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  1. The firm event. What is it good for?

    I would go. I attended some of these events prior to the 2L recruit and I don't regret it. I am not sure that they affected how the firms saw me, but it certainly affected how I saw them. You generally can't get a good feel for a large firm in a single evening, but sometimes a lawyer will say something about their firm or their practice area that resonates with you. You will get asked why you want to work at that particular firm in almost every OCI interview. A positive experience at one of these events will increase your interest in that firm and allow to provide an answer to that question that is more informed and sincere.
  2. Western v Windsor? Help me, it's complicated.

    I’m a 2L at Western. I can’t really speak to the administration’s values- but I can tell you that the student body at Western law is a little more right leaning than other schools. However, there are still lots of students who fall on the left. If spending time with like-minded people is important to you, there are plenty of opportunities to seek them out. There are clubs and volunteer opportunities with social justice focuses. Despite Western’s corporate law reputation, there are still quite a few social justice oriented courses. In upper years, when you have more opportunity to select your courses, you will naturally end up surrounded by students with similar interests. As a general rule though, you will probably end up meeting plenty of people who are more right wing. It’s not necessarily a bad thing- I am mostly a leftie myself, but I have had some great debates and conversations with peers who have different values. This is so true though. Taking the bus onto Western Campus can be very entertaining.
  3. Ask a 1L student

    This isn't exactly a study tip.... but don't forget too that you will get much better at reading and understanding the cases through the course of the term. Cases are often written with the assumption that the reader already knows certain things about the law and the legal system. I remember spending ages at the beginning of 1L reading cases and trying to draw inferences to figure out things that I now take for granted. For example, lots of cases are confusing until you have a clear idea of how appellate review works. I can definitely sympathize- readings take forever at the beginning of 1L. That said, if you stick with it things will probably improve- soon enough you'll know more about the system, have a better sense of the structure legal reasoning and be more familiar with legal terminology.
  4. Reference letters for OCIs

    I was fretting about this too! The documents from the CDO office at Western state that if your reference is uncomfortable having you upload the reference to Vi Desktop you can ask them to send it directly to the firm and make a note of it on your cover letter. I gave my references the choice of sending the letter to me or directly to the firm. They all elected to send it to me- it is after all a much more convenient option for them. I hope that helps.
  5. Courses to develop LSAT/law skills..?

    I don't know what your major is, or where you are in terms of LSAT studying, so this advice may be inapplicable. I would recommend taking courses that emphasize reading. Reading Comprehension is the section of the LSAT where people typically make the fewest gains while studying. Its definitely possible to improve your reading comprehension, but it does seem to be a skill that's easier to cultivate long term. Taking classes with huge reading lists is also good preparation for law school, where there will be quite a bit of reading. Most importantly, you can probably find a class that really interests you, given that many of the humanities/ arts disciplines are primarily text based (English/ Philosophy/ History etc).
  6. Criminology Degree?

    I like this! The irony is that the most valuable skill I think I developed in undergrad is teaching myself
  7. Anyone else find law school to be ridiculously easy?

    I actually agree. But I do find it harder to talk about positive things in some environments than I do others. So far, my law school is just one environment that I find tends to skew a bit towards the negative. And hey, my grasp on sanity is getting more and more tenuous too.
  8. At first I was fuzzy on whether the name was harmful too. I don't normally mind jokes about consensual sex, ect. Although I do find jokes that are in some way about gendered violence, inequality, objectification, etc super offensive. Although the difference between objectification and consensual sex can, of course, be super fuzzy. I had a hard time deciding whether the name objectified women, or was simply a joke about sex. But apparently the name is an allusion to a song. I looked up the lyrics, and the song glorifies sexual violence. I won't post the lyrics- but some of them are pretty ick. I am not sure whether we can impute the meaning from the song to the team name- but I do think that it matters where things come from. But I agree with all the posters above- they should have known better haha.
  9. Anyone else find law school to be ridiculously easy?

    Suddenly I feel inspired to go study for my property exam... I do find that my law school does have a bit of a culture that stresses how hard it is. And its contagious too- I find myself fretting over assignments and exams that I wouldn't have fussed over in undergrad because I figure that it must be tough if some of my intelligent peers are having a hard time with it. I'm sure its part ego, but I do wonder if it also has something to do with the fact that social life sometimes skews a bit towards the negative. It can be pretty hard to start a conversation about the small positive things in your life. For some reason only my mom wants to hear about how awesome my run was this morning, or how great this coffee is. But its super easy to start a conversation about how much of a pain this exam is, or how difficult that assignment is. Sometimes I think that people who complain about law school being super hard are just trying to bond with their peers. But there are of course some egotistical people who need to believe that what they do is the hardest thing ever.
  10. Making friends in 1L

