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Everything posted by Shankar

  1. Lol how did a question about reading week turn into this nonsense? Anyway, there isn't fall reading week, but here is what goes on during the first three days of the first or second week of November: 1Ls: Alternative dispute resolution three day intensive (AKA waste of time). 2Ls: In-firm interviews to finish up the OCI process. 3Ls: Nothing The 2Ls and 3Ls usually take the rest of the week off too, but the 1Ls don't.
  2. That’s what you’re looking for. Join the class of 2022 group.
  3. They said the last one they accept is January. I think that’s pretty clear. Dont do it, you’re just going to waste everyone’s time.
  4. It’s a waste of time online class that serves no purpose. All of its assignments are graded on a pass/fail basis, but if you fail one you just do it again. Apparently they’re getting rid of it, so future students won’t have to worry about it.
  5. This gets asked every year and the answer is that it’s equally as competitive as recent years. There’s a reason that incoming class GPA and LSAT averages stay roughly the same year to year, and that reason is not that the schools have deemed those numbers to be the best and they’re going to get them every year regardless of how many 4.0 GPAs and 180 LSATs they have to reject.
  6. I had two bad years and got into a bunch of schools. You have two bad grades. You’re fine.
  7. Sorry, to work on Bay St you’ll have to go to a much more reputable and highly regarded school, like Leicester.
  8. 1) Mostly based on the final. The midterm will generally be around 30% and the final around 70% of your final grade. Some classes, particularly your small group class, will have a ~10% participation grade, but participation grades aren't significant. 2) Basically impossible. There are undergrad gold medallists who don't have straight As. I'm sure there are a couple people who have straight As, but no more than a couple. It's also worth noting that you don't really need straight As for anything. 3) I don't know how hard it is to get onto the journal, but I know there are quite a few spots. The research background probably helps, but it won't get you a spot by itself. They basically test everyone interested in the journal at the beginning of the year (they give you part of an article and you're asked to identify the errors) and then I believe the ones who did well are either interviewed or offered spots. I don't remember if there was an interview process or not. 4) Yeah, lots. 4(2)) Kinda, but I wouldn't recommend them because that's where all the undergrads live. Everyone I know either takes the bus or drives.
  9. Apparently, one was just made. When I say just made, I mean under a week ago. There's a list of upper year tutors for certain 1L classes that you can contact and they'll run tutoring sessions for you. It's $20/hour and sessions can have up to four students in them (so $5/hour minimum). The list of classes covered isn't very broad and definitely isn't comprehensive (lots of people can tutor Ethics apparently), but that might change as it becomes more established.
  10. If you're still in school, the only thing you need to send is your final grades for this semester. Otherwise, I wouldn't waste the time sending anything like the things you mentioned, because they probably won't even be read or added to your file. I'm fairly sure of that, but someone can correct me if I'm wrong. As for the tour, individual tours are given all the time. Getting invited by the Dean is possibly unique, but that likely depends on the school. Either way, there's basically no chance the tour will be given by the Dean, if that was what you were hoping for. If you're already admitted to the school, it's basically just an attempt by them to get you to go there. As for what you should expect, expect to go to the general admin desk and be greeted by a current student. The student will then take you around the school, talk about points of interest, possibly introduce you to some professors or people involved in the school's clinics if they're available, and answer questions you have. It's nothing special.
  11. I'm not totally sure what you're asking, but they won't go through your transcript to look at every individual grade and consider the grade and what kind of course it was in. They don't have time to do that for every applicant, and, even if they did, I'm pretty sure they'd be able to find a better use for that time. You'll probably want to recalculate your GPA though. It's very unlikely that an 81% average will translate to a 3.7-3.8, especially with at least two grades in the 60s in there.
  12. 1. London sucks. 2. The 1L schedule sucks. Second semester isn't too bad, but first semester didn't look very god for anyone unless you like being at school at 8 every morning and enjoy useless 1-2 hour breaks between classes that do nothing other than stretch out your day. 3. Relatively few clinic positions. 4. The party school reputation is pretty accurate. I enjoy it, but it's definitely not everyone's idea of fun. 5. Corporate focus. Again, can be seen as a positive or negative. 6. OTLATLS. 7. The law library closes relatively early. 8. Food in the law building sucks and is way too expensive. 9. January term is stupid. 10. Just going to drive home how much London sucks because it's worth two points and I can't think of an actual 10th one. The busses suck, especially after ~7:00 pm. The weather is always bad. Basically nothing is walking distance. There are some pretty rough areas of the city, but realistically there is no reason to be there at any point anyway (aside from O-week when they think it's a great idea to send you there to volunteer. Awesome idea.) Overall, I'd choose Western again if I could do it all over, but that's my list of things that suck. I'll elaborate on any of them if you want.
