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  1. 5 points
    I've wanted to answer this question sooner, but I have two predominant reactions. First, I realize that it's been a long time since I met many new people outside of a context that's at least semi-professional. I don't find myself standing around house parties anymore, drinking a beer in a circle of people I've just met, going "so, what is it you do?" Maybe ten years ago I could have cited a string of experiences relating to how people respond to my profession. But not anymore. I actually find myself digging for examples of how anyone new has responded to my job in a long time. My second reaction is, I actually met two new people on the weekend (friends of my wife's family) and most of the time I spent talking with this guy who runs an arts organization. Interesting guy. In some very tangential way what he does and what I do could intersect at some point, and we exchanged cards. It really wasn't a thing at all that I practice law, or that I'm in criminal defence. Although he sat on an interesting jury lately, and without going into specifics (which he can't do) we had an interesting chat about that experience. I guess what I'm saying it, for good or for ill, at some point your social environment narrows a bit and you self-select into relationships with people for whom your job just isn't a big deal. It's useful to simply be a lawyer at times - in politics, in certain professional settings, etc. Half of that is also just having any professional job and being a middle-aged dude in a suit. I don't know if there's a good lesson out of this. It's a very important exercise to remain conscious of how other people respond to you, how you respond to others, etc. Perception and privilege are huge factors at play, here. It's not like saying "I'm a lawyer" is a thing that occurs without context. When I say that, the most common reaction (based on dress, deportment, environment, etc.) is "oh, yeah." But try saying that as a young woman of colour. You'll get a different reaction. And since we aren't going to somehow eliminate bias, privilege, etc. any time soon, the next best option is at least remaining aware of how it all plays out. But yeah, it's a thing for a while. It's weird to think "this is who I am now, and it's how people see me." Then one day, you wake up and it's just normal because that's who you are. Like any life change - getting older, having kids, finding yourself in some unexpected position of authority - it's odd until it isn't. Though I'll admit, I still have moments when I think "I can't believe they let me do this stuff - if only they really knew me." But I've come around to the view that everyone has those moments too, or should. The Pope, the Secretary-General of the UN, our Prime Minister - I truly hope and believe they all have moments when they think "I can't believe they're letting me do this!" I'm sure Trump doesn't have that level of self-reflection. He probably thinks it makes sense that he's President. But that's a whole other issue.
  2. 2 points
    Truth. Although it does have its benefits. Less pressure to marry a good South Asian girl when you've made such a poor choice of profession.
  3. 2 points
    This is not a global rule and if a law firm can't work with a Macbook they have some shoddy and low rent IT practices. My firm as well as plenty of small firms I am familiar with have easy offsite access for Macbook computers. If your firm can't set up a VPN that connects to a citrix or other software based instance of Windows, they might as well still be working with typewriters. This doesn't apply to tiny firms of a couple to a handful of people because in that case it may not make financial sense to do so. I've used a Macbook for years, particularly because I got a free, full replacement partway through law school and haven't had to upgrade in a long time. It was fine for law school and has been fine for practice as well.
  4. 2 points
    Yeah, same restriction applied to McGill. We had around 15 come in and OCI, and the other ones hardly invited anyone except for the ones who were already the best in the process. It's tough to go directly to in firm without the firm having met you, since the firm has to turn down a candidate they've somewhat vetted through an OCI.
  5. 2 points
    You should have posted something less controversial like "Israel vs Palestine". I liked my Mac during lawschool. No particular reason and gave no discernable advantage considering the Exam4 software at U of A worked on both. When I started articling, I couldn't use my personal computer for security reasons. So maybe consider that if you are going to break the bank on a laptop - some firms will provide you with one and your lawschool setup will turn into a Netflix station for the bathtub.
  6. 2 points
    In what world is a 3.8 low?
