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TobyFlenderson last won the day on January 10 2019

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  1. Late January! This year is unlikely to be comparable to others re: timing though, given the pandemic/WFH element. They may be moving faster/slower than previous years and I would caution applicants against reading too deep into timing when the truth may be as simple as they just haven't reached your file yet.
  2. I'm a Western 2L who was accepted with a slightly lower GPA and the same LSAT, but I wasn't an access applicant. You're definitely in the running.
  3. The general advice you’ll hear on this forum is to go to school in the province you want to practice. If you want to practice in Ontario, go to Windsor.
  4. Agreed. I wrote the LSAT in June (2018) so that I had September to write again if I needed to (I did). I was between 3rd and 4th year when I wrote it the first time, so I started studying at the beginning of May and wrote halfway through June (not enough time, for me at least). Having July and August helped for the second one. Try to find a time where your other commitments are reduced (like in the summer, if you’re a student) so you can put the time in, and have a backup write date in mind so you know that you aren’t stuck with your first test if it doesn’t turn out as well as you’d like.
  5. Can't recall exactly what protections were offered to me but I was definitely offered some protection at the time of signing and I have since been called by Scotiabank once or twice to sign me up. If I recall correctly, there were two different options given to me, one of which at least was some kind of critical illness/disability sort of protection. If you haven't already signed, mention it when you talk to the advisor. If you haven't spoken to an advisor yet, make sure you reach out to the one that Scotia has specifically for your school. There's a list of them floating around this forum. They do this sort of thing for dozens of, if not more, students per year and will be much more knowledgeable than the rep at your local branch.
  6. I can’t speak to your probability with a 151 (beyond a general guess that your odds aren’t great, unfortunately), but I will say that if you could get your LSAT to 158, you’d have a fair chance at Western. 160+ would obviously increase your chances, and would make you competitive at Osgoode and Western.
  7. Writing online exams with two 25"+ monitors is a blessing that I will miss if/when exams return to an on campus, laptop only writing experience. Even if they decide to let us use digital summaries, the screen size will feel miniscule. My point is that a good computer is great, definitely, but an external monitor is an underrated bonus in a world of digital school. Notes on one screen, lectures on the other, or exams on one and summaries on the other -- lots of uses.
  8. It's a perfectly reasonable question. I remember when I got accepted, I wanted as much information as I could find, so I totally get it. Over the summer, take it easy. Common advice is to do things you might not have time for in 1L. Read books for fun, play video games, pick up a new hobby you've been meaning to try. If circumstances permit, travel. If things are in person (and the 1Ls were in person this year so I assume if nobody else, they will be next year too), you'll want some formal clothes (this does not mean buy four suits). If you need a LOC for school, I'd look into that sooner rather than later, as there's been speculation on this forum that the banks might clamp down a little bit on those. Go to Scotiabank, they're almost definitely your best bet. That's all that comes to mind at the moment as far as basics, but the big takeaway is really that aside from the essentials (securing rent, tuition, etc), just try to enjoy the time you have between now and 1L. It gets pretty busy pretty quick!
  9. In 1L, most of your classes will be full year. In those classes, you'll have a midterm in December and a final in April, usually worth 30/70 of your grade. There are two exceptions. Exception #1 is LRWA, which is assignment based and taught by your small group prof. Exception #2 is either Ethics or Corporate, you get to choose which you take in second semester (whichever you don't, you take in first semester of 2L) and that's just a half-year class so one final exam at the end worth 100%. There are optional assignments in Corp/Ethics that can reduce the weight of the final exam if you opt in to them, but I seem to recall last year both profs saying that nobody had exercised that option in a very long time. In your upper year classes, evaluation varies. I had classes in the fall that were 100% exam (with optional assignments to reduce that weight), others with small participation elements, and others that were entirely paper based. It depends on the course and the prof.
  10. Trying to do something about it is definitely worse than just letting it be. It happens. Try not to dwell on it. They might not even notice.
  11. Worst case: you don't get a job and you get some experience applying. Best case: you surprise yourself and get a job, and still get some experience applying. Your C+ might stop you from getting a job. Not applying will definitely stop you from getting a job.
  12. But then you wouldn't have 15K to put towards tuition. So you would need more financial aid.
  13. If the vaccine rollout schedule occurs as planned, and I realize that’s a big if, then I don’t see why next year couldn’t be in person (at least from a COVID perspective). That said, speaking at least in the context of Western, they scheduled a fair bit of in-person this semester obviously thinking that would be workable by now and with the recent lockdown/stay at home order, that’s all been pushed back to late February, so perhaps going forward they’ll err on the side of caution. I think there is a challenge, though, with having only half the year in person. Securing housing would likely be a problem, either because you’re paying rent for fall months you don’t need to or because you’d have a hard time finding a place in November for January (or such places would want longer rental periods than you might be willing to sign). While I think Winter 2022, from a public health perspective, will be good to go in person, I think it’s possible that other factors prevent it.
  14. Assuming this is a genuine question and not an exercise in self flattery as the poster above seems to suggest, your grades are good. Most law schools curve to a B average, so to get a B makes you an average student. The further away you get from a B, in either direction, the less average you are. As and B+s are, then, obviously good. Edited following your post: I would not take that peer’s claims at face value. 2L OCIs like a B+ average, for BigLaw at least, from my understanding. The 1L recruit is much smaller, so it’s naturally more competitive and I’ve heard secondhand that an A average is ideal. One piece of advice you’ll find on this forum frequently, though, is not to self-select out of experiences you want. Worst case, you apply and get experience going through the application process.
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