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  1. In 1L some of them are curved, some are not. It depends on the prof and the midterm because 2/5 of my midterm grades were not curved, the other three were, and property/ADR do not get a midterm just a final
  2. Hey! I was hoping someone on here would know the answer. I know the legal clinic on campus, if you get a job, is a paid position over the summer but I cannot find the amount you make either an hour or over the course of the four months. If anyone knows and is willing to post it below or DM the answer to me I would appreciate it! Thanks!
  3. In terms of not having French it won't provide you with a disadvantage, because the jobs are not all bilingual jobs, but if you expect to work in French the recruiter's tend to require you to be functionally bilingual (and provide your documents in English and French). Having the French oral skills would be an asset in regards to it's another point you can put on your resume, and it can open up more in school opportunities if you can speak French, but in regards to job opportunities, from what I have heard, you either require full bilingualism to work in French. If you want to improve your French skills you are able to take classes in French, and if at the end you do not feel as strong about your writing you're allowed to write the final exam in English. So there are opportunities to develop and improve your French to get to the level where it can become a huge asset in the work force, but if it's just something you'd want to improve on a bit, then (depending on where you want to see your legal career going it might be very useful it might not be) then working incredibly hard at 1L AND improving your French skills might be too hard to balance.
  4. Even old questions, if they concern you, are still worthwhile to ask. To echo FingersCr0ssed, I have never heard anyone bash attending UOttawa who goes here. I hard accepted before I'd even heard back from Osgoode, Queens and Western. I know many people who selected UO over other offers, I know people who only applied here, whose first choice was here, and I can honestly say not a single person has ever (to me or my friends) bashed or complained or wished they were at another school. I'm sure people do it, some people wish they were closer to SO's in other parts of the country or family and friends, but not a single person (at least in my experience) has said 'oh I wish I was somewhere else' or 'UofT would be so much better' or 'we're the lowest on the rankings and we suck (because the rankings are a decade old and not representative of anything even remotely related to the strength of the school. If we still worked by the 'truths' of like 2008 or whenever they came out my tuition would be 1/3 of what it is now, time's have truly changed and even when the list came out it was pretty much BS). To describe the class I would say it is an amazing atmosphere. Most people are very Type A, most people try and stay on track, but everyone is very supportive. One of my friends got a ProBono position, and the rest of us didn't, and we (against the stereotype of law students) couldn't be happier for her and celebrated her win even though we had technically lost. In your classes people support one another and help prep for midterms and finals, you'll be inundated with upper year summaries to help do well when it comes to exams, the professors are so kind and always able to help you (one of mine even booked 15 minutes meetings with our entire class in 4 person groups to get to know us, what we wanted to do after school, and give us advice about what to do on campus to get there, and she was not my small group prof she did this for all 80 students in her class). When you don't have time to do class readings heaps of people (or just one, depending on the time in the semester and who actually did the readings) will send you them to be able to follow along in class. When people get answers wrong no one laughs or judges because we all have a lot of respect for one another and all want people to succeed as much as they can. It is truly an amazing atmosphere, no one wishes they were elsewhere, and I can give more examples of everyone being awesome (and very dissimilar, I'm talking VERY dissimilar to the outline shown in these forums) of UO students but I have rambled a bunch. The building isn't great but it isn't as bad as everyone says. Campus food sucks but other than one university in Canada (where I did my undergrad so the change was hard) all campus food sucks. The campus food is basically all crappy fast food chains like Thai Express, Subway, Tims, etc. So if you love their food, you'll like it. If you hate their food you'll hate it. There's a beautiful and delicious cafe in the social science building (close to the law one) where you can go between classes if you have a break and the coffee shop in FTX has an espresso machine that makes coffee's that's pretty good but the coffee coffee (my preference) is terrible. But there's like three second cups and a starbucks within 5 minutes of campus so if you have time to get coffee you have time to walk to a good one. Especially since we're law students, broke, and not living on campus and forced to use a meal plan the food element really makes no impact on your life. Most people live so close to campus they go home for coffee and meals so if you cannot cook and want to buy over priced lower quality food then it sucks, but if you live close and know how to pack food, or go home between classes, then it honestly doesn't impact your life at all. I won't speak too too much to job opportunities because I am a 1L and so haven't immersed myself in the job hunt yet. I would not say the Ottawa market is saturated, but the law field is definitely pumping out more grads than it has jobs to fill (like all professions). But if you do well (and a B average is well, every recruiter, and I've seen over 10 presentations from panels of them, says this is fine), do not want a very niche area of law, and are willing to put time and effort into applications and interviewing, then you shouldn't have a problem. If you come out with C's, only want a government job, and haven't updated your resume since Civics class in grade 10 then I'd be very worried. However, most of the job stress comes from the different timelines of recruitments. Government jobs hire later, Toronto goes right smack at the beginning of the semester, smaller firms don't participate in the large recruits, and the Ottawa recruit follows the Toronto one. So people will stress about jobs, but it isn't because there are none, it's because Toronto did OCI's, people talk about how they have a 2L summer job, article and possibly 1st year associate job lined up, all before the application deadline to get the same security but in the Ottawa market even close. Hopefully this helps! If you have any more fire away!