  7. 2 points
    80% is pretty meaningless without knowing how many Dal grads actually apply to Toronto. If it's only 5 or 10 vs. 50 or 60 people, that would be good to know. If it is only a smaller amount, is it the strongest students self-selecting in? I also have an issue with the 18% of Windsor students stat. Unless you know how many Windsor students applied, and how many got offers and rejected them, it doesn't tell you anything about your chances of success.
  8. 2 points
    Most people don't care - except for people in my home town. I'm originally from a rural area - and you would think that when people find out I'm an Intellectual Property lawyer it would mean basically nothing to them -- WRONG. Every time my "area of practice" comes up I get into super lengthy conversations about Monsanto. The whole town basically hates me and I've never even actually acted for that company! I guess we're all just painted with the same brush ... let me sob on my big pile of money over here... *sniff*
  9. 2 points
    If your school curves to a B you did above average in every single class. How is this in anyway bad?
  10. 2 points
    Osgoode has more clinics. But a much higher tuition. If you want to work in "social justice", then generally it means you can't expect a high salary. So the big part of your decision is costs. If financially you're covered somehow, then osgoode would be a better choice in my opinion because of all its intensives and clinics in those areas of law. If you're not covered, 100+k of debt at osgoode would severely limit your ability to take on jobs in certain fields as you pay back loans and pay Toronto COL at the same time. Plus Vancouver is just a billion times nicer as a city. Toronto is slush central in the winter and too hot in the summer, trapped in a concrete jungle paying insane levels of rent. Vancouver you're paying insane rent too, but at least you live in Vancouver. I'm biased but I'm even a Torontonian!
  11. 1 point
    People with rich parents who will pay for their education; Toronto residents who can stay at home and wouldn’t want to leave the province; People with significant commitments in the city, such as a partner or child; and People very interested in NY Biglaw that are too dumb, unilingual, or broke to get into U of T, a T14 US law school, or McGill. If there was a reliable way to predict success, I would add some categories (I think going to Osgoode has been a net-benefit for me, and I’m not in those categories). But there isn’t, so that’s it.
  12. 1 point
    BC's new empty homes tax and real estate slump has also opened up a lot of rental units. From personal and anecdotal experience, it's much easier now than it was 2 years ago to find and negotiate rent. That being said, you're still looking at $1,700-$2,000/month for a 1-bedroom in the city and roughly $800-$1,000 for a room in a shared space.
  13. 1 point
    A huge thank you to TrqTTs and CatLady for your kind encouragement and taking the time to respond so thoroughly. I have interviewed in the professional setting recently, landed the job (started as recently as April) as well as followed up with the interview panel on what interview skills they thought I could improve upon. Spent the weekend preparing for specific questions, so I feel prepared but still a bundle of nerves. Trying to stay positive and confident, and reminding myself of all I have to offer. Hopefully I'll be able to sleep tonight! Good luck to all still waiting.
  14. 1 point
    Sure, but the counterargument is that the pool is much less competitive than it was during the 2L recruit. I would strongly encourage applying to every place you want to work. There are exceptionally selective firms that hired in the articling recruit, and the students they chose were not the most academically successful (although they were good students). You have good grades, though how good depends on what school you went to and the curve.
  15. 1 point
    How you spend your weekends is *very* much up to you. There's really not one way to approach law school. Some people who are more concerned with making lasting social connections will spend more time going out, some people whose career path depends on performing academically with spend more time doing readings and assignments. At least at the beginning of the year, there will be LOTS of events on the weekends, so it is easy to keep busy then. It's worth noting that the first year of law school is made up of very few assignments. Most of your time will be spent reading for classes and making notes on those readings. (Which takes a lot of time if done properly, but there's a strong case to be made that it doesn't need to be done properly)
  16. 1 point
    On a less serious note, and in direct response to your question, concrete takes 7 days to harden to 75% of its design strength (as a rule of thumb).
