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  1. University of Toronto student needing advice.

    I'm not saying there is a policy in place or that UofT gives preferential treatment to their own undergrads, but it is of interest to note that 26% of the class of 2020 did their undergrad at UofT (Historically this number has been >20%) . Compare that to all other Ontario universities (there are 20 others) at 36% and the idea of preferential treatment becomes more convincing. Though the same numbers for their class of 2019 was at 21%/44% Again, there are obviously other important factors to look at (ones we may not have access to or that aren't feasible to record). UofT is one of the most academically-driven schools in Canada and the students that go there for undergrad are a product of that, which may result in more of them getting into UofT than any other school. It could also be that UofT students were so in love with the campus or school that they were more likely to do another 3 years there. But at the end of the day if we look at the numbers they do seem to suggest some sort of correlative relationship. Source
  2. Undergraduate Specialization help jobs after law school?

    The single most important factor in terms of getting a biglaw job are your grades, and after that maybe your personality. However there seems to be a pretty strong correlation between business/commerce undergrads and getting OCIs and In-Firms, according to Ultra Vires. But this can be attributed to many factors such as business undergrads being more inclined to seek biglaw jobs. I think this “corporate law specialization” would help your application a little bit but not enough to give you a tangible advantage over other candidates who have the same grades but better ECs/Experience or a more interesting personality.
  3. Jd/mba opinion?

    Don't know anything about Dal's JD or MBA programs but here's my 2 cents: I think the very first question you must ask yourself is - where do you want to work? These two schools are literally in two opposite coasts, and so where you work in the future will likely be in proximity to where you attend law school. The second question is, do you have an interest in business? If no, then don't even consider the JD/MBA. Your reasons for doing your MBA should be related to your interests as well as what you want to do in the future. For MBAs, where you go to school matters a lot more than where you get your JD. In Canada all JDs will provide you with a great legal education and you the career path options are more or less the same, although some schools may provide a higher chance for a certain path than others. MBAs however, from my limited understanding and from what I've been told, is a "networking degree." I'm sure 90% of what you will learn is the same across most or all b-schools but it is important to look into the reputation and alumni of the school. So my best advice is for you to look at some JD/MBA alumni from Dalhousie and see where they are now and what they are doing. Does any of that interest you? Is that something you see yourself doing in the future? Maybe even reach out to some alum and talk to them how the MBA has helped or benefited their legal career, and whether they think it was worth it or not. Also ask them what they plan on doing in the future. .
  4. One month to study (with a course?)

    That is a great diagnostic. If the majority of what you got wrong in your diagnostic was from LG , I think it would be very easy for you to consistently PT at mid-160s before June (whether or not you get that on the exam is a different story... most people tend to score lower than what they PT at) It's definitely not crazy to only take one month to study for the LSAT. How long you need to study ultimately depends on 1) What your diagnostic is; and 2) What you are aiming to score. I would say going from 157 to 170 in a month is extremely difficult. Doable but not realistic. Mid-160s is a more realistic and achievable goal.
  5. Accepted to Lakehead 2018

    Wow that is definitely worth starting a topic (on this forum) on its own.
  6. Accommodations

    I think in response to my comment you have decided to let your emotions and instinctual reactions take precedence over rational and clam thought. You took my comment in a different direction and completely twisted the nature of my comment. I clearly said that it is a good thing to increase accessibility and diversity in the profession, and that there is a need for accommodations. There is no denying that a blind individual would have a significantly more difficult time succeeding on the LSAT given regular testing conditions, thus the need for accommodations. However, the fact that you are offended does not change reality. I don't think you understand what it means to be equal. Equal in worth as human beings? Yes. But being blunt, it is a delusion to assume that everyone is equal in terms of performance. People, abled or disabled, will get weeded out of things that they won't perform well in and this is a natural and efficient process. There are places in which they will be put into better use. Everyone has the right to be treated equally but no one has the right to fulfill a dream - there is a line that must be drawn at some point in terms of what "equal" entails. A blind surgeon won't do anyone good, but a blind financial analyst can be the best in the world, given the nature of the jobs.
  7. Accommodations

