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  1. How much extra time are other schools getting? At Dal, we started with our normal grading scheme, but a looser curve and 2 extra hours. Then we switched to Honours/Pass/Fail after students lost their shit. Seemed odd since the majority of schools did an optional system that allowed you to choose (which is what the rest of Dal as a whole did), so many of us figured we'd also do this. Curious how much time was added elsewhere? I know UBC initially said 10 minutes extra but not sure if this changed when they switched to optional pass/fail. 2 hours seems excessive since the exams are only 3 to start with.. many of us are worried people are just going to cheat now with all of this extra time.
  2. Yeah I'd say no question you're good. I'm also a NS Resident and got early admission with 158 LSAT and 3.94 L2. Whether your overall GPA is weak is irrelevant in your case since if your L2 is higher they'll just calculate both and take the higher one. I also had MBA courses factored in.
  3. At Dal we do not pick our own schedules in 1L. We're randomly assigned one of three first year sections (A, B, or C) and the schedule is completely determined for us.
  4. Yes the baseline 10 credits equals 20 courses was what I was referring to and what they also told me as well but for many, like yourself, it doesn't work out that smoothly since many don't follow the exact full course load for years 3 and 4 of undergrad. I would be quite confident in saying that your 9 credit course will be counted as 1.5 credits toward the 10 and if I remember correctly they told me they will be flexible on the 10 credits so if 9.5 works out smoother, they will be willing to use that instead, rather than going back another year and selecting a random course from the previous year. I think mine was roughly 9 or 9.5 as well and they said they'd likely use this rather than going back to my 3rd year of undergrad since I finished undegrad part-time then did masters level courses.
  5. When they say the last two years (10 credits), each 3 credit course is considered 0.5 credits. In Nova Scotia, all courses, to my knowledge, are 3 credits (one semester) or 6 credits (full year). So for most, this would be their final two years of study if they followed the traditional pattern of a full course load and completing undergrad in 4 years, which I know isn't as common these days (years 3 and 4 of undergrad). I had some masters courses used which accounted for 4 credits for me (8 three-credit courses) then the remaining were taken from undergrad. Myself, and many others asked Rose about this last year so I'd be surprised if the answer was anything different. Many forums have discussed whether Masters courses are treated differently but Rose told me directly they just count back your last 10 "credits" regardless of level of study. I agree with you how they use the term credits in this sense is confusing.
  6. I took criminal law last year, however, it was my small group class. From those who took it either with Professor Coughlan or Iftene as an exam class, it seemed to be somewhere in the middle of the pack in terms of workload among the first year courses if this is part of what you're hoping to find out. It definitely comes down to your personal strengths, since some who were weaker in criminal law found Iftene tough, but not many found it the heaviest course in first year. I think very few took the option last year to defer, but since the opportunity is available, unlike other courses, and you have circumstances that would be helped by this, then it may be worth doing. One other thing to keep in mind is how it will affect a potential summer job. There are definitely no bird courses in first year, so certainly taking one less class would free up some time for you.
  7. @harveyspecter993Two B students with different experiences is because marks are only one part of the equation. I landed a firm job and interviewed at several firms in Halifax. Some didn't even ask for my marks, some expressed they just wanted to ensure I wasn't below a B average, and some placed a bit more weight on it. Even among those firms who placed more weight on it, it was a consensus among the hired associates there and articled clerks that fit is most important. How you interview is what matters when you get your foot in the door and even before that experience and how well you network helps get you there as well, not just marks. Everyone, myself included, thought marks were the only thing that mattered before they actually go through the recruitment process. I can'[t speak for the Toronto market since I didn't interview there and I understand it's more competitive, but I expect similar principles apply regarding "fit" and it sounds like, from this post and speaking with friends who did successfully interview there, many TO firms screen for a B+ average as a starting point.
