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  1. Wait...isn't an LSAT diagnostic a cold LSAT with zero prep? If so, mine was a 132 LOL. If you've never studied for the LSAT and you've scored a 152 on a diagnostic...hell...you're off to a good start.
  2. The time I spent drinking with pals after class
  3. Well imagine if the inverse was true (i.e. the schools took a less lenient and more apprehensive approach to deferrals). That would be completely fucked and the administration would get so much slack for it. People just love to complain. No matter which way you look at it, someone is going to take issue with whatever the administration is doing. Not everyone lives in a one bedroom apartment by themselves where they can hunker down and barricade themselves from the world for the exam period. Some people live in a household with 2-4 other people, some of those people being essential workers, some of those people being COVID-positive. Imagine being forced to write an exam while COVID-19 is in your household. And that's not even touching on the deterioration we've seen over the past year regarding mental health. That's the kind of shit administration is thinking of when they're handing out deferrals. Of course, you'll have people who take advantage of the lenient policies, but those same people will be the ones trying to take advantage in regular times as well (i.e. getting doctor's notes for fake ADHD or some bullshit like that). On the whole though, during a global pandemic, it's arguably better to have a lenient deferral policy for the reasons mentioned above.
  4. I agree that you should be able to state your truth as an applicant, but can you not do that without explicitly using the swear word? Imo, it's just too risky. I mean the fact that OP posted about whether or not they should use a swear word verbatim or with asterisks in their personal statement suggests that they weren't comfortable with doing so in the first place, and for good reasons. You don't want to give your reader a reason to doubt your ability to make judgment calls, and you're arguably making an important judgment call as to whether you include a swear word in a personal statement. For example, if you're trying to make a point about being racialized or discriminated against, perhaps you could write about how you've experienced racial discrimination and provide an example of a time you had a racial epithet directed towards you. Your reader will get your point and they will understand the adversity that comes with it. You don't necessarily need to use the word itself to convey that. Although, OP was talking about using a quote that included a swear word. In that case, I would find an alternative way to get your point across. Make a second draft of your personal statement and compare the two. Maybe you'll prefer the second to the first.
  5. You raise some valid points. But I stand by my initial point that there is nothing inherently predatory about creating more graduates than available jobs. Misleading or false advertising is predatory if you can't read between the lines. But that's what forums like LS are for, so you can do your research and realize that perhaps an American degree from a low ranked law school is not worth the $50k. There are more graduates than available jobs because people want to get law degrees and there aren't enough jobs.
  6. Scratch the word business. I used the word incorrectly. Law schools are not businesses.
  7. Law schools are businesses. So long as there is a demand, schools will try to provide the service for that demand. By the looks of it, the demand is there and Ryerson is clearly filling it. There is nothing predatory or misleading about creating more graduates than available jobs. As an applicant, it's your job to do your research and decide whether applying to law school is worth it or not. There are many people out there who decide pursuing a JD is worth it (and for them, schools like Ryerson are now there to fulfill that need). For many others, there are people who weigh the pros and cons and decide it's not worth the opportunity cost for them. That's life.
  8. I recommend waiting until your second or third year of undergrad to start studying, assuming you wish to go straight from undergrad into law school. As mentioned above, there are only a limited number of practice tests available and you do not want to waste them. Consider whether you want to take a prep-course or prepare via self-study. There are many different courses available and I always recommend 7 sage. If you plan on applying to law school in your 4th year of undergrad, I think a good strategy is to start preparing for the LSAT as if you'll write between May - June of 3rd year. Applications for law schools in Ontario are due in November IIRC, so you have multiple attempts before and I think one or two more after applications are submitted. Best of luck!
  9. I get where you're coming from. I can relate. I did college, a 5 year undergrad and then took a year off between finishing undergrad and starting law school so I could write the LSAT. Realistically, if your goal is to become a lawyer, what's an extra year/application cycle when you have a whole career ahead of you? Personally, I think it would be better to do that 6th year so you can finish your degree and tackle your LSAT during that 6th year as well. That way, you can start 1L and focus on 1L only. That's where you will want your focus to be anyways.
  10. I already feel checked out as a 2L lol. Most likely attributable to Zoom university. I do think imposter syndrome is common, especially among high achievers. If you think about it, from the moment you decide to pursue a JD, you're constantly trying to break higher ground. From achieving a high GPA, to killing the LSAT, to getting into law school, to competing on a curve and getting good grades, to landing an OCI/Articling gig, getting called to the bar, landing an associate position or landing a contract, becoming a partner or lateraling to another employer, etc. At every step of the way, you're accomplishing something, but you'll also finding yourself among a brand new group of people who are also in competition alongside you - some of them already established; some of them feeling just like you. You're bound to feel like an imposter, but you'll eventually settle in, until you find yourself a new challenge. And then the cycle repeats. TLDR: What you're feeling is normal. Roll with the punches.
  11. Count your blessings if you get into any Canadian law school.
  12. I second 7sage as well. You can tailor it to your own schedule, the lessons are thorough and their test-score tracking system is gnarly (to keep track of which sections you're doing great in (vs) where you need improvement). It was really cheap a few years ago, which is mainly why I used it, but I think pricing may have gone up recently (it's charged in USD). Either way, it's a great program and I'd take it again.
  13. Two years is a lot of time to get some killer grades. Keep at it and don't doubt yourself.
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