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  1. I'd honestly just search through the forum and look for some of the many posts people have made in the past about why not to get a foreign law degree if you want to practice in Canada. I don't know much about this particular program, but I think you'd save money in the long run if you focus on getting a good GPA in a regular undergrad program and get into a Canadian law school, rather than do this and either 1. spend a ton of time and money trying to pass NCA exams and struggling to find an articling position (because it's very hard for people with foreign law degrees to get an articling position unless they're from HYS or Oxbridge), or 2. end up applying to law school in Canada anyway and having a useless LLB. Rightly or wrongly, there tends to be a stigma against those who went to the UK or Australia or a lower ranked US law school because it thought that they couldn't get into a Canadian school. Even though the Laurier program is an undergrad program and you couldn't at this stage in your education apply to Canadian law schools, I could see people thinking graduates of this program are trying to get around the LSAT and having to compete for a sport in a Canadian school by following that route. Some threads I found: (Bond is an Australian law school, but the arguments in this thread are going to be pretty much the same as those for UK schools.)
  2. Western's dean just announced upper year classes will be online for Fall term, but it sounds like they're planning for 1Ls to be at least partially in person
  3. I bank with TD. I pay my tuition to "UWO-Tuition", if I remember correctly it's the same payee for the deposit. If you still can't find it though I'd call or email the law admissions office
  4. Does anyone know whether the OCJ has gowning requirements or where they can be found? I can't find anything on the OCJ website and I've tried to call both the MAG office and some courthouses, but none of my calls are going through. For the record, I'm inquiring about gowning requirements as they normally are, not as they've been amended due to hearings taking place virtually during the pandemic.
  5. It really depends on how you learn best. I took an LSAT course because I do best in a classroom environment and I was working full-time at the time, so I liked having a schedule to force me to stay on top of my studying and I had some extra money that I could spend on a course. That worked for me, I got into law school. Other people have self-studied to great success. I waited for my course to start before I did any studying because I didn't want to take myself down some wrong path by trying to work on my own and misunderstanding something. I was probably just worrying too much though and there wasn't a big risk of that really happening. The very first thing I would do is decide what general method you're going to use - in person courses aren't available now (I'm sure), but you could do an online course, online tutoring, or self-study. Look into the options, think about what's worked best for you in the past. Also come up with some sort of schedule. Besides my course, I did two or three timed sections every weeknight and one or two full timed test each day of the weekend. I'd normally take one night off each week to avoid burning out. Some other schedule might work better for you, so think of what makes the most sense and stick with it. (I also studied much less than a year, so you might not need to work every single day). I'd also recommend cold writing a diagnostic. I think it's useful to have a basic sense of what comes instinctively to you when it comes to the LSAT. It's also nice at the end to see how much you've improved. Your diagnostic score is not likely to be particularly good, but the LSAT is a learnable test and I've never heard of someone not improving on their first score. Finally I'd also say a year is way more time than I'd spend studying for the LSAT (I studied about 3-4 months), but you know yourself as a test taker best. Just make sure not to burn yourself out - some people talk about there being diminishing returns when you study the LSAT for too long.
  6. I'm sure many would give you the same advice: if you want to go to law school, pick the program where you believe you'll do best. For me that was Literature, since I knew I loved it and that I'd be happy to work hard and get good grades. Law schools don't particularly care where you did your undergrad or what your program was, they care about your GPA. There's no advantage to doing an undergrad in criminology or anything like that - but if that's the degree you think you'd do best in or that you're most interested in, by all means do that. I don't know anything about the Sussex LLB stream but I'd avoid getting a foreign law degree, especially if your goal is just to go to a Canadian law school anyway. The UK degree will just be useless in the end. My only caveat besides what I've already said is you might want to consider what else you can do if it turns out that law doesn't work out or by the time you're finished undergrad you no longer want to go into law. Journalism is a notoriously difficult field now. Other than law school, criminology majors mostly end up in government (to my knowledge). Again, I don't know any masters programs for these fields, but think beyond a masters - if you don't become a lawyer, what's the next career you'd pursue? Which of these programs would allow you to do that best?
  7. Saying Western is "officially moving forward with a mixed model" is inaccurate. Western said they are anticipating a mixed model, with a final decision to be announced by June 1st: We will do our best to finalize fall plans in advance of June 1. This will enable all of us – students, future students and their families, staff, faculty members – to organize our own decisions, our own work, and the University’s work in the best possible ways under less-than-ideal conditions. That will give incoming students plenty of time to find an apartment (I found mine in July last year), so I wouldn't jump the gun on housing before June 1st. In fact, the president's letter doesn't say anything about planning to be on campus or proceeding with housing. There's some talk about faculty and staff moving back to campus in the coming weeks, but that's not relevant to what fall instruction will be like. The president also emphasizes that they're planning things as flexibly as possible so that if things change they can adapt quickly.
  8. Cold write just means that you didn't do any preparation before writing that first test.
  9. Western just announced that it's likely to be a mixed model for fall where some classes are in person and others are online. They want to finalize their decision by June 1. Law school hasn't said anything but their hands are probably tied to what central admin decides anyway
  10. I stand corrected. But I maintain that reference forms don't mean that referees will simply check off all very goods and excellents, as the previous commenter seemed to think.
  11. If I remember correctly, of the schools I applied to in 2018 (all ON except Lakehead + McGill + Dal), only McGill and Dal had stock form for references. OLSAS had a link you sent to your references and they would upload a letter from their end. Also, I absolutely believe people would send reference forms to people who wouldn't check the excellent or very good boxes, particularly if they fall into the traps ProfReader mentioned earlier (ex. asking someone they think is "impressive" but who doesn't really know them for a reference). There are also certainly people out there who wouldn't refuse to write a reference letter on the basis that they couldn't write a good one.
  12. I'm not certain about Osgoode's policy, and you may have looked into it already, but in case you haven't I will warn you that law schools are generally much more reluctant to allow deferrals than undergrad programs. Generally you have to have pretty exceptional circumstances for them to allow it. Before you make any decision be sure to look into everything and call the faculty to double check that this is even an option in your situation.
  13. That's fair! It was something I took into consideration when making my own decision, but having now been to law school I agree that you're right that Bay Street placement numbers don't show the whole picture. I probably should've added a caveat to that effect in my original reply
  14. I'd provisionally accept the Dual offer if you're interested in it, since you'll have until July before you have to pay a deposit (I assume) and that leaves two more months for these schools to get back to you. I don't know much about the Dual program, though, and I'd definitely check posts in this forum about it before you make a firm decision on it. See what current or former Dual students have said about their decisions, whether they regret them, etc.
  15. I also was deciding between Western and Ottawa and ultimately decided on Western. Much of my reasoning was similar to @TobyFlenderson (I really didn't like Fauteux Hall when I visited Ottawa lol), but I also want to work in Toronto, so the better placement was important to me, and I like how small Western is compared to Ottawa (175 students/year vs 310/year in English common law). I do think Ottawa might be a nicer place to live than London, the university campus is right downtown and next to the canal, but at the end of the day I decided since I'm only spending three years there and London has everything I need that that wasn't a big enough factor to sway my decision. I'm also open to PMs about my decision if you want more details!
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