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  1. Yeah but I doubt that that's all waitlists, since they said that there were "very few" spots, and there's usually fewer than 5 or so people accepted off the waitlist
  2. Out of 18 people who originally indicated that they were waitlisted, 3 were accepted. That leaves 15, but probably actually a few more who don't visit this forum
  3. An American admissions officer said that if you're school did mandatory P/F, then you won't be penalized for it, per se, but admissions committees would of course prefer standard curved grades. They will likely place a large emphasis on your first semester grades. Again, this is coming from an American admissions officer, but I don't see any reason why it should be significantly different for Canadian schools
  4. Also, in at least one past year, everyone on the waitlist eventually got accepted. There were five of them I think, at least on this forum. Given that all five got accepted, the waitlist was probably actually not that much bigger than five. So I think it should be fairly safe to infer that the waitlists aren't that huge in general
  5. lol there are 17 people who responded on this thread, so I would assume somewhere between 20-25 given the typical rate of response on this forum? I think it would be safe to assume that people who a) know about this forum and b) are waitlisted are likelier than both rejects and admits to list their status here, given that they (including myself) are generally anxious to gather as much information as possible and stay in the loop. This is just a hunch though
  6. I have to agree with the above comment that it doesn't sound like the PhD is for you. PhD programs expect that they are training future academics or, in some fields, professionals who require advanced research training. Law is not one of these fields, if I'm not mistaken (a lot of legal academics don't even have PhDs for that mattter). I don't know if you're wealthy, but you should also think about money. Most people are willing to endure the paltry stipends offered by PhD programs because they know that it's a necessary step to their academic career. But as a future lawyer, you'll be spending some of your prime years making poverty-level money while you could be getting ahead in Big Law (which, as you say, is your goal). If all of this is unconvincing, and you still plan on pursuing the PhD, then there are a couple things that I have learned that you should know (I also plan to pursue a JD and PhD, though with the goal of settling in academia). Most programs are flexible when it comes to concurrently pursuing the JD and PhD. You don't even have to do them at the same school to do them at the same time (I can't say that this applies universally, but it is fairly common). The only reason I mention the flexibility is that you would likely be allowed to take a year off for an articling position after you complete your JD requirements; then, you can return to complete your PhD. If you are worried about getting your foot in the door in the crucial post-JD graduation window, I would imagine that the articling position (if successful) should secure you the experience and the network to return to the professional world after completing your PhD.
  7. The facebook group currently has 221 accepted students. If 15-20 students between now and, say, July, decide to accept an offer elsewhere (likeliest at an American school) or defer, then there should be some waitlist movement, since the entering class is typically between 205-210 students We should also take into account that some of the international students might not be able to make it out for their 1L, leading to some deferrals. Looks like international students make up 7-10% of the entering class
  8. Summers will not count towards your B3. Therefore, your B3 may be substantially lower than you think if it's including the earlier years in which you weren't doing so well. That may not be a problem. They may consider your GPA as a special case. But it is certain that your summer grades won't count the same as they would have had they been achieved in the fall or winter semesters.
  9. I was hoping that students deferring or reapplying next year out of fear of an online 1L would compensate for this
  10. Yeah I'm hopeful for next week, but I am worried about the numbers on the facebook group. There have also regularly been acceptances sent out in July, so there's always that. Alas, it's all out of our hands. Fortuna may smile upon us, but if not, so must it be.
  11. No it appears that no one has been accepted off the waitlist yet. The facebook group still has far more people than normally make up an entering class, so either we on the waitlist are fucked, or there are a bunch of people on the facebook group who have not accepted their offer/have accepted an offer elsewhere
  12. Just the right amount of salty. I am legitimately shocked by your agreeable tone. Of course, everything you're saying here is very reasonable. I didn't mean to contradict any of this in my initial comment. Just throwing in my two cents
  13. Also I say all this despite the fact that my aunt graduated from Ottawa law and has had a very successful career, so I don't meant to put down the program at all
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