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  1. Hey friends, Can anyone point me in the right direction for seeing some stats about Osgoode? I'm curious to see basic biographical facts about the student body (average student age, gender ethnicity, undergrad degree, etc.) and placement rates (% hired by "biglaw" vs. boutique, % hired for 1L summer, 2L, articling, etc.) Instead of fumbling around to find it myself, I thought tapping into some of your brilliant minds would be a more efficient approach. Please link, post, or point me in the right direction. Thanks.
  2. i got accepted in january. honestly, i didnt deal with "the queue" and dont fully understand how it works. i thunk i got in so early bc of my lpr, ec, and fact that ive been working for many years post ugrad. probably essays too. hope that helps you. best of luck, really!
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  4. im moving from edmonton to midtown toronto, looking for roommates. i also own a place in ed that ill be leaving, for all you uofa students.
  5. congrats! i was accepted w a 164/3.4. so theres hope. see you there!
  6. i agree with thrill on the fact that lr does get harder within the section. i disagree with how thrill sorted the questions, but thats not because i think theyre wrong; it's because i think it's best for you to really dig into the questions and look at many different systems of organizing the q types, then decide for yourself which categorization is most intuitive. i found it particularly helpful to look for the "hole" in str, wkn, nec, suf, and flw question types. then, based on q type, fill the hole appropriately. also, i strongly recommend q stem first, then read the q prompt(specific details). if you do enough lsats, youll notice that there arent that many different q types. if you have questions, im happy to share more. all the best
  7. Hey everyone, I'm a UofA alum, and I'm moving to Toronto to go to Osgoode for my 1L in Fall 2017. I own a house in Edmonton and am looking to rent it out once I leave. Of course, I'd like to help out a fellow law student that's looking for a place. It's a quality house with good space (inside and out), easy access to transit (and UofA), and I'm flexible with whether you want to rent a room or the full house. No matter who you co-rent with, it'll be a quiet house for students/professionals. Reply to this thread with any questions you may have, so that others can read the answers. If you're interested or have a specific scenario you want to discuss, PM me. I'm flexible. Here's the ad: http://www.kijiji.ca/v-view-details.html?adId=1257151440&requestSource=b
  8. I haven't read above, but read the OP about LSAT studying. Hopefully me detailing my steps will help OP or someone else (this year or next) I wrote the LSAT sept 24, 2016 and dec 6, 2016. I began studying June 2016. 1) I began with a diagnosti cin the 150s (I forget). 2) For June/July I spent my time reading and working through as many published (bibles, lsat trainer, etc.) as I could afford through kijiji. I also watched youtube/online videos for explanations. This period was about learning what LSAT questions exist and what strategies to apply to each. I timed myself periodically, but timing was not important here. 3) For Aug, I focused more on test-like conditions. I did more full sections and PTs. I went to UofA campus and wrote a 5-section LSAT each Saturday @ 9AM. This period was about breaking the more formalized steps down into something that worked for me. Making my own short-hand symbols, etc. 4) for Sept, I began doing LSAT sections every workday. I did a section before work (7:30AM) and one at lunch. I spent evenings on LSATs too. (I was a treat for my friends and partners, trust me). I continued to do a "real" LSAT each Saturday (this time in the room LSAC announced). This period was about figuring out where my strengths were and what I could realistically achieve (should I skip parallel LR questions? should I do that hard LG first? those kind of things). I scored a 164 in Sept, (I think I will always remember my panic when I got that computer virus LG on the last section.) But more than my score, I felt "in the zone". I knew my limits and where to go to write and how to skip questions and eating/sleeping right. For the amount of work I put in, 164 feels disappointing, but I know I tried my best and did the best I could, and that's really all i could have asked for. 1) I didn't study the LSAT in Oct. (I took a trip to Europe with my partner and caught up on the rest of my life.) 2) I resumed my Sept practice schedule Nov and maintained that until the Dec 6 LSAT. I scored a 163 in Dec. It was disappointing to do worse than sept, but I'll attribute the lower score to personal/emotional stress. It could have just been a bad day or something. Hope this helps.
  9. thanks for the feedback all. seems ill get lots of value from welcome week, and some other good afvice received via pm.
  10. Congrats, Han!
  11. I'm from out-of-province and thus haven't attended any "welcome" sessions for 0L yet. I'm travelling to Toronto this weekend and was wondering what kind of questions/supports you recommend I try to establish while I'm on campus.
