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  1. I didn't say Osgoode is holistic. I said Osgoode is "somewhat holistic", as in they care about stats but are a little more forgiving than say UofT when it comes to a weak point in an application. And you're wrong. Windsor is not the only holistic school in Ontario: https://www.osgoode.yorku.ca/programs/juris-doctor/jd-admissions/review-process/holistic-admission-policy/
  2. From what I know, Osgoode takes a somewhat holistic approach to admissions. Your extremely strong GPA will likely offset any concerns about your LSAT score (which you should know isn't extraordinary but also isn't terrible). I think you have a good shot at every Ontario school other than UofT
  3. Some people place great importance on the law school "experience" and having a best friend there greatly adds to that experience. Who's to say whether they're right or wrong. If you're well-off and the idea of not having a job after graduation isn't that big of a deal, then by all means go to Bond and enjoy yourself. If not, then I think TRU is your best bet
  4. Username checks out Jokes aside, 160+ and I'd say you're golden
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  6. Congrats How were you notified of your acceptance?
  7. I was speaking in terms of the total extra hours you would be spending commuting back and forth throughout the school year
  8. For an incoming law student, I would say the only real and meaningful differences between Western and Queens that you may want to consider are: 1) Location - Would you rather live in London or Kingston? Do you have any special connections to either city? Do you have friends or relatives in either city? And maybe, as you noted, how far is Kingston from home versus London? From what I've heard, Kingston is smaller and more navigable than London so its easier to get around/more convenient as a student London is a few hours closer to the GTA. If you plan to travel home every weekend this may be something to consider. Kingston is also somewhat close to Ottawa and Montreal, if that's your thing 2) Cost - What is the tuition like at Queens vs Western? Cost of living? Tuition seems to be roughly the same at both schools Living in Kingston may be a little bit more expensive than London though 3) Specialty - Western specializes in business/corporate law. Queens specializes in criminal law. What I mean by specializing is that these schools may offer unique opportunities in these respective areas which you might not receive elsewhere. This however doesn't mean you can't pursue business/corporate law at Queens or criminal law at Western Your chances at Big Law/Bay Street would be the same at Queens or Western. What would actually matter is you as an individual (i.e. your grades, resume, how well you interview, etc) From my experience, Western's reputation as a business law school is well-earned. If you go there don't be surprised or complain that other areas of law play second fiddle to corporate or that the student body is full of Bay Street gunners Aside from these three points, I think many others would agree that neither Queens nor Western clearly offers more in terms of the quality of education you'll get, employability, social environment, etc
  9. Exploring your interests In 1L, variety in terms of course offerings doesn't really matter. You'll generally be taking the same foundational course whether you're at Ottawa or Western. However, another thing to maybe consider is that certain schools have better professors in certain areas. In 1L, what would definitely matter in relation to exploring your interests are the extracurriculars being offered (clinics, clubs, etc). Look into what both schools have to offer. After 1L is when variety in course offerings really matter in terms of exploring your interests. I would say that, on this point, Ottawa is the better choice. Western is a more conservative, pro-business school. There is corporate law and then there is everything else. This isn't just my opinion as Western has made a concerted effort to bill itself as the premier business law school in Canada: Source: https://law.uwo.ca/future_students/business_law/ Social life/environment Western: more tight-knit, conservative, preppy "bro" vibe, less diverse student body (may be conjecture though) Ottawa: less tight-knit, liberal, social justice/progressive vibe, more diverse student body These are just my observations so take it for what you want Employment prospects Broadly speaking, Western will generally be better for job prospects in Toronto, if Toronto means Bay Street. Your grades, resume, personality, connections, etc are ultimately what really matter in terms of your job prospects. However, I would still give Western the edge here. Location Unless you have existing connections to London or like living in a college town, Ottawa is the clear winner here. More things to do, more things going on and, without a doubt, advantages coming from being the seat of the federal government. Ottawa is also close to Montreal so you'll have that avenue open if you want to visit for fun or work.
  10. Link: https://www.scribd.com/doc/141766597/Getting-To-Maybe-How-to-Excel-on-Law-School-Exams Make a quick account and download the PDF of Getting to Maybe for free. The other book your best bet is to buy it on Amazon/Kindle for like $10. If you have any other questions feel free to PM me.
  11. From what I've seen, grades have almost no impact on your chances at a clinic. Its all about your resume/experience and how well you interview. For example, the Sports Solutions Clinic positions almost always go to current/former athletes or those with demonstrated experience or interest in sports-related fields. I'm assuming you're an incoming 1L, so I'll also give you the advice I wish someone told me when I was in your position: Applications for clinics, PBSC and the majority of extra-curriculars are due in the first few weeks of 1L. Make sure you have a polished resume and cover letter locked and loaded before the end of August. When calls are made for applications, apply and forget about it. Naturally, there's going to be a lot of sizing up during the first couple of weeks of 1L. This is what happens when you put a bunch of highly-competitive overachievers together in one space. Don't discount yourself if you don't get a position and don't look up to the people who did get positions as if they're better than you in any way. You will learn to appreciate the role that chance plays in law school after writing your first set of exams. A professor at Western once said that 1L is like being shot out of a cannon. It will feel like there are a million moving pieces and there is a frequent tendency to get overwhelmed with stress/anxiety due to mistaken expectations and a poor understanding of the rhythm of 1L. In September, have fun and get to know your classmates. Do your work but realize that anything you do inside the classroom in this first month will have only a negligible effect on your final grades. The priority at this stage is settling into law school. In October, you will start feeling like you're getting into the rhythm of things. One of the biggest and most common mistakes, however, is letting yourself go into autopilot mode. You'll do your readings, make your notes, go to classes and everything will seem fine and well. However, next thing you know its November 25 and you're having a mental breakdown because you haven't done any exam prep. Instead, you should start seriously outlining after Thanksgiving weekend (mid-Octoberish). You should also start looking at old law school exams to get an idea of their mechanics and how they work. In November, the atmosphere in law school will slowly begin to shift towards exam preparation. The level of stress and anxiety in the halls will ratchet up and become palpable. While your classmates begin scrambling around trying to get ready for exams you will be calm and collected because you're already locked in. In mid-to-late November, your attention should start shifting towards doing practice exams and reviewing the answers. In December, you will almost certainly be ready to kill your exams. Don't underestimate the advantage of being well-rested and with manageable stress levels when writing exams. Even if for some reason you do mess up, remember that the majority of midterms (all but property) are less than 30% of your final grade. MOST IMPORTANT - Law school exams are a different beast. Doing all your readings, going to class, taking good notes and then sitting in the library for 8 hours a day reading over those notes will lead to you being a mediocre student, at the absolute best. Exams in law school are NOT like they were in undergrad. Law school exam-writing is a skill that must learn and develop as quickly as possible. Get your hands on a copy of a book that teaches you how to write a law school exam. The standard recommendation is Getting to Maybe but I like Law School Exams: A Guide to Better Grades, which I would read once before September and refer back to throughout the semester.
  12. I guess transfer students are out of luck then
  13. When do applications open for clinics that start and end in second semester?
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