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Everything posted by capitalttruth

  1. I just did a second estimate on the OSAP website for the 2019-2020 school year and got the same number. Am I using the wrong calculator?
  2. My OSAP estimate for the upcoming September was 15k per year, half of which would be non-repayable grants. That ends up taking off about 20,000 or so, which would help. I have very minimal debt from my undergrad and my MA (about 5k), so how much debt would I realistically be paying back? Tuition alone is 20,000 per year, plus books, living expenses, food, entertainment etc. OSAP calculated this total as about 96k. Also, where I plan on attending (Windsor, though this may change if I am accepted to Ottawa) apparently averages about 7500 dollars in student bursaries per student each year. That would be another 22. 500 taken off. How much debt would I expect to accrue if I were to go to law school? Is the 96k an accurate number before these deductions are taken off or are there things I'm missing? 50-60k is doable, but 100k or more would cause me to rethink my decision to attend.
  3. Writing this post in order to solicit information and hopefully establish a useful heuristic for any future applicants in my position: For those who moved for law school, I'd like to get a perspective of your experience. How far did you move? What were your thoughts of how you would fare in your move/re-settlement in your new city? Did these anticipatory thoughts match the reality of the process? How did you manage to maintain your focus succeeding in law school while worrying about integrating in your social environment where you didn't know anyone? Were there any techniques or advice you applied to help make your transition easier? Were these variables of any concern to you at all? Interested to know, thank ya. PS. All advice from anyone is greatly appreciated but I am especially interested to hear from those who have had a history of mental illness, if they are comfortable sharing this. You can PM me as well. Thanks again.
  4. I ask this as someone without any debt from undergrad and with minimal (5k) from my MA: do most students entering law school have debt already? Also: What do you define as public interest jobs? Are you referring to specifically non-profit/NGO work? More loose definitions of public interest would encompass more areas/jobs (government, litigation boutiques, etc.)
  5. Decent-paying relative to biglaw or decent paying relative to the average canadian income?
  6. What kind of debt? Are we talking debt from undergrad + law school debt?
  7. I`m going to wait until I get my waitlist number from UOttawa. I actually really like Windsor as a school, they seem to have a strong community feel and a strong focus in public interest law. I just have a tremendous amount of anxiety about moving from Ottawa to Windsor. Makes so much more sense to just stay here. I`m really disappointed it`s taken Ottawa this long to get back to me. I outlined all the reasons, including my health reasons, in my application and why I would prefer to stay in Ottawa. Feels like they`ve ignored it. Makes me extremely disgruntled. Going through a bunch of doubts as to going to law school now. Do I really want it that much if I have these reservations about moving? Not a good feeling.
  8. I get the impression that a large number of the student cohort at Windsor wants to do some form of public interest law.
  9. I called, and according to them they will have the waitlist out by early June. I took it to mean that they will have the waitlist rankings out by early June as well. I specifically asked if we will know our waitlist rankings before the July 3rd firm accept date and she said we will. I really don't want to go to Windsor.
  10. Did they mention if they will have released everyone's waitlist ranking/number before the July 3rd firm accept date?
  11. Yes, right. Solicitor work for government is something that I'm also keenly interested in.
  12. DOJ has one as well. I'm meeting one of their senior counsel in a couple of weeks to discuss the work that their department does and if there is any similar roles within government or outside of government. Good to know that there are provincial branches too.
  13. I have a keen interest in federalism, specifically comparative federalism - did my MA thesis on constitutional courts in the EU (EU law vs Member State law, specifically Germany and France) so I enjoyed reading about federalism during my research.
  14. Average grades I can live with. I get the impression that I can still have access to the jobs I want with average grades and some of the intangible additions to my resume you mention.
  15. Unfortunately there is no way of knowing this but I appreciate your encouragement and I pray to God you are right!
  16. What I take from the last couple of conversations is that its grades or bust. Can you still have access to these kinds of positions with average grades (B)? That would take some of the pressure off I've been feeling lately. I don't anticipate having below average grades. Evidently, some people have to be last and noone enters into a law school with the intention to be last place but I've done well at every stage of my education, even at the PhD level, and I plan to do whatever is humanly possible to fix whatever mistakes I make during my tenure in school. Whether this gives me above average grades or just average grades, I can live with that.