  5. I had my prof explain the process to me (she herself clerked at the Supreme Court). Basically for the Supreme Court you must have a reference from the Dean. Those references only go to the top 5% of the class (an email goes out in the beginning of second year inviting you to apply, not everyone who gets the email does apply). You can apply without the recommendation of the Dean, but you will not get through the application cycle to the interview process. Does not mean you are not an excellent candidate, and that you cannot pick up your grades, Clerk at another court, and then apply, but you will not get to SCC clerkship unless you have the Dean's support which only goes to that top 5%. However, that is only relevant for the SCC, every other court you do not require the Dean's reference or have to be in the top 5% of the class and they are still excellent opportunities (especially courts of appeal, where most hard and interesting cases end because so few make it to the SCC). The actual interview process I am not aware of, but different Judges look for different strengths from their Clerks and a different spread of specialities. If you can speak French and/or know Civil law that gives you a huge advantage because each judge needs a Clerk to help with the French/Civil cases. The applications are heavily grades and reference letter based to get to the interview stage, so try and take courses that are smaller, and with a professor who can write you a great letter of recommendation. If you have any like super specific questions (I haven't gone through the process but I had a long meeting with my Professor about it) feel free to PM me!
  6. Hey all! Before deciding on a school and entering 1L I found the AMA's by current students super helpful to get a feel for what law school is like in general and what it is like at the specific schools. I've had the opportunity to do some cool things in first semester of 1L, and came out of it alive. So if anyone has questions about 1L life in general, UOttawa specifics, or anything related to the next three years of your life (though I can only personally speak to 1L, but I can draw in experiences of people I know in 2L and 3L) then fire away!
  7. If you look at the bookstore website (https://www.bkstr.com/ottawastore/home) and look at the textbooks you can see what you need / the max price you'd pay for them (just to warn you, it'll hurt), but in terms if pre-readings don't do any unless the prof says to!
  8. Honours BA with a double major in Political Science as well as Criminal Justice and Public Policy
  9. All books used but only in pencil. Bibles: $30 each LSAT PrepTests (only first 3 tests done in pencil): $10 each Workbooks: $15 each Selling in the GTA before Aug. 29 and in Ottawa after
  10. My admission email was an email that stated 'a decision has been made on your application, login to UZone to find out' or something along those lines. No acceptance information, not 'congratulations', just that statement with the UO background and this was in December. So it really doesnt matter at all except its a clue to login and check what happened. So long as UZone and OLSAS say you've been accepted, the email really doesnt matter.
  11. They aren't full syllabus' but a general outline of the course can be found at the course search engine (https://commonlaw.uottawa.ca/en/students/student-centre/course_search_engine) Make sure to only narrow by first-year thematic. Also, I just checked and according to my account both of those courses are full for the normal JD track. So unless you are in a program other than the regular JD it looks like there's only space in Disability Rights, Indigenous Legal Mechanisms, Law Legal Orders and CILT, and Women Religion and Law.
  12. I just checked the course openings again and Prof. Chartrand has 10 spots open, the rest of the 16 small groups are all full. So it looks like there is a max of 10 people left to be admitted, but that does not factor in how many people have accepted and not selected their small group yet. Sorry guys!
  13. Would it not be more useful or beneficial to post this information in the forum itself rather than have individuals PM you? When choosing which university I wanted to pursue, college was what my parents wanted me to choose, specifically the Humber program you mention. Before applying to undergrad (in 2014) I called all the admissions offices at every Ontario law school (Lakehead did not yet exist) and each and every one of them told me they would not accept the program for admission into their law school. I also called the Law Society of Ontario (then the Law Society of Upper Canada) and they told me they had no one on record with only a BAA, and the three that did have one also had an undergraduate degree from a recognized university. Many of the people I talked to were quite mad that the admissions person at Humber had told me I could apply with their BAA to law school because they found it wholly and completely incorrect and would make no exceptions. However, I did not call outside of the province as I intended to do schooling then practice in Ontario. So if your intention is to benefit those who are choosing schools and wish to pursue a JD in Canada, it would be more helpful to post it here, where anyone can access the information without making an account and having to wait for you to respond to their message, and where others in the legal community can add information so applicants aren't mislead by your one personal experience, rather than posting this and keeping the actual relevant information a secret.
  14. As of this morning there are 14 spots left in Chartrand's Torts and the rest are full!
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