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  1. Thanks for the input! Just wanted to see whether or not grey was a suitable colour for business formal events or if it's not formal enough.
  2. Starting 1L in September. I already own a grey suit but I'm a bit unsure how this would stand out at business formal events. Based on this I'm thinking about getting another one in either navy or charcoal, but is a nice grey versatile enough to work into a rotation when it comes to networking events or other events that require business formal dress?
  3. Fwiw I got into queens with a lower CGPA, slightly higher L2 and a 159 LSAT. Was also waitlisted at Western and Oz, dinged from UofT. Didn’t wait to hear back from the others I applied to.
  4. I majored in History and had a great undergraduate experience overall. The program and faculty in the History department at my undergrad institution helped me foster some of the key skills that I've heard will be helpful in my law school endeavors (I haven't actually started 1L yet). That said, my positive experience during undergrad is most attributed to being passionate about studying History. It's a four year experience so the most important thing is to make sure you enjoy what you study and not want to bash your head through drywall three years from now because you committed to a major you hate as you thought it would give you the best chance at law school. You can major in anything you want, doesn't necessarily have to be law or policy related, for example. I agree with @Aschenbach that you probably shouldn't sink too much thought into law school yet. Do keep it in the back of your mind and maybe even use it as some extra motivation to keep the grades high when you're feeling particularly unmotivated towards some classes, but don't obsess over it. Also, don't take the LSAT until you're fully committed to applying to law school.
  5. I went through the Scotiabank rep at the Kingston location and got 135k at prime with two of their premium credit cards and ScotiaOne account with no monthly payments. Initial offer was prime plus 0.5% but was able to negotiate this down. I'd say contact the local rep in Kingston via email as they're the ones that deal with these types of loans often. You have to sign for the loan and the cards in person but they can send the documents over to your local branch. I was advised by some users on this forum to not budge on the prime rate and I suggest you try and do the same. Feel free to PM me if you have any other specific questions and I'll try to help out.
  6. I'm just going to a quick comment in case there is any misinterpretation from the comment I've quoted above. The interest is still applied monthly to the amount you've used from your LOC, you just don't have to pay it yourself. It's automatically applied to the current balance of your credit line every month. The only real advantage is that there is no risk of delinquent payments, as the payments are made automatically. It's possible that certain Scotiabank clients don't have interest added and that I am wrong, but Scotiabank certainly didn't budge on it in my case. If some people did have this in their package, it's most definitely not standard. Are you sure this is the case for you? @TheSaskConnection
  7. I believe their initial offer depends on the school you tell them you'll be attending. I was offered Prime + 0.5 initially and they mentioned that was standard for that particular law school. That said, I negotiated it down to Prime successfully relatively easily, so it's a good idea to take the advice not to settle for Prime. @Maple22 They did ask me for a written Prime offer from another bank so that they could match it, but I ended up sitting down with the branch manager and convinced him to lower it for me without any other offers.
  8. I'm in the same position as you right now, looking for housing in Queen's for an Aug 1 or Sept 1 lease. $1000/mo for rent and utilities hasn't seemed realistic based on my research so far. I was in that price range as well before I started looking but I've come to accept that I will most likely have to pay more. I suggest you do the same. I've reached out to some property management companies in Kingston regarding September 1st leases and they've all said that places for that timeline would list around June/July since these companies require 60 days notice from previous tenants.
  9. The deadline for the Law Admissions Bursary was sometime back in February, but they still accept and review applications. You'll just have to fill out the form and email it to the awards office. Your application status should show up on your SOLUS account within a couple of business days and the turnaround time for a decision is somewhere between 2-3 weeks. Queen's also has a general bursary application which opens up in September. My guess is that the awarded amount will most likely be applied to 2nd semester, as that was the process at my undergraduate institution.
  10. I'm beginning law school this coming September and I'm a relatively debt-averse person. How much debt do most students graduate with? Do people often tackle their line of credit a little bit when working summer positions and articling? Or do potential moving expenses, subletting, and other expenses prevent students from lowering their debt while in school? For context, I'mg going into school with no savings and no backup funding from parents. However, I've taken a year off between undergrad and law school and used that time, along with some extra money I've run into, to pay off my undergrad debt. I'm just curious what my expected debt levels will be upon graduation and what I can do along the way to minimize it.
  11. For what it's worth, I was in the same position you were during undergrad and understand your feelings in this matter. Approaching the application process with borderline stats can be a pretty daunting and stressful process, especially considering the fact that your life may be in limbo for upwards of 6 months while you wait to hear back from some of these schools. I was preparing myself to be rejected from many schools this cycle. I applied with an approximate 3.2 cGPA, 3.65 L2, and a 159 highest LSAT score. I was accepted to Queen's earlier this month and couldn't be happier as it was a top choice for me. With your GPA projections, you should be competitive at some schools with a decent LSAT score. I was surprised to be accepted to Queen's as it was considering it states on their admissions website that they prefer applicants with at least a 3.3 cGPA. I do believe I am probably a bit of an outlier in this regard for the incoming class, so don't necessarily take my words for gospel. I believe it was probably some of the soft aspects of my application or reference letters which put me over the edge. Point being - don't forget to apply with a well-rounded application and not put ALL of your energy into maintaining a high GPA, but definitely find a way to manage them to be where you need to be. On a final note, a 154 diagnostic LSAT puts you in a really good position to score at least a 160 before next cycle rolls around. I tried a bunch of study materials and methods, some of which worked for me and some which did not. Find what's right for you and what most helps strengthen any particular weaknesses you may have and you will do well enough on the test. Go in with the mindset of scoring as high as possible and don't stop at 160 when you get there, every extra point could open more doors for you.
