Considering you're taking Corporate in 1L, I'm just assuming you go to Western. If not, disregard everything I say.
Nicholls' exams are all long and hardly anyone finishes them. It's true of Corporate, Securities, and probably anything else he teaches. He's a phenomenal professor in every sense, but his exams are very long. So yeah, don't worry about it. Every year everyone comes out of that exam worried that they bombed it because there wasn't enough time to finish, but that's where the curve comes in.
I don't remember how much of the exam I actually completed, but it definitely wasn't near the whole thing (eg: my "essay" was a couple sentences long) and I did fine. Take a breath, you'll very likely be fine. You'd probably feel better if you were able to see that everyone else had the same experience as you, but that's just how it is this year.
This isn't how it works when grading on a curve. Relax and wait to get your mark back for now, once you receive it you can go from there. Often times if an exam seems incredibly difficult or crunched for time for you, it's likely that was the case for many other students who wrote it alongside you.
I know this isn't a new subject, but I need to get it off my chest. I just took my first 100% 1L exam (Corporate law) - looking purely at questions I was able to finish in time, my best possible mark is 67%, and my more realistic mark could be 60% or below. I recognize the curve might push that one way or the other, but I'm honestly just at a loss of what happens next. Has anyone else had this experience? Is it ever possible to redo a course? How did you recover (academically/mentally) from this?
And just realistically, what impact does this have on the job-search for 2L/articling. Is this kind of mark (maybe a D?) something you can get over?
The chances you have a 4/4.3 at université de montréal after getting a 4 at the certificate are VERY low. First of all, out of 300+ students only a couple in any given year achieve 4 or better. The chance that's you is not super high. Also, people who come from the certificate generally do a lot worse in the bacc. People with 4 in the certificate normally come in and get 3.3 if they are lucky (often less). That doesn't mean it's impossible to come in and get 4 after getting 4 at the certificate, but I certainly wouldn't count on it.
You can choose courses strategically to a certain extent but between your 2nd and 3rd years at the fac about half of the classes you take will be mandatory second year classes (like admin, penal 2, affaires 1 et 2, etc.). Frankly if you want to go to med and absolutely maximize your chances then going to law first is not a great step. If you want to get 4 then that is generally a bit more doable at faculties that do not curve, though frankly by no means easy or likely either at those faculties.
Sorry if this is a bit harsh but I think it is accurate.