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  1. My fiance and I are trying to buy a duplex. Our mortgage broker took his sweet-ass time, but we've now gone with someone else and we're hopeful we can have something secured shortly. There's one with a vacant 2-bedroom unit that I've got my eye on, but don't wait for me just in case.
  2. That all starts August 1, but payments are applied to the second semester.
  3. August 15th to pay tuition minus your OSAP amount. The Scotiabank branch mentioned in the offer letter got through my line of credit application in about a week, so you have plenty of time to sort that out if you have to. As long as you've never declared bankruptcy, they'll probably approve you for 100k without a second thought. They didn't even run a credit check on my application.
  4. I second asking the Law Society, but if you can't just go ahead and sit the paralegal exam without getting a college diploma in Ontario, I would suggest accreditation instead. The cost isn't that much more than college tuition + LSUC fees - all in all, more bang for your buck.
  5. Have you (or any other single JDs you know) taken courses at UDM or Wayne State? Are they interesting/worth the hassle?
  6. I also had an uphill battle in applying to law school. My GPA sits somewhere between the upper end of crap and the lower end of not crap, and I can't replicate my practice LSAT scores at the testing centre (never managed more than 153). I have a disability to explain away the LSAT scores and financial circumstances to explain away my GPA. In support of the access claim, I provided a letter from my doctor. On top of all of that, I also became a licensed paralegal and worked as one for two years, during which time I contributed to some textbooks my boss wrote and argued at trials and arbitrations. One of my references is my boss, who can personally attest to the quality of my legal work. It took two attempts before I got in (Windsor Single JD this fall). I didn't have my boss's reference the first time, and I was still in college and didn't have the legal experience that I do now. (I also chose not to apply access the first time, but when you're autistic and you pass as neurotypical, speak without assistive software, and have a degree, your own apartment, a career and a stable long-term relationship, you get gaslit into thinking you're gaming the system if you ask for help, which I couldn't see when I first applied). Point is, you should be aware that it might take more than just an explanation and documentary records to prove that your stats don't reflect your aptitude. While a lot of access applicants are like us and have low stats due to personal circumstances, there are also access applicants who have better stats.
  7. Decision is reserved, so I might be able to sneak in a page or two of written submissions (and it will probably have to be written since FSCO is determined to have all outstanding AB matters concluded by the end of the year).
  8. I'm already in at Windsor, but to those who have offers from other schools they would rather go to, just pick one and accept it. You will feel so much better. Allow yourself to start figuring out your financial and living arrangements now. The longer your application remains in self-induced limbo, the longer you are putting those important things off. Unless you are waiting on a specific school that can give you something important to you that no other school can, an offer from another school only amounts to more smoke blown up your ass at this point, and that is not worth putting yourself (and others) through more stress.
  9. Imagine having the opposite problem. I had a FSCO arbitration on Monday where this case would have been immensely helpful in submissions. I suppose I'd better start drinking.
  10. Hmmm. You might be onto something there. Hey, Diplock! Buy us all a round!
  11. As to the nature of the work, I don't really want to comment much because it's different for everyone. Some of us do more of the role of a law clerk; others handle their own cases from start to finish. In terms of personality, I'd say you need to have a backbone, and don't be like many of your soon-to-be classmates who are in the program because they're litigious and seeking thrills.
  12. I am about to uproot my fiancé for law school three hours away, and here's the difference between my relationship and yours: talking him into it was easy. This is not to say he isn't scared shitless, because he definitely is and I might have to slap him silly next time he asks to be reassured, but he didn't threaten to hang me up to dry just for accepting the offer of admission (especially after seeing first hand how hard I worked to get to this point). We're almost 30 and he knows this is a necessary step to getting on with our lives. The writing is on the wall and your girlfriend is eager to get rid of you, if not for taking a job outside of Toronto today, for something else down the road.
  13. Check messenger. Message requests from non-friends don't always come with a notification.
  14. I guess it was I thought I would stay in music forever when I was in my undergrad. I had law school in the back of my mind while I was growing up, but never seriously thought I would do it - I am musically gifted and I didn't think I could do anything else. At some point in my third year I started reading statutes in my spare time (because that's my idea of a fun Saturday night for some reason) and in the very last month of my undergrad I finally clued in that I really am interested enough in law to pursue it as a career. And after looking into it a little more, I realized that I grasp the subject easily. I became a paralegal first, and I am so glad I did because 1) I don't have to go into this feeling like a complete idiot (do your worst, Estoppel Monster); and 2) I needed to do everything in my power to overcome my undergrad GPA and LSAT score and prove that neither adequately reflect my aptitude for law. I did moots in college, I've ghost-written a few chapters in law textbooks, I've done trials and arbitrations, and I basically do the work of a junior lawyer at my firm. I also have a legitimate access claim, but it still took two cycles before I finally got in. Don't be too scared of failure. That's how people learn to procrastinate, by tricking themselves into thinking it's all or nothing. It's still early and you still have time to sort everything out. If you have to do a college program or master's degree when it's all over, then do it. And if you decide you like psychology better, do it! But there is one thing you should know about law before you decide to go into it - it is just as rewarding and fun as it is gruelling and demoralizing. If you don't love it enough that it's worth having to wade through the swamp every once in a while, don't put yourself through it.
  15. Here's an excerpt from the acceptance letter that might be of some help, for what it's worth: "The students who choose to come to Windsor Law are smart, hard-working and intellectually curious. They demonstrate a genuine commitment to their communities, and they bring that commitment with them to our law school." (Emphasis added). I can't speak for any other applicants who were accepted, but my own PS did include something to that effect, specifically commitment to paralegals. To be fair, though, we paralegals only exist because we make a compelling access to justice argument, and I also applied in the access category.