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  1. Only a couple grand. That's a lot of money for some people. Over three years, that's $7110 difference. Nothing to sneeze at when you're a student just starting out. Maybe you missed the part where I said I love Western and I'm probably going to end up confirming my offer? Also, just because it's never been a concern of yours doesn't mean that it has never been a concern for anyone.
  2. Some great points that I hadn't considered (largely because, as I suggested, I know very little about the system). Thanks for the perspective. Nonetheless, I think it's still fair to say that the optics of it are unfavourable. As well, I doubt that the building would still be having temperature control issues if they indeed upgraded the HVAC system but I get what you're saying and I realize that it was just a hypothetical example.
  3. While I agree that the building shouldn’t be a deciding factor as to whether or not to attend, it’s really not a good look that Western charges the third highest tuition out of all law schools in Ontario, while paying their full-time faculty the third lowest salary on average. Doesn’t really make sense to me that tuition costs 2 or 3k more per year than it does elsewhere in the province (outside of the GTA at least), yet the building isn’t really up to par and the faculty gets paid about 20k less than they do at Queens, for example. (data source: http://www.slaw.ca/2019/02/26/the-cost-of-becoming-a-lawyer/) It raises the question: what does that extra 2 or 3k per student go towards each year? Because most other schools are less expensive to attend while having superior facilities and a better-paid faculty (the latter of which is perhaps an indication of how much the administration values their employees and the work that they do, but what do I know…) As a disclaimer, I absolutely love Western and I will almost certainly end up changing my acceptance from provisional to firm. But that doesn’t mean I am unwilling to address its shortcomings, and of course every school has its fair share.
  4. The age of the building isn't just exclusively about aesthetics. It can be about functionality too. For example: Do classrooms have enough electrical outlets for people to charge their laptops and phones? Is there enough space in the library, or is it regularly infiltrated and overcrowded by SNAILS? (As an aside, the idea about having key card access for law students is a great one!) Are there enough stalls in the bathroom that there isn't a huge line-up between classes? It's been mentioned that temperature control is an issue in some classrooms. It would be preferable not to be uncomfortably hot or cold, especially during long lectures. Do classrooms have windows or are they illuminated primarily by yellowed, flickering fluorescent lights that can trigger migraines? I don't think these are superficial concerns. They make a noticeable difference in the overall student experience; they're not just about how attractive the building appears.
  5. For some applicants, that’s the only available option. Not many people are privileged enough to have the money and time to fly across the country just to visit one school, and not everyone is fortunate enough to have received multiple offers to choose from. At any rate, as I said previously, I plan to take pictures of the interior within the next week or so. If anyone wants to see anything specifically, let me know! 🙂
  6. @beyondsection17 Not everyone who is interested in attending Western can easily book a tour and go see the building. Some applicants live on the other side of the country, or have other obligations that prevent them from visiting, etc. The first time I walked through Western’s law building was a bit disappointing for me personally. I’ve toured the Jackman Law Building at UofT and the difference is like night and day. The Jackman building is very modern with lots of open space and natural light. Everything seemed new and immaculate and bright. Even the older parts of the Jackman building gave the impression of grandiosity. Western’s law building, in comparison, is rather outdated. It was built in 1961 and… it shows. There are multiple new/updated buildings at Western that far outshine the law building (e.g. the Chakma Engineering building, the FIMS/nursing building, University College, etc.) so I suspect that the university will be wanting to renovate the law building in the not so distant future. I'm also thinking that the reason why very few pictures of the interior are available online is because the building is not very impressive. I’m an undergrad at Western currently so I can take some pictures of the interior sometime soon if nobody else steps up!
  7. There's a sheet in the package devoted entirely to Welcome Day. It's from 10:30am-3:30pm at the Josephine Spencer Niblett Building (i.e. the Faculty of Law building). The program includes: official welcome, mini law lecture, faculty panel, hot luncheon, information booths, student panel, building tours, legal clinic tours. Be sure to RVSP if you plan to attend. You can bring one guest. That's basically all it says.
  8. From UofT Law's most recent tumblr post:
  9. The deadline to send in fall grades is February 1st, and the deadline for winter grades is June 30th. You need to submit requests for these transcripts even if you've received offers. More information here.
  10. It's created by the school and it's already up.
  11. UofT grants more weight to undergrad GPA than LSAT in admissions "since new data reveals that the GPA merits relatively more weight in predicting performance in first year than other factors" (Admission Policies). Doesn't sound like a weak indicator to me.
  12. Oh? I was under the impression that employers can access undergrad transcripts and take them into consideration during the hiring process. As well, undergrad GPA can be predictive of success in law school, which means that it's not rendered entirely meaningless once you've been accepted.
  13. The OLSAS application guide says: "English program, first-year applicants who complete courses in December 2018 are required to send their fall 2018 grades to OLSAS by February 1, 2019." Also: "Final, official transcripts (which should include all current‑year course work and degree conferral details) must be submitted if you received an offer of admission, or have a decision pending, by June 30, 2019." More on that here: https://www.ouac.on.ca/guide/olsas-transcript/
  14. To be fair, he said he thought they were stellar students before he looked at their stats and was surprised. So he seems to be implying that he had assumed these students were stellar but their transcripts indicated that they are actually not.
  15. I haven't gotten an email yet but I just noticed a green checkmark on my Student Center! cGPA: 3.6 L2: 3.81 LSAT: 159 / 165
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