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  1. I bought one of those Lenovo "best of both world's" laptop for law school and I am quite happy with it. Has a pen inside it, I can link it to two other external monitors, and it performs well. It seems you'll need a laptop to read online articles/case law, go through powerpoints, and be able to run the programs for exams. This laptop would be sufficient enough to do all this. Will it be able to run sophisticated programs or be a good video editing tool, probably not. But it'll be good enough for law school. Plus the pen inside it is a game changer. Price tag I paid was ~$1650. PM if you want more details or decide to get one. There were a couple others that interested me that would have been good for law school as well.
  2. I always seem to find posts/discussions about whether people are too old to go to law school or whether gap years matter. But how about the, what it seems, many people who go from K to Lawyer. What are the pros and cons going from kindergarten, to undergrad, to law school, straight to becomming a lawyer? No gap years in between. Just spring/summers to enjoy. Seems like the age group would be 20 to 22. It would be interesting to hear how someone who did this felt or is feeling as a early twenties lawyer. Also how they felt during law school.
  3. Here comes @CleanHands, the most insightful and liked poster on LawStudents.ca! Woohoo for his opinions, I don't know what we would do without them.
  4. That would be an insane hike. Current tuition is $10,936. Increasing this to $16,967 is about a 55% increase in tuition. Current estimated fees at 10k tution total to about 14k, including book and mandatory fees. If the new tuition is approved, fees shoot up to about 20k a year. That's going from a 45k law degree to a 60k law degree. Alot more headaches for a lot of folks who are taking out loans. This can mean a few more years of monthly payments.
  5. Not an attack on people with high stats. But an attack on people who have a sense of entitlement and arrogance in their personal statement. Got cha.
  6. Depends on the year you get. One student group can differ drastically from the next. The culture of a school depends on the cohorts you get grouped with, resources availiable, and the staff/professor's attitudes toward student success and collaboration. I would attribute the collegiality/environment more to the Dean down to the Professors down to the Support Staff and finally down to the Students. From what I saw at the welcome, Dean Billingsworth and the faculty seem very relaxed and kept emphasizing "you are not a number to us". This, in my opinion is huge and a great indicator of staff who would back a collegial/student success culture. I was actually kind of taken a back at how relaxed everything was. It's nice to have that little elitism in play, we are all going to be lawyers afterall.
  7. The LSAT you took in July 2020 was vastly different from the one you took 5 years ago. 3 sections remote vs 5 sections + writing section and live. I would say most test scores under covid rules aren't exactly apples to apples when comparing to the live tests pre covid. Note, I took the live test and the covid test. Even looking at the stats LSAC posts, there has been an absurd increase in test taker scores compared to pre-covid times.
  8. Wow! If this is calculated correctly, looks like my previous speculations of 246/247+ are not so crazy.
  9. I hope the majority of my 1L classmates are exactly like @MountainMon Please lord grant me this one wish.
  10. 0l here. I'm reading One L by Scott Turow, great book about his 1st year experience at Harvard Law. Will likely read To Kill a Mocking Bird as well. I'm in a similar boat as you. Aside from the textbooks, articles, and online forums/news, I haven't finished a novel in years. I would suggest getting into the habit of reading and writing everyday. Look for books laying around, rent books from the library, read magazines like the Economist. Start writing in a journal and/or take a writing class online for fun. Law school is going to be pretty much all reading and writing. We are talking 6 to 10 hours of reading a day. And the exams are essay format. So I'd suggest getting into the habit now!
  11. It's on March 18 from 5-6pm via Zoom. The email was sent out a few weeks ago. Since you were recently accepted, you missed the email chain and I'm not sure they will send out another one. You can email [email protected] to get the invite. Not sure what it involves. But probably general formalities and what to expect.
  12. Let's not forget the LSAT is administered internationally as well. People who's native language isn't english is taking the test in english. Not being a native speaker can be a obstacle in getting a bigger score jump. In my experience, everyone who I have met personally has improved more than 2.5 points. So I agree with you, I think that data set is old and there are now definite resources for those who want to improve, to improve, drastically.
  13. I am not... but I've done my due diligence and you should too. I wouldn't put too much thought on the replies in this forum. Spread out and ask your question/s on reddit and 7sage. You'll get different perspectives which might be of help. A note for the LSAT, the only success stories I've heard of for short term 20+ point gains are people who dedicated large amounts of time and energy to the LSAT. We are talking someone who wakes up and first thing he does is review LSAT questions , video records himself during a PT for review later, counts the amount of breaths he takes in between questions, has a journal of what he eats/drinks the day before and the day of a PT, etc. This person is literally obsessed with the LSAT and practically everything he does is related to the LSAT. You will likely need to be this drastic to get the score you are looking for. If you got any questions, feel free to PM me.
