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I noticed that many other school forums have AMA threads and I thought I would make one for Windsor Law. Many people have sent me PM with questions and I figured I would make a thread so others (including non LS members) have a chance to access the information.

 

I'm currently a 2L in the single JD program. I welcome any and all questions about the school, living in Windsor, and any other questions you may have.

 

I encourage other students to participate in answering questions as well. 

 

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In first year you will be divided amongst three sections, so class schedules will vary. I didn't have classes on Friday in the Fall Semester but I did in the Winter. It looked something like this:

 

Monday - 1:00-2:30

Tuesday - 1:00-2:30 , 5:00-8:00

Wednesday - 9:00am-12:00pm, 3:00-6:00

Thursday - 1:00-2:30

 

Again, your class schedule will depend on your section. I recall that one section had a lot of classes on Tuesday (3 classes) and less the rest of the week.

 

Here are the courses you will take in 1L (as a Single JD)

 

Contracts, Criminal Law, Property Law, Constitutional Law, Legal Research and Writing, Access to Justice (Fall) and Torts (Winter) 

 

Hope that answers your question!

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Was it easy finding a place to live/ is there somewhere you recommend living? How are extra-curriculars/ social events? thanks!

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I found it easy to find a place to live. I would recommend looking for housing in Sandwich Town, places on University Ave between Sunset and Campbell, or Downtown (if you have a car). There are a lot of independent listings so it's wise to check kijiji or other websites to locate places.

 

There are tons of extra cirriculars at the school. In the first month you will find clubs, clinics, law review, pro bono, etc. look for volunteers/members. It's a good idea to keep your eyes open and look for opportunities in the first few weeks. The social events are amazing. In September there is social orientation month with a lot of events. I would highly recommend signing up for all the events. It's a great way to get to meet others and it's a lot of fun.

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Oh cool thanks for the info :). I was also wondering when classes start? When I was accepted to the dual (which i'm now going to turn down for the single) they told me it was mid-August.. but does the single start a bit later than that?

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It all depends. There are peaks times (midterms, finals) where studying and writing papers will take a lot of hours in the week. Generally though I would say I read about an 1-1.5 hrs a week for each class that requires textbook readings, depending also on how dense/interesting the readings.

 

Assignments obviously take more time, however generally there aren't a lot of "assignments" in law school (at least at Windsor). The main components of a course are either just midterm or final, or a paper/final or quizzes/final. Again, it all depends on who your professor is and how they structure the course. 

 

Sorry for the somewhat equivocal answer... there are many factors that will influence the time spent for each class. 

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no that was actually very helpful thank you. I have heard horror stories of law students spending upwards of 20-30 hours the library per week trying to stay on top of work. thank you! :) 

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Okay first, I thought there would be way more classes/time dedicated to being at school than a couple of hours a day! That's a shock.

Do you work? I'm thinking with that class schedule working a part time job would be no problem. Would you recommend it?

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Okay first, I thought there would be way more classes/time dedicated to being at school than a couple of hours a day! That's a shock.

Do you work? I'm thinking with that class schedule working a part time job would be no problem. Would you recommend it?

 

A couple of hours of textbook reading and taking notes per class a week I should say. But come exams it gets a lot crazier. 

 

I don't work. I wouldn't recommend having a part time job, mainly a) when it's exam and assignments time you need every precious minute, b) you don't want to spend your free time working on top of school, I think it would be too much c) it won't give you time to join clubs, volunteer at legal clinics, etc. - unless the part time job is directly tied to legal work you should do other activities that will give you a leg up when it comes to OCIs d) you can get a line of credit with a bank if you are worried about finances. 

 

Unless you absolutely have to work for financial reasons or something else, I wouldn't recommend getting a part time job, at least for first year. 

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I am interested in criminal law. Does Windsor cater to this?

 

We have some great criminal law professors and classes. I'm not entirely sure how a school can cater to criminal law. For example we don't have a criminal law clinic, however we do get some criminal cases at CLA (Community Legal Aid - a clinic you can volunteer with). 

