them if I could attend this program even if I attended another university and they assured me that there are always spots available. However, the exchange advisor at Western told me the credits taken during this program would not count towards my Western law degree, so if I did choose to attend Western, I know I would not do this program. I would imagine many others would likely also not attend the program if the credits were not counted towards their degree as then the expense seems unjustified. While I only inquired about Western, I would imagine that other schools may also not accept these credits. Moreover, while this program is definitely unique in Canada, I think most other Canadian law schools also offer really cool exchange and internship opportunities that their students would be interested in and choose to do instead. I am glad most law students do not think like you, I found the other responses far more compassionate and empathetic than your own. In an ideal world, I would be able to attend the program without having to worry about the wedding and vice versa but I don’t think trying to do both (while minimizing the amount of days missed) makes me an uncaring and self-serving person, especially when certain factors, such as when the wedding is set, are completely out of my control.
  5. Bader Castle Program

    Thank you everyone for the responses, I really appreciate it. I will definitely try my best to accommodate both, I really don’t want to miss out on the program as it is one of the reasons I decided on Queens.
  6. Bader Castle Program

    Thank you for all the responses. I am hoping to minimize the amount of days I miss so maybe if I leave on Friday and come back by Tuesday (all the flights that leave on Monday arrive on Tuesday), I will have missed three days of school, which is still a lot since it is intensive but not as much. My concern is that the culture I belong to has wedding festivities that last a few days and I do feel my cousin expects me to go to those but I also don't want to fall behind in this program. Is it better just to not do the program at all?
  7. Bader Castle Program

    So I really wanted to complete the International Law Program at the Bader Castle next year; however, my very close cousin is getting married next year in the beginning of June. I cannot miss this wedding but I also really want to take part in the Bader program at the end of first year because in second year, I would want a summer job. For those who have done the Bader castle program before, would it be okay if I missed a few days of the program? I know it would put a bit of a dent in my wallet, but say I flew out for about 5 days to attend the program, would that be feasible? Also, for those who have attended the Castle program in general, what are your thoughts on it? Is it worth it, how did you like it, what financial help is available etc.
  8. Ask a 1L!

    Thank you for your response, I am definitely hoping this is the case. Another question I have is would you (or anyone else if they would like to chime in) recommend taking on a job during first year? I graduated from undergrad debt free because I worked a LOT during my undergrad. My master’s program was funded through the school and working as a TA. I have enjoyed working as a TA and found it rewarding but what I didn’t like was that I felt it was busy when I was busy (i.e. marking essays when I have my essays due and just before exams next year). I received a $5000 entrance scholarship from Queens, according to OSAP calculator I should get about $6300 in bursaries (can someone speak to how accurate the calculator is?), so that’s over half my tuition. Would anyone recommend continuing working as a TA as well? But I was thinking maybe instead of teaching two classes, I could teach one instead? I haven’t asked if that’s possible yet or even if I am allowed to TA since I won’t be a student in the department anymore but I thought maybe I could TA one class instead of two? That would be half the pay but also half the work, which I am fine with taking a pay cut if it’s less work. I would really appreciate any advice from anyone.
  9. If you have the self-discipline to do so, might I suggest 7Sage? It’s a cost effective online option. I found their program to be really helpful but if you feel you learn best through in person instruction, then take the Oxford Seminar.
  10. I'll take a stab at it for you based on what I've heard/know. Overall, both Queens and Western are great schools and definitely very similar, Westerns strengths lie in its business law and corporate law while Queens lies in family law and criminal law; though both offer a solid legal education in other areas as well. I think both Queens and Western would offer the community and close knit vibes you are seeking. The class size of Western is smaller than Queens (175 vs. 205, give or take), so the Western class may be slightly more tight knit and intimate since the overall class size is smaller. Both schools offer a small section/small group program where they divide students into groups from between 18-22 students, I believe, and you have that same group section with you for all your classes. Occasionally, for other classes, you will also be grouped with other sections but you will be fairly comfortable and familiar with your small group by the end. An exchange can be done at either school. The castle program offers a unique opportunity to learn abroad and travel to important legal institutions in Europe, depending on whether you choose the public stream or business stream, these locations will vary slightly. Western offers really cool internships through WLIP, which are available to students even in their first year summer. They also offer a $15,000 guaranteed stipend with these internships so students do not have to worry about breaking the bank to afford these internships. I do believe Queens offers some of these internships as well, and they say financial support is available, but there is no set amount listed, so I think the financial aid available for the internships may vary based on factors such as financial need and how much funds they have available for the year. Tuition wise, Western is roughly $3000 more expensive per year; however, I think their apartments and houses are slightly cheaper than Kingston (?) (I've looked at posts on both websites and there are more affordable and nicer buildings in London than in Kingston). Overall, while the tuition of Western is slightly more expensive than Queens, I don't think its a substantial difference as say comparing the tuition of UofT and Queens. Western is slightly closer to Toronto, Queens is about one hour more of driving but is also pretty close to Ottawa and also another three hours from Montreal, so you can travel to other cities if that is something you are interested in. Kingston, as I'm sure you know, is fairly compact and everything is close together while London is vastly bigger and more sprawling. Kingston is convenient as everything is fairly close to you and it doesn't take too long if you want to walk to campus, coffee shops, friends houses, grocery stores, bars etc. London is a much bigger city and everything is much more spread apart but as a small city, you are more likely to frequently encounter the same people in Kingston which you likely won't in Western since it is more spread apart. In terms of which city is better, I would say that comes down to personal preference as some people prefer London and others prefer Kingston. Both campuses are very beautiful, but you will spend almost all of your time in the law buildings. The Queens law building is fairly new while the Western law building is slightly older but has much more beautiful architecture. Both are great in their own way and it really depends on what you prefer but this should probably have little impact on your ultimate decision. Overall, I would suggest visiting the campus of Western/London and maybe checking out Queens/Kingston again too if you have the time. Based on what I have heard on this forum, it is best to go where you would rather live for the next few years. Best of luck and feel free to PM me if you would like to ask anything else!
  11. Ask a 1L!

