Just two years ago, Camille Peltier was a health sciences student at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf. Now, she studies at University of Montreal’s faculty of law, one of Canada’s most renowned. In this interview, Camille shares her personal experience and opinions regarding the admission prerequi-sites and the law program itself while adding in more personal tips.
How would you describe your life in CEGEP?
 As a health science student, I didn’t have a lot of free time on my hands. Most of my nights and evenings were dedicated to my school work. I usually went out with friends once or twice a week (mostly on weekends). I consider myself as an outgoing and dynamic person so I’ve always tried to balance my time between social life and school. Unfortunately, I have to admit that it cost me some sleep...
What do you think is necessary for a good CV? 
Unfortunately, UofM mostly values your R score, which should be higher than 31-31.5, over any kind of activity or accomplishment. McGill University, on the other hand, values the activities you’ve participated in on the long term. So, fo example, being part of a committee, asports team, a research project, etc. are all beneficial activities but, once again, only if they involved a long-term dedication. Any activities, law-related or not, are well-regarded.
Are there tips you’d like to give concerning CEGEP now that you’ve been through it? 
When I first started CEGEP at Brébeuf, my priorities were academic. I focused a lot on my school work and very little on extra-curricular activities. I am convinced that the best way to get to know the people at school is by joining clubs and committees, something regretful. 
 Even though I participated at extra-curricular activities the school (I was part of a mission that helped build a clinic in Africa), it had nothing to do with Brébeuf. Long story short, school is important, but don’t be afraid to join clubs and commites.
What awaits a CEGEP student willing to apply to law school? 
The fact is that if you want to get into law school, you really have to focus on your grades during CEGEP years in order to get a decent R score. However, if you don’t have the grades at the end of your third semester or simply didn’t get accepted into law school on your first shot, don’t panic! Most students in my class completed a Bachelor's before applying to law school so don’t throw in the towel just yet! Moreover, many Bachelor's degrees can benefit you once you do get accepted (e.g. political sciences, finances, business, etc.). 
Is university as competitive as CEGEP? 
In university, instead of having an R score, you have a GPA, which is pretty similar. Most students want to earn a good GPA in order to participate to the “internship race”. As you have probably guessed, the “internship race” is an opportunity (which is usually granted to the top grades students) to get an internship at a major Quebec law firm. You normally need to have an A average just to get interviewed. Since everyone wants to win the race, there is a lot of competition, but people also help each other a lot so I can’t deny that there is also a lot of cooperation.
An interview by Nicolas Francuz
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