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  1. I don't work at a Bay Street firm. They are probably aware though.
  2. It also means way more B+ than some other schools if a class has a high B median. I think they also allow 20% As, which is higher than some other schools. For example, a class of 30 could have 15 Bs, 8 B+s, and 6 As, which wouldn't fly at most other schools.
  3. I think that you are WAY overthinking things. "Role play" is a phrase that has been around for eons and is not something that sounds "hip", "with-it" or "cutting edge". I think it is probably just a descriptive phrase that they used. Hell, I've probably called moots something like "role playing an appeal" to explain them to laypeople. I really don't think they were trying to sound like anything here or were attempting to appeal to anyone specifically. As for the comment that we are "supposed to play nice here and not criticize schools and pretend they are all equal", I don't think that's what's ever been asked. I think that what's been asked is that while you can criticize the legitimate issues that Ryerson faces (e.g. the oversaturation of the legal market), you shouldn't be unduly shitting on the school by nitpicking things that aren't a big deal ("role play" being a prime example of that) and that people don't draw sweeping conclusions on the basis of little information (as they did with some of Ryerson's skills-based intensives).
  4. I think that people here may be overthinking what may have just been a poor use of words. Students at all schools "role play" when they do moots or other such exercises. Negotiations classes involve mock negotiations, civil trial practice classes involve role playing exercises, etc.
  5. I completely agree with this. Even if we accept that they have the most famous professors (whatever that even means), that very often doesn't translate to better teaching. That aside, many of the most well-known profs are not at the UofT. For example, Feldthusen and Klar are arguably the biggest torts scholars right now and are at Ottawa and Alberta. Hogg was the most well-known constitutional law scholar and was at Osgoode.
  6. You do an upper year block in either 2L or 3L at the UofT. I've never heard of someone so opposed to these block weeks in my entire life so yes, given your level of concern with them, the UofT seems to be the correct choice for you unless you decide that you want to live in Calgary (which, incidentally, you should be figuring out rather than focusing on the curricular differences). I would never ordinarily advise someone to go to the UofT given its cost (unless they were very wealthy), but I had also never encountered someone with such an aversion to block weeks before.
  7. I don't know why you keep insisting that you are "allowed" to complain and have a "right" to complain. No one has ever suggested otherwise. I was merely concerned that those complaints were based on fact and not exaggeration (i.e. "infinite" block weeks). The fact of the matter is that the 1L law school curriculum at the UofT and the UofC is very similar. They both have blocks at the beginning of first year. At UofT they take Legal Research and Writing, which is essentially the same as Foundations 2 in a non-intensive format. But the vast majority of the time will be spent studying mostly the same material out of mostly the same textbooks.
  8. No, you don't know what the word "course" means. I said they have four block week courses, which is a fact that you felt the need to correct. You are apparently talking in weeks. Had you been clear about this in the first place (i.e. "Yes, it is four courses, but it takes up twelve weeks"), we wouldn't still be having this conversation. But even that twelve weeks is debatable, since all of the block weeks are not a 9-5 schedule, which is apparently your criteria for measuring such things. I don't care if you want to speak negatively about UofC (which you say is your "right"). But I do think that you are misguided in assuming that your undergraduate experience, which was run by a completely different faculty, will necessarily mirror your law school experience. As I've already said, I'm commenting because I don't want other students to be misled by your comments. I don't care whether you reply or not.
  9. I'm not sure why you think the block courses are the same in the undergraduate program as in law. While the courses aren't "fluff", they are pass/fail, which is not the case with the block courses in other faculties. I find you very unlikable so I don't particularly care about helping you, but I definitely don't want other students to come on here and have misconceptions about Calgary's program. You are equally responsible for derailing this conversation in responding to every single one of my posts. You could have just left it at four courses several posts ago.
  10. I said there are four block week courses and you corrected me to say twelve. You are the one debating semantics. You are also wrong. It is literally four block week courses.
  11. No, you are reading this wrong. You only do one at the start of first year. It is called Foundations 1. You counting that as three courses (when it is only one) is disingenuous. It is also just plain wrong, since you are not taking twelve block courses. But that bizarre counting methodology (based on the number of weeks and not the actual number of courses) other schools also have numerous block weeks.
  12. What would those 12 be? I'm looking at their website right now and there are two in first year (Foundations 1 and 2) and one each in second (Negotiations) and third year (Advocacy). What are the other eight?
  13. You are absolutely correct. I have also only attended one law school for my JD, but have taught at a few and have been on a curriculum review committee (in which we looked at other schools). This is definitely my experience.
  14. I don't just think, I know. Calling four block week courses spread across 3 years "infinite" is extremely dramatic. Several schools have 3 block weeks (1 in each year). The UofT does two block weeks as well. One in first year (Legal Methods) and one in upper year.
  15. You are overthinking this. The curriculum is VERY similar. The differences are largely small but have been branded as "skills-based" to appeal to prospective students/employers.
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