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  1. So, was it hard? Well, sort of! The first 2 months were excruciating, but looking back, I think it was not the workload that made it challenging; it was the mental overload. Within two weeks of starting law school, I contemplated dropping out. During the first two weeks, all classes would leave my entire body in sharp pain and would give me some nasty migraine. You have probably already heard something along, law school is mentally challenging because of the competition. However, I think what is not emphasized enough is that the content of the courses themselves can take a toll on your mental health, especially if you are a person, like me, who literally feel the pain of others. Criminal law was the toughest. Almost all cases involved a form of violent crime, and reading some of them was paralyzing. Some call it the collective pain; whatever it's called, law school proved me that it's real. On the other hand, law school can be exciting, fulfilling, and even fun. If you are in law school because you love studying the law, you will find yourself fully engaged with every case. Plus, you are surrounded by driven people who have no shame in talking about ideas and projects for hours. Also, you learn a totally new language in only a few months and impress yourself. For me, things got much better after I received my midterm grades. At that point, I had some idea of where I stood in my class, and I was happy with my grades. But until I could find that certainty, I had to develop a routine to keep myself sane. How did I keep sane? I have dealt with depression and anxiety in high school, so I had some idea of what worked for me. I exercised almost every week and maintained my meditation routine (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4gZgnCy5ew&t=497s) --> (this is the guided meditation that I used). I started drawing and painting to prevent law school from murdering my right brain and semi-creative soul. Perhaps what helped the most was dancing alone in my room to "Shake it Out" - Florence and the machine :). What, like, it's hard? It was like poking yourself in the eye with a fork and liking it! I will leave you with that! Happy Holidays
  2. Does anyone know if there are microwaves at Osgoode chambers? (in the rooms or in the common area). Thanks!
  3. I got many questions from friends over the summer about how I went about writing my personal statement and I thought I'd made a post in case others find it helpful too. WHEN: There are no golden rules for how early you should start your essay. I started writing down ideas about my essay as early as June when the deadline for applications were in November. I know! That is super early! Everyone told me that I shouldn't be investing any time in my essay and focus my time entirely on the LSAT. But I had my own reasons for not listening to them and kept investing as little as 20 minutes per week to my essay. Here was my reason: for me, my story, and the reason I wanted to go to law school was a great source of motivation for keeping up the long hours of studying. Thinking about my essay was thinking about my WHY, my purpose for going to law school, and being constantly reminded of this WHY gave me the motivation to keep focusing on the LSAT. HOW: If you are applying to all law schools in Ontario, (side note: I applied to all 6 schools and got into 5/6 schools. I am currently attending Osgoode Hall Law School) I recommend that you start your essays by working on Windsor Law's essay since it has broken down the essay into a few questions and If you like you can even break these questions down further. This is important because having multiple questions will make it simpler to extract information from your mind. For most other schools, you are going to be asked to write about a very general topic. I encourage you to take all the information from you Windsor essay and turn it into a story. An advice that I got from York University's Career Counsellor was to tell the story out loud a few times before you put it on paper. And finally when you have figured out a logical structure for your essay, start writing When you start writing, ignore the word restriction and write as much as you like remembering that you can always edit at the end. Don't restrict yourself by thinking you have to finish your Windsor essay before you start the rest. I started working on the simultaneously when i finished jotting down all ideas for my Windsor essay. One question that I often get asked is whether I tailored my statement of purpose for each law school based on their area of specialty. For example, my area of passion is international human rights law and my essays were very social justice oriented and I get asked if I changed my essay for Western Law to fit their corporate culture? The answer is no. However I did put in the effort to research Westerns law's clinics and faculty to see how best Western can help me achieve my purpose. So, yes although I made adjustments for each essay I did not change the underlying idea or misrepresented my purpose. Feel free to message me if you had any questions.
  4. I am starting law school at Osgoode Hall in September. I have created a personal blog where I have shared posts about my experience with the LSAT, the law school application process. I will be sharing more posts about my experience at Osgoode as school starts. I was wondering if I can share the link with the students on this forum? would his be in any way an infringement of the forums' rules?
  5. Hi, I have been working as a private yoga instructor and a tutor and make around $700/month from this. However, I had accounting issues and I never filed for taxes for this income so it's not disclosed. Can I still put it on my resume? do employers ask for any salary history or do they just confirm my work through references? Thanks
  6. Hi everyone, I'm starting law school at Osgoode in September. I took a year off after undergrad so currently, I am not in school. I have been working in marketing for the past 5 months but my contract ended a month ago so I am currently planning for the next 5 months of this break before school starts. Personally, I really want to travel back to my country, Iran, for 3 months and volunteer at a charity there and teach English. However, this would mean that I would have a 4-5 months gap on my resume in terms of Canadian work experience. So I was wondering if travelling is this a good idea or should I stay in Toronto and maybe try to find a summer job at a law firm? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
  7. Got the email today! cgpa: 3.5 L2: 3.78 I think B2: 3.8 LSAT: 161 President of an academic student club, internship, volunteering, and some part-time work.
  8. I read a few of the older posts about this and it seems like we can wear whatever we are comfortable wearing. I'm probably going to wear jeans! for the Feb 21 event, there was a panel of speakers last year (you can find the video on youtube) and some info about scholarships and other things. I'm not attending the other two events because I'm not in Toronto at that time!
  9. Hey guys! Do you know if Osgoode will make an FB Group for those accepted?
  10. Accepted today! CGPA:3.5 L2:3.7 ish LSAT:161 Will be declining for Osgoode.
  11. Received the email this morning I was crying for a good 30 minutes. I still can't believe it. Stats: CGPA: 3.5 L2: 3.74 LSAT: 153, 161 (November) ECs: president of an academic student club, Human Resources Internship, Lots of volunteering at different charities, + very unique life experience back in my country so I had a very strong personal statement. It is true, Osgoode's admission process is holistic. / Feel free to message me if you had any questions! ** does anyone know if there is an FB group for those accepted?**
  12. Hi, Sorry to hear that you didn't get your PT score on the actual LSAT. That happened to me for the September test and don't forget that if you consistently scored 160+ on PTs, under exam conditions, you might've just gotten unlucky. I think this article does a good job of describing the luck element. Casino LSAT: ( https://blog.powerscore.com/lsat/bid/310634/welcome-to-the-lsat-casino ). But you can make your PT scores more consistent and overcome the luck element by working on question types that are your weaknesses. I will send you a message with my tutor's info!
  13. If you need my tutor's contact you can message me She was honestly great. Thank you and best of luck!
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