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  1. First, it depends where you go to law school. I left my home town and moved to a new city where I didn't know anyone. I was 4 hours away from my family and all my friends that I grew up with or went to undergrad with. Developing that social circle in my opinion was key to enjoying my school experience. It was way more fun to go to lectures with friends I developed close bonds with and joke around. Also it's great having a group of friends you can hang out with after class and go out on the weekends etc. However, obviously if you attend a law school that is close to where you grew up and have the time to still see your older friends and family on a regular basis, I agree that developing a social circle in law school isn't as important. Second, I think people tend to gravitate and enjoy the company of people with similar interests/experiences. It makes sense that law students will gravitate closer to other law students. Third, building close relationships in law school is important for possible future connections. You never know if you want to switch firms or even start your own firm. Knowing people in the industry that you have a close connection with can be very beneficial in the long-term. An old friend may be that connection that gets you an advantage in an interview. So to conclude, it obviously depends on the person. Some people are more introverted or don't like to mingle with other law students and that's fine. But personally, and I can attest to majority of my law school friends, it was having those friendships that actually made law school a lot of fun looking back. Every month or so I meet with a few buddies from law school and it's great catching up, talking the funny times at school, and what their experience working is like.
  2. It's difficult to believe that most people would enjoy law school remotely watching lectures over online video. Law school in 1st year is like learning a new language. You do not know how to properly read a case and many courses consist of reviewing old 19th century cases that are dense, boring, complex and difficult to understand. So yes, I couldn't imagine enjoying 1st year law school without the physical interaction with students/professors/mentors/TA's etc. Also, having a social life and going out with other law students is a critical part of the law school experience.
  3. Right now I'd say your chances are 20%. If you bumped to 155 I would say your chances are 80-85% based on your strong cGPA. If you bumped it to 157 I would say you have a 95% shot.
  4. I said he'll be competitive, I didn't say it's a shoe in. That's also why I listed other schools like Queens and Western which look at the LSAT and L2.
  5. You will be fine. L2 are very strong, LSAT is good. Should be competitive with Ottawa, Queens, Western and Windsor. I'd be surprised if you didn't get accepted into at least one of those schools.
  6. You have a solid shot with those stats. I had similar stats to you with an MA degree and got in pretty early in the cycle. Make sure you put a lot of effort into your personal statement just to be safe.
  7. Your small group won't matter. Everybody takes the same courses in 1st year. The closest course in 1st year to construction law would probably be Contracts Law. If you have aspirations to do construction law then the courses you want to take in upper years are commercial law, planning law, and employment law. Those are not available to you 1st year.
  8. I already answered you, and what does that have to do with the topic of this thread? I simply stated that my experience with UofT professors during undergad was better compared to Ottawa Law. Deciding to go or apply to UofT law is irrelevant to the subject matter. Are you trying to insinuate in some sort of passive aggressive manner that I was not good enough to go to UofT and therefore should not be commenting about my experiences at UofT and Ottawa Law with respect to teaching?
  9. You've done more than enough. Scoring 78%+ is very good for Emond exams. Now it's about studying smart and identifying your weak spots. Wait for LSO to send you your mark breakdown. See what area you struggled with, and drill yourself as much as you can in that area for the next exam. If you find that you did fine in most areas and struggled with one area, you have your answer. If you struggled in multiple areas, then you have to start rethinking an effective strategy in tackling the questions.
  10. Because I grew up and lived in Toronto my entire life, did my undergrad at UofT, and wanted to get out of Toronto for once. And I don't regret my choice at all, but I did find the teaching at UofT to be better compared to what I experienced in Ottawa. Now I have no idea how the UofT law professors compared to the Ottawa law professors because all I have is my undergrad experience.
  11. You should be able to get in fairly easily with a 155 LSAT or higher. Your GPA is very strong. My stats were : CGPA: 3.53 L2: 3.72 LSAT: 156. Also had a Master's Degree. Got accepted to Ottawa around April 2016 (which is before the waitlist period)
  12. Honestly, I went to UofT for my undergrad and Ottawa for law school, and I was not that impressed with my professors at Ottawa. I found my UofT professors to be excellent, and my Ottawa professors to be quite average and often I was disappointed. Too often I found I was not getting much from attending lectures and would be better off going over the material myself. A few professors were very good, but I found most were underwhelming and a bit vague in their teaching. But it doesn't really matter. Law school is about learning how to analyze, synthesize, issue-spot, and pull out major principles from huge/dense texts of information. Your professor is not going to really help you out on that, the professor will just make it easier to understand the material. Teaching yourself is the best way to prepare yourself as a lawyer.
  13. I can't imagine a law school facility being worse than Ottawa. We were in a small building that looked like an old high-school. We also had to share the space with another few hundred 'civil' law students who just came out of high-school and another 100 or so French common law students. So in addition to the already 300 students in the English common law program, we probably had another 400 students crammed in that building. Our library had two floors: One floor had a bathroom with only one stall and toilet. The other floor did not have a bathroom.
  14. I actually found the Emond exam to be more difficult than the real exam. If you got 75% on Emond and you didn't have any issues with time, then you should be fine.
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