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Everything posted by BlockedQuebecois

  1. Agree. The St. Lawrence neighbourhood is lovely, probably top five in Toronto. My critique was leveled at the waterfront neighbourhood*, not the idea of being close to the water 😛
  2. The western part is the part that has places to live (with the exception of those hideous new builds just south of Jarvis). The eastern waterfront gets lovely once you hit Cherry beach and Tommy Thompson park, and obviously the beaches is a lovely neighbourhood. The beaches has been busy during the weekends, but it’s been fine much of the rest of the week. I find the western waterfront, which is where people can actually live, incredibly boring. Much like the Bay Street corridor, it’s overrun with chains and lacks any real character. See above. The Bay Street corridor (defined as Queen to Bloor and Yonge/Bay to University), particularly its southern portions, lacks character and is rather boring to me. It’s undoubtedly convenient for grocery shopping and the LCBO, but there are so many more interesting areas of the city to live in. If you live on the northern end and have access to the interesting restaurants and bars in Yorkville, or on the border of the village, it’s fine. But the fact that you generally have to go to Yorkville or the village to get to somewhere I’d want to grab a drink rather proves the point, for me. This all may be a BC thing, though. People from Toronto seem far less particular. For example, I’ll never understand why cactus club is a destination in Toronto. In BC they’re like mildly more expensive Boston Pizzas. The only thing more confusing is how Pizza Pizza tricked all of you into believing the cardboard they sell is edible.
  3. It’s incredibly crowded every time I’ve been down there. Particularly during the weekends when they shut down lakefront. The waterfront is also my second least favourite area of downtown Toronto at the best of times.* The only area that’s less interesting and livable is the Bay Street corridor. *In terms of places that law students/lawyers would actually live. There are obviously much worse places
  4. I’m deeply passionate about helping institutional clients figure out how to make more money, keep the money they have, or get the money someone else has. cc: @Diplock
  5. I’ve always found Toronto’s patio seen pretty meh. I would take being close to big green spaces with low population density over Toronto’s patio scene and crowded park scene. Particularly since it’s likely to be difficult to get on to patios once things start reopening. Part of this, of course, depends on where OP’s parents are. If you’re in Milton with all the Halton region parks nearby, that’s great. If your in Oakville, meh. On the flip side, if your “walking distance” apartment is out in Leslieville or up near Sunnybrook or whatever, and is thus close to lots of nice, sparsely populated wooded areas, that would likely be preferable to hanging out in Oakville. I would hate to be stuck on the waterfront right now, though.
  6. 1) There really aren’t any confidentiality issues at play here, unless your family has no boundaries. 2) I agree that downtown is generally preferable to the suburbs, but downtown Toronto sucks right now. The suburbs are where it’s at. Your post strikes me as the right answer 99% of the time, but during a global pandemic that’s shut everything down (and rendered downtown Toronto the epicentre of Ontario’s outbreak), I think saving cash and enjoying the benefits of the suburbs outweigh the benefits of living in downtown Toronto.
  7. I wouldn’t get an apartment until you’re required to be in the office. Then, when you’re done articles you can either keep the apartment for the gap between articling and practicing, sublet for the gap, or assign the lease to another renter. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding a subletter or assignee for a downtown apartment.
  8. What @BringBackCrunchBerries is right. Admissions offices usually won’t comment on specific files because nothing good can really come of it. They don’t want to tell someone that their LSAT is two points too low, because if the student boosts it and isn’t admitted the next cycle, they’re likely to complain that the admissions office lied to them. For that reason, the best they’ll usually do is direct you to information regarding average admissions stats.
  9. The best rate available for law students is prime. If you happen to have also been accepted to medical school or another professional program that offers rates below prime, you can leverage that into prime minus 0.25%. 135k is the standard amount, with exceptions for U of T (150k, I believe) and JD/MBAs. If you’re getting 135k at prime, you’re generally getting the best offer.
  10. Disclaimer: I’m a student, and thus I’m not at all qualified to talk about different practice areas with authority. But I do have advice regarding how to get where you want to go, at least at the early stages of your career. I’m not sure what year you’re in, and what I’m about to say is largely inactionable anyways, but the number one thing I’ve learned in law school is that having good grades will open essentially every door for you. Law school is, often, a situation where the rich get richer. My grades allowed me to interview for nearly every job I applied for post-1L (the sole exception being Wachtell in NY). They allowed me to do whatever clinic I wanted in law school, even if I had absolutely no relevant volunteer or academic experience. As long as you can craft a halfway compelling narrative for your interest in an area, having strong grades will open nearly every door. There are other ways to get into specific practice areas, such as volunteering and taking relevant classes and other ways of demonstrating interest. But the easiest route is to just have very strong grades.
  11. If people are going to make this thread into an airing of grievances about how they were treated previously, I don’t think commenting on their grievances is derailing. I actually thought about whether such a comment would be derailing before I posted, and concluded that: (i) the risk of derailing the thread was rather negligible, and (ii) @justanotherapplicant’s description of their treatment was so out of step with my reading of the thread that it deserved to be rebutted and the thread in question linked to. I also tried to minimize the risk of derailing the thread by providing minimal commentary and simply linking to the thread. Even if my comment was derailing, I think it’s fairly clear that snarking about someone derailing a thread is more derailing (to say nothing of the irony of snark in a thread about kindness). Without your comment, the worst case scenario would have been everyone ignoring my comment en route to the kumbaya circle. Regardless, in the spirit of this thread, I hope you have an excellent evening and that you and your family are safe during these weird times In the interest of not further derailing the thread, I won’t respond to you again (though you’re welcome to PM me to continue the conversation, if you wish).
