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Canadian Law Students / Re: Queen's reputation
« on: March 09, 2005, 08:59:29 AM »
Queens and Western are definitely not known to US schools; they really aren't even known to Canadians.

Canadians certainly know of Queen's.  Its reputation as a private school wannabe and a general school for the rich are well-known amongst the public.    Not sure if this is good or bad ;)

Canadian Law Students / Re: In at U of A
« on: March 07, 2005, 10:08:41 PM »

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. 

General Off-Topic Board / Re: My Wife is Pregnant!
« on: March 02, 2005, 08:23:47 PM »
Congrats!  I actually find out one of my cousins is going to have a baby as well.  It's a baby type day :)

I think men have a biological clock, too, they just try to deny it. It's very strange. A lot of my friends are unhappy and they're still out late at the bars and sleeping through the days. I don't know how anyone can maintain that destructive lifestyle. I am totally ready to start a family.

You're talking to me, aren't you ;).  Seriously, though, I'm much too immature to start a family.

Canadian Law Students / Re: In at Osgoode!!!
« on: March 02, 2005, 06:30:32 PM »
Indeed I am.  You? :)

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 / Re: In at Queen's
« on: March 01, 2005, 08:19:30 PM »
I can't believe you're not going to that western reception.  How am I going? and you're not. 

Good question, how come you ARE going?  I'd go if I could, I have some paid work to do, which never happens by the way.

Canadian Law Students / Re: In at Queen's
« on: March 01, 2005, 03:02:01 PM »
congrats again.  nice little streak you have going.

High Park, Annex, Yonge+Bloor, and Queen W :)

all these places are SUPER FAR from osgoode (and way more expensive then steeles/dufferin area).  Like a 1.5 hour drive in rushhour.  And on the subway/bus, it would still take an hour.  Do you want to be downtown or something?

Thanks for the congratulations.  I have no intention to live anywhere near the campus, since it is ultra-depressing (steeles... ugh).  My girlfriend commutes from High Park to York every day, she finds it a much better option than to actually live in York area.  Commuting via PT has never particularily bothered me myself.

It'll probably be about $475-500 for a place all inclusive per month in those places.  I find this quite acceptable.  It's a lifestyle decision I guess.

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 :)

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