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  1. I had similiar grades to those in 1L, they significantly improved organically in 2L when I was in courses I was interested in, and I ended up getting jobs for 2L summer and Articling in the field I wanted, including Articling at a Crown's office.
  2. Thank you for this - I wanted to make the same post, and am glad you beat me to it. With that said, in light of the posts following - adVenture's discussion more mirrors mine. I have average grades and had 8 interviews scheduled for articling at the Crown's office. I have a good resume and cover letter, and I worked my ass off for the interviews. I ended up getting articling before needing to go to half the interviews. But to your point, more than one of the offices I interviewed at decided to give it to their summer student.
  3. To echo the above - no fall reading week in law school. In upper years you get 3 days while the 1Ls do an intensive course. In 1L - fresh out of luck.
  4. I couldn't answer concretely, but I'm pretty sure the waitlist is in a set order, and you can't really adjust your position. I believe the only way to get in off the waitlist is if someone rejects or pulls out their acceptance. Good luck.
  5. I've never been one to shy away from public speaking, but honestly, you'll be so surprised how much you can improve this! I think 99% of people are nervous during their first moot, and if they're not, they should be. Its definitely a learnable skill, and with each one you shed some of the nerves. With respect to big crowds - no, you don't need to give any big presentations. But there are opportunities if you're looking for them.
  6. The above poster is correct - decide based on where you want to practice afterwards. As for London - I had my reservations about the city before starting and now I love it. Sometimes you don't know what a place is like til you live there. Congrats
  7. I'm a crim head at Western. If you want more information send me a message.
  8. Kitchener and St. Catharine's are doing interviews this week, Cornwall called yesterday as Snarky mentioned. I heard Windsor called a few weeks ago
  9. It has that reputation but there is a strong contingency building for criminal law. Every school offers criminal law classes and has a legal aid clinic, so you will never be limited from going into that field by your school selection. Western's criminal law interest is growing and I'd encourage you to come, but your decision will ultimately be about a number of factors. Feel free to check out this group https://www.facebook.com/groups/725513827586829/
  10. I have interviews with Barrie and Oshawa so far.
  11. For those who have questions about the ceremony - the information was specified in Assoc. Dean Chamberlain's invitation to the ceremony, but to answer, yes, you will be coming to school on the first day in your business attire. This is because there will be no opportunity to change between registration and the ceremony. The first day is pretty compact. Of course, you can change into something more comfortable after the ceremony (there will be tours, or (I think) some down time before the evening activities). As for the JPs, we won't be attending the ceremony as we have other activities during that time, so there's no need for JPs to suit up.
  12. I went to Law Games as a 1L - I had no issues. I lost about 3-4 days on my memo, but that actually motivated me to work harder and I still got a draft done the weekend after. Its totally doable.
  13. The answers above are all true, but just for my $0.02. You need a suit. Your use of it will vary based on ECs. Moots require a suit, and they are extra-curricular. But you will no matter what need one for an early formal, and for your January Term. If you're in CLS you may need a suit. There may be other employment-based occasions as well (firm tours, interviews, etc.) Summaries are abundant and are always electronic. I would stick with the textbooks, but yes, its dependent on the person. Some are pretty necessary though as they drive class discussion, and there may be participation marks within those classes.
  14. Not sure what to say here--I think its pretty standard. It's a combination of getting used to the law school and classes (you do have classes during O-Week) and social events. There are events scheduled for each night, the majority of which involve bringing your ID.
  15. That's not a bad location at all. if you're south of Masonville you'll be in the best spot but anything that close to Masonville is fine. We have Dennings every other week, so you'll probably want to go to those. You're still going to be within range of downtown though, its not a huge city. Pick the place you like and make sure you can get to school - that's most important.
  16. I think I addressed this on the first page!
  17. When I was heading into 1L I got about 2K. Sorry to hear you weren't offered more.
  18. I can't speak on this year, but last year named scholarships were offered in Aprilish? Everyone that qualified would have been made aware of the fact. As for the bursary, it requires filling out a short application - I heard back within a week or two. If you had applied all the way back in March its probably worth contacting Danielle about.
  19. There are three semesters at Western Law. September - December is the fall term (with exams from mid-December). January 2- ~24 is the January term. End of January - April (with exams from mid April) is the Winter term. If you take LP in the winter they'll just start it in January, is what I take that to mean. From talking to people involved, experience as a caseworker, particularly during the summer, is advantageous to taking the course (and moreover to your grade) because you have a lot of the experience already.
  20. To tack on to my post above, the waitlist offers from this point out go out on a rolling basis depending on the responses to them. Some people that are waitlisted might have made other plans at this point and will not be accepting their offers. If these people are above you on the waitlist, their acceptance or decline is the contingency that affects your receipt of an offer. There is time and space before July 1, but it depends where you are on the waitlist and how prompt these people ahead of you (if there are such people) are with their responses. Hopefully people reply quickly. As alluded to above by other posters, it sounds as though there were a bunch of offers earlier in the week.
  21. To those on the waitlist, I've heard from a lot of people that its moving now so depending where you are on it you may hear soon- To those on the waitlist that have been given offers but know you are declining, please tell Admissions this! If you know you are declining the offer but do not tell Admissions ASAP, the offer is processed and the package gets mailed out and there is a whole delay in proceedings that will just stall for other waitlisted people. AKA whoever might take your place off of the waitlist might end up waiting a week or two to hear from Admissions when they could hear now. If you know you're declining please be respectful to everyone else and decline as soon as you can.
  22. Hi futerca, There are plenty of moots available to first years. There are some January-term/external moots which are only available to upper years and require application. There is also another moot which forms the basis for these applications that occurs in the fall, called Lerners, which is only available to upper years. Beyond that, any moot is available to all years or to only 1Ls. I would estimate there is about 1 per month, but there are actually more. Some of these are pretty large and get 30-50 people involved. Others have limited spaces so you have to sign up quickly - about 16 slots, for example. In the winter there are three 1L exclusive themed moots (which you can only do one of) and another one in March that simulates Lerners and is also 1Ls only. There are also "moots" that aren't really moots, such as negotiation, client intake, and contract drafting competitions. I can't really speak about this, I'll let someone else do that. But from what I understand they are fairly competitive, mostly go to people applying for 2L summer (though some to 1L summer). There are about 12? Positions (maybe there are more, again, someone else will have to confirm this). They are all funded to different degrees, they all get a fair amount of applicants. To create your own you essentially have to reach out to an organization and lock down the position, and then request Western to fund it. I don't think there is anything that officially says the clinics are 3-year commitments but the 1L hires more or less form the basis for the 2L and 3L positions. So that's how that works. I think its strongly recommended that if you are offered positions in upper years that you take them. You can apply for different clinics though in different years. I would definitely check out the French club. I would also recommend that the best way to do that is to take lessons on the side, if you can find the time and money, or possibly use Rosetta stone. I know people from the school though that are involved in the French and German clubs and enjoy them. I haven't taken an upper year intensive - I'm just heading into 2L now. If you are referring to the January term courses, they are mostly practical/application/placement courses, or external moot teams. There are many, many speakers. If I said there was a speaker every day I would probably not be exaggerating. If there isn't one every day, its close. There is always something to do. Often there are multiple speakers on the same day.
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