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#26 Jethro

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Posted 22 September 2015 - 04:13 PM

I'm interested in Manitoba as I have family there but I'm from Toronto. Does anyone know the difficulty in returning to Toronto to work after attending Manitoba for law? Is it safe to assume that almost all of the class is from either Manitoba or Western Canada?

 

There are people in my year who've been hired at firms in Ontario, both on and off Bay Street. If you want to go back, it can be done, but you will have to put in some effort sourcing jobs and networking out of province, which is not to be viewed lightly.



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Posted 22 September 2015 - 04:23 PM

I'm interested in Manitoba as I have family there but I'm from Toronto. Does anyone know the difficulty in returning to Toronto to work after attending Manitoba for law? Is it safe to assume that almost all of the class is from either Manitoba or Western Canada?

 

I think it varies from year to year. I've heard that it's been as high as 50/50 in the past, but according to the dean this year's incoming class was 80% Manitoban. I have, however, met a couple people from Vancouver and one from Brampton. 



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Posted 03 March 2016 - 05:40 AM

I've been told by a few friends of mine who are recent U of M law grads that the Socratic method is no longer frequently employed, even in first year, and that classes consist mostly of lectures. To what extent is that actually the case?


There are sill some that use the Socratic method. Some will just ask questions to the class generally and anyone can anwsers. Some profs will lecture the whole time. It really depends on the profs. I have a mix of all the styles.

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 09:07 AM

I'm sure this is somewhere in the threads but I've yet to find it with the search engine. Is working at all during 1L advised? I have a good job that is part time but I know the 1L marks are of utmost importance. Does anyone have any advice on this? I have been thinking of quiting because it is retail and would require weekend or evening work (both key study times).

Probably looks like i've already made my decision but i'm interested in a few opinions and experiences!



#30 Jethro

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 10:10 AM

I'm sure this is somewhere in the threads but I've yet to find it with the search engine. Is working at all during 1L advised? I have a good job that is part time but I know the 1L marks are of utmost importance. Does anyone have any advice on this? I have been thinking of quiting because it is retail and would require weekend or evening work (both key study times).

Probably looks like i've already made my decision but i'm interested in a few opinions and experiences!

 

Depends on how much time you need to devote to studying. I worked through school, but limited it to once per week. I also didn't have much of a social life, but it comes down to prioritizing and sticking to your plan.



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Posted 03 May 2016 - 08:23 PM

I'm sure this is somewhere in the threads but I've yet to find it with the search engine. Is working at all during 1L advised? I have a good job that is part time but I know the 1L marks are of utmost importance. Does anyone have any advice on this? I have been thinking of quiting because it is retail and would require weekend or evening work (both key study times).

Probably looks like i've already made my decision but i'm interested in a few opinions and experiences!

 

I worked in first year, not a ton but 5-10 hours a week. There are going to be times when working won't be feasible, but at the same time your life will not, and cannot be law school 24/7. You need a break, and that break can be working retail while earning a little bit of cash. Sometimes the mindlessness of a part-time job is a welcome reprieve.

 

As for your statement that 1L marks are of utmost importance, I would push back a little bit on that. All law school grades are important, but I think 2L grades have a greater impact on your articling prospects. Thats not to say 1L grades don't matter, but working is far more difficult in second year so earning a little in first year can be quite helpful.

 

My advice would be to keep the job and see if you can handle both workloads. If not, you explain to your boss your situation and leave your job. If you can do both, great.

I just wouldn't leave a part-time job without knowing whether you can or cannot handle it.


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#32 mfb

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Posted 03 June 2016 - 02:05 PM

Okay I really want to start reading before school starts but realize there is no booklist available until we get our sections in August. Is there ANYTHING or any single textbook even that's used for every prof for a specific class?!

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Posted 03 June 2016 - 03:45 PM

Okay I really want to start reading before school starts but realize there is no booklist available until we get our sections in August. Is there ANYTHING or any single textbook even that's used for every prof for a specific class?!

 

For the love of god don't.

 

Read for pleasure. Do not start reading for school.

 

Generally speaking reading at law school consists of reading cases, not textbooks. At this point reading cases will offer little benefit, and could actually make the fall tougher.

 

Go enjoy your summer. 



#34 Radche

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Posted 03 June 2016 - 06:11 PM

I've been told that for those who INSIST on something, Getting to Maybe is okay filler before school starts.

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Posted 04 August 2016 - 12:13 PM

Okay I really want to start reading before school starts but realize there is no booklist available until we get our sections in August. Is there ANYTHING or any single textbook even that's used for every prof for a specific class?!

This year all three sections of Property are using Principles of Property of Law, 6th ed by Ziff, and all Constitutional Law sections are using Canadian Constitutional Law, 4th ed by Bakan. (And not to be that guy, but I am selling both.)

 

I would really recommend not reading anything law related before class starts. Don't burn yourself out on reading until at least December. 



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Posted 05 August 2016 - 01:55 PM

This year all three sections of Property are using Principles of Property of Law, 6th ed by Ziff, and all Constitutional Law sections are using Canadian Constitutional Law, 4th ed by Bakan. (And not to be that guy, but I am selling both.)

 

I would really recommend not reading anything law related before class starts. Don't burn yourself out on reading until at least December. 

Someone say my name?


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#37 earthman

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Posted 05 August 2016 - 05:45 PM

Someone say my name?

I had a feeling you'd catch that.


