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  1. Real charmer. I assume you have some experience with PLTC to back up the sarcasm?
  2. Not a barrier at all. My SO studied in Ontario and is working at a Vancouver firm now. You just have to really explain why you want it. Having great stats doesn't hurt.
  3. I am also not sure that hiring has slowed down any if at all. Lots of litigation coming down the pipeline because of COVID and also stuff backed up from during the lockdown. I am articling in family law and we have all the work we need.
  4. Exactly my point, yes. Yes, uOttawa acknowledges that most Canadian law schools do not teach true "legal" writing, which is why they have a writing academy. There are core courses that are mandatory mostly in 1L and there is an advanced course that allows you to become a certified "writing leader" so that you can mark 1L work and such. Apparently we are known for it, but I haven't polled enough law firms to confirm that. Her point was that the PLTC sometimes doesn't even teach good legal writing. I even had a look at some of her assignments, and the precedents they provided for writing assignments were a bit off to my eye. One thing that comes to mind right now is the amount of legal jargon and complicated stuff that was expected to be put into letters to CLIENTS. Some of those precedents read like memos to senior partners, not to clients.
  5. My partner just passed PLTC and had a terrible experience. She was a writing leader at our school (uO, which prizes itself as a legal writing mecca) and got straight As, but found that a lot of the instruction and feedback on assignments in PLTC was counter-intuitive or even negative pedagogical value. The other big problem was that you have to study for the bar and do the courses almost completely separately and simultaneously which is a gigantic time commitment (even for legal education standards). She reads and absorbs at an incredible rate, but still struggled to get it all done in time for the write. Ontario's process is a joke in comparison.
  6. Have to disagree based on experience. Both myself and many of my peers had stats well below that. I've known people in with 151 LSAT, below 3.0 OLSAS cGPA, etc. etc.
  7. I just learned that uOttawa is offering its National Program (1-year LL.L) in English and online now. Got me thinking: Are there any other schools in Canada that offer an English civil law education?
  8. I assume you mean "feel". I have been to quite a few Canadian law school physically. I have yet to encounter a building as bad as uOttawa's. It is a common complaint among the cohort, especially since some of our inflated tuition goes towards funding other faculties' buildings and such.
  9. The administration is awful and our building is probably one of the worst on campus, let alone among other Canadian law schools.
  10. Very, very, very common. A lot of my classmates were at bars all the time and screwing around, handing in things last minute and mooching off harder workers. I find RatemyProfs to be a bit of a fallacy in law school especially. The ones who complain are usually the ones that dislike working or being told that they are wrong. If you want specific opinions on profs, I'd be happy to share.
  11. New candidates are probably starting to realize that you don't get what you pay for at uO.
  12. Keep in mind, the regulations are a bit different for the online exams now. I have confirmed with those who wrote the last sitting that they did not have to surrender their materials.
  13. Class of 2020 here. The majority of profs are very, very good. The core career profs that have been there for years are most all excellent. That said there are A LOT of practitioner-taught courses and there are quite a few of those that are not great (and some that are). A lot of them teach crim subjects. Luckily, you can maneuver your way around a lot of them if you do your research. I believe uO has a system whereby you can look at the old student evals, but I never used it in my time there. RateMyProf is accurate maybe 50% of the time. The large class size is split into groups of about 80, so it's never really an issue after 1L, or even during 1L.
  14. Depends highly on the association of course. I can only offer experience from the perspective of someone who was a student society exec at our school and said that it was incredibly overwhelming and would not recommend. She was the president, though...
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