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  1. 3 points
    The more I think about it, the more I think the above point about commonalities is right. I don’t think I could have done any of the other STEM programs except maybe computer science. I never understood chem or bio well in school - they seemed like they took a lot of memorization I didn’t have the mind for. And, as unhappy as this fact made me, I simply didn’t seem to grasp the concepts in physics very well, even if the equations in the lower level stuff were easy enough to work with. Even within math, I had a very easy time with some material and an incredible struggle with others. In every other course I did, I thought that the fact that I could structure and detail an essay well automatically put me in the upper range.
  2. 2 points
    I took a lot of math classes for my minor, I took a lot of science classes for my major and to be pre-med, and I took a few humanities courses as requirements and out of interest. This was so long ago and I am old! But from what I can remember, my math classes were probably the easiest in the sense that if you get math concepts, you get what you have to do. Numbers make sense and they don’t change. Writing a strong humanities paper took a lot more work for me. But I was also always surprised that humanities profs gave out marks for class participation when so many people were just talking shit. In science, you got points for showing up for your labs, but you had to do stuff when you were there. LOL at @theycancallyouhoju because it is true, the slackers weren’t in math or the hard sciences. A lot were in psychology, come to think of it. My ex majored in something that was full of athletes and the prof let them listen to music on game days and didn’t even cover any material.
  3. 2 points
    It’s also harder to get into Waterloo, McMaster, Queens, and Western than it is to get into U of T. Maybe the reason all the U of T people think university is hard is that they’re not able to get into the four best universities in Ontario? (Obviously, no offence to the non-pretentious U of T undergraduate students — I would feel terrible for offending them both)
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    I think, in general, STEM is harder than humanities and social sciences, just in terms of workload. There are also tiers of universities in terms of difficulty. U of T is first tier. Without a doubt, the curves are most brutal, combined with a terrible undergrad experience. Mac, Wloo, Queens are second tier. Western, Laurier, Ottawa, Carleton, York and Ryerson are third tier. And the rest are just 4th tier. That being said, there are great students in every program and every school, so program and school difficulty can only go so far.
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  6. 1 point
    Math is hard. I think reasonable people should be able to agree on that without feeling threatened or inadequate.
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    Tricky texts to get through. Easy classes to get As in, though. My theory for why math is harder as a program than most of the humanities/essay programs is very straight forward: only people who are actually good at math sign up for that degree. I signed up for philosophy because, what the hell, that sounds like a fine humanities program. My roommate did “Latin American Studies” because he sort of spoke Spanish and it seemed like a few cute girls were in the program. My other buddy did poli sci because he couldn’t think of anything else. My partner did poli sci because she couldn’t think of anything else. My cousin did poli sci because he couldn’t think of anything else. My sister did history because she heard it involved fewer essays than English Lit. No one ever says “well, fuck it, I have to go to university and I have no particular talents so I might as well take math.” Ever.
  8. 1 point
    No offence taken. Let me know if you find the other one; I'm still on the lookout for my soulmate. tyvm
  9. 1 point
    Q1: the more fluent you are, the better the education will be for you (and access to opportunities both during and after). So decide yourself. Q2: Yes. Always. McGill or not that's a good idea. Languages are always a good thing. Q3: I only know of the gang, les francos qui frappent les anglos terribles who may give you a tough time. They come around and if they hear an obviously Anglo accent/misuse of the language, they bully you into submission.* *obviously sarcasm.
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    There are also tiers of wildflower that are most likely to win the Daytona 500. Wild daffodils are first tier. Without a doubt, the six petals are underneath a trumpet-shaped corona combined with a status as the national flower of Wales (thanks Wikipedia). Fennel, red clover, poppies, and corn flowers are second tier. Buttercups and tansies are third. The rest are just fourth.
  11. 1 point
    Great courses: trial ad. Seriously, this is the best. negotiation was interesting. conflict of laws. A very pleasant surprise. estates is supposed to be good. Ditto tax. municipal was surprisingly interesting. not very useful: business associations. Do the online and take something else instead.
  12. 1 point
    I don't think that schools are transparent enough about their curves for this to be credible. Also, there is likely variation across the curves used by different faculties at some schools. I also have no idea where you got your rankings from. Even though I would definitely be against ranking by difficulty in the way that you have, I would certainly not have ranked them as you did. And I've actually taught at least 1 course at 3 of the schools on your list.
