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Everything posted by Trew

  1. Source? I've never seen a 2016 report
  2. OP is able to conclude that I am one anecdote. It's unclear why you're dismissive of it, aside from your personal experience in working at Ottawa. What can I say, I'm sorry the school doesn't offer much to endorse
  3. I'll also add that the thematic in first-year is a horrible idea, and the majority of my cohort hated it for both the extra course and the lack of options.
  4. the fact that you just used the word betterness
  5. Did OP mention being interested in tech or environmental law? I don't see the relevance of having the major SCC intervenors towards law school experience. It literally had no influence on me when I went there. Also show me evidence that UOttawa clinics are interveners in 75% of SCC cases, that's obviously false. I don't see the relevance of UOttawa profs speaking at parliamentary committees. Many profs and lawyers do. While french common law and civil law do not get all the hiring opportunities, specifically the ones that don''t ask for French, there are not 80 winter term research jobs - that's false. Again with the SCC connections. Sure, it was great that Brown J. judged the Nelligan and that Rowe J came and did a talk, but this is a moot point. Queen's has many judges involved in the law school too, as if it mattered. The only point I agree with is that Ottawa has a bigger legal community which is beneficial for finding summer employment.
  6. I attended both schools as a transfer, and my personal experience is that Queen's is a better school
  7. I agree with this and it should not be a primary reason to attend
  8. If you're not set on practicing in Ottawa, I recommend Queen's because you could still access the Ottawa market while getting all the advantages of going to Queen's (specifically family law). Definitely a tough decision. I don't value the better reputation of Queen's, at least relative to Ottawa, but I used to when I was an applicant. I think Queen's is a better overall school because of the campus, the legal aid clinics, the law building and its libraries, the student body initiatives, the faculty (although only slightly - there are some phenomenal profs at Ottawa like Blair and Feldthusen), and I like the commute time to campus (but you could find a place near Ottawa's campus). I also like that there are only 220 law students per year at Queen's compared to 320 at Ottawa in addition to the 200 in the civil law program. Ottawa's law building is basically taking the subway during rush-hour all day, and this also influences hiring opportunities for clinics and research assistant positions In terms of employment opportunities, you should check the stats of 2L OCI hiring which are posted somewhere on this website and would give you a better indication than I can. I expect Queen's would place more students, but I also note that Ottawa has 100 more students, so that would affect the percentages.
  9. Definitely go to Queen's for family law - family law clinic, family law courses, Nicholas Bala. Also go to Queen's because it's a better overall school. You should only go to UOttawa if you want to practice in Ottawa, not because you think it's a better city to live in for 3 years, imo
  10. You're assuming TRU and Lakehead graduates actually end up practicing there; I'm not saying they don't, but Ryerson grads could practice in those locations as well. I don't think law school location greatly affects where individual students choose to practice.
  11. Just because many lawyers end up working in policy roles does not mean law school is the best means to learn policy. You would be far better off taking a degree or Master's in policy, both substantively and in terms of cost. This is similar to tax lawyers saying we have accountants for that. This is a trap because the time you put in does not equal success. Your study habits and ability to understand and apply the material are the most important factors imo
  12. Guy took a perfectly good thread and wasted 2 pages trying to re-write the Constitution
  13. I don't think you're sure about anything, really.
  14. Lol if you're unable to make the connection between Legal Aid and the courts, that's on you.
  15. https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90c43 RSO... https://laws.justice.gc.ca/eng/Const/page-4.html 92(14)
  16. never not voting in provincial election again
  17. I can state pretty confidently that at least 30 UOttawa students transfer per year, so they should have several transfer spots open. That being said, you never know whether you'll have the marks to transfer (less competitive at Ottawa), and it's very risky going to an out-of-province school that you don't want to be in. You probably won't enjoy your first year at all if you go into it expecting to transfer, and that may affect your grades. I only started to think about transferring around January, and even then, I wasn't certain about it. I can only offer some information and my experience, as opposed to advice - this is a really difficult decision and I don't know what I'd do in your position. Note: your LSAT and cGPA are submitted with your transfer application, but it's uncertain to what extent they're considered, definitely less than 1st year marks though
  18. the scores are curved, so everyone scoring 5-6 points lower doesn't make a difference. 20% of people still scored above 160
  19. I think the NCA process still requires students to have a degree from an accredited law school, so probably not
  20. That's an issue for the Law Society in choosing to accredit imo. It still remains to be seen whether Ryerson's admission standards will in fact be lower, although I presume it would be lower than UofT and Osgoode, just maybe not the lowest.
  21. family law certainly extends to various areas of law, whether it's tax, corporate law, immigration, property, and so on. As for the immigration lawyers, that's obviously an issue, but is changing your entire law school curriculum the best way to solve it? I think it's going overboard. Those lawyers should know what they don't know
  22. I could see where they're coming from, a lot of self-represented litigants in family law and more than 50% of people don't have a will. But I agree, taking a course in family law or immigration is a lot different than providing actual services in a clinic to people who would otherwise have no one.
  23. God damn, I want to support this program so bad, but their marketing would be a lot more effective if they stuck to one identity, for now, between promoting access to justice or start-ups, technology, and innovation. Besides, all schools care about access to justice, they just don't market themselves as such. Maybe Osgoode , but for good reason with all their clinical programs. Ryerson Law School Boot Camp and Emotional and Cultural Quotient, lol what the hell. What is Global Civil Society? Making family law a mandatory course is a bad idea. While it does accord with access to justice, I don't think students should be forced to take such a specialized practice area. Same goes with wills and estates.
  24. what about putting an undercover in the holding cell who tries to buddy up? Is that still a thing? Edit: never mind just read facts of Sinclair
  25. Your current academic references should be willing to provide another reference if it doesn't work out this year. Do something productive if it doesn't work out; I personally prefer the Master's out of the above options. When I didn't get in, I went back to a unionized job for a year, re-took the LSAT, and changed my personal statement.
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