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  1. 11 points
    So, there's been an update. Turns out that you can completely bomb out and go home with a first-term "C", and ten years later find yourself a partner at a Bay Street law firm. Told ya so.
  2. 4 points
    I sincerely thank you. It's been a long, long road to get here and I'm hoping that this is finally the year.
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    It is becoming increasingly common. Some other professionals, such as doctors, often carry significantly more educational debt. You can manage the debt by obtaining employment that pays enough for you to service it. Without that sort of employment (or perhaps family to bail you out), the results would (obviously) be catastrophic. Does carrying the debt "effect (sic) your life significantly on the daily"? Well, that's going to depend on how successful you've been in obtaining lucrative employment. Of course, paying $1000 per month toward debt affects my life to a degree; however, because I have much, much more money coming in every month now than I ever had before I acquired the debt, I don't notice any negative effect of the debt I have on my day-to-day lifestyle.
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    Just got the call 20 minutes ago. cGPA was 3.22 on OLSAS, probably around 3.7/8 with drops. LSAT 166. Submitted November 28th and LSAT writing was approved this morning for what it's worth.
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    I got the email Friday for a spot on a part time basis. Super excited! Submitted my app on November 30 cGPA: 3.2, 164 LSAT (2014). Excellent references/extracurriculars and 4 years’ professional work experience. NS resident.
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    I articled at a large firm. We didn't get anything for a holiday bonus. We also did not receive a performance bonus. I had no idea either was a thing for articling students until I read this thread. As an associate we get a small ($750) holiday bonus and then a performance bonus in the new year. Generally we put the holiday bonus towards gifts/treats (nice scotch, fancy appetizers etc.) for the holidays. Performance bonus -- 50% into RRSPs and 50% into vacation(s).
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    I second this! Lsat hacks also has very good explanations (they don’t have every test on there, but they have a lot) the /r/lsat reddit subreddit is also very helpful
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    If you have more questions like this I recommend the Powerscore LSAT forum. They have a page for every LSAT question, most of which already have explanations plus you can ask questions and have their staff answer. I found it really helpful when writing my 2 LSATS to be able to ask a real person why my answer was wrong and why the right answer was right
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    This is a premature question. You are 1.5 years into undergrad, have not given any information regarding your stats, have not taken the LSAT, and are asking if you should bother applying for law school? No one here is a fortune teller. Come back with a 2 years GPA and LSAT score and people can better help assess your chances. On a side note, most of the people around you claiming that they will go to law, medicine, dentistry, etc. will not get in in Canada. Stop focusing on the people around you because everyone has their own individual hustle. They are focusing on their own lives and goals; you should do the same.
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    It was an estreatment hearing. Very poor mom working two jobs was convinced to stand surety for her drug-dealing son. No independent legal advice; I am sure that the only thing that she understood from the toneless rapid spiel at the Registry was “sign this and your son can come home”. The amount is for five grand, which she doesn’t have because she is poor. She can’t actually supervise her son because she has two shitty graveyard shift jobs because she is poor. He is left to his own devices because when she isn’t working she’s in line at the food bank or sleeping on the couch in their one bedroom apartment because - you guessed it - she is poor. It takes the son about four days to get pinched selling drugs in a mall parking lot. He has cellphones on him, loads of cash, and a dialer bag (drugs). All of this is in violation of his bail along with the drugs being a new substantive. The Crown, pissed off but triumphant, marks this money down for an estreatment hearing. Anyway I will leave the rest of it alone except to say there is sometimes real difficulty conveying hard realities to a person who has never been without a trust fund and considers five grand to be a “trivial amount”.
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    I didnt want to talk about the content, answer choices or information about the questions. I think it is possible to mention that someone had an idea which section was unmarked without sharing any of that information. For example someone asked me if I had an inkling and I said no, end of conversation. Another person said yes, again end of conversation. But I do agree that it is for sure possible to mention the above information when asked the question, which I was not trying to encourage. So thank you for clarifying the 'rules'
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    ECs are basically irrelevant at most schools. They might help if they're exceptional, but 95% of the time they're not. References are not hard to get. Go to office hours, talk a lot in class, and get a good grade. That's all there is to it. Your reference letter doesn't need to blow anyone away. You just have to have them. I'd recommend doing a trial LSAT run (under the precise conditions of the test, there are lots of resources available that will tell you how to do that). If you get a 160+, that's a good sign. If you get a lot lower, you'll at least know you have your work cut out for you.