    Interesting topic. I've always thought of the purpose of tests and exams as a, more or less, objective way to ensure that X group is up to some standard or basic level of competency, such as the LSAT for law school and the bar exam for being a lawyer. Part of this objective, however, is to weed out those who fall below that standard which is fair, in my opinion (after all, what is the point of a standard if 100% of those who take it pass?). The introduction of accommodations definitely removes some of the objectivity in the test or exam, as there is a group that receives easier testing conditions but there is no distinction between either passing group. These easier testing conditions are to level the playing field, which is good as it increases accessibility to and diversity in the profession. I think that some accommodations are more legitimate than others, for example, I don't think anyone would argue that a blind person writing the LSAT has a significant advantage over the general group. So finding the balance and drawing the line is really difficult as accommodation will only get you so far. There is no such thing as "accommodation" in real life - a client isn't going to let you take 2x the time you need just because you are blind... it is logical for them to find someone who can get them the biggest bang for their buck; eventually I think they will get weeded out (I don't mean this in a negative manner... it is just like how many associates get weeded out of Bay St firms). To say the least, I think it is unfair, but lack of accommodations is not a solution either. There is no perfect solution
  8. How many PT should I do a week?

    Everyone wants to only write the LSAT once but there is no shame in taking the LSAT two or three times (if you are at your fourth, you should really reconsider how you are studying). LSAC data shows that over 30% of test takers write the LSAT more than once, most of which end up increasing their score. I would recommend 2-3 preptests a week, depending on how much you can personally handle. When I was studying I did a PT every other day with 2-3 sections on the days that i didn't. Looking back I wouldn't really recommend this as it would probably make a lot of people burn out quickly. Don't bother taking untimed tests, and remember to blind review after each PT or section you do. It will immensely help you. And for the love of god please don't aim or settle at a 151 or 154 just because you saw people getting accepted to schools with those scores. They are the exception (a very very very rare one) and not the rule. Even with a good GPA I would aim for at least a 160 minimum. This is also dependent on what school you want to get into I guess (you should have some preference). If your top choice is Windsor or Lakehead a mid 150 may suffice with a good GPA.
  9. Suits For Men

    IMO Banana Republic is pretty good quality with nice fits and prints at affordable prices for students. They have 40% off sales quite frequently as well.
  10. Law School Chances - What should I do?? Help

    In all seriousness, here is some real advice for you OP... Just because you have a lifelong dream doesn't mean you're entitled to it Law schools clearly indicate the criteria they use to assess your application Osgoode isn't a true "holistic" school, they admit the majority of their applicants based on stats with some on a holistic basis (I mean, look at the first couple posts in the accepted threads, they are pretty much all people with high stats) In no world does a score in the 36th percentile trump a score in the 97th percentile. Everyone has problems in their life. My mom got cancer. I dealt with it. I faced adversity and I came out on top. I didn't mention all these problems in my application. So why should a person that mentioned all the problems they've had in life with lower stats than me have a better shot at law school than me because I didn't write down a sob story? I think ending off with Diplock's patented Fallacy of the Perfect Life™ is appropriate here
  11. Law School Chances - What should I do?? Help

    I think the situation you are in is aptly put in the words of Conan O'Brien - "When all else fails there is always delusion"
  12. Is law school fun?

    By that logic... Lakehead and Windsor are the "most fun" law schools in Ontario?
  13. Finding a law-related job in undergrad is next to impossible. I've only seen two instances of this - (1) A friend got an administrative summer job at a big Bay Street firm (because their dad was a senior partner at the firm) (2) I believe UWaterloo has one or two co-op positions available (only to the students in their co-op program) at one of the sisters. Maybe some other law-related jobs as well but I wouldn't know because I don't go there. Think about it - why would a law firm want to hire an undergrad (that hasn't even gotten into law school, and has no guarantee of getting into law school) when they can easily find 1Ls to do the same thing? And to your latter point, getting a law-related undergrad job will not factor into your competitiveness as an applicant whatsoever. Focus on GPA and LSAT as that is (generally) 99% of the weight of your application.
  14. From what I understand, the way transfers work is that you need pretty high grades to do so, especially if you are transferring to UofT. Western and Queen's are both great schools, and if you are at the top of your class anyways in those schools, you could get pretty much anywhere that you would've with a UofT JD, while saving $10k+ per year. You also lose all your friends that you made in 1L and making friends in 2L as a transfer would be more difficult considering most people probably have their own friend groups already. For the more seasoned members on this forum: how would 2L OCIs work for transfers? I imagine there would be some difficulty in assessing a transfer's competitiveness compared to the rest of the class.
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