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  1. Would just add a couple of things to the great information above. If you are applying for 1L summer jobs, the interviews could be during the February reading week and may not be flexible. Alternatively, if you are doing the job shadow program through the CDO, it may be easier to schedule your shadow day during reading week. I wouldn't forgo a vacation for this, but if you are just sitting around the house, it can be a valuable use of a day. Re: clinics. Generally, you can still do as you please during reading week. You can usually let your clients know that you will be unavailable or less available during that week. Sometimes people have to stay back for hearings or choose to stay around because without classes it is much easier to schedule client meetings but that is the exception, not the rule.
  2. Check the thread linked below. Lots of podcast discussion.
  3. I know it is easy to say but you shouldn't feel like a failure. It is a very competitive market out there and I know of classmates still looking. Hopefully others can chime in with specific advice but I would just encourage you to keep talking to people and to keep your ear to the ground. It sounds like you are doing all of the right things so hopefully soon things will line up for you. Best of luck!
  4. Most first year courses are full year. The exceptions are Public and Constitutional which will often be taught by the same instructor but you will complete Public in 1st semester and Constitutional in 2nd. Most course will be 100% finals or a fail-safe midterm and a final. Some professors may have some smaller assignments but in first year, the final will always carry the majority of the weight. I know there is a push to get away from 100% finals but I'm not sure if that has happened. Hopefully a current 1L can chime in on their breakdown this year.
  5. I would think that one reason is many students don't know anyone in Kingston upon arrival. Lots of people are less comfortable sharing a space with someone they just met online or never met at all. I am aware of students that lived alone in first year and then met some friends that they moved in with for 2nd and 3rd years. Also you have to remember that people are at different stages of life. For example, if you have been working for a few years and living on your own, you might not be eager to seek a roommate when returning to school. That being said, people have definitely met on the QL Facebook group before and lived together in first year. Others may know someone in another program or are happy to just move into a place not knowing who they might be sharing it with. I have lived on my own for all 3 years. It was definitely more expensive than having a roommate but I don't regret it. I think it comes down to personality. If 42% live alone, presumably that means that more than half of students are looking for a roommate so if it is something that you want, you shouldn't have a problem.
  6. I would agree more with leafs_law than Constant. There are definitely reasons to look outside of the "University District" but it all comes down to personal preference. I am slightly north of Princess and have a 12 minute walk to school, about 5 minutes to the hub/Metro. I love the location because it is close to everything I need but still quiet. I do not find it to be sketchy at all but may be approaching it from a different perspective than others. Having said that, I would highly recommend being within walking distance so when you ask if you should be looking at areas further from Queen's, I would say no.
  7. Before 1L I got my place right at the end of April. I looked at the place I am in now around early-mid February. Both leases started May 1. If you are interested in the Homestead waterfront properties, I would reach out to them sooner rather than later.
  8. Perhaps, but jmac wouldn't be doing their duty as a law student if they didn't mention what a disaster the course was. Hopefully with Osgoode being less of a commute, the course will have some consistency and the Osgoode class will have a better experience.
  9. Here is one from 2013 that I think most of last year's class used as a starting point. There were a few changes to the syllabus last year but I think this will still be helpful. Obviously is someone has a more up-to-date version to share, that would be good. Edit: that link is not working, give me a sec. Edit2: Should be good now.
  10. I lived in 3A of this map in first year. The walk to school wasn't too bad but if there was a day I had to be at school for a couple of things that were spread out, it was always hard to get the motivation to go back the second time. I don't think the worst part will be the commute to school, it will be getting to/from downtown. If you plan on taking in the restaurants/cafes/bars that Kingston has to offer (which you should), you might want to increase your budget for cabs.
  11. It was not the school's fault but this is absolutely not true. The Mac update that caused the problem came out March 24. ExamSoft e-mailed the school April 10, the school forwarded the e-mail April 11. The first day of exams were April 13.
  12. Going into 3L and I think this is a very fair assessment and agree with almost all of it, just wanted to add some comments. 1. I completely agree with this. Even things like Pro Bono projects are competitive. There are a great breadth of practical opportunities but that doesn't mean they will be available to everyone, which can be disappointing. Maybe DOJ internships have lots of positions. But clinics, moots, Pro Bono, journals, etc are not a shoe-in. 4. I think this is a fair criticism of the CDO. They will fill a panel with high achievers who certainly have a perspective to share. There is a segment of the class that needs to hear about how to juggle in-firm week when you have 7 interviews, two dinners and a lunch. But other people just need to hear about turning that one OCI into a job. Or how things differ at smaller firms/boutiques. Also, having a session called "Life After OCIs" is inappropriate and insulting to people that have no interest in what "OCI firms" have to offer. 6. One of the other posters suggested as more corporate classes are offered, there may be a decrease in other subject areas. I don't think this will be the case. The school just posted for 5 tenure-stream faculty from any background. I think there will still be lots of faculty to teach in all subject areas.
  13. Most people that study at Queen's will end up working in Toronto. I am not from Toronto, but I am currently summering here. I can't speak from my experience of travelling back and forth on weekends but lots of people do. There are buses that leave right from campus. Otherwise, the bus and train stations are both pretty accessible, either by public transit (a bit of a pain) or fairly affordable cab.
  14. When I was going into 1L our schedules got posted to Solus during July. We were able to figure out our sections by comparing our schedule to the timetable. I think it was mid-late July though, so still a bit of wait.
  15. 1) Your timeline is off. OCI applications are due mid-late August. Interviews won't be until the school year starts. Depending on how much time there is between the end of your job and the application deadline, you might want to start working on cover letters while you are working. I don't think that is necessary though. 2) There will be opportunities outside of the OCI process throughout the semester. 3) You should absolutely still apply. 4) The OCI process in a TL;DR - apply in August, on campus interview in Sept or Oct depending on when your school is scheduled, in-firm interviews in Nov. You do not need to leave your summer job early.
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