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  1. I asked this same question (check out pages 9 and 10 of this thread if you want to see the responses) and basically everyone advised against working as first year is considered the most difficult year and you want to maximize your academic potential.
  2. Is that feasible with the workload? How often would be recommended?
  3. Sorry I should have clarified this. Home is Toronto.
  4. How often is it feasible to go home? What is generally recommended?
  5. Do you recommend attending orientation?
  6. Thank you for your thorough response!
  7. What do students generally do during reading week? Does it differ from first year to second year to third year? Would it be okay to go on a trip during that time?
  8. I know you have pretty much made your decision and leaning towards Queens but another consideration should be which city you would feel comfortable living in for the next few years. I wrote my LSAT in Windsor, and no disrespect to any Windsor students or residents, but I simply could not see myself living there. Check out both campuses and get a feel for the city and see where you would feel most comfortable spending three years of your life.
  9. There are 25 places available for each program; so 25 for IBL and 25 for PIL. As for taking up a spot, I called Queen’s and asked them if I could attend this program even if I attended another university and they assured me that there are always spots available. However, the exchange advisor at Western told me the credits taken during this program would not count towards my Western law degree, so if I did choose to attend Western, I know I would not do this program. I would imagine many others would likely also not attend the program if the credits were not counted towards their degree as then the expense seems unjustified. While I only inquired about Western, I would imagine that other schools may also not accept these credits. Moreover, while this program is definitely unique in Canada, I think most other Canadian law schools also offer really cool exchange and internship opportunities that their students would be interested in and choose to do instead. I am glad most law students do not think like you, I found the other responses far more compassionate and empathetic than your own. In an ideal world, I would be able to attend the program without having to worry about the wedding and vice versa but I don’t think trying to do both (while minimizing the amount of days missed) makes me an uncaring and self-serving person, especially when certain factors, such as when the wedding is set, are completely out of my control.
  10. Thank you everyone for the responses, I really appreciate it. I will definitely try my best to accommodate both, I really don’t want to miss out on the program as it is one of the reasons I decided on Queens.
  11. Thank you for all the responses. I am hoping to minimize the amount of days I miss so maybe if I leave on Friday and come back by Tuesday (all the flights that leave on Monday arrive on Tuesday), I will have missed three days of school, which is still a lot since it is intensive but not as much. My concern is that the culture I belong to has wedding festivities that last a few days and I do feel my cousin expects me to go to those but I also don't want to fall behind in this program. Is it better just to not do the program at all?
  12. So I really wanted to complete the International Law Program at the Bader Castle next year; however, my very close cousin is getting married next year in the beginning of June. I cannot miss this wedding but I also really want to take part in the Bader program at the end of first year because in second year, I would want a summer job. For those who have done the Bader castle program before, would it be okay if I missed a few days of the program? I know it would put a bit of a dent in my wallet, but say I flew out for about 5 days to attend the program, would that be feasible? Also, for those who have attended the Castle program in general, what are your thoughts on it? Is it worth it, how did you like it, what financial help is available etc.
  13. Thank you for your response, I am definitely hoping this is the case. Another question I have is would you (or anyone else if they would like to chime in) recommend taking on a job during first year? I graduated from undergrad debt free because I worked a LOT during my undergrad. My master’s program was funded through the school and working as a TA. I have enjoyed working as a TA and found it rewarding but what I didn’t like was that I felt it was busy when I was busy (i.e. marking essays when I have my essays due and just before exams next year). I received a $5000 entrance scholarship from Queens, according to OSAP calculator I should get about $6300 in bursaries (can someone speak to how accurate the calculator is?), so that’s over half my tuition. Would anyone recommend continuing working as a TA as well? But I was thinking maybe instead of teaching two classes, I could teach one instead? I haven’t asked if that’s possible yet or even if I am allowed to TA since I won’t be a student in the department anymore but I thought maybe I could TA one class instead of two? That would be half the pay but also half the work, which I am fine with taking a pay cut if it’s less work. I would really appreciate any advice from anyone.
  14. If you have the self-discipline to do so, might I suggest 7Sage? It’s a cost effective online option. I found their program to be really helpful but if you feel you learn best through in person instruction, then take the Oxford Seminar.
  15. I'll take a stab at it for you based on what I've heard/know. Overall, both Queens and Western are great schools and definitely very similar, Westerns strengths lie in its business law and corporate law while Queens lies in family law and criminal law; though both offer a solid legal education in other areas as well. I think both Queens and Western would offer the community and close knit vibes you are seeking. The class size of Western is smaller than Queens (175 vs. 205, give or take), so the Western class may be slightly more tight knit and intimate since the overall class size is smaller. Both schools offer a small section/small group program where they divide students into groups from between 18-22 students, I believe, and you have that same group section with you for all your classes. Occasionally, for other classes, you will also be grouped with other sections but you will be fairly comfortable and familiar with your small group by the end. An exchange can be done at either school. The castle program offers a unique opportunity to learn abroad and travel to important legal institutions in Europe, depending on whether you choose the public stream or business stream, these locations will vary slightly. Western offers really cool internships through WLIP, which are available to students even in their first year summer. They also offer a $15,000 guaranteed stipend with these internships so students do not have to worry about breaking the bank to afford these internships. I do believe Queens offers some of these internships as well, and they say financial support is available, but there is no set amount listed, so I think the financial aid available for the internships may vary based on factors such as financial need and how much funds they have available for the year. Tuition wise, Western is roughly $3000 more expensive per year; however, I think their apartments and houses are slightly cheaper than Kingston (?) (I've looked at posts on both websites and there are more affordable and nicer buildings in London than in Kingston). Overall, while the tuition of Western is slightly more expensive than Queens, I don't think its a substantial difference as say comparing the tuition of UofT and Queens. Western is slightly closer to Toronto, Queens is about one hour more of driving but is also pretty close to Ottawa and also another three hours from Montreal, so you can travel to other cities if that is something you are interested in. Kingston, as I'm sure you know, is fairly compact and everything is close together while London is vastly bigger and more sprawling. Kingston is convenient as everything is fairly close to you and it doesn't take too long if you want to walk to campus, coffee shops, friends houses, grocery stores, bars etc. London is a much bigger city and everything is much more spread apart but as a small city, you are more likely to frequently encounter the same people in Kingston which you likely won't in Western since it is more spread apart. In terms of which city is better, I would say that comes down to personal preference as some people prefer London and others prefer Kingston. Both campuses are very beautiful, but you will spend almost all of your time in the law buildings. The Queens law building is fairly new while the Western law building is slightly older but has much more beautiful architecture. Both are great in their own way and it really depends on what you prefer but this should probably have little impact on your ultimate decision. Overall, I would suggest visiting the campus of Western/London and maybe checking out Queens/Kingston again too if you have the time. Based on what I have heard on this forum, it is best to go where you would rather live for the next few years. Best of luck and feel free to PM me if you would like to ask anything else!
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