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What does the timeline look like after giving firm acceptance? Couple weeks then confirmation by mail? Trying to get at when I will have access to the PassportYork account. Registration for courses happens in early summer?

 

What perspective option did you take in 1L? How did you enjoy it? Did you hear about some options being a disaster? 

Just so many to choose from...

 

Mentoring availability? Did you befriend an upper year student pretty easily? Beyond that there are opportunities to connect with lawyers through these wine & cheese events?

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What does the timeline look like after giving firm acceptance? Couple weeks then confirmation by mail? Trying to get at when I will have access to the PassportYork account. Registration for courses happens in early summer?

 

What perspective option did you take in 1L? How did you enjoy it? Did you hear about some options being a disaster? 

Just so many to choose from...

 

Mentoring availability? Did you befriend an upper year student pretty easily? Beyond that there are opportunities to connect with lawyers through these wine & cheese events?

 

1. I can't remember the timeline for confirmation, to be frank. 

 

2. You don't really "register" for courses in the way we did during undergrad. Once you're enrolled they'll stick you in a section during the summer and tell you where you go for classes (you have courses with your section). The one exception is the perspective option. I'll discuss that below.

 

3.  Perspective option --> I'm taking privacy and I love it so far. The prof knows his stuff. No disaster reports so far, everyone seems happy with their options. You don't need to worry about that until late November, though. That's when you need to give a choice. 

 

4. Tons of availability. There's a formal way to sign up for the mentor but I missed out on the memo for how. I ended up befriending a bunch of upper years and they've been kind enough to help me when I need it. One thing I love about Osgoode is that upper years are VERY supportive. I had a bunch of upper years check up on me when grades released (it's a tough time for almost everyone) - and I'm so grateful for it. 

 

5. It's not wine and cheese as much right now. It's firm tours , and you do get a chance to talk to lawyers at them. How far you'll get in terms of finding a contact depends person by person. 

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I have a question regarding the grading scheme at Osgoode; is it based on a bell-curve? against your core or incoming class? 

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We are graded against each other. We set our own curve unless the class has under 30 students (from what I recall).

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Are you guys enjoying your first year at Osgoode? I just worry that due to it being a commuter school I won't feel a sense of community or become very close with classmates. I attended Queen's reception and it appears that the school focuses on fostering a study/life balance and creates opportunities for students to bond outside the classroom. Is this something that Osgoode offers?

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Are you guys enjoying your first year at Osgoode? I just worry that due to it being a commuter school I won't feel a sense of community or become very close with classmates. I attended Queen's reception and it appears that the school focuses on fostering a study/life balance and creates opportunities for students to bond outside the classroom. Is this something that Osgoode offers?

Osgoode has a ton of opportunities for hanging out with and making close friends. Starting in your first year, during O-week and onward there will be plenty of social events. Osgoode has a very strong community! The atmosphere is positive and I made plenty of friends. I think you would like it. I'm an upper year and love it.

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Osgoode has a ton of opportunities for hanging out with and making close friends. Starting in your first year, during O-week and onward there will be plenty of social events. Osgoode has a very strong community! The atmosphere is positive and I made plenty of friends. I think you would like it. I'm an upper year and love it.

I second this: despite being a commuter school there are a lot of campus events and, from my experience, you generally won't have the time to go to all of the socials and events that you want to.

 

Do you or know anybody who worked through law school part time?

I know a few people who are working part time. To build on your question, it is a good idea to try and get involved in some extracurriculars too. It is a good way to get experiential learning and network. That said, don't bite off more than you can chew. If you feel compelled to work part-time, perhaps save it until second semester when you will have a better feel for the day-to-day grind of law school. 1L is a marathon and you gotta take care of yourself!

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Are you guys enjoying your first year at Osgoode? I just worry that due to it being a commuter school I won't feel a sense of community or become very close with classmates. I attended Queen's reception and it appears that the school focuses on fostering a study/life balance and creates opportunities for students to bond outside the classroom. Is this something that Osgoode offers?

Osgoode has a ton of opportunities for hanging out with and making close friends. Starting in your first year, during O-week and onward there will be plenty of social events. Osgoode has a very strong community! The atmosphere is positive and I made plenty of friends. I think you would like it. I'm an upper year and love it.

 

 

Piggybacking on DA2's accurate response, Osgoode has -- despite the many baseless assertions I've seen on this thread in the past -- as strong a student community as any other school. This doesn't just go for strictly social events like pub night. Get involved! Join clubs and organizations, and take on leadership roles when opportunities arise. It is true that the commuter aspect doesn't force you to be on or near campus as frequently as you might at other schools, so if all you do is show up for class and go home afterwards, duh, you'll make no friends and feel disassociated. If you do what most people do here and participate even a little in the myriad of cool, unique stuff that Oz offers, then you'll realize soon your worries are totally unfounded.

