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  1. UDEM Automne 2018

    J'allais te répondre plus longuement Sara, mais Spacie l'a tellement bien fait que je n'ai pas grand chose à rajouter! J'ai également fait partie de la D et la porte encore sur le coeur (une grande partie de la section sont restés bons amis même des années après avoir gradué), mais franchement toutes les sections sont bien aimées Pour ce qui est des initiations, je suis du même avis que Spacie dans le sense que je recommende fortement d'y participer, car tu pourras y trouver du monde avec qui tu seras ami longtemps. Ce n'est pas pour dire que c'est impossible de le faire par après (beaucoup le font), mais c'est simplement une belle occassion pour le faire plus facilement et pour avoir des histoires à partager même plusieurs années après les avoir vécues. Si jamais tu te sens mal à l'aise, tu peux toujours partir ou te fixer tes propres limites. J'air répondu à ta question de scandal dans ton autre post, mais en gros, les initiations se sont pas mal "calmées" si on compare à mon temps à la fac. L'ordinateur importe peu. Pour les techniques d'études, fait ce qui a bien fonctionné pour toi par le passé et tu t'adapteras au besoin. Tout le monde développe sa propre technique et tu es vraisemblablement en droit car tu en as déjà une bonne. Comme l'a dit Spacie, certains font toutes les lectures et les annotent, tandis que d'autres n'en font aucune (j'étais plus du deuxième groupe perso), et la majorité se trouvent quelque part entre les deux extrêmes. Ma recommendation est de prendre des bonnes notes (concises et organisées) en classe, car les examens sont souvent à livre ouvert et les notes contiennent la grande majorité du temps toutes les réponses dont tu auras de besoin. C'est simplement une question de bien comprendre ce qui est demandé et de trouver la réponse de façon efficace. J'espère que ça peut aider! N'hésites pas si jamais tu as d'autres questions ou préoccupations. A+
  2. Initiations UdeM 2018

    Ça s'est définitivement calmé depuis mon temps (il y a plusieurs années). Ceci dit, il faut quand même s'attendre à des jeunes étudiants sous l'influence de l'alcool pour la majorité des événements de soir (et certains de jour), ce qui peut entraîner un certain niveau de "peer pressure". Ma recommendation est toujours d'y participer et si jamais tu te sens mal à l'aise de simplement t'en aller. Il est certainement possible de s'amuser durant les initiations en respectant ses propres valeurs et limites.
  3. LLM

    This. Also, certain schools (like UdeM) package their LL.M. with their J.D. program, making it relatively low-cost and low-effort to obtain an LL.M. if another program, such as the J.D., was completed. It may arguably open doors in teaching positions, but overall it's just to gain more knowledge and/or experience with respect to a field of law that you may want to practice in, perform research for, or teach.
  4. 1 year JD: UdeM or Queens

    I would say go with the UdeM JD if you're planning on working in Quebec, as it's an easier degree and less expensive. If you're planning on working in Ontario or another province, Queens will definitely have the better reputation. That being said, it's still fairly difficult to find a decent job in Toronto with only a 1-year J.D., as the market is rather flooded with students that have completed their entire law degree in Common Law schools, such as UofT, Osgoode, Queens, Western, Windsor, Ottawa and the like. All-in-all, if you're question is just reputation, Queens definitely has a much greater reputation as a Common Law school than does UdeM. While studying in Montreal may arguably get you proximity to some law firms that may have offices in other provinces, Queens will no doubt get you a better network within Ontario (through its students). Moreover, Ontario firms do OCI's at Queens and not at UdeM. If you're plan is however to get employment in Montreal and then transfer to an Ontario office later on, then you'll simply have to try and gauge which of the two approaches is more likely to work. You can still make the trip and apply to Montreal firms if you're studying in Kingston (it's pretty close). Cheers,
  5. Summer school at UDEM

    We were allowed to write exams in English when I studied there (quite a few years ago), but I believe that policy has changed since, or at least from the echos I've heard. I would check with their website and admissions directly to get a clear answer that you can rely on. Cheers,
  6. Initiations are an easy way to meet a lot of your future class mates and makes your first day at school that much easier/less stressful. That being said, if you're naturally a somewhat social person, or if you're going to put in the effort to socialize (or go to later events), it is far from mandatory. I myself would recommend attending initiations to everyone, but again, not required. If you have other obligations and/or don't believe you'll enjoy yourself, you'll be fine with not going. Just expect the first few days to be a little more "difficult", as others may have already met and be bonding on "war stories" from those three days. Cheers,
  7. Quebec Law Schools

