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  1. I'm copying and pasting all of the info and keeping it really general. I have about 20, and I think it's time to move on because the deadline is soon
  2. Thank you @Pyke for posting this. I'm going through the research process now and just wondering how many columns people generally have in their Excel spreadsheets before moving on to drafting the cover letters? I saw some previous comments discussing completing one half early for very desirable choices and then going back to researching for the rest. Not sure how I feel about that, and I'd prefer to complete the research process before drafting cover letters. Also, does anyone have suggestions or recommendations for drafting specific cover letter templates, namely for "litigation" and/or "corporate." I am coming from a criminal law background, so I'm thinking I will emphasize my desire to 'try other practices before specializing", or something along those lines. I could approach this by discussing an interest in torts and contract law in first-year as well as a desire to take civil procedure and business associations this upcoming year (despite all courses being mandatory lol). I was also considering mentioning criminal justice in the context of their pro bono opportunities. US firms allegedly prefer shorter cover letters, so I might not elaborate on my background as a basis to work in specific areas, not sure how I'm doing this yet. Any advice is appreciated!
  3. Debate- Retake / Reapply

    LSAT is a very learnable test and there is no downside to taking more than once since your highest score is considered AND LSUC has recently removed the 3 writes restriction. The only potential downside to taking the test as many times as possible is expenses, monetary and personal. LSAT score is factored into admissions much more heavily than ECs are, so taking the LSAT is more likely to improve chances of admission.
  4. Osgoode vs Queens

    Before this gets out of hand, let's agree that there are better parts of Toronto than others.
  5. 2L Transfers

    I highly recommend the student proposed internship (SPI) if you can't get all of your desired courses or even if you can, really.
  6. Someone who doesn't take arguments personally. Someone who has enough backbone to initiate an argument when they have an issue. Higher self-esteem helps but mainly for speaking in front of people.
  7. You see, the simplest and most effective tip is to be able to summarize each paragraph into one sentence. Do not zone out, regardless of how boring the content is. Every single paragraph serves a purpose within the overall passage. You do not need to be a science major or a literature critic to be able to understand any of the passages. Just focus on what the paragraph is doing and/or how the author is presenting the information. Be able to write out what each paragraph discusses in one sentence to the side (e.g. the function of tectonic plates is being explained by one academic who has critics, the critics response to the academic and a third view is presented, the third view is accepted but not without qualification). Once you have these short "one-liner summaries" for every paragraph of the passage, you have your "roadmap"/path to law school. Note: the first sentence of the paragraph will often give you a good idea of your one-liner summary for the paragraph; I have underlined the main point I tried to express with this paragraph to demonstrate. Now that you are reading according to the way that the testmakers award points, let's move to the questions. ALWAYS be able to identify back to the passage for every single question (there are types of RC questions that are actually characterized as "identification" and are said to be the easiest, but actually refer back to the passage for them and do not assume based on what you think you remember from reading). For inference questions - that is moving beyond merely identification and drawing a conclusion based on new information given - refer back to the passage and identify the relevant portion based on your roadmap. Then take some time and go through the answers to see whether they correspond / could really be concluded based on the relevant portion of the passage that you have already identified. Never go into the answers without having identified the relevant portion of the passage for the question prompt. Lastly, the main point questions are lay-ups. Yes, there will often be two very attractive options, but there will always be one main point. Go through your roadmap and develop your own answer before jumping into the answer choices. While doing so, put yourself in the author's shoes and consider why they are writing the passage - what do they really want you to know? Note: adverbs will often express an author's opinion; I have italicized the adverb "actually" in the brackets above to demonstrate.
  8. Personal statement

    I would caution against writing in-depth about indigenous law in the personal statement; I did this one cycle and probably talked my way out of admission lool. But I nonetheless did it again with less depth and better perspective in another cycle and it worked out. Just be careful how you talk about this topic because it can act against you if done incorrectly. For example, you should write Aboriginal peoples instead of Aboriginal people; I also advise against using the term Indian (different from indigenous), but it can be done properly and in certain contexts (e.g. Indian Act or the basis for residential schooling). The school is definitely proud of their moot program and have an even prouder coach. Social justice is good but saturated, gotta be genuine and compelling.
  9. Personal statement

    mention your interest in mooting/developing your oral advocacy skills (if true) and their reputation for consistently winning mooting competitions, something along those lines. They will eat that up are you interested in intellectual property, environmental law or indigenous law? The school strongly identifies with these areas for various reasons (e.g. UofO being located on unceded Algonquin territory).
  10. Suits For Men

    Raymond's or Raymond's Tailoring, some variant of that. He works in a 700sq foot room in the basement under Rideau mall but everyone nonetheless knows about him. I can get you the address or number if you want
  11. Waitlisted 2018 JD (English)

    1) I already asked you to stop messaging me. I thought I blocked you too. 2) You liked the post RE Windsor and then ask to keep the thread on-topic? 3) It's ironic that this comment is coming from you. I will not post in this thread anymore.
  12. Waitlisted 2018 JD (English)

    http://www.uwindsor.ca/law/370/canadian-american-dual-jd-program ". . . successful graduates receive both a Canadian J.D. and an American J.D."
  13. Waitlisted 2018 JD (English)

    The Dual JD is "educationally equivalent" in more regions, so graduates have more options as to where they want to practice. I also find there to be advantages to learning about the American system aside from just career prospects. But to be clear, I am not saying that the return merits the tuition
  14. General Category You have really bad chances for the general category. I second 3rdGenLawStudent's post that you can't apply with those stats and expect to get in. cGPA is a C+ and while the L2 showed improvement, you nonetheless fall very short of the goal (3.7). LSAT is also poor albeit to a lesser extent than the GPA is. I do not think that taking undergrad courses or a new degree will help your cause because I believe adcomms only focus on the first degree taken. Edit: I just looked over Windsor's accepted thread and some of the later acceptances have comparable stats to yours, slightly better but your extracurriculars and work experiences could make up the difference. So it seems that you have a better chance in the general category at some schools and towards the end of the cycle than what I initially thought. Mature Category You do have good extracurriculars and work experiences. As a result, I do not think that law school has shut you out just yet. If you can get a high 160 LSAT and apply in the mature category, you have a reasonable chance. I cannot speculate further as to what your chances would be in the mature category.