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Are you guys enjoying your first year at Osgoode? I just worry that due to it being a commuter school I won't feel a sense of community or become very close with classmates. I attended Queen's reception and it appears that the school focuses on fostering a study/life balance and creates opportunities for students to bond outside the classroom. Is this something that Osgoode offers?

 

Going to add to the chorus. 

 

Osgoode's community is one of my favorite things about it. My experience has been very. very, very positive. Upper years will mentor and befriend you, clubs will do events regularly, there's a weekly pub night (Wednesday) on campus and another downtown (Thursday). It feels like you're part of a very tight knit community. Keep in mind that the pressures of law school mean you'll be there for a fair amount of hours every day so even if you decide to not live at chambers (and i recommend that you do for the first year), you're going to do fine.

 

Your section is another important part of it. You'll go to all of your classes with the same 75 people and they end up being a little community by themselves. Mine did dinners downtown, secret santa, drinks after tests and a fair amount of other activities. Potlucks were common with some sections and there will be a ton of other events.

 

I really can't even begin to describe how positive my experience has been with the community. There's one more example I'd like to mention that I think is fantastic - when I got my first semester marks back, I was contacted inside an hour by multiple upper years checking up on me to make sure I was doing alright. Many of my friends had the same experience.  

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Going to add to the chorus. 

 

Osgoode's community is one of my favorite things about it. My experience has been very. very, very positive. Upper years will mentor and befriend you, clubs will do events regularly, there's a weekly pub night (Wednesday) on campus and another downtown (Thursday). It feels like you're part of a very tight knit community. Keep in mind that the pressures of law school mean you'll be there for a fair amount of hours every day so even if you decide to not live at chambers (and i recommend that you do for the first year), you're going to do fine.

 

Your section is another important part of it. You'll go to all of your classes with the same 75 people and they end up being a little community by themselves. Mine did dinners downtown, secret santa, drinks after tests and a fair amount of other activities. Potlucks were common with some sections and there will be a ton of other events.

 

I really can't even begin to describe how positive my experience has been with the community. There's one more example I'd like to mention that I think is fantastic - when I got my first semester marks back, I was contacted inside an hour by multiple upper years checking up on me to make sure I was doing alright. Many of my friends had the same experience.  

 

This post leaves me with so much excitement!  August cannot come soon enough!

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This post leaves me with so much excitement!  August cannot come soon enough!

 

My only warning is that you *do* need to put in an effort as well. Reach out to people and join clubs - you'll get out what you put in. 

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My only warning is that you *do* need to put in an effort as well. Reach out to people and join clubs - you'll get out what you put in.

 

Oh most certainly.  

 

One question, in your section, how many candidates were there for the student caucus position? 

 

Edit: correct me if I'm wrong, but there is only one seat per section right?

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Oh most certainly.  

 

One question, in your section, how many candidates were there for the student caucus position? 

 

Edit: correct me if I'm wrong, but there is only one seat per section right?

 

 

(Extra info for those who don't know): Osgoode has two sister student governments, Student Caucus and L&L. One rep per section gets elected for both. 

 

 

Student Caucus (per section): 2 candidates, 2 candidates, 3 candidates, 4 candidates. 

L&L (per section): 2 candidates, 1 candidate, 2 candidates, 3 candidates. 

 

More information on them can be found here: http://www.osgoode.yorku.ca/prospective-students/jd-program/life-osgoode/student-clubs-organizations/

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I may revive this thread a bit.

 

Do any of our upper year friends here have anything to say about the Osgoode Hall Law Journal? More specifically, did many of you apply, how competitive were the spots, and what are the odds of a first year student getting a position? If any of you served with the journal how was the experience?

 

Thanks! 

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Hey all. What about finances? What advice do you have for finding shcolarships, bursaries, fed/prov student loans, and student lines of credit.

I'm from Alberta, so this move will necessitate all the help I can get!

 

Thanks!

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What's the parking like on campus? I will most likely be commuting by car and acquiring a parking pass.

Parking is good but pricey. Lots of choices though but you have to get on their lists. You can call parking services of York U and let them know you'll be going to Osgoode so you can park near.

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Hey all. What about finances? What advice do you have for finding shcolarships, bursaries, fed/prov student loans, and student lines of credit.

 

I'm from Alberta, so this move will necessitate all the help I can get!

 

Thanks!

OSAP loans, financial info filled and given to Osgoode. Osgoode is very helpful if u have questions and banks that work with law schools ask Osgoode on this as well.

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OSAP loans, financial info filled and given to Osgoode. Osgoode is very helpful if u have questions and banks that work with law schools ask Osgoode on this as well.

Thanks, DA2. Did you look into scholarship/bursaries options outside of Osgoode?

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