    I am also a 1L and I feel the same way. I've been going to lots of law school events, and doing my best to be friendly, but it's still been tough to make friends. For what's its worth, I've started casting a wider net, and attending events designed for the entire campus- and I've started making friends in other faculties. During undergrad I always hung out primarily with people from other faculties- but for some reason the first two months of law school made me feel like that was abnormal. But it's what works for me. Its been easier to make friends- and I also find it easier to de-stress and have fun at non law school social events. Its harder to have fun when everyone is sooooper stressed about the same assignment.... Maybe you could check a campus wide club? Or try and get involved in the broader community? And just to reiterate what posters have said above- I think that what you're feeling is totally normal. Social interaction, and approval, is a basic human desire. Many law students move to a new city or even a new province for law school. Making friends might be the only chance they have for meaningful face to face social interaction- which is, again, a pretty basic need.
  11. "Official" GPA?

    They will add your official OLSAS marks to your profile within the next couple of months. I (think) you get an email when that happens. Mine ended up being the same.
  12. How many items for OLSAS sketch?

    THIS HAPPENED TO ME TOO! Yay 1L!
  13. Is business school worth the GPA risk?

    I’ll echo the statement that picking an undergraduate based on which program you perceive as “easy” is a terrible life choice. Even if you don’t buy the argument that you are more likely to succeed in a discipline that you enjoy (and maybe you should…), it is pretty much impossible to settle on any objective criterion for determining what majors are “easier”. There are way too many variables at play in each faculty. There’s been some talk on this thread about whether psycology is an “easy” major. At my undergrad institution, it was actually very difficult to break into the 3.8 gpa point range for psychology (mind you, I am basing this claim on anecdotal evidence- I took a humanities degree). Most psych classes are curved. Many psychology students at my school were gunning to get into graduate programs, with the hope of becoming actual psychologists. Admission to psychology graduate programs is apparently super competitive. You end up with a large group of very, very devoted students driving the standard for the curve higher. From the outside of the program, you would have no idea that this was happening. The demographic of the class is pretty hard to determine. I took a fairly specific humanities degree. Competition was high in my class, because most of the students really loved the subject matter, and, again, were gunning for spots at prestigious graduate schools. Meanwhile, you may find that business school is saturated with students who are there because they felt pressured to get a degree and know business is practical. (this may not be true…. I actually don’t know…) It’s also difficult to know how difficult the content of a program is from the outside. Most people only take electives outside of their program. Typical electives aren’t exactly representative of the standard level of difficulty inside of the program. They are usually lower year courses, designed with the understanding that many students will take them without any background in the subject matter. My point is that speculating on which programs are easier is pretty meaningless- difficulty varies wildly between individuals, and there are way too many variables to pin down to determine which program can be considered “easier”. Good luck in Undergrad. (also psssst law school is 3 years not 4
  14. I sympathize with your claim here. I have lots of friends with who are very good at reading, writing and argumentation, but have meagre GPAs from science programs that their parents pressured them into. I have a couple of science major friends who read poly sci journals and difficult philosophy in their spare time, go figure haha. Their 2.0 GPAs would not accurately represent their skill set to a law school. I had the opposite problem- I started in humanities because I figured I was strongest in those subjects, but realized while taking my upper year electives that I really should have explored STEM programs too- 17/18/19 is so young to know what you want to do. At the same time, there are plenty of science/engineering/ect. majors with 2.0 GPAS who would also have a 2.0 in an arts program. Plenty of people are very talented, but do not have the right skill set for academic excellence, regardless of the field of study. It would be very difficult for an adcomm to discern which category a candidate fit in to. I would say that the onus is on the candidate to demonstrate that they are capable of academic excellence, despite their GPA. I actually think the admissions system allows for some candidates to recover from the lower GPA they may have as a result of a poor choice in program. The LSAT, allows some people to showcase their academic ability. (but even the LSAT is limited- it doesn't test several skills that I think are probably important for academic success- like work ethic, sustained focus, the ability to synthesize large volumes of material, ect.) And the L2 system is also great for people who end up in the wrong major and transfer to a discipline that is more suited to their skills.
  15. Drop In Preptest Score

    The first thing you could do is look at the prep tests that have yielded a lower score to determine if they all included a particular type of question that you may struggle with. Barring that possibility- you might just be bored. I had a similar issue while I was studying for the LSAT. I found that after hammering through several prep tests within a short time frame, my focus would wane and my scores would lower accordingly. Maybe you could try taking a night off when your PT scores start to dip and seeing if they improve? For what its worth- I ended up with a score closer to the higher range that I was PTing in (admittedly falling a couple of points- which I hear is common). With all of the adrenaline and stress of test day, focus definitely wasn't a problem haha.
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