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Everything posted by georgecostanzajr

  1. As someone who goes to Western and has multiple friends at Ottawa: Western is not really known for being an access to justice oriented school like Windsor per se, but you'll have plenty of opportunities to get involved in pro bono activities if that's something you're interested in. There are plenty of students who aren't corporate-driven. Western = 2hr drive, Ottawa = 5 hr drive. Western has a very small class size and as you'll see the atmosphere is very friendly and collegial. You'll be placed into a tight-knit group of 20-some students who you'll have all your classes with in 1L. Profs and upper-years are easily accessible and willing to help. Comparing this with Ottawa, it is a large faculty. My friends who go there aren't very happy in this respect. Exactly - you'll have similar extracurricular opportunities in both schools. Also, consider that Western places 3x more students in the Toronto 2L recruit. Your career prospects are substantially better at Western.
  2. ITC = intent to call PFO = please fuck off I feel like we should have an automatic post within these threads with these acronyms - there's always confusion.
  3. Are you confident you want to work in NY? If so, why don't you apply to schools in the US? They would give you much better prospects in obtaining employment for the type of work you want to do in the NY market.
  4. Luxe is definitely one of the more expensive places you can get that has less bang for your buck. You're looking at around $1k/mo with a roommate (each). It has some nice amenities, but it's not worth the price according to friends who have lived there. For that price, you could get a 1 bedroom apartment at one of the buildings next to it.
  5. Depends, do you think you did better in your fall semester of 2L than 1L? If that's the case than I'd wait. It can also help if you're taking courses relevant to the firm's practice area in 2L (demonstrates an interest).
  6. I'd prefer to spend less, but I haven't seen any discounts in my size. All the discounts I saw had standard sizes (e.g. 8, 10, etc.) in D width, and I need (probably) a 7.5 in XW. What attracts me to AE is that they have plenty of sizes, so it would be easy for me to find the perfect fit. Honestly, I would rather spend an extra $200 and not have to stress running all over Toronto trying to find a discounted pair in my size. Does the Rack have shoes in any widths other than D width? Last I checked they only had a few options. Also, do you know the other stores that tend to have discounts on AEs? Thanks.
  7. Haha yes, well I'd prefer not to spend $600 on shoes that don't fit.
  8. Is there any place in Toronto that has a wide selection of Allen Edmonds? I want to get my size checked before ordering online. I have wide feet, so it's difficult for me to find my size. I want to be 100% sure I have the correct size before investing in a pair of those shoes.
  9. I think there's certainly a way to grade responses without resorting to a comparative grading scheme, but if there wasn't a comparative grading scheme, you wouldn't be able to easily differentiate between candidates. It would also open up other problems (e.g. one professor is more lenient than another in handing out grades, etc.). E.g. if everyone submits an equally amazing exam response, they'll all get Bs under the current grading system (curved to a B), even though the professor may think that each of the exams was excellently written without anything to improve (in other words, worthy of an A).
  10. It's funny, because this is the financially irresponsible thing to do. Even if you don't need the loans at all, take them and put them into a HISA and pay it back when you graduate right before. You don't get charged interest on them while you're in school. Most people don't realize that by not taking the loans, you're literally losing thousands of dollars (e.g. $10k loan per year for 7 years of school accruing interest).
  11. Don't spend money recklessly, but don't kill your quality of life over attempting to graduate debt-free. If you need an extra $10k, $20k, $30k to graduate without destroying yourself, do it. If you're in a Canadian law school, you'll be fine in the end. You might need an extra few years to pay off your loans, but you'll be okay. Many people's biggest regret on their death bed is not having fun and enjoying life when they were young. If going to a restaurant and having drinks with friends once a week keeps you happy, keep doing it. I'm all for not spending money recklessly, but there are degrees. Don't buy caviar every week, but don't eat rice every meal.