  8. @LawSchoolJock I'm going into 2L and I know of at least two students who got 1L summer jobs on Bay Street. I believe both are at Osler. There are a much larger proportion of 2Ls who summer on Bay Street since most jobs are only open to 2L summer students. I know the Career Development Office does targeted tours of Bay Street firms with students so I would contact Kelly Tracey there if you're looking for concrete stats. I think her email is just [email protected] but you can find this on the website. I know we definitely have a legitimate presence there but can't speak to objective stats. I'm staying at a firm in Halifax so these are not numbers I've sought out myself. You'll learn marks matter, but they are not the be all end all students think they are going in (I was one of them). Yes if you have straight A's you will get interviews since this is insanely good but firms are most concerned about fit. They want someone who can be a human being and not an academic robot. Lots of students I talked to at major firms had straight B's. Some firms say they look for a B+ average meaning you're on the upper end of the curve but it is only one measure. On the flip side, if you have an average below the curve you may have a tough time but keep in mind As doesn't automatically lead to a job and a B average doesn't mean you have no chance. If you look across Canada, most people working at firms come from the law schools in that region. That seems to be very common so you probably realize Bay Street takes more students from Ontario law schools (especially Osgoode and UofT) than any other. So of course if you go to Dal over an Ontario school your chances would probably be lower of getting on Bay Street, but as mentioned, we do have a presence there and the fact that you're from there is huge. Hope this helps.
  9. Apparently 1 person failed OTL this past year, but no one the year before, so it must be quite difficult to fail. Many stopped going to the lectures altogether and still passed by using the notes from previous years on the CANs database since a lot of the topics stay the same. You could really see attendance die off as it went on. As mentioned above, the topic you are assigned to write the reflection paper was randomized.
  10. @mcgill They don't just take it into consideration.. the masters level courses will count. They count your last two if it's better so if this includes masters courses, like it did for me, they carry equal weight. For me most of the last 2 calculation was masters courses and they only took a few of my 4th year undergrad marks. CrimNation's response is not entirely accurate since they don't focus any more on undergrad than grad courses. I confirmed this with Rose as well when I inquired about my own GPA calculation.
  11. @hkrgvYou won't have your schedule until you register next month. It was completely different for each of the three sections (A, B and C) this past year so it's hard to guess what it might look like
  12. Although Calgary is a bigger city, it is a bit irrelevant to compare the size of Calgary to Halifax in this decision since it really comes down to which school has the bigger presence in Toronto if that's where you want to go. 50% of our students come from outside Atlantic Canada, probably at least 25% from Ontario, at least in my class, so we maintain strong ties with Toronto. The career office at Dal is very Bay Street heavy. They do lots of firm tours throughout the year to firms there. I know many Dal grads that are at the major firms on Bay Street. I can't speak much of Calgary, so perhaps that is a great choice too, simply to say that the size of the cities should not be a deciding factor in this and that Dal grads definitely have a strong presence in Toronto.
  13. Dal has a wide reach across the country since 50% of our students come from outside Atlantic Canada. I know several third years that are articling at the big firms in Calgary. Bennett Jones especially seems to like Dal students but we have students at all major Calgary firms. They definitely take the most from UofA or UofCalgary of course. Dal also has a more established reputation in the legal community but I can't speak much to TRU. That's just my take on Dal from experience and from grads working in Calgary who went through Dal law. We probably have more students from Vancouver than Calgary so I would say even more representation there. I know a few students summering in Vancouver currently.
  14. @ebbfl May be too late but in case it helps or is useful for others: The JD program at Dal is well respected since it has been around for such a long time and due to its size. It's usually ranked somewhere around 6th in Canada. The legal market is by far the strongest in Atlantic Canada with 3 major firms with ~200 lawyers total (about half in the Halifax office). Since half the students are from outside Atlantic Canada, MANY go to Toronto and Vancouver. Our career development officer that deals with private firms regularly does trips to Toronto both with and without students to tour firms. They push Bay Street heavily and are well represented. It's not just our Ontario students that go there but their ties certainly help. The MBA doesn't require work experience so it's a younger crew, but due to its unique 8 month corporate residency it is respected by employers. Toronto corporate firms love combined JD/MBA students. Two I know got articles on Bay Street. Any further questions feel free to ask.
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