  13. 1 point
    I had to memorize the appearances, artists, titles, dates, and relevant facts of 144 works of art for a midterm in undergrad once. I think the final required around 120 artworks. Fight me, STEM students.
  14. 1 point
    It's definitely common. I brought my family along too
  15. 1 point
    Having graduated from UTSG, my advice to you is to work extra hard. The average grade at UTSG is 67% and to get into law school, you'll need 80% or higher. For first & second year courses, profs are told they can only allow 5% of the class to get a grade of A minus or higher (yes, I saw the memo with my own eyes).
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    Congrats Guys!!! This is great news
  17. 1 point
    Accepted off the waitlist today! LSAT: 152 (Sept), 157 (Feb) CGPA: 3.6 Lots of EC, 2 letters of reference (one from a prof and one from a lawyer I work for) Super excited & will be accepting!
  18. 1 point
    Congrats! That's amazing!!!!
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    Waitlisted last week. I am happy of this news (better than a rejection) but very surprised and it confuses my plans. I have accepted Queen's but McGill would mean my family and I can stay in Montreal. If anyone has any information about the waitlist, please share :S . Should I plan for Kingston or wait... It will be very appreciated ! cGPA: 3.4 L2: 3.8 LSAT: 167
  20. 1 point
    Take the test now. Almost no one materially improves for four straight months. I used to tutor the LSAT - if your natural landing pad with some amount of practice is 170ish, write the test in July and be pissed off you have two more months of practice to keep yourself sharp. Don't study much, do practice tests and do not stress this at all.
  21. 1 point
    Well, lord knows I haven't been able to secure a job yet, so shitposting and being a leech on the government for now.
  22. 1 point
    Not my screwup, but hilarious nonetheless: In Schmor Estate v Weber, 2010 ONSC 586, Brown J wrote:
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  24. 1 point
    I had an interview with the City in 2010 (i.e. for an articling position beginning in fall 2011). My grades at that point were pretty average, with a couple of Cs but also some As. At the end of 2L I was probably around the median of my class. I had some government experience. I had extracurriculars during law school but they weren't law-related. The questions didn't really probe my legal knowledge. I got at least one weird question ("would you rather do X absurd thing or Y absurd thing"), one or two questions about my transcript (including one about a C grade), and some about my previous work experience. There were two parts to the interview. The first part was an actual sit-down interview with two counsel. After that, one of them brought me upstairs to meet one of the higher-ups. Everyone was very pleasant. I got a very good impression of the Division - not so much concerning their qualities as a legal department, since it's hard to gauge that, but rather that they'd be a pleasant group of people to work with.
  25. 1 point
    This post is extremely upsetting on multiple levels. For starters, your interpretation of 'law' is strictly dedicated to the private firm realm. While I will be honest and say that I'm still a law student, even I am cognizant of the opportunities that exist outside of this sphere. A law degree is a gateway degree that literally opens doors to whatever you want to do. Instead of thinking of your life as some pitiful rat race, open your eyes to the amazing reality that you are now amongst some of the most intelligent and envied members of our society. This extends not just to your financial potential in life, but also the level of social change that you can advocate for IF you decide to. This brings me to my second point. If you are disgusted with the the dichotomization of 'big law' or 'bust', why don't you realize the other roles that law school allows you to fulfill in life? I recognize that not everyone is bound to be a social justice advocate mired in thousands of dollars in debt, but you should at least open your eyes to the fact that your interpretation of where law school 'leads' you is immensely flawed. Finally, law school in and of itself is an immense privilege. I get a sense from the OP's entry that the attitude of 'a decent house costs a couple of million' is completely out of whack with what the rest of Canadian society faces everyday. Self-entitlement is not something that should pervade your advice to future law school students. I would hate to see you try living on the average Canadian income of around $35,000 per year with limited prospects of professional advancement in your career. Law school is hard. There is no doubt about it. The formalized recruitment process, competition with colleagues, and dedication to your studies are also hard. But this is LIFE - if you are expecting something different then (a) change the lens through which you look at the legal profession or (b) just get out. This kind of pessimistic attitude does not help anyone.
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