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  1. To be clear, John apparently knows 3 students that transferred out of the Windsor dual. 188 students get accepted to that program each year. Make your own assumptions and do your own math on that before commiting tens of thousands of extra money.
  2. I’m not sure it’s “as weak,” since my number is certainly closer to the real number than 100%. Now, was it a sarcastic response to a post l made a month ago? Yes, I’ll concede that.
  3. This is not necessarily true and should not be relied on, for future readers. Many schools require the letter be sent directly from the issuing institution. Talk to the school you are applying to.
  4. Does anyone else think it’s funny that the guy posting this has “Second-most-expensive-law-school-in-Canada Current-year” as their username?
  5. As promised, here is BQ's tired-as-hell-at-an-airport guide to law school success*: Don't look at a case thinking you'll figure out the law. There's absolutely no way this will help. Either you'll be reading a case far in advance of when you need to read it, and thus likely getting the wrong lesson (or "ratio") out of it, or you'll never be reading that case anyway. This is only exasperated by the fact that, criminal law excepted, the cases you'll likely to be starting with are ancient cases in common law topics, which means they're both outdated and esoterically written. And if you think you're tricky and figured out that you can read criminal law cases now, you're not — most profs will have you read extremely edited down and compact versions of cases, so reading the whole case will be a waste of time. Do work on your typing speed. Most, if not all, law schools in Canada will allow you to type your exams. Law school exams are notorious for being time-crunch exams, where it's practically impossible to address every issue. A 5 wpm increase in your typing speed translates to (theoretically) 900 extra words during a three-hour exam. That's ~3 more issues you can address in depth on your exam than the slower typing version of yourself. Do work on your reading comprehension and speed. During a typical week, I have about 250 pages of dense case law to read in 1L. Some of my peers have 300 or 400 pages. If you're a slow reader, you're going to struggle to keep up. And note that "slow reader" here doesn't mean legitimately slow; it means "typical high-achieving undergraduate" slow. For reference, I read about 500 words per minute, which is fast compared to my peers (though some of our resident lawyers here read ~1000 words per minute, which blows my mind). I would say that if you're reading less than 250 wpm you're going to struggle. I would say that What's the best way to improve your reading skills? Easy — read! Go down to your local used bookstore and purchase everything you think sounds interesting. Then, purchase something that doesn't sound interesting, like anything written by Aristotle, who was always wrong about everything. Then, lock yourself in your room for the summer (or, you know, go to a beach) and read everything you bought. Do create your own summaries. Summaries, as explained above, are really just a collection of your class notes that are reformatted and reduced. The following is what worked for me; what works for you may be different. I took detailed reading notes and light class notes throughout the semester. Come finals, I compacted this down into a short summary, largely skipping the "long summary" part of the process. The resulting document usually resembled a list of ratios and their associated cases sorted by topic or stage of analysis (So homicide is grouped together in my crim summary, while nuisance is grouped in my torts summary). If this short summary was over 20 pages, I cut it down more to make it fit under my self-imposed limit. By then, I mainly had the content memorized. I further solidified that knowledge by... Do(ing) practice tests. There's nothing like the real thing, so it's essential to drill yourself with practice questions early and often (think mid/late october, depending on if your school has midterms). Osgoode has no-downside (and also no-upside) midterms, so I treated these as my practice exam that I got feedback on. If your school doesn't have those, do what NYCLawyer said to do. Don't stress out when everyone else does. Law school is this weird little breeding ground for stress. Ignore that. People will stress over everything — which clubs they get to be 1L reps for, midterms that are literally worth absolutely nothing, moots that are for bragging rights, hypothetical jobs that are so far away from realization that stressing over them is absurd. Literally everything. Ignore that garbage. Go to pub nights. Go out for beers with your friends. Find other ways to manage your stress with substance abuse (just kidding). Just try to keep a semblance of school-life balance. It's hard to justify going to the gym when your friends are saying they were up until 3 am reading contracts, but you should do it. So long as you feel comfortable with your preparedness, that's all that matters. Do talk to and befriend upper years. There are three reasons for this, and all are selfish: They can help guide you through the adjustment period — they've been where you are, and they understand what you're going through. If you feel overwhelmed or stressed or inadequate or confused, they can help. They can be an incredible resource — want to apply to that clinic that sounds so cool? Your upper year friend either did it or can put you in touch with a friend that did. Want to try that mooting thing? Your upper year friend will help coach you. Want to apply for 1L jobs? Your upper year friend has interview tips. They're stressed, but it's a different stress — when all your friends are freaking out about your first assignment it's nice to have an upper year friend to hit up a brewery with. And when they're stressed about OCIs, it's nice for them to have you around to drag them to pub night (just not during actual OCIs). Do go to O-week. It's really fun, and I met some of my best friends in law school there. It's also a great way to meet those aforementioned upper year friends. You don't have to go to everything, but check out the events that sound interesting. At Osgoode, you can't miss the Dean's gala, the Old Osgoode tour, or the pub crawl. They're all great fun. Go live your life. Don't look now, but you're getting closer and closer to the point where your summers aren't yours and the pressures of the real-world start to add up. Go do something fun! I drove across the country with my girlfriend and everything I own to get to law school. I visited every brewery in Vancouver in a quest to teach my best friend to like beer (and now she sends me pictures of what she's drinking). I drove 10 hours both ways through the night to spend a free weekend in Calgary at Stampede. I talked my way into a country music festival. Do something fun and reckless and exhilarating! *Disclaimer: this was written at 5:30 am while sitting in an uncomfortable chair at Pearson. Also, I've only been in law school for 1/2 a year, and I haven't gotten any real grades back, though I did quite well on my midterms.
