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  1. Most of the lectures are direct reflections of the readings! But how useful the readings are really depends on the professor and the class. It's hard to say how much you will rely on. Some profs go so in depth you don't really need to read the textbook for anything more than clarification (I didn't even open one of the textbooks I bought even once all semester). But overall, its helpful to do the readings because some professors will just pull out the main points and principles of the cases you talk about, etc. so it's nice to have the background context of how and were those came from. The readings are just more in-depth and give you the full picture whereas the prof will help decipher the sometimes difficult/confusing decisions of judges to guide you. Like I said, it really depends on the court and the style of profs teaching --- probably similar to undergrad in the sense. Personally, I did most of the readings for 3.5/5 courses (so most). Participation is also part of your mark, in first year at least, so it's helpful to know the content ahead of class.
  2. I did an undergrad in science and thought it would be a difficult transition. But honestly everyone came from very different undergrads. I know only some who did criminology or political science, all of whom still had to learn the content pretty much from base up like all of us either way. I think what I struggled most with was adapting to the type of writing the legal field wants which is super concise and straight to the point. I didn’t do a lot of papers or develop much of my writing skills during undergrad so the legal writing (LRWA) course was a but it an adaptation. The main thing anyone has to adapt to is the amount of reading and keeping up with the coursework. It’s really easy to fall behind, but depending on your time management and learning style very manageable. I might go as far as saying the everyday lifestyle is much chiller than undergrad because you’re not studying for tests all the time, just end of term exams. The only assignments you have are the LRWA assignments first term, but you’re free after. Weekends are your best friend. I honestly reserve those for getting my work prepped for the week, leaving you a lot more time to chill during the week or take on moots, info sessions, etc. You are your “time clock” so it’s how you want to set it up so you’re caught up and not dying at the end of the term studying for exams (cause you need like a month to prep for exams).
  3. Hey! I actually go to Western and the Welcome Day and Tory's Reception were a big reason for why I chose to come to Western. The Tory's Reception isn't so much as networking as it is meeting current students and being able to talk to them about their experiences, why they chose Western and asking questions. I had a few doubts about Western and the students I spoke to at the reception ultimately shifted me to a strong yes. I honestly chose Western for the social environment over everything. Would highly recommend attending if you can!! Edit: Totally just realized the event was today. But if you have any questions in case you missed the event, feel free to reach out
  4. Hi everyone, Stuck between Western and Ottawa and would love some input based on what I'm looking for. With Western, I luckily got to visit the school and LOVED it. Everyone was so welcoming and really changed my mind about the school. Liked how it was a small class size and how it's closer to Toronto. I was planning on going here until I finally received an answer from Ottawa today. I like the idea of Ottawa because of how diverse their course selection is and their government connections. I'm hoping to explore either criminal or health law, both of which I've heard great things about with Ottawa. However, I've heard that Western is a bit more well connected if I'm hoping to stay close to home and practice in Toronto once I finish. I've worked for government and loved it, so I think this would be a great option for me or working with the public somehow. Worked in corporate law and hated it, which I know Western is big on so I worry I may not be able to explore other option/streams as much. Ottawa's larger class size, distance and hearing about their poor administration also worries me. I didn't get a chance to visit Ottawa so it's hard to compare the culture and atmosphere of Western to them. Ultimately, I want to be able to enjoy my student experience while also being able to effectively explore my options in law and have good chances at later coming back to Toronto to practice as well. Also, I'm definitely open to other streams outside criminal and health law, but as of now I'm super passionate about those. PLEASE HELP
  5. I'm in the same situation! It still has my in queue update from January. I gave them a call today and they are hoping to get some kind of answers out to people by the end of the week (June 1st) and if not then next week. Hope this helps!
  6. Accepted this morning! Will be declining. L2 3.92 LSAT 154/162
  7. Accepted March 22 LSAT 154/161 L2 3.92 Will be declining! Good luck to those waiting!
  8. If we are provisionally accepting the offer, should I still click accept on the actual schools online portal? Or just leave it empty for now since OLSAS already says provisional acceptance as my status for the school?
  9. Hi everyone, I'm looking forward to attending the open house/welcome this Sunday but haven't been able to find any details on what's going on that day, what time I should be there for or where on campus things are happening exactly. I've even tried googling it and can't find any more information. I just have the brief description they gave us in our admission package. Would love to know if anyone else found some information!
  10. Hi all, I was accepted to Western about a month ago and am starting to stress about finding housing for September. Western is definitely one of my top choices but I would ideally also like to hear from Osgoode and uOttawa before the April 1 deadline to accept, but have yet to hear anything from those schools. I know housing is usually done around this time (Jan-Feb) and good houses go really quick. If possible, I would like to wait until closer to the deadline before I accept Western's offer in case I hear from other schools. What would you recommend for housing? Look now or wait it out? How slim will housing be the longer I wait? Also, do law students usually live together? Do you get houses/apartments as a group or solo and people join later? Any help would be appreciated!
  11. I just finished my undergrad at McMaster myself and there is definitely no JD program. It is just the new undergraduate JPPL program that started a few years ago as mentioned earlier. All the students I know from this program are currently applying for law schools at other universities.
  12. I am in the same predicament! I saw that a lot of Western's course offerings were catered more towards corporate and criminal law. How did people find it exploring other streams? I was hoping to go into either health law or criminal law, but would love to keep my options open as much as possible -- to which Osgoode seems to be a bit more diverse.
  13. Received the email this morning! LSAT 154/161 cGPA: 3.48 L2: 3.93 General category. ON resident. Will likely be declining, hopefully this spot can go to someone else!
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