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Everything posted by BlockedQuebecois

  1. The argument that there are too many variables to control is common across nearly all studies in the social sciences. Just because we can't devise a perfect study doesn't mean we should never bother doing it. With enough interviewers regarded as equally strong, and with the randomization of ethnic vs. non-ethnic names I'm confident that meaningful data could be generated. I don't really understand the point of your second paragraph. My argument isn't that maybe at the job interview we hire more blacks and Asians, and this somehow evens out the job market. In fact, the study I described wouldn't help examine this at all, and I imagine there is already data available for the hiring rate post-interview for minorities (because this data is easily discoverable). What I want to know is if a minority has a non-ethnic name are they more, less, or equally likely to be offered a job. Is a Punjabi man more likely to be hired if his name is Josh Donaldson than if his name is Harnarayan Singh? I don't know, and neither do you, because these damn social scientists won't do the study.
  2. I also dropped a course during my degree (could never stand microbiology, spent 3 years avoiding it) and will be attending Osgoode this fall. If you had a pattern of withdrawals and summer courses it may be indicative of trouble handling the work load, but once won't negatively effect you. This is especially true in first year when so many people are still sorting out the whole university thing Best of luck with your degree!
  3. Good plan! A lot of it is likely just how your brain works. I found I was wasting time jumping from the bottom of the last question to the middle of the next to the top and back to the bottom, and I found I often ended up re-reading the stem to refresh myself. I didn't struggle with LSAT timing, except on the computer virus LG, so it wasn't a problem for me, but for a lot of people that struggle with timing it may be enough to throw you off!
  4. It wouldn't even be that hard to design a study around it! Send out two whitened resumes to each job. Choose a few minorities and a few white guys (selected based on interview skills). Send the minority and white guy to each interview, randomizing which person matches which resume. Evaluate who gets job offers (with special analysis of corporations that offered interviews to both candidates). Publish in the Nature equivalent for social sciences. Appear in every liberal leaning news outlet in North America. Get tenure. I have a dream that one day the social scientists will start doing studies that are actually useful, but thus far I remain disappointed. (Kidding... mostly)
  5. It's a matter of personal preference, and both have their advantages. I found reading the stimulus before the stem worked best for me, some find the opposite. I'd suggest trying a few questions and seeing which method works best for you.
  6. Anyways OP, despite the numbers above (which as I said, are disingenuous representations) I don't think you have a great chance at Osgoode. I'd echo Dennings' comment suggesting a rewrite. Ryn's calculator suggests a 163 would give you a "good" chance with a 1.62 GPA, and a 167 gives you a "moderate" chance with your current GPA. Dennings' suggestion of aiming for a 165+ is probably sound. Also, I hope you and your mother are doing better now. Best of luck to both of you in the future.
  7. Not sure I agree that people are getting accepted with lower stats than that + no ECs, and certainly hasn't happened in the general category from what I've seen. Who exactly are you thinking of in the accepted thread?
  8. With your GPA and LSAT I'd say you're definitely out for U of T (though by all means apply). I think Osgoode is also very unlikely, since your LSAT is below median and your GPA was below median before your mother's health problems. If law school is really your goal I'd suggest you apply more widely, though of course your mother's health problems make that more complicated.
  9. Ugh. As a researcher, I of course recognize the importance of independently verifying previous findings. Speaking as a private citizen I'm so annoyed that we have several studies showing that people who have white names/resumes/etc are more likely to get interview, but we have absolutely no studies on whether those people are more likely to get the fucking job. That's the outcome that matters, isn't it? So why aren't we looking at it.
  10. OLSAS requires you to send your fall semester marks in by the end of January, and those are then forwarded to the schools. Those marks will then be considered by the schools. It's worth noting that the grades from a masters degree are extremely unlikely to aid your admission – there is widely acknowledged grade inflation in graduate studies. Generally a masters degree will help you in holistic review processes once granted, but I doubt the first semester will be of much value. It is also worth noting that your grades before your mothers health problems were not competitive for U of T, and below median for Osgoode. What is your LSAT score?
  11. Comprehensive list of people that paid full sticker price at Harvard Law: Joe Kennedy III, maybe
  12. You wrote it that way because that's the only way to correct a significantly right-modal curve on the LSAT. Adding more difficult questions may shift where the mode is, but it doesn't make the curve symmetrical.
  13. Your idea of an adjustment requires changing how the LSAT works completely. There's no weighting of questions. They can't make the harder questions worth more. Your argument that the curve hasn't changed and they've adequately adjusted is weak when you consider that the LSAT is currently already right modal.
  14. Do you have a source for the grade distribution in 1L? Your comments regarding C grades would mean that nearly every 1L prof is disregarding the grading policy. The variance in As is well within the variance I stated was allowed.
  15. If you'd like to end the hypothetical stuff you're welcome to do so by not replying. People who try to unilaterally end conversations while still debating their side are insufferable. How exactly do you think LSAC would adjust? I can't see a way for them to change a right modal distribution into a symmetrical curve.
  16. Probably a Mercedes-Benz C63 S AMG. Or maybe a land rover if the girlfriend convinces me cargo space is important. Anyways, I'm going to disagree with Mario. It's completely natural to second guess large life choices, especially when they have long term financial consequences. Nothing about your concern suggests that you lack the "desire or passion" to be successful in law school. In fact, I would argue that not weighing the long term personal, professional, and financial consequences of attending law school would be indicative of someone who lacks the critical thinking skills necessary to be a successful lawyer. In short, don't listen to them, and don't be discouraged. I would suggest sitting down with an excel spreadsheet and figuring out a budget for the next three years, complete with your final debt load. Make 2 or 3 of these, with a "best case", "worst case", and "middle case". I would then look into salaries for lawyers in fields you're interested in, and compare these with your current salary and expected salary. You may find that law school isn't a bad investment, and that should put your mind at ease. If you predict that your expected salary would outstrip you predicted legal salary then I think you've got some soul searching to do about how much you want to be a lawyer (this is especially true if you could not return to your current job post-school, if needed). Maybe the financial hit is worthwhile for you, maybe it's not, but that's a very personal decision which I don't think anyone here will be able to really help you with. Best of luck with your decision
  17. That data looks like it shows you're statistically likely to significantly improve, unless you're at 170 already. Just saying.
  18. Have you got a source that you're statistically unlike to improve your score by a significant degree? I haven't seen that claim before.
  19. Not if there were some sudden change... like increased accommodations coupled with more repeat test takers.
  20. That's not necessarily true. It's possible that some combination of more accommodation and more repeat test takers lead to the curve being right-modal, rather than the (close to) symmetrical curve it currently is.
  21. I don't think you'd be competitive at any Ontario school as a regular applicant without a stellar LSAT (166-170ish). As a mature applicant you may have a better chance, but the people I've seen accepted in that category seem to have very impressive resumes – starting companies, leaders in their organization, etc. I don't know about the mature applicant cycle enough to really judge though.
  22. "You would never believe how long it took my to get to Shaughnessy last night! Traffic was just awful, and the lambo is so bad on gas I was worried I was going to have to stop at a gas station instead of having the help do it!"
  23. I'm glad everything on this site is left up forever. This is a fascinating look into the mind of "that" guy we all know.
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