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  1. Hey everyone, I’m considering buying an IPad with the pencil. Has anyone used it to aid their LSAT studying? I.e., are there any advantages over a laptop/textbooks? Any apps for the iPad for LSAT studying to recommend? Any bad experiences? All input is appreciated!
  2. Being someone who has spent ~4 years commuting from the west end to downtown by both car and bus, I can offer some insights. 1. What is the typical start time for classes? 9AM? -- Unsure, as I'm not a student. 2. How accurate would you say the Google Maps estimated commute times are for both car and bus at it relates to Ottawa? -- Incredibly accurate for both driving and bus. Note that there are times where OC Transpo will have issues (e.g., bus having problems, double decker crashing in to a bus station, etc.) and that can throw off your arrival time. Presumably this happens in any city so I wouldn't worry. If you bus, I'd like to reiterate the above-mentioned point about using the OC Transpo app to know exactly when your bus will arrive, especially when it means you spend less time outside during our winters. 3. Does anyone have any experience with parking on campus? -- I find it over-priced. The better option, in my opinion, is to scan through Kijiji or the various relevant Facebook groups and find somewhere in Sandy Hill where you can rent a parking spot. It'll mean walking a bit more but I think it's worth it. 4. If you’ve done the Hull or Gat to Ottawa commute, how long did it take you to get to class door-to-door in the morning? Any significant differences between snow months vs non-snow months? Same commute questions for anyone who has experience with living in Orleans. -- The bridges are a nightmare at the moment, leading to backups well in to the city during rush hour. While this is supposed to be temporary, your faith in this should depend on your faith in government construction projects hitting their estimated deadlines (see: this link). 5. Does anyone commute from Westboro area? -- No, but I've commuted from somewhere a bit past there. Both the Queensway and the parkway are good options. If you leave before 7:15 you should be able to avoid rush hour on the parkway and depending on your schedule, this shouldn't be an issue. I'd also like to add that this is a fantastic part of the city. Hope this helps! Feel free to PM me with any questions.
  3. Thank you all. I think the major point that's been made in one way or another by most of you is to consider whether the person receiving my "business" card would want to contact me. That likely isn't the case as I can't think of too many situations where a lawyer would want to reach out to the student who is using the encounter for his/her own benefit. The lawyer probably doesn't stand to gain much by following up with the student. This makes lots of sense to me now that I think about it. For any of you that care, I did not end up handing out any of my cards but I received a few. So I guess the practice isn't dead ☺️.
  4. At least there's hope that my $50 might not turn out to be completely spent in vain...
  5. Is this an invitation to apply to your firm? Does LS.ca contact info count? Thanks for the insights all of you, I'm glad I consulted this forum before handing them out thinking I look like such a professional while sending the opposite image.
  6. I'm going to a networking event in the coming days at a recruitment event and hope to impress a few lawyers. I was told that it may be worthwhile to get some business cards to convey a professional image and make some connections. I was wondering if any of you use them or is it a dead practice? Are there any dos/don'ts when exchanging cards? If it's relevant, I'm still a student.
  7. @Prospero: Yes, very annoying haha but I know you wouldn't say it unless you had good intentions, so thank you. I've just started studying for the LSAT so hopefully I can score something in the 160s or higher. Whether or not that will happen, and how much effort that will take, is yet to be seen -- I'll never know if I don't try though. Cheers. @420: Glad to hear, very encouraging. I hope all goes well for you in your studies. Thanks for the input ladies/gentlemen. Regards
  8. Would you mind sharing where else you applied? I assume you took a similar approach in deciding which schools to apply to? I need something positive to help me sleep at night! I called Western and they told me that they count them (perhaps a factor in why you were accepted?), still waiting on a reply from Queen's to let me know what they think about summer courses. Thanks for the (somewhat) encouraging input! I'm a big fan of your username by the way. Best of luck with the rest of your applications and your time in school.
  9. Hello everyone, I'll be finishing my undergrad in August. Due to immaturity and frankly not caring about school, my first three years were pretty bad (2.29 CGPA for first three years). However, having decided I want to take a shot at law school, I started caring about school and have had a pretty good year. Notwithstanding the summer classes I'm about to take, I have a 3.7 average in my fourth year. If all goes according to plan with my summer courses, I'll have a 3.8 for my fourth year by graduation. That would bring my last two year average to a whopping 3.15, and my CGPA to a 2.69. As such, I've decided to take another year of undergrad to bump up my last two as the schools I've talked to say that for the purpose of their admissions, they "count backwards" from your most recent undergraduate grades and make the calculation from there. Going through that route, if all goes as planned (again), I'll have a last two average of a 3.8 and a cgpa of 2.9. I've taken all fourth year courses this year and plan to do so in the extra year as well. I recognize that things have a tendency to go differently than planned but for the sake of this question, let's assume that I'm a pretty good fortune teller. Furthermore, for the sake of argument, let's assume that I'm able to score a 165 on the LSAT (I haven't written yet). Therefore, my question is: with a last two/best two average of 3.8, a 2.9 CGPA, and a 165 LSAT, would I have any decent odds of admission? Would my low cgpa be a major or minor hindrance to my odds? If it matters, I'm most interested in Queen's, Western, and Dalhousie (considering how their processes seem to favour last two grades). I have two years of work experience in the federal public service and have two professors who I'm confident will write very good LORs. If this has been answered elsewhere, I apologize. I found the people in similar situations still had much higher CGPAs than I do so I was more curious your thoughts on how this would affect my application. Thanks in advance.
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