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  1. Suits For Men

    To all the men out there looking for comfortable work/interview attire... https://www.betabrand.com/mens/jackets/mens-business-suit-onesie-hybrid
  2. I remember having a long-winded convo about this with a Peterson fan. All this tweet proved is that JBP is weird, and also that the bing search engine sucks because it just provides you with images from the same website over and over again and suppresses any other popular results.
  3. Will I Face Any Issues Being a Conservative in Law School?

    I've actually thought about this at length and asked around - this doesn't happen. No one is going to expel you while you're paying $35,000 in tuition over something someone accused you of saying... unless you're actually going around advocating for an ethnostate and genocide - in that case you might have a problem that goes beyond "objective evidence".
  4. Will I Face Any Issues Being a Conservative in Law School?

    The point I was trying to make is that no one in LS (in my opinion) seems to put this much thought into what @theycancallyouhoju called "self-sorting" and I don't think people tend to view the world like you do. I have friends who are more conservative than me and friends who are more liberal than me and even met a few left-wingers who are well respected. Everyone seems to get along fine. Whenever someone says anything too controversial (on either sides of the political spectrum) people just tend to respectfully disagree and move on. Maybe people talk behind backs, but that's just life - if it wasn't about politics, it would be about something else. Personally, I don't care about the political ideology/religion/whatever of the person sitting next to me in class. I don't care to "debate" them. I don't care about "destroying SJWs". If you care about these things so much, then yes, you will probably find law school to be a huge issue.
  5. Will I Face Any Issues Being a Conservative in Law School?

    I'm in LS and my above experience markedly differs from the above. Everyone seems really tolerant and stuff, regardless of political ideology. Although maybe I'm just naive and oblivious?
  6. Will I Face Any Issues Being a Conservative in Law School?

    You'll face issues if you are a very sensitive person who can't handle hearing other people's opinions without trying to aggressively assert yourself. Just don't be an asshole and you'll be fine. If it bothers you when a left-leaning person speaks, you'll probably have a lot of issues since at least half of your professors will be openly left-leaning and the majority of your peers will be too. Be more open and understanding of people with other viewpoints, and don't take disagreements so personally. Protip: calling the majority of your left-leaning peers "SJWs" probably isn't the best idea. My best grade was from a prof who I openly disagreed with politically, so no, you don't have to suppress your political opinions to get ahead. I don't know why you would think this... do you not think that your professors are intelligent and reasonable enough to cast aside political differences and parse through your work like adults? You should give everyone you meet a lot more credit than that. What @Diplock said is very true, "assuming a posture of preemptive victimization is juvenile."
  7. Thank you for this. I was so nervous entering the exam because I thought I wasn't working as hard or smart as everyone else, but when I left the exam, I was proud that I got to write it surrounded by so many smart and amazing people. I hate thinking about exams/assignments after I've handed them in. If I think about them or discuss them, I go over all the details in my head and nitpick them and end up feeling worse for my second exam.
  8. Choices but strongly considering UofT

    Agreed, focus on minimizing your debt.
  9. 2018 2L Recruitment

    In retrospect, how would you advise students to deal with firms that are known for monopolizing time dishonestly? You hear the same stories about the same firm(s) every year - would you advise students to stay away from such a firm if they have other potential firms on the table?
  10. Your cGPA is pretty competitive so I think you would have gotten in even if you took the LSAT in December and got on the lower end of your PT... but on the other hand I am sure if you write it well you will get in somewhere nonetheless. I don't think you really screwed up but you did prolong your own stress by another few months
  11. [Split] Re discouraging advice on chances

    Have you tried joining the circus? If acrobats can do it, so can you! You just aren't trying hard enough.
  12. [Split] Re discouraging advice on chances

