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  1. I haven't started working in Montreal so I can't tell you from my experience. From what I've heard from my friends, Big law seems pretty similar everywhere, besides the difference in salary (Toronto pays better than Ottawa/Montreal). Asides for that, it seems to differ according to your practice environment. If your absolute goal is to start your career / article in Montreal (then again, it depends on the work environment you're looking for)....If you look simply at the numbers in the context of course aux stages, you will notice that the number of students recruited from McGill and UdeM is significantly higher than any other law schools. However, as I mentioned in my previous post, I sincerely think that if you are one of the top students of your graduating year, you shouldn't have too much difficulty in securing an articling position wherever you're from. The best advice I would give to any students beginning law school is no matter which school you're attending, give your absolute best and focus on your career development from your first day. The job market conditions aren't ideal but this isn't just the case for law. Work hard, stay positive and be a team player, then things will work out for you. Good luck no matter which school you choose!
  2. Hey Bechyr, Absolutely. I felt that I was on the same grounds with the people from Montreal law schools. If anything, I felt that I had more to offer as being a student in Ottawa enabled me to acquire work experiences in the federal government that was very appreciated by the firms I interviewed with. If you are concerned with being less competitive than McGill or udem students in the job market, I personnally think that if you make it to the top 10-15% of your class in any school and if you have a garnished resume, you don't have anything to worry about. There are many opportunities that are ONLY available in Ottawa, so I highly suggest you to take advantage of them. The last three years were the best years of my life, and I surely hope yours will be the same!
  3. Found a similar posting in the common law board, figured it might help prospective civil law students I've officially finished my three years of civil law program last may, and absolutely enjoyed my experience at U of O. FYI - It was my first and only choice and I haven't regretted once to this date! Feel free to ask any questions!
  4. Good luck to everyone for tomorrow! Remember, no matter what happens, keep your head up and continue the hard work. Life goes on after course aux stages and great careers can be achieved even if it's not through the process of CAS.
  5. Fasken also has started their seconds.
  6. Lavery called. Good luck to everyone!
  7. Yep! I would add Spiegel Sohmer : called + Stikeman: no calls before the 22nd
  8. It's totally normal it wasn't quite easy, lol, you'll learn about it in your 1L code based classes so no worries! do not hesitate to actively participate and ask questions in class, if you don't understand, it's likely that there will be someone else in your class who has the same question!
  9. ElMo, I didn't find that the required language level was demanding at all, but I did all my previous schooling in french so I'm used to writing in french. Some friends in my classes didn't speak/write that well in french, but keep in mind that you can write your exams and assignments in english OR french, whichever between the two you most feel comfortable with (like Karadayi said!). A friend of mine who wrote all his exams in english this year did very well, most profs are perfectly bilingual. The code's bilingual anyway, so I don't think you'll have trouble. Keep in mind that you'll have to do a little extra work if you write the exams in english, since the class materials are all french. (You'll probably need to go see the profs, ask them what the terms are in english, etc. )
  10. Hey everyone! First of all, congratulations on your acceptance! I just finished my first year, and it was honestly the best year of my life! (and yes, it was also the year I worked the hardest in my life on school haha) If you have any questions, please feel free to ask, I'll be happy to respond. I hope that all the incoming students will be able to enjoy their first year in law as much as I did! Also, I don't know if there is already a Facebook group for the incoming year, but I would definitely recommend someone to create it! I did one myself when I got accepted last year, and it was a good way to network with your future classmates even before school starts
  11. Well apparently they sent out the documents about orientation week + livret pour DRC1500 + other informations, but I never received mine so I went to faculty myself to get copies....I would suggest going to pick it up at the faculty as well if that's a possibility for you. Le livret pour DRC1500 est à lire obligatoirement avant le 3 septembre et c'est + ou - 100 pages environ. Par rapport à la semaine d'accueil, les événements débuteront le 2 septembre. C'est la journée de sortie au lac d'argile. Les autobus seront en face du pavillon fauteux entre 12:30 et 12:45. Avant ça, il y aura une repas froid servi entre 11:45 à 12:30. Laisse moi savoir si t'as d'autres questions!
  12. I'm not planning to start a debate on whether it should or should not be considered a graduate degree based on the fact that an important proportion of entrants are from cegeps, it is a surely is disadvantage for people who are choosing to study Droit civil after completing their undergraduate degree. My problem is not that it's considered as an undergraduate degree, but about the difference of tuition when it comes to comparing droit civil and other undergraduate programs, or even many graduate programs. Now you could say that a degree in droit civil is considered more prestigious than other programs, but I don't believe that's true if you look at current economy and market saturation. At the end of the day, I chose droit civil because it is the subject I want to study and passionate about, and the cost of tuition isn't going to change that decision. I simply wish the government would consider the fact that tuition fee is significantly more expensive than other undergraduate programs when calculating the amount allocated, so that students can choose to not to work (or work less) while in school if they wanted to. I also wish University of Ottawa could provide bourse d'accès d'étude en français to students in droit civil as their second degree at Ottawa U, and not only to students in CMLF. I'm definitely aware of the scholarships options, and this financial situation is somewhat a very good source of motivation to study even harder so it's fine Anyways, been there done that in undergrad, and like they say, you gotta do what you gotta do so you can do what you want to do lol.
  13. I was debating on whether I should be applying for OSAP or AFE because I was eligible for both, but the estimate was similar for me and the financial advisor at ottawa u advised me to stay with AFE since the interest rate is lower (at least for now)...Its really unfortunate that neither of them consider droit civil as gradschool when common law is considered so! Our tuition is about three thousand dollars more expensive than other undergraduate programs...and even some grad programs, but we get a lower amount to support ourselves during school. TERRIBLE.
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