  13. It depends on what you're looking for. If you're looking to live in an actual house in an area where the undergrads like to live, then you're already late. If you're looking for a house in a more unpopular area, then I don't know. If you're looking for an apartment to either live by yourself or with a roommate, which is what most law students seem to do, then you still have lots of time before you even need to start looking. Tenants have to give 60 days notice to the landlord that they will not be renewing the lease, so I'd recommend starting to look for apartments during either the last week of May or the first week of June. That gives you the apartment for August, and in my experience a lot of the property management companies understand that you're a student and likely won't want to move in until some time in the second half of August, and they will either conveniently forget that someone is renting that apartment for August or will prorate the rent to when you actually move in. Let me know if you have any more specific questions. I spent a lot of time looking for a place last year.
  14. I believe that's correct. In that situation, the provisional acceptance to Ottawa becomes firm at the beginning of July, so that gives you an additional three months to be considered by the other schools assuming you haven't heard anything back from them. You probably already know this, but it's worth noting that provisionally accepting one offer to an Ontario school will automatically reject other offers you've already received from Ontario schools.
  15. Technically everyone saying that you can get admitted up until September are correct. But, more realistically, I'd start planning something to do other than law school for the next year if you haven't been accepted anywhere by May1. The deadline for everyone accepted before April 1 is April 1, so there usually is a wave after that at some point in April and classes are then almost always full after that.
  16. Regretted it even before I started. Seeing in August that I had to get up at 7-7:30 AM five days a week made me want to drop out and not become anything close to an adult. Seriously, I haven't and don't actually know of anyone who has regretted the decision. But I'm only a 1L, so that'll probably change in the next 2.5 years.
  17. I put this in the top right corner of both pages. I thought it was good. https://www.google.com/search?q=law+student+logo&rlz=1C5CHFA_enCA810CA816&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=XdRcVCfkFrQx0M%3A%2CcQMekyKTK5tnmM%2C_&usg=AI4_-kT5UkU2Qdf2VPNsySuUwLC4WPS45w&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwidjdLh3ZjgAhWN0YMKHemjBFcQ9QEwAHoECAAQBA#imgrc=mGjEM7U5n0p3KM: (Obviously I didn't do any of those things.)
  18. Thank you I plan on doing that in the future, but this was for something where applications are due today. I know, great time management on my part. Thank you, just changed it over to Comic Sans now. Also added a few logos and watermarks to really catch their eye.
  19. Ok, stupid question that I'm sorta embarrassed to even have to ask, but I've never had a real job before. I have a resume that I've used successfully, but I'm pretty sure it's not very good. To be clear, I'm not asking what to put on my resume, I know that much. I'm asking how it should be ordered. I'm thinking something like this: Education law school undergrad name and program Dean's list and other academic honour stuff Work Experience law school ambassador duties Past job duties Past other job duties Extracurriculars/Volunteer Involvement law school moot my one volunteer activity from undergrad Interests Three things I like to do Is that how a proper professional resume is formatted? I guess my one specific question is whether the ambassador thing should be put under work experience or extracurriculars. Thanks for answering my very stupid question.
  20. You have to convert each grade separately and then create an average from that. I went to uottawa for undergrad and from my experience a 7.7 would likely convert to about a 3.4 on the OLSAS scale.
  21. Agree, probably not much at all. It's anecdotal, but I had two relatively crappy letters and received acceptances. Take from that what you will.
  22. I didn't do a law BA, but I took a bunch (about 8 ) undergrad law classes. They're useless. Sure, I had a bit of background knowledge on Morgentaler, Bedford, knew some division of power stuff and learned a bit about negligence, which helped for the first 15 mins those topics were discussed in class but everything was new beyond that. So, effectively, they helped for about 45 minutes of constitutional this semester, 15 minutes of criminal, and were no help at all in property, torts, and contracts. Take it if it interests you and you can do well, but don't do it only if you think it'll give you some sort of advantage in 1L or beyond.
  23. It's counted as a full course load. I did 4 courses in each semester of 3rd year and it wasn't a problem.
  24. Only basing this on the very little bit I can tell about you from your post history on here, so take it with a grain of salt. But I'd recommend you don't live on campus simply because you seem like someone who needs to mentally escape from school. Living off campus can give you the mental break that living on campus and seeing the library out your window may not. It's totally fine if that is something you need, it's a lot better to be comfortable than constantly worried. Also, don't worry about readings. I did none for a good 6 week stretch between mid September and the end of October and I still managed to do the vast majority of them. I have been doing 12 hour study days since about the last week of classes, but that's only because I screwed myself and took 6 weeks off. Either way, exams have been going fine, so whatever. You'll also have summaries and other things to supplement your own notes. Some of them are very helpful, some of them are not. You'll figure it out for yourself, but you'll never need to study more than a few hours a day to stay caught. I'll qualify all that I said above with that I don't go to McGill, but I doubt the workload between schools is significant.
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