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Canadian Law Students / Osgoode Welcome Day Impressions
« on: March 06, 2005, 12:40:10 PM »

I went to Osgoode Welcome Day on Friday and here is a brief rundown of the day.

The panel presentations were first on the list of activities and they lasted--oh, about two hours.  The first hour the Dean, as well as the Associate and the Assistant Deans talked about how great the school was.  Surprise, surprise.  I didn't exactly expect them to say the school is horrid.  The guest panelists in the second hour were much the same, but one of the presenters was a mature student and was quite refreshing and different (she didn't just talk about how amazing Oz is, though it is clear she liked her time there).  Overall, the panel presentations, then, were what I thought I'd hear.  I was, however, impressed with the achievements of their faculty, but that's one big reason why I wish to go there.

NOTE: for the entire two hours, they did not mention the word 'York' once!  Ok, I know you're a separate entity with your own budget, etc. etc. but you're not 100% distinct.  This dawned on me again when they were showing the Oz student caf--there's so many food options at York, why not TELL US about it.  I don't get it.  It's not like York is the plague.

After this was lunch, which was more or less your standard catering fare.  It was pretty good, then.  I like the fact that there were generous vegetarian options--good job guys!  The student representatives were around, and they were friendly, helpful, and genuienly enthusiastic.  This was good to see.  They told us the school really isn't all THAT competetive.  People want to do well, but won't step over you in order to do well.  They did, however, admit there is people who I will want to avoid, but that same is true in any LS.  We'll see.

The tour was also standard fare, showing us various parts of the building.  In regards to the building, it is a-OK (except from the outside... ugh!).  The skylight that they added relatively recently (I believe, I don't remember seeing that the first time I saw Oz) helps a lot.  Furthermore, all classrooms (except one or two I believe they said) have been recently rennovated, and it shows.  What also shows is that the school has $$$.   The classrooms and common rooms were downright ritzy, and it is just apparent that they are not doing too badly.  The building itself is still on York campus, so the area isn't exactly nice.  In fact, the campus really is quite aesthetically undistinguished.

The tour did also tell us a bit more about different legal clinics they run, and these sounded very interesting and hands on.  Getting some real case experience before actually graduating is very appealing.  I'll be applying to them for sure.   

Finally, I went off to the sample lecture, and I'm very glad that Oz runs this.  There were 3 separate lectures, and you were assigned to one of them.  I was assigned to a Contracts sample lecture.  The prof was enthusiastic and easy to listen to, but just as importantly, it seems the content will be very interesting as well.  It really did ease some of my fears that I won't like law.  Very good!

There was also wine and cheese where we were to schmooze, but I had a prior engagement, so I bagged that part.

The one gigantic CON, which I am sure is true of all law schools in Canada, is that it felt very cliquey.  I can't point out why I felt that way, but I certainly had that feeling (as did my girlfriend who I brought as a guest).  The campus, of course, is in the worst location possible (who the HELL thought about putting a campus here?) and is not particularily attractive.

I am left with quite a positive impression.  Oz put on a very good show.  We'll see how it compares to UWO and Queen's (if I go to the latter).  Overall, I'd say the Welcome Day firmly solidified Osgoode as my first choice.

EDIT: as a final note, Dean Monahan looks like a cool guy.  Down to earth, but proud of his school.  The Associate Dean, Allan Hutchinson, seems like a real cool and funny guy with a great English accent.  Not bad. 

Canadian Law Students / How was the Miller Thomson
« on: March 02, 2005, 05:43:08 PM »
Hey, Cheeks,

How was the Miller Thomson?  Was it useful in any way, shape, or form?

Canadian Law Students / In at Queen's
« on: March 01, 2005, 12:34:24 PM »
Ok, so that didn't take long.  They put up a nice financial package, a scholarship/bursary combination valued at about $7000.  I hope Oz steps up when I actually get their letter and gives me something comparable.  Still, I'm pretty set on Oz I've already started looking at places near High Park, Annex, Yonge+Bloor, and Queen W :)

Canadian Law Students / In at Osgoode!!!
« on: February 28, 2005, 10:29:57 AM »
Well, I'm in at Osgoode.  I can't lie, I'm happy that the apps are now over.  I'm in at my top 2 choices (still nothing from Queens though?!!!?!?!).  Now, I have to figure out where to go.

Canadian Law Students / 2nd choice becomes 1st (again)
« on: January 27, 2005, 08:20:00 PM »
Well, I put a lot of thought in this, and Western (after a long hiatus) is becoming fast my first choice again for various reasons. 

Of course, I have not been admitted to Osgoode yet (if at all!) so at this point, this choice is largely academic, but the more I think about it, the more I see myself ending up at UWO.  I'm not sure what the purpose of this thread is, except that I can't wait until September and all of this process is completely and utterly behind me.

Canadian Law Students / IN at Western!!!
« on: January 17, 2005, 11:04:05 AM »
After much nail biting, I am in at Western, or choice #2.  I feel MUCH better now.

Come on Osgoode...  :)

Canadian Law Students / Oasis
« on: December 17, 2004, 08:20:49 AM »
So, I just got my letter from Osgoode giving me my Oasis login and password.  It's nice to see some progress even if it is really nothing.  On the other hand, they have NOTHING displayed on their website except for my LSAT score.  Like I need reminding about that!  On the other hand, I'm very excited that now I can become a stupid addicted idiot checking the site at least once a day but probably 100 times is more like it.

General Off-Topic Board / Even more trolling activity...
« on: November 24, 2004, 10:43:44 PM »
The amount of trolls on these boards as of late is really impeding my, and I'm sure everyone's, enjoyment of the board.  Can anything be done about it?  Is there chance of an ignore option for certain posters?  It's getting out of hand.

General Off-Topic Board / POLL: Long or Short haircut on guys?
« on: November 16, 2004, 06:39:19 PM »
So, here's the deal.  As a result of being an ultra impoverished student at the moment, I haven't cut my hair in a long time.  Usually I go for a short or a very short haircut.  Now it's long, longest I've had it in my life.  My girlfriend thinks its fine and would like me to have really long shaggy hair, but I really don't see the fascination.  IMHO, I look horrible and I will have to scrape up the money to go and cut this monstrosity. 

What kind of hair do you like on guys ladies (and gentlemen if you so care).

Canadian Law Students / UofM changed application
« on: November 03, 2004, 11:19:54 PM »
Manitoba is pulling a UBC, changing things mid application season.  The wieght of the LSAT has just been upped to 50%.  I'm still a lock I believe, but what if I sent the application a day earlier and expected to be evaluated on a different criteria?  Man, I hope Ontario schools take me, this is shite (also very unimpressed with the last UNB phone call).

UPDATE: Application fee increased.  Again, what if I submitted the app just a bit earlier?

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