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  1. Accommodations

    1st bolded point: In what way is it dishonest? Why is the term "accommodations" in quotations? 2nd bolded point: So the threshold for accommodations is too low? This seems to be an overly broad generalization, at best. Let's also be careful not to conflate legitimate accommodation requests with illegitimate accommodation requests. 3rd bolded point: This is actually a good question. But you seem to want to say, like Bruce Pardy, that people who are granted extra time on exams on the basis of mental illness are given an advantage over the rest of the competitors. Without evidence, this assumption amounts to nothing more than pure conjecture. I could also speculate that extra time for an individual with mental illness has absolutely no effect on their performance. It is completely conceivable, for instance, that an individual with panic disorder, who is plagued by frequent panic attacks, is flooded with physical symptoms throughout the entire duration of the test, and the extra time only ensures their continued suffering. Or for another individual, perhaps the mere reassurance of having extra-time is enough to manage their symptoms, and they end up finishing on schedule with the rest of the class. My point is, there needs to be empirical investigation into whether testing accommodations disproportionally benefit the recipient at the expense of the rest of the class. To assume this to be true is highly unfair.
  2. Scotiabank PSLOC

    Scotia quoted me at 100K at prime plus a half. It seems like others have had a different experience, though. Also, I'm no financial expert, so correct me if I am wrong, but if you are not making interest payments throughout law school, won't you have to pay compound interest? Or is the interest calculated only on the principal amount?
  3. Rejected UofT 2018

    Rejected! Like most here, it was to be expected. cGPA: 3.76 B3: 3.91 LSAT (single write): 161 Best of luck to everyone and congrats to those who were accepted!
  4. Does anyone regret going to law school?

    Thank you for the response. If I were to go to law school, I would attend Osgoode beginning in September of this year. This is great. Thank you for the response. Gosh this is difficult. As for the bit about bioethics, I'm sure a scientific background in something like life sciences would be beneficial, but from my understanding, it is not compulsory.
  5. Does anyone regret going to law school?

    Thank you for the response. At some point, I think I could see myself in academia. At this point in time, however, I am not sure if I can say that a career in academia is what I want. If nothing else, I think your post shows that I need to sit down and seriously consider what I want to do, in terms of work. I have always pursued learning for its own sake, and I feel as though I am getting a reality-check, so to speak, that that is not always possible. And yes, there are joint programs. I was actually planning on doing the JD/MA in Philosophy at Osgoode/York, but I was advised against doing so by multiple faculty members at my school.
  6. Does anyone regret going to law school?

    I too am questioning whether I should go to law school. My problem is that I'm not sure if I can justify wracking up a minimum of $80k worth of debt, given the unlikelihood, as it stands now, that I will pursue a lengthy career in law. My initial plan was to pursue Philosophy at the graduate level. I wrote the LSAT, without much preparation, just to keep my options open. So, perhaps I will elaborate a bit more on my situation. And for those who have any advice to share, I would greatly appreciate it. 1) A large part of me wants to pursue a PhD in Philosophy. I find law interesting, especially Philosophy of Law, as per my name, so I think I will enjoy studying it academically. Also, I think having a law degree, and thus (hopefully) knowledge of the practical aspects of law, will help me in Philosophy, if I do decide to pursue a PhD. For instance, if I am studying something like conscientious objection in healthcare, of course having knowledge of the relevant legal considerations would be an invaluable asset. 2) Having a law degree, and doing well, could help me get into a top graduate Philosophy program, which is something I would find incredibly fulfilling. 3) A law degree, I think, makes me a more desirable candidate for jobs outside of academia (If not in a traditional legal career, I believe a law degree would still help me in a career as, say, a bioethicist). In short, going to law school, I think, does not hurt me, except perhaps financially. I guess I am nervous about accepting my offer, and then regretting it further down the line (i.e. maybe I absolutely hate law school). And the stakes are relatively high, given that I would be $27k in debit if I dropped out after first year. I don't even know if what I have sketched here is coherent enough to generate meaningful feedback. But I would appreciate any insight nonetheless. Apologies for the rant.
  7. Elite Extracurriculars

    I've played soccer competitively my whole life, including at the varsity level, and only recently hung up the cleats. Given my own experience, I find this hard to believe. You're telling me that people talk about teams like Fenerbahce and Galatasaray outside the context of the Champions League? It might make sense to know some teams from each major league, but knowledge of each major league itself seems unnecessary.
  8. After joining the Class of 2021 Facebook page, another member of the group who (presumably) has been accepted to Osgoode Hall for the 2018-2019 academic year, sent me a message attempting to solicit paper writing services. The message reads as follows: "I am reaching out to see if you need someone who can help you write your academic essays. I am so-and-so, an experienced academic/custom essay writer. I have written hundreds of papers for many students and consequently helped them meet their academic goals. I would like to know if you would be interested in the service I offer. I can help with term papers, mid term essays, projects, dissertations (my emphasis!!!!), and a host of other academic papers that you might need customized to your specification. I would be glad to discuss my experience and how I can be of help, if you are interested." Now, I'll likely just chalk this up to an incredibly poor business plan (I mean, if you are advertising that you can write dissertations, that speaks for itself), considering the academic standard prospective law school students -including myself- hold themselves to. My intent is not to expose this individual or to invite criticism of their behaviour, though it may be warranted. My intent, rather, is to see if anyone else has received this message, or if this is just some kind of twisted test by the folks at Osgoode to assess my moral convictions.
  9. Current Canadian Law School Rankings??

    Thanks for the response - as many veterans on this site have noted, this topic has been discussed ad-nauseam. So, perhaps I will just ask one last question: Is - dare I say it again - "prestige" relevant if your intention is to get into academia?
  10. Current Canadian Law School Rankings??

    I'm not sure I fully understand the sentiments that are commonly expressed on this site, particularly statements like "so-called prestige does not matter" or "rankings do not matter." While I understand the arguments in favour of these claims, I'm not sure that they suffice in showing that rankings or so-called prestige are completely irrelevant. In other words, from my understanding, prestige and rankings mean something, but what that something amounts to, is an open-question.
  11. Accepted to Osgoode Hall 2018

    Speechless- Received the email this morning! 3.75 cGPA, 3.9 B3. LSAT 161 Will likely accept, especially if I am admitted to the JD/MA program in Philosophy!
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