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  1. I'm with you. I think go ahead with the cuss words, but be cognizant of the fact that it may (wrongly) put off some adcomm members. You shouldn't have to dilute your experience to make it palatable to others.
  2. My university certainly is not doing enough, but I would change the following if I could: 1. Cut tuition, significantly. 2. Affirmative action in admissions to increase representation in the profession. Or at minimum, review of applicants done by a more diverse admissions committee with more diverse life experiences (read: not mostly cis, white, wealthy). 3. Affirmative action in law school hiring. 4. Anti-racism and anti-oppression training for law school admin and staff. Students too, but the school already does this to a certain extent. 5. A course that meets the TRC recommendation to law schools.
  3. IMO depends on the think tank. Some are very partisan (Broadbent, Fraser) while others are not (C.D Howe). If it’s one of the partisan ones I would probably go government, otherwise, it’s a toss up, but I would probably do the think tank.
  4. I don't really feel like elaborating on the online experience this year because I am just trying to get through to the end of it, but I can speak to deferrals. U of T is actually very willing to give deferrals, I inquired pre-pandemic and was essentially told that anyone who wants a deferral for a year can have one. I did wonder if things changed after the pandemic, but actually, the school accepted more deferrals this year than it has in years past. I *think* that most people who wanted one, got one, but if anyone on this forum knows otherwise please feel free to comment. It cannot hurt to ask if you feel that you need one, even just sending an email asking what sort of info you would need to provide to receive one would give you more insight than this forum can. Though I should add that next year is likely to be much more in-person than this year. The university is aiming for as much in-person as is possible, so while that may not been 100% of classes in-person it will probably mean the majority of them in-person.
  5. Ooo also, some people will have an institutional or cultural knowledge about the legal profession that you simply will not (unless you are one of them) and it will be frustrating. You'll meet many of these people in law school; Maybe their parents are lawyers, or their siblings, or they run in a family friend circle with lots of lawyers, whatever. But they seem to have some secret knowledge that you do not about the profession, be it firms, practice areas, recruits, or other lawyery things. The good news is that it doesn't mean they'll get better grades than you in law school, so don't let imposter syndrome get the better of you. You will have time to learn about the profession, and there'll be plenty of opportunities to do so throughout law school.
  6. On the topic of studying: I don't brief every case, instead I rely heavily on my friends briefs (we tend to split up the readings from courses). From this, I make my own outlines and maps. The advice I can share from this practice is (obviously ymmv): 1. Make friends that you trust and work together! Split readings up if that works for you and if your courses have lots of reading. 2. I highly recommend making your own darn outline and map. I cannot emphasize this enough. To make my outline, I sift through my lecture notes, my friends readings notes (and mine if I have some), CANs, and then refer back to the reading if I'm still confused on a topic. After doing this, I go through my outline and take from it the pieces that I need to refer to quickly on an exam (tests, doctrines, etc.) The biggest thing I wish I knew in first semester was to stop studying if I'm not focusing. If my eyes are glazing over and I'm reading the same line over and over again now, I shut my laptop and take time off. Basically, I only sit down and study if I'm actually studying. This has been the easiest way to balance leisure with studying. Obviously there's a fine line here, you can't procrastinate always, sometimes you just need to refocus and get to work. But there is also something to be said for listening to your brain when it's telling you that it needs a break. Make sure you take the time to be human and watch tv, hang out with friends, go for walks, etc.
  7. Yes, though maybe other schools vary. Facebook is the primary virtual community for my law school, I can’t really imagine keeping up with what’s going on at the school without it. It’s also the primary messaging app for my year’s cohort.
  8. $1250 a week in calgary for 1L/2L summer, same for articling students.
  9. People may be able to give you more info if you include your LSAT score!
  10. I only had 12 days off between semesters, and when we came back in January I was really unrested and not ready to go right back to classes, so I just tuned out. It took me till last week to tune back in and I only did because it feels like the homestretch till summer. I've mustered up one last bit of energy to get through the rest of this semester, but I definitely am not feeling nearly as motivated as I was last semester.
  11. It really depends on how concise you are. I did reasonably well in my core courses last semester and wrote between 2500-3500 words for each exam. I was definitely on the lower end of word-counts amongst my friends, but that’s just always the way I’ve written. If you are not a super concise writer you’ll need to practice typing speed.
  12. Last year there were 333 offers for 212 spots. See info here: https://data.utoronto.ca/performance-indicators/education-pathways/recruitment-admissions/
  13. Is 175 your actual LSAT score or just predicted/hopeful score?
  14. I have about 13 hours of lecture every week, stacked from Monday-Thursday. I tend to maybe do an hour or two of school work these evenings and then relax after a long day of zoom. For each hour of class there is anywhere from 1-3 hours of readings which I try to complete Friday-Sunday. In all honesty, I struggle to keep up with some of these and rely on reading groups with buds to get through the more dense reading courses. I prioritize reading for classes where there are cold calls, and for the ones where there are not I try to catch up on whatever I'm behind on during reading week. I also don't touch my outlines till reading week. During/after reading week I slowly make my outline and then in the last two weeks before the exam I kick into high gear and make those outlines into a useful map for the exam. There are extracurriculars too which take up time. In any given week I spend between 2-10 hours on extracurricular activities, depending upon exactly what deadlines are approaching. Generally, however, I have about 5 hours of extracurriculars per week. Take this with a grain of salt, as I took on a slightly higher EC load than is normal. All in all, I still have time on evenings and weekends to relax, at least until exam season hits.
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