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  1. donoghuevstevenson

    Looking for advice about Living in Windsor

    Close to the school and close to shopping centres isn't really an option in Windsor; it's pretty spread out. There's a shuttle from the school to the Superstore on Tuesdays. I'm near University and Campbell; it's a 10-15 minute walk to the school, around the corner from Shoppers (where I get non-produce staples along with my fair share of free stuff with Optimum points as a result) and about a 15-20 minute walk to the nearest grocery store (Multifood - which I love; after living in Scarborough, Chinese grocery stores are a necessity). That's as central as it gets. Biking in Windsor is super easy because it's flat and has bike lanes on all the major streets, so definitely bring a bike if you can and lock the crap out of it if you can't bring it inside.
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    I'm currently a student - Ask me anything

    I claimed a special circumstance, but I couldn't tell you if that's what got me in. There was no indication of it on my acceptance letter, I never asked, and I'm never going to. I would hope there was something else in my application that was more interesting.
  3. donoghuevstevenson

    Law School Survival Guide Recommendations

    If you had a successful technique for managing your undergrad, then there's no sense reinventing the wheel. There's no special sauce for law school. If you don't have a prior legal background, you'll have an adjustment period when it comes to understanding the readings, but you'll reach a point where it clicks into place and you start talking over people's heads without realizing it.
  4. Both are equal in the eyes of the Law Society. Once you’re fully licensed, it doesn’t make a difference. Both schools being public colleges, it is unlikely an employer would view one more favourably than the other. If you want to do immigration work, you will need separate accreditation from the ICCRC (which you can get online while practicing as a paralegal, from what I’ve heard).
  5. donoghuevstevenson

    How much does it matter where you go to school?

    Back to the topic - I once had a lawyer admit to me that he wished he had chosen his school based on tuition price. (Thankfully, I had already made my decision based on tuition/living expenses when he told me that.)
  6. Is there any reason why the online versions are not sufficient? Is there something that the annotations can offer that the noteup bar in CanLII cannot? Will these be the only versions we can access during an open-book exam? I'd rather avoid spending a fortune on the print copies unless there is no other choice. (Asking for everyone's benefit, but for me personally, I've had a head start working as a paralegal for the last few years and I concede that the answer might be different for the average student coming in with a clean slate.)
  7. donoghuevstevenson

    Barber Recommendations

    Bumping this thread because I refuse to repeat the experience of looking like a rabbit that narrowly escaped the lawnmower.
  8. donoghuevstevenson

    Paralegal Qualities

    I get that; my least favourite part of my job was the admin work. I worked under a lawyer, which I guess is similar to what you would do back out west. I did my best work in research and writing - there's something to be said about finding the answer to a complex legal problem. That said, not all paralegals who work under lawyers do admin work; that depends on the firm, the resources it has available and the type of work the firm does. Real estate would be more towards the admin side than litigation, for example. I'm serious about your future classmates, though. Brace yourself for a lot of eye-rolling.
  9. donoghuevstevenson

    Seneca vs. Humber

    If you already have an undergrad degree, go with Seneca. The Humber degree will give you the option of applying for Master's programs when you're done, if that's something you might be interested in, but there's no point if you already have an undergrad degree.
  10. donoghuevstevenson

    Centennial Graduates?

    If you had asked two or three years ago, I would have said Centennial hands down. But if you're in a hurry to get it done and you don't care about the "school experience", go with Centennial (and cover your nose in the overpass between L block and C block in the summer).
  11. donoghuevstevenson

    Accepted to Windsor 2017

    No duplex. They all got sold before we got pre-approved, except for one with a bachelor unit for which the bathroom was too small to install a shower. Bought a cheap bungalow instead.
  12. donoghuevstevenson

    Accepted to Windsor 2017

    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.
  13. donoghuevstevenson

    Accepted to Windsor 2017

    That all starts August 1, but payments are applied to the second semester.
  14. donoghuevstevenson

    Accepted to Windsor 2017

    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.
  15. donoghuevstevenson

    ON Paralegal

    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.
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