  6. If this thread is going to just be one person copying and pasting blog posts is it really worth keeping open?
  7. And @LeoandCharlie, because multiquote still isn't working for me. Mine came about three weeks after I was accepted. There's nothing in it that won't be included in emails to you, so unless you really like the feel of paper there's nothing to be waiting with bated breath on.
  8. Depending on the prof, this may be the only recipe for a good grade. I'm packing now, but will come back and supplement what Kiamia has said when I'm waiting for my flight at god-help-me-o'clock.
  9. Not that I’m anywhere near the juncture @Uriel is referring to in my life or in any practice area (big law otherwise), but I would really appreciate hearing your thoughts on his questions as well @erinl2. I completely understand if they’re too invasive and you’d rather keep them between the two of you through PM though
  10. Also, coding skills really aren’t all that likely to be useful for traditional lawyers. Modern society rewards specialization, and for good reason. There are so few jobs that require both coding knowledge and coding knowledge that I’m sure they’re adequately serviced by whatever fraction of lawyers have a coding background.
  11. I particularly don’t buy the proximity thing when there won’t be electives until 3L, meaning you’re wasting all that practitioner-as-lecturer ability you’d normally have by virtue of being downtown.
  12. There are all kinds of fields where people with certain significant health problems should self-select out of the entire profession. Law, medicine, politics, the military, RCMP, astronauts, coast guard, etc, etc, etc. High-stress professions where you control not only your life but the lives and financial or bodily security of others aren't for everyone. It's foolish to suggest they would be, or that they should be. You're not entitled to work in a field you want to, and you're certainly not entitled to work in a field you want to if you're going to risk the financial or bodily security of others. So yeah, that makes the field a bit less inclusive. That's the cost of making sure the people served aren't being put at risk.
  13. This happened to me in reverse. The test said “answer one of the following,” I read “two,” so I answered two. I’m not too upset, both because it was a midterm and because I got everything down on the page I wanted to, but still would have been nice to have 20 minutes instead of 10.
  14. As I said above, living off-campus North of Sheppard is just a miserable idea. There's nothing to do and nobody will want to come visit you (because if people are leaving campus they want to go downtown, and if people are living downtown the last thing they want to do is commute north to yet again). You end up with the worst of both worlds — you have to commute to class and to every social event.
  15. I wouldn't live between Sheppard and Steeles. You'd get none of the benefits of Chambers (read: walking to class) and none of the benefits of living near Eglinton or south (read: being further from polar bears, closer to civilization, closer to better beer, closer to mine and @pzabbythesecond's french fries, etc)
  16. Agree with @pzabbythesecond, people who live off campus have no problems making friends. Most activities outside of law school you'll participate in (pub nights, things your friend group wants to do) will be downtown anyways. There's really nothing much to do near York. The only exception I can think of is JCR nights (the JCR is Osgoode's bar, open on Wednesdays in the common room at Osgoode). But with the subway opening up, you could just as easily study at school till you want to go and then head over.
  17. Well, since we're giving advice to future forum readers here, not just Binnie, can I chime in? Don't tell Sally at the bar you're going to U of T Law. Don't even tell her you're going to law school at all. You'll come off as douchey and insufferable. Tell her you're going to med school outside Boston. You'll be far more successful.
  18. From what I’ve heard of the quad it’s nice, but full of undergrads who are: (1) constantly breaking everything; and (2) always drunk and loud. It’s essentially living in an expensive undergraduate residence, and I wouldn’t pay that much for that experience. It’s far better to just look closer to downtown near the subway and just commute.
  19. Ugh I was that guy at a bar during O-week. I’m talking to these young women and figured they must have been from Osgoode too, since who in their right mind goes out on a Tuesday? So I ask what section they’re in and they’re all confused, so I say “Oh, you don’t go to Osgoode, my bad!” Needless to say they recognize the name and I’m that guy. Felt gross after.
  20. They also apparently give basically every law student a $20,000 entrance scholarship, so it's essentially free except for time. And you'll have access to graduate level funding opportunities.
  21. [Emphasis in original, but very relevant] I firmly subscribe to this worldview. That's why I judge everyone, all the time. Never never judge anyone folks.
  22. If you did it at Osgoode I would sign up!
  23. Aren't you in NYC? I always assumed everyone except Donald Trump is in the proletariat renting class there
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