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  1. B+ might be okay. It's still quite competitive so around A- is probably ideal, but if you have a killer writing sample / lots of research experience then that would definitely offset a lower average. The interview is also very important - the judges want somebody who they can get along with. If you're interested in crim and family (and litigation in general) then Superior Court clerkship would probably be a better option for you over the Federal Court. Federal Court you'd be dealing with A LOT of intellectual property law as well as some immigration and just general admin here and there. Superior Court / ONCA will give you exposure to almost every kind of law, on the other hand. Nothing stopping you from doing more than one clerkship, either. The Superior Court only accepts articling students as clerks so if you want trial level experience definitely would encourage you to apply there for articling. Then after that you can go on to apply to the other Courts which allow non-articling students to clerk.
  2. Current student right now focusing on social justice/human rights law - PM me if you happen to have chosen Western and would like to learn more!
  3. I work 15 hours a week for one job - 10 a month for another - am on about 4 clubs and still keep up a high average w/ lots of time for social events! It really just depends on your ability to time manage but it is 100% doable and very helpful to have the extra cash/a job to go back to in the summer! Only thing i will say is that I do not work during the last couple of weeks in December and April (midterm/exams). Im lucky enough to have a boss that allows me to do that, otherwise it would definitely get hard but hopefully you can work something out!
  4. I wouldn't focus on the streams they're not particularly relevant to the experience as a whole. You're right that the school is largely recognized as a business law school, and from my experience the majority of my classmates are interested in some sort of corporate law career, however, as a student who is not interested in that at all I've actually found it to be a huge advantage! My background in poli-sci has helped me beat the curve in public law courses, and I've been able to take advantage of a ton of the resources that the bis law kids aren't interested in. There are a ton of profs who have careers/specialize in public law and they're always open to having you crash their lunch hour and suck all the advice out of them. A ton of profs have also clerked for the SCC or other various courts and provide a lot of insight into the process if its something you're interested in. There are also a ton of courses that are social justice/history/politically focused so in terms of the education it won't be too much different than any other school and the profs are AMAZING. There are also a ton of groups and clubs to join, conferences to attend, events, moots, jobs etc. that are not at all focused on business law that you can take advantage of. Even though the school does have this rep you really don't feel that when you're here! So far I've found it to be the perfect environment to help me jump start a public law career!
  5. Living arrangements are great - there are a TON of affordable student apartments in London (although I would recommend living DT so you're close to the bars but still a good distance from campus) You do get a free bus pass w/ your tuition and the system is decent - not as efficient as TTC w/ the subway but it's still gets you from a-b. I drive to school every day but that also has its downside too because parking at the school is a nightmare and half. There are hacks to ensure you always get a spot, though (showing up at certain times/ beating the system w/ certain lots) London's a great city - it's no Toronto but it has about everything you could need. Nightlife is pretty nice, and there are a ton of great cafes to study at as well as things to do on free time. In terms of the school itself the atmosphere is great. I've found the profs to be BEYOND helpful in every regard and the staff are lovely. I've met with profs who I've never even had before to ask them for advice on moots / career etc and they're always more than happy to do what they can to support the students. There is a real sense of camaraderie at the school, especially in light of the 22 person small group first year. Tons of clubs to join and the upper years are all extremely welcoming and supportive. There are bi-weekly pub nights that get the entire school out together, and there are always fun events being hosted at the school (w/ more free pizza than you could every imagine). I chose Western over Queens myself for a number of other reasons, but it all comes down to what the right fit for you is! Helps to visit the schools as well before making a decision. Good luck!
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