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  1. Just to clarify lawjunky's response, it's not really possible to say what average LSAT you need. Applications are first ordered for the purposes of evaluation based on cGPA and average LSAT, and then actually evaluated based on highest LSAT and best 2 years. The result of this system is that, in a very few situations, there might not be any spots left to offer to an applicant who might be admissible based on there last 2 years and highest LSAT but is not evaluated until too late in the process. This could be the case where there is a wide discrepancy between average LSAT and highest LSAT, or last 2 years and cGPA. It's a fairly rare sitation, however, that there would be absolutely no room for a candidate who is otherwise admissible. The main ramification of the system is that students relying on a high LSAT and/or last 2 years to make up for a lower average LSAT or cGPA will have to wait longer to be accepted.
  2. Entrance bursaries are not automatically renewed. In upper years, there is a general bursary application that is administered by Queen's University, rather than the Law School. In fact, first year students also qualify for the general bursary - you will apply for it by October 31, and decisions are released in December just before Christmas. Entrance bursaries are, to a certain degree, used by the Law School administration to entice candidates. I believe it is fairly common for students to receive a larger entrance bursary that they would otherwise expect, and certainly larger than they would receive from the general bursary. That being said, for those who show demonstrated financial need the general bursary can be quite substantial, maxing out around the same amount as the entrance bursary (~$6000ish).
  3. Just because you have stats identical to students who were accepted in previous years does not guarantee you admission. This is especially true for students who have not completed an undergraduate degree - you are rolling the dice when you apply without an undergrad. That is what I meant when I wrote that you do not have a right to be admitted to any law school. One of the purposes of the switch to the J.D. is to communicate that it is not a first-entry program. Queen's has NOT, however, cut off entry to students without a fully completed undergraduate degree. At this point, actually, they haven't seemed to change their admissions policy at all - only rarely will students be accepted without an undergraduate degree at the discretion of the admissions committee. Furthermore, it looks like admission without an undergraduate degree will never be FULLY cut off. From the Queen's website: There is no reason for a bad taste to be left. Queen's has a very fair admissions department, staffed by people who are always willing to chat with you and help you through the admissions process.
  4. It has always been the case that only exceptional candidates will be accepted to the law program at Queen's, and most law schools in Canada. Each year, at most about 3% of the first year class do not have completed undergraduate degree. Applying to law school without an undergraduate degree is a very low probability venture. You should not expect to be accepted by right at any law school in Canada without an undergrad - even with great stats you are still rolling the dice. In my personal opinion, it is a much wiser decision for most people to finish an undergraduate degree before law school, anyways, but there are of course some exceptions in individual circumstances. The notice from Queen's is nothing to get too excited about. As far as I know, Queen's is not eliminating the possibility of entrance without an undergraduate degree entirely in the transition to the J.D. (though I think they should). Queen's never looked favourably at students without an undergrad, so I'm not sure what all the fuss is about.
  5. The JD/LLB distinction is not meaningless. The main difference exists when graduates pursue employment in the UK, and other non-North American markets. The UK is the most significant, however, as a lot of Canadian graduates have been moving to the UK to work at magic circle and other large firms. Magic circle firms are huge and employ students from around the world. There have been several complaints from Queen's graduates specifically, and I would assume other Canadian law graduates, that the magic circle firms are not treating Canadian LLB graduates the same as American JD graduates. The complaints involve requiring a longer period spent as a foreign-qualified "trainee" before full qualification (and hence, pay), and a lower entering pay scale. Recruiters should be able to distinguish between an LLB graduate with and without an undergraduate degree, and between a Canadian and a UK LLB degree. The reality is, they do not. To emphasize the difference in pay, Clifford Chance "trainees" are paid around 35K pounds, whereas first-year qualified lawyers are paid around 67K pounds. A large difference. Those are the published pay rates on Clifford Chance's website, but I have heard that their offers can change depending on where the candidate is coming from, where they have articled, etc.
  6. When I was accepted for the 2006-2007 year, the first acceptances were issued around the end of December, actually during the Christmas break. I received an acceptance on December 30, by courier. For those of you anxiously checking your email/mail, rest assured that you have a little while to wait yet. That being said, most acceptances weren't received until February - April for the first round, with the second round of acceptances being sent out from May until the first week of school. I know it's tough right now, but patience is your only option at this point. Good luck everyone!
  7. you will find out what section you are in during the first week of orientation.
  8. i know of a third confirmed transfer to UofT
  9. The two transfers that i know of went to UofT. The castle program is good. I have many opinions on it, and will have to post them later as I am in the middle of preparing for exams. My opinions will also likely be far rosier once exams are over, and i'm not longer subjected to the cafeteria food.
  10. I moved from Edmonton to Kingston last year, and hauled all my stuff in a U-Haul. It was a fun drive - my girlfriend and I did it in 7 days, and there wasn't much hassle. I have some records of the costs, and I'll post more in-depth on the costs and suggested means of travel later. I'm preparing for exams starting tomorrow, so calculating the costs of my trip last year might not be the best use of my time right now, but i will get back to you soon
  11. I know of two confirmed transfers out of Queen's, so there are two spots at least. I don't think that info is of much help to though. I do know of two other people that have wanted to transfer, and I expect they might get their wish. I haven't heard from them in a while though, so i can't confirm. There was also at least one student who dropped out in September (I guess we scared her/him away) and I'm not sure if that spot was filled. So that's 2 confirmed and 3 additional likely spots open at Queen's. I'm sure there are more possible transfers out that I haven't heard of, but I try to keep my ear close to the ground. Unfortunately for you, I'm at the castle right now, and information gathering is a little more difficult.
  12. Yeah, we both are - we're really excited to go. Just these last few pesky weeks of UG to deal with ... Good for you both! My girlfriend and I both are in first year at Queen's Law, and there is another couple who are engaged to be married this summer. The best decision you can make if you want to sustain your relationship is to both go to the same law school.
  13. Oh, and btw, the Associate Dean is also interested in tech Law, and writes Sci-fi novels in his spare time - he gets along well with the aerospace engineering-minded students.
  14. There's actually a student currently in first-year here at Queen's who worked for about 6 years in aerospace engineering. He always has great stories to impress the faculty/partners at cocktail parties. Nothing I have to say comes close to matching up against working on the Canadarm.
  15. The Ontario Landlord Tenant Board has adopted a new act as of Jan 31, 2007 governing landlord tenant relations. There are quite a few rights for tenants, and restrictions on what landlords can require of them. The full text of the document is listed here. When I was searching for an apartment last year, I poured through the then Tenant Protection Act, to make sure that prospective landlords weren't overstepping their bounds. I don't know precisely and I encourage you to research further than my opinion, but I think that a landlord like Daphne Dean would be precluded from enforcing some clauses of a lease where they interfere with the reasonable use and enjoyment of the property - there are a bunch of sections in the ACt, around s.38 I think. If it's a problem for you, take a look at the Act.
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