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  1. Hey! I just finished my 1L semester and I have to say it's tough to narrow down a lot my interests right now since the classes we took mostly lay down the foundation for concepts used in different legal fields. I am excited to get into 2nd year and 3rd years courses to be able to learn about more modern cases and stuff. But all in all, I didn't like contracts too much or torts. I did find crim pretty interesting. I'll probably be looking to take more crim courses later on
  2. I couldn’t really afford to simply enjoy my 0L summer without working. Also, there was Covid, so as much as I would have liked to pick up and go sometimes I couldn’t. I did something I wanted to do for a while, which was to learn the basics of coding. I worked a full time job in my field right after graduating in the spring. I found out I was admitted to law school about a week after I started work. And I basically worked full time to save as much money on possible, volunteered, and tried to develop healthier routine habits. For me that was to implement a routine with yoga and taking walks. I didn’t prep for 1L at all really. I always listened to the legal podcasts and youtube channels so I would do that. If there is anything I would change, considering it was during the pandemic, is that I might have enjoyed taking a job that paid less but that was a little more fun. I’ve been a barista before and working at a local coffee shop instead might have been a more exciting environment for me. I hope this helps and congrats!!
  3. It‘s the same! The LL.L. or Licence en droit is the civil law program. Congrats!
  4. There is also a program at uOttawa where you do civil law and common law at the same time and it’s 3 years long.
  5. I just stumbled upon this thread. I'm a 1L in the French Common Law section in the PDC program (common law and civil law). If you have any other questions feel free to message me!
  6. I had a problem last year where I never received the confirmation email. I called them and they sent a new one. Bugs can happen so better reach out to be sure.
  7. My mother-tongue is French, and I did my last 6 years of education in English, and I am doing pretty good. In the French program, you have a class called "Compétences" where they go over your French and you learn a lot. There is also a non-graded French diagnostics test in September, and the school organized extra tutoring sessions for the students that they feel needs it.
  8. If you speak French consider the French JD program! Your stats should get you accepted.
  9. Hi! I'm in the PDC program (JD+LL.L.) so a little different, but with the LL.L. you can then pass the bar exam in Quebec. You cannot take the bar exam in any other province if I'm not mistaken. Also, you do have the option of doing an extra year after completing your LL.L. to then get a J.D. if ever you wanted to pass the bar in a different province. Good luck and feel free to message me!
  10. I know the OLSAS system does have flaws. A lot of people actually found the commas were just stripped away from their text, so make sure to double check. I think you should try and find a synonym but otherwise just leave the word. It won't make or break if you get in or not in my opinion. (I'm a 1L in the PDC program)
  11. My pleasure I'm not very knowledgeable about the LL.L requirements but I don't think it's a slam dunk with a 3.25. You have more chance of getting in the PDC or the Common Law French Program (JD). Of course it is always better to put your eggs in different baskets so you might want to apply to all 3!
  12. I'm at uOttawa on the French side and don't have this issue. I would contact the common law section just in case.
  13. Hi! I am a 1L at uOttawa. I honestly hate Zoom this is really not how I anticipated my first year of law school would ever be like. It's very tiring to be on the computer all the time and not seeing people in person. Some people in my program did make a study group which is essentially a zoom room that is always open, which helps a little because we chat and study together. But all in all, being home all the time is not good for my mental health. There are some good points, which are that I can continue to live at home, and it does save time to not have to commute. Still, I really really hope it won't be like this next year.
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