  17. Leaves me pretty embittered. I pray to God that Ottawa accepts me at some point this summer.
  18. OK, WTF QUEENS. Whats with the delay for all Access applicants? I can only assume they've accepted most of their Access pool and we're going to get waitlisted or rejected. I have absolutely no idea what went wrong with my app. I have higher stats than several of those who've been accepted in April/May, and I wrote a good PS (or so I thought). Super, super discouraging.
  19. Hmmm. I geuss I'll see what my grades are like after 1L. If they are not competitive enough for government or boutiques, and can't be improved in 2L or 3L, I will throw in the towel and choose a different career.
  20. I see some "Constitutional Litigation" classes being offered in 2L at most Ontario law schools. Is this an area where one can specialize in after law school? What jobs would focus on this kind of specialization, and what would they entail? I have an interest in solicitor work in the public interest law area (government) but if jobs are scarce in that area or I don't for whatever reason have competitive enough grades for government, I'd like to focus on private practice firms that have a niche in constitutional litigation. Are there firms which primarily practice this area, or is this a small niche area contained within a larger portfolio of other niches for most firms?
  21. I really hope I am accepted a bit later. Ive been accepted to Windsor but I would much prefer to stay in Ottawa due to personal/health reasons - some of which I indicated in my application. I hope they can take it into account! Really really hope so.
  22. When were you accepted? I have a 3.25, 3.7 L2and a 164 with an MA in Access but havent heard shit. I thought I wrote a good, tailored PS. Im thinking its my GPA, so I inferred that a higher LSAT would be needed to offset my GPA.
  23. Mental health can be a tricky thing. For me, there wasn't a moment where I knew I was better after withdrawing from my studies. It took several trial and errors, dropping and switching courses, before I knew I could do it again. The kind of anxiety I experienced was extremely intense and wasn't related to anything that was presently going on in my life. To prove that I was still human, I went back to school because it was the only thing I knew how to do. In retrospect, I look back and think I would have benefitted from some kind of intervention. But the pressure to succeed as the only person to have gone to university added to the delusion that I could have done it on my own. In this sense, I agree with you, if people suffering internally have the resources to delay their studies, they should wait until they have developed the requisite maturity to accept responsibility for their disability. But unfortunately there are too many variables to make that position a universal one. Having a breakdown in my early 20s was unfortunate in that it occurred without a foundation of knowledge of how to navigate the world with one. It is doubly unfortunate that it occurred when I was beginning my scholarly career and it took away from it. But I am lucky in that I found strategies on how to deal with it which helped me excel in my L2 and my MA, and thanks to the Access category, perhaps law school. My point is that mental health challenges at varying levels are inconvenient and most of the time the persons competence suffers. I think the person who has a scholarly inclination will always worry about grades, but to put it colloquially, shit happens. Many times, mental health sufferers fall through the cracks, whether through a lack of insight into their condition or lack of insight into the occupational and professional responsibilties of living with their condition. In my experience, there are way more people who don't have the resolute initiative to drop everything and focus on improving their health. So grades and professional evaluations suffer. Whether you chalk that up to a lack of personal responsibility, a systemic or cultural problem, its still a reality that is dealt with variably on a case by case basis. The foresight and responsibility to take control of ones life during a mental health crisis impeded me from getting help when I needed it. Ideally, these defenses are there to prevent damage, but they are not always. That doesn't change in a scholarly environment.
  24. So long as you have adequate documentation for your access claim from doctors, and you craft a good personal statement detailing how this circumstance affected you (really research the UOttawa PS and solitcit advice on how to write a good, tailored PS for Ottawa, they like this) you have a shot to apply in the Access category. Since you are explaining in your access claim how your prior academic performance was impeded by extenuating circumstances, you want to demonstrate that your present academic capabilities are competitive for their law school. That means, showing detailed accounts of how you managed your time better, were accountable and responsible for managing your illness, and demonstrating present academic success. Your Masters degree is a great start, but I would aim for a 164+ LSAT score to really convince them of your present academic competitiveness.
  25. Most grad schools are L2 schools. My focus in my last two years was improving my grades to get into grad school.
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