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    So I failed...

    If your issue was time management, I'm not sure I see much value in simply re-reading the materials that you've already read. My suggestion would be to take the time to learn your index well and continuously work on practice questions (first untimed, then timed, then full exams, etc.) It's a lot of material and you've already read it once; realistically, you won't remember 98% of what you read and will have to look it up anyway (speaking from experience, perhaps excluding the professional responsibility questions). Practice the ability to recognize an issue in a question quickly and then knowing where to look in your index/material. The Bar exams do not test your ability to memorize - it's more of a complicated word search. Treat it as such and study accordingly.
  3. Here's a tip: You might want to be careful how you talk to people on this forum because you have absolutely no idea who you're talking to.
  4. Ugh. I really digress, but this is not a trend forming.
  5. Lol, this is inaccurate (and also impossible to "agree with")
  6. I don't recall Western, or really any other school, having a hard-enforced minimum LSAT requirement.
  7. While a lot of schools boast taking holistic views of the applications they receive, I know for a fact that Western really does do this. While 160+ is the "target" for a lot of Ontario schools (including Western), there's certainly more to an application than the LSAT score and GPA. I'm not suggesting that Western would accept someone with a score of 153 if they have great work experience, but a sub-160 LSAT score is certainly not insurmountable with other considerations.
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    Doing law at the same school as undergrad

    I've been at Western for a while. I'm in love with Toronto and now that I'm finishing up 3L this year, I'm certainly excited to leave, but it's been a great place to do both my undergrad and law school. Western's law school is a good one and law school was a different experience than undergrad, especially with the small community at the law school. Feel free to PM me if you have any specific questions.
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    Western vs. Queens.. SOS!

    I'll try to chime in and preface this with the fact that Queen's and Western are notoriously very similar schools. (1) I'm quite certain that the class offerings will be very similar at each; the differences won't be enough, in my opinion, to sway you one way or the other. Western offers the concentration in IP (and in business law), as well as other hands-on opportunities like clinics and practical courses. (2) Lol, "bro culture." Look, no matter where you go, there will be "bros", there will be the "party girls", there will be the people you didn't even know were in your year until the last event of 3L, etc. This will be a thing no matter where you go. You will find people that you click with almost instantaneously - I guarantee it. It's not any different from making friends in literally every other capacity of your life, which I presume you've excelled at thus far. (3) The libraries at Western are not bad at all. There are a ton of libraries. Sure, they get busy during exam season, but that will be your experience at every school. Despite never studying in there, the law library is pretty decent and I know a lot of friends who enjoy studying there. Personally, law students are nothing but balls of stress and therefore, I prefer to study at Starbucks or something. I did that throughout the duration of law school, without studying in the law library (or any other library on campus) once. I have never heard of the libraries being described as "smelling like vomit" and I've been at Western for quite some time. (4) I went to visit Queen's and Western before choosing my undergrad school. While Kingston is "nice", I was tremendously bored. Yes, the students make it fun. Yes, having all the bars right outside of campus is fun. But to me, that would get tiresome. I'm not saying London is much better - most of the bars, especially the ones you'll be going to - are all on the same street downtown, about a 10-minute bus ride from campus (where a lot of the law students live). I would never live in London or Kingston because I very much need to be in a large city, but between the two, I'd definitely say London will have a lot more to offer. It's bigger but it's also more condensed in the sense that you don't have to venture very far from campus (like I said, 10 minutes) to appreciate a lot of what the city has to offer. Also, a free bus pass included in tuition makes all of these things that much easier. A lot of people complain about the LTC, as they do with any public transit system, but I've found the LTC to be very reliable - especially as of this year where more buses were introduced on the major routes to and from school. I don't even have to check a schedule when I head off to school. I walk to the bus stop and wait maybe 3-4 minutes for one of the four different buses that will bring me to school. Hope this helps!
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    Tax vs Administrative Law

    I thought administrative law was generally a required course? Maybe I'm wrong. My personal bias says take tax law because I find it more useful and interesting, but I feel you should take admin.
  12. It's not a suspicion. One student actively explained what she was trying to do. This isn't even the point. My point was work together with your peers, not in direct competition. Be a good person, be a good student, work hard, and success should follow.
  13. The opposite - be mindful of the peers from whom you're snatching work. There were less aggressive students in my cohort that would give up assignments because the more assertive ones took all of them and were just swimming in a pile of work. Like I said, you need to do some of that on your own and make sure you be assertive when you need to be, but I think some students should see summer especially as more of a team thing and not a competition thing. We all want to get hired back but sometimes, working efficiently in a team, picking your battles, etc. bodes better in the long-run than being the girl who had all the good work and worked with cool partners, but everyone hated and no one wanted to work with. There's a balance. The extreme on both ends are bad.
  14. There were students in my year who went around to every single partner's office, multiple times to "introduce themselves." Or would be rather...assertive in snatching work from X partner instead of Y associate because of "ranks." And like I said, while all of that is important, be mindful of your peers. Don't be a douchenugget or else people will hate you.
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