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  1. If you have any interest in litigation, do it. The work load isn't that bad, since from my recollection, they give you all of the research. You basically have a draft a factum with a page limit (12 pages?) and show up to argue on moot day. They also have a few seminars beforehand -- at least one on factum writing and one on oral arguments -- so that you have at least some idea of how to moot properly. Overall, it's a great moot. It allows you to get your feet wet, so to speak, and assess whether you're really into litigation.
  2. Don't worry about it. If you're qualified, they'll call you.
  3. Side discussion, but related - do you guys think the amount of information thrown at you in lectures has increased over time? I think it probably did. I mean, I imagine profs take into account that 99% of students in class use laptops, can type at a certain speed and adjust the amount of information they communicate in an hour accordingly. Not to mention, almost all profs use powerpoint slides and make them available to students before or after class. Surely this affects the amount of material they feel they can reasonably cover during a lecture? Also, I noticed that the "old school" profs I had in law school (ie. people that have been lecturing for 20+ years, don't use powerpoints but rather refer to handwritten or typed notes for their lectures) would speak slower, pause a often, and would repeat key pieces of information. I always assumed those were habits from earlier in their careers when people took notes by hand and by consequence, were slower at jotting down information. I've always wondered if going back in time and taking a lecture in the 70's would feel like the class is moving at a snails pace... Anyway - besides being interesting for me personally, I bring this up because I've had courses were I felt like taking notes by hand would have been almost impossible. I've taken course where the prof would regularly zip through a 60+ page powerpoint in an hour. I remember typing as fast as I could and still missing stuff. I can't imagine trying to do that by hand. To answer OP's question - I would recommend a laptop because I feel like lectures cover too much information, a too quick of a pace, to take detailed handwritten notes. However, if you're one of those people that has no problem relying on your memory, then you might be fine with handwritten notes.
  4. Interesting - and I'm not disagreeing with you - it's just not what I've experienced personally. Perhaps the trend is changing? Or maybe I'm just getting into the market at a weird time.
  5. A majority of applicants are from Ottawa, but I don't think the majority of the people who ultimately get hired are. I think that's what brandy was asking. And again, I have no empirical evidence. But in my experience, over the past two years working in the city, I haven't encountered as many UOttawa grads as you would expect. For example - yesterday I was in a room with 14 articling students and 2 first years associates. Only two of us went to UOttawa.
  6. Not true. No stats, but I work in Ottawa and I recently attended a few conferences where I got to meet a whole bunch of articling students and new associates from pretty well every major firm in the city. I was surprised to find out that they went to law school all over the place. The only school I didn't hear mentioned is Windsor. However, it's worth noting that most, if not all of them are from Ottawa originally and were looking to return.
  7. Ahh yes, the FDI moot. I think that one is November if I'm not mistaken. I was taking a course with VanDuzer in the fall semester and he was away coaching the moot at some point. Also, that's great you brought up the negotiation competition and labour law moot. I actually did both of those and totally forgot. It is lottery based but everyone should try and get in. It's a lot of fun.
  8. Ahh I see! You might be out of luck. I'm pretty sure that a moot must count as your January credit. However, you have to try out for most (all?) moots anyway. I would suggest that you give it a shot - if you're selected you can decided whether you want to drop the legal writing academy for the moot. If you don't have a job lined up, I would suggest mooting in 2L. It looks/sounds better in an interview than the legal writing academy. On the bright side, you can participate in the legal writing academy program in 3L.
  9. I didn't notice the "underdog" thing either. But like another poster mentioned, I did notice that most people are differing degrees of salty that they're "stuck in Ottawa". I didn't like that about the school. Most people are just kind of waiting to graduate so that they can go back to their precious Toronto and take pictures of the CN tower I guess.
  10. I second almostnot's suggestion. Also, in Tax I assume you'll be dealing with the CRA from time to time, if not more frequently. Knowledge of admin law will almost certainly be helpful in those situations.
  11. I'm actually surprised at these numbers. I thought the situation in Calgary would be grimmer than this, given the Oil & Gas market generally.
  12. That and one PR question had two correct answers. I know this since I wasted 2 minutes looking up both answers, because I was sure both were correct according to the materials. I probably picked the "wrong one". Such bullshit. Some answers didn't even make sense grammatically. Very poorly written exam.
  13. The whole exam is a blur at this point but here's what comes to mind without revealing to much. Business: [specifics removed] Estates & Trusts: Nothing notable. Questions were all over the place. Real Estate: Surprisingly, very little on the [snip] and very little pertaining to [snip]. Other than that, nothing really notable. The exam: I don't think the questions were "difficult". Most of the time, I could bring it down to two from memory. It's just in a lot of cases I couldn't remember where to find the answer. I'm not entirely sure why this happened. I suspect I just put my eggs in wrong basket pre-exam by focusing on topics that ended up not even being on the exam. That and I might have been a little burnt out from studying every day for the past month and a half. Not sure. Regardless, the Barrister did not feel like this. Hope I passed. If not... well, I'll be looking for an indexing group come August.
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