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  1. Called today and they said I'm all clear, they're just behind with mail-outs and the cards. Thanks!
  2. So, I applied just over a month ago to the Law Society here for commencement on July 1. They did tell me that there were a couple things I needed to fix this Tuesday, which were handed in on Wednesday. I still haven't heard back now. There was that whole flood business so it'd make sense if they were behind. But what to do? Has anyone experienced this? They've done everything else, cashed the cheque I gave etc. They haven't emailed me anything, and as far as I know my principal has yet to receive anything either. I'm a bit anxious now. I'm assuming just come in Tuesday morning (Monday is a holiday) and proceed as planned, call them to see what they say? If there are any further changes, am I correct in assuming all it will do is push my commencement date back a few days? Thanks!
  3. Sorry about the late reply, lots going on! Grades are the ONLY factor U of T looks at. The other schools will look at everything (grades, ECs, LSATs if you have them but you don't NEED them to apply to Queens/Western/Windsor/U of T/York or UNB if it's after your second year). I'd still say they are a HUGE part. I can't say how many people get a 2:1....I'm not in touch with the vast majority of my year from Leicester. On if you need a first or "straight firsts": I don't think you need either for sure but it'd help if you did. I had an overall average of a first (4 firsts, 2 high firsts and 1 lower 2:1). A friend of mine in the following year had an average of a high 2:1 and got in. So it's possible, but there are no "guaranteed cut offs". I'd aim for getting a high first in everything and completely destroy yourself trying to get them in first year and landing that transfer. The worst that'll happen is that you still get good grades (hopefully) and can try transferring after you finish your second year instead. Or at the very least, you have better grades than if you hadn't tried as hard (provided you do better when you try harder, some will argue this isn't true) to present to employers here if you don't transfer (which I'm not saying you won't, but it's always a good idea to consider contigencies). Hope that helps!!
  4. Happy to be of service! The LORs you use end up having to come from the law school you're at if you want to cover all your bases. This is how it was when I applied to transfer: U of T - not needed Western - Needs two LORs, both from current law school profs Windsor - 1 academic, 1 non-acadmeic Queens/Osgoode - I dont remember, but I think it was 1 of each without specific requirements, or maybe just 1 current law prof. You can use 3 LORs for OLSAS. So in order to catch all 5 schools as options, you need to use two current law school profs and one non academic (work, EC etc). That way you can apply to all 5 schools and meet everyone's requirements. Hope that helps! Also, this is something from 2 years ago. If you want the most up-to-date requirements, all the details will be in this year's OLSAS booklet.
  5. I went to Leicester for 1L before very luckily switching to a cdn school. The profs at Leicester (other than the woman who actually runs around recruiting Canadian students) are all quite competent and friendly. I haven't heard anything bad (relatively speaking) about Cardiff. Someone who finished 2L when I finished 1L at Leicester also switched into the same school as I did. A few guys from my 1L class switched into the same school after they finished 2L as well (I think 3, only actually seen one though) as well as someone who switched in after 1L a year after I did. That's not to say you can't swing this from other schools. I know that someone from Kent and City University of London have also done it, as well as Bond. That being said, it's still rather rare to transfer. A few kids, if that, make it out of each cohort. Of the two, I can say that Leicester, as a school, is not bad. Avoid the kids there to extend their past-expiry adoloscence on a 2 year version of Euro-trip, with the odd class mixed in, and you'll learn lots! Neither school will really have any recognition in the market with employers. VERY few will recognize them. There is also a stigma that you're going abroad because you couldn't land a spot here. It's an uphill battle every step of the way.
  6. You're both right and wrong. This is how it goes - For UK students - admission into the 3 year (out of high school for them) IS competitive and you need some good grades. Admission to the 2 year is not really and will depend on the school. It'll be about the same, if not EXACTLY the same, as what's needed for Cdn students. For Cdn students - Admission to the 3 year IS MUCH EASIER. This is because they aren't looking for the same high school grades. They're just offering this to you as a back-up because you couldn't cut it for the 2 year. If you applied straight outta high school, then you'd be under the same scrutiny as UK students. But if you've got an undergrad, the 3 year is where they plop the folks that miss the cut-off for 2 yr programs. It'd also be unwise to do a UK 3 LLB out of high school thinking you'll ever make it back to Canada. You'd get blocked off by the NCA and be told to do a couple years at a Canadian law school. As far as people being rejected, I actually this has happened. Although this has been for this cycle to a few schools (regular schools and not Oxbridge/LSE). Maybe now those schools are flooded with students and can afford to turn a few people down. There is no point in pursuing a 3 year LLB. Ideally, this is what I'd suggest: Exhaust Canadian options, reassess if you really want to do law school knowing that the foreign route is perilous, apply to a 2 yr if you decided you're still willing to take the risk, work like hell, apply to transfer to Canadian school after first year, if unsuccessful then do the same after second year. Upon graduation (provided you didn't get a transfer), you'll need to knock down the NCAs. You can do this by taking exams, taking courses at a Canadian law school, or doing certain LLMs. Exams are of least value. Taking courses at Canadian law schools gets Canadian law school grades on a transcript for employers and also gets you access to on-campus interviews. I'm not sure if an LLM gets you access to on-campus interviews or how they are graded. Hope that helps!
  7. <blockquote class='ipsBlockquote'data-author="zzzzz" data-cid="359027" data-time="1356041606"><p> Schools with means don't have to give Cs either. Maybe only A+s and Ds will be handed out!</p></blockquote> Unlikely, but a scary thought! Ah now the month long wait..
  8. FWIW, last year upper year grades all came out on the 25th of Jan. about a month plus 2 or 3 days from essay deadlines. I think 1L grades came out at the same time. Not sure on that though.
  9. Absolutely agree, still doesn't make it easier to not concern yourself (for me, at least) with what will pop up on ROSI in about a month.
  10. +1, waiting for marks can be just as bad as the lead up to the exams. I always start losing it a bit, trying to calculate how well/poorly I did. Which is all quite moot given the curve.
  11. 3L, yeah I found the standings page too, but it doesn't actually say if it's mean or median. I suppose it might not be disclosed at all.
  12. I can't seem to find this, are grades based on a median or a mean? Does it vary based on the prof/class?
  13. No sign of it in the 7th edition.....I'll find a 6th edition and use that instead. Thanks!
  14. Does anyone have an idea on how to do this? I can't tell if the dissertation I'm using is published or not either, it has a proquest/UMI number and I can find the APA citation method. I'm not sure if there's a preferred manner to that though. If anyone has any ideas, I'd love to hear em. Thanks!
  15. Is anyone interviewing with Shapiro Hankinson & Knutson this week?
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