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  1. Hey everyone, I've been accepted to both Osgoode and UofT. I was accepted to Osgoode first and and have actually already provisionally accepted my offer to Osgoode and thought I made the right decision because it's cheaper and seems to have more clinics and courses that suit my interests than UofT. However, from looking at a couple of threads on here, it seems like most people who were accepted both to Osgoode and UofT, ended up using UofT and I'm just wondering for those of you who chose/are going to choose UofT over Osgoode, what made you make that decision? I'm wondering if I should reconsider my decision to go to Osgoode.
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    Why did you pick UofT over Osgoode?

    Thanks so much! That's super helpful and a great way to look at it! Good luck to you too!
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    Why did you pick UofT over Osgoode?

    Thanks so much! I think your decision making process seems very reasonable and your advice is really helpful. I actually haven't really been focusing on weighing the pros of each school, I've mainly been comparing the cons which isn't really that helpful considering that they're both great schools!
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    Why did you pick UofT over Osgoode?

    If you don’t mind me asking, how did it affect you?
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    Why did you pick UofT over Osgoode?

    Thanks for all your advice! It’s definitely reassuring to hear a perspective from someone who chose Osgoode over UofT. I’ll take some time to do more research and probably some time off this forum!
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    Why did you pick UofT over Osgoode?

    Thanks for your response! I think the whole emphasis on Bay Street definitely is influencing me a little. I have thought a lot about how Osgoode seems a lot better for social justice/public services and I think this is where my interests lie. My only concern is that I'm not entirely sure and I haven't even started law school yet, so I'm afraid of starting school and realizing that my interests are completely different. That's kind of why I was trying to look at which school provides a wider range of options.
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    Why did you pick UofT over Osgoode?

    This is something I was concerned about but I have heard that the Strike doesn't affect the law students
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    Why did you pick UofT over Osgoode?

    *choosing UofT my bad lol 😂
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    Why did you pick UofT over Osgoode?

    Thanks so much for your help! A lot of the reasons you listed were some of the things I was considering when I decided Osgoode was right for me. I do have two reservations though I've heard from others that it's largely a myth that UofT's culture is unfriendly and more high-pressure than other schools. I know that the students going there are some of the best and that probably has some affect on what it feels like going there but can anyone who's attended UofT confirm or disconfirm this? Most people I know who attend UofT live downtown or somewhere within Toronto and their commute consists of a fairly quick subway ride which is cheap too. On the other hand, I've heard that York is considered a commuter school and I actually know some people who spend an hour (one way) commuting there everyday so I'm not necessarily concerned about commuting if I went to UofT.
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    Why did you pick UofT over Osgoode?

    Yes! I've had a look at it and depending on how much Osgoode gives in bursaries, the cost could be pretty similar, I just don't really know what Osgoode would offer me
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    Why did you pick UofT over Osgoode?

    The issue though is that I have no idea whether I would receive anywhere close to 15K from Osgoode. UofT has a financial aid calculator so I have a pretty good idea of how much I would receive, but Osgoode doesn't
  12. did you provisionally accept your offer to anywhere else? my friend has very similar stats to you (slightly lower gpa, but slightly higher lsat) and hasn't been accepted either but she provisionally accepted her offer to McGill (or whatever the equivalent is called). Wondering if that has anything to do with it?
  13. I recently got accepted to UofT and though I'm excited and definitely considering accepting, the cost is pretty substantial. I heard UofT has a pretty generous financial aid program and I was looking at the eligibility for bursaries and noticed that you have to be eligible for the interest free loans in order to receive a bursary. One of the requirements is to have a good credit score. According to Equifax, my credit score is very good however, I've only had a credit card for about 6 months (I know, I was late to get one). By the time I apply for any sort of financial aid, I would have had about 9-10 months of credit history. If my credit score is still very good, would this be enough for me to be eligible for their interest-free loans? I know I should contact the financial aid office myself and ask and I have, they just haven't gotten back to me yet. I just thought I'd ask here in case anyone else had a similar experience.
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    UofT for Family law?

    Can anyone give any insight into how UofT is for family law? I don't see any legal clinics that are specific for family law but are there other opportunities? How easy is it to get into family law from UofT
  15. U of T provides a financial aid calculator and from looking at a few threads on here it seems that it's pretty accurate and pretty generous (dependent on need). Osgoode, however, doesn't have any sort of calculator, their site just says that they give different levels of bursaries ranging anywhere from $1K to $15K. I have no idea what kind of aid I could expect from Osgoode so can anyone give some insight into how good their financial aid system is? For example, how much financial need would you have to show in order to receive the larger bursaries? Additionally, does Osgoode provide financial aid for every year of law school? Just to clarify, I'm talking about bursaries, not merit-based scholarships. Thanks!
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    U of T vs. Osgoode Financial Aid?

    Is this based on family income? and how low would it have to be to receive 15K?
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    Scholarships

    Does anyone know when Osgoode starts notifying candidates of scholarship decisions?
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    10% tuition cut at Ontario law schools?

    does this mean that students with a family income of 140K + don't receive any funding? Or does that only apply to undergraduate degrees
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    10% tuition cut at Ontario law schools?

    Since OSAP doesn't take the parents income into account for probably all law students applying, does the grants/loan distribution affect law students at all because I believe they're now giving less grants and only increasing the amount of grants for people with family incomes less than 50K along with the 10% reduction
  20. Out of curiosity I tried to see how much financial aid I would receive if I attended U of T and I was confused because there didn’t seem to be a section to enter anything about OSAP. Does it take the funding you’d receive from OSAP into account? Also did people find that this calculator reflected the true value of aid you received from U of T?
  21. Does Osgoode provide a lot of experiential education in this field? Would you recommend going to this school for this field of law?
  22. Hi everyone, Here's just a little background information: I took the LSAT over the summer. I ended up with a 160 which I know is not terrible but it's not what I was hoping for either, especially since U of T was my first choice. I didn't retake it because I knew that, due to my work and school schedule, I would have no time to study and improve my score and I didn't want to risk retaking it and getting a lower score (I know schools generally take the highest, but I've still heard that scoring lower a second time generally doesn't look great). My cGPA is 3.96, I have a fair amount of EC activities. But even so, I know my chances with U of T are pretty low, if not zero because of my LSAT. I decided it wasn't a big deal since there are many other great law schools in Canada, and so far I've been accepted to Osgoode, Western and Ottawa. I also tried to make myself feel better by reminding myself that U of T is pretty damn expensive and that affording any law school is already going to be a difficult thing for me. However, I'm now starting to have second thoughts and I'm wondering if I made a mistake by not trying harder for U of T. Do you think going to U of T would genuinely allow me better career opportunities and a better education in general? I will say that I am ambitious but I'm most likely not interested in corporate/bay street jobs which I know people associate with U of T. I just don't know if I'm really going to missing out on anything. -Mandy
  23. So in general if I want to work in Toronto but in areas not related to corporate law, would you say that going to osgoode over U of T is a good choice? *this is based on the fact that I’m likely not going to get into U of T this cycle
  24. sorry! I thought you were asking what I would consider to be advantages for me personally
  25. I guess I mean being able to practice in Toronto, maybe higher salaries (though I would prefer more flexible working hours and know that generally the more you work, the more money you make), being able to practice in my interests (social-justice related law or family law).
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