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  1. if you find a Dropbox or something with a variety of upper year summaries, please let me know! I'm currently lacking summaries for all of my classes
  2. The SLS has a handful of them on their new-ish summary drive webpage but it's certainly lacking. Doesn't even say, in many cases, what year/prof the summary was made for. But you might find something to get you through in the meantime.
  3. This is also what worked for me. I found the idea of creating, from scratch, a full CAN to be not only a waste of time, but also a little overwhelming. Starting with a pre-formatted, hopefully already decent if not pretty good set of notes cut down my time organizing which gave me more time to internalize the information, write practice exams, and go through to see what I still didn't quite know. To the bolded part, though, I would caution new 1Ls against relying too heavily on CANs during the semester. 1-2 of my 1L classes were an unnecessarily uphill battle during first semester because I had good hand-me-down notes that didn't need editing (to the point where during class, I could read along the CAN nearly verbatim to what the prof was saying), so I didn't take notes in class. This 1) allowed me to pay attention less than I should have and 2) was detrimental to my ability to actually LEARN (or even remember) what cases were about, how exactly to apply tests, etc. My recommendation would be to take notes as if you don't have a CAN, and then you can mesh your notes into it at the end of the semester. Even if you have nothing useful to add to your CAN, you'll almost certainly remember things better this way. This is what I did in second semester and a class that I had done less-than-well in first semester ended up being one of my best classes.
  4. Had Teksavvy all of last year in London and through most of my undergrad. Their prices have just gone up, but you may find an early Sept back-to-school deal (which is what I ended up doing last year, and I got their 150 unlimited plan for $30/month for 6 months). Their customer service/tech support over the phone is great, and the only issues I would expect you might run into would be if there is an infrastructure problem in the neighborhood or if you need a technician to come to your place, because both of those are the responsibility of whoever owns the cabling that Teksavvy uses in that neighborhood (like Bell or Rogers, who don't care about you since you're not paying them) so you're lower on their priority list. Assuming you don't have that issue though, I would definitely recommend Teksavvy and even if you do need someone to show up and fix something, any issues you have with that will definitely earn you a discount on your next bill. Teksavvy's really good about that.
  5. OLSAS just opened today, right? Don't worry about it. It might just be under a heavier load today as everyone tries to login for the first time. Applications arent due for two and a half months, logging in for the first time a day later than apps open will make no difference. Don't stress! The waiting only really gets worse from here on out anyway.
  6. The extracurriculars you mention are where you'll feel the pinch from working, but that's more a result of scheduling than time crunches (with the exception of moots, maybe). If you work 15 hours a week or so, and you go to class and do your readings, you'd probably end up with 45 hours of committed time a week, which is on par with a standard full time job. Certainly do-able, but it gets more complicated and more intense as you add in those ECs.
  7. This is the right move. Do this. FWIW, I have heard that following the pandemic + associated lockdown, banks have started to get stingy with their PSLOCs, but definitely shop around before you take anything that isn't prime + 0.
  8. Oh, I didn’t know that. That’s not how they usually do it (but I suppose this year isn’t exactly “usual”).
  9. Right. On your first day of orientation, they’ll give you your schedule already made and ready to go without any prior action on your part.
  10. 160 + 3.79 is probably fine, for an acceptance somewhere, but don't blow off your PS or anything. What's your L2? Can only speak to the Ontario schools but Osgoode probably, Ottawa I'd be very confident.
  11. I went right after undergrad (which I did right after high school). Burnt out may be too strong a description, but I was definitely starting to head in that direction. I worked full time in my fourth year of undergrad, so by the end of that I was in need of a bit of a break, but I didn’t really get one because law school hits the ground running. Part of my problem, though, was that I thought if I took a year off, I’d never go back. I’d get a taste of a school-free life. My job was in retail, so as a low level supervisor, none of that ever came home with me. My time off work was my own. I would have had very few expenses, which meant that my paycheck felt like more than enough. All these factors, I thought, would potentially make me too comfortable to disrupt my life by applying/going to law school, so I didn’t give myself that break. All this to say, in essence: if you think you need a year, take it. I think if I had, I would have gone to law school refreshed, and more willing to put in the hours to do more reading, and I would have been more interested in joining clubs or extracurriculars. Don’t try to “take your break” during 1L, like I did from Sept-Nov.
  12. You'll need the McGill Guide which I think was $30? Maybe $50. If your corporate books are the OBCA and CBCA, you can probably wait until right before the exam, since they're just paper copies of the legislation so during class, you can just use the digital version for free. I think the books were $90 each, but I didn't buy them because the shift to online meant I could just use the digital ones.
  13. If you buy new (I did, a lot of people find that to be an unnecessary expense but I didn't want an older edition or a copy with highlighting/notes already in it), probably $170-200 per book (and likely one book per class).
  14. Are you entering your fourth year? Do you have seminar courses that are smaller in size and are led by the prof? After a couple of classes, where you’ve been an active and strong participant, ask that prof. Make sure you give them enough time to write it though.
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