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  1. There is a difference between what you should ideally be able to do versus what you can realistically do. It sucks, but it is what it is. By the way, this calculus does not stop at law school admissions, but continues to be present from law school onward (e.g. OCIs). While I recognize that how you present yourself in your personal statement is ultimately up to you, you are obviously taking on a risk by using a swear word in your personal statement. Personally, I think it's a significant risk. Should this be the case? Maybe not, but it is what it is. Is this a hill that you want to (figuratively) die on when your law school admission is on the line? While there are others who will encourage you to do so because it reflects what they think should happen in a (more) ideal society, note that it's not their law school admission at risk. I don't mean to call out anyone in particular because the opposing viewpoint is very valid, but talk is cheap and it's easy to encourage others to "push boundaries" and express their (relatively) uncensored self when one personally has nothing to lose. This is your admissions application, your future, and your efforts on the line. You are concerned about the optics of the swear word, and this is me (alongside others - one of whom sat on an admissions committee and frankly should therefore have significant sway in this discussion) confirming that your concerns are legitimate. There were good points made that admissions committees should be open minded and sensitive to the undertones of the applications they read. However, admissions committees are not perfect. Moreover, there was a comment about admissions committees not being diverse, but even assuming a "perfectly diverse" adcom, I am not convinced that using a swear word is risk-free.
  2. Yikes, I can imagine. I occasionally visit r/relationships and r/legaladvice. Often it's interesting enough, but there have definitely been a few posts that just ramble on and on to the point where it's no longer interesting.
  3. This was actually part of my analysis when I was deciding between law schools a couple of years ago. Ultimately, tuition was not the determining factor in my analysis (though my situation was unique), but I did have a suspicion then that a change like this was bound to happen.
  4. During undergrad, a friend would occasionally wear the same clothes back-to-back-to-back (pre-COVID). I tried to hint that some people may judge him for this and then he got all defensive and said something about if Mark Zuckerberg can do it why can't he. @legallybrunette3 Not necessarily slobs, but I project my childhood physical insecurities onto people who wear non-form fitting track pants outside of the gym. I frequently wore those pants when I was an insecure kid (my parents did not want to spend money on pairs of jeans okay), so when I meet someone who purposely chooses to wear those type of pants, I get "fun" throwbacks 🙃 Like the only reason why someone would wear such ugly pants as a casual look is because they don't think they are good enough for jeans 😭
  5. I go to U of T - but I will say that the opportunity wasn't offered as a standalone practicum that students register for. I enrolled in an upper year law course and the professor was looking for students to work on a project. One thing led to another and now I am knee-deep in human rights-related legal research. Outside of that, I don't know how feasible it would be to be involved in the kind of work I am doing from a pure JD program (TBH, this opportunity came to me by happenstance - it was not planned or anything and I'm not sure it is something people can plan for 🙃). Edit: I think U of T's IHRP and Asper Centre opportunities/clinics are comparable, but I did not do them so I cannot really comment. However, It seems like getting a research-focused MSW and doing a placement with an organization suing the government for human rights infractions is one way to be involved in the sort of work I described. Edit: If you end up deciding to pursue law school, I am aware that UWindsor markets themselves as a social-justice oriented law school. Maybe they would have multiple avenues to become involved in human rights law? I will say though that human rights lawyers can also be very busy - so don't necessarily expect to be working easy hours just because you decide to pursue public interest.
  6. Just a law student, so definitely take what I write with a grain of salt. I am working on a human rights-related practicum at the moment and my group is led by social work researchers. Although the lawyers are the ones writing the legal submissions and constructing legal arguments, the social work researchers are working on really intense, human rights-related research. At least in my project, there seems to be a lot of interactions between lawyers and the social work researchers. All this to say that it is definitely possible to support human rights work without a law degree.
  7. You're in 0L right? Well, reading conflicting opinions is basically what reading case law is like haha. OMG, this 100%. Thank goodness I don't have many stories about this, but it does happen. Still, I wouldn't say that its impact is a "wash". Anecdotally, most lawyers will either have a neutral or positive opinion, so in the end it's a net positive. However, I am totally aware that maybe things are different behind the scenes.
  8. It's not just useful for corporate fields, but it also applies for clerkships as well. It's possible to get an interview with a (non-ON) appellate level court from U of T with above average grades (not directly related to your question about average grades, but we're not talking about dean listers either), whereas the same does not apply to other schools. To confirm, this particular appellate court's recruitment committee was clear that not all grades are treated the same (depending on the school). I may be wrong, but I think @CleanHands had a similar experience coming from UBC.
  9. This is debatable. I would temper OP's expectations re: engineering jobs in Calgary. At least for the short-term.
  10. Not a direct answer to your question, but I suspect you would be interested in working for a firm like bakerlaw (link: https://www.bakerlaw.ca/). Your interest seems to be pointing towards employment law (employee-side).
  11. This wasn't for a reference letter, but I asked a professor if they can be a reference for something. I had an average mark in their course, but I felt like they were very approachable, hence why I asked them. Not only did they agree, they told me that they really appreciated my participation in the class, felt like my mark did not reflect my capabilities, and would be more than happy recommending me. So yeah, don't overthink it. Your professor has a more holistic understanding of your abilities and if they already offered to write you a reference letter based on your past excellent performance, I think you're good. Good luck!
  12. That sounds hardcore. Out of curiosity, did you put something in your application that may have warranted those questions? Or was the firm a bankruptcy boutique?
  13. @msk2012 I think this is up your alley.
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