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  1. There's a fair bit of good commentary in the revised user guide for the spousal support advisory guidelines. Revised User Guide Children factor into entitlement and quantum/duration. On the entitlement end, a stay-at-home parent absented from the workforce can lose earning capacity (compensatory) and a parent with care of children post-separation will frequently have lower income to maintain a standard of living (non-compensatory). On the quantum end, children may present additional living expenses for the parent with care of the children - for example having to rent/own a larger home, which may not be adequately addressed by child support.
  2. There are three sources of entitlement to spousal support. Contractual (mostly pre-nupitals and separation agreements), non-compensatory (essentially maintenance of standard of living in both households), and compensatory (essentially compensation for the reduction in earning capacity as a result of the spousal relationship and it's breakdown). There's considerable comment in Moge ([1992] 3 SCR 813) and Bracklow ([1999] 1 SCR 420). Generally there is no connection between adultery and any of these sources of entitlement to support. It's irrelevant.
  3. I found the same thing. The other benefit I found with handwriting lecture notes was having to process and shorten, to keep pace with the lecturer. Many of my classmates essentially transcribed the lecture, so there wasn't much in-class synthesis.
  4. 4 classes per term is correct. Doreen Petrow (Admisson) is the person to ask about how they'll evaluate your marks, and whether you should apply early, and whether they reconsider as you provide updated transcripts. [http://law.usask.ca/find-people/staff.php]
  5. Unless things have changed, USask considers only fall and winter terms. They -may- consider spring/summer if you're taking a full time course load - 4 or more classes in the term.
  6. I volunteered between 1L and 2L, and was hired for the summer between 2L and 3L. It's an opportunity to assist a significantly under-served community in Saskatoon, and has the added benefit of providing experience with oral and written advocacy. If you have between 4 and 40 hours per week to spare, I highly recommend volunteering. Feel free to pm if you have any questions about volunteering (or working) at CLASSIC.
  7. Our office uses ChildView. No idea on pricing.
  8. Wait til classes start. Profs will generally tell you more directly what's actually required or recommended. I recall a couple profs saying on the first day that there's a policy that they must list a required text, and that they won't refer to it much. For admin Von Tigerstrom produced her own materials for her sections, which were entirely case excerpts and Bilson used the text extensively (I don't know how much of that was commentary). Ralston is a new sessional this year, so I'm not sure what approach he'll take. I took it from Von Tigerstrom, and used the materials extensively. CanLII doesn't indicate any versions of the QB Rules since what came into effect in 2013. The Tariff of Costs was amended effective August 1st this year, however that isn't part of the QB Rules on Canlii. Either way, you can download and print as necessary the Rules from the Queen's Printer website (http://www.publications.gov.sk.ca/deplist.cfm?d=1&c=3097). When Kennedy taught civpro he arranged for a print shop at Mellor and 51st to print, punch and put the rules into a Binder for about $35 from what I recall.
  9. As potatopancakes says, It's not the school, it's Cumming. 8:30 is his preferred time to each. He's incredibly knowledgeable in all things debtor-creditor, and genuinely interested in helping students succeed if they're willing to put in the effort to learn. If you can wake up for 830 classes and have any interest at all in the classes he teaches, take them. He typically has an unconventional curve, in that there are large peaks in the A and C ranges, rather than a generic bell curve peaking at B-/B. Others have said it, but Walen for family law if you can. He teaches to share the knowledge he's accumulated in 30ish years of practice. He's another one that will go out of his way to help students who put in the effort to learn. It hasn't been mentioned (in this thread), but moots are worth the work. Make no mistake, though, they are more work than a traditional class. They provide more practical advocacy skills than any other class you can take (aside from CLASSIC) at the U of S. Most of the moots have, typically, have a number of local practioners and judges come in to guest judge or otherwise assist with getting ready. The other suggestion I'd make is an IDR. There are a lot of profs willing to supervise them if there's a topic you're interested in that isn't covered in existing classes. They can be more work than a traditional class, but are worthwhile if there's something you really want to learn more about.
  10. Extra years of studies, age, and a year or two of terrible marks are no bar to admissions as a regular applicant at USask. I did a total of 9 years of undergrad, with 2 intervening 3 year breaks from studies, resulting in 2 bachelors degrees. My cGPA was mid 70s, B2 of approximately 80%, L2 of 80%, and 163 LSAT. I was accepted as a regular applicant at 36 years of age commencing in September of 2011. Sask connection was probably stronger (family in province, did one UG here) although I lived out of province for 5 years prior to applying. Age may have affected finding articles, I don't know. I certainly didn't get any indication during interviews that it was of any concern to the firms. I did, however, secure articles at a mid-sized firm in Saskaton, albeit outside of the mass hire process. Edited for formatting. Apparently blackberry wasn't the best tool for posting.
  11. I handwrote notes for all my classes, and would recommend doing so to anyone who is accustomed to writing notes by hand in school. I did, however, use a laptop for exams. There are a few profs in the college who have a policy of not permitting laptops and similar devices, but they are a very small minority.
  12. I'm currently articling. My employer (mid-size firm for Saskatoon) expects me to be there from 8:30 til 17:00, with a one hour lunch. I'm not expected to be there weekends. By my own choice, I'm there about a half hour more than that each day and average less than 2 hours per weekend.
  13. I found Roach and Stuart both very useful for crim, Hogg to be marginally useful at best as a supplement to Constitutional Law Group - Canadian Constitutional Law. Ziff and MacDougall were very well reviewed by several of my classmates.
  14. Necessaries are all within walking distance of the residences. That said, I wouldn't live in Saskatoon without a car.
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