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  1. As someone who did transfer but for reasons other than articling/job prospects, I didn't regret transfering and had a lot of fun at UofT. But I did get the impression that some (most?) transferees who were motivated by articling prospects regretted having done so. Also, once you're out of lawschool no one cares where you went so might as well save the money.
  2. One of the hosts of Paw and Order, Peter Sankoff, has entertaining videos on youtube about Animal and Evidence law. They're well made and he illustrates his examples using cartoons. He gets in to some pretty advanced issues of evidence.
  3. If you go with "being outdoors" or "reading", be specific. What do you read specifically? Mystery, sci fi, history, politics, philosophy. We're law students, a lot of us probably "read". Same with being outdoors. I like being outdoors, but by that I mean I like to sit in the sun and enjoy the breeze and the fresh air while I read. That is very different than rockclimbing. This is also how you make generic mundane hobbies more interesting. This is a mistake people make with "travelling" I feel. Do you like seeing the sights? meeting the locals? backpacking up mountains? and why do you like doing those things? does it give you perspective? do you like pushing yourself? I dunno but if I read "travelling" or "reading" in a resume section I would not have learned anything about the person.
  4. I had interests at the bottom of my resume but I removed them to keep it one page. One firm thanked me for keeping it one page but then asked me about my interests, assuming that that is what I had done. If you have space, add it, but I think if the firm is interested they will probably just ask. That being said, I've never reviewed resumes for a firm so I have no idea.
  5. I think people have differing degrees of difficulty. I already knew people there so I fit in fairly seamlessly, but even still, you have a lot of social anxiety for the first little bit. I think its been more difficult for others. It's not that people are cliquey or anything, its just people already have friends and they don't necessarily feel that they need more. I think the most important thing to consider is whether you have a genuinely good reason to switch. A lot of people transfer just because they want to go to a better ranked school, thinking it will somehow improve there job prospects. This is largely a misconception. A B+/A student will get job offers no matter what school they go to provided they are friendly and outgoing. Employers know it is not easy to get those kind of marks no matter where you are. I've actually heard that transferring hurts you OCI chances but I have no idea. If you are going to transfer, and take on the additional debt burden, you better have a good reason: a specific program you're interested in, free accommodations through family, a spouse or children in the city etc. Just wanting the diploma might be a good reason to go in 1L, but I don't think it is a good reason to transfer. I'm very happy with the decision I made, but I don't think that is a universal feeling. If you can't clearly articulate why being at UoT will improve either your law school experience or your life overall, then I would just ride it out with cheaper tuition and less competition for top marks.
  6. I had a 2.9 GPA, a 166 LSAT, and great work experience. The only lawschool that accepted me was Windsor. However, I successfully applied to transfer to UoT after getting strong 1L marks. If you actually are a good student then lawschool is an opportunity to turn it around. I would suggest you apply broadly and take whatever offer you get. If you really want to go to UoT, work your ass off in 1L and try to transfer. But, having gone to both UoT and Windsor I can say that the cliche is true, you get out of school what you put in. If you go to class, do the readings, get to know your professors, and get involved with the extracurricular programs, you will get a great education no matter where you go. Being a good lawyer is way more than going to the best school. Sure UoT has its advantages, and I certainly don't regret transferring, but hard work will always count for more than the school.
  7. It's basically a week of a mix of lectures and events. Through the day you have mandatory lectures which you will take really seriously but don't actually matter in the grand scheme of things, and at night you'll have social events. The whole year is together for most of the lectures, but you'll have some small group activities with people who will end up in your section, its important to become friendly with those people. All the sections will eventually intermingle, its just nice to have people to sit with when your real classes start. If you don't know anyone going in I would consider signing up for the mentor program. I knew people so I didn't bother but I think its a nice way to acclimate, and also they can help you get CANs which are just organized notes for your classes. The social events are a mix of bar events, sports games, trivia etc. They're fun to go to but you feel a lot of pressure to makes acquaintances. I wouldn't worry about it too much though, you end up spending everyday with the same 60 people, everyone ends up friends regardless. With all this going on its very easy to forget to pick up your books and start reading, but it is a good opportunity in the evenings to get a jump on your work. In Law school its very easy to keep up if you come to class having read the material, it puts what the prof is saying in some well needed context. It is also very easy to fall behind if you let a week or two of readings build up, this is where upper year notes can come in handy. Most of all remember, everyone is in the same boat as you. Everyone is insecure that they wont make friends, or that they aren't smart enough, but you definitely will and you definitely are.
  8. I can't speak to your hardships but I can say that I was accepted in to the Single JD program with a CGPA of 2.86 and similar B2/L2 with a 166 on the LSAT. I know of at least two other people with similar stories. However, I had a very strong and personal reference letter from a high end firm that I spent two summers interning at and I imagine the other two individuals had comparable experience/references. Your experiences might strengthen your application and go a long distance to explaining away your poor marks, but you should also consider ways of setting yourself apart. Look for volunteer opportunities or internships. This all being said, getting 160+ for most people is not an easy task, I know it wasn't for me. It took me months of treating the LSAT like a job, and given your financial situation you might just not have that option. Also keep in mind that going away for school isn't the end of the world. I've met a number of 2nd years who went to England for 1L and then transferred back, and they all seem to be doing just fine in the mark and jobs department. I had a friend who straight up just didn't want to write the LSAT and went to Australia and loved it so much he never came back! Point being, its never too late. But it will be an uphill battle so take it very seriously.
  9. All the classes are mandatory but the different profs use different textbooks. I would wait to get your syllabuses before buying anything. The 1L facebook group will be jam packed with 2L's selling their textbooks once it gets closer to September. If you're just curious you can always practice reading judicial decisions as that is mostly what the textbooks are comprised of. Or you could read something geared toward the general public. One of the recommended books for my Legal Research and writing class was "making your case" by Antonin Scalia, its short and comparatively cheap. I've read all his books and they're very accessible and interesting.
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