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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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  17. As usual, Grisham and I will disagree on this one. To my knowledge Queen's offers at least 4 tax courses, you just have to remember not every course is offered every year. They have: Taxation (every year), Corporate Taxation (this year), Tax Policy (this year), and International Taxation (next year). Western lists 5 courses but says "Note: Not all courses are offered each year." I would agree with the notion that Queen's is growing the business program. Part of Professor's Khimji's (formerly of Western) mandate is to help the program grow and he has only been at Queen's for one year. I would disagree that that has not shown up in course selection. There are two new courses for next year: Accounting & The Law and Private Equity Law. These are on top of the courses mentioned by Mountebank plus Securities, Corporate Governance, Franchise Law, Corporate Finance and Competition Law.
  18. I heard the Dean speaking recently and acknowledged that although Queen's has some very strong faculty in certain areas, they would like to have more faculty and plan to increase the number by 4 or 5 over the next year or so. As far as my experience with profs, I have had some duds and some that I've really liked. Of my 5 first year profs I would say 1 was bad, 2 were good and the last 2, I would be happy to sit and listen to for hours. This year would be a similar breakdown. I guess it depends what you mean by "Business Profs". I'm exactly sure which two profs you are referring to (I'm assuming Khimji and Njoya). But I wouldn't be too concerned that your professors may have gone to Oxford, Cambridge, or LSE. I would definitely take a look at Prof. Henderson's bio. And to a lesser extent Profs. Lamp, Karton and Dean Flanagan who all have areas of interest that touch on business.
  19. Did you ever move out during your time at Western or live at home for the full degree? I think there is a lot to be said for getting out of the house at some point before you begin your career. Yes, it is going to make the next 3 years more expensive, but it could also open you up to many experiences that you wouldn't get otherwise. If it is a straight dollars and cents thing, you should stay home. But since you're asking the question - I'd say you should move away.
  20. Same building but this year they have been marketing it as 655. They decided they didn't like 663 anymore. http://www.thewhig.com/2016/07/27/confusion-reigns-over-princess-street-address
  21. This is who you'd be dealing with: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/kingston-fire-leads-to-22-charges-against-2-companies-3-people-1.2747394
  22. I will echo almost everything Mountebank said above and just add a comment. Having done my undergrad at Western and now at QL I think one big difference will be your housing. All you have to do is look at a map to realize that it is possible to live much closer to campus at Queen's than you can at Western. Also, Western's campus is much bigger so living close to campus does not mean you're close to the law building if you live east of campus. Another difference is the location of campus relative to downtown. At Queen's you can easily live close to campus and downtown - at Western you kind of have to pick one or the other. However, I think London's transit is probably better (but I didn't use it a ton in either city) because of the increased size/resources and because students are more spread out in London than Kingston, I think you will find rent a little cheaper in London (but not by a lot).
  23. I remember seeing a tweet recently from Professor Doorey at Osgoode taking issue with the term "union boss" (vs Union President) because of the negative stereotype. Things like this do not help that stereotype.
  24. I have the same CDO as Grisham and have almost exclusively good things to say. Most of my interactions have been with one counselor and I have nothing to praise for the help they gave me. I met with them to discuss cover letters, resumes, and between OCIs and in-firm week. I ended up placing with a large Bay St firm. I felt as though they were personally invested in my success and helping me land where I wanted to land. I have lots of other friends that share those experiences. I do think that the CDO puts too many resources into the Toronto OCI process, which is understandable for lots of reasons (external reputation, donation $$, pressure from students, etc). I just feel like as an "institution" they put too much of a focus on this. I always wonder how much of the pressure for OCIs is driven by students and how much is created by the CDO. For example, a few days after job offers went out for the 2L recruit they held a session called "Life After OCIs", as if it was some sort of a death sentence. However, on an individual level the folks in the CDO will be stoked for you no matter where/when you land a position. Highlights of the CDO: Cover letter and resume sessions (one on one), getting info out about formal recruits, and running the job shadow program. Lowlights: Relying too heavily on paid/volunteering students to do preliminary resume reviews, over emphasizing Toronto OCIs, and lack of transparency about hiring numbers.
  25. Last year I lived in an area not far from campus but pretty far from downtown. I paid $775 inclusive for a 1 bedroom unit in the basement of a house. This year I am on the main floor of a house in a 1 bedroom unit just north of the student ghetto and pay $850/mo inclusive. Neither of my places were luxurious but they also weren't dumpy. As said above, it can be a little tougher if you're not in town because things can move quickly. I got my place for 1L on April 30. I also know people that showed up the last week of August and started looking for places. It really depends on your personality and the kind of apartment that you're looking for!
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