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  1. I went on a family trip for longer than a week during reading week in 1L and I thought it was fine. To be fair I did bring books and my laptop and made sure I would have internet access but I didn’t end up doing much reading (if any). It’s a personal choice and 1L is definitely a stressful time but for me having the mental break outweighed missing a few days of reading time! Wouldn’t recommend a wild party trip but something relaxing where I had the option to do some work if necessary was fine for me. 

  2. On 4/26/2019 at 12:24 PM, sunshine59 said:

    I also have similar question. I wish to get involved in any of the clinics in the first year but do not have much of relevant school experiences. I did volunteer at a law firm for few months and published a law booklet both in English and Korean but nothing more than that. From my undergrad experience, I feel like you need to start 'networking' to get those spots early on so was wondering if anyone has experiences working at clinics from 1L. And if so, any insights about the experiences and how competitive it is to get a spot would be much appreciated. :)

     Also, on a different note, how difficult is it to find an internship position right after 1L? At this point, I am mostly interested in corporate law and to get an internship at Bay street from 2L, I heard that you need to have any kind of experiences in even a small boutique law firm starting from 1L. Is this true? And if so, what kinds of aids do Western provide for students to find their internships as early as in 1L? 

     In addition, I believe Western has a quite close relationship with Torys LLP. Does this help you as a student in finding internships at Torys necessarily? 


    On 4/22/2019 at 10:17 AM, Rose12 said:

    Can anyone speak more about the clinic opportunities at western? I'm interested in crim, so I've been looking at the pro-bono one and CLS. I've been hearing that Western has less spots available in their clinics than other schools but also that because of the small class size this isn't always an issue. What are the odds of getting a spot in one of these clinics in first year?  I don't have any law background and have a more unconventional work background so I'm worried that the lack of experience will affect my chances of getting a spot in one of these clinics. 

    I started as a 1L Volunteer/Associate Casework at Community Legal Services which is the most general clinic Western offers (compared with Business Law Clinic/Sports Solution/Dispute Resolution Clinics) so I thought I'd add my two cents!! You will get bombarded very early on in September/O-Week with opportunities to apply to the clinics and as others have said almost everyone applies to at least some if not all of the clinics. As with other schools, there is a level of competitiveness as there are not enough spots for everyone. Everyone applying also generally has similar experiences and are all very smart and capable so I would just suggest to make sure your applications are very polished and show a genuine interest in what the clinics do. If you don't think your background is particularly relevant, I wouldn't worry as most people don't have any legal experience and just focus on explaining in your cover letter how your experiences could be of value. For example experience working with underprivileged individuals, and even any sort of customer or client facing roles could be really valuable. Usually the clinics host an open house type event in O-week where you can talk to students working in the clinics- you should go to this to help get advice on your application and find out what type of work they do to tailor your cover letter!

    Regarding the 1L jobs, I echo what others have said that is the exception not the norm and you are by no means expected to have any sort of law firm experience going into the 2L recruit. I would, however, add that many of your peers will have worked in clinics over the summers, for profs as a research assistant, in internships, or gone back to jobs they had before law that has transferable skills so while many people do choose to travel and enjoy their 1L summer - I would advise to try and get some type of relevant work experience if you have the opportunity, particularly if you don't have a lot of previous work experience! 

    Hope this helps! For now though just enjoy your time off before starting law school, there will be a big information overload when you start but nothing is as scary as it seems :) 

  3. With a strong LSAT I think you will be fine and won't need more than to quickly address the changes you made that allowed you to succeed. I have essentially the same cGPA as you, with two poor years (first and second) and a 3.8 in my last 2 years. I got into most of the schools I applied to (Queen's, Ottawa and Western). Didn't get into U of T and didn't wait around to hear from Osgoode! Don't worry too much just focus on making everything else you can control in your app (LSAT and Personal statements) as strong as you can and you will have a great shot at a lot of excellent schools :) 

  4. For people not applying under the general category or who indicate contributing circumstances to low gpa/Lsat in something like the osgoode part b statement I would definitely say the "chances" boards are not a good indicator because very few people on this board can know how admissions committees evaluate anything other than statistics. For the average applicant though (I.e. 0-3 years out of undergrad, no extenuating circumstances) I think it's a pretty valuable resource as a lot of people on this forum have been around for a while and have seen what is required for admission to various schools. Aspiring law students should definitely be able to conclude that this is an anonymous forum and they probably shouldn't make life decisions from an anonymous poster's opinion without actually consulting the admissions office of schools they are interested in-especially if they talk at length in their personal statements about circumstances that they do not disclose on this forum.

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  5. I've been in queue since 2 December 2015. Is there anyone else that went into queue the same time as me that hasn't had an response? I don't understand the purpose of this queue if they aren't going to look at applications that are in the queue before adding more applicants. I'm not even saying that I deserve to be looked at early, just don't understand the point of Osgoode's queue right now..


    Good luck to all those who are still in the waiting game!

    I wouldn't be too discouraged I'm sure a lot of people are in the same boat. I am one of the people who got in queue with the big wave last week. What it looked like to me is that a lot of people who filled out part b of the application went in to queue sooner as the admissions committee probably needs to look more in depth to see if extenuating circumstances combined with stats warrants an acceptance which is why acceptances have been very slowly trickling in to this point! Maybe some more acceptances will go out before and after the provisional acceptance deadline :)

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  6. This is pretty bizarre...I've been in queue since December 18. Granted, I was supposed to write the December LSAT and had some problems so only ended up writing the February LSAT, so that might explain it. But still, it seems weird to be in queue for THAT LONG!

    If feb was your first attempt that would definitely explain it! They may have started to evaluate other factors of your application that take longer (ie PS/part b considerations) but without a valid LSAT score there's no way they would be able to make a decision! Hope you hear something soon now that scores are released :)

  7. Has anyone who was accepted to Ottawa gotten a phone call from them recently? I have a missed call from what appears to be their number but no voicemail was left, so just wondering if anyone knows what this could be about! 

  8. For anyone interested in my ongoing tortured relationship with OASIS, I am still not in queue - yet my application was able to get me into UofT. I'm mighty confused. 

     I think osgoode and u of t have very different admission procedures, with osgoode going on a much more rolling basis. I wouldn't worry too much about not being in queue since no one seems to really know what it means or how it's decided if you go into queue! I'm also not in queue, but my application isn't super strong/not in at U of T nor am I expecting to be... (GPA ~3.5, L2 ~3.8, LSAT 169). But if your stats got you into U of T I'm sure you can expect to hear from Osgoode at some point! 

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