  17. 1 point
    Can confirm that several students turned down Toronto in-firms because they landed jobs in Van. In terms of grades, a B+ average at UBC (from what I’ve seen) should be enough to get you over the “initial grade threshold” for OCI interviews at the least. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that there are only about 13 Toronto firms that actually come out to UBC to OCI. So if you’re hoping to apply more broadly in Toronto, non-OCI firms would have to bring you in straight to in-firms. In order to increase your chances, it may be wise to network in Toronto as much as you can (though I have no idea how big of a role that would play).
  18. 1 point
    This doesn't relate to law school, but one downside of having a Macbook is that when you get a job at a law firm you wont be able to hook up your macbook to the firms network/computer system (you know what I mean) because those are configured for PC. For example I cannot access the firms servers from anywhere offsite, whereas I could if I had a PC laptop. Although many firms will give you a laptop, some will not. And even if they do, it might be an old laptop that is not very easy to use, as was my case.
  19. 1 point
    I'm sure you will get a lot of Apple iFanboys telling you how great their Mac is, but for what you use strictly for law school there is no need to spend the extra money.
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  21. 1 point
    Hi! I was just as excited as you last year and also scoured this forum for details on o week . I don't think plans for this year's orientation have been fully finalized yet, but I can tell you what happened last year. The first day was a marathon - we had to arrive at Osgoode at 8am and the events of the day didn't finish until around 8:30pm. During the day, we toured the school, sat in a presentation or two in the moot court, went to old Osgoode to tour around and take a group photo, and then went to a bar near old Osgoode where they provided some much needed food. The old Osgoode tour was unessecary and tiring and I hope they get rid of it this year. Day 1 really isn't formal at all - just wear something comfy and know that you will be getting an orientation tshirt to put on once you get to the school. I'd also recommend bringing a backpack, a waterbottle, and a snack because the day is SO long and you'll be given this big awkward tote bag of goodies from firms and it's nice to be able to put it in your backpack instead of lugging it around. I can't remember the exact schedule, but I think day 2 was a beach volleyball and board game day. Once again, it's super informal and you have to wear your orientation shirt. That night we had the boat cruise on Toronto harbour - which is amazing. For us, the dress code was semi formal black and white and there was a big variety of formality amongst the group. Most women wore short or midlength dresses and men mostly wore dress shirts and pants. After the boat cruise everyone heads to a bar and people generally got pretty drunk. I think day 3 was an event on Toronto island. Once again, 1Ls were expected to wear there orientation shirts. I didn't go to this because I was too hungover from the boat cruise. There was also an optional blue jays game and ROM tour that I didn't go to. There are a lot of drinking events. One night there was karaoke In the JCR (the student bar at Osgoode), and there was also a pub crawl of the Church/Wellesley area. On the last night there is the "Deans Gala", which is the most formal event of the week. Once again, there was a lot of variety in clothing. I found that women wore a lot more full length dresses than they did on the boat cruise but it was still probably at least half short dresses. I think the men wore suits. At this event, the "winner" of O week is announced and members of each section win awards for being "most spirited". O-week is a competition between the 4 1L sections to win O-week, and all week there are competitions to earn "points" for your section (e.g. At beach volleyball, karaoke). Throughout O-week and during the time we were taking ELGC we had to attend almost daily "dance practices" where our orientation leaders taught our section this choreographed dance. All the sections perform their dance at the Dean's Gala and it's worth the most points in the competition. If you want a more detailed breakdown of the timeline just let me know. I was too lazy to dig up my old o-week schedule, but you can probably access it online. Congrats on getting into Osgoode and I will see you this fall!
  22. 1 point
    At a certain point, you have to put so many qualifications on something that it’s not particularly interesting. Being the oldest common law law school in the Commonwealth of Nations outside of a bunch of law schools in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland (which isn’t even in the Commonwealth of Nations), and Northern Ireland isn’t particularly prestigious. It’s like a bad jeopardy question: this law school is the oldest law school in the city of Toronto located East of Yonge St. What is Ryerson Law School, Alex?
