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  1. Keep in mind you can easily buy and resell used textbooks. After you spend your initial $500 or so, you spend very little on textbooks for the next 3 years. Not sure if you can do this with electronic copies.
  2. wow, I wouldn't even know how to answer this. "Because I'm X race, I didn't perform as well in school"?
  3. Disclaimer: I didn't take the program nor am I Indigenous, but I do have a lot of close friends who did the program. They all seem to love it. It's a great way to prep for law school and meet some of your colleagues early on. From anecdotes, the program also teaches property law with a strong Indigenous perspective which, at least at my school, is not a strong focus of the 1L property law curriculum. I also don't see any downsides to saving $1,500 in tuition and knocking off two courses worth of credits.
  4. As someone who started law school at almost 30, I wish I had started sooner. Maybe not K-JD, but 24 or 25 would have been nice. Starting law school later means you have to put your life on hold for 3+ years. It's hard making plans to settle down or commit to something when a big chunk of your life is still uncertain and you're surviving on savings/debt.
  5. I did this for my admissions cycle and they responded via email that I got an offer. It was a less competitive cycle though and I actually had an offer where the deposit date was looming. Good luck everyone!
  6. My guess is planning issues given the uncertainty of in-person activities. Keep in mind university administration moves at a glacial pace.
  7. I deleted my post because I didn't want to get into the whole debate about being an average student at a top school vs a top student at a "lower tier school". I stand by my last point that as a prospective law student, it's hard to calculate with any degree of certainty where your class rank will be. Whatever school you choose, you would probably have similar results factoring in the competitiveness of your colleagues (eg. you end up top 50% at U of T vs top 25% at Windsor). The only part where choosing a more prestigious school would make a significant difference for an applicant would be if you're a superstar and can be top student at both U of T and Windsor. Edit: I also think there are regional differences between markets. At least in Vancouver, I don't see a huge difference between UBC vs TRU for most jobs which is why I compared these two schools in my original post. Bay St may be a different beast.
  8. You'll probably feel it in the first half of 1L but once you make friends, engage with the material, and have a few exams under your belt, you'll feel at home. After a few months, the lustre of being a law student wears off
  9. When I don't have the will to study for finals, I think about Kim K and the inspiration surges in like a roaring waterfall.
  10. If you can afford to, don't do it. That being said, I commuted (via transit) from Coquitlam for most of 1L and didn't find it to be overly detrimental. I left home at 7, got to school usually by 8:30, had classes from 9 am -12:30 pm and up to 5 pm some days. Usually left school around 6:30/7 pm. I was still able to participate in extra curricular activities and made lots of friends. I finished 1L with grades in the top 15% of my class. What made it work was being prepared to spend most of my day at school. I went to class, studied, exercised, and ate most of my meals at school during the weekday. If you do your commute after rush hour, you can get a seat and still do some solid work with good noise-cancelling headphones. The only thing I wasn't able to participate in were late night parties, but at 30, I don't think I would have enjoyed those anyway. Edit: I had over 10 years of experience with long commutes before law school so I knew what I was getting into. If this is your first time trying out a long commute, don't do it in 1L. I don't think the added stress would be worth the money you'd save.
  11. The competition doesn't end once you get into law school. You'll be applying to a bunch of things that may be very selective even among law students and you should be comfortable with rejection. Try to learn from the experience and not turn it into a valuation of your self-worth. Related to the above, know what your goals are and focus on them. It's easy to get sidetracked and compare yourself to other people, but don't let others define what success or happiness means for you.
  12. I did the written assessment last year - you were given a fact pattern and sections of a random statute and you had to apply the provisions of the statute to the fact pattern. The time crunch was real, even more so than it was for finals/midterms. I don't think you can study for it, but then again, I didn't get the job (but got to final interviews). Maybe others who were successful can give better advice on this point.
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