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  1. Trinity Western Loses 7-2

    I was really hoping McLachlin would open that law school in her basement she was talking about so I could transfer. #youdontalwaysgetwhatyouwant
  2. Trinity Western Loses 7-2

    While I personally have some issues with the "reasonableness" standard for anything that affects Charter rights, I don't think it would have changed anything. I honestly feel like in most SCC reasons, whenever you balance 2b against any other Charter right, it'll always come up short. It only seems to win cases when there are also equality, speech, 35 issues, etc. on its side. The fact is that it's a Charter right that the SCC doesn't treat like one. Subject religion to the minimal impairment stage of the Oakes test and it will lose there too. To be clear, I am NOT saying I disagree with the result in this case, but with jurisprudence on the area in general (*cough* Wilson Colony).
  3. Trinity Western Loses 7-2

    Given that the SCC can manage to put create some really surprising decisions from fairly clear areas of law to reach their preferred result, this one was pretty much expected. The "reasonableness" standard and the amount of balancing of high level, somewhat abstract, concepts in CONS law, made it pretty easy for them to finangle the outcome. Doesn't TWU still have the option to open the school and seek alternative paths of accreditation from the respective law societies for individual graduates?
  4. Concerned Law Student

    The spectre of a possible strike was raised during exam period at Western too, though it never materialized. I think it's one of those situations where you had to weigh the consequences and what the school is offering as an alternative to crossing the picket line. I would point out that some of the stress of exam time, especially during 1L, may have an impact on peoples' decision-making abilities. During the height of exams, with the all-day studying, it would have been extremely difficult for me to get out of the "must take exams", semi-crazed mentality. Whereas now that they're over, I am able to look at things more objectively. I am pretty much in the middle of the union/management spectrum. Right now, and I suspect for the rest of my time at law school, I would be very reluctant to cross the picket line; two months ago, the possibility wouldn't have even crossed my mind.
  5. Most of the time I lack the attention span to get through one of epeeist's posts, but it comforts me that they're there!
  6. Social events for law students?

    You have every single class with the same 20-25 people (except for Ethics/Corporate in the second semester since it's an elective). There will be one class with ONLY that group. The rest of the courses will be with a few other small groups along with your own, and Property is probably with the entire 1L class. So you're going to see the same faces in all of your classes, but will see other small groups regularly as well.
  7. As an aside, one can imagine a version of Hell where you have to listen to the same issue being argued over and over again for all eternity.
  8. No offence taken. Let me know if you find the other one; I'm still on the lookout for my soulmate. tyvm
  9. If you can get your last 2-3 years up, you probably have a good shot at Queens and a okay one at Osgoode. I'd also consider Western because they'll give more weight to your L2. UofT will look at your L3 so it depends where you end up there; your LSAT might be a tad low, but it's not impossible. Ottawa could be harder since they like high cGPAs. Your main priority is pushing your cGPA up as much as possible. If you have time to retake the LSAT and are so inclined and really want a TO school, maybe do that. But if you're looking to apply before you graduate and trying to defer a year to teach, then you probably won't have time to take it. 165 is fine and probably isn't worth stepping on your undergrad effort in order to raise it. Generally, just keep building your ECs and write some strong applications. You're in a pretty good position for an Ontario school.
  10. Please Advise Me! (STEM to LAW)

    Assume that the STEM thing is mostly irrelevant; your EC's will presumably showcase transferable skills in some way. Then search the forums for the answers to your other stat-related questions.
  11. Should I give up?

    Please remember that any stats you're hearing, either on this site or as anecdotes from people you know, represent a very small percentage of actual applicants. For every 140's score you see/hear of succeeding, there are literally thousands and thousands of applications that don't. And as you pointed out, there are really, really outlier cases. But those are more the exceptions that prove the rule. For the purposes of anyone reading, if you've got a 144, don't bother wasting your money on applications, full stop. YogurtBaron would tell you that even if you have the most sympathetic story ever, you may never get past certain really detrimental stats. By all means, if you really think there's something extraordinary about your circumstances, please apply, but don't hold your breath either. Even aboriginal students would likely have a difficult time applying from the mid-140's (a 144 putting you below the 25th percentile). For that matter, for every 160 you hear of getting in, there are probably 5+ that don't. The rest of your application is okay, but not particularly strong. You'll want to really clear 160 to even stand a reasonably good chance of getting in. Please, people, don't take the LSAT unless you're PT-ing within the range of scores you're aiming for, under strict conditions. Ideally, don't take it until you're 5 points above the score you want, to account for the typical drop on test day. Certainly don't do it twice. You're not going to magically do better or get lucky on test day - that's not how these tests are designed. They're going to precisely pinpoint where you are relative to other test takers on the basis of the metrics they're using. 20 point jumps between tests is NOT IMPOSSIBLE. But it almost requires a completely different way of thinking and problem solving. You basically need to rebuild your reasoning process from the ground up. It's really hard, but it's doable. My advice to you OP: Ditch the timing, the conditions, etc. Buy one of those books that collects all the problems. Do each of them one at a time. I don't care if it takes you a whole day to get through each problem. Read the questions, look at the answers, stop and take time to think about each one. See if there are any you can cross out for sure. If you're stuck between multiple answers, take an hour to sit there and think through each one. If you're stuck, just keep thinking about it until the problem has spiritually and emotionally shattered you. Then look at the answer. At the end of it, you have to be able to accurately articulate WHY each right answer was correct, and WHY each wrong answer was incorrect. And HOW you would have figured it out. And don't move on until you can do that. But before you commit to spending a tremendous amount of time working on this, ask yourself why you want to be a lawyer, ask yourself if there's anything else you can be happy with doing. Seriously and honestly. You could save yourself a lot of money, time, anguish, and a midlife crisis later on if you do so. Ask yourself, if as a lawyer you only make $70K /yr for the rest of your life, would you be happy? Why or why not?
  12. To 1Ls asking for feedback on their grades

    Do we know if all B-range students get articles though? I think B-range students might be worried about getting lost among the masses. Also, a surprising number of students seem to really be set on Bay Street. B-range could be troublesome for that. But yes, people should ask for help if worried (you're allowed to make a dummy account for the purposes of posting identifying info if you give the mods a heads up).
  13. To 1Ls asking for feedback on their grades

    Woah, grats Prov! Talk about a surprising twist to the thread!
  14. To 1Ls asking for feedback on their grades

    Again, and I feel like I'm just repeating myself now, but none of that learning process is going to be assisted by the feeling that everyone is doing better. Even if conceptually someone knows that some people are doing better. The realization that nobody's life is perfect, which is what I recall the article saying, still depends on the inputs received; nobody spontaneously comes to it alone. Skewed inputs distort perceptions. The truth is that 80%+ of people get B and C averages.