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  1. Question for U of T Students: How Do You Deal with Uncertainty?

    Thanks @xdarkwhite, I think yours is probably the perspective I needed. It's tough walking away from an opportunity that I know a lot of my peers would jump at the chance to have (I've been called crazy more than once since I started seriously considering it), knowing that a good result in law school is by no means a given. At the end of the day though, I agree that it's worth going after a career that I actually want and accepting that some risk comes with that decision. I try to remember that I should count myself lucky to have that option available to me at all.
  2. Question for U of T Students: How Do You Deal with Uncertainty?

    Yeah, I think I fell into a bit of a trap where I found something I was good at, but not something I was interested in. The thing with IB/capital markets/corporate banking/etc. is that the hours are so brutal you really have to want to be there, and I don’t think I ever will. Thankfully I’m in a very fortunate position and don’t have to worry about finances, so it looks like this is all boiling down to whether or not I’m willing to bet on myself.
  3. Question for U of T Students: How Do You Deal with Uncertainty?

    Appreciate the honesty. Do you find not knowing where you stand is difficult to deal with?
  4. Question for U of T Students: How Do You Deal with Uncertainty?

    To clarify the job opportunity, I have a standing offer to go back to my summer internship as a sell-side analyst at a large brokerage. I know that this is a “good job” that can lead to a “good career” but I kind of hate it. I don’t like the culture or the work I’m doing, and truthfully I don’t really believe in it. All of my money’s in ETFs, if that gives you any indication. I actually think I might enjoy law, and find the work interesting and rewarding. I’m not set on working in corporate law, and am open to pursuing any area that I’m interested in. I’ve thought about working for a bit and then going to school, but I know myself and know that once I start working it’s very unlikely that I’d walk away and go back to school. I guess I know what I want, I’m just risk averse and wanted to get a better understanding of just how much of a risk there is of going to law school and falling flat on my face. I really appreciate you sharing your thoughts/experiences. It’s a big help in sorting out what decision I’m going to make.
  5. Hi all, I'm currently a 0L weighing my options between attending U of T in September or starting a career in finance. I have a genuine interest in law and think I would enjoy practicing, but I'm struggling to commit to going to law school. My main concern is the amount of uncertainty that seems to surround the whole experience. My undergrad is mostly quantitative, where answers are either objectively right or wrong, and I'm used to knowing exactly where I stand in terms of my anticipated grade and understanding of the material throughout every course. I even went into finance in undergrad specifically because I knew I'd do well in it. It doesn't seem like this'll be the case in law school, where there's more subjectivity in assessing the quality of arguments and you're graded against your peers rather than a consistent and clearly communicated set of expectations. The crux of the issue is essentially that I'm having a hard time giving up a job that I know I'm good at (but don't particularly enjoy) for a shot at a job that I think I'd enjoy, but have no idea if I'll be good at, or even be able to get. So my questions to past and current students are: 1. Do you think you were able to accurately assess whether you'd excel or struggle in law school and, if so, how did you know? 2. Do you feel like you have a good understanding of how you're doing in a class before and after you write the exam? 3. Is there anything I can look at now to get a sense of how I'll stack up against the rest of the 1L class? 4. If you went through the OCI process, did the result line up with your expectation going in? I'd really appreciate any insight I could get on this, thanks!
  6. Dean of Law Entrance Scholarship

    Thanks, congrats to you too!
  7. Dean of Law Entrance Scholarship

    I'm a current applicant and was just notified that I've been offered a dean of law scholarship. Currently finishing my undergrad but my stats are a 173 LSAT and 3.9 cGPA, hope that helps!
  8. Is the optional essay really optional?

    Yes it does! Thank you! That was my initial take, but the general consensus on this forum seems to be that it's crazy not to write the optional essay, and that you will look lazy if you don't. I just wanted to confirm that I wasn't throwing away what I think is a strong chance at admission by not writing it.
  9. Is the optional essay really optional?

    I think there's definitely a benefit offered by the optional essays beyond just highlighting access claims, but I'm really just wondering if it will reflect poorly on my application if I choose not to do one
  10. I'm wondering if I should do the optional essay. Stats are LSAT: 173 cGPA: 3.88 b2: 3.95 I'm in fourth year now, first year was definitively my worst, but not awful by any means. I have strong ECs and a good personal statement, and am wondering if not doing the optional essay is really hurting my chances. I don't have any special circumstances and don't really want to give them any extra material to critique me with, since I think my stats are fairly strong on their own. Thoughts?