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  1. Hey again! Another post made out of boredom. Many articles and forum posts emphasize that law school doesn’t adequately prepare you for practice or life outside of law school. Well, I want to challenge that notion a bit. What DID law school prepare you for? Are there things that a legal education provided for you that you could not get anywhere else? For example, a friend of mine told me that their writing skills increased exponentially as a result. Another told me that it helped them deal with the deadlines associated with having multiple clients!
  2. Why don’t you consider accepting one of the two schools you were accepted to and then transferring to Ottawa. At least that way you have one year under your belt and won’t have to do another cycle!
  3. Hey all! I know that quite a few of you wanted to know where they could find the Class of 2022 Facebook groups (single and dual). The groups are live now! Check the Windsor All Years group for the links.
  4. After I firmly accepted another school, Ottawa sent me a refusal days after. I’m not sure if it’s because I had firmly accepted or if it was coming anyways. Every other school had “withdrawn” or some variation of that. That just makes me think that Ottawa’s system is a bit odd. P.S. even though I’m not in the running for Ottawa I’m very invested in this forum lol. Good luck everyone!
  5. I do not! From the little I’ve gathered on here and from questions to current law students, it seems like it’s pretty cool. All I know for sure is we will get our official acceptance package in August and that will explain everything in detail.
  6. Congrats on your acceptance. Orientation for the single is from the 26th to the 29th. I would assume that the dual will also be four days (if not more). For the course, I can’t offer any help. Maybe look on the letter to find exact dates. Plan your move and then give your two weeks accordingly. If you think you will need a few days to move and adjust, have your two weeks align with that. If you need more, do the same thing.
  7. I was accepted off the waitlist in March. Went on the waitlist in Feb. I have seen a few acceptances off the waitlist since then.
  8. Could you make an updated reasons not to and a reasons to for Windsor?
  9. I don't believe so. I only took three fourth-year courses and was admitted. The rest were a mix of second- and third-year courses.
  10. Although I applied to all schools in Ontario (excluding Lakehead), I was only seriously considering two. This doesn't mean that I would not go to any of the others if I were accepted. Those two were just my top choices. If you have the money, and are okay with going anywhere, apply broadly. But don't waste money on a school that you know you would not attend.
  11. I can't say for most - but the average student debt hovers anywhere between 16-26k for undergrad degrees. So, there are KJD who took OSAP during their undergrad who are looking at tacking on a considerable amount of debt on top of an already large figure. https://globalnews.ca/news/4222534/canadian-student-loans-government-interest/ https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/as-student-debt-climbs-to-an-average-past-25k-schools-invest-in-battling-the-mental-health-issues-it-causes https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/university-student-debt-photo-essay-1.4305589 https://www.ontario.ca/data/average-osap-debt
  12. You've just finished first year. Work hard and get your grades up and keep them up for the next 3-4 years. It's too early to feel this hopeless already!
  13. A few things regarding Western. First of all, Ivey AEO is NOT a program. AEO stands for Advanced Entry Option. What this mean, is that at the end of your second year - after pursuing a separate degree of your choice - you have an improved chance of being accepted into the HBA program at Ivey. Essentially, for the first two years of your undergrad, you study whatever you want. Many people do bmos, political science, and even general science. What I generally hear is two things about your first degree; 1) study something that you are interested in, or 2) study something that offers a return on your investment (grad school chances, employability, etc.) in the off-chance that you are not accepted into the HBA program. For these two years, you are required to maintain an 80 average, I believe, and any failure to do so will see your AEO revoked. If you successfully maintain that average as well as diverse ECS, your 80 will be more competitive than a non-AEO's 83. Essentially, AEO just lowers the admissions standards and puts your application at the top of the stack for the HBA program. The HBA program is two years long, allowing you to finish in four years (or five if you would like to complete your original degree as well). It ranks extremely high in Canada (and the world I believe) and is a very sought after degree. What is VERY great about the HBA program is that after HBA1, you can apply to Western Law for a Joint HBA/JD. Again, just like having AEO, admission standards are much more relaxed. Since HBA is naturally curved to an 80 (which is about the requirement for the HBA/JD program) so all you really need to do is not flunk out and score well on your LSAT. More information can be found on the official webpage. So, if you really want two powerful degrees which are comparable to an MBA/JD I would say go for it. Otherwise, the HBA program is great on its own. What I will warn you is that although this may be very straight forward - do well in your first two years, enter HBA1 after your second year, apply for HBA/JD after HBA1 and receive an HBA and a JD at the end of your time - it is extremely costly. So you have to factor that in and figure out what you truly want. I did 4 years of an undergrad and will be attending law school. My buddy did 2 years of an undergrad and is now in the joint HBA program. He is spending worlds more money than I am but it suits his interests and law was sort of an after-thought for him. I think in the end you will spend 6 years? 2 for your BA, 2 for HBA and 3 for JD (your first year of law begins after HBA1 and then you resume HBA2 and 2L at the same time). So, my last thing to say is - what do you want to get out of your undergrad? Is it a stepping stone or is it something to possibly be a stand-alone degree? Source: I attended Western and have many friends in the HBA and HBA/JD program. ~ all of this is just to keep you informed because a lot of people enter the AEO stream thinking they are already in Ivey ~
  14. I don't see the point of completing it if you have been accepted. Take the three year degree and go to law school early. A degree is a degree at the end of the day!
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