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  1. Someone has to foot the bill for "Emotional and Cultural Quotient Bootcamp" and "Social Innovation and the Law". If you asked me, I would say there is something corrupt happening with the Law Society that as soon as they acknowledge a lack of jobs for new grads, they approve another law school, with some of the worst and useless courses a school can offer (like when I took "acting for non-Majors" at York). Their proponents thrown around buzz words like "social justice", "access to justice", "new economy" and other gibberish. Oh, the things universities will do for a few extra dollars.
  2. Here is one for Queen's 1. Professors. While I previously criticized Queen's for some of their professors, others are simply incredible. While I won't post names, I had a professor in 1L, who I never took a class with again, but would always reach out to me and to others and ensure that we are doing okay both in law school and with our professional goals. 2. Campus location. It is all close to the downtown core, so unless you want to live far from campus, you can live reasonably close to campus. 3. Clinics. Queen's has several clinics where you can get some incredible experiences. 4. Collegiality. Weekly smokers (which has kinda been going down) and other events that allow law students to unwind together. 5. Decent array of courses in various areas, many of which are taught by adjuncts, who are experts in their field. Though the school is reducing them (IMO is a huge mistake). 6. Career centre. From my experience, they really try to help students get jobs and do well professionally. Some students didn't like it, but I think the vast majority would agree that they were good. 7. They have doing better every year in terms of jobs, including 1Ls getting some very highly sought after positions. 8. Quite a few guest speakers, which usually translates to lots of free food. 9. Reasonably close to Toronto. Without traffic, you can be there in just over two hours. 10. If you need to push off writing an exam, it's really easy. I heard that if you tell the admin that you are "stressed out", they will let you write it a few weeks later. (This might also be a bad thing, depending on how you look at it. See Bruce Pardy's articles and the various rebuttal articles written on this issue)
  3. This is prevalent at Queen's and most probably at every law school in the country (though perhaps less extreme at some places). But isn't anything new. Academia has long has been dominated by left-wing professors and their ideologies. There isn't much anyone can really do about it, unless you're a big donor who will be willing to tell them that they're going too far, like Paul Bronfman did to York University.
  4. I had only one professor in 1L who banned laptops.
  5. That's strange. I took HarvardReady and that was the only part that I learned quickly. If Yoni is your instructor, I would suggest asking to give you ten minutes after class to go over games. Games (unless it changed) follows very few rules and once you get those down, you should be fine.
  6. To protect my anonymity, I won't post here. But feel free to shoot me a PM.
  7. I'll do one for Queen's 1. The professors. Some of them are incredible, but many of them are awful. I was told (by a faculty member) that Queen's is trying to brand itself as an elite school, so they are hiring academics from top-tier schools in the US and Europe, who are unfamiliar with both Canadian law and how to teach in general. Hands down, the best classes I had were taught by adjuncts/practitioners. 2. Grading. This probably sucks at most, if not all, law schools. The curve is brutal and frankly is outdated. Two students could be a fraction of a grade apart from one another and one gets an A and the other a B. While I understand why they do that, someone ought to come up with a better system. 3. Administration. They will bend over backwards for people who need accommodations because of "anxiety". But won't help students who have serious grievances, under the guise of "we don't have a policy about that". 4. Further to last point, the administration failed to listen and take appropriate action to serious concerns about misconduct of some of the professors. From my first year to my last year various issues came up and none were dealt with seriously. 5. The politics. Not sure if this happens at other schools, but in the last few years, the student body has been divided over the BizAss/Constitutional issue, Jordan Peterson coming to campus and Conrad Black. It had our Facebook page being filled with petty fights, name calling and even professors abusing their listserve privileges to bash other professors to the entire student body (until the dean stepped in and shut it down). 6. Cliques. Very cliquey school. Try to find a good friend group right away, or you'll be left out for three years. 7. Similar to the cliques, many student groups and committees are run by same group of friends who give each other awards and appoint each other to highly sought after committees. 8. Courses have been getting very corporate oriented, which for some might be a good thing. 9. The scheduling sucks. They often put very important courses all at the same time, forcing students to choose one over others. 10. Too many emails. They actually reduced the amount of emails, but they can do a lot better in that department. Overall, Queen's is a great school with many great opportunities but they certainly have room to improve.
  8. I interviewed with them last year. Informal interview. But they will ask about what you know about insurance law.
  9. Best: Clinics (I got some great experiences doing clinics), free food, the drama of watching other students hook up with each other ruin their reputations and the occasional professor who actually cares about their students. Worst: The cliques and pretentious students, any shred of self-respect being lost and the 3L burnout.
  10. I thought you were joking about the “Emotional and Cultural Quotient Bootcamp”. You were not. I hope the Law Society withdraws its accreditation of this joke of a school.
  11. I realized I did not address your second question, so here it goes. Queen's Law has invested a lot in career counselling. For the last few years, by the time articling has begun, about 95% of the class secured positions (which I believe is one of the highest in the country). I only know a couple of people who did not and they were people who are either a bit quirky (although some firms don't mind that so it's not an indicator) or people who only realized in third year that its time to find a job (yes, there are people like that in law school). While the job search is not always easy, the career office has networking events, job postings from all over the country and as many sessions as you want to practice interview skills and work on your resume/cover letter. If you ask me, that's the one thing that Queen's Law has done exceptionally well in. There are two full-time staff at the career office and I have yet to meet a single student who did not mesh well with at least one of them. The one I worked with was incredible and had a ton of patience to deal with me and eventually it all paid off. I think that for articling or any law related job, unless you are a natural at selling yourself, have incredible grades or life experience, you are going to need at least some guidance. That being said, I would suggest looking at firms and see the numbers. This year Queen's got the same number of hires at a seven sister firm as did UofT from OCIs. Our 1Ls in the last two years did very well (notwithstanding that there are very few jobs for 1Ls). If you have any questions, feel free to send me a PM.
  12. While I cannot reveal my sources, as that would give away my anonymity, small sections as a concept is not being done away with. What they are doing is readjusting the numbers and combine more sections so they can hire fewer professors. Professors will now be teaching even more courses and they will be letting go of many of their adjunct professors (which is an incredibly stupid move).
  13. Actually small sections starting next year will be bigger than 25 students. Although the exact number has yet to be confirmed. Upper year classes can range from 5 students (rare but it happens) to over 100.
  14. I am not articling with the government. There are many other in-house positions that are not government related. And starting at the same time does make sense. If they are training us on ow to use their software, for example, if they can teach it once and spend only one day on it, then why set aside two days?
  15. It's an in-house position. They said they will have to check with the other articling student (and I have no idea who that is) to make sure it is ok with them as well.
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