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  1. I am definitely applying broadly - no reason not to. Thanks for the hopeful comment
  2. Hello, I just got my grades for fall 2L at Windsor. Evidence 80 Torts 79 Civ pro 77 Crim pro 93 Softs community legal aid 2 years small law firm over the summer rep and executive on various clubs lots of moot experience a few other minor things Are my grades competitive? I'm worried the two high 70s will really drag me down for firms like lenczner slaght, McCarthys, etc (1L grades went pass/fail but we can give midterm grades which were all high 80s)
  3. So I just calculated the total cost of textbooks if I bought all the required and suggested texts at the campus bookstore and it will be over a thousand dollars. Does anyone know if the suggested texts will be helpful or are they just a waste of money? Also is it common for upper year students to sell their old books? Do we need the newest editions of the texts or are older editions sufficient?
  4. Looking for some advice on housing while in Windsor. It will be my first year in the city this coming September and I'm looking for a place to live. I've heard res is pretty bad and should be avoided. I also wont have a car so will be relying pretty heavily on the transit system to get to school and a grocery store. I have never been to Windsor before and dont know anyone who lives in the city. What is a good area for a first year without a car and where can I see listings? Is Kijiji the best? Because I dont know anyone and dont want to risk a bad roommate experience in my first year I am looking to live on my own also. Any advice would be very helpful
  5. How common is it for lawyers to switch the kind of law they practice during their career? I am interested in practicing military law in the JAG office, however it is not the kind of law I want to practice forever. I think it would be interesting for maybe 5-10 years having cool and unique legal experiences and being able to give back to the country in some way. But in the end I really see myself in criminal law, either defence of crown. Do lawyers switch the kind of law they practice? If so, is it seen as taking a step back in your career because you kind of have to start at square one while leaving behind many years experience in the law you began practicing?
  6. I paid my $500 deposit today and sent the email informing the University that I did as the acceptance letter instructs. When I sent my email I got 2 emails from ask.Uwindsor support. One saying "thank you for submitting a question to Windsor support" and the other telling me I have to set up an ask.uwindsor support account. Is this normal? I sent my email to [email protected] like the letter states.
  7. I have been accepted at Windsor and I provisionally accepted to see what happens with other schools. I need to pay my deposit by June 1. However, I was just waitlisted at Western and they say people are pulled off the waitlist all summer. Does accepting this waitlist from Western affect my Windsor offer? Also, when I pay my Windsor deposit, will that affect my Western waitlist status at all?
  8. Thats disappointing yet consistent with what I've been reading. I really loved being on res first year for undergrad. It allowed me to get a feel for the school, meet a wide variety of people and really focus on school and campus life, whereas when I lived off campus the following years those kinds of experiences and feelings weren't as strong. I was hoping that whatever school I went to would have a good first year law school residence so I would be able to focus on school and meeting people. I also know no one going into first year law at Windsor. I dont want to live alone because I like socializing and living with friends, but I hate the idea of looking for random roommates who I've never met before. I've heard far to many horror stories to want to deal with that during my first year.
  9. I'm trying to get on top of this sooner rather than later because I would like to live on residence for first year no matter which school I go to. All the information about residence for first year law students at Windsor on this site seem to be a few years old and out of date. Does anyone have any opinions / experiences of living in residence for first year at Windsor? Such as, which residence do most law students live in for their first year? Is it generally a good experience or should it be avoided? When should people start applying for residence? etc. Any help or advice would be great.
  10. Okay thanks, So just provisionally accept on OLSAS before May 28 and thats all I really have to do until I decide to go to Windsor or go to anther school that accepts me.
  11. I just got accepted yesterday to the regular JD program and am ecstatic. I was worried I wasn't going to get accepted anywhere. The deadline on the letter says my offer will expire on May 28th and that I have to accept through OLSAS before then or my offer will be removed. I would be very happy to go to Windsor but like most people I will wait and see about other schools. On my profile, under the 'admitted' there is an 'accept' and 'decline' button, additionally in the letter it says I have to accept on OLSAS. I am planning on entering a provisional acceptance on OLSAS just to see what happens with other schools. However, do I have to accept through my Windsor profile also before the deadline? If I do a provisional acceptance do I still click the accept button on my Windsor profile? If I dont do anything with the 'accept' and 'decline' button on my Windsor profile but accept through OLSAS is that still enough or will I my offer be revoked because I didnt hit the accept button?
  12. Accepted today, soooo happy. I was already applying to York as a non degree student for next year as a back up if I didnt get in anywhere. 3.2/3.4 163 Good luck everyone
  13. Here is some more information that I just learned from calling a few schools, for anyone interested in this topic and reading this thread. When determining cGPA, all ontario schools go by what OLSAS provides, and OLSAS counts all courses taken at an undergraduate level regardless of whether they are counting towards a degree or not. How schools look at L2 is internal and possibly different for each school. Schools outside of Ontario because they dont go through OLSAS probably also have their own way of looking at cGPA and L2.
  14. Pretty much the reason why I started this post in the first place is to look for another option than increasing softs. I know many people with low gpa/lsat who dont get in can get stuck in a mindset thinking that if they spend a year or two getting really good softs that will make up for it. I know this isnt the case which is why I'm looking to either significantly increase my lsat or find a way to boost my gpa/L2. Before I made this thread I had no idea that there was an option of taking extra classes or a second degree which would take less than 4 years because they take roughy 20 of your credits from your last degree to count towards your second. I am aware that schools will view this differently. However I also know that some schools actually count it towards either your cGPA or L2. I am not the kind of person that cares which school I go to. Beggars cant be choosers. So if spending 1-2 years of school will get me in somewhere then thats what ill do. Because my lsat lasts 5 years, if I can take 2 years of either extra courses or a second degree and it count towards boosting my cGPA/L2 in a way that can pull my uncompetitive grades to competitive, then thats the best route to go imo.
  15. I completely agree. Which is why the prospect of doing extra semesters to potentially bump my gpa is what I am looking for. I am not saying I will do the extra semesters for better softs, the primary purpose is the increase in gpa which is why I was asking so many questions about how schools view non degree courses vs second degree and how these are incorporated into OLSAS gpa calculation. The bump in softs is just secondary and a bonus. If taking non degree courses or a second degree can increase my cgpa and/or L2 to become competitive, it is my best shot at getting in somewhere. The reason why I emphasized holistic schools is because they 'generally' weigh your gpa less and take in your application more as a whole instead of being almost strictly cGPA/LSAT. Whereas schools like uoft your gpa and lsat is really all that matters so your gpa has to be very competitive. Right now I believe my grades, specifically my L2, to be just uncompetitive. A 3.4 is not great I know but I am seeing people get in with a 3.5 L2 and worse lsat than me. If there is any way for me to bump my cGPA and/or L2 a few decimal places then I believe its what my application needs to push me in somewhere.
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