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  1. I don't think that someone with 1 HH and 6 Ps is going to do better than someone with 5 Hs, I think the rest of the application needs to be looked at too. Is that person very interested in a particular type of law and their HH is in that law, then yes I think showing interest and excelling in that area would look better. However, if someone is applying broadly and more generally then maybe having 5 Hs will show competency across the board. I think you will be surprised how many OCIs you will get in the coming weeks. I think your grades are very good. I predict at least 15 depending on which firms you apply to and the rest of your application. I think the other parts of the application can be very important for some firms (outside of the generic, large full-service ones). Please focus more on the things that you can change (cover letter, resume) and stop worrying about grades which you cannot change right now. Also, you are being too negative. Your law career and employment prospects do not end at 2L OCIs. There are other 2L jobs out there. The articling recruit hires like 25-30% of the class each given year. Then outside of the formal recruit, many more people get hired. I would estimate that at least 80% of the class finds a job through some formal process (1L, 2L, NY, articling) and then the rest usually find something. These aren't "big law jobs" but they are still legal jobs and you might find something that you are more interested in anyway. There is no way that your grades put you at the bottom 10% of the class, so you need to relax. Your "cohort" sounds, quite frankly, like a bunch of assholes. I think you need to find new friends. Who on earth would tell their friend, who has perfectly reasonable grades, that s/he won't be able to find a job so they shouldn't even apply? Wtf?
  2. I regret the school I chose to go to because I am getting the same degree at a hefty premium. If I had a redo, I'd pick a cheaper school. I disagree that "this is all a part of any professional school" since we know that tuition at some schools is much more than at others. Another problem is that I dislike living in Toronto (as a student with no disposable income), and feel like my experience would have been much better staying in my home town and commuting to school. I don't regret law school in general though, but I haven't finished yet so who knows.
  3. I saw a healthy mix of politics at U of T in terms of the professors and the student bodies. You won't find any marxist-leninists or white nationalists here - none out in the open at least - but in terms of moderate, healthy politics I wouldn't call it too "conservative" or too "liberal".
  4. April me definitely agrees with this sentiment.
  5. I did a STEM undergrad. I think law school is more work and more stressful. I felt like much of the work I did in undergrad, I was on auto-pilot for it. Sure, I "worked hard" but it felt like I was going through the motions. No curve, usually knew what was going to be on the exam, everything had a solid "right" answer, etc. You just did the work and you got the grade. It felt a lot less "real" and a lot less transactional. Dealing with all of the uncertain elements, the curve, etc. has made law school a bit more stressful. I do find 100% exams to be a blessing instead of a curse (unpopular opinion?) but I think that the other parts make it a lot harder. It gets easier and more predictable the more exams/assignments you do, I guess.
  6. Not sure if this has been mentioned but since you paid via Western Union, the student likely got refunded in the form of a cheque in the mail. For things like this, I think WU is the worst service you can use. WU offers an extra level or privacy that makes things like this kind hard to refund. WU is usually a scammer's #1 option when it comes to these financial scams. I think if you had paid using another method (credit card, direct bank payment) then your payment would have bounced back into your account, but since you used WU, the school had no choice but to mail a refund to the student whose name it was paid under. When you pay to U of T using one of the other methods, usually your name would be on the payment information, so the refund would likely be made back to you. It doesn't work that way with WU. Although I think that universities should just automatically reject any payments made when the balance for tuition owed is zero. I'm sorry for what happened to you.
  7. I've met a lot of JD/MBAs at U of T who seem to really recommend it/enjoy it, so it might just be sampling bias. I'm sure it depends on the individual. I find that the ones who tend to be the most vocal are the happiest students and the most upset students, the average person who is like "meh" doesn't really talk about it much.
  8. 1. Distance from home/friends. 2. Where I would want to live (Toronto). I'm not sure about this one anymore. The city can be kinda drab. I gotta say, I really miss the small, cozy, college town vibes in Western.
  9. I would honestly love it if my mom used this forum, she'd finally understand what "2L recruit" and "HH/H/P" mean.
  10. Yeah, I would add onto what epeeist said. Good counselling, especially on campus at any university, is something that you have to shop around for.
  11. I feel like the next logical step is to assume that a Macedonian teenager is running the website via a botfarm.
  12. Also... not everyone, or even 1/2 of the class goes to Bay St. Maybe that is true for Osgoode or U of T (which is presumably what BlockedQuebecois was talking about) but there are other law schools in Ontario and nationally that have much lower placement rates. That's just the truth. I find it hard to believe that 70% of the Windsor law class places at "decent articling jobs that pay over 50k/year"..ZXD4. con lots of people article for free. So a junior position that pays $20/hour would probably be right up their ally.
  13. Because otherwise the hypothetical doesn't work. Also find it hard to believe that Joe the lawyer didn't put any money into savings or invest any money elsewhere.
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