    Agreed - they are espousing "bootstraps" mentality. Unfortunately, sometimes, no matter how hard you try to pull yourself up by the bootstraps, you can't lift yourself up. Some people don't have sturdy bootstraps - whether it is because of financial reasons or genetic reasons or personal reasons. Some people don't even have boots at all. I think you should give yourself more credit. You probably are naturally intelligent if you can do all those things. That isn't saying much - natural intelligence doesn't necessarily mean you didn't have to work hard, just that you have more potential. People are intelligent in different ways and excel in different disciplines. Some people are not as intelligent as you. There are people that could have studied alongside you and performed worse on the LSAT. There are people who could have put in double the work that you did and received lower grades. On the flip side, there are people who could do less than you and still perform better! Needless to say, don't deny your natural talents, and don't deny that there are people out there who are in a worse position than you are. Learning disabilities can be mild and barely noticeable, but can have a profound effect on your academic success. You never know what is going on with someone else, so don't assume. The person you are sitting next to in class who has a lower GPA than you might be putting in 2x the hours just to stay afloat. This isn't to say that your life is easy/hard/whatever, just that you have different circumstances. "Easy" and "hard" are relative and vary from individual to individual. What is easy for me, might be hard for you, and vice versa. This is also doubly compounded by financial situations, privilege, etc. Try not to assume anything about other people's abilities or lives. Why does it matter so much to you that everyone is on an even playing field, in your mind? Your accomplishments are still your accomplishments, even if your natural talent helped you get there. The fact that other people can or cannot do something doesn't negate your accomplishments. Someone who can't get into law school no matter how hard they try might end up easily succeeding in fields you couldn't. Excuse the anecdote, but I know someone with a third grade reading/writing level who would never be able to succeed on the LSAT, but they are an amazing orator and do very well at their profession. I agree. I was writing it from my own perspective, which was pretty silly of me. For all I know, she might study really hard for the LSAT for the next year and still get the same score, and my advice will have been crap. But she specifically asked if a 165+ would be enough, so I am assuming that she believes that she is capable of improving enough to get that score. You don't know unless you try, you know? Not everyone is capable of getting to a 160 or a 165 or a 170... but OP should probably find out if she can or cannot, before making decisions like entering into the dual program. Like she said, she spent the last year working, so it's not like she has anything to lose. If OP doesn't get a high enough LSAT score to offset the bad GPA, then all of this is moot.
  13. Oh, sorry. I was under the impression that you had been browsing since before you graduated. My bad. Like I said, you can still take post-degree courses - even at a school like U of T (see link I posted) - and boost up those numbers. Apply outside of the province too. If all else fails, and you still really want to do law, the dual JD is always there. And if the schools you are applying to don't average out LSAT - then definitely take it in December (or whenever the due date is) so that you provide Windsor/etc with something. I would take it at the last possible opportunity. Actually, come to think of it, I think the only schools that average LSAT are U of T, so nix that.
  14. [Split] Re discouraging advice on chances

    OP, you aren't getting your application money back, so withdrawing does nothing. I honestly would not write the LSAT until I was confidently hitting 165-170 with your stats. Even if this meant not writing it this year and skipping out on this admissions round. Write it next year, write it as late as possible. Taking another year off isn't going to harm you, especially if you are working and can use that work experience on your personal statement. Some schools average out LSAT score, and you don't want to end up with a 155 or a 160 that you'll have trouble mitigating in the future. The fact that you are kind of panicking about this as late as you are is what leads me to the conclusion that you should probably delay your LS goals another year and take the next year to actually get your shit together. Diplock touched on this - take some post-grad courses. I don't know how York does things, but it is possible to take courses after graduation to boost your cGPA, as a non-degree student. These won't boost your B3/L2, but it'll help with schools that look at cGPA and are more holistic - and they'll help you get into schools like UNB/TRU/UManitoba that drop bad grades specifically. It'll help within Ontario too, for schools that specifically look at cGPA. Plus, learning additional skill sets gives you a "soft" factor to add to your application that will help you with more holistic admissions (single JD at UWindsor, for example). What sounds better: taking another year or two to get your shit together, figure out what you really want to do, and making a thoughtful decision, or blowing a bunch of money on a degree from another country that may or may not even land you a job? The dual program should be your last option, when you've exhausted all others. Another point - If OP was a "long time" lurker, I don't understand why she graduated with her current grades. Surely she would have known, especially if it is law school-or-bust for her? She should have taken a fifth (and even sixth) year and added a double major to her degree, worked very hard and got the grades needed, and as a result her B3/L3 would have been much higher. I don't know how it works at York, but people at other schools take fifth and sixth years all the time - U of T, Western, Guelph. I personally know a splitter who went from getting 2.5s in his first two years, to 4.0s in his last three. I don't think adcom cares that much about how long it took you to get your degree. But they do care a lot about that OLSAS index score that says "2.89" or "3.89". Future students reading this: take an extra year if you can afford it. It is certainly cheaper than a Windsor dual degree or going abroad. Sorry if it sounds harsh, OP. I do think that you can get into law school provided you put in a bit more effort and planning into your application.
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