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Is there a residence for law students? If so, would you recommend it? I haven't heard of much talk regarding residences for Windsor. I know schools like Osgoode offer a designated residence just for its 1L's. 

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Two years ago there was a building that had a floor for law students, however the building was extremely old and run down and last year they tore it down. I'm pretty sure there hasn't been any replacements for res options, however even if there was, I would highly recommend against it. You can easily rent a room for a lower price within a 10 min walking distance of the school and get a lot more space. I believe there are general res options if for some reason you really want to live in res, however I don't think it's worth it.

 

I was really surprised when I got to law school how easy it is to meet other people (especially given the relatively small class size of Windsor). At Windsor you get the advantages of res such as living close to the school and meeting people without the disadvantages such as overpaying for a room with no kitchen and small space. Oh yea and they make you buy a meal plan if you live on res and let me tell you, I have friends that did this first year and they hated it. Basically they ate subway and pizza pizza for 2 meals a day, 7 days a week, for 8 months :mellow:

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Two years ago there was a building that had a floor for law students, however the building was extremely old and run down and last year they tore it down. I'm pretty sure there hasn't been any replacements for res options, however even if there was, I would highly recommend against it. You can easily rent a room for a lower price within a 10 min walking distance of the school and get a lot more space. I believe there are general res options if for some reason you really want to live in res, however I don't think it's worth it.

 

I was really surprised when I got to law school how easy it is to meet other people (especially given the relatively small class size of Windsor). At Windsor you get the advantages of res such as living close to the school and meeting people without the disadvantages such as overpaying for a room with no kitchen and small space. Oh yea and they make you buy a meal plan if you live on res and let me tell you, I have friends that did this first year and they hated it. Basically they ate subway and pizza pizza for 2 meals a day, 7 days a week, for 8 months :mellow:

 

 

Awesome, thanks a lot! Yea, I figured that res would be like that. Windsor law seems to be an inviting and open place so I'm assuming that after first year, some law students end up rooming together? 

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Awesome, thanks a lot! Yea, I figured that res would be like that. Windsor law seems to be an inviting and open place so I'm assuming that after first year, some law students end up rooming together? 

 

Yep. it's pretty common. Also once the 1L group is made some people look for roommates on Facebook for first year.

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I received a question in a PM that I think would be beneficial for others to read my response, and with the users permission I will repost the question and answer here:

 

Question:

 

"I am just curious, and I apologize if you have already answered this elsewhere, how come you chose to attend Windsor for law school?  You seem to have an abundance of positive experiences and perspectives when it comes to Windsor Law.  Did you think so fondly of the program before attending, or has it grown on you so much?"

 

Answer:

 

"I'm one of those classic cases of choosing Windsor based on limited selection. I was waitlisted at a couple schools but Windsor stroked my ego by admitting me very early so I chose to attend and I heard the job prospects for Toronto were decent.

 

I had some reservations about the school, program, and city before I attended, but I decided to keep an open mind. I was struck by how friendly everyone was at the school and the willingness of the faculty and career services to help students succeed. I think it has grown on me, but I never developed a negative impression of the school, and my experiences haven't proven me otherwise. When you get into the midst of applying for jobs you realize how little it matters what school you attend (at least on the surface - I don't know if I was rejected from some job considerations due to the school, but I doubt it). The fact is that Windsor is cheaper than other schools, the cost of living is lower, and there's actually some nice scenery in the city and decent restaurants, pubs, and even nightclubs. You'll quickly find when you're hanging around at the 'lounge' area of the school (we call it the pit) that you'll just talk to people and feel like you know everyone.

 

I guess that's what has appealed to my positivity about the school and why I feel its important to reassure people who have some of the thoughts I had initially about the reputation, and other 0L concerns that don't really matter, that it's a great school to attend."

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Hi,

 

What do you think is the future of Windsor law? Is its reputation growing? Also, what are the articling prospects like for uWindsor students? Did most of your classmates secure an articling position at good firms?

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