  12. Schools usually don’t weigh graduate degrees at all. Even if they did, a 3.2 is well below median for most schools, and graduate degrees are notorious for grade inflation. Volunteer experience is unlikely to be a significant factor, but it would be very surprising for you to get admitted with such a low LSAT score and GPA. I will note that being a first-generation immigrant and primary caregiver may help your application by opening up the access category, but even then your stats are rather low. If you can increase your LSAT score to 160+ (and preferably 165+), you may have a shot. But even then, your chances of getting into a Toronto school are rather low (even considering Ryerson’s likely low standards)
  13. To be honest, I think people were pretty gentle with you in that thread. The PM is obviously shitty and I’m sorry someone sent that to you. Others can make up their own minds on the thread: ETA: congratulations on the acceptance, I hope you enjoy Ottawa!
  14. I really don’t think this portion really reflects what’s necessary to be a lawyer. Perhaps the portion regarding missing deadlines, but not much else. Many law students and lawyers are procrastinators. Additionally, of all of the groups of people I have been a part of in my life, law students are the most likely to make excuses for coming up short and to have warped perceptions of their own strengths and weaknesses. It’s endemic in law school.
  15. I agree with the above, and would simply add that, assuming you want to practice in Ontario and don’t manage to transfer, I would suggest minimizing your debt to the extent possible. The path to practicing in Ontario from another province may end up being longer and more winding than you expect, and the flexibility you gain by minimizing debt will be invaluable if that’s the case.
  16. @Hegdis was clearly joking and knows what the PATH is. Only a heretic would seriously suggest that intelligent life survives in the hinterlands outside of Toronto.
  17. Inb4 this thread gets locked: @604wannabelawyer cold feet are normal ahead of a big life decision, we all get them. Hell, I’ve gotten cold feet surrounding things that were and are objectively great opportunities. Based off everything you’ve said here, I think you should go to law school.
  18. The answer to the question “can I pursue law” is maybe. Your GPA is not currently competitive for any schools, but many law schools consider only portions of your undergrad, such that if you boost your grades to 3.6+ over your next two years, you may be competitive. Your LSAT score will be very important, but with a 3.6 in your last two years and a 165+ LSAT, you’ll probably get in. Your concerns over a lack of legal knowledge are unfounded, as @whereverjustice says. I came from a science background without taking a single course in anything even tangentially related to law during my undergrad. I was fine. The more interesting question, to me, is whether or not you actually should pursue law. You mention not being determined enough to pursue medicine. As someone from a sciences background, I get that better than many here likely will. Pursuing medical school is much more of a commitment than pursuing law school. However, law school does still require a lot of dedication, as does practice. Any high paying profession that has material affects on people’s lives does. So if you’re looking for a job that allows you to collect a good paycheque without any significant dedication to the profession overall, law isn’t for you.
  19. My friends currently working at firms seem to all be wearing casual clothes, for the most part. I’d probably go with business casual for the first day, just to be safe, but you shouldn’t expect to be wearing business attire much at all this summer. If you’re at a big firm, video calls with clients will likely be essentially non-existent.
  20. Here’s another piece of advice: nobody owes you shit, so don’t act like they do. Don’t come onto a forum where you have no reputation or track record, ask for advice, and then whine when you receive anything but direct and helpful responses to your query. It reeks of entitlement and makes people less likely to help you, now and in the future. You may not recognize this, but saying you’re no Peter Hogg actually is advice – it was dismissing a users asinine advice that you consider attending a foreign law school based on a career path that, to be honest, you are less likely to embark on than a mission to Mars. Just because the advice came in a form you found unpleasant doesn’t mean it wasn’t advice. So instead of trying to clap back at me for suggesting you’re not a literal genius, maybe sit down, be humble, and be appreciative of the people who volunteered their time and energy to answer your question.
  21. You’re probably not going to get into any Canadian law school with your current application. If you pull off an exceptional LSAT, say 170+, you may have a shot at some schools, but admissions chances for splitters are hard to predict and it’s far from a guarantee. Your current GPA, to be frank, is quite poor. It does not demonstrate any real scholastic aptitude and does not suggest you will succeed in law school. In order to gain admission, you’ll need to show the admissions committee that your GPA doesn’t accurately reflect your academic abilities. If I were you, I would write a diagnostic LSAT and see where you sit. If you’re in the 160+ range as a diagnostic, you can likely hit a 170+ with studying. Then, write the LSAT and apply. If you’re short of a 160+, I would likely give up on attending law school. It’s possible, although not likely, that you’ll be able to grind your way to a 170+, but I don’t think it would be worth the effort. That’s particularly true when you consider that admission is not guaranteed even if you hit a 170. “Give up on your dreams” is rarely popular advice, but I think it’s often good advice. A lot of people waste a lot of time trying to get into law school, and they often miss out on years of pursuing meaningful and engaging alternative careers.
  22. There’s your answer, go to Ottawa. Especially because the cost differential is negligible
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