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  1. Interesting! I had the same problem in my first year classes. It was like I just *couldn't* learn the rules if I didn't understand the point of them and the competing interests being balanced.
  2. I'm just going through this process now, but I had an excel sheet of research details on 8-10 firms before I started drafting cover letters. That ended up being a waste of time, because the details I wanted on the spreadsheet changed after I had my cover letter templates, so I ended up doing a new spreadsheet anyway.
  3. Osgoode vs Queens

    Distinguishing real Toronto from North York is as dumb and arbitrary as the preference for 416 numbers*, but snobbier. Is John Tory the mayor and is it serviced by the TTC? It's in Toronto. Toronto is full of many neighbourhoods with different characters. Of course the neighborhood Osgoode is in is different (and to me, much less desirable) than downtown. But Bloor West is also very different (and more desirable to me) than downtown. The Beaches, the Danforth, Parkdale are all really different. Saying Osgoode is in North York is about as meaningful as saying it's in Toronto, anyway, because North York spans a huuuuge swath of the city with very different neighborhoods. * I still prefer my 416 number.
  4. Stuff to Bring to Law School

    I would think you can do this, but I was talking about an external monitor as a second screen for laptops, not dual monitors. But yeah, I don't see why you couldn't use the DVI for one (maybe with an adapter, but I found my VGA to HDMI adapters stopped working with a windows update 2 years ago). I'm clearly no expert though, but it's definitely worth a try. An extra monitor isn't essential, of course, but it makes studying sooooooo much more comfortable for me. I'd recommend any student choosing their law school tech buy a cheaper laptop and spend the difference on a big screen. Another extra screen I loved: my tablet. I'd had it for over a year before law school and barely used it. During law school I used it all the time, mainly for reading/studying in bed. It may vary by school, but 90% of what I had to read was in electronic format.
  5. 2L Summer job reference letter etiquette

    Good to know!
  6. 2L Summer job reference letter etiquette

    This might be unnecessarily obvious, but just in case...most postings I've seen requiring "references" just mean a list of 2-3 names and numbers they can contact to check. I haven't seen a single 2L summer posting that *required* reference letters, though some said they would accept them if you want. And everyone I've spoken to says never send letters unless they say that is acceptable. I doubt I'll be sending any. Maybe's just my job hunt though...
  7. Stuff to Bring to Law School

    I find my external monitor extremely useful. A lot of my studying time involved making my own summary in word while looking at pdfs of my casebooks, professor notes/handouts, and upper years' summaries. The extra screen real estate makes that so much easier more enjoyable than flipping between a million windows or tabs.
  8. Do the schools you're applying to consider masters or paralegal programs in GPA calculations? I think most do not. So you haven't shared strategies to raise both your LSAT and your GPA, just raising LSAT and boosting some soft factors, like personal statement and references. Everyone will recommend focusing on the LSAT 'cause consensus on this board seems to be they are a hair above meaningless.
  9. Competitive moot - not selected: forget about litigation?

    Okay, but epeeist, I've heard people say that law school doesn't teach *solicitor* skills, and if anything it is closer to litigation practice. Isn't it more a more a problem of lacking skills-based courses overall than lacking in barrister skills courses? I'm not arguing, just curious if this is accurate.
  10. Switch tutor or over reacting

    Just checking, this part made me curious. Why would you be holding off paying him while you're deciding him. Is it paying him for the next appointment you were thinking you didn't want? To answer your question, I kind of disagree with those suggesting it's okay. My feeling is if you're heading into law school, you should be an adult by now, especially when it comes to independent learning. That doesn't mean not needing a tutor, but knowing what works for you when it comes to learning. I would never pay for tutoring I didn't find helpful. If you don't come away from the session thinking "that was helpful", why go back? There are so many tutors who know their stuff.
  11. Which section is the experimental?

    One of your logic games section was the experimental section. Others got different experimental sections. If someone got 2 RC sections, theirs was RC. If someone got 3 LR sections, theirs was LR. Whichever LG section your friends also had was the real one that will be scored, though you aren't supposed to discuss it, etc.
  12. I found it was harder for me to do well in arts classes than in science classes. I found science easier because I knew how to study the textbook, work through practice problems, follow instructions in labs and memorize shit for an exam. For me the science (and calculus) I took was formulaic, and I knew what I needed to do. Arts got easier for me as I picked up on the formulaic elements of paper writing, but I still can't write an A paper in a policy sci course, or couldn't last time I tried. My legal research and writing results were great though, because again, formulaic. I also plan to do my best to stay away from any "and the law" classes or classes with no exams.
  13. To 1Ls asking for feedback on their grades

    It did suck seeing someone post all As, because yah, I have heard repeatedly that that top students don't actually get *all* As. Just more than a couple. Even on this forum people usually talk as if that's the case, that *mostly* As is the very top of the heap. But it is good for me to know, in my opinion, that this is not the case. I've felt like my school cares more about our self esteem than our actual success. It drives me nuts.
  14. For me, this part applies to everyone considering law school, haha. I sort of agree with conge, sort of don't. I know one recent law grad really struggles, and I suspect he will continue to struggle for a while. Average grades, and pretty poor social skills. But I also think he would be struggling in most fields. I have friends with ASD in other fields. One of whom took years to begin his career after a computer-related engineering degree from u of t with great grades. I also hired him for an entry level position that didn't need any experience or even a high school education. I couldn't keep him because he couldn't keep up with basics related to training, following instructions and working on a team. If he had special skills, like if the job required specialized education, it would have been different. He eventually settled into work here's a good fit for that uses his education. The same is true of another friend (except I didn't hire him). I think the job hunt and settling into positions is likely harder for many with ASD, but I think that will apply to most fields. Of course it can be harder for the legal field, but I don't think that makes it impossible, or should be the deal-breaker for anyone considering law. I think everyone considering law school has the same factors to weigh: actual cost of law school, opportunity cost of missing several years of work and career building in another field, interest in / passion for law, and likelihood of success, however that's defined. And I think for most, a real interest and passion for the field is necessary to balance the uncertainty of the other areas. Edit: OP, I think you should go, based on what you've said of your current position. Having it mostly covered financially makes a huge difference, and also suggests you are an above average student in your entering class, which I also think makes a big difference in the equation. Just go to as many networking events as you can tolerate, and also access as many available resources as possible for tips on networking and job interviews. A lot of it can be a learned skill, and the more information, feedback and practice you can get, the better you'll do. But again, that goes for everyone!
  15. PSLOC Declined, Part time work and Law School?

    I worked during 1L, plan to work during 2L. No one I knew well didn't have time to work, they just had a lot for free time, but I am sure there could be people too busy with studying, ECs, volunteering and family obligations. 18k tuition without PSLOC may be doable on OSAP alone, depending on your living expenses, the school's bursary program and your eligibility for it.