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  1. Exactly. In my experience, all courses you've successfully registered for will appear under the respective semester, but grades won't go up until grades are approved and posted.
  2. Absolutely, 100% necessary. You'll thank yourself in upper years (ex: think major paper).
  3. Oh I’m not familiar with Harvard Ready. If you’ve heard goos things, then it might be a good program! I think I did Oxford seminars or something like that. The only way to know if it’s worth it is to do it!
  4. I got into Queen's and Western with a 3.39 CGPA (even with a downward trend!, probably closer to 3.0 in the last year) and a 161/165 in 2017. Didn't apply to uOttawa so I can't speak for them. Like everyone else says, focus on the LSAT. And remember that you could always retake the LSAT later on (I think universities generally accept the February sitting results). If you can crack 160, you have a decent shot. Also, I don't know if you've thought about it, but you could consider looking at LSAT tutors as opposed to prep courses. Tutors would likely focus their lessons on your areas needing improvement. Since LSAT questions often come in a few "categories", a tutor might help you identify ones with which you have more difficulty, which ultimately might help you get a few more questions right per section (which can drastically improve your score). Might be more pricey, though. That said, I paid a ton for an LSAT prep course years ago, and I didin't find it particularly helpful. Everyone is different!
  5. I agree with the post above mine. No point in worrying about the format/content of assignments and exams at this point, because it won't really help you at all. At most, it will add unnecessary stress to the 1L experience. Focus on getting settled in, making friends, doing the readings and you will be fine. For now, you should try to enjoy what may be one of your last "free" summers before you embark on the law school "train". Thinking about assignment type and format may only be helpful beyond 1L, because you can often select courses for 2L and 3L with your preferred exam/assignment formats (keeping in mind certain requirements for obtaining your degree (ex: major paper requirement, oral advocacy, etc.). But again, that's just a maybe.
  6. So I counted as well, and got 137 cum laude, 19 magna cum laude and 7 summa cum laude out of about 356 graduates of the common law program (which I think listed some national program graduates). By those numbers, cum laude is top 46%, magna was top 7% and summa was too 2%. Quite a contrast...by that makes sense when you consider cum laude is 7-7.9, but magna and summa are only 0.5 apart.
  7. Seeing as this year's convocation ceremonies are all available online, I might just count how many come up for the class...I suppose that's one way of doing it.
  8. I know this question has been asked before, but I thought it might be worth bringing up again. Does anyone know how many students in each graduating class tend to receive latin honours (cum laude, magna cum laude and suma cum laude)? I know the grade point averages required for each (7-7.99, 8-8.49, and 8.5+, respectively) but I have no clue how many students actually get them. It's hard to assess the "value" of each distinction. What makes things more difficult is the larger class size at uOttawa (300 vs 200 at most schools). How does a uOttawa Law latin honour compare to another faculty's honours? If I had to guess, I'd say cum laude is around the top 25-30% of students (or about 90 students); magna cum laude is around 10% (or about 30 students); and summa around 2-5% (or about 6-15 students). But that's just my impression...any thoughts?
  9. I think both are great schools. And remember that at the end of the day, it's not really the law school itself that matters; it's what you make of your law school experience that determines where you go and what you do in the next phase of your life. It's important to get away from the strict "reputation" comparison we all make as 0Ls. I'm a uOttawa graduate, for the record. That said, I think the answer depends on a number of factors. Western is certainly known for its corporate courses (particularly given its proximity to the Ivey School of Business). But uOttawa also has a wide range of courses in business and corporate law, many of which are taught by practitioners. Western is closer to Toronto, which can be nice if that's what you're looking for. London, ON, is a much smaller town than Ottawa, and has a community/party scene similar to Queen's. uOttawa is a bigger city with less of a party scene. But its got a lot of amenities. Depends on what you want. You also don't want to undervalue how far each school is from your home, which will determine the commute time every time you go back. For example, I lived in Ottawa prior to law school. My main choice for 1L was between Western and Queen's, and I opted for the latter because of its proximity. I couldn't see myself driving or taking the train for 6-8 hours every time I wanted to go home. I also think it's easier to live within walking distance to campus in Ottawa versus Western, which requires more public transit. Something I like more about Western, however, is the smaller class and faculty size. uOttawa has 100 more students per year in English common law, but the faculty building also accommodates French common law students, civil law students and combined students. I find that the uOttawa faculty building was waaaayyyy too overcrowded for my liking. But that may or may not be important to you. Rent in Ottawa and London I suspect is different, so that's something to consider. I also think Western is more likely to provide financial assistance and acceptance bursaries than uOttawa, if that matters. I think tuition is roughly the same.