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    Was your email just saying to log in to your portal? I only got that one not an official acceptance email.
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    You’re definitely overthinking it.
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    RRSP contribution. You splurge with the tax refund.
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    I was going to put in a pool, but all I got was a subscription to a jelly of the month club.
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    You're an articling student. Be happy you're getting a christmas party you're not paying for, let alone a bonus.
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    I've had some cases where I lost and wished I could have a do-over to present things in a different way, ask one more question, bring one more witness. But man, this discussion makes me glad that all I do is labour law, not criminal or family law.
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    Accepted this morning! Super excited and hoping to visit Dal (maybe during their Welcome Days) in the spring before making a decision. cGPA: 3.99 LSAT: 164 (October) Submitted by application late October but it wasn't complete until my LSAT score was updated in late November. Ontario resident with connections to the Maritimes.
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    Congrats! But I am surprised that you were surprised. 😄
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    I am so excited to say that I received an email this morning that I have been accepted into Schulich law. GPA is a 3.94/4.0, I believe its a 4.3/4.3 by my own calculations LSAT score is 158 No ECs, but ive been working full time since 2007. Im sure my references were pretty good. App. was in by Nov 4th with my last reference in by the 25th Calgary resident with no connection to the maritimes.
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    Let's try to make these rejected threads useful to future applicants. If you want to post that you have received a rejection, please provide your stats like you would in an accepted thread. Otherwise, what's the point of posting? Thanks.
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    Hey pals, I'm currently a law student at U of T and I'm writing to let you know why you shouldn't study here. Prestige aside, U of T isn't better than Osgoode or other similar law schools. The only difference is the huge price tag. The cost of tuition 2018/19 is $38,233.45. Tuition costs will break $40,000 as soon as next year. Dean Iacobucci has committed to increasing tuition costs the full 5% every year in perpetuity. The Dean claims that these costs are needed in order to keep the highest quality faculty teaching at U of T Law. However, 42% of professors teaching courses are adjunct profs. These professors receive a "modest honorarium" in exchange for teaching a course. On top of that, they're expected to donate that honorarium back to the Faculty of Law! Honestly, I doubt that the U of T Law professors are better than professors at Osgoode or other schools. I've personally had plenty of professors here at the law school that are horrible at teaching, regardless of their "prestige" or "academic honours" in their field. Tuition accounts for 59% of the law school’s revenue, while compensation (i.e. salaries) accounts for 53% of expenses annually. Under a discretionary policy implemented by the administration, the school will match any outside salary offers. This policy has resulted in raises as high as $50,000 in one year for one faculty member alone! The average salary of a U of T Law professor is $218,894.49 while the median salary is $207,311.04. That is astronomical. As a student with immense debt, I feel trapped in the Bay street funnel: it's inconceivable how I'll be able to afford paying back tuition and living costs in government, clinics, or anything along the lines of what I originally wanted to use my law degree for. Many students will tell you the same. In response to these rising tuition costs, and in response to the faculty's Campaign for Excellence without Barriers, students are launching a counter-campaign: The Campaign against Barriers to Excellence. Please check out our website for more information: www.barrierstoexcellence.wordpress.com Obviously, it would be great if you'd retweet and follow our twitter, instagram, and facebook page accounts. The real reason we're here is to answer your questions about U of T regarding tuition costs, whether we think it was worth attending, and more. We want to let you know what it's really like to study here. Ask away.