  23. 1 point
    I don't think its realistic. LRW is on Friday, either 9-12 or 1-4. That means the earliest flight you could take to Toronto would be 1:30 or so, meaning you wouldn't arrive until around 8pm, so at best, you'd get 2 days. If you're in the PM group, you're looking at a 6pm flight, meaning a midnight arrival. Plus, remember that your weekends won't be free...you'll have a lot of readings to do, studying, group work (factum, moot), etc. I think your best bet would be to go home during long weekends, but otherwise,
  24. 1 point
    I think the replies in this thread represent exceptions. The general rule is it is hard to transition general areas when you have worked as an associate. General areas meaning, for example, litigation broadly as opposed to sub-specialties where it can be straightforward to make a mid-career change.
  25. 1 point
    At the firm I worked at before going solo, the senior partner was in the middle of transitioning into purely real estate practice after having spent about 15 years doing family law. Even if the cement hardens, it's always possible to take a proverbial jackhammer to it. You just have to be comfortable going back and starting from scratch in terms of the learning, and depending on where you are (like big form vs solo for example), starting your business and possibly whole career over again. That may be more of a consideration than anything else really, especially if you have a mortgage, kids, etc. Earlier on, lots of people move around and try different things. Within the first five or even ten years of call, I don't think it's all that uncommon.
  26. 1 point
    We had a meeting and decided that because Dal is so well-known, it must remain a total secret.
  27. 1 point
    I hate to say it, but there were significant stretches of time, in the past, where I would genuinely have looked at an entire profession that I was no part of and had not yet even begun to qualify to join, and presume to argue strenuously that I knew what was best. I believe this arrogance comes from being one of the smartest people in the room for too many years, and getting the sense that your own ideas, based on a thimblefull of knowledge or experience, might actually be better than anyone else's. I am so fucking glad that attitude got smacked out of me once I entered the legal profession. I was such a shithead.
  28. 1 point
    McGill is older. Also, can something be prestigious if nobody knows about it? Feels like a “if a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it...” situation.
  29. 1 point
    India is slowly getting better now. There's more respect for the lawyers and the judiciary there because, well, India is slowly building a legal system that is tolerably functional (although it's interesting to think about what the causal pathway for this development is; I'm no political scientist, but I'm pretty sure there's a division between social scientists who think economic development -> functional legal system and those who think the converse). I don't think Pakistanis are wrong to disparage law as a vocation. Their experience has been one in which the judiciary is either nakedly political or a toothless tiger. Disillusionment with lawyers and judges is natural and probably justifiable. If anything, I think the West is exceptional in its normative views about law. Most of the rest of the world makes no conceptual distinction between rule of law and rule by law (assuming there is a functional system of law in the first place, which isn't true in, e.g., the tribal areas of Pakistan).
  30. 1 point
    I'm in the same boat as you so I definitely relate and I think that when you're in this position you have to think long and hard about what you expect from a legal career. There are plenty of careers that pay well and don't require exorbitant costs. So I think that if you're in it for only money then it may not be worth it. But, if you want something more and you think that pursuing your JD will improve your life in some way that is unique then I think it's worth the debt. To me, the self-fulfillment is worth the cost. But I also believe that when you don't come from money that sometimes you have to take risks like this in order to even have a chance to achieve greatness or overcome barriers. I've come to think of it as more of an opportunity/investment that will *hopefully* open some doors for me in the future. In terms of repayment, you can never really be sure of what's to come so it's hard to estimate what your future income/costs will be. However, I do think that aiming to pay off such a high amount of debt in 5 years is unreasonable. The unfortunate truth is that you have to learn to be comfortable living with debt. It's something that I'm still coming to terms with myself but I honestly think that if you are willing to take some time to pay back your loans, hustle, and lookout for opportunities you'll be able to pay it off and live a decent life. Just try to take it one step at a time
  31. 1 point
    Every week is a bit much. I know I said in another thread that you can afford to go every week vs going to Windsor dual, but it will be very taxing and you may have to end up doing readings/assignments while you are with your family. On the bright side, it's very doable once a month and with Skype and Facetime you will be able to chat with them every night! Plus, if you land a summer job in Toronto, you can hang with them all summer long (actually, you can do this if you don't score a summer job anywhere as well. Silver lining!)
