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  1. A good majority of young people working in the financial district live in the King West area! Toronto also recently introduced a pilot program to help ease congestion on the king streetcars - but the usefulness is debatable. The financial district is extremely easy to get to by public transit. If you're looking for areas that aren't going to break the bank, I would consider Harbourfront/ along Lakeshore, Queen West, Parkdale, or The Annex. All very safe and accessible areas for young people and young families.
  2. Not all graduate programs are like that - some are very experiential and/ or project-based. This one actually doesn't require a dissertation.
  3. Thank you for sharing your experiences - and good luck this cycle!
  4. To my knowledge, at 25 and older, Dalhousie Law would consider that "mature student".
  5. Dear internet people of LS, For people who have pursued law school after getting a graduate/ master's degree, please help! So I graduated with my undergrad almost two years ago and have since been working and volunteering. I recently got accepted into a reputable master's program in business for Fall 2018, my top choice. But, I also applied to law school this cycle and think I have a very strong chance of getting in (speculation here). Thing is, I think I am more passionate about the master's program and it would lead to a decent, professional career afterwards, although I'm still highly interested in pursuing law... Finances are quite important. I have some money saved up, but the master's program is about $30,000 per year - not a "cheap" master's and doesn't really offer scholarships and bursaries. Also, I'd be studying business/ finance, which would be relevant to the type of law I'd want to pursue in the future presumably (corporate law, etc.). But, what concerns me most I suppose is TIME! If I choose the master's, I would start the master's program this fall at 23, finish at 25. If I'm still interested in pursuing law after, the earliest I could start law school (if accepted) is 26 - is this "too late" for law school?? I guess my question is, did you regret spending all the "extra" time, money, effort, and stress to pursue a (relevant or non-relevant) master's degree, even though you still went into law after? Do you wish you just went straight to law school and saved yourself an extra 1-3 years? Was it worth it? Would appreciate any insight from those who pursued graduate degrees and/or mature students, thank you in advance!
  6. Thanks everyone! Any thoughts on chances for schools like Dal? Osgoode?
  7. Thanks! Also really happy that they weigh GPA at 60% and LSAT at 40%...hopefully that's enough for me to squeak in
  8. Perfect thank you! Curious - any plans to move back to Ontario for law after? Or has "Canada's best kept secret' convinced you to stay after grad haha?
  9. Agreed. And it's better to live on the yellow line on the Spadina side than the Yonge St. Even green line is okay if you're close to Spadina/ St. George - allows for easy transfer to go on yellow line to York U subway station. Correct me if I'm wrong, but if you live at Yonge/ Finch, you'd still have to go down to Yonge/ Sheppard, then take the 196 Express Bus or other bus to campus - still about 20 - 30 mins at least depending on the time of day and weather.
  10. This is definitely one of the most helpful, informative posts I've seen on this forum in a while. As a uni grad and current law school hopeful, I would agree and second nearly everything @goalie mentioned! Also, don't worry about the mean and immature initial posts you received - they're just trolling and trying to discourage you from the comforts of their keyboards. Although I do agree some of the previous posters, don't always expect the people on this forum to "spoon feed" you and to "hold your hand" throughout this process. Don't expect the people here to applaud, congratulate you and give you external validation for your newfound decision to pursue law. Many people on here, including myself, have put in the "hard work" and feel we have "paid our dues", spent tens of thousands of dollars to pay for undergrad (and sometimes further schooling), and spent hundreds of dollars for applications, LSAT materials, etc. I'm here because I'm also procrastinating finishing a project, so why not pour my thoughts for free on good ol' LS! That being said, I do empathize with your situation and want to offer some advice to you, @IdontargueIdebate. I sincerely wish someone had told these things to me before I started this whole journey: 1. Choose an undergraduate program/ courses you are genuinely interested in. If law school doesn't work out, choose a program that will allow you to have a decent, stable job right after graduation. Perhaps somethings like business, commerce, or communications. Even nursing. 2. Don't go into political science, economics, history, English literature, and the like just because it tends to attract the pre-law types. I did a science undergrad and the majority of my peers gunned for medicine or physical therapy. It can be a pretty bubble-like environment where everyone has tunnel vision and is super competitive with each other (depending on the university), but that's not always the case. In fact, the courses I enjoyed the most were actually outside of my program (music history, classics, languages). So choose what you're interested in if they allow it! 3. Unless you went to something like an Ivy League school or Oxford, Canadian law schools don't really care where and what program you got your undergrad from. So my advice: choose a less competitive university with a more collegial, supportive environment. Generally, smaller schools with smaller class sizes like TRU, Guelph, and Mount Allison are arguably less competitive and snarky than schools like U of T. 4. There are some Canadian law schools that let you in after 2 or 3 years of undergrad study. Sask Law only requires 2 full years of undergrad study. https://law.usask.ca/students/becoming-a-law-student/applying-to-law.php 5. Getting in after 2 or 3 years is certainly very uncommon, but not impossible!! I wouldn't compare them to "unicorns" though. I know a handful of people who got into law schools in Ontario after their 3rd year. Mind you, many of them gunned it since day one of university, spent their summers gaining relevant volunteer/ work experiences, practically had no social lives, and had amazing GPAs. Some also had lawyers as parents, so maybe that helped in some way too. Gotta keep yourself motivated! 6. Don't go to the UK or Australia for law if you want to practice in Canada. Lots of info and reasons why can be found on this forum. 7. You say you want to go into "family law" after the experiences from your divorce (among other reasons). But why not go into social work, family counselling, or paralegal studies? Have you considered working in a setting like an NGO, charity, community centre, etc. without being a lawyer? You have to really ask yourself these questions: Is law really something I want to do? Am I willing to commit at least 5 - 7 years to get a law degree? Will another profession or program satisfy my interests? I think these are really important questions before investing over half a decade, thousands of dollars on tuition, applications, and LSAT fees (and lost income), and effort for something that may not be guaranteed. 8. Do your research. I'd start with applying to undergrad programs. For example, in Ontario, the deadline to apply for undergrad programs (through OUAC) is January 17, 2018. There's a website out there to check what high school courses are required for various programs and what the typical high school average is for acceptance. Overall, I'm not trying to discourage you, I'm trying to be realistic and practical. You can take my advice with a grain of salt, but I mention these things because I think before committing yourself to the long journey to law school and the legal profession, you should make an informed, logical decision that covers all bases. It will honestly save you a lot time, money, effort, headaches, and stress! Honestly, there are certainly some things I wished I did during my undergrad to make it a heck of a lot easier and less stressful (some of them I mentioned above). But, like many others have said on this discussion, there is no quick or easy to get into a Canadian law school. None. Well, unless you're Quami Frederick, but that ended in calamity for her at Osgoode about a decade ago. There are no shortcuts. Anyways, I hope you find this information helpful...I'm also procrastinating a project and should really get back to it now! But, remember, you can do anything you set your mind to and don't let the naysayers and internet trolls convince you otherwise! If you really want something and are willing sacrifice for it, don't let anybody rob you of your dreams. Believe in yourself! Pay your dues like everyone else who was has studied for the LSAT, attained an undergrad at least, gotten into law school, and survived it. Where there's a will, there's a way my friend! Wishing you the best of luck with whatever decision you make.
  11. Ontario applicant here. Tried searching online and calling Dal Law, but not very useful. Calling OSAP tomorrow. Finances are a pretty big consideration if I study out of province. Wonderful if any Dal Law students here got loans/ bursaries from OSAP? Thanks in advance!
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