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  1. Hard to say because I also worked with the Family Law clinic, so I had that background as well. I don’t think it would be difficult to take them together. The second half of Children’s Law is Youth Criminal justice, so the connection to family aren’t as obvious. The other thing is Children’s law is assessed on weekly journals that are about your reflections on the readings, whereas Family is more black letter law and case law. So if you were taking family at the same time, you might find yourself drawing on readings from that course in your Children’s reflections, which I think would actually be an asset.
  2. I’m almost 100% sure that Family law is a pre/co- requisite to Children’s law, meaning you can take both at the same time. As someone who’s taken Children’s, I know there were several people in the class who were also taking family that term (and one person who didn’t even have family law but got an exemption to take children’s without it)
  3. I had heard something about profs banning laptops in 1L classes, Bala specifically, so maybe there’s something to that?
  4. Yea, I know Webber banned them one year, but a lot of students complained and it so he allows them, just discourages it (but almost everyone used them anyways). Ewing was another that ‘banned’ them initially but eventually allowed them. Bala does not ban them now. The others, I can’t speak to
  5. Yes basically places at queens for 1Ls are luck. You just have to check back every day and keep your fingers crossed, and maybe realize you’ll have to extend your budget for 1 year, because 1 bedrooms in Kingston are pricey
  6. Only had 1 prof do this and he now teaches at U of T. I’ve had a couple strongly advocate against it but not actually ban them.
  7. Thanks, I appreciate this! Although $5K is a depressing amount, I’ll get it back eventually...
  8. Hi guys- Ontario law student here, looking ahead and finding the LSOs site super unhelpful. Can someone please clarify for me: (a) when payment for bar materials/ writing is due, and (b) when/ if you pay fees to complete articles? It looks like you do but I’m unclear...
  9. London and Kitchener-Waterloo were the first (in my knowledge) to offer interviews, and both have filled their position. Kingston, Peterborough, and Oshawa have finished their interviews, but not yet made offers (to my knowledge). St Catharines have invited for interviews.No word from Hamilton or Peel. I don't know about any other offices, as none of my friends (that I know of) applied there.
  10. I was told that upwards of 3.6 for the year is probably Deans List territory. Upwards of 3.8 for the year is medal territory. Criteria is top 10%. So take all the students for the year, order them from best to worst gpa, and the top 10% are in. It’ll fluctuate year to year based on how people perform
  11. No idea, my intuition would be they’d take 1st and 4th year, not individual terms
  12. Their website indicates they look at ‘top two years or undergraduate study’.
  13. For Queens at least, they take your best two full course load years, so you’d need four terms at full load. You have what appears to be two full terms and two part time terms. If there aren’t four full terms, they just default to using your cGPA.
  14. Your stats are fine in my opinion. I know it is hard to play the waiting game, BELIEVE ME. But we are extraordinarily early in the cycle. Schools will continue to accept people into July. In terms of a contingency plan, if it were me, I’d try to do whatever maximized my resources while improving my application. A masters won’t make your application stronger, and the grades won’t be considered. You could do another year or school, but that’s high cost/ high work. If it were me, I’d invest in one more kick at the LSAT can, while getting a job- literally any job, so that you make money. Any little bit is more than you started with. And you can use that money to pay for a course, or a tutor, or whatever is the best way to get your LSAT up a few points. That’d be my contingency plan, but I don’t think you’ll need it.
  15. Depends a lot on where you want to study. I only know about Ontario so here’s info on that region: You would apply to all Ontario schools through OLSAS, a centralized application portal that gathers materials and sends them to the schools. Applications are normally due within the first days of November, the year before you apply. So, November 2019 if you want to start in 2020. Applications will open in late August each year, but you can search the net for last year’s info, which should be very accurate. There used to be only 3 LSAT dates per year- June, September/October, and January. On your OLSAS application, you must indicate which tests you have already written, and which you intend to write. Many schools would accept any test date, but might put off evaluating your file if you intended to re-write. Some would not look at the January score. It is my understanding that there are many more test dates now. You’d have to check each schools website, but I’d say the general rule applies- for admittance during the 2019-2 cycle, you’d have to write the test before February 2020.
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