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  1. For what it's worth, there will probably still be plenty of offers made in the coming weeks and months. Last year, they had a large batch of interviews in June. Sit tight, I'm sure you'll hear from them soon!
  2. Oh I forgot about orientation to law. OTL is a class you have twice a week until the middle of October. Basically they take a breadth of topics and give you a 1.5hr lecture on each of those topics. Topics include: what the common law is (and its history), the Quebec civil code, african nova scotians, Aboriginal law-ish, etc. You will find no 2L who is a stranger to giving their opinion on that course next year. It's a bit of a running joke, in my opinion.
  3. September-January (at least my section did). But you're given an assignment around December which is due on March 1st (usually).
  4. In 1L you'll take Contracts, Criminal, Torts (one of those will be a small group class), plus property and public law. Those are full year classes that run September-April. Then you'll have an intensive intro to legal ethics which is run over three days in October (Wed-Friday was this year -- great course if you get prof. Shapiro). Then you'll have legal research and writing which runs to around the end of January, with an assignment due at the beginning of March. Other than that you have aboriginal law in context which is a few days at the beginning of each semester.
  5. There used to be. There is no longer a limit. But some schools will average your results (very rare in Canada).
  6. You really shouldn't look at it as: What LSAT score do I need to get into X. You should be aiming for the highest LSAT score you can get. A 160 should be the baseline that every candidate strives for at a minimum. You have a pretty strong L2 GPA. With that and some decent references a 160 should be enough. But aim for higher, obviously.
  7. I agree with you and @pzabbythesecond re: my comment. It was hastily made and suggested something that I now don't believe to be the right course. I apologize for my obviously glaring error there. It certainly should not be limited for those it was intended. But, as you say, it has become something different. Perhaps I'd suggest some reforms might be necessary to better reflect that original goal, but that's likely for a different thread.
  8. In fairness, I'm sure it's possible that some of these individuals might have decided they wanted to attend law school after their undergrad program had concluded. On this topic: I really can't support this program from Ryerson. It really does seem to be taking advantage of the fact that there exists a large number of applicants who currently aren't competitive in Canada and will happily pay exorbitant prices to dodge having to go to the UK or Australia. This will only deepen the divide between internationally accredited students and Canadian-trained students, in my opinion. Potentially hot take: in order to increase the number of law students trained in Canada from the current amount, there should be an equal decrease in the number of students accepted through the NCA process.
  9. I'm a 1L from Ontario attending Dal now. Many of my classmates are from Atlantic Canada (54%), and many of them are not from the Halifax area. If Truro or Cape Breton are dying for lawyers, who do you think is more likely to go to those regions: the person from Truro or Cape Breton, or the person from Ontario who doesn't even know where those places are? Well said.
  10. It's mandatory to have a laptop that you can use for exams. For class, everyone brings their laptop (most people use Macs, but PCs are common). Not everyone takes notes off of that computer during class (maybe 2-4% of people take handwritten notes).
  11. Hey, sorry. I did not! I think it's probably worth going to the event, though. Not only will it give you a chance to check out the school, but it could give you a chance to scout out the city for potential areas in which you'd like to live. As someone who had to figure out where they were living before actually getting to NS, google maps can be incredibly misleading, especially if you plan to walk to class (Halifax has a lot of very large and steep hills).
  12. I'm only in 1L, so I can't comment on the validity of finishing in December. I do know that the Legal Aid Clinic course is available in third year. It comes pretty highly recommended as a great way to get hands-on experience with family/youth criminal law. The downside to what you've quoted is that it isn't paid or anything. So you miss out on a chance to work in 2L Summer.
  13. Nobody dresses up for class. I mean, I won't say that people come to class in sweatpants (that hasn't been my experience by and large). From time to time people will dress nicely in class if they've got an interview that day, or something. But everyone pretty much dresses and acts like they did in undergrad. The description everyone at Dal seems to give is that it's a very "collegial" atmosphere. People work together on things, and there's no sense of competition or animosity that I've experienced. For example, we're all in 1L moot mode at the moment. While we're "competing" for marks, essentially, people are still working together to make the best things they can. I would say people are really friendly. I definitely wouldn't classify it is "cliquey" at all. There are an abundance of opportunities to meet people (Pro Bono opportunities, Thursday night Domus, etc.).
  14. Dal doesn't care about cumulative. L2 and LSAT are all that matters. I'd be shocked if you didn't get in with a 3.99 and a 160. If Dal is all you want, I don't think you need to rewrite. If you get a 165 there's almost no chance of rejection.
  15. The balance is really up to you, and how much work you want to put in. I will say that it is very possible to do well and have something of a life at the same time. I can't give you specific times because it really depends on the time of year and how quickly you're able to absorb the material. First semester you really don't have much to do outside of one weekend for your small class assignment, and exams. Obviously there are readings to keep up with, but a balance can be struck. Second semester, at least so far, has been a different story. The time commitment has been much larger and expectations are a bit higher. Late January and late February seem to be the busiest so far. tl;dr you can have time for yourself if you make time for yourself. And you should.
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