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  1. I can answer this. For me personally, I do not find it overwhelming. Obviously there is a lot of work, but if you stick to a schedule you can get it all done. For context, I get up very early and usually work throughout the day until around 5 or so, taking breaks for class and to eat lunch. On the weekends, I work throughout the whole day. I used to take Saturday off but I do not anymore because exams are coming up. As a result of the way I schedule my day, I always have plenty of free time after dinner, which is really nice. Some of my friends/people in my section get up at around 10:30am, and honestly I don't know how they get all their work done. In sum, I think it is manageable if you go to bed early and wake up early, that is what has worked for me anyway. I would say I spend about 60 hours on school a week (including class and my 30 minute lunch breaks). I really enjoy the material (for the most part) so I really do not mind. Hope this helps.
  2. Yes, no problem. So there are 5 sections of about 40 students each, one of them is completely remote (on zoom) and you had to request to be in that section prior to the year beginning. The remaining 4 sections have some online and some in person, depending on the professor's decision, with the exception of Intro to Legal Skills (ILS), which everyone is in together and is fully online. My section, in addition to ILS, has 1.5 classes online, the 0.5 is my contracts lecture. The way they are doing contracts this year is kind of weird. Everyone has their contracts tutorial with their professor assigned to their section, but the professor lecturing rotates every 5 weeks, and all the sections have the lecture together. The first 5 weeks the lectures were asynchronous, now they are live on zoom, it may (likely will) change when we switch professors again in a couple weeks. Personally, I am not a fan, but that is just my opinion. In class, everyone wears masks and we are in big lecture halls around the main campus, with the exception of my contracts tutorial, which is in the law building. Also, the chairs we are allowed to sit in are clearly marked. A typical week is 15 hours of classes. When we have ILS lectures and/or tutorials, which is only once a month approximately, it adds an extra 1.5 or 3 hours. I think they are doing a decent job with the online classes but there is no question the learning experience in person is much better. It makes a huge difference when you can watch the professors move around/body language. It is also much easier to have a discussion and interject when in person. I also should add that the professors do not wear mask when they teach. Honestly, I am not sure how they got away with this, but it makes for a much better learning experience. As far as I am aware, the winter semester will be the same for 1Ls. I expect to have the same classes in person and online. Edit: I do not really know how different it is than the normal 1L experience, but everyone keeps telling me they feel bad for my year, so I imagine it is a lot different. It is definitely a lot harder to meet people.
  3. I really do not think the corporate focus will disadvantage you regardless of what type of law you choose to practice. Obviously I do not have a lot of experience with the school yet, but from what I can tell, they seem to be very supportive regardless of what you want to do with your law degree. The student clubs the school has also make this possible, as they often have events that can expose you to all different areas of the law. I think the idea that there is a corporate focus comes from the fact that the big firms from Toronto are the ones with the most resources, therefore, they are the ones who are sponsoring events and have their names on classrooms. Sorry if this was unclear, but the point I was trying to get across is although I can definitely see why people say there is a 'corporate' focus, the school has ample resources to support whatever career path you are interested in. The community aspect is interesting this year. The administrators loved to push it during orientation week as they are fully aware of this reputation. From what I can tell, it is true, but, as you alluded to COVID is making it extremely difficult to form connections. I am lucky enough to have most of my classes in person, so I have made friends that way. However, during the first two weeks, when classes were all online, I did not make any new friends. The biggest problem is that the only 1Ls you are exposed to are the 40 kids in your section, there is zero interaction with any other sections. Now that extracurriculars are getting going this has started to change, but they are all online, so it is hard to make friends that way. The upper years are doing their best to help also. My orientation leaders have been very friendly, along with my tutor. The LSS also set up a separate buddy program to connect 1Ls with upper years. Basically, the people I have been exposed to, my section and a limited amount of upper years, have all been extremely helpful and are trying to foster a sense of community, but there is definitely a feeling that we are all missing out, especially considering we have no interaction with 80% of 1Ls.
  4. Hi everyone. I am a 1L and would be happy to answer some questions. I know it is relatively early in the year but I am on reading week and would be happy to pay it forward. I will be doing work throughout the day, but will do my best to get to any questions at night and throughout the week.
  5. Wow, thanks for sharing. Much more in person than I expected
  6. Thanks for this, as an incoming 1L I am definitely going to be in Kingston. Also, I recently spoke to Helen about the tutoring program and she told me it will be up to the individual whether or not they feel comfortable tutoring in person.
  7. Just as an anecdotal experience, my L2 was not competitive at time of applying but by the end of this year (I applied during fourth year) my L2 was 3.66. Queen's sent me an acceptance exactly a week after my final grades were submitted.
  8. I am in the group too and I do not have a specific answer to your question. What I do know though is nobody has been added in 2+ weeks and the number of people in the group has recently dropped from 210 to 208.
  9. It took me like 3 day to be accepted. And no you're not missing anything important, all the post so far have been people looking for roommates.
  10. Not certain but I would imagine they would have no problem taking your money now or anytime before June 1.
  11. I'm in the group and I think some of the members are also upper years? Could be wrong though There are undoubtedly still spots available and more will open as people accept different offers in the coming months/weeks. Regardless, good luck everyone!
  12. I was in a similar situation just a year ago, except my cGPA going into fourth year was even lower than yours. However, my L2, which is what Queens and Western primarily look at, ended up being around 3.7. I had to wait until Queens received my final grades from this semester for them to give me an offer, and Western deferred my decision, essentially meaning they are waiting for my final grades before making a decision, but if your third and fourth year grades are solid, you have a good shot of being accepted. As mentioned, you need to focus on your LSAT, that should be your primary focus this summer. I would target a score of at least 160, but you may have some wiggle room here depending on other factors in your application and your grades. Obviously though, the higher the score the better.
  13. Before I submitted final grades my L2 was 3.45 ish. With my final grades, it is 3.66 Thanks for the reply, just don't like waiting lol, hopefully a decision will come soon.
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