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Everything posted by BlockedQuebecois

  1. Oh, so you specifically ignored the OLSAS requirements for a maximum of three reference letters, forcing the Osgoode Admissions Committee to read, at a minimum, double the expected maximum number of letters of recommendation. I'm sure they'll be really compelled by your inability to follow directions, and they'll be even more compelled to accept you based on the fact that your skirting the rules led to them doing more work. People love it when you make them do more work.
  2. I feel like that five person LOR would be weird to read and not particularly compelling. Wouldn't one reference letter from one high profile lawyer that really knows the applicant and can get into the details be a stronger choice? I've never heard of someone having co-authored LORs, let alone one with 5 co-authors.
  3. How am I a dick? I think saying "I hate when..." is much less dick-ish than providing unsolicited financial advice without having a full understanding of the financial situation of the advice recipient.
  4. Why not? Is someone who dislikes social decorum under privileged? Why should they have to abandon principles and act with social decorum to reach their career goal? And on what grounds are you discerning between different fringe political parties? If both the Nazis and Greens are fringe then surely they're both underprivileged by your definition?
  5. So? If it means that much to you then you wouldn't support a fringe political party. Ideology is, at least party, a choice. Certainly patronage of a political party is a choice. Supporting the Nazi Party of Canada doesn't make you disadvantaged – it makes you an asshole.
  6. I have more of a problem with "support a mainstream political party". Supporting an ideology outside of the mainstream of your society does not make you disadvantaged.
  7. I hate when people give unsolicited financial advice with no idea about the actual specifics of the recipient's total financial wellbeing. It's entirely possible Conge did max out their retirement plans and that their student loans were not at an interest rate that makes it an easy choice to carry the debt. Even if they were low, Conge has indicated that they valued the psychological benefits of being unsecured-debt-free to outweigh the small financial hit they took from missed investment opportunities. That's a perfectly valid opinion and a perfectly valid decision.
  8. While that person may win this conversation, I think we can safely say that those with the highest scores are the real winners...
  9. It depends on the thread, but it will likely be based on the OLSAS 4.0 GPA scale.
  10. Does that actually do anything to strengthen your argument, or rebut the argument that ls.ca is not representative of the legal profession? Not really. Personal anecdotal experience is no more valuable to a conversation than anecdotal experience.
  11. Are you planning to write about your personal reasons in your personal statement? If so, I think going back to complete a course you withdrew from shows a level of commitment that most law schools would value. I would say do it, but I'd warn you to only do so if you're confident you could do well. If you were to do poorly it may suggest that you withdrew primarily for course difficulty reasons, rather than due to the personal reasons you plan to cite.
  12. Your OLSAS cGPA is calculated using an average of the grade points for all grades, not by looking at your cumulative average and comparing to the scale. If you used the calculator correctly then the resulting cGPA is your cGPA for Ontario schools.
  13. I imagine that a "scraping Cs" student is extremely unlikely to secure a 2L OCI job (or to get interviews, for that matter). I'd agree with Jyocka, focus on pulling up your grades to help with the articling search.
  14. How bad is "bad"? Average? Below average? Bottom of the class?
  15. I made the transition about 2 years ago. I had taken a job at a V10 firm in the USA, and within a few years had quickly advanced to more complicated, client side work. I worked closely with a multi-disciplinary partner, but a lot of my work ended up being with financial institutions. There was some office politics following a merger at my firm, and that was quickly followed by some investigation into a shadier part of my past. Worried about them finding out I had never passed the bar or facing criminal charges I decided to shift over to the investment banking world. I had an offer on the table from a former client, so it was an easy transition. I really enjoyed the work and found it mentally stimulating, but I found myself missing the family law and class action cases I was able to take pro bono at my old firm. A year later I was managing a takeover and was on the opposite side of both my firm and the aforementioned partner. Due to a misunderstanding with the SEC the partner and I were falsely accused of collusion. Nothing too serious resulted from it, but I ended up getting fired. Fortunately the partner offered me a spot at the firm, and I returned with a nice salary bump and new office. They actually made a documentary about my life, you can learn more about it here.
  16. Agreed. Plus your peers are far more likely to judge you for the username HarveySpecter007 than a below median (for admission) LSAT score.
  17. My mistake, I read your post incorrectly.
  18. Oh wow, excluding equity partners and sole practitioners lawyers still have the 7th highest median salary? That's crazy.
  19. Yeah, that second best rate of return (after medicine) sure is shitty and definitely a trap. /s
  20. Gunna go out on a huge limb here and say "grades".
  21. They'll also consider your fall semester grades, which you have to send in by the end of January. Unless you're a strong enough applicant to be admitted prior to that deadline (though I think you still need to send them in).
  22. The only school which publicly states they consider degree difficult is U of T, and they're unlikely to significantly weigh an honours or regular four year degree. The general consensus is that U of T considers difficult WRT their own students and with well recognized "difficult" degrees – think engineering and the like.
  23. What are you going on about? Nowhere have you an I compared placement rates with US schools, nor have you mentioned any comparison during our conversation except for saying you didn't compare U of T to Cooley. My objection was first with your assertion that googling is too difficult an activity for a law school applicant to do. Then I simply said I was unsympathetic to the people that attend U of T without doing research, and that their feelings of entitlement do little to make me more sympathetic. I'm not making a comparison to American schools – I'm judging the entitlement of your peers. There is an easy argument to be made that the Canadian legal education market is not the same as the American legal market, and that therefore comparison between big law US placement rates and Bay Street placement rates is absurd, but it's not one I'm interested in having. In fact, you'll find that I didn't even mention American schools except to question your claim that googling "big law placement HYS" was too onerous a burden to place on perspective students. The only thing I wanted to say, and the only thing I did say, is that the entitlement of your peers and their own stupidity does nothing to make me sympathetic to the fact that their unresearched assumptions were not borne out.
  24. Nearly half the people at U of T secure a 2L OCI position – double the average. I fail to see how this is a "trap", or how that's "tantalizingly few". I think you're letting your emotions get in the way of facts here.
  25. The top school in the country does guarantee you something – a near 100% chance of getting a job in law, if you want one. If the people you know are so entitled to feel that their undergraduate grades and LSAT should guarantee them a six figure starting salary out of law school I have no sympathy for them. Similarly, if law school applicants fail to do their due diligence, or "don't know to treat law school selection with an air of some suspicion" I am wholly unsympathetic. It's not like U of T is running a racket, tricking 3.00 GPA and 147 LSAT individuals into attending their degree mill. U of T is the best law school in the country. It offers the highest employment rate, the best bay street placement, and some of the best faculty in the country. They publish their tuition rates, articling rates, and all types of other information on their website. I have no time nor sympathy for the highly intelligent U of T attendee that failed to do their own "research" (if we're generous enough to call googling "research").
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