  32. 1 point
    U of A is around 13k now and I doubt it's going to move much. Going to law school in Ontario is borderline cost-prohibitive. The people that attend school out west and end up in markets like Vancouver, Calgary (and to some extent Edmonton) aren't having nearly as much difficulty paying off their student loans. I can only imagine the difference in lifestyle of someone who went to UVic and works on Bay vs someone who went to U of T in the same position.
  33. 1 point
    You are good for UofA, Calgary, TRU, and Manoitoba. May have a good chance at UVic with drops. Improve your L2 to 3.5 or above you will have a good chance for some Ontario schools.
  34. 1 point
    I think when someone says they’re interested in private practice firms with a niche in constitutional litigation, they’re talking about firms that focus on appellate and Supreme Court advocacy surrounding constitutional issues broadly, not criminal lawyers in small practices that occasionally bring Charter challenges but usually spend their time engaging with the Criminal Code.
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  36. 1 point
    Trust me I know how you feel. Good luck.
  37. 1 point
    Wow what a difference. Didn't realize it had gotten this bad.
  38. 1 point
    Wow. This seems an incredible burden to me. I've done a number of work/home commutes across cities, but I'd say a weekly trip from EDM to TOR would be too much for me. I don't know that anyone on this forum can answer this question for you. You need to do the math yourself based on where you live in Toronto, the average drive to Edmonton airport, and which airport you'd be flying into in Toronto between Pearson and Billy Bishop. You're looking at, after cabbing or driving and parking, airport arrival and security checks, then potential delays, an enormous commute time (14+ hours every weekend) let alone the cost.
  39. 1 point
    You’d want to live with your parents as a professional in your late 20s or beyond in order to pay debt? I’d call that unreasonable.
  40. 1 point
    @thedraper Keep in mind that most students will not 'make it to Bay'. Planning on accruing an amount of debt based on the idea that one will, is beyond foolish. That type of debt will affect your life in many ways for all those years. Do you really want to live like a student for three years of law school, a year of articling, then an additional 5-7 years? And that's assuming that you could pay it off that quickly. I've seen grads struggle with less debt than is being stated here, affecting their ability to buy a car, a condo/home, pay for insurance, or a vacation, and if you plan to start a family, well, the expenses will continue to add up. Think long and hard before putting yourself in such a position.
  41. 1 point
    If you make it to Bay and make around $100k right away, you don't think it's reasonable to put aside about $30k a year for the debt? Yes I know there's income tax and yes you'd have to live frugally but it really dosen't seem that bad? I don't think it's crazy to aim at paying it off in about 5-7 years, but maybe I'm underestimating living costs in Toronto.
  42. 1 point
    I assume you're trolling so I won't take this too seriously. In the event you are that misguided though, I would suggest taking the advice of the other posters - many of whom are lawyers - when they say that no law school is going to care about where you did your undergrad or how tough you think your school was.
