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  1. This is incorrect. You may know this now—which is perhaps why you prefaced your comment with: 'I was told by a colleague.' But for the sake of future readers, the Law Society's Guide to Licensing Examinations states: "The passing mark represents a single overall score for the Licensing Examination; candidates are not required to individually pass separate sections or areas of law on a Licensing Examination." https://lso.ca/becoming-licensed/lawyer-licensing-process/licensing-examinations/guide-to-licensing-examinations
  2. All five law schools (and every law school in Canada) will provide you with a great legal education. The advantage of the 'higher ranked' schools (such as UBC, U of T, and Osgoode) is the increased odds of landing a position with a large firm or obtaining an appellate clerkship. However, I don't think that where you go to law school really matters for criminal law. Crown recruitment is meritorious; you either do well in the substantive recruitment process or you don't. I also don't think that your choice of law school matters if your goal is crim defence. Your goal should likely be minimizing debt if you want to work in that field. Posters who work in crim defence can correct me if i'm mistaken.
  3. Very cheap tuition and the beauty of BC. Also, while I don't give much weight to Canadian law school rankings, UBC, McGill, Toronto, and Osgoode are the best schools.. I would say that the cost of Toronto and Osgoode outweigh the added benefit of any ranking though. But if you can go to UBC (or McGill for that matter) and want to live in Vancouver (or Montreal), I definitely would... Going to school in Ottawa did not negatively affect my job prospects. My law school friends and acquaintances will be articling in just about every type of legal setting available in various different markets across Canada.
  4. Yeah I just graduated from Ottawa. I agree with Mal re: deciding where you want to live. Along with cost, choosing where you want to live would be my primary concern. I really liked Ottawa. Re: class size: I didn't mind the large program. The class is split into three 'large groups' in first year. You take all of your 1L courses with your large group. (In addition, you have one class with your 'small group'—which constitutes 1/4 of your 'large group': approx. 25 students.) So the JD program felt smaller than it actually was. As noted above, I enjoyed the upper year course breadth—which is a direct result of the large program size. However, I do agree with Mal. If you personally prefer a small program, then go elsewhere. If it was an option, I probably would have went to UBC!!
  5. Ottawa also has a prison 'clinic': https://commonlaw.uottawa.ca/en/students/student-centre/course_search_engine (see CML2179FC). It doesn't garner much attention because it only started last year... Ottawa also has some great constitutional law profs. See for e.g.: C. Mathen, P. Oliver, A. Dodek, K. Kirkup, J. Magnet, V. MacDonnell, etc. Paul Daly also just joined the faculty. There are others who I'm forgetting. That's not to say that other schools don't have great constitutional law profs; most Canadian law schools have several faculty members specializing in constitutional law... However, because of its high JD enrolment numbers, Ottawa can offer tons of upper year course options. There are always a few interesting con / crim law seminars offered. (Again, I'm not implying that this isn't available at other schools as well...) If you're interested in constitutional / criminal law, I would avoid the expensive Toronto schools.
  6. This is made even further murky by the divisibility of the Crown within the Canadian federation. One Queen of Canada, but eleven Crowns (or more technically, one 'Crown in right of Canada' and ten 'Crowns in right of (insert province)'). But yes, you swear allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen of Canada, who is advised by eleven distinct ministerial councils. Note: Read Liquidators of the Maritime Bank v Receiver General of New Brunswick, [1892] AC 437 (not on CanLii, unfortunately) for the seminal authority on the divisibility of the Canadian Crown.
  7. When I was in first year, we weren't issued personal credentials for Westlaw and Quicklaw until October. However, you can gain access to Westlaw (and Quicklaw) through the Brian Dickson Law Library's remote campus connection. You just need your student ID (i.e. what comes before your uOttawa.ca email address) and your password. The library's remote Westlaw connection is actually better than the normal student access: e.g. it has access to additional ProView texts. I wouldn't purchase the McGill Guide this year. As another poster noted, the only reason to purchase the text is for Prof. Mallet's legal research exam. As there won't be a legal research exam next year, a hard copy is unnecessary; just use the Westlaw version. Note: My former copy of the McGill Guide (8th edition) became obsolete when the 9th edition was published in September 2018. McGill will likely publish the 10th edition in 2022. As such, if you buy it, it will likely be obsolete by the time you're in 3L.
  8. Hopefully Ottawa will increase its Latin honours thresholds proportionately with its recent 'curve' changes: i.e. the 'curve' is set to increase by 0.5 on Ottawa's 10-point grading scale in September. Otherwise, the percentage of students graduating with Latin honours will become rather silly. The Faculty regulations indicate that the mandatory average (i.e. the 'curve') has changed. Unfortunately, there is nothing re: corresponding changes to the Latin honours thresholds... Hopefully this change is imminent. https://commonlaw.uottawa.ca/en/students/student-centre/registration/registration-student-responsibilities/academic-regulations
  9. Take trusts. Oddly, business organizations is mandatory, but trusts is optional. (I think trusts is mandatory at a few schools.) Although trusts wasn't hard, it was less intuitive than basic corporations law... I also agree re: evidence and admin, which—coincidentally—were two of my favourite classes! In hindsight, I should have taken family.
  10. For all intents and purposes, they are 'curved.' (Ottawa doesn't use a 'curve.' It uses a forced average.)
  11. Has your friend been reading a lot of Albert Camus recently?
  12. I intended to post this when it was released in late November. However, I was busy with exams... To my knowledge, the donation has not already been mentioned within these forums. Note: I am not Indigenous and have no affiliation with the Indigenous Law Students Association. I am posting the press release for the benefit of any Indigenous applicants. https://media.uottawa.ca/news/uottawa-faculty-law-receives-1-million-support-indigenous-learners-0 Indigenous learners in the Faculty of Law (Common Law Section) will have access to $1 M in scholarships, bursaries and emergency funding thanks to the generous support of an anonymous donor. The gift will be used to support Indigenous learners in various ways: Most of the funding will be devoted towards three-year entrance scholarships, and some of the funding will be made available as bursaries for upper-year Indigenous learners. “This inspiring gift will enable our Faculty to provide much needed financial support to our Indigenous learners,” said Adam Dodek, Dean of the Faculty of Law. “It will also complement other programs that we have put in place for this community.”
  13. Hasn't the MBA's utility declined in recent years? At least that's what I've heard from friends and acquaintances in senior finance sector roles... They've told me that they will often hire non-MBAs with (even slightly) more experience over less experienced MBA grads. That said, I suppose you need to get your foot in the door somehow. However, an MBA has historically been a mid-career endeavour (or at least with some professional work experience in hand)... Note: Obviously this is anecdotal. I don't profess to have considerable knowledge in this area. Just passing along what I've heard.
  14. Which is why Parliament and the provincial (and territorial) legislative assemblies should use Oxford commas in their statute books.
  15. Apparently Municipal and Planning Law with Carey Thomson is great.
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