    Welcome to the boards! My attempts at some of your questions: 1) What is a competitive GPA to have? Typically an A- and above is considered competitive, but that doesn't mean you won't be able to get in with lower, depending on your major and your school. 2) Do they look at an LSAT score if written? (like McGill does) No. The LSAT is an English test and so no French civil law schools ask for it or even look at it to my knowledge. 3) Does the application comprise of the standard personal statement, references and EC list? To my knowledge, most, if not all, civil law schools only ask for your grades. 4) Just to confirm, when applying fresh out of undergrad, does one applies to the "Bacc 1er cycle"? (not sure if it was a bit confusing on their website or if I'm just not that bright) That's correct. A civil law degree is considered as an undergraduate diploma without the need of a previous bachelor degree, hence a "Bacc 1er cycle" and not "études de 2e cycle", such as an LL.M. or even a J.D. would be. Also, from reading through threads, I noticed that many people pointed out that unlike UOttawa & McGill, which are moreso bilingual schools, Laval is rather a heavily French immersive environment. Can any current or former students speak to this? Yes, all law schools in Quebec other than McGill are predominantly francophone. That being said, UdeM probably has quite a bit of anglophone students. When I studied there (quite a few years ago), the split was probably 75/25, and is likely closer to 60/40 now. Schools outside of Montreal tend to have a larger proportion of French students as well as students coming straight out of CEGEP, I would imagine. Also can any of you same lot offer some guidance as to approaching this from an Ontario student's perspective? I do speak French and consider myself practically bilingual; having gone through the French program offered in Ontario schools all my schooling life, then taking advanced French in university as well as completing the Explore program. Would anyone completely advise against being dropped into such an immersive school environment? You should be fine. I had some very anglophone students go through the law program at UdeM and do quite well. You'll likely have to work a bit harder at first and force yourself to become comfortable in social settings in your second language, but frankly immersing yourself in a French environment is probably the best thing you can do if you're planning on pursuing a civil law degree and hence, I would imagine, eventually practicing law in Quebec. Also (last one, I promise) I am going on an international exchange my last semester of 4th year, with regard to applications, does this pose as detrimental in any way? Students have more or less told me that in light of this to simply emphasize to the schools you're applying to to wait on receiving your exchange marks and insist on having them be considered. I don't think so. Civil law schools are rather straight forward on simply looking at your grades and offering you admission or not. Sometimes only provisional admission based on you passing the rest of your classes. Hope this helps! Cheers,
  8. Course aux stages 2018

    Unfortunate to hear, but far from the end of the world. I myself didn't get an offer the first time around and ended up with multiple offers the year after (through the Course aux stages, some of which came from firms which had not given me an offer the year before). I've since worked in two of the top firms in Canada (having switched at some point due to receiving an interesting offer from the second). I think the below advice is spot on. All-in-all, do some introspection, don't be shy to ask firms how you could improve and take the whole experience as a learning opportunity. Don't hesitate to send me a private message if ever you have any specific questions or concerns. Cheers,
  9. Course aux stages 2018

    I don't think either are done yet.
  10. Course aux stages 2018

    Non. C'est fait pas mal indépendamment d'habitude. There are no set standards. Some firms make all their calls very quickly, others do it over a few days.
  11. Course aux stages 2018

    I hear Fasken will be reviewing CVs this week, so calls will likely go out shortly afterwards, I assume by next week.
  12. Civil Law School admission standards

    It all depends on where you're willing to study and live. I would say, if application fees aren't an issue, to apply broadly (Sherbrooke, UQAM, UdeM, Ottawa, Laval, McGill) and see what sticks. A 3.4 cGPA isn't terrible, but it isn't on the high end of competitive either, based on past years statistics. Cheers,
  13. UdeM application requirements

    UdeM only requires transcripts, or at least that was the case when I applied a few years ago. I remember thinking the same thing as you at the time. Cheers,
  14. Another university degree first?

    It's becoming less prevalent, especially in schools in Montreal (i.e., UdeM). McGill is mostly a second degree, as they only have a limited amount of spots for CEGEP students. When I was at UdeM, quite a few years ago now, it was maybe 70/30 CEGEP vs second degree. From what I hear, it's probably closer to 50/50 now, if not more.
  15. Salut, Quand j'étais à l'UdeM en Droit (il y a maintenant quand même quelques années de ça) j'avais suivi ce parcours (et j'étais probablement le premier à le faire). J'ai été admis au MBA à HEC durant ma deuxième année en droit, quoique je l'ai repoussé d'une année afin de faire mon J.D. en 3e année (et donc ai finalement fait le MBA en "4e" année - après mon Bac en Droit). C'est vraiment un processus séparé, ou du moins ça l'était dans mon temps. Tu appliques simplement au MBA à HEC en deuxième année de droit (pour être admis au MBA qui débuterait durant ta troisième année) et si tu réussis, la Fac de Droit va te créditer ta 3e année (comme pour le LL.B./J.D.). Il faut toutefois être conscient des critères pour être admis au MBA à HEC (ex: GMAT, expérience de travail, etc.). N'hésites pas si tu as des questions. A+