  12. Hey all, Disclaimer, I didn't read most of the posts above. I am an Alberta resident. TLDR: Choose Scotia. I'm new to PSLOC too. I just went through all this. I'll try to summarize what I learned and did. I phoned and spoke to someone from 6 national banks: Scotiabank, RBC, TD, BMO, CIBC, National Bank, Desjardins and 2 local (Alberta) banks/credit unions ATB and Servus. I'm entering my 1L with Osgoode. Osgoode's website lists contacts for Scotia, RBC, TD (the names weren't all up to date, and I can check my notes and relate the details if you want/need). One important, common, fact was that all PSLOC (professional student line of credits) charged interest-only payments monthly while you're in school, but only on the amount you've used. So, for example, if you have access to 100,000 but only use 10,000, then they charge you interest on that 10,000 based on their % (which is an annual percent, then divided by 12 for each month). Long story short, I applied to Scotia and RBC only. Scotia approved me for 100,000 (less the limit on my CC, which I agreed to lower) without a cosigner at prime only. RBC approved me with a cosigner for 100,000 @ prime only. I learned that there are some key questions to ask: 1) do you have a PSLOC or only a SLOC? SLOC were always lower in the max amount they'll give you, and they won't factor in your future earning potential (i.e., increase your chance of not needing a cosigner) 2) what is the max amount you will approve me for? Big national banks went up to 100,000, whereas some other banks (had a 50k limit) 3) Is there a max limit I'm allowed to use per year? Scotiabank limited me to 33k per year. RBC had no per year limit (for examples) 4) Can I use the PSLOC during my articling year? This was a big differentiating factor. Some banks didn't let me use my PSLOC during articling. Scotia and RBC did. 5) What is the grace period (before I have to repay principal)? All were 12 months after graduating, but Scotia and RBC considered articling as a part of the "graudating" process, thus allowing me to use my PSLOC during that year. A big difference. 6) What is the repayment plan? This is a critical question to ask. Right now, you're thinking of getting the money, but think about what it'll be like to repay it back. They all set up an amortization schedule based on how much you used of the PSLOC. RBC was very formulaic in that it's amortized over 5 years if you owe less than 10k, over 10 years if you owe between 10 and 50k, over 15 years if over 50k. TD stood out here: they will charge you 1% of your outstanding balance each month once the grace period ends. Ask this question. In short 1) Scotia - far and away the best. Period. I emailed Lynne Owen and the application was relatively painless, quick, and clear. She answered my questions clearly and promptly. I got approved for 100,000 less my CC limit (which I lowered) without a cosigner @ prime only. 2) RBC - a good option on paper, but difficult to deal with. They were slow, needy in the paperwork they need to get started, and ended up declining me (unless I provided a cosigner), whereas Scotia approved me. 3) TD - this was interesting. They have a payback policy of you owe 1% of your outstanding balance each month (each month!) after the grace period ends. That means you could be paying a flat $1000 per month if you used up all 100,000. This policy alone steered me away from TD. 4) BMO, CIBC - Both @ prime plus 1, BMO was max of 80k, and CIBC was max of 100k. The prime + 1 disqualified these 2 5) Naitonal Bank and Desjardins - as it became clear that Scotia and RBC were the leading providers on paper (100k max and either prime or prime +.5), I rapidly lost interest in trying to get clear answers out of their telephone jungle gyms. Honestly, I didn't even dig deep enough to get their numbers... 6) ATB and Servus - Both were prime + 1 and more Alberta-centric institutions, so I was worried about using them while in Tor. Also, they had lower max limits per year (25 and 20 respectively) Hope that helps. Trying to pay it forward
  13. Thanks for all this "insider" info, everyone. This will be my first time living in Toronto, so your expertise is definitely appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to share it with me. I've consolidated this info into notes so I know where to look/what to ask when I'm in Tor next week. If anyone has any further questions on this thread, I encourage them to hijack it and ask what they need to know. Thanks, all.
  14. This thread is amazing! Thank you, Uriel. Your example of giving back to the community and sharing your wealth of knowledge is truly inspiring. I don't have a question for you now, but perhaps I will one day, especially considering what I (think I) want is a path that looks remarkably similar to yours (relative to the abundance of variables at play). Simply, thank you.
  15. OP, i haven't read most of the intervening posts, so forgive me if I repeat/omit something. That said, other posters are absolutely right that law will be a very long and very challenging path. If you're so quick to give in, then you absolutely shouldn't dig yourself too deep a hole. On the other hand, if you're actually saying that you really want this but aren't sure if it's possible, then I have the exact opposite answer: yes. Do it. Keep practicing. Study hard. I wrote my first real LSAT in Sept 2016. I began studying June 2016. I spent 4 months studying (very intensively). For the last month I did a section every morning before work, every lunch hour at work, and every day after work. If you set your mind to it and study well, you can and will improve. If you have specific questions, I'm happy to give back and assist how I can.