  12. I agree that it shouldn't be used in making a decision about an employer, but it arguably is part of your overall compensation. It's ultimately part of the value you get from your firm. If most firms do it but at substantially different levels, it can be relevant. You can say that a lot of the benefits firms provide are discretionary, but they're still spoken about and considered frequently.
  13. That's fine, and I would assume most people have the same opinion, but I think it's still good to have an open discussion about compensation, and Christmas bonuses are a part of that. If someone wants to base their decision off a larger Christmas bonus, so be it. It doesn't have to affect your decision. It's part of fixing information asymmetry. The more information we have about our compensation and benefits, the better.
  14. I see where you're coming, but at the end of the day it's part of your overall compensation. If students knew that firm X pays a $300 Christmas bonus and Firms Z & Y pay $3500, they may have made a different decision about their employment (not saying that's a good reason to choose a firm over another - but I think we should be open about this).
  15. I moved from Toronto. It is awesome. London has enough amenities (it's not as small as Kingston for instance) so you can find some good places to eat, go to a concert, watch a hockey game, etc. London is really a student town. There's one street with plenty of bars that all have their specials/cheap drinks for practically every day of the week, if you're in the mood to go out. Yes, I agree there isn't as much variety as Toronto, but there's enough while you're here, and don't forget that it's a 5-10 minute uber downtown and back home - pretty much wherever you are in London. I love the fact that I don't have to commute. My walk to class is ten minutes (some people's commute is a bit longer, but typically not over half an hour). All of my friends are within a 10 minute bus ride. At the end of the day, if you're here for school, you're only spending 3 years here (and you're not here in the summer, for winter break, plus you might do an exchange in 3L). It's really not that much time to get very bored of London. And then you'll be back in the big city (if that's where you want to practice).
  16. I can't remember which one people enjoyed more - Pittman or ILC. I would join the ryerson facebook groups or general off campus for ryerson/u of t students and ask there. It's quite close. It's roughly a 20 minute walk. U of T's is not really walking distance since it's all the way up on Bloor st (probably closer to 50 minutes) - you would most likely be taking the subway. Just to put it out there, Ryerson being located at Yonge and Dundas, can be a bit sketchy at night. It's not really bad in my experience , but definitely attracts some interesting people. The area of U of T's campus is better in that respect if that's a serious consideration for you.
  17. I went to Ryerson too and will respectfully disagree with that. Many of my friends had no issues while living in their residence. Some of their buildings aren't the greatest, but to say this about their entire campus is a gross overstatement.
  18. Jesus this is an overstatement. They found bed bugs in one of the classrooms within one of the buildings one time. It doesn't speak for the entire campus. Some of the residences are okay and perfectly fine for a summer job, others are not that great.
  19. I did mention the caveat in my response. The question was about whether the offer would be revoked, and it won't. But yes, it may look bad to employers - as I mentioned - to provide an alternate incentive for OP to keep up their grades moderately high.
  20. The offers aren't conditional unless it states it in the offer letter. As long as you pass, even if you fall to a C average, you're okay. That being said, you may want to keep around a B average for the sake of job interviews in 2L. If you have a sudden drop to Ds in your last year, expect to be asked about that. But if you drop down from straight As to Bs, they'll understand. It's fourth year and you've been admitted.
  21. Most law schools have at least a few 30+ students with a handful of late 20's (28+). Don't stress.
  22. They'll certainly give you serious consideration. You don't have very low stats--the kind whose applications get thrown right into the trash. Your L2 is above median. Your LSAT score is higher than average. Have confidence.
  23. I think you have a shot at all of those -- not sure how good that shot is though. Honestly, you have options, much better ones than a lot of people. If you're very nervous and know you can improve your LSAT score, rewrite it and aim for a 170. If not graduated yet, focus on getting the highest grades possible. But other than that, just wait it out. You can't do anything more--it's out of your control.
  24. Almost certainly in at all the schools you applied to. So long as you spoke about dropping out of grad school, it won't be a concern.
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