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  1. I did not claim that they intentionally killed their pets. What I wrote was that people in my small group told stories about killing their pets when they were children, and they shared these stories expecting people to laugh along with them.
  2. I couldn't believe what I was hearing either. The details were disturbing to say the least, and I don't wish to repeat them.
  3. These people claimed it was an accident, but nevertheless, I share your sentiment. If something like that ever happened to me, I sure as hell wouldn't be laughing about it.
  4. I've spoken with someone on the administration who has confirmed that the grades meeting is indeed taking place tomorrow. It appears as though the CPDO email was incorrect, and the OWL calendar is accurate.
  5. More than one person in my small group of ~20 people in 1L had killed their pet as a child. More than one person had broken their friend’s bones. They shared these stories in class and at parties, smiling and laughing as if they were hilarious anecdotes, appropriate to share in mixed company, instead of warning signs of sociopathy. To inflict suffering on another living creature and to find humour in it, and to think that others would find it funny as well, indicates a disturbing lack of empathy and compassion. I’ve also had conversations with my cohort that impress upon me their outright disgust for people who are homeless and struggle with substance use and severe mental health issues. It has been argued that the legal profession attracts a disproportionate number of people with empathy issues due to the power, prestige, and money that goes along with it. I’m sure that many of my peers would associate success with the external validation of their sense of superiority to others and the ability to advance their own interests, as opposed to making a meaningful difference in the community or contributing to the administration of justice. I can understand wanting to live comfortably, but for some, insulating themselves from the “sordid reality of ordinary life” is a means of obtaining not just material things, but perhaps more importantly for them, a means of obtaining narcissistic supply. This is the kind of person who would perceive online mentorship as a sign that the mentor must be an unsuccessful “loser” to choose to spend time here. Such a person cannot understand why someone would want to devote the precious resource of time to helping others anonymously, because they are simply incapable of seeing what's in it for them. Of course this is a depressing and infuriating thought for those of us who care, to think that people with empathy issues might even wind up sitting on the bench someday, motivated by greed and self-importance, making important decisions that significantly affect the people whom they look down upon. But I’m thankful for people like Diplock and the moderators of this site, who volunteer their time to mentor and advise, for no reason other than noblesse oblige. As someone who defines success as being in a position to help others, it really restores my faith in the profession to know that there are people out there who feel the same way.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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! 🙂
  11. @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!
  12. 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.
  13. From UofT Law's most recent tumblr post:
  14. 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.
  15. It's created by the school and it's already up.
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