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Everything posted by georgecostanzajr

  1. Most people still attend class. But you definitely have people that don't attend any class. Someone I know was travelling abroad this semester (not exchange) and is only now coming back to write exams. At the end of the day, you have to do very little to pass, so if you have a job secured then you don't have to put much effort into studying to get that B- or whatever you want to just get by. Though others still attend class at the same frequency and study at the same intensity as in 1L even though they have a job, so this varies.
  2. Check the accepted threads for last year and the years prior and you'll get a feel for it. If you have a 3.8+ GPA and a 155+ LSAT you're almost certain to get in.
  3. You've got a good shot at Western/Queens. Not guaranteed because of your L2, but certainly a good chance. (though Queens from what I remember looks at your B2 now, so should be most likely in there)
  4. Even with the GPA drop you're almost certainly in with a 170, especially because your B3 is likely a bit better then your cGPA.
  5. You these you have an okay shot at Queens/Western in later rounds (closer to the summer if you do get in). Considering you've only written the LSAT once, if you're able to write it again and confident that you can increase your score by three points, you would be much more competitive at those schools.
  6. Ottawa isn't a black box calculation - they're known for being a cGPA heavy school and accepting people with relatively low LSAT scores (low 150s and even high 140s) but high GPAs.
  7. Ryerson hasn't had a class yet so it's completely unpredictable. You'll likely be in though with those stats - their median stats will probably be lower than most of the other schools (possibly except for Lakehead). At the same time, they could focus heavily on your softs like Windsor and make it unpredictable even if you have above average stats. I'm not sure about Lakehead. Perhaps someone else can chime in.
  8. You're almost certainly in at both Western/Queens with those stats (probably within the first few rounds), so I wouldn't be nervous.
  9. You know you can calculate your OLSAS GPA using the chart they provide? So you don't take it as a surprise when they release it. You've got a good shot at Western/Queens. Windsor is unpredictable. Decent shot at Osgoode. Probably out for U of T.
  10. I can't speak for an A+ because those are nearly nonexistent at my school, but in terms of an A-, that should be sufficient. As long as you articulate the law correctly and apply it to the fact scenario with reference to any similar facts in any cases you studied, you should be in that A-range. Most people aren't able to effectively conduct that analysis and communicate all of that due to a lack of time. The way to combat this is to create a really great framework, so you don't spend any time thinking about the manner in which you should structure your response during the exam. You should just flip to the relevant part of your framework and state the relevant law, then analyze, and keep doing this.
  11. Following IRAC is all you need to be successful. In theory it's great, but it's a lot more difficult to apply correctly. That's where most people fail (specifically as most of my professors have pointed out, the analysis portion). It requires a nuanced understanding of the law.
  12. I've heard some good things about Getting to Maybe if you're interested in a book about how to excel in law school. (though have never read it myself so cannot vouch for it)
  13. Definitely possible to get in. Prioritize your grades for now and make sure they are above a 3.7 GPA (ideally 3.85+). Get an LSAT score of 160+, ideally 165+, and along with a personal statement explaining your prior failure and your subsequent improvement as well as the time that has passed, you'll have a good chance of getting in.
  14. The 156 is really hindering you. Even if you raise it 2 points you'd have a good shot. With 156, there is a good chance you're not getting in at all, or if you are accepted, it would likely be off the wait list toward the beginning of the school year.
  15. Not sure if you already considered this, but make sure to calculate for government grants (OSAP) if you qualify and bursaries the school provides.
  16. I'll give a different perspective. You're certainly in no rush and taking a year or two off won't negatively impact you, but if your concern is purely about the money, it's likely not a wise decision financially. Your earning potential once you become a lawyer is significantly higher than your current job. Not only that, you're also gaining an additional year of experience as a lawyer. That said, you didn't comment how much debt you current have, so if you'll be living off ramen throughout law school, maybe take off the year. Remember that there are generous lines of credit for law students. I wouldn't advise using all of it, but people often come in with undergrad debt and gain more debt throughout law school and turn out fine.
  17. Based off of recent year's stats, you have a good chance. You won't get in during the first round, but you have a great shot later. It will definitely depend on your personal statement and softs though (seems like you're confident about those though, so don't worry). Good luck!
  18. Try to bump your LSAT score by at least 5 points to be competitive and get the highest grades possible this semester (and next semester, since you'll likely end up on some waitlists given your stats).
  19. You'll almost certainly get into a Canadian school. As others have said, you have a very high chance for Queens/Western because of the very high LSAT score and L2 isn't far off the median. If I were you, I would focus on getting the best grades possible for this fall semester, as that's the only thing you can control right now. But even without a GPA boost, you're probably in at a few schools.
  20. You're forgetting the increase during the summer work term as well. That's another $200/wk for the duration of the summer term.
  21. Strategy isn't all it takes. And I'm not claiming that it will make a substantial or any difference to any particular student. I'm sure many students did very well without any strategy. But it certainly can make the difference where every shade of a grade is so important (if you're aiming for a gold medal, first instance).
  22. Anecdotally, I know of a gold medalist who did form a strategy to maximize their GPA besides what you've mentioned, so this statement falls apart. I'm not saying that every gold medalist has a strategy to maximize grades aside from diligently studying, but there are certainly a good chunk that did. From my anecdotal experience, most of the students whom I've spoken with on dean's list (top 10% of the class) in my school do use at least some of the strategies I outlined earlier.
  23. Different people have different strategies, but if you want to be in the absolute top, it's in your interest to take advantage of every strategy to get the highest GPA possible. I strongly believe that being strategic makes a difference (perhaps not a huge difference, but enough to affect your overall GPA). But yes, I do agree with you that being a medalist is not very important for most people.
  24. I disagree that it comes down to intelligence. Yes, you need to have a certain level of intelligence in order to understand and apply complex concepts in the law, but working smart is the difference. What really matters is studying properly (i.e. making summaries and knowing the facts of each case inside out, making efficient frameworks that have all the information you need for an exam without having to refer to your summary but also ensuring there isn't too much information that you aren't able to regurgitate it on an exam in the allotted timeframe, etc.), being able to understand the professor's viewpoint and incorporating their view on the law subtly in your answer (yes, people have subconscious biases; if you conform to their views on the law, professors will have an easier time finding grades in your exam/paper), gaining those valuable participation grades if applicable, etc. Most of the people on the dean's list at my school don't spend all day in the library. They do put in a substantial amount of time into learning and synchronizing the material, but it's more important to study smart. Edit: also recognizing where you need to spend the majority of your time on, since it is obviously limited. For instance, if you have an 81.5% in a class after December exams, chances are you won't be able to raise it to 84.5% which is the next shade of a grade. Put less time into this, because you can get away with getting a B+ on the final and still receiving an A-. Meanwhile, for that class you have a 78% in, you need to work hard to get that grade to an A-, which is entirely do-able with a relatively heavy final.
  25. Most people wear backpacks and some use messenger bags. A briefcase is useful for in-firm interviews, but those are way down the road. You certainly don't need a briefcase for class. In fact, it would be pretty odd if someone brought it in to class.
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