  10. I agree with everyone else that you need not worry about this too much, especially not at this point. Heading into 1L I knew that I needed to be focused and committed to doing the work and readings. But I also knew it was important not to get caught up in all the hype and competition. I think the most important factor (as noted above) is doing the readings and staying up to date on the readings. That is, read assigned materials before the class in which they'll be discussed. This way you'll be able to focus more during class on intricacies and nuances you might otherwise miss if you're hearing about the case for the first time during the lecture. Another important thing to note is that you probably won't have any clue what you're reading for the first month or couple of months. I remember my torts class when my prof asked us to state the issues in a number of cases, and we ALL got them wrong. It's incredibly difficult to read a case an distinguish the relevant issues and facts from the less important or even irrelevant ones. I think you just need to read a lot of cases to be able to recognize how judges write (which can differ a lot, especially in older cases - see any 19th century shipping case in Contracts), and to identify particular writing patterns. Understanding how judges write helps you understand how they reason, which in turn will help you spot issues more effectively and understand how they deal with those issues. As for case briefs, start out simple. Just put in the concise facts (mostly so you can remember the case later), issues (if they're obvious) and then some lines about the court's conclusions and how you think they reached them. You will probably review the cases in class, at which point you can see what you missed and add it to your summary. Over time, you develop that skill of issue spotting and understanding judges' reasoning. But I would caution that writing case briefs isn't necessarily the most important thing either, at least not when you're reading them. I learned over my law school years (just finished 3L) that profs usually end up going over the important cases in class. In 1L, I spent SOOOOOO much time summarizing cases as I read them, and it was driving me mad. So I stopped writing them. I did all the readings, showed up to class, and took down whatever was discussed. This made me feel much less overwhelmed, and I knew that I was taking down the important stuff. As for exams, it's good to know that profs do things differently. Most exams will have "fact pattern questions" (i.e. here is a scenario where a bunch of stuff happens to people and you need to identify the issues and answer them based on the course material). Some profs will tell you the questions or the issues to address. Some will just say "discuss". When you're addressing certain issues (ex: was someone negligent), some profs want you to analogize the fact pattern with cases you've seen to demonstrate why a certain legal principle applies or not - this involves a good comparison of facts (ex: in X case, the court said Y was negligent because of A, B and C...here, A, B are not present, and C is questionable...blabla…). Meanwhile, some profs only want you to state the rule without citing a particular case or referring to any facts (ex: the evidence about what the defendant's friend said is not admissible because it violates the Hearsay Rule). All in all, profs will expect different things. To summarize, go into 1L with a positive spirit and know that you can do it. It may take you a few weeks, a few months, or even the entire year to learn how to think like a law student. But that's what you're learning - how to think. It's not about the law per se, because the law will change. What will not change is how you need to think. So focus on understanding the readings, doing the work, and asking questions when you don't understand something. Don't compare yourself to others - focus on you.
  11. Depends where the Court is in terms of hiring by seniority. Could be that the judges above the one that interviewed you haven’t made their hires. Also, I think delays are possible with the current situation. I wouldn’t count yourself out until end of April.
  12. The S/NS option is the equivalent of credit/no credit at uOttawa. There is no distinction other than one meets the requirements for credits or they don’t. But I agree employers who don’t know that much detail may look at it a few times...
  13. I received two invites in March last year (one on the 12th and the other I don’t remember). I wouldn’t give up yet!
  14. I wasn’t in the Calgary/Edmonton recruit, but I landed a summer job with a firm who interviewed me dead last. I don’t think when you’re scheduled matters (subject to psychological biases the interviewers may have). What matters is how you present yourself when it’s your turn to interview.
  15. So not looking good then for those without invites...
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