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  1. I would look out for a good deal first and foremost on a laptop. I found a deal for an Asus Vivobook S with an Intel i7 8th gen processor and a built-in SSD drive for $928 at Walmart and ordered it immediately. It's a sleek laptop - has all of the ports you need and is super lightweight and small (similar to a Macbook in that respect). From a brief search I didn't find the same deal, only an i5 for that price. Also depends on what you need it for. I'm a huge techie. Even though I don't do gaming on my laptop or machine learning, I still wanted something powerful that would last for years. If note-taking, email, exam-taking, skype, Youtube/Netflix, etc. is all you need it for, an i5 chip will deliver that performance. You don't need the "best" laptop out there.
  2. Get a Windows laptop. Why? It's significantly cheaper for better value (better specs for a much cheaper price). The exam software will not crash on you. More applications support Windows than a Mac.
  3. When I called Western/Queen's about taking four courses instead of five one semester, they said that it still counts as a full course load. I'm pretty sure they would count yours as a full course load as well, but if you want to be sure I would contact the schools.
  4. If you do write notes by hand, make sure you type them up right after. You don't want to be sitting a week before the final on hundreds of pages of handwritten notes, on most of which you don't understand the handwriting and can't remember the context because it happened months ago. (Yes, this happened, and the people who wrote notes by hand in first semester switched to typing notes in second semester)
  5. Focus on getting good grades at Western. It'll have a negligible effect and it's probably a waste of time to consider what effect it'll have considering you did only one year at community college. Getting a good GPA going forward is substantially more important (along with a good LSAT score) than worrying about the effect this will have.
  6. The suggestions that were already given are good. Your GPA is a lot more important to focus on now than improving your LSAT score. Try and get a 3.8+ in fourth year and you'll be in good shape at a lot of schools with a 160 LSAT score. You won't get in first round but you'll get in eventually. If you're looking at U of T, you'll need a higher LSAT score. But your current LSAT combined with a 3.7+ L2 GPA would make you competitive at every school except for U of T. Also, be sure to address the poorer grades in earlier years in your personal statement. Good luck!
  7. I received a scholarship by mail in early July. They sent them out late June I believe. Edit: Also depends which scholarships you're talking about I presume, entrance scholarships or upper year scholarships? They might have different timelines. My post is in reference to upper year scholarships.
  8. Which firms are considered lifestyle firms?
  9. Yes, but students are an investment for the future since they become those associates that are profitable for the firm. Also, students are not entirely worthless. They're definitely not as valuable as associates, but they still do a ton of grunt work that would otherwise need to be done by someone else.
  10. Considering most partners' salaries on Bay street, I think we have a fine judgment of our value to employers.
  11. When Western IT legitimately emails you, they'll use a subject line and won't link to a Weebly URL. You're going to get a lot of those "attention" and "emergency" emails (unfortunate because the spam system filters out legitimate emails while having these ones go straight into your inbox), you'll learn to spot them very quickly.
  12. #1: I think you missed part of my post which lead you to make some erroneous assumptions. Firstly, I said that they'll graduate with some debt but not an overwhelming amount. I never said taking out the full $135k was something OP should do. But taking out a reasonable sum of money in order to obtain a law degree compared to the minimum-wage career that OP currently has is absolutely a great investment. I did say, OP should be conscious of their spending and try to minimize debt. But if taking on some debt, not an extreme amount, (say $40k) is what is deterring OP from going to law school, it shouldn't. #2: "Not if it means that you will be debt strapped and financially struggling for the first 10 years following your "investment"" - as compared with OP earning near minimum wage for the rest of his/her life, it's certainly better. It's unfortunate that you misinterpreted my post. I never said they should be irresponsible with their spending.
  13. Most students take out a line of credit to cover the difference. Try to minimize your debt, but don't stress too much about it. You'll be fine. Law is a lucrative career. If you're conscious of your spending, you can graduate with some debt (but not an overwhelming amount) that you'll be able to pay back within the first five years of your career. You said you have $40k in debt from your undergrad (which according to your post since you're working may have been at least partially paid off I assume?). Lots of law students enter law school with a similar sum of debt and take on more loans, and they work out just fine. Investing in your education, and particularly in a professional degree, is one of the best investments you'll make in your life.
  14. My JP went to Mexico for a bachelor's party during reading week in 1L and did just fine. I stayed home so I got some studying done, but nothing too intense. Maybe a few readings. I would play it by ear. If you're quite behind on your readings then I wouldn't go, but taking that week off most likely won't affect your grades so long as you're working at a steady pace for the rest of the semester. Also know of quite a few others who went on vacations during reading week and it seems that they did well. TL;DR go see your family unless you're really behind.
  15. From my experience maybe 60/40 - 40% being living alone. Definitely a large chunk if that's what you're concerned about. It's nice to live in a building with other students. You can easily hang out, split ubers, etc. I wouldn't say it's anywhere near essential though for your student experience.
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