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  1. I've never lived in any of the dorms at U of M, but a friend lived there and it seemed alright. It's set up more like an apartment than the other ones I've been in (Speechly, Pembina, Tache [which I think no longer exists]), so it's a little less of a dorm vibe. You would need a roommate, but at least you'd have your own kitchen area.
  2. As far as "hip" areas, I'd check around West Broadway, Osborne Village, and the Exchange District. None of them are particularly close to school, but they are all doable by bus (although again, Winnipeg Transit can be unreliable sometimes). You can definitely find a one bedroom in your price range in WB or Osborne...the Exchange (where I live) is probably the most up-and-coming of the three areas, but it's largely condos—and the grocery situation is not the best. I have a pretty cheap apartment in a co-op building that allows pets though, so you can get lucky every now and then. If you want more details about my particular place, feel free to message me.
  3. You get to pick your own 1L profs now? Dang. Lucky! I mostly agree with Jethro, but I'll double down anyway: Torts: Irvine is by far the way to go—most entertaining class I've had to date. I had Porcin for Copyright and actually liked her, but that's sort of her area, and I've heard she's a nightmare teaching anything else. Never had Schulz. Constitutional: I also had Gunn and didn't care for her personality, though she definitely knows the material. I've heard Whitecloud's constitutional knowledge is a bit patchy, but I've never had her. Craft seems like a very nice person but I've never had her for anything either. Contracts: I had Shariff for the last few months of my first year when my original prof had to take a leave. If that hadn't happened, I think my grade would have been much worse. She's a really good prof, and she takes the time to make sure everyone gets it. Really nice person, too. I've heard Curran is also good, but I've never had him for anything and I'd still aim for Shariff. Crim: I didn't have Khoday for Crim, but I did have him for Admin in 2L. I like him, though he does expect a lot and marks pretty hard. Jochelson seems like he knows his shit, but I've never had him. Never had Milward either, but by reputation I'd avoid him. Property: Aim for Short. I'm convinced he's the only one there who fully understands Property. He spends more time on real property (land) than personal property (other stuff), which is by far the harder area to get a grasp of. I haven't taken Trusts yet, but I've heard a lot of it is recap if you do Property with Short. He is a pretty tough marker, but he at least is able to answer any questions you have. Irvine would be my second choice, though I've heard he spends a lot of time on personal property, which is kind of unnecessary. I don't care for Fainstein much. Legal Systems: It was a pass/fail rather than a graded course when I took it, but I had Turnbull and it was a breeze. Never had Labman, but she seems like a very good prof too.
  4. No, there'll still be stuff available. I highly recommend you apply for MB Student Aid as soon as you have proof of registration and all that, because there are a few awards Robson Hall gives out that are needs based—you're not eligible without having taken out student loans. There's also stuff you can apply for that is made available at the beginning of the school year. Some of it requires an application (maybe including a short essay), some I think you're entered into automatically. There's a full (?) list here. EDIT: Oh, I should mention though that some of these awards don't kick in right away, so you might still be on the hook for tuition for the first term, and any award will just come off your balance for the next term (or next year). I would recommend not paying tuition off until pretty close to the deadline because of this...gives them more time to kick in.
  5. Maybe not, although I think it depends on how well other people in your year are doing. One of my friends finished first year with one B+ and 4 As and didn't make the cut, so I suspect the dean's list cutoff for our first year probably required straight As at minimum. Although I still echo the "relax" sentiment.
  6. I was hoping to avoid the phone thing somehow, because frankly I don't trust my cell provider to not screw me over on roaming charges—and also I don't know what reception will be like—but I guess that does seem like the easiest solution overall. Thanks folks.
  7. I'm a 2L and am planning on taking a course internationally this May that I will get credit for in 3L. While doing a bit of articling research yesterday, I realized Call Day falls on the day after that course ends—meaning I'll either be on a plane that day, or still in a country with an ~8 hour time difference. Has anybody been similarly out of reach on Call Day, and if so how did you handle it? My only thought at this point in time is maybe putting a note in each cover letter I send out requesting to be contacted by email instead...but I'm not sure how that would be received. Another option, I guess, is cancelling the trip. I haven't bought my flight tickets yet (which is the majority of the cost), but I have sunk a bit of money into it in the form of applications and such, and would obviously really rather not have to do that. Any tips appreciated!
  8. Grades take a while to come back, if I recall correctly. It depends on the prof—some take longer than others—but it'll likely be a couple weeks into winter term. I believe the faculty does send out an email, but it's just as likely some keener will post that grades are up on Facebook before you even get that email.
  9. I've always liked arguing just for the sake of arguing. People have been telling me since I was a kid "you should be a lawyer," but I always hated the idea. My plan all throughout university was to ultimately do a PhD in my field and teach at a university. I got through an MA and decided a PhD was going to be too much work for such an uncertain job market, and got a totally unrelated full time job instead. After a couple years, I got bored/realized it was unfulfilling and decided to give law school a try. I'm going into my second year now and still don't really know if I want to be a lawyer, but I feel better about career options after I'm done school, and I'm confident I'd be a good lawyer anyway.
  10. Yeah, me neither. A couple people, perhaps, but on the whole everyone is super friendly and willing to help you out if you need it.
  11. A lot of people in my class brought their partners to just about every social event we had throughout the year and we sort of accepted them all as honorary law students by the end of the year. It probably depends more on the kind of people your classmates are than anything else—luckily my class was really friendly and not a bunch of cutthroat jerks.
  12. Update: all are gone now except for Crim.
  13. As for areas of the city, a lot of people seem to have an aversion to downtown and the Exchange (or anything north) because they're seen as a little scuzzier. I've always lived downtown and in Osborne, and I've never had an issue. You will see panhandlers and homeless people, and every now and then there's some kind of violent incident, but it's really not as bad as people in the suburbs make it out to be. I'm a tall dude, though, so I recognize I might not be getting hassled because of that. I live in the Exchange now, which is pretty much the heart of downtown, and I don't find the transit commute too bad. It's about a ten minute walk to get to a stop, and only about 20 minutes to get to school (sometimes slower, sometimes faster). It's one bus. Getting back can take a little longer if it's around rush hour. It would definitely eat up less of your day to live closer to campus (like in res or on Pembina somewhere), but if you like to get out and do stuff, I personally wouldn't. That area can be kind of a pain to get to in the evening, and most of the fun stuff is more central. Rent really depends on where you're looking. In my experience, the $1000 for a one bedroom Radche suggested seems a little high, but I also haven't looked in a couple years and don't generally seek out the newest and nicest places anyway. My one bedroom is about $650, and I'd say that centrally (the Exchange, downtown, West Broadway, even Osborne), the average for a one bedroom is probably in the $750-$900 range.
  14. This year all three sections of Property are using Principles of Property of Law, 6th ed by Ziff, and all Constitutional Law sections are using Canadian Constitutional Law, 4th ed by Bakan. (And not to be that guy, but I am selling both.) I would really recommend not reading anything law related before class starts. Don't burn yourself out on reading until at least December.
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