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  1. I'm also a 1L student that is having a similar experience. I have met some cool and nice people at school, and I speak to them at school but I rarely hang out with anyone outside of school, and try to leave the law school after classes..... I find it difficult hanging around these other students for more than a couple hours sometimes. Everyone is similar in terms of the neuroticism, often Type A personalities, and everyone of course are always anxious about school stuff, that it gets to you. I'm not really enjoying being in school, but I do really like my classes, I like my profs, I'm doing well in school, and I do look forward to practice. I have had conversations one-on-one with some people and we all mention feeling the same way, so just know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. This is so common. We also felt that we should just drop out because we hated the environment. I sometimes feel the worst or hardest part of law school isn't even the actual content/school stuff, but dealing with how you move within the law school envrionment. It's very anxiety-inducing LOL. But know that this is tempoary, you are here to get a law degree and be a lawyer. You won't see most people ever again. Be cordial and friendly at school, but focus on your studies and going to events like panels and stuff.
  2. Both when I was in high school applying to undergrad, and when I was applying to law schools, EVERYONE would tell me "Don't go to Western and Queens, you wouldn't like the vibe there", and it was partially because I am definitlly your typical lefty-activist social justice type (thus my username haha) but also it's because of the student body being largely white and/or often upper-class/rich privileged folks, who may either hold more conservative views, or maybe just grew up in areas that did not have much diversity so they did not interact with people from different walks of life, which has an impact on their worldview and can lend itself to prejudice orr racist behaviours, subtle or otherwise. As a black woman who grew up in a low-income family, I certinaitly wouldn't "vibe" with that campus culture. It's a larger problem that than just the law school, it's certaintly a university-wide tendancy I notice. It happens on-campus, in classes, sometimes clubs... and in the cities of London and Kingston too. I have friends who have gone to Western and Queens, and they have all said the same thing. Even some of them (those who are people of colour) may have overall have had a good time there, made friends , and they are great schools education-wise, but ALWAYS mention this inherent racist and elitist (with a lot of people coming from upper-class families like I mention) issue that they see that doesn't come up in other schools. Some also tend to come from diverse cities too, so it is a culture shock going into these cities like I mentioned.
  3. So as a black person who has only lived in Windsor, Toronto, and Montreal, going to London can sometimes be a major shock for me, mainly because it is VERY VERY WHITE, especially for city. The places that I have lived in, have always been diverse, even in Windsor which is a small city. Going to London is always jarring for me, because I forget sometimes what most of the country actually looks like. London is also a lot more conservative than some other cities (I'm assuming you might come from the GTA?). I have experienced some racism here and there in London, but overall it was fine. I don't know what it will be like living there, but from people that I know that have gone to Western (not even just law specifically), the sterotypes of Western area in particuar being white, douchey, frat bros can be kind of true sometimes, and that may lend itself to some form of racism, weather it's overt or more subtle.I find that there can be more obnoxious forms of racism towards Asians in particular. But I think you will have a fine enough experience there, and will be safe. But just don't be surprised if something racist comes up in London. Just my anecdotal experiences btw
  4. IMO, if one or the other of your GPA/LSAT was higher, than you would have an even bigger chance, but it's not impossible! Windsor is incredibly hard to predict as it really is holistic (especially the Single JD program)
  5. I go to Windsor Law. I had a choice between Windsor and UOttawa. Anecdotally, many people in my class were in same boat as me and also chose Windsor Law. There is someone in my class that made the comment how annoyed he was with everyone because so many people in my class chose Windsor over Ottawa, when he would have chosen in Ottawa in a heartbeat LOL (he loves the city). There were couple factors that led me to choose Windsor, including the fact that I do want to practice in Toronto after university (which is why I stuck with Ontario schools for applying in general). COSTS was a MAJOR FACTOR. Before school I was living in Downtown Toronto for a couple years, but I am originally from Windsor and grew up here, so obviously I am comfortable with the city as its home for me. I'm living with my mom rent-free, and Windsor's tuition is cheaper so I am saving A LOT of money. I applied to UofT and got waitlisted, but if I had gone there it would have been $40,000 a year, and I don't know if I would be able to justify that. Pace of the city was also a factor. Windsor isn't new to me so I do have an advantage there. But Windsor is a good place to be a student in. It's not as hectic as Toronto for example, and law school can obviously be stressful, so it's a good environment for me to study. I did go to school in Toronto after doing my undergrad here at Windsor to complete a certificate programme and I found it to be tough to be a student. I had to work in Toronto while going to school just because it was SO EXPENSIVE, and really struggled. Windsor is smaller and a more collegial feel, and the environment is not as competitive as other law schools, or so the rumours go. I am an ambitious person, but I wouldn't consider myself competitive with other people, and hate the idea of people trying to one-up each other. Of course you have those people here at Windsor, but I feel it is much less of an issue than other law schools. Also, as you can tell by user name, I am not interested in corporate law, or the typical Bay-street BigLaw firms at all. My background is in social work so definitely more leaning towards public interest (though i am keeping an open mind). Windsor is known for being the "social justice" school, and though you will of course have social justice and public interest opportunities at most schools, I really value the faculty wide commitment to it. The faculty are AMAZING, and so helpful and approachable. It's really easy to get to know profs, and they will do everything they can for you to succeed. I have had many opportunities here so far that I would be able to get at other school. So many alumnis I spoke to the summer before going to Windsor have all told me the same thing, that Windsor was by far not their first choice, but they loved their experience and were so happy they went there. I feel that Windsor Law only gets the reputation it does just because of the City of Windsor itself, not the law school.(As someone from Windsor, this city has many many issues, god lol) If it were in Toronto, or Vancouver or Montreal it would be more attractive. It's why people expect that Ryerson (which as a whole is "on-par"with Windsor ) is going to become one of the "top schools" just because of the Toronto factor.
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