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  1. Hey! I was wondering if any of these courses would be least daunting to take in French for someone who's first language is English? I haven't taken a class in french since CEGEP but would like to get back into it without being too overwhelmed. Edit: I'm judging from your post that I should probably avoid contacts and torts in french, but maybe the others?
  2. It says on their website and application that passive bilingualism is required. I don't think one french course would allow you to meet that requirement, but you can see how they define it here: https://www.mcgill.ca/law/bcl-jd/admissions-guide/eligibility. If you write the LSAT you should consider applying to schools outside QC.
  3. This isn't a dumb question! You will have to submit both your CEGEP and undergrad transcripts, but I'm not convinced that CEGEP grades are considered much. If you're looking at Ontario schools, they will convert your university grades to the OLSAS GPA, which will only take into account your 2 years of undergrad (link to conversion table: https://www.ouac.on.ca/guide/olsas-conversion-table/). Having just gone through the admissions process, It's definitely possible for you to be admitted in December before your Fall 2020 grades come in. Regardless of when/if you're admitted, you'll have to keep sending updated transcripts so those grades would "count". The law schools won't look at your application less favourably for having 2 years of grades instead of 3 so don't worry.
  4. It should say it in the contact. It was not mentioned in my application either.
  5. It says after articling. Apparently it's a recent change (from what I was told).
  6. I mean you answer your own question. MBAs aren't designed for entry-level jobs, you get them to enter leadership positions within a company. The business model of an MBA is completely different compared to a JD. JDs are highly technical, and are sought after to gain accreditation. MBAs, on the other hand, are useful insofar as they help you build connections and gain prestige - hence why being with other established professionals matter. Not all MBA programs do this well, and their weak employment stats reflect that. But aside from the MBA comparison, I would assume law school adcomms do look positively on related work experience. And law firms definitely appreciate students with related experience when recruitment rolls around. So it's not like this isn't already part of the calculus in the legal profession lol.
  7. Try speaking with a different adviser maybe? My adviser at scotia 2 days ago told me they changed the policy to 24 months after articling. And you should be getting 135K at prime.
  8. You make it sound like students at other, more reputable, law schools aren't already doing what you state in 1) and don't also have the work experience you suggest is helpful in 2). While I'm not as pessimistic as other people on this forum re: Ryerson Law, let's not be disingenuous about the unique challenges their graduates will face when entering the job market. Also, frankly, I don't see why you feel the need to comment on a subject you have only tangential insight on.
  9. Here in QC, the provincial gvt will announce tomorrow that all elementary schools reopen by May 11 for those outside the Greater Montreal Area and on May 18 for those within. It's unclear right now exactly how these classes will look like in terms of social distancing, but thank god our public health officials are seeing the data and acting responsibly. There will be no "recipe for disaster" as long as we keep vulnerable people isolated. If your kid has asthma or some other underlying condition, keep them home. Keep Timmy away from g-ma and g-pa until we have a way to treat or immunize them safely. Wash your hands. People need to stop being so damn alarmist and look at the data.
  10. The goal is to actually get those healthy and not-at-risk individuals exposed (so long as we have the health care capacity to treat the small percentage that do require treatment). The sooner these individuals have immunity, the quicker we can open more areas of the economy up. As for your point re: concerns about herd immunity. If contracting the virus does not provide strong enough immunity, then a vaccine will never be effective. I won't delve into the immunology of why that is, but you can investigate if you are curious. In which case, how long are we expected to isolate like this? Look, whether it's through gradually increasing exposure to the virus, or through vaccination, it is unlikely our lives will return to the way they were anytime soon. I'm not arguing that we should be back up and running exactly as before within a year. But, this level of isolation is not sustainable.
  11. I don't see what purpose keeping classes virtual in the Fall would serve. For context, I've studied immunology and spoken to PIs who work with infectious diseases. The reality is that this virus is not going to simply disappear, no matter how much social distancing takes place. It's too easily transmissible. The current lockdown only makes sense because it gives governments and hospitals the chance to stock up on PPE, ventilators, testing, etc without overwhelming our current capacity. Our leaders should be spending the next 4 months increasing the capacity of our health care system so that some aspects of our society can start up again by September. On top of this, students are generally not in the at-risk age group. The hospitalization and fatality rates for those under 50, while already low, are likely even lower considering studies showing people have contracted the disease without showing symptoms. If we ever want to build herd immunity, the least afflicted members of society (university students included) should be the ones getting exposed to the virus. I know this might sound scary, but waiting over a year for a vaccine is futile. Building immunity through vaccination is particularly challenging with coronaviruses. Schools could easily give the option for those students and professors who have co-morbidities to teach/attend class virtually. If the schools wants to be even more safe, they can think of ways to reduce individual class sizes, mandate the use of masks, etc. In-person classes in the Fall don't have to look exactly the same as in-person classes pre-COVID. That's my $0.02.
  12. I applied after CEGEP and there was definitely a question in that application which asked if I was applying to other civil law schools. I'm pretty sure I was not asked the same question when I applied this cycle as a university applicant. So I think it's possible @ThiccThanos could be onto something with his theory.
  13. Yes these things happen all the time... so what? If I sent an erroneous email, I would expect to receive criticism. Criticism is healthy in circumstances like this. Hopefully Ryerson will be more diligent in the future.
  14. OLSAS doesn't even have their Fall 2021 applications open yet, so no it would not be possible for them to send the LOR now.
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