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#38 seanconnery204

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Posted 08 August 2016 - 10:52 AM

I'm looking to purchase some first year textbooks. Looking for:

- Law of Contracts (Mccamus 2nd ed)
- Law of Contracts (waddams 6th Ed)
-Criminal Law and Procedure (Roach 11th Ed)
-Law of Torts (Osborne 5th Ed)
-Introduction to the Study of Law (Waddams 8th Ed)
-Canadian guide to uniform legal citation (McGill 8th ed)
-comp guide to legal research (McCarney 2nd Ed)

If you are looking to sell any of these textbooks please message me. Will come to you!

#39 CrimNation

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Posted 26 December 2016 - 12:42 AM

Does Manitoba Law take entire CGPA? How does this work? And what does everyone in the accepted threads mean by "Drops"?

 

Thank you for clarifying.



#40 lookingaround

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Posted 26 December 2016 - 05:14 AM

http://law.robsonhal...pa-calculation/

#41 CrimNation

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Posted 26 December 2016 - 07:46 PM

 

So they just take your highest grades based on the amount of credits you have completed?



#42 2L4life

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 04:41 PM

Found this on a discussion board on this site  :http://lawstudents.c...an-law-schools/

 

University of Manitoba Faculty of Law (Cumulative GPA with drops)
GPA Calculation: All graded university degree level credit hours are used. The calculation is adjusted (if applicable) based on the table below:
Number of Applications Number of Credit Hours Completed     Number of Worst Credit Hours Dropped
90 to 101     18
102 to 113     24
114 or more     30



#43 SassyLaw07

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 05:55 PM

Hi everyone, as I have been perusing the Robson Hall website, I came across course listings.

 

I noticed that in Legal Methods all assignments are marked pass/fail or marginal and to pass the course you need to pass all the assignments.

 

My question is, is it likely that you will pass all your assignments? Or are the assignments in legal methods found to be generally difficult?



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Posted 09 February 2017 - 12:37 AM

Hi everyone, as I have been perusing the Robson Hall website, I came across course listings.

 

I noticed that in Legal Methods all assignments are marked pass/fail or marginal and to pass the course you need to pass all the assignments.

 

My question is, is it likely that you will pass all your assignments? Or are the assignments in legal methods found to be generally difficult?

As a student currently enrolled in Legal Methods - it is literally the easiest course all year. You basically have to show them that you tried.



#45 Jethro

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 04:55 PM

Hi everyone, as I have been perusing the Robson Hall website, I came across course listings.

 

I noticed that in Legal Methods all assignments are marked pass/fail or marginal and to pass the course you need to pass all the assignments.

 

My question is, is it likely that you will pass all your assignments? Or are the assignments in legal methods found to be generally difficult?

 

I'm pretty sure if you submit a piece of paper with nothing but your student number on it you'll pass. If you use a distinctive font/colour you might even get one of the course writing prizes.


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#46 uofmbound

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 12:17 PM

Hi everyone, as I have been perusing the Robson Hall website, I came across course listings.

 

I noticed that in Legal Methods all assignments are marked pass/fail or marginal and to pass the course you need to pass all the assignments.

 

My question is, is it likely that you will pass all your assignments? Or are the assignments in legal methods found to be generally difficult?

 

Like the above posters said, and being a 1L this year....the class is literally a joke if you show that you put in work. That being said however, you do learn a lot about what you will be doing once you graduate law school and enter the legal field (drafting legal memo's, case briefing, etc.) and so some of the assignments do take a while to complete (although most of us just usually pulled an all nighter for 7-8 hours the day before its due and hand it in lol) and apparently some of the professors literally tell you what to do for the assignment and essentially hold your hand through how to approach and complete the assignment (i'm looking at you jochelson). But they are not too hard at all and are pretty interesting.


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#47 lookingaround

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 01:27 PM

I'm very interested in the partial-French option that you can do by taking things like Legal Methods in French (in part because I want to improve, in part I think because French speakers across Canada should have access to lawyers, in part because it seems safest to experiment in a Pass/Fail course) - do you know anyone doing this, and can comment on the difference? Is the drafting, and the briefing, all exactly the same just in a different language? Or would there be any downside (if it's covering issues that fundamental) in doing it in the language that we won't spend most of our time practicing in?



#48 Jethro

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 08:54 PM

Like the above posters said, and being a 1L this year....the class is literally a joke if you show that you put in work. That being said however, you do learn a lot about what you will be doing once you graduate law school and enter the legal field (drafting legal memo's, case briefing, etc.) and so some of the assignments do take a while to complete (although most of us just usually pulled an all nighter for 7-8 hours the day before its due and hand it in lol) and apparently some of the professors literally tell you what to do for the assignment and essentially hold your hand through how to approach and complete the assignment (i'm looking at you jochelson). But they are not too hard at all and are pretty interesting.

 

Oh dear god, no. Nothing you do in 1L tells you what you will be doing when you graduate... Want to know what you'll be doing when you graduate? Track down a current articling student and ask them.



#49 ElevenUnderwood

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 10:35 AM

Fellow 0L lurker here! I'm considering Robson Hall for 2017, and I have a couple of questions.

1. What is the workload like in 1L at Robson Hall? How many hours a day outside of class would you say is expected to study and work on assignments?
2. Which 1L course did you find the most difficult? I've heard that contracts is tough this year, but of course, this is probably different for everyone.
3. How many networking and social events take place for 1L students? Are most of these formal or casual?

I'm sure I'll have more questions come up, but if anyone can provide insight on the above, that would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

#50 rawrblam

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 12:01 PM

Current 2L.

 

1) I was putting in a couple of hours per class outside of regular classroom time. This is going to vary depending on how necessary the readings are for any given class.

2) It depends if the difficulty is flowing from the material or the professor. If it was the former then probably constitutional I guess? If the latter then the negligence half of torts.

3) Without thinking on it too hard (and I believe there are more this year compared to my 1L year) I would say there was about 6-8?


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