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  1. I apologize that I'm super late to this. Prior to law school I had banked with CIBC and TD for many years. Both would have required a cosigner. I spoke to one Rep at RBC who offered me the same rates that CIBC/TD were offering and they did not require a cosigner. It really doesn't hurt to ask.
  2. Replying to my own comment just to give an update, I ended up passing both tests. So did all of my friends who I've spoken with about it. So for future test takers who are creeping past threads about the Bar exam because you're obsessively worrying, the consensus seems to be that it's perfectly normal to feel shit about the first half. Also, I've heard through the rumor mill (through friends at the LSO) that the passing grade required for the Barristers this year was less than 70%. I'm not sure if that's lower, higher, or on par with the usual pass rate. Also it's gossip so don't stake anything on it.
  3. In the job posting itself they stated there would be a "couple" of "very simple" substantive questions to verify an interviewee's interest in criminal law that would not make up a large part of the interview.
  4. I interviewed at one defense firm who stated there would be a "couple" of very basic criminal law questions just to weed out those without an actual interest. When I arrived they asked me some simple questions about summary/hybrid/indictable offences and mens rea/actus reus, which I thought was going to be it. They then launched into >20 questions as detailed as maximum/minimum sentences for certain offences and some about the effects of certain events on elections by the Crown or Defense. At one point I realized one of my interviewers was reading questions from my school's guide to Crown Interviews' sampler questions. I guess what I'm saying is, prepare for substantive questions anyways. Since you've done some Crown interviews you would need only refresh yourself with your notes, just in case. Aside from that, be prepared for scenario questions related to criminal law (ie. non-guilty person wants to plead guilty, guilty person wants to have someone give alibi evidence, etc.)
  5. I felt the exact same way. Some of my friends felt Civ Pro was their strongest section going in and felt like shit about the first part of their exam. The second part seemed too easy, and I had about 10 minutes to spare. I found a lot of PR questions were difficult to find in the materials. I also thought public law was weird, and despite knowing that section quite well I was often unsure of where to look in the materials.
  6. Basically, near the end of exam period some unforeseeable circumstances occurred. I was hit with some bad news a day and a half before an exam, and was also required to put in a number of hours into this "issue." Unfortunately, I lacked the foresight to seek accommodations, but I did seek counselling due to the stress of it all the morning before my exam (so it is documentable in a way). Anyways, this exam turned out to be my worst grade, unsurprisingly. So, has anyone had experience with situations like this? I've emailed the respective department at my school to see if there's any action I should be taking at this, but responses are understandably slow this time of year. I'm basically just wondering what the process would be for people in my situation, and even if a grade is accompanied with an explanation, how much should I expect it to impede my career prospects? Thanks in advance.
  7. These marks are pretty good. You have to remember than the people looking at these marks usually know exactly how hard it is to get a B or B+ in law school. I'm not sure about what is expected from OCI applicants as it's not something that interests me, but as for non-OCI jobs you're in a good position. I think you're being hard on yourself. You were just ranked mostly "above average" against a group of extremely intelligent individuals. Employers will see this too. Best of luck
  8. Sort of going against the grain here, but I understand and somewhat agree. On the note about competitiveness, I agree. I also hate it, and I believe it caused me to dislike the majority of my classmates; it just seemed to bring out the worst in them. For instance, I witnessed classmates "forget" to send their notes, after multiple reminders, to others who were legitimately sick and were unable to attend a class.( I always tried to step in and share notes in those instances.) Or other classmates hiding/lying about the fact that they began studying for exams early, possibly so that others didn't get the same idea and thus did worse on exams in comparison. I understand, but its just kind of shady altogether. On the note about arbitrary grading, I also agree. Perhaps I was spoiled in undergrad by multiple choice examinations where you were either right or you were wrong. Here, I have handed in some terrible papers and received As, while some of my better papers received Bs and Cs. I've bullshitted exams I barely studied for and came out on top of the curve, and I've come out below the curve where I really knew the content and (I thought) effectively displayed it on an exam. As for your comments about studying, I have a similar experience. First semester I did everything "right" (all of the readings, attending every class, trying to study in a way for long-term retention that would also benefit me in the future), and did sub-par on exams. This semester I have not cracked a book, have attended maybe 75% of my classes but am mostly going off old summaries, and am reverting back to my undergraduate ways of studying (retention is short term) and honestly feel more confident about exams than I did last semester, and compared to my classmates. But on that note, I guess we'll see. All in all, I'm sorry for your experience and you're not alone (aka, end of my rant). If its any consolation, I hear 2L and 3L are significantly better. Good luck.
  9. Hi everyone, I was hoping I could hear some stories or advice from those who've done this. Basically, I'm at Western now, and my SO and I hope to move back to Ottawa-Kanata region once I've completely finished my school. Normally I would try to get a 2L job in Ottawa and turn that into an articling position, but personal circumstances prevent me from leaving the London area until after I've graduated. So, my question is, how difficult is it to get an articling position far from your law school if you haven't had a position in that area before?
  10. I know someone who was accepted to Western two weeks before class started.
  11. I had similar stats, although I was finishing my four-year degree. I got in mid-February sometime last year. Providing admissions doesn't look too unfavorably on three years of undergrad versus four (and I really don't know whether they do) you should be in. If not, finish your degree with the same GPA and you'll almost certainly be in.
  12. My diagnostic (no real studying, but I did look at few question types etc) was a 159. By the time test-day was approaching I was PTing between 161-165). I ended up with a 163. If you're hoping to make more of an increase don't worry. This was only studying for three months, while I was a full time student, and writing the LSAT amidst my December exams. I've seen incredible increases in LSAT scores within a few months in individuals who put the effort in. I actually only wrote about four full practice tests. Since I was a little constrained for time, I would select my worst section type and do time exercises with those instead. By working on my worst section a little more thoroughly, that's where I saw about a 2-3 point increase in the overall score. I think I might have detected a little anxiety in your post (may have been wrong, though). If you're still in school don't hesitate to swing by the health department and get some tips on test anxiety. Good luck!
  13. I couldn't stop laughing at this for some reason. (Fellow 1L here... I, too, survived ADR).
  14. Someone in 1L made it in with lower undergrad grades, a Masters, and a 158 or 159 (I forget). They didn't make the cut until two weeks before school started, however.
  15. Quite simply, I believe it was the best administrative decision. The institution stands to gain nothing by participating in the 'oversensitivy' debate. However, administrative reasons aside, I'm declining to comment my opinion as to whether this was the 'right' call. You're thinking a little larger than what I focused my thoughts on, but if we're discussing the grander scheme of things as reason for a curriculum change, I concur. However, I believe Western could have mentioned that their curriculum was long overdue for some changes. Instead, the overall impression is that this change is purely a result of the incident, which only serves to further stigmatize the students. (However, perhaps this was also simply the best 'administrative' decision.) Side Note: The Dean issued a statement to all students and faculty today via email regarding the incident, including information on the curriculum changes. I realize anyone who didn't receive the statement is at a disadvantage to discuss. As well, anyone who doesn't attend Western may be out of the loop with regards to some of the (alleged - word of mouth) repercussions the students face, which have not been reported.
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