    Doing my master's at Queens right now and I'm pretty bored with Kingston, which is contributing to why I feel this way. When I went to London it was much bigger and more exciting although having never lived there before, it may turn out to be just the initial excitement. Also, for first year exams, if the exams are worth 100%, why do we also have midterms in December (besides the one course which I know is half year)?
  12. Ask a 1L!

    So a few weeks ago, in late March, I got accepted to both Queens and Western. I ended up choosing Queens but am worried I made a mistake. For all others who had to choose between two schools, did you feel this way and once you started law school, were you okay with your decision?
  13. How did you feel after you accepted?

    So a few weeks ago, in late March, I got accepted to both Queens and Western. I ended up choosing Queens but am worried I made a mistake. For all others who had to choose between two schools, did you feel this way and once you started law school, were you okay with your decision? Some insight into my thought process if you're interested: 1. Not interested in corporate/business law at all - my interests right now are more constitutional law, family law, and human rights but I also understand this may change in law school. One of the reasons I ended up choosing Queens was because I understand it to be more of a well-rounded school. 2. Legal clinics - I liked the family law clinic and elderly law clinic that are offered for students to get involved in. I now realize Western also offers family law opportunities under their community legal services. 3. International opportunities - I really liked the internship opportunities offered at Western abroad, especially the fact that they offer a $15,000 stipend but realistically I wouldn't be able to take advantage of this because my best friend and sister are getting married next summer (6 weeks apart). I also really like the castle program and that is a more viable option for me since it is only May and June. 4. Familiarity - I am currently attending Queen's for my master's and have been here since September so I am pretty comfortable with the city. I have enjoyed my experience here but I am a little bored with Kingston as it is pretty small. When I visited Western/London, I really liked it but I also attribute that to being excited about a new place/school. In the summer when I visited Queens/Kingston, I had the same feeling of excitement. I am worried that I will still feel this way once the school year starts, even though I know I shouldn't as both are good schools.
  14. I don't know how you studied and/or programs you used (I only read the first two posts of this thread) but what I would personally recommend is doing blind review. I would write each test under timed conditions and then I would go through the test, question by question (not looking at the answer) and made a word document where I wrote down for each question what I thought the right answer was and why as well as why I thought the wrong answers were wrong. Once I did this, stuff would start coming to me more intuitively. For the questions I got wrong with both actual and blind review, I would try to find an explanation online or I went to a tutor and would ask her. I only went to my tutor twice, once which was through facetime, but she helped immensely as if you do not understand what you're doing wrong, a book can only help you so much. Best of luck my friend, it's a tough battle and I know how it feels but you will get through this.
  15. Wait what is all this about extended acceptance dates if you got accepted in late March? I got accepted mid/late March (March 22) but still had to decide by April 1st. Can anyone please provide me with more information about this?