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    Law school attire

    I'd say some people care (and care a lot), but that no student should care that other people might care about what they wear. Echoing what others have said: get a suit or two and shop around for those 50-60% off sales at big retailers. Also grab a few plain or simple pattern dress shirts from Uniqlo or a similar vendor. Lastly, MAKE SURE EVERYTHING FITS WELL! If you are going to be spending money on building the essentials for the future of your legal career, you might as well do some due diligence and make sure anything you grab fits with your build.
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    Law School/Career with Mental Illness

    There are resources to help on the mental health front, but the mileage may vary depending on the school and some services (like retaining a private therapist for after the school's therapy program runs its course) become untenable due to the high costs associated with law school. Mental health is still an evolving dialogue and one that encounters a lot of stigma, even at law school. I know I have heard some very nasty things said about those that are on mental health meds. Comically enough, a lot more law students struggle with mental health than the public discussions would lead you to believe, so you aren't alone. Having a good support network and maintaining your hobbies and pursuits that make YOU happy are really important in surviving, as well as knowing when to avoid toxic situations that are only going to deteriorate your mental health.
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    Turning 30 in 1L

    Echoing the others in the thread, being older isn't going to be a negative, but I feel many prospective employers would be weary about on-boarding / hiring applicants in the 50+ demographic. Viewing applicants as an ROI and counting the years they have left is a very dehumanizing angle, but law firms are businesses.
  4. There is a LOT more excitement downtown, but living off campus is more expensive unless you are renting a room. If money isn't an issue, living off-site for the full duration would be fun. As others have mentioned, don't fret too much about the social dimension of living off-campus. It is convenient to be able to walk home from campus events, but living near campus isn't requisite for participating in campus culture
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    We are In-House Lawyers - Ask Us Anything

    Liking private practice because it gives one power over people is... an interesting perspective. Speaking from limited experience here (student jobs on both sides): I found in-house had more of a non-legal element to it and I was often involved quite heavily in the business aspects of my files. I personally liked having that sort of diversity in my workload and I really enjoyed the company and industry I was supporting, so that made my work a lot sweeter. I think the hierarchical aspect varies depending on where you are.
  6. It is really hard to relax and enjoy your time when you are saddled with six-figures of debt This is especially true for anyone coming from a lower-income family: mom and dad simply cannot make that debt go away, and not having that kind of safety net really erodes the mental health of law students from working class families.
  7. Not a direct update, but given that ATS conducted phone interviews in the first week of December, it is likely that they have filled the position by now.
  8. Sunnybrook just filled their articling position. ATS conducted phone interviews, unsure when their follow-up interviews are being held.
  9. In my defense, I usually walk the 5 km round trip from Passy to the Keele Walmart for groceries rain or shine
  10. Passy lot is the closest, and I would strongly recommend applying ASAP if you are sure that you will need parking because the spots can fill up fast and you do not want to end up having to walk a couple hundred meters in Winter.
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    Housing Situation - York

    The Quad is still very much under construction, but their promotional material has hyped it up quite a bit. The units and amenities (exercise rooms, lounge) will all be new and look really good (again, based on the promo material). However, the price has been continuously on the rise due to demand. I know a number of people (myself included) that were debating the switch from Chambers to the Quad for 2L, but the price kept going up and now I think a basic unit at the Quad, which looks to be marginally smaller, but newer than the bachelor units at Chambers, is roughly $150-200 more each month. For that much extra, most people would be better off getting a one-bedroom at Chambers. All that said, one of the best things about Chambers is the community aspect to it. It is nice to be among people from your classes and not having to walk 400 m just to hang out with people. I am unsure about the party culture of undergrads at York, but since the Quad is open to all I would be cautious about getting a unit there if you like to study at home / appreciate peace and quiet.
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    Housing Situation - York

    Living in Osgoode Chambers (which is really just a part of Passy Gardens) is incredibly convenient and good for the hectic 1L schedule. That being said, you will be away from all the fun stuff. Space might be an issue with a husky, especially if the fella has an especially energetic temperament. In my opinion, you would need at least a one-bedroom at Passy to house a mid to large size dog. Keep in mind all Passy Gardens units are furnished, so you may end up with some furniture that is just clutter. Lastly, I have heard some horror stories about bug problems in Assiniboine (including roaches), so try to opt for Passy if you decide to live on campus.
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    Campus Culture

    Osgoode's community is pretty diverse. I also cannot do a cross comparison since I have only attended Osgoode, but there are a lot of different perspectives, attitudes, and interests so I wouldn't worry about not finding like-minded individuals. It may take some looking though! I would caution you to genuinely get to know others and not pre-judge them by appearance or their broad social interests though. Is familial support really that strong? I was under the impression that most people (myself included) will accumulate mountains of debt regardless of our summer job prospects and frugality.
  14. Recognizing the struggles associated with mental health is a very controversial issue in the legal community. Osgoode is fairly open about discussing mental health and how that may act as a barrier to accessing justice, so I would not anticipate the admissions committee throwing out an application based on telling that part of your narrative. That said, there is still a lot of stigmatization and even flat-out denials of the legitimacy of mental health issues. Consequently, those of us living with mental illnesses have quite a bit of work to do in shaping the community for the better As for your application, your stats are in the competitive range so I would not be panicking yet. Be cognizant of what offers / options are available to you and do not be afraid to request a deadline extension for a particular school. I have heard of extensions being granted before, and there will generally be some spots freeing up once the initial firm-acceptance deadline passes (usually around April 1st). All that aside, if you want more information on the perception of mental health in the law or if you have any follow-up questions feel free to PM me!
  15. I second this: despite being a commuter school there are a lot of campus events and, from my experience, you generally won't have the time to go to all of the socials and events that you want to. I know a few people who are working part time. To build on your question, it is a good idea to try and get involved in some extracurriculars too. It is a good way to get experiential learning and network. That said, don't bite off more than you can chew. If you feel compelled to work part-time, perhaps save it until second semester when you will have a better feel for the day-to-day grind of law school. 1L is a marathon and you gotta take care of yourself!