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  1. I never said anything about conscientiousness, only dedication and competence. Ask any Sr division leader at CLASP if they can tell the difference between the DL’s who apply and work there out of genuine interest and passion, and those that are simply there to build their resumes. Then ask them how much more effectively the clinic could have helped those individuals who go there seeking assistance with their real world issues (facing deportation, losing custody of their children, jail sentences and criminal records for first offenses, whatever people in admin do [lol], Etc.) if they had more of the former.
  2. It depends 😉. Are you the type of candidate they are looking for, with demonstrated interests in that field and good grades? If not any will be hard to secure, they are nearly all extremely competitive. That being said, I hope exclusivity of positions or “prestige” aren’t part of your criteria for selecting an intensive/clinical. Pursue those that you are passionate about or would like to experience in practice. It would be extremely shitty to take a position just for the challenge or difficulty of it when someone who actually gives a shit about the program and people it services could excel at it. Good grades in school ≠ excelling in the field, especially for public interest and moreso if your heart isn’t in it.
  3. Class prize/awards are news to me, thanks all. I might have to knock on at least one professor’s door myself.. Also, I may have come across a bit cranky in my first reply. Congratulations pinkroses, well done.
  4. A’s must make up the top 10-20% of the class. + grades can make up to a maximum of 1/3 of all A’s and B’s, making an A+ the top 1-7% of grades for that class depending on the professor. No, As far as I know they do not give awards for doing well in one class. The only awards that are given out are upon graduation I believe (upper years or grads can chime in), and they are for students with the top ~10% of all cGPA throughout LS. A high grade in a class may increase your chances of getting on as dean’s fellow (that could be your pat on the back), but that they are at the professor’s discretion.
  5. You can check last year’s upper year schedule here by logging in: https://ozdomapp1.osgoode.yorku.ca/myosgoode.nsf/jdschedules.xsp I imagine professors, dates and times may change to some extent, but it will give you an idea of what your interested class schedule would have looked like for the past year (which could very well be similar for the upcoming year). Noteworthy, not a lot of core, “black-letter” law lectures are scheduled for Fridays. So, barring clinics/intensives or special interest seminars, it’s fairly safe to assume you could schedule yourself Monday-Thursday at minimum, and more realistically 3 days a week.
  6. To be honest as inconvenient as it was commuting from downtown, the subway forced me to read during that time. By the end of the year it was the ONLY time I did any readings. Lol
  7. Sorry, not the standard class grade distribution, I meant the distribution of averages for the year for all students and classes. To see where you stand for overall GPA.
  8. Anyone know where to find the Osgoode average grade distribution online? I've seen from the past that they typically print it on the back of transcripts, but I haven't ordered any transcripts (and won't be for some time). Thanks,
  9. For future readers: nervousness is not the worst thing you can demonstrate in an interview IMHO. It shows that you are vested in the process and that you are a real (non-sociopathic) human being. How you manage your nervousness in that setting (i.e. by not completely shutting down) is more likely to inform a panel’s decision, at least in my experience. And besides, show me a 1L whose legs aren’t shaking during their first moot. Nervousness will happen regularly, you just need to learn to cope with it! Eventually you may even start chasing that high...
  10. The same tips you would expect for any job interview. You are there because they want you but want clarification on some points or want to verify that you're the type of candidate they are looking for. Interviews were more common in my year for mature students who didn't necessarily have the stats to get automatically accepted in the general stream. Some general tips would be to show confidence (but not arrogance), competence, humility, passion, positivity (or at least pleasantness), drive; these would be some qualities I believe interviewers would take well to. Also, try to have some interesting stories prepped to use as responses (i.e. "give us an example of a time you demonstrated leadership") if you're not naturally inclined at that sort of thing on the fly. And finally, be prepared to answer practical questions in the interview. If you have a young family, for example, they may ask how you plan on balancing school and real life. You can search this forum for past-year sample questions to know what to expect, here are a few: Etc.
  11. I believe they typically request interviews for applicants with access, work experience or other factors that may not make them a competitive applicant in the general stream, but are interested nonetheless. When you get an email confirming your interview time, it lays out most of the common grounds for requesting an interview, including clarification of LSAT/GPA matters, or examples of life experience or leadership to help them make their decision. I would say it is commonly offered to candidates that they want, but are on the fence about from a stats point of view. Interviews are often scheduled for ~2 weeks (or a bit less) after you receive an email, can be in-person or over the phone/Skype, and typically result in admission. When I crunched the numbers from here last year it was something like 85-90% of interviewees that received offers of admission. Dress code: They would probably say business casual, and that’s what the interviewers will be wearing, but almost everyone shows up in business attire. Wear whatever makes you feel confident. if you search through prior years’ threads, you will find examples of most of the questions you may be asked. It’s helpful to get an idea of what to say beforehand, just don’t show up with a script.
  12. As an Osgoode 1L, I cannot endorse this statement. 🤣 Edit: OP, you have been given good advice. I can't think of anything you could read right now that will put you at any advantage to your peers. Some of the "what 1L is like" books are informative to put your nerves at ease, but that's about it. Mind you, in my experience relieving yourself of anxiety is at least as useful in approaching law school as any pre-emptive knowledge, so do whatever makes you feel better. Just don't expect to enter law school with any advantage to your peers; you will either develop an advantage or you will not, but outside of good study habits and not stressing the fuck out, it's largely out of your control. Law school is more about developing skills than knowledge (and those skills eventually lead to learning and applying the correct knowledge). I would second that being current with the news is the best thing you could do, followed by organizing your life to the fullest extent possible (you will be hard-pressed to find time for "normal" things once in law school), and finally reading some case law. The older and drier, the better. But as mentioned, the purpose is not necessarily to retain any of "the law" from those cases but more to familiarize yourself with the language and structure of case law to become more proficient at reading it. My reading speed for cases increased by 3-fold over the first semester. Thankfully, law school is pretty good at easing 1L's into the readings and ramping up appropriately (or sadistically, YMMV).
  13. Don't stress about it. The admission process is not lightning fast, if you sent it as requested you will be fine. How long has it been since you sent your deposit, and by what method?
  14. 🤣😂🤣 Where is this magical school, taught by unicorns? I kid, I kid... I am not disappointed with my grades in law school thus far, so this is not from the point of resentment, but this statement is simply not reflective of me or my peers' experiences. Different professors expect different things on their exams. Grading will be subjective to the extent that you address what the professor is looking for in the way they are looking for it. I've heard stories of professors flat out being unable to justify grade discrepancies when comparing different exams with very similar content and delivery. Take format, for example. Some professors don't care about headings, however, most care quite a bit about them, and organization using things like headers/sub-headers can have a substantial impact on your grade. There is some objectivity in grading from the aspect of the content you write in exams, such as citing the right cases and rules/principles derived from them. But, that is (again, in my experience) far from the entirety of the marking scheme, the rest being relatively subjective. When the difference between a B and an A after being curved could be a matter of a few marks, it is not uncommon to compare exams with near-identical content in which the students end up with drastically different grades.
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