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  1. I’m very, very partial to eBay. I’ve never paid more than $12 for $80+ retail ties. But what do I know, I’m a clown with short pants.
  2. I vaguely remember a discussion about Wilt Chamberlain during a philosophy class. While it’s not unjust for gifted athletes to receive wild sums of money since free people willingly pay money to see their talents on display, a lot of luck and random chance goes into being born 7’1” or with Michael Phelps physiology.
  3. It’s counterintuitive, but I found that the less I cared, the better I did. I actually did worst in the classes I thought I was interested in. I did best in classes that required any sort of writing and classes that it was easy to discern what would be examinable (eg for admin, I knew I would need to know Baker and Dunsmuir cold since there was very likely going to be a question on procedural fairness and a question on standard of review. Similarly, it was obvious from the business associations syllabus that there would be a question on director/officer duties. I also made sure re such questions to always take the leading SCC case and know that cold. I would skim the historical development of the doctrine but definitely wasn’t taking notes on any case that wasn’t good law.) I think stressing over trying to do every last reading and attending every single class is more detrimental than not doing every last reading or attending every single class. Find the balance that works for you and work smart. Realistically, law school mainly tests your ability to write law school exams, so focus on what’s examinable. Figure out what area of law you want to practice in and find a way to demonstrate your interest in that area. Your grades aren’t that bad and you have two more years to improve.
  4. I did quite well in university multivariable calculus and got a C in my high school pottery course. Respectfully, this question is dumb and schools for the most part don’t parse your GPA. I think (could be wrong) U of T is the only school that explicitly considers your particular undergrad program. Anecdotally I know of many very high-achieving law students who came from programs/schools that, judging from the tone of your post, you would denigrate.
  5. You may think that. But you’re wrong.
  6. Your monthly payments will be lower but your total interest costs will be much higher over 25 years.
  7. That doesn’t specify whether those are legal jobs or not. I wouldn’t put much stock in that number considering that the unemployment rate in Canada in general is like 6%. I’m not saying that Windsor has poor job outcomes. Just pointing out that the cited figure tells you very little. A more useful statistic would indicate how many students secure articles within 18 months (perhaps excluding US students and those who opt out of the legal market and secure non-law jobs).
  8. Top ten students in each year of the program. So top ~8%.
  9. If you have government student loan debt over a certain threshold (not sure what it is anymore), you get a differential tuition bursary of ~$5K. I just checked and there’s 13 major 1L awards (some in excess of tuition). That’s about 10% of the class. And there’s other (likely more need-based) scholarships/bursaries as well. I think I got the 5k differential and then others totalling another 5k. For 2/3L, I think I paid a grand total of $700. I had good grades, but I think need may play a factor as I had significant debt and zero assets. I personally think U of C has one of the more generous financial aid programs. My theory is that they attract per more donations per student since there’s only 350-400 students total in the second largest legal market. But I have literally nothing to support that other than my own musings. Even so, the sticker price for the entire degree is only ~$40k.
  10. Similarly I’ve always found it strange that law-and-order types tend to simultaneously fetishize solving conflicts with violence in the name of “being a man/not being a pussy”.
  11. Very important. A lot of students are young enough that they take the post-‘08 low interest environment for granted. I found it useful to stress-test myself and always assumed an interest rate of 5-7% when planning my repayment strategy.
  12. I don’t know much about criminal law but that smells like fraud...
  13. Exactly. I don’t think there will be any shortage of demand. I wouldn’t be surprised if it draws heavily from the Queens/Western admitted students pool rather than those going the foreign route. Whether the TO articling market can bear the increased supply of grads is an entirely different conversation.
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