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  1. I used Google Calendar for everything. Events, meetings, readings, assignments, etc. It helps to have it all in one place, and it will be even easier this year with no on-campus events to go to.
  2. Keep in mind this is a pretty subjective question that varies by personal experiences. Some people find the transition to not be so bad, while others have a much more difficult time. Personally, I thought law school courses were only slightly more difficult than undergrad courses in terms of understanding the content. However, I did find the workload to be more intense, partly because of the extra courses and also because there is much more reading involved. But again like I said, it isn't too bad once you get used to the flow of things and settle into a study routine.
  3. For first semester, yes. LLP ends in December, the other 6 courses continue to April. I know 7 courses at once sounds daunting, it was for me too, but it honestly isn't too bad.
  4. 1) I know these studies exist. Almost every prof I had from undergrad to law school over the age of 60 loves to quote them. I'm speaking from personal experience and from what I've talked about with my friends as well. Echoing what @erinl2 said, handwriting notes for me would be detrimental to my learning. It's much easier to have typed notes. 2) My school requires that all exams be typed unless you have an accommodation request. Perhaps Western is different, but it seems pretty obvious that if your exams are going to be typed you should be at least more comfortable with a keyboard so that is one less thing to stress about during the exam. You can spend more time looking at your outline and planning out your responses if you're confident you can get your answers on the page down faster
  5. If you really have to do something, practice your typing skills. It helps with both writing exams and keeping up with lectures.
  6. I think the answer to this question really depends on the school. Different schools cultivate different 1L experiences and events. For example, my school doesn't have any clinics for 1L's any the only "moot" is a pretty low key one at the end of the year. It's also pretty rare in general to secure an articling opportunity in 1L. Sure there's the social events, job fairs, etc. but those don't necessarily make-or-break 1L, and you can always catch up in the latter two years.
  7. Law students for the most part are very supportive of each other. We have to be, it's a demanding subject to learn and to have a career in. The old adage of "treat others like you wish to be treated yourself" rings particularly true, our lives are stressful enough as is without personal conflict and drama getting in the way. I just finished 1L and aside from one unfortunate incident of dishonesty I've been very happy with the people I've met, the friends I've made, and the support I've received.
  8. As a current UVic student, I have to say that the co-op program will not give you a substantial edge in the job market. It's a great way to gain experience and apply what you learn while you're still actively a student, but it's just one of many other factors that firms will look for. Most of the jobs are government related, a handful are private law (the types and number of jobs do change depending on the year). If you're considering OCIs, academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and your individual personality/work ethic are still significant factors a firm looks for. If you're trying to decide between UVic and UBC, I would tell you to consider UVic as a whole and the co-op program as just one unique benefit.
  9. It's now up, spread the word. https://www.facebook.com/groups/206923624023155/
  10. It's not much different than moving to any other city. I would suggest you start looking in late May/early June. Transit is not great, so if don't have a car look for a place close to the university. Try to avoid places East of campus, such as Cadboro Bay, because you'll have to walk across campus to get to the Fraser building and it'll be harder to get downtown for events and stuff. I don't have much advice for packing (obviously depends on whether you look for a furnished place or not), but one thing you might want to consider is moving in mid to late August. A lot of stuff happens during the first two orientation weeks, it's an extremely fun but also busy time and you want to be settled in at that point.
  11. Literally do anything as long as: 1. You enjoy it 2. It's not related to law
  12. It's not important. There's usually a meetup planned in the summer, I would recommend you go to that one since it's more informal, you can talk to current students, and at that point most people have committed to UVic anyway. It's a nice event and our Dean is amazing, but you won't lose anything at all by not going and you shouldn't skip work for it.
  13. Most serious friendships are formed during 1L. Even if you go on a co-op term during the fall or spring terms, you're still going to be in constant contact with your friends, it's not like anyone is going to completely forget about you. And they're still going to be there when you come back. Co-op potentially might increase your degree length. If you really want to avoid this, and many students do, then you can always drop out after one work term. It's incredibly easy to do, it just requires a quick email. Even if you want to complete the full program and get a co-op designation, you can still do this and graduate in a regular time frame if you don't take a summer off, which is the handbook example that was mentioned above. I've also heard from students that do take a longer time to do their degree that this isn't much of an obstacle to finding articles or jobs, especially if they end up articling at the co-op firm they worked at any Many co-op jobs are government or public interest, these jobs will still be harder to get if you're not in co-op and try to find them on your own in 1L.
  14. A lot of people underestimate how hard it is to find a law related job on their own, especially in 1L summer. Unless you're willing to move to a different province, it's almost impossible to get one at an established firm that actually involves you working with active files. This extends to 2L summer as well if you don't participate in OCIs or didn't get a job from OCIs. A fair amount of students can end up articling and starting their career with an employer who originally hired them via co-op. A bigger benefit would probably be flexibility. Co-op operates every semester, so you have options for picking and choosing when you want to work and when you want to study. There tends to be less competition and more jobs in the fall term. You can't really find this at other law schools, your only opportunity to work tends to be in the summer when competition is at its highest.
  15. At the moment no. However the Law Student's Society 1L reps will usually make one a little later in the year to coordinate summer meetups, the Law Buddies program, and orientation events. I'm sure a post will be made about it when it's organized.
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