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  1. The previous two responses are great. Mine is maybe not quite as rigorous as you have in mind, but if you're currently not in a French-speaking environment, I have found that simply listening to media in the language I'm trying to improve helps a lot, as long as I do it frequently. I did this before knowing a single word of French, and I credit it in part for the speed with which I picked up the language when I finally put my mind to it. Obviously, you're further along. In particular, listening without video is what I recommend (it works the brain in a different way when you can't see the face -- like the first time you talk on the phone in a second language). So if you're a radio and podcast aficionado like me, you might find it useful to just make Radio-Canada one of your main (or your main) sources of "background sound" (I often turn it or CBC on when just hanging out in the house, going for walks with headphones, or whatever). The idea I have is that when dealing with French in a 'normal' environment, it helps to have been casually listening for a while - being used to it, you might not have to concentrate quite as much on the words, and can instead think about the ideas behind them. With that in mind, I'm pretty sure this is the link for live radio at Radio-Canada (you have to pick the region) : https://ici.radio-canada.ca/premiere/ . Also, you likely already know that the McGill Law Journal podcast functions biligually - https://lawjournal.mcgill.ca/podcasts/. And there is also a podcast by the Association du Barreau canadien called "Juriste Branché" that I have listened to a couple of times and liked. https://juristebranche.simplecast.com/. These are also available at the apple podcast store and elsewhere.
  2. Huh. I guess I was lucky. Since I only made that request once, and only at the one university, my experience is obviously not evidence of a widespread practice. And I just checked the form I was referencing — it definitely refers to the law on access to information. Even though I have gone through the process of using the law to access documents in other contexts, I never connected the dots here — I suppose due to my experience — so I feel like something significant has been cleared up (and I feel a little dumb). Not that I’ll be changing my personal policy, but cool.
  3. Yes, though some institutions give access to your file on demand, including such letters. I made a request several years ago to see my student file (for a different reason) at a university in the same province. I was escorted with no trouble into an office where I was shown my file and everything in it. I was not required to make an access to information request.
  4. I often show them to students, and if they asked I certainly would. I don’t think anyone has ever asked. Also, as I recall, at least one Law school’s reference form includes a warning to referees that students may have the right to see it according to provincial law. Haha! The message apparently being a very definitive “maybe, but probably not.” And actually I think @ProfReaderhas given a more realistic appraisal. You should expect not to see your letters of reference.
  5. I often show them to students, and if they asked I certainly would. I don’t think anyone has ever asked. Also, as I recall, at least one Law school’s reference form includes a warning to referees that students may have the right to see it according to provincial law. So if you want to see it, I’d say you likely can.
  6. A good point nonetheless, which I’ll keep in mind in future.
  7. Even when I am very familiar with the application form in question (or can access it easily), I have them send it to me with their information already filled out along with submission info (where, how etc). I ask for their CV and personal statement and all the relevant information about the program if I need it. I don’t get them to visit my office etc because of the level I’m teaching at — I have already worked with them closely if I taught them. So I’d say your referees were following best — or at least good — practices because, don’cha know, I do it all perfectly. 🤪
  8. I can confirm this as someone who has written many letters of reference over the years, and who has filled out the "checkbox" forms many times. I always assume that I do the student no great favours by exaggerating her qualities. If my student has excellent analytical skills but isn't really great verbally, or is very shy, I will indicate it. In the accompanying letter I then might mention this and point to mitigating factors or the fact that the student is working on it and has shown clear improvement &co. Not all the letters I write are "excellent" but I never accept to write a letter if I think that the student is unsuited to the program being applied to, which is usually law. So to those applying in future cycles, you might want to ask your potential referees if they think they can give you a positive reference, and not just whether they'll give one. I'll bet they'll be honest about it (I would be). If they say 'no,' then thank them and move on, and remember it doesn't necessarily mean anything about. you personally. I have refused otherwise excellent students because I would feel obligated to mention their performance on a particular essay, or because their mark fell too low in a particularly high-scoring class, and so on. However, I have colleagues who think they have an obligation to always give a reference when asked, regardless of what kind of letter they can write, and not all will warn the student unprompted that the letter might be mediocre. ... and on another point that gets raised sometimes, I do not have a 'stock' letter. I write each one individually. However, I always end the letter with a statement of how well I believe the student will do in the program, and this statement is not always of the sort that implies that "she's wonderful! You'd be idiots not to admit her!" It's always positive (see above), but sometimes it could be something like "I think this student might struggle to adjust because of his shyness, but that ultimately he will flourish in law school," where the comment is contextualized in earlier parts of the letter. @ProfReader, if you don't mind commenting, how bad a black mark would something along those lines be on a reference that put it into an overall positive context? (by the way, that's a made-up statement, not a quote from any particular letter).