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    Hi everyone, I've just done a quick search of posts having to do with EC's and volunteer experience, and I'm still a bit unsteady on whether or not my odds are good at Osgoode or U of T. I think I'm all right, but my undergrad was a bit scattershot, and I'm not someone with a CV that looks like it's a dead-aim for LS. So, O wisened and benevolent denizens of lawstudents.ca... could ya do a fella a favour and tell me what you think? Academics M.A. English (U of T): 3.86 -- one year B.A. (adv.) + Pre-Master's English/Poli Sci (Hons. equiv.) (U of M -- no one else could come up with an abbreviation that complex ): 3.4-3.6 cumulative, 3.8-3.9 best three -- Four years plus one The Beast Cold practice LSAT (no study): 164 (Here's the trouble...) Work experience 1st year: Canadian Forces reserve medic -student jobs- 5th year: Art History TA Post-grad: Started own business (communications work for non-profit orgs), entry-level position in an Ontario union office Volunteer experience 2nd year: President of residence 3rd year: College students' association president (think Trinity College) 4th year: Director of Communications for a federal parliamentary candidate's campaign (lost 2004, won 2005) Extra-curriculars: Not much... some recreational athletics... (does beer count?) Awards/Papers/Publications Gave one paper at an English conference Students' association award for community involvement Award for excellence in CanLit Is it all too unfocussed? Have I taken too long, will the lack of EC's and legal work damage my application? Will they laugh at me and prank call me in the night? (I have this awful feeling that they're going to ask me what I was doing during the holes in my résumé, and the only answer I'll have is, "low-end jobs to pay tuition". Are AdComms that critical of non-teleological student history?) Thanks so much for reading.
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    Uriel, there is no AdComm interview unless you are applying mature. Even then, most admissions decisions are made based on your grades, LSAT, and additional documents you send them like a CV, letters of reference, and personal statement. I don't think anyone on this thread has said that you wouldn't be a very competitive candidate. One person said you might not be guaranteed admission for U of T or Ottawa, but that is really not a slight. The reason is because at many schools if your grades and LSAT are above a certain threshold, you are virtually guaranteed admission but that's not the case at Toronto or Ottawa. I mean if you had a 180 LSAT and 4.0, you probably would be. Many people with your grades and a 164 LSAT have gotten into both Toronto and Ottawa, but people are just saying it is not a lock. You should focus on preparing a good admissions package, and writing a good LSAT. Still, you really shouldn't be worried - it seems you have a really good chance. Wish I could trade grades!
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    Your application looks really competitive. As long as you get over the 77th percentile on the LSAT, Osgoode will look only at your best three years of undergrad, and they count your Masters grades. If you get a 164, that would convert into a 3.8 at Osgoode, and if your best 3 years are 3.8-3.9, plus your MA is over 3.8, then your blended score will be over 3.8 and that is basically guaranteed admission to Osgoode. They won't look at holes in your resume because they won't look at your resume. Your numbers will be punched into a machine and then you'll get the offer. U of T is obviously harder to tell since they do reject some people with really good statistics. Still, I don't think you should freak out about having worked a lot of joe jobs. No one will hold that against you. I think U of T just asks why you would study part time because it's not fair to compare your 3.90 average to anyone else's if you just took 2-3 courses a year and did really well in them that way. It's also not a good test of how you would succeed as a law student in a full-time setting. Also, you don't need "legal" work to get into law. They want a diverse group of people with different experiences. Don't sell yourself so short!
  32. 0 points
    Homicide trial. Deceased is native, Accused is white. I have a half dozen witnesses describe how after a very brief ambiguous struggle between the two in the middle of the parking lot (some weren't sure who started it, some say Accused started it, some only see it once it starts), but each of the six witnesses describe the native fellow being knocked to the ground, and the Accused stomping on his head. Deceased never gets up and is pronounced dead an hour later. Many of my witnesses had been drinking (but didn't know each other, or either party), but also included the south asian liquor store employee who hadn't. Accused takes the stand and flat out denies stomping or kicking the Accused on his head. Judge doesn't just have a reasonable doubt - he accepts the word of the white Accused over the half dozen independent witnesses. He finds as a fact no head stomping. Liquor store employee was too argumentative and adamant about what he saw (which was, lets remember, one man killing another), which called his credibility into question. Deceased's family is in the court. They fucking lose it. I can't blame them for one minute. Sheriffs are called as they're yelling and screaming at the justice. Worst trial of my professional life. There was a major part of this story I'm leaving out that happened at prelim as it gets perhaps too identifiable (though the media didn't cover this story, and the family wasn't savvy enough to have gone to the media), but it gave this whitebread prosecutor a major appreciation for what the criminal justice system is like for minorities. The family told me from day one this would be the outcome.
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