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whereverjustice last won the day on August 18 2019

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  1. Holy smokes. I see you've completed 1L, so this isn't a negligible number of people, right? I graduated in 2011 and I wasn't aware of anyone who was in this position. That's not to say they didn't exist, just that I didn't know about it! To the contrary, there was plenty of chatter about lines of credit, post-graduation debt, and other things that would suggest students were self-funding. Personally, I had a small amount of family support (easily less than 10% of tuition) and I don't think that was super unusual. The amount of needs-based funding I received would suggest that I was actually better off than most, as someone who came into law school self-funding with no savings but also no debt.
  2. OP has started two threads in parallel on this. I'm going to lock this one, and if anyone has further advice I'd suggest it go in the other thread:
  3. Indeed, no one in this year's Accepted thread (to date), nor last year's, has reported an LSAT score of 155 or lower.
  4. I'm glad this thread was helpful to you in making your decision, and that you have decided to go to Western and not Osgoode!
  5. It is actually encouraged, on this forum, for users to be selective and self-reflective when offering up advice and opinions. On issues like "how does one's law school influence career progression" we have a fair number of people with relevant knowledge. It is always unfortunate when good advice is crowded out by 0L speculation. I'm in my eighth year of call and I won't be expressing any opinions on the UWO-to-Bay career progression because I didn't go to UWO and don't work on Bay.
  6. I would just go now. I was in a similar position as an applicant - accepted to some good options, but decided to hold out for my top choice even if it means waiting another year. I was lucky in that I was then accepted to my top choice, but in retrospect, I think it was a bad decision to go all-in on one school. Getting started with my practice a year earlier has been worth more to me than anything else I would have done with that 'gap year'. My advice presumes that your preference for Queen's over Windsor is about preference and not concrete practical issues. For instance, if going to Queen's means you would live with family and thus greatly reduce your living expenses, that's definitely a relevant factor.
  7. It is very common on this forum for people - especially new users - to seek advice about plans that actually don' t make sense, or rely on poor assumptions. Part of giving advice is looking behind the question, because providing the right answer to the wrong question can do more harm than good. This is at least as true for legal practice as it is on this forum, and provided people observe Rule #3, we don't discourage that here. It is very common on this forum for people to register an account, as a question, and upon encountering anything less than total uniform adulation to immediately conclude that you guys all suck and this is why people hate law students and I'm going somewhere without all this toxic negativity, like reddit. It is less typical to find this in someone who has already been a law student for a couple of years. In any event, we don't encourage that here, and since we've hit that stage, I'm going to close this up.
  8. Currently in my eighth year of call, have never heard of a legal data analyst, can't make an informed guess as to what they do. Maybe the people who put together the quantums databases (child/spousal support, personal injury judgments, pay upon termination of employment)? Can't imagine that's a lot of jobs, though.
  9. Law schools train people in the law. They are not trade schools for journalism. A law degree could be advantageous for a journalist who wishes to write about the law, in the same way that an educational background in any subject is advantageous for a journalist who wishes to write about that subject. Law school is expensive. Given the current condition of the journalism job market, going to law school to become a journalist would be (in my opinion) a terrible decision unless you are already so wealthy that you do not ever need to work for a living. If you are looking to get academic credentials to improve your ability to report on international law and human rights law, I would suggest you do an MA on the subject. This will take less time, less money, and allow you to focus on your interests - rather than taking a full law degree including contracts, real property, criminal procedure, and numerous other things you don't care about.
  10. We can ban you, if you like. Some people ask for this when they find their participation on the forum to be a drag on their well-being, and it's completely OK. Send me a PM if you'd like a voluntary ban, whether temporary or permanent.
  11. If you're not planning on using the law degree, I don't think you should do it for another two years. My answer might have been different if you were going into 3L.
  12. Or you can stay in residence and pay $1250/month for a spacious, furnished one-bedroom, internet included, immediately across the street from the law school, with your classmates as neighbours. 😀
  13. I think there might be a terminology problem here. "First time articling" is redundant. Summer jobs during law school are not articling. So, again, are you talking about summer jobs or articling?
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