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  1. For what it’s worth and it’s not much, I’ve taken my name off the UofA waitlist.
  2. No, I received positive feedback on my statement from exactly the right people. There is quite a bit of complexity in the admissions process: I know practicing lawyers who don't know that UofT and Osgoode are different schools, for example. I wouldn't have possibly known that Windsor Dual has easier entrance standards, unless I was previously advised. The other alternative is spend hours on this site, which I did anyway, but most people have lives. My recommendation? Shell out a few hundred bucks if you can afford it. Law School is a massive investment anyway, and it doesn't hurt to have a slight edge.
  3. I had a 3.2 and a 162. I received an offer from TRU, and a waitlist from UofA. The consultant I used helped me craft killer a statement that brought out my best characteristics. I also learned which schools I would have a shot at, how and when to follow up with admissions, and explaining certain discrepancies etc that admissions looks at. Was it worth roughly 300 dollars? Absolutely.
  4. I had a consultant review my applications and resume and give me application strategies. I dont think I would have gotten in without it.
  5. You will get automatic admit at UofA. You've got a great chance at other schools too.
  6. I think thats applications per seat. That's somewhat misleading because many applicants send out 7+ applications, then there are more offers than seats etc. Id be interested in knowing how many applicants applied to law school in Canada this year, compared to seats in Canadian law schools. That will give a rough idea as to how competitive the cycle was.
  7. Out of curiosity sake, what is the total applicants to seats ratio for Canadian law schools across the board? Something like 1 seat for every 3 applicants Im assuming?
  8. Please include Western schools. Us Westerners don't appreciate Ontario-centrism(in politics or law school stats)
  9. Yup, its probably way harder for an average windsor applicant with 3.5/160 to get in than for an average Uoft applicant 3.9 and 167 to get into UofT. Just because the applicant pool is so much smaller in the latter. Higher Entrance Stats=More Selective may just be a commonly held fallacy.
  10. Basing the information off this. At the same time, it seems UofA had a less than competitive season- with people with far lower stats getting in. I can see TRU(or windsor or sask) having more applicants than UofT. These schools accept people with 3.3 and 156 kind of stats. If you accept that stats are curved, these kind of applications are probably a standard deviation away from the 3.9/167 applications you see at UofT. The less competitive schools probably receive more applications because there are exponentially more applicants with a realistic chance at those schools.
  11. Been following this board closely and it seems like its been an interesting cycle. With the information they received, does anyone care to comment on how competitive the cycle was at their respective schools? I heard TRU has 3200 applicants for 150 spots, which was unprecedented.
  12. Now I know the whole "prestige" and stigma thing about foreign schools has been beaten to death. For most Canadian students, most of the time, a Canadian Law School is the way to go. However, suppose you wanted to work with big foreign players, do international M&A deals, perhaps do international criminal cases or something along those lines. In these cases, would it not be better to go to an Internationally reputable school?For instance, suppose you wanted to specialize in helping Chinese companies takeover Canadian resource firms. I'd imagine having a Law Degree from the University of Hong Kong, with a working familiarity of Commonwealth and Chinese legal systems, might be advantageous. Similarly, if you wanted to do major international human rights work, a degree from Kings College London may open up doors to work at the International Criminal Court, which is experience you can later bring back to Canada. I would imagine that the only Canadian schools that would offer equivalent opportunities in these fields would be UBC or UofT. . I would imagine that if you wanted to work in a more globalized setting, it might be worth going abroad rather than going to a regionally focused Canadian school. Thoughts?
  13. Arguably it was this very fact why Ryerson even chose to open up a law school. They know they can get smart students to pay a handsome fee to attend whatever hole in the wall program they create.(Doesnt mean they will, but they can). Its like building another casino in Vegas. Is it a needed facility or targeting an underserved population? No, but its probably something more like "If we build it, they will come"
  14. Moms, married, and otherwise mature students who are done with the dorm life for one. Students lacking resources who can stay at home are another. Ethnic minorities who feel uncomfortable in Kingston or Thunder Bay(yes its a thing). Small town universities tend to be white and twenty-something. Many students who don't thrive in that environment would stay their level best to stay in T-Dot. Ryerson's other professional schools like Business and Engineering are pretty competitive, and thats more to do with the demand for staying in Toronto than any particular love for Ryerson. After all, a Canadian Law Degree is a Law Degree-another Toronto school would be in demand from the get-go.
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