  43. 1 point
    It depends very much on the context. For one example, a couple of years ago I was chatting with some of the other dads on my kids soccer team. It turned out that over half of us were lawyers. I guess I just live in that kind of community. My being a lawyer was unremarkable, except to the extent we compared our practices. When I first met my future in-laws, they were a little apprehensive, I think I made them feel somehow inadequate (they're all good, hardworking people who have done well for themselves, but no post-secondary educations). To this day my sister-in-law, when she's drinking, will accuse me of thinking that I'm "too good" for her family - which I think says everything about her own feelings, and not of mine. I joined a hockey team last year. Wide range of backgrounds: we have several blue collar types, but also a teacher and an pharmacist. It was half way through the year before my job ever came up, to which a couple of guys said "Holy shit!" I think they were more impressed/intimidated by the Crown Prosecutor part. And since that day for the rest of the year, my job never came up again. I've gotten disdain a few times - but usually from people I've prosecuted. Back in university, it does get you a bit of respect when dealing with undergrads. That was kind of nice. I represented the Faculty of Law one year in the wider student government. The outgoing law rep said a lot of the undergrads will look to you for some guidance, and suggested the various committees to be on. Almost immediately, just on the strength of being a law student, I chaired committee meetings and had a lot of clout. That being said though, for most people when you're in law school you're kind of in that law school bubble, and most of the people you associate with will be other law students.
  44. 1 point
    The internet kinda sucks. Could you imagine going to a real-life networking event, and asking people in PE / PE-adjacent fields "how do I get into PE", only to have an SP in an unrelated field jump in question your motives for wanting to pursue a certain field? And not only jump in and question your motives, but demand you answer ("OP needs to be more specific than this"). Jesus.
  45. 1 point
    I balanced law school and mothering infants, and it was doable but certainly not ideal. I would never advise mothers to do this intentionally if they have any other choice. However, I do agree that it only gets worse in practice, so in retrospect, doing it in law school may not be as crazy as it seemed at the time. I think the considerations for dads are different (I had to worry about breastfeeding, for example) so it is hard for me to say whether you can do 1L and be a "good dad to a newborn." I think "being a good dad to a newborn" is going to entail some level of sleep deprivation, which I would not recommend in 1L. (In upper years, it is much easier to have a flexible schedule and 3L is a great time to have a baby, but I know it's too late for that.) There were a few guys who became dads at various points in 1L, and I wouldn't say any of their schoolwork or ECs suffered, but I don't know if they were "good dads" as I never specifically asked them how much they were home, how much they got up at night and the like. It appeared to me that they were far less restricted and more able to focus on school than I was, from the outside looking in.
  46. 1 point
    You're certainly not crazy! Look, in some ways I won't mince words. There's not going to be a lot of people your age in your law school class. If you're lucky there might be one or two - but that does mean people in middle age+ do go to law school! I remember I tutored one woman in Con law who was 20+ years older than I was. The one caution I might have is it's April now. You're looking at a 2020 start date, and wouldn't be called until 2024, at which point you'll be 53? If you have money then by all means go for it, but I don't know what kind of return on investment you'll get if you have to borrow to cover tuition. Junior lawyers (which you'll be) aren't always very well paid to start out. But your brain might be feeling rusty now, but I bet you'll probably be feeling re-invigorated after trying to keep up with all those 20-somethings in class.
  47. 1 point
    Hi Howard! I’m in my mid thirties and, like you, am a stay at home parent of three kids. I wrote the November LSAT and scored a 163. I started studying in mid-September I used Khan Academy to drill the whole time and watched the 7Sage Logic game breakdown videos - the daily “check in” nature of Khan is great for motivating you to come back every day, which can really help when you’re busy with the kids and tempted to just skip a day! I borrowed the LG Bible, Manhattan RC book, and a set of official PTs from my local library. Did the Bible cover to cover but only got to about half the RC book. My interlibrary loan for the LR Bible wasn’t going to come through in time so I bought a 2016 copy off Kijiji along with another book of 10 PTs for $40 and did that Bible cover to cover as well. It probably helped that I actually kind of enjoyed the LSAT, though I know that’s not the case for everyone My pre -study diagnostic was a 159. The week before I wrote, I was averaging 169, but my studying was complicated by an unexpected surgery that took me out of my LSAT bubble entirely for about two weeks. I think if I were to study more I could get to the 170’s, but time being what it is, I’ve applied with my score and crossed fingers. The most important thing is to commit to the studying and do something LSAT related every day, even if it’s just one section. Set aside the time you need and make yourself the priority. But I also I couldn’t have done it without my family’s support and understanding. I have young kids so my spouse was amazing with taking them out of the house during set times for me to study. I also had a good string of evening library study sessions going until my local library shut down. My kids also saw a few more movies during those weeks than they might normally have watched, but they were content and I was able to get the work done that I needed to do - in the end it will benefit us all, I hope! Best of luck to you and everyone else here choosing to take on this challenge with kids underfoot. It’s no walk in the park, but you absolutely can do it!
