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  1. This is a good starting point: https://www.osgoode.yorku.ca/my/jd/clinics-intensives/ https://www.osgoode.yorku.ca/my/jd/clinics-intensives/program-requirements/ https://www.osgoode.yorku.ca/my/jd/clinics-intensives/application-process/ (remember- there might be changes to these next year). As you can see, the structures are very different for each program. Some only last for a semester while others last for the whole school year. Credits also vary. Normally, you can only do one intensive program (15 credits; equivalent to a semester) during your time at Osgoode. (But you can add on another program worth less than 15 credits in a different year). Don't worry if this doesn't make sense- there are information sessions to help explain the application process. You apply to intensives and other programs in the second semester of 1L to enroll for the following year. So you don't have to worry about these just yet . Of course, the more related experience you have when you apply to the competitive programs, the better your chances. When you start 1L, you'll get emails about applying as a volunteer to a variety of different initiatives. Some of the applications (e.g. CLASP 1L Caseworker) are due early so make sure you keep track of deadlines. I can't really speak to experiences in these programs but there are multiple opportunities to speak to upper-year students. You'll get a chance to speak to students that are part of some of these groups BEFORE you apply as to volunteer in 1L (so you can ask your questions in-person). Everyone seems to really like the practical experiences provided by volunteering or being a part of a clinic/intensive program. For example, last year there were many events where we got to talk to current CLASP, PCLS, PBSC, etc. students very early in the semester (before volunteer applications were due). There is also a clinic/intensive fair each semester.
  2. Hmm... there are quite a few posts about this but the answers seem to be coming from students. Upper-year students also mentioned this during orientation when people asked about the 1L recruit. I guess this year was an anomaly or past students exaggerated their grades.
  3. Interesting! I didn't even apply because of suggestions from upper-year students and answers on this forum. People acted like it would be a waste of time if I applied with anything less than straight As.
  4. I do the exact same thing! Happy surprises are better than crushing disappointments.
  5. I haven't attended that many networking events as a 1L but I felt this way about the ones I did attend. I felt so uncomfortable and don't think I gained anything valuable. Everyone keeps on talking about how important networking is but isn't it useless for people like me? I'm very introverted and I end up acting really awkward at networking events... so can't networking actually backfire? What if they remember me as that weird & boring student? I'm a lot better at interviews. and I thought many students got jobs without networking? I wouldn't worry too much. I was the same way this year and somehow still made some really great friends. Sure, half of the class doesn't know I exist but that's not really a big deal. I would still recommend getting involved in 1 or 2 ECs though. I volunteered and was in a couple of clubs so that helped with getting experience and meeting people that had the same interests as me.
  6. Looks like it might be a long wait. They came out June 1 last year:
  7. I regret the timing. I'm only in 1L but I feel like I would have enjoyed law school more and got involved in more extracurricular activities if I took another 1-2 years off to work and travel. There are so many cool things I want to be involved in but I'm too burned out at the moment.
  8. If you want to be sure, you can email them. It showed up on OASIS after a very long time for me last year.
  9. Thanks for doing this! So.. students on the admissions committee have access to personal statements with names? Do you remember any of this information when you meet people in person? How many applications do you read?
  10. Are your PT scores within the range you hope to get? Don't take the test if your PT scores are bad. It's normal to do even worse on the real thing because of nerves.
  11. Just wanted to make sure I'm not missing anything... are any assignments due during orientation or the first week of class? & did any course outlines get released yet?
  12. You can email Vicky to get a transcript of the Q&A.
  13. Nope, haven't looked into it that much. Sorry! I assumed the forwarding would be removed automatically closer to August.
  14. I think the emails get forwarded to your other email address (from OLSAS). It showed up in my spam folder.
  15. I think the difference between STEM and non-STEM courses lies in some of the expectations of first-year students. In my experience, what made my science/math courses so challenging was that the professors expected that student truly understood concepts from high school. The tests reflected that through ridiculous questions that you couldn't prepare for by simply doing the homework/readings and listening to lectures. It's very unforgiving as well. You're out of luck if you didn't understand a previous concept well or forgot a few things from high school. It's tough to start university or take upper-year courses feeling like you're missing some crucial information. I never felt this way in my other classes (especially in first year). They started with the basics and assumed that students knew nothing about the subject. It was really easy to get caught up as well.
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