JohnP

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  1. Take the pass. In my undergrad, I was allowed to take two pass/fail courses. One of the courses I chose I ended up with a 93 in, A pass/fail is not indicative of a bad grade.
  2. I know being on the wait list sucks, but I wanted to offer some hope. One of my good friends in law school was offered his spot days before classes began. A few years ago, someone posted that Osgoode had offered them a spot on the first day of classes.
  3. 1. Please list all the things wrong with me: - You didn't study for the LSAT. 2. Logical tips to better yourself: study for the LSAT. -The Logical Games Bible is excellent. I also used the free 7sage videos on youtube. 3. Are you doomed? -Not as far as the LSAT is concerned. I can't speak for your immortal soul, that's between you and Jesus. 4. Can you turn it around for the Sept LSAT? -Yes, you have lots of time. Study regularly from now until September. Don't go more than a few days without studying. After going through the Logical Games Bible, write full timed practice LSATs.
  4. You have a great GPA and a decent LSAT score, but your LSAT score is below average for most law schools. I am sure you'd get into multiple law schools, but if you want Osgoode, I'd recommend re-writing the LSAT. You may get in with the LSAT mark you have, but you have tonnes of time to study for the September LSAT, so why leave it up to chance, when you can make it a lock.
  5. Find a George Costanza, who always wanted to be a lawyer, and sell him the textbooks. Costanza faked being everything from a marine biologist to an architect. If you know someone who lies about their profession to impress people and/or to get girls into bed, approach them about buying your textbooks. Explain how a set of legal textbooks will fool anyone into thinking you're a lawyer. They can get the prestige and the women without the work, cost, or effort.
  6. Getting references from former roommates. There are a lot of stories in law school about roommates from hell.
  7. Windsor. 1. Lakehead has no alumni connections with law firms, as the law school is so new. 2. Lakehead has few established profs, most of their staff are quite green. 3. Toronto firms don't do OCIs with Lakehead. 4. Windsor is the warmest city with a law school; Thunder Bay is the coldest city with a law school. The only reason I can think of for choosing Lakehead is if you want to practice law in northern Ontario.
  8. Has anyone written the GRE? If so, can you recommend which prep materials are the best please?
  9. Sorry, I posted last night, when I was was tired, after my last exam. What I put is not quite correct. "We consider all years of study, but place greater weight on the last two years of full-time: http://law.uwo.ca/future_students/jd_admissions/admissions_FAQ/grades_and_courses.html
  10. Western isn't more difficult to get into. They just evaluate applications differently. Western puts more weight on the LSAT than the GPA, and when they look at the GPA, they really only consider the last two years. Ottawa puts more weight on the GPA and they look at the CPGA, and Ottawa puts less weight on the LSAT.
  11. Take Western. While the additional cost in housing could eat up the $20k you got in scholarship from Western, you don't have an offer from Osgoode and it is late in the cycle. This is a classic bird in the hand is worth two in the bush scenario.
  12. My point is that a legal education is an investment that can quickly start paying dividends. Someone shouldn't limit themselves because they think they can't afford it, as the banks will usually provide a large line of credit. In the post that I responded to, the person said they wanted to work in the IP/tech sector, not for the public service or an NGO, so the information I provided was relevant. No need to be snarky.
  13. If you work hard, law school will pay for itself within a few years of graduation.
  14. You need to take a timed LSAT to get a real score. One of the biggest challenges with the LSAT is answering the questions accurately within the time allotted. If you haven't done it already buy old LSAT practice books from LSAC. My advice to you is to write full timed LSATs, include an extra unmarked section just like the real LSAT. For your unmarked section, pick the section that you're weakest on. After you've written and scored your LSAT test, go through all of the questions and find out where you went wrong. Personally I found the Logic Games Bible and 7sage's video explanations to be excellent. I would write at least 3 full LSAT tests every week. This means you'll have written 27 practice LSATs by test day. Best of luck!
  15. If you equate conservative to mean business friendly, I would say Western and UofT are the most conservative schools. Academia as a whole is pretty left leaning, so many law schools are quite liberal (small L). I am at Ottawa and most of the profs here are just slightly left of Marx. Any class discussion involving a political POV does not even come close to being objective. For the record, I consider myself a political moderate.