  48. 1 point
    Hey Shooters (??). Here is my story. I am 50. Have a 3.9 GPA, studied for a few months for LSAT, have done well on learning and pretesting self. Worked 18 years in a max jail. True. Worked as a truck driver as well. Was always decent in school, without studying. I chose to study lately. I am able to afford the study time and dedicate my time to studies. I believe it is never too late. Why law school now? You never stop learning. I like the challenge. I spent my younger years playing sports, not really emotionally committing to a single thing. I have life experience, street smarts and I enjoy theory. Yes, It is an odd route, but so is every route we take to the local Wal Mart. Each one of us goes a different way, possibly. My point is, never give up hope on anyone. People change, marks can change, and through life's trials and tribulations, we have a choice of developing good habits or bad. I chose the former. I know I will be the oldest in my 1st-year class WHEN I get in. My attitude, if you use that to motivate you...you always benefit from positive motivating factors. Whatever it takes. I know many may think I am too old, but honestly, that is purely subjective. Good luck to all who move on through the testing, become lawyers, or who choose another path. Life is this journey of a roller coaster, just remember to open your eyes and enjoy the view sometimes. We are all different, my friend. Cheers
  49. 1 point
    Some of you need to keep in mind what our #1 rule is here. Don't be a jerk. If you are incapable of following that simple rule, then you might want to find somewhere else to play. Another rule is only one account is allowed.
  50. 1 point
    I'vealways been curious as to what makes some people shit on others, The OP is just asking a question, clearly they worked their ass off and I'm impressed at how they rebounded in their last 2 years of their undergrad, their lsat is at the median for osgoode, I'm not saying they are a very strong applicant for osgoode ( but Defintley at last 2 schools and they can have a shot at quite a few law schools) but absolutely they should try for osgoode, and to put them down for attempting to reach their goals when all they did was ask a question is beyond me, there is one thing to help people face reality and I agree we should all build tough skins and be able to face reality, but there' another thing to just shit on people and their dreams, especially in the case when all they did was ask a pretty general question imo it was completely uncalled for to make statements saying it was a joke for them to even thinking of going to osgoode Once upon a time when I told everyone I was going to go back to high school ( at 22) after having dropped out, numerous people came up to me and said either I was gonna fail or I shouldn't even do it because it was worthless at that point for me because of my age Then I got into York and people came to me and said anyone could do it and it was because i took online courses my grades were inflated and I would drop out Then I went to utm and people said I could never cut it at st George Then I went to st George and came in the top of my cohort and people still had comments to say I'll be attending osgoode this September and people still have comments to make, I've always been curious as to what makes us put one another down, is it a lack of empathy? Our own insecurities? Us falling to the weaker part of being human? I'm sure there have been times in life where I fell to the weaker part of my mind and have engaged in similar behavior, we are all flawed and we make mistakes, and god know I've made more mistakes than most lol and I have done things I am not proud of more times than I can count But before we put people down THINK Engage in some empathy put yourself in that person shoes , I promise you one thing if you have not encountered failure yet ,one day in your life you most Defintley will if you live a live worth living , and you will find yourself in a situation where people could throw shade your way ie they could throw you down even further when you find yourself down Now not saying the OP is down rite now( in a decent position for many fine law schools ), but they came looking for general help, not asking to be ridiculed on applying to certain schools
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