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  1. You have to send two copies of your transcripts. This is mainly for people who are still in school (my acceptance was contingent on sending my 4th year grades for example). However, it makes the process more streamlined to just require it from everyone. That was my experience working for the FGSR at the U of R anyways. Basically we had a box that we checked off when people sent in the copies we required so we could move on to the next. Usually you have 2-3 people sorting through over 1000 applications so having the same requirements for everyone makes their jobs a bit easier.
  2. Legal historians are likely fighting for the same jobs as other historians. For example the legal historian who I took classes from taught history of the prairie west, and Roman history on top of one or two legal history classes. His research was exclusively legal history, but the market is saturated and budgets are so low he has to be a Jack-of-all trades historian. Legal history is such a niche that I doubt there is a huge job market for them. That said I was involved in a history graduate program at a prairie university, so I cant speak to the demand elsewhere.
  3. I had a history professor in undergrad that did his LLB and MA in History at Queen's. He later went on to do his PhD. He's a legal historian and says that law school was invaluable for helping him understand the content. That said, I'm not sure it has much of a use outside that.
  4. Just be honest. I applied broadly and listed all the schools I applied to. They are certainly using it for data purposes and I doubt it holds any weight on your admissions decision.
  5. I did an Honours thesis in Canadian History and while it helped me in the first year Indigenous and Constitutional law classes at the beginning, my classmates quickly caught up. I may have understood the context of the course a bit better, but ultimately studying Canadian political history didn't really help when doing a Paramountcy test. The only real advantage my undergrad gave me was being used to doing a lot of reading and not being terrified of a 35+ page major paper. And honestly, that's negligible.
  6. I bought a new car the summer after 1L while I was working. You'll need to have income coming in to be approved for financing by my understanding. The only reason it made sense for us to buy was that my wife works during the year and we could afford it without using debt to pay debt. Coming out of law school you're going to have a lot of student debt, I would avoid worsening it by using your line of credit to pay for a car.
  7. It depends on whether or not you want to stay in Saskatchewan. Most of the big firms in Sask only hire 1Ls and then (usually) bring them back for articling. Other provinces tend to hire more 2Ls, but there are a few jobs in Sask to be found. Most students manage to line up an articling position by the end of their second summer. I've only heard of a few people not landing articling positions before graduation.
  8. I'd recommend just bussing. It's what a lot of us do.
  9. Just a reminder to any incoming 1Ls that there is an icebreaker event at the Broken Rack tonight from 8-11!
  10. Giving away first year textbooks to an incoming College of Law student who has accepted their offer and is definitely attending this fall. You must give the books away to an incoming U of S student next year through this forum (publicly) and add one additional primary textbook (if the list changes or there is a new edition) or a secondary text you found useful (i.e. if no changes to the list or new editions; cannot be the Criminal Code). The hope is to extend this generosity to future years for as long as possible.After receipt of the textbooks, the recipient must make a post in this thread.These terms are to be explained to and carried out by future recipients as well.First person to message me and agree to these terms gets the books. I will be in Saskatoon on Thursday next week, or we can meet up the weekend before school begins.
  11. This is correct. First day of orientation you'll pick up a personalized package with your personal orientation schedule and you'll find out about your sections at that point.
  12. You have a break from 11:15 to 1 most days. Guest speakers are not every week, and usually involve free pizza. Tutorials are broken into even smaller groups and you'll have 1-2 of them for an hour on Wednesdays at varying times (meaning you'll often get a lunch break). Not to mention that you're done at 12:30 on Wednesdays. The Kway tutorials are new, but they are certainly not every week and that is a range of times where everyone's tutorial is scheduled.
  13. “The official u of s lsa social group”
  14. The first year class schedule isn’t released yet so I assume it will be similar to last year. Last year, first years didn’t have classes over the noon hour and I assume it will be the same again.
  15. Nothing through the bookstore. The LSA usually does a clothing order that arrived around December last year, but backpacks weren’t an option (not to say that they wouldn’t be an option this year because I honestly don’t know).