  9. Honestly, I think it's always dumb to take on unnecessary debt, but there is a difference between having credit available and being in debt,. As long as one has enough self-control, the former is fine in my opinion (though best not to go crazy). The problem I see is weakness of the will: few of us have enough self-control to leave something like that there while never using it. An emergency LOC is great, until after the emergency.
  10. That would be excellent. Many thanks, @HopefulE! And for your sake as well as the rest of us, I hope you will be very successful! Congratulations on being accepted into law school. Ottawa, I believe?
  11. Well I have to say that’s very encouraging, and nice to meet someone else who remembers when dirt was young. I will probably DM you in a short while with a follow up or two. Thanks!
  12. Hello everyone, I'm planning to apply to law school this fall as a mature student, hoping to start in 2021. Without going into too many details, if admitted I will be older than some of my profs. Now, I'm currently the sole wage-earner in my family, and one of the things I have to consider is whether I will be able to continue supporting them if I become a full-time student 18 months from now. I have consulted with a financial advisor and have a plan, but questions still remain, so I am thinking about seeking a student line of credit. Obviously I can't actually apply until I have proof of admission, and the banks have been a bit cagey about answering an in-principle question about how they would respond to that application. But I have to make plans now, because I have to decide whether to apply this year, as planned. My concern is they might not be as interested in extending a student LOC to me because of my age and the things that come with it in terms of my financial history and earning potential. So I am wondering whether anyone here might be (or know) an older student such as myself, with experience applying for a student line of credit at a Canadian bank. How did it go? If others want to speak up as well, that's cool too, but I am mainly interested in insights from people who have an idea of how the banks deal with age outliers in this area. I am not looking for a discussion about whether going into Law is a good idea from a financial point of view. I am happy to stipulate that it's a terrible idea. My reasons for seeking this late career change have nothing to do with money and a lot to with the direction my life has taken. My only financial goal is to not impoverish myself or (more importantly) my family. Oh and yes, my spouse is on board, but can't contribute financially until around the time I will have reached 3L (assuming I'm admitted for 2021), at which point we'll be fine. Anyway, thanks for any input! If you think that you would need more details before being able to suggest an answer, feel free to message me.
  13. I’m reminded of the old curse, “may you live in interesting times.” If I were starting at a law school this Fall, I would consider it such a significant privilege that I would absolutely start online if I had to. As it stands we don’t know if schools will still be online at that point, of course, but at any rate if so it will be temporary. Alas, I couldn’t apply this cycle (have to support my family) and am hoping to do so this Fall. But that said, I teach at the post-secondary level and will be doing so after the summer as well. I don’t want to go online now, I don’t want to stay online in the fall, and my institution doesn’t want to stay online any longer than it it required to do so. I have some inside knowledge of this: I am on both the faculty association executive and the Board of Governors. We will do the best we can to provide students with the best learning environment possible. It won’t be ideal. But as I say it’ll be temporary. I don’t know a single prof who would rather stick to an online format. My message is to be optimistic and to recognise the great opportunity and privilege of being able to be a student at all, never mind a law student. The current situation sucks. But it isn’t permanent. Or at least nobody I work with thinks it will, or wants it to be.
  14. I would pay my deposit to secure my seat. If the fall 2020 semester was postponed and or carried out online, the institutions would surely return the deposit. Unless you really are open to the possibility of tanking your year over this, @Lawstudent97, I think that @sc313has just given you some pretty solid advice. I really doubt that anybody really knows what will be happening six months from now, or what kinds of measures might be required by then. I mean, I am confident that there are some epidemiologists out there with models taking us to September and beyond, but I'd wager that the farther into the future such a model goes, the less we can have confidence in its predictive power. Maybe by June or July they'll have a clear idea and be able to tell us with confidence what we can expect in September. If I'm right, then speculation is all we have, and it's free, but it's not likely to be very helpful. My approach to the next several months (and the one I recommend) is going to be to plan optimistically, as though things will be back to normal soon enough. But I also need to remember that they might not be: we might still be called on to be adaptable and continue showing solidarity with our fellow citizens, including through personal sacrifice. I don't think tuition will drop as a result of the current crisis, and I have to say that frankly, taking a few classes online instead of in person is an inconvenience, not a hardship. At least you get to be in law school.
  15. I change my answer. If I could do anything with cars, I would do that. Just thought that opportunity had long gone. Idk if Mercedes Canada is trolling ls.ca but feel free to drop into my DMs. If that particular shout-out works, you gotta tell us.
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