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  1. Oh sweet, I'll def refer to that instead in the future. I realized that I assumed 2L summer employment as being the same with getting a job via OCI, which is a huge assumption.
  2. OK, I'd believe that. I was just quoting the "2013-2018 2L Summer Employment Data" section of this link https://www.law.utoronto.ca/student-life/career-development-office/career-statistics. Probably it's inflated, so what is a more accurate statistic?
  3. And here I am about to start law school next Monday more concerned about not getting an LP. T_T (I think and hope that you're in a good spot. According to the U of T career statistics, 90% of 2Ls get summer jobs and given the scarcity of HHs, I doubt that many people have gotten at least a single HH)
  4. I'm just a 0L, but I will ask the obvious question. Is getting a JD the best option or can a PhD get you to the same place? I know it is possible to do policy related work with a JD, but I assume there are more relevant paths to take.
  5. Choosing a school/program specifically to minimize one's chances of getting rejected from law school is not worth it, in my opinion. OP, if you do plan on going into business at U of A though, you should still look into the various leadership opportunities, case competitions, internships, and possibly the PRIME Program. Not because U of A law would be impressed by them, but because undergrad should be much more than just a pre-law program. That being said, discrete math might be a course you would be interested in since it can be helpful for the LSAT.
  6. Yeah, well I have a face for radio so I'm not sure how viable an option that would be for me.
  7. I usually read fiction and decided to read Crime and Punishment just because it seemed fitting for a 0L. My takeaway: An existential crisis over what I thought "justice" meant and doubting if the justice system can ever atone for many crimes. I think anyone who is interested in criminal law should read it (whether it encourages or dissuades someone to continue to pursue criminal law is probably up to the reader).
  8. I don't think doing a fifth year by itself looks bad. Having really high grades in the latter half of your degree also isn't bad. In fact, that's sort of what you need to do. Yes, cGPA is based on all your years. So getting into a school like uOttawa (which focuses on cGPA) is going to be an uphill battle. If that's what you're worried about.
  9. I think you're more than fine. The only big downside I see is if you're applying to U of T during your fourth year, your calculated GPA will be lower due to the fact that they can't use your final fourth year marks. I would imagine that grades like yours are exactly the reason why schools look at B3 or B2. BTW, life-sciences does seem like a horrible, life-sucking degree. I have friends who felt pressured by their parents to go in - and stay in - the biological sciences. They all hate it, so I'm glad that you managed to make a move and do your own thing. All the best!
  10. Funny enough, I overheard a conversation the other day on campus where a poli-sci student with a similar GPA to yours was very confident on getting a 169 on the LSAT despite not yet writing a practice test. His friend thought he was being overly-confident, to which he replied that he was "not a business major" and has "taken a couple of philosophy courses" so he's set up to do well on the LSAT. I can only speak for myself, but I had to take the LSAT twice. It was a humbling experience. I wish I just got the LSAT right away, but I did not. And my major usually gets one of the highest, if not the highest, average LSAT score relative to other majors. I hope you kill the LSAT, but I would not take a high LSAT score for granted. Consider applying to internships and such so that if law school does not work out, you still have something to fall back on. All the best!
  11. I believe if you've received the Canada Student Grant bursary any time over the past five years and declared it in your application, U of T would reimburse your application fee.
  12. It's not about whether it's a recommendation or a letter of reference. I think they just wanted to clarify that U of T doesn't look at references/recommendations. It's an honest mistake though because most law schools do take references into account. I made the same assumption myself.
  13. @hemingway17, if it helps, one factor that swayed my decision to go to Ontario instead of BC is the fact that Ontario does not have a massive fault line running underneath it. It's irrational, but I totally think minimizing your chances of being in the middle of an earthquake or an earthquake induced tsunami should be a consideration (I'm just kidding...sort of).
  14. Will echo what was said here. I don't know what my situation would have been at Queen's, but I estimate that after financial aid, the tuition difference between U of T and Queen's becomes more reasonable. Though I do acknowledge that U of T would still be more expensive and what's "reasonable" is subjective.
  15. This is just my personal opinion so feel free to take whatever you want from this. Unless you have a notable reason as to why you were in open studies, it does not matter. Also, just because someone was in open studies and got into law school does not necessarily mean that they had some compelling reason for switching out of open studies which impressed U of C law. However, it does show that switching from open studies is not necessarily the end of your law school aspirations. By itself, your program is not going to do a lot for a personal statement. It's whether you were able to do something meaningful with the knowledge you gained which is important. Saying that you switched to program Y because you were resolved to get a bachelor's is not unique as finishing a bachelor's is basically a prerequisite. Also, your degree is just one aspect of yourself and I feel like you are overthinking this and putting too much stake into it. I guess it would be nice to elaborate why you chose the specific undergrad program you chose, but I wouldn't put such a huge focus on it as hopefully there are other things to write about. Lastly, I really don't think personal statements should be something people plan to cultivate or bank on. From my own experience, although my PS was probably a strong component of my applications, I just focused on making the most of my time at university (inside and outside the classroom) and I guess a compelling PS just naturally followed. With all this said, I also believe that a PS should be a genuine reflection of how someone perceives and presents themselves. If you genuinely feel like switching from open studies to communications says something meaningful about you, feel free to elaborate on your PS.
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