  16. I had two friends who lived in residence. Most, including myself live off campus.
  17. I’d recommend posting to the LSA FaceBook page. It is much more active.
  18. I live in the Wildwood area near Centre Mall and it’s pretty nice. Rent isn’t crazy and it’s a quick bus ride to the College. I would try and stick on the east side of the river as it helps with traffic to school. I do have a friend who lives on the west side and walks across the train bridge to class everyday which is fine, however that sucks at minus 40! As far as areas to avoid, I do have a friend that lived in an apartment near the alphabet streets and his neighbour was shot. I’m sure it was an isolated incident, but still pretty scary for him.
  19. Professors will send you old exams for you to practice on. The only class that does not go for the full year is Kway. It ends in December. The credit hours should be 30 over the course of the full year, but you’ll have to check with someone at the offices for that. Just give them a call and they should be able to let you know (don’t worry you count as a full time student lol). You could read “Getting to Maybe” but honestly it’s not really worth it. You have the rest of your career to read caselaw and textbooks. Enjoy your summer. Not to mention if you try to read cases you either won’t understand or you’ll “think” you understand. I could suggest some of the basic cases for each class, but you’re better off just waiting until school starts (they really ease you in). You won’t be behind at all if you don’t do any reading this summer. Personally I read through A Song of Ice and Fire while on a month long honeymoon the summer before 1L.
  20. 1. So most classes in first year have help not hurt midterms in December and then 100 percent finals in April. Help not hurt means that if you do better on the midterm than on the final, the midterm counts for 20 percent of your final grade. The constitutional midterm in December counts for 40 percent of your final no matter what, and the Kway final is in December, but how much it’s worth varies. 2. You can hand write and some people do. Personally I prefer to use a computer because I can type far faster than I can write. 3. Interviews happen in October I believe, well before we have any grades (or any idea about the law at all). I networked a bit (there are first year networking events that I went to because they are fun). I didn’t practice my interview skills. I just went in and had a conversation. The firm that hired me didn’t even have a networking event prior to me getting the job. Honestly if you have a networking event at night (which is when they always are), there is no reason to stay home and study. I have zero connection to the legal community so I knew it would be important to get my face out there as much as possible. And honestly, law school should be fun. You need to balance studying and networking, but also don’t skip law school events! Remember that your classmates are going to be your coworkers, opposing counsel, and potentially judges. Spend time with them, make friends, and make connections.
  21. Depends on what your goals are. USask would be cheaper, both for living expenses and tuition. U of A would be better if your goal was to practice in Alberta, but it ultimately comes down to personal preference. I also wouldn't say Alberta has an undoubtedly better legal market. There is plenty of demand for lawyers in Saskatchewan, depending on where your interests lie.
  22. 1. I loved torts because of BVT (the prof). She is incredible and makes learning a lot of fun. My least favourite was mainly contracts, mostly because I struggled to find the material interesting. 2. I think how close knit the class ends up being. It’s pretty crazy having everyone know everyone. Also how early 1L summer job applications are due is pretty crazy. 3. I spent too long studying the material and too little time doing practice exams. 4. There are not many 1L summer positions. I think it’s something along the lines of 15-20 positions for the entire first year class. It is more common for 1Ls in Saskatchewan, more so because the 2L summer recruit isn’t emphasized as much as it is in other provinces. 5. It certainly put a strain on it, but we made it through. I have no doubt it would have been really fun being single, but being able to come home and vent to someone was pretty handy. Sorry for the late reply, I’ve had a crazy day at work.
  23. Since I have received several messages and have seen posts with questions, I figured it was time to do an updated AMA. A little about myself: I’m a rising 1L currently working at a large firm over the summer. I’m happy to answer any questions on either school or life as a summer student. I’m sure many of you are nervous, so feel free to ask me anything (regardless of if you think it is a stupid question).
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