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  1. 2 hours ago, OzStudent said:

    My routine was: 

    • Monday to Thurs before each class: I read each case before class. If no time to do so, I read a case brief of the case or a good upper year summary so I at least knew what was happening during class. Never go into class cold, it's not a productive use of time. 
    • During class: I took sorta shitty notes per what the Prof is saying. Focused less on students and the questions they asked unless the Prof emphasized that it was a very important or thematic question. If the Prof provided powerpoints, then it was a lot of transferring text over from their powerpoint to my notes. If I had a good summary, I would use the summary text and copy and paste over, but rephrasing things and adding concepts for my own understanding. Last option was to just type into a blank page, but did a good deal of that too. 
    • Every Friday: Most important day of the week for me. I would go through my crappy notes and beautify and organize, and synthesize them, This included highlighting ratios and key facts and jurisdiction/holding with a colour scheme I understood. If there is time, I would  think about the cases thematically and how this weeks' content fit into thte course overall (offer/consideration/acceptance or duty of care/standard of care, w.e. course it was). 
    • Saturday: always took this day off. 
    • Sunday: Began reading Monday's classes

    I really like this. The advice I posted suggests the end of the week should be used to clean up your notes as well, so I am guessing that is very important. It's also a great idea to take Saturday's off. I am assuming Saturday's were used for studying a few weeks closer to exams  

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  2. I just finished Getting to Maybe so I started researching some study strategies and came across this 


    While I recognize that everyone learns in different ways and there is not one strategy that is successful, is this a good routine in general to follow? By making weekly summaries, it kind of forces you to know what happens every week and it would be great to make my own summaries too. I have also read on this forum that students who make their own summaries often do better so that's why I kind of like this idea. Also open to other study strategies that worked thanks! 

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  3. 7 minutes ago, Toad said:

    Seriously considering transferring $20,000 from my LOC into a savings account in case they decide to hit the LOC too. 


    can they actually reduce LOC limits? (assuming regular payment and a good credit score) they have the right to decrease credit card limits, but can they actually reduce your LOC? One of the reasons I actually went to Scotia over the others was that they were offering more money. 

  4. Ontario schools require OLSAS, which allows the reference letters for all schools applied in Ontario to be sent from one place. There's also a questionnaire that has to be filled out. The other schools that require reference letters (Dal, TRU) are straightforward, the reference letters can be emailed for the majority of the schools directly from the person writing the reference letter. Calgary is similar to OLSAS. I am not sure about how McGill does theirs. 

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  5. 6 minutes ago, Alex9 said:

    It would only be fair for the admin to accept more than usual because of this extraneous circumstances. Had i known most schools would be online, i would've applied to all school instead of the ones only close to me. 

    The proposal you are making would be unfair to law students not only at Ottawa, but every other school. It would be bad for the legal market to increase the number of seats and articling would be even harder to secure than it is already. 

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  6. thanks for the info everyone. after seeing all the positives about the amex its kind of hard to say no so I am going to get both. the AMEX has a better rewards program and I would probably just get that card only if more stores accepted it. 

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  7. 2 minutes ago, OnlyResident said:

    I got the both the Amex and the other Visa which combined got me 50,000 points or $500. 

    The other Visa is this one:



    Assuming you meet the spending requirements looks like you can actually get 40,000 points instead of the 30,000 I was offered. 

    that's weird. my rep emailed me the following options:

    Visa and or Amex Card $10,000 Limit Your choice of: No Fee Momentum Visa, No Fee ScotiaGold Passport Visa Card or No Fee Gold American Express Card or your choice of 2 cards at a limit of $5000 each

    That card is definitely better. I will contact my rep to see if I can get that 

  8. law schools definitely will not care about if you wrote it normally or flex test. however, I do question if the flex is easier. Personally I think scores are going to be inflated this year because writing the test at home allows people to overcome two barriers; test-day anxiety (writing at home is much better) and having less sections (more focused, I usually struggled in the 5th section). It might mean you need a higher score to get into law school next year, but your 170 is definitely good. a 170 is a 170. with a decent GPA, a 170 gets you in everywhere in Canada. that score means you are technically eligible to be an LSAT tutor.... at least at Kaplan. 

  9. 30 minutes ago, Cheech said:

    Are both cards no-fee? If so, there's no harm in getting both, aside from a very minor credit hit that will go away after some usage. You might as well get both to reap the welcome bonus points. There are also various other benefits that each card has that the other doesn't, such as no foreign exchange fee on the Visa, so you might as well get both to have maximum flexibility in any situation.

    The only problem I can foresee is that both cards require you to spend a certain amount in the first 3 months of activation to gain the maximum bonus, so you might not be able to hit the target on both cards. If you can get one for now and then the other 3 months from now, that would be even better.

    Yeah both cards are waived and no fees. However, I was looking at the cards on the website, and it appears as if the Visa does not have a welcome bonus. The Amex does and gives 20,000 rewards points. 

    These are the two cards 

    Scotia Momentum® Visa Infinite* Card 


    Scotiabank Gold American Express® Card



    I am not sure if I should go forward with the AMEX as I will not be using it after I get the reward points (mostly because not a lot of places accept AMEX) and it likely is not good for my credit to cancel the card after the points are redeemed. $200 for a credit hit does not look good 

  10. This is very personal and everyone has different backgrounds they respectively come from. I will be attending law school this year and I am a K-JD. I have spent my entire life in school and honestly I wouldn’t have it any other way. Every year when July/August comes around, I get the itch to go back to school and to be fair, it’s the only thing I have been exposed to. Personally I would rather finish school as quickly as I can so I can start working, saving, investing, buying a house and the list goes on... Also this might be a better time to go to school than any other time as the employment market is not looking the greatest it has been. 


  11. I got the Scotiabank loc and have the option of getting both with 5000 or just one of those. I prefer having one card instead of two, but I have read others saying there’s a benefit in getting both. Can somebody explain this? I personally just want to get the VISA, but am considering getting both of them 

  12. 24 minutes ago, GoblinKing said:
    13 hours ago, BlockedQuebecois said:


    Normally I would, but I got a job offer that would substantially reduce the amount of debt I would have to take on for law school. 

    Is there any option for you to do your undergrad online? Most schools are going online this year. This might seem difficult, but considering your GPA as of right now, I think you will be fine. You can manage working and going to school in undergrad with good time management. Definitely an avenue to consider if you can. 

  13. 4 minutes ago, BlockedQuebecois said:

    Have you ever talked to somebody with a commerce degree? The arts degrees have an advantage simply because the interviewers will still be awake by the end of the interview. 

    The few friends I have with a commerce degree are actually quite interesting people. I was genuinely asking and wanted to know if these types of prestigious programs had an advantage or not in OCIs. 

  14. 4 hours ago, driedupwaterparks said:

    My only thought is I almost never consider an undergrad when hiring/interviewing candidates. It adds colour to their application, but focus tends to be almost exclusively on the JD. 

    so someone with a commerce degree (Queens) or HBA from Western doesn't have an advantage for OCIs versus someone with an arts degree when interviewing for Bay Street jobs? 

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