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  1. I'm personally not interested in the slightest in prosecution, for moral reasons, and I expect that's the majority of that kind of work. That is good to know, though, thanks. Glad to hear you say that - my French situation seems pretty similar to yours. @erinl2 thanks, great things to consider
  2. Haha, guilty. Good thought about costs, though. Sort of what I was already thinking.
  3. They appeal in different ways. A larger school allows some anonymity, a smaller school is more personal. I've been living in a small (500k) city for a while now and I really like it. Montreal seems interesting, but I do find Toronto a bit overwhelming. I've only been to Montreal once, though. I was sort of thinking along those lines - the idea of keeping Quebec open to me is appealing, but it's also fairly likely I just end up pulled back to Ontario for other reasons. @Luckycharm, you're a clown. Don't believe the hype.
  4. Very grateful to have received acceptances at both of my preferred schools. Now I have to make the choice of which to go to. Between the cities, I'm not sure. I want to become totally fluent in French: my French is passable but nothing impressive. I've had some people say Ottawa is better for bilingualism but obviously Montreal is Montreal. I'm sure I'd like Ottawa, but Montreal seems exciting. I've got family in both cities, but I definitely think it'd be more work adjusting to Montreal - I'm okay with that, though. Between the schools, I am having a bit of a hard time separating them. I'm leaning pretty heavily towards criminal law, so I'm less worried about learning Quebecois law and having to relearn in Ontario. I like McGill's combined approach, but there's also something to be said about being near the Supreme Court etc, and to focusing on Ontario law. McGill's a smaller school in a bigger city and Ottawa is a bigger school in a smaller city, which both have some appeal. I'm kinda having trouble nailing down what Ottawa's big selling point is, though - McGill's is the combined programme, I haven't gotten a feel for Ottawa yet. I have no idea where I want to work, and I'd probably be happy working in either Quebec or Ontario. My family is mostly in Ontario but I have an uncle who moved to QC in his 20s and he's done well for himself, so I like the idea of keeping the option open. Right now I just want to get the hell out of Toronto. A major appeal of Montreal is cost, though. While thankfully I'm in a comfortable financial position, I don't think I know anyone who can write off a 10k a year difference, plus cost of living being lower in Montreal. Don't have much exposure to either school or city, so I'm interested in how other people found them.
  5. Accepted, just before walking into a tough exam! 164/3.9, poor extracurriculars (work, mostly). Intermediate French, no interview call though. Probably going to accept, still haven't decided though
  6. I personally wouldn't because I don't want to cross a picket line. You don't think finding an unblocked entrance in the subway counts as crossing the picket line, I do. If you would cross the picket line, don't support unions and hope for back-to-work legislation, then my statement doesn't apply to you. But to say that it's completely immaterial is only your personal opinion. For people who support unions, the fact that York is constantly on strike is relevant.
  7. One thing you might consider is that the York faculty got absolutely screwed recently at arbitration, which means they'll almost certainly be on strike again within the next two or three years. I personally wouldn't go to York because I wouldn't cross a picket line, but regardless of what you think of it it'd be a massive pain in the ass and just isn't worth it imo
  8. Accepted! Got the email this morning. Really surprised to have gotten it so early, since I submitted pretty close to the deadline. GPA 3.9 LSAT 164 Relatively weak extracurriculars (mostly just school, work & a recreational sport)
  9. If the schools' reps specifically told you that, I'm sure you'll be fine. Besides, If you've been out of school for 5 years, I hardly see why an academic reference would be helpful anyway - they're not admitting you from five years ago.
  10. My stats are very similar to yours and I'm equally anxious, if it makes you feel any better. Mostly because my extra curriculars are terrible.
  11. I was just offering some advice, based on my experience. For the record, I'm doing law school because I got experience working with the law during my undergrad and I have a pretty good idea of what I'm getting myself into. The only thing I was getting at is that you're only just finished first year. A lot can change in undergrad. Also, it was specifically this line that made me comment: I just gave my advice the same as I've given other first years in a similar position. It's not meant as an insult. If it doesn't apply, just ignore it, and maybe it'll be helpful for someone reading the thread later.
  12. I never said they were bad reasons, or that no one should do big law. Some people enjoy it, I have enough corporate experience to know that I wouldn't. I meant reasons for practicing law, in general. From my perspective, their post didn't give a lot of reasons they were interested in law instead of anything else that might put you in a corporate office. So @thedraper, my only advice was to figure out what actually appeals to you about big law. I thought I knew what I wanted to do in high school, and I was wrong. Then I thought I knew what I wanted to do do in first year, and that was wrong, too. etc. Do big law if it'll make you happy, just make sure it'll make you happy first.
  13. Finish your degree, even if you don't want a career in history. Do you want to potentially fail out of/leave law school and have no degree? That's what you're risking. Followup question: why do you even want to do law? For me, I want a job where I can help people and further a cause, and I enjoy research and writing. Do your research. If you can't answer that question, don't go to law school. You'll save yourself a lot of money and headaches.
  14. https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/en/pub/85-002-x/2015001/article/14191-eng.pdf?st=Xk-kaV4O Jewish people faced 54 hate crimes per 100k, and Muslims faced 6.2 hate crimes per 100k. In comparison, Catholics faced 0.22 per 100k. And anti-Catholic hate crimes were far more likely to be property crimes such as vandalism of cemetaries. No crimes against non-Catholic Christians are reported. The claim that contempt for Christians is worse than Muslims or Jewish people is absurd and not based in reality. Like I said before, it's a persecution complex.
  15. Because Christians are a huge majority and almost all major positions of power are held by Christians, particularly the PM's office, the GG and the Crown. How many Muslim PMs have we had? Hindu Supreme Court justices? What about Jewish GGs? And while it's hard to find exactly what religion Canada's wealthiest people are, I don't see any Muhammads on the Top 10. And of course, the Queen is the head of a Christian church. The upper class in this country are overwhelmingly Christian or of Christian background.
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