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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. As the title suggests, I want to start my articling earlier than what is in my contract. I was wondering if anyone has done this before and if so, how? To better contextualize, I'm articling in an in-house position, not a law firm. (to protect my anonymity, I won't say where).
  9. For what it's worth, I wrote the LSAT three times and my second score was lower than my first. I still got into the dual Windsor program. I rewrote it the third time, got a higher score, reapplied the next cycle and had multiple offers from other programs.
  10. Just to echo previous comments, I don't think people tend to regret it, unless you haven't found articling by graduation and even then there are options. That being said, I am sure everyone has moments where they think "why didn't I just do (anything else)". Before law school people have no idea the kind of sacrifices you make. You have less time with family, romantic relationships get destroyed because of the pressures/long distance (and other reasons, which I won't get into here) and an extremely competitive atmosphere. And as others have said, you also see your non-law school friends often doing very, very well. Sure law school is a bummer, but you gotta push through.
  11. For what it's worth, Queen's beat out Osgoode in hiring at some of the Bay Street firms this OCI cycle. I know of at least two people in my class who turned down Osgoode for Queen's.While you have stated you aren't interested in Bay Street, Queen's is a pretty good school. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions about Queen's.
  12. I did not get into Ottawa. I don't know much about that school. But Queen's is pretty awesome though.
  13. cGPA. My B2/L2 was something closer to a high B+ average.
  14. Hey, i got into Queen's applying through Access with a 3.3 GPA and 159 LSAT. I'm in my last year there so i don't know if things have changed, but your chances don't look too shabby.
  15. If you're interested in Family Law, Queen's has a fantastic program. One of the foremost scholars and experts in Family Law teaches at Queen's, Professor Nicholas Bala. There is also a Family Law clinic where you can work on actual Family Law related cases.
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