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  1. I didn't do the French Common Law program, but I can provide a few notes. a) you're a bit restricted in French common law in that a certain percentages of your courses *must* be in French (unsurprising), and I think they also require you to submit a certain amount of assignments in French (generally, you have the right to submit all assignments no matter what program at the University, in the language of your choosing). b) I don't imagine that the French common law issue will have a negative impact on being able to practice in English. In the French common law classes that I did take there was still a fair bit of English in class because the profs realize that chances are you'll be practicing in a bilingual environment rather than a purely French environment (given common law's geographic distribution) and they recognize that even in French, the English terms are used sometimes used (I remember in a Corporate Tax class the prof would give us both the English and French words for certain tax terminology).
  2. Had him for properties. He's a great guy.
  3. The major paper requirement isn't 40 pages minimum. I think it may be 20? Anyway, I'm pretty sure its lower than 40 because I doubt that my major paper was anywhere near 40. I second the, "wait till 2nd year" at least for the major paper and the directed research project. Both good pieces of advice
  4. IMO there is no strategy for choosing one over the other that makes a lot of sense unless you're already super dead-set on one area and have the prior experience to back up your dead-set path. That said, because you did ask for some advice. I made my choice by choosing the small group that I knew less about because I figured I'd need more help on it. That didn't turn out to be the case because. . law is weird. So, in retrospect, I'd say choose the one that works better for your schedule or the one that you think youd jive well with the prof.
  5. I found that the 'large class' thing was a bit of a red herring. Aside from 1L, most of the classes were 'normal' sized, say between 10 and 30 students. I suspect it's like that at most other law schools. Class size is even less of an issue if you're able to take any french common-law classes. Those ones are tiny. Size is even less of an issue if you actually answer questions in class. Basically, you can be as known or as anonymous as you want I found that a plurality of folks wanted to go to Toronto; majority sought to be outside Ottawa, but not an overwhelming majority.
  6. Can't say enough good-stuff about Sheehy. Though I assume some folks will assume her Crim classes may be less rigorous just because she takes a feminist lense to the entire thing, I am still amazed at how much of the content I remember years after, despite neither my interests nor my practice area being anywhere remotely close to criminal law. She gives you the content and drills it in hard.
  7. I'd echo what ArtsyDork quoted, 50K-70K for junior associates in Ottawa.
  8. Sandy Hill if you're fine with student housing/university neighbourhood Golden Triangle if you want something more quiet but still downtown, this goes for much of the rest of centretown, though the closer you are to the Golden triangle, the faster it is to get to school. Hull if you want cheap, and are fine with having to take the bus in to campus rather than being able to walk to school if you were in Sandy Hill Vanier if you want cheap, fine with the bus, and a sketchy-ish neighbourhood Hintonburg is also good (provided you're fine with not being able to really walk to school). Glebe is a rich yuppie neghbourhood, but sometimes you can get lucky and snag a really good apartment in one of the old houses there. Chinatown if you must live within a block of a pho shop. Ottawa's chinatown is decidely not Chinese, it's largely Vietnamese, the name is just a symptom of North America' subtle racism. Some folks live in the Market, but I think it's not really worth it for the cost.
  9. If you already like Ottawa as a place to visit, then you're going to love to live in it. I'm a big booster of Ottawa and even I'll admit it's not a fun place to visit. But my gosh is it an amazing place to live. Cheap-ish for the size of the city, more laid back than Toronto and you'll have most of the amenities. It's a recession proof, relatively safe city with nicer facilities than it should have because it's the capital. Ottawa is sort of the perfect city for anyone that emphasizes working to live, and wants to put down roots for the long-term.
  10. That cannot be good for structural integrity; I think you should bring this up with the building manager.
  11. Very flexible starting hours, because I'm working for a sole who is not a morning person. I've also said a few times to the boss that the reason I live in my dark (and therefore cheap-ish) apartment is because of the (almost) floor to ceiling windows in my office. Office is smaller than the sole's, but my gosh is it nicer. There's also a dog and a pretty legit espresso machine!
  12. There's cynicism because BitCoin and most cryptos market themselves as outside of the State, whereas law/lawyers exist only because of the State. Perhaps there will be something related to cryptocurrencies and law once there's a state backed coin, but for now, it's so incredibly niche that it's pretty much useless to talk about.
  13. Don't know much of the Bay Street stuff because I didnt really hang out with folks who ever wanted to end up there, but I can answer the other two parts. Marks of folks who ended up with articling are all over the place. There isn't much correlation between ability to articles and marks received unless we're talking about the extremes. Saw someone with like an A- average and awesome work experience struggle to get articles, and folks who I thought were morons easily get them. Entire thing is a bit of a shit-show. B+ means you're doing pretty darn good; it's largely (though not exclusively) the cut-off for, "has a chance at OCIs". If you finish with a B+ average and your sanity, you've rocked law school.
  14. Get comfortable with excel. Though this may be advice that's more applicable to any law & numbers game rather than specific to tax.
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