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  1. jwms

    Law school "success" guide

    I entirely agree with the substance of that guide. If you have a specific aim that is predicated on doing well on law school, it is foolish to not prioritize exams above all (which does mean that exam prep is more important than understanding the law, as the two may not be mutually inclusive).
  2. I never think much of diagnostics. That said, a 163 is a good score. Your question is a little peculiar though (whether that score can be improved upon), particularly given your prefacing all of this by saying you haven't done any studying. In any event, the answer to your question is: yes, of course, studying may (and very likely will) help you improve that score.
  3. I would work much, much harder on the LSAT and try to get that to 170+. While there are limits, it is a learnable test, and while you may not want to go to UofT (or a U.S. school), you're better off having the options available to you.
  4. Not to be rude, but haven't you gotten a lot of responses and advice about family law and UofT?
  5. I brought up the MBA option for two reasons: one, if you're potentially interested in NY law -- even for a few years -- then you have a much better chance with that joint degree. And the pay difference between Canadian corporate law and NY is huge. Second, if you intend to practice law but may exit at some point in the future, the MBA can be a difference-maker. If neither of these points apply to you, then it absolutely is not worth it.
  6. I'm not a McGill student. At some top firms in Montreal, the interview will be conducted partly in French. And French will be the first language of the vast majority of lawyers, and will the the language in the office, in some top firms. Having mediocre language skills could be challenging in that environment. Further, later in one's career it absolutely would be limiting aside from some exceptional instances/practice areas. 5-15 students? When was it 15? Are there any stats released on this? I'm very surprised by the 15 students figure. I'm actually surprised if it's been even more than 5-7 in recent years.
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    Crazy to give up Osgoode for Queens?

    This is a nice anecdote and all, but I hope you realize that the schools and the experiences for students attending them have probably changed a little since your parents were there.
  8. javathehut, I don't agree with pzabbythesecond that French skills won't hurt you, re: Montreal corporate law. That said, this isn't a cut and dry decision. Are you potentially interested in a joint degree (MBA)? Are you set on practicing in Canada, or are you interested in NY law? What areas of corporate law are you interested in, and are you potentially interested in a career outside of law longer-term? In answer to your specific questions: Will my French hold me back at McGill in a meaningful way (ie, can I not only survive, but thrive in a bilingual program as an anglophone with lackluster French?) Not to impose my views, but French won't hold you back in law school; rather, it's a good opportunity. That said, as mentioned, I do think it can be an obstacle in the recruit and professionally longer-term. Does UofT have enough of an advantage in terms of placements in business and commercial law to justify the signficiant tuition and cost of living differential? Depending on your answers to the above questions I posed, it absolutely can have enough of an advantage. Would I be limiting my ability to build a strong network in Toronto by choosing McGill? Can this be disadvantage be ameliorated by seeking summer work / articling in Toronto? Yes. And, yes.
  9. How many from McGill have gone down to NY in recent years?
  10. jwms

    Guidance needed (where to start)

    Powerscore books, Manhattan books, LSAT Trainer -- all good. Tutoring can be good, but really depends on learning style and many tutors probably aren't great. I tried with a few. Study partner is helpful, if you can find a good one. Probably harder to find a good one than it is to find a good tutor, though.
  11. Do you need to write the LSAT this time?
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    Are You Happy With Your Income?

    This is written from the vantage point of someone who doesn't understand finance and opportunity cost. Renting certainly makes more sense (and is not merely surviving) if one has superior options to deploy capital. Referencing 2 weeks of stock market volatility (when any decent investor would never have a 2 week investment time horizon) is further evidence of this lack of financial knowledge. As such, I don't think you're in a position to determine who is merely 'surviving' or what constitutes an intelligent investment decision or cost of living (e.g. buying a home).
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    Lawyers and The Stock Market

    I think this is terrible advice, and would advise very strongly against listening to any investment advice from this (or any) forum.
  14. jwms

    McGill or Ottawa

    What's the appeal of a bigger school in a smaller city? That would seem to lose on both ends (to me, and given your statement that Montreal seems exciting, I would presume to you as well). You wouldn't need to 're-learn' anything (on the criminal law front), by the way. If you were set on working in Ottawa, that would seem to me to be the only reason to lean toward Ottawa. As it is, I think McGill's an objectively better school, opens more doors, in a more vibrant city (which may not be for everyone), and cheaper. Seems like an easy decision to me.