  12. Sorry I just saw this. Yes, I applied in the general category.
  13. Thanks so much for the advice. I'll take all of this into account and will PM you if any other questions come up. I'm hoping I can get the same package you've detailed in your post. No interest payments until 1 year after articling with 135k and solid credit options would be amazing. Awesome they offered it to you without negotiation so here's hoping I don't have to hassle too much.
  14. I'm looking for some tips on how I should negotiate the best offer on my PSLOC. I've been accepted to Queen's so far and will more than likely be attending so I'm also looking for some info on how much funding financial institutions will offer based on going to Queen's. I'm currently with RBC and would like to stay with them if they can match a really good offer. I'm thinking of seeing what Scotiabank will offer me because I've heard they offer really good packages and taking it back to RBC to see if they can match it. From what I understand, it's common for Scotia to offer the prime rate with a generous grace period articling is completed. I've also heard these packages come with perks? What kind of perks should I be expecting/negotiating for? Will RBC match these if I come to them with an offer from Scotia first? Also, are they pulling full credit reports or are they soft checks? This would prevent me from shopping around too much for the best option.
  15. I was accepted to Queens yesterday and I literally had a 50 in my first year. This, plus another couple of poor grades in my first year brought my cGPA way down by the time I graduated. I had a false start to university, it happens and I touched on it in my personal statement. You'll be fine, just keep the grades up as high as possible to keep your options open and as stated above pair it with a decent LSAT score. Participate in extracurriculars as well during your time in undergrad to round out any weak spots when it comes to the hard numbers. I'm more curious about what BA program requires you to take Linear Algebra courses, lol
  16. Accepted today. cGPA 3.13 L2 3.65 LSAT 159 (highest)
  17. Weird. I'm still pending review and I submitted my application on October 17th. If they do rolling admissions I'm surprised mine hasn't been reviewed yet considering I submitted nearly 2 weeks before the deadline. I guess that's just later than the vast majority of people had submitted. Either that or they put it to the back of the pile because I rewrote the LSAT in Nov 2018. Glad to hear I should be referred pretty soon though.
  18. From what I've seen from other posts on similar topics, why not just wait until the acceptance deadline for TRU and see? Worst case is you accept the TRU offer and place the deposit, then if you end up getting into either of the other two schools you just lose the deposit you gave to TRU.
  19. Rejected today. L2 GPA 3.67, LSAT 159. Decent ECs and Good Reference Letters. Research and working full time for a year and a half after undergrad. Thought I would have at least made the waitlist.
  20. I haven't been admitted anywhere yet, I've only applied. That said, I think most users here are in agreement that Windsor is unpredictable since it takes a holistic approach to admissions. Your cGPA is probably lower than Windsor's average, but they've admitted students around your LSAT before and with your ECs and work experience there's always a chance. Short answer - maybe, maybe not, who knows. Since everything is out of your hands now, the best approach is to wait and see where the chips fall. I'm dying to hear back from Windsor as well. Good luck! People that are more of an authority on this subject than I am might want to know what your L2 GPA is, and whether or not your GPA had a significant increasing trend throughout your undergrad. I think that can give a bit more context. Edit - I've also read around here that Windsor doesn't accept the January LSAT? Was January your first LSAT? Did the admissions office clear you to apply with the January LSAT only?
  21. I did. Don't think it means anything. I think it's just a general email to all Windsor applicants who opted in for these emails, just as I believe the last open house email was.
  22. You can if you want. I'd never say that more practice material is a bad thing. However, it is a large book with plenty of drilling material, including full practice sections at the end of the book. In my opinion, you probably won't need the extra workbook. Depending on your time restrictions and when you're taking the test, I'd suggest working through this material first and then getting the workbook if you feel that you could still benefit from it. It's also worth noting that the most efficient way to practice is to supplement the Powerscore bible with full practice tests, or even just practice logic games sections. The Bible, along with official LSAT material as a supplement, should be sufficient enough for you to feel really comfortable with both fundamental LG principles as well as more intricate strategies by the time you've finished. You may also get the Bible and realize it doesn't suit your learning style and end up switching study materials, so I wouldn't fork out the extra cash for the workbook just yet. That said, I'd still recommend it to anyone looking to improve on this section.
  23. It's about half explanations and half drills. I highly recommend this book if you want to improve on logic games. LG was my worst section when I took the LSAT for the first time and the Powerscore LG material turned it into the section I was most confident/comfortable with. I went from averaging about 10 questions wrong to 1-4 questions wrong. My score jumped dramatically with time and I got a half decent official score of 159 but I was averaging in the mid-160s before the test and I largely attribute the increase to this specific book.
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