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  1. 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.
  2. For all intents and purposes, they are 'curved.' (Ottawa doesn't use a 'curve.' It uses a forced average.)
  3. Has your friend been reading a lot of Albert Camus recently?
  4. 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.”
  5. 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.
  6. Which is why Parliament and the provincial (and territorial) legislative assemblies should use Oxford commas in their statute books.
  7. Apparently Municipal and Planning Law with Carey Thomson is great.
  8. http://uottawa.brightspace.com/ However, the course portals are not up yet. Check back in a week or so. Re: textbooks. The CLSS administers the law book store (on the fourth floor of FTX). The CLSS will soon publish an Excel file with course specific textbook requirements.
  9. Alright, never mind then. I assumed that summer and articling positions would be treated the same. I suppose not.
  10. Hiring freeze is provincial. Doesn't effect the feds (i.e. PPSC + DOJ). In addition, it appears that Ford's hiring freeze does not apply to MAG student jobs (see the recently posted 2019 summer jobs postings: https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/about/artcl/job_posting.php). But yeah, it will affect post-articling jobs. Don't think it will affect articling jobs though.
  11. Might be able to get into Robson Hall with that LSAT. Not a guarantee due to your low undergraduate grades. Perhaps though. Manitoba's AGPA calculation is quite forgiving. Calculate your AGPA and see what your index is. http://law.robsonhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web-stats-201790-1.pdf
  12. Read high level prose on a daily basis. Find a well-written publication that you enjoy reading. Examples include the Atlantic, the New Yorker, the Economist, Scientific American, et cetera. Reading high-level writing is the best way to improve your reading comprehension skills.
  13. Common Law Student Centre's summary drive. It's a goldmine! https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2EriYR8GUkDVVZNajFKQWpOVmc
  14. Yeah the 2020 group has 800 or so. While I did not join, many of my incoming 2L colleagues are in the 2021 group. Downside of having an open group I suppose. I believe that some other schools' admissions offices manage Facebook groups (i.e. they do not allow people to join unless they have been admitted).
  15. Law school exams test your ability to write cogently under extreme time pressure. If you go to law school, you will need to learn to write clearly despite haste requirements.
  16. Are there many summer job postings for the DOJ (civil)? I can't seem to find much information re: summer positions with the DOJ. I've perused this page (http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/abt-apd/recru/article-stage.html). However, it seemingly only discusses the Department's Legal Excellence Program (i.e. articling), FWSEP, and co-op. Are there not more organized summer postings à la Ontario's MAG (https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/about/artcl/job_posting.php)? Or should I just keep an eye on the DOJ section of jobs.gc.ca?
  17. Has to be rendered by next Friday (June 1) or McLachlin's vote doesn't count...
  18. Fair re: leaving Ottawa. Re: Ottawa and Bay St: I know numerous people that are working at national firms from Ottawa. Many Ottawa students could compete for 'Bay St' jobs but choose to work in government... But if you don't want to go to Ottawa, you'll need to get that LSAT to around 160 (for Western or Queen's), which shouldn't be too difficult...
  19. Decent chance at getting into Ottawa late in the cycle. Obviously not guaranteed because of your LSAT score. But I know a few people with low 150 LSATs that got in by virtue of their excellent GPAs. EDIT: But I would retake the LSAT if I were you. I increased my LSAT from 154 to 160 in a approximately one month last year. (I got a 154 in December 2016 and a 160 in February 2017. I didn't start studying for the February exam until I got my score in early January...)
  20. You can chill during the summer after 1L too. I'm doing the exact same thing this summer that I did last summer...
  21. You don't often interact with the administration... They send you emails about upcoming applications (i.e. internships, et cetera). You either apply or you don't. Aside from that, I didn't interact with the administration once in 1l... EDIT: Clearly some students interact with the administration more often (e.g. those with access and equity claims).
  22. Queen's has the Government of Canada externship program. That's why it was near the top of my list.
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