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I've heard that the online selection is also going to be expanded over the summer at some point. So, keep an eye on it. You can always buy online and mark it for pickup at the main York bookstore.

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What was your favourite course in 1L and why? What was your least favourite course in 1L and why? 

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When you get back, add these to the queue if you're willing!

-Do you have any review of the perspective option you or your close friends took (any to avoid for example)?

-I know there are some volunteering options for 1L's including doing intake or similar at CLASP, do you (or any of your friends) have any experience with 1L EC's or volunteering you could comment on or recommend?

Thank you for taking the time to help inform us BTW.

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Man, Hoju wasn't lying when he said law school was the least busy part of his life. I had all the time in the world for you guys a few months ago! 

Favourite Course

I really enjoyed criminal law. It has engaging fact patterns, interesting results, and, generally speaking, shorter readings. I also found it had the most engaging classroom discussions. Everyone has an opinion on whether or not something is wrong or whether or not a sentence is just, and they're generally not afraid to share it. 

Least Favourite Course

Legal process at Osgoode is brutal. It's usually online lectures delivered every Friday with tiny assignments due every few weeks. It's both boring and exhausting, and if you're me you'll probably routinely forget to listen to the lectures. Civil procedure, which is part of legal process in the winter term, is better, but not by much. 

Perspectives

Some perspectives are more work than others (my friends in tax had a lot of readings, while the social media one had considerably less), but overall I didn't hear any complaints about them. Everyone seemed to enjoy the perspective they were in, and I didn't hear anyone say they wished they'd picked something else. 

Volunteering

There's some discussion of volunteering on page two: 

Besides what was said there, I had friends volunteer with all three of the organizations I mentioned (OBC, CLASP, Parkdale). All seemed to enjoy their placements. OBC seemed like the least amount of work — I think they had two deliverables over the two semesters. Parkdale and CLASP appeared to be once a week, though @ZineZ can correct me if I'm wrong. From what I could tell, at Parkdale 1Ls typically do intake stuff. I honestly don't know what my friends did at CLASP. I assume it was intake and similar tasks? 

 

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12 hours ago, BlockedQuebecois said:

Besides what was said there, I had friends volunteer with all three of the organizations I mentioned (OBC, CLASP, Parkdale). All seemed to enjoy their placements. OBC seemed like the least amount of work — I think they had two deliverables over the two semesters. Parkdale and CLASP appeared to be once a week, though @ZineZ can correct me if I'm wrong. From what I could tell, at Parkdale 1Ls typically do intake stuff. I honestly don't know what my friends did at CLASP. I assume it was intake and similar tasks? 

 

I volunteered at CLASP and OBC. I almost got no work with OBC because the upper years are given the tasks and then they delegate to the first years. I think that may have changed but I'm not sure. At CLASP, you do intake, which means you answer the phone and take down the caller's information so someone else can later assess what sort of legal help they will need. Not sure what people did as volunteers at Parkdale.

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On the CLASP front - you also do "casework shifts" where you're assigned to a Division Leader and assist them with tasks. The breakdown is 1 hour of intake per week and 2 hours of casework. The casework can vary depending on the DL, caseload and division. You can do everything from transcriptions, helping write narratives, calling doctors, attending court to helping file, away stuff if needed.. 

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Random and insignificant question that nobody should rush to answer:

I've received emails from Osgoode students in the past, and I've noticed that their display name always shows up as: Jane Doe 2018/Lawstudents/Osgoode (replacing Jane Doe and 2018 with their name and year they started). Are we stuck with this or can we change it to just our name? I've briefly fiddled around with the mail account and can't really tell. It seems kind of weird/unprofessional if we're stuck with it.

 

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1 hour ago, Parvati said:

Random and insignificant question that nobody should rush to answer:

I've received emails from Osgoode students in the past, and I've noticed that their display name always shows up as: Jane Doe 2018/Lawstudents/Osgoode (replacing Jane Doe and 2018 with their name and year they started). Are we stuck with this or can we change it to just our name? I've briefly fiddled around with the mail account and can't really tell. It seems kind of weird/unprofessional if we're stuck with it.

 

That's the way it is, unfortunately, and there's nothing you can do to change it.

It's rumoured that this summer, email will be transitioned to Outlook 365, so that naming scheme may disappear entirely. But as long as email's on the old Lotus Domino system, you can't change your name.

The good news is, it's the way Osgoode has been for about a decade, maybe longer (with the exception of the year being added, which started in 2015), so no one at a firm will think twice about it.

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