  14. Before you go back and forth further and get crushed by the people here who will pick apart what you say. You seem to have a good gig at the bank making 70k a year fresh out of school. Also seems like a management trajectory type role you are in. Why put yourself through the stress and the agony to try and go to law school when you got a good gig going for you now. You might make less than 70k coming out of law school and you won't necessarily have a clear trajectory/path to make partner. From what I've seen, you got a lot of work ahead of you. Basic grammar, parsing, and logic which are all important skills for the LSAT but also in professional life. If somehow you can forgo these skills in your current position, stick to it brother, you got a good thing going!
  15. As some others have mentioned, it's not easy to develop that quick. And it's probably unlikely you hit 170+ or even 165+ by August. The only way I can see this happening is if you quit your full time job and fully immerse yourself with the LSAT. At a score of 142, there's likely a reading comprehension problem - you aren't understanding the words you read fast enough to score better. There are no quick fixes for this problem. You just have to read more and get the hang of some strategies to help you along the way. This takes time. I know its depressing to hear but I went from a 135 to the upper 160s and it took me a few years to accomplish this. I, like you, thought this test could be gamed. It can't. There's no magic pill for the LSAT, it comes down to hard work, dedication, and practice. Albeit, I didn't have a tutor and I had some month long gaps in between because of burnout and other obligations. In total, I probably studied full time 6 to 8 months. So if your serious, you can do it by August. But you got to focus all your energy and time on the LSAT now. If this isn't something you can commit too, I'd book for November or January of next year.
  16. I don't think the curve is really a pure curve. If it is, I find it odd how the number of people scoring 170 to 180 dramatically increased this year compared to last year. For Canadians, we are talking 90 to 130% increase in people who scored 170 to 180. Source: https://report.lsac.org/VolumeSummary.aspx
  17. I did the 5 section + writing sample in person, it was terrible. I recommend 3 section flex. Also, just cause they are taking highest for this admission cycle, doesnt mean theyll take it for next. They can flip the switch just as easily again. Id get confirmation of them doing that for sure.
  18. You got an index of 242.1, based on last years admitted thread, you would have had a good chance. Unfortunately, so far, the admitted applicants who have posted their scores are trending a few points higher than last year. If I were you I'd get on that grind and aim for testing before August, as the flex is going to change from 3 to 4 sections (1 experimental) in August and stay like this till 2022, June.
  19. Let's not forget guys and gals, there's also the elimination of Logic Games section on the horizon. I would bet in 2 or 3 years. For those that can and have the ability to, I would suggest testing ASAP; test seems to be only getting harder.
  20. Just from glancing at last years' admitted thread, this years' index seems to be higher. Around the same time last year, they were admitting people with 154 to 157 LSAT scores. As many of us had predicted, the switch to the highest LSAT and the fact that more people are applying seems to be making this cycle much more competitive. Sorry to many of you who are on the fence with ~242 index scores, I don't think you got a good shot of getting in. I'm guessing its going to be a few points higher this year. Likely 244 or 245.
  21. Got offer today, likely rejecting. Will weigh options once all offers come in. LSAT: 169 (one take) L2 GPA: 3.97 Index: ~258 Congrats to everyone!
  22. When you say "those people worked a lot too, but it really wasn't on the same level...", I think a reasonable person would interpret this as the law profession being more difficult/hard than most other professions. I never once said the law profession wasn't difficult. Also it's kind of ironic to say I am being hubristic when you know nothing about me aside from the fact that you felt the need to look at my post history to find out I am an 0L. How do you know I haven't shadowed someone in the law profession, have family members in law, and/or worked in a law firm? It seems there's a common theme here on Lawstudents.ca, a lot of old heads backing each other up. I'm sure some of your other friends will come in here and dissect my comments and find a rebuttal backing you up.
  23. I'll give you three examples of people I know who make over $100k a year who bust their ass. A friend of mine is a Director of a long term care facility busting her ass 60+hrs a week and on call at anytime. Often taking calls at 3 in the morning and consoling families who just lost their love ones. Not to mention, all the health care workers who are working during COVID, the health care aids, nurses, and cleaning staff who make significantly less than $100k a year who are busting their ass 60+hrs a week. Another one is a Sales Manager of a car dealership. He's doing 6 days a week and also on call. We are having lunch on a Sunday and he has call after call coming in. He rarely takes holidays and is at the whim of quarterly sales targets. Also doing shit like looking after the GM's mansion while the GM is away for vacation. Another one is in construction, doing 50 hours a week, but busting his ass lifting heavy objects daily. He's physically done on the weekends cause his body is aching from a week of hard labor. Note none of the above make over $150k a year and are likely close to their maximum pay ceiling. Everyone that I have ever met or suspect of making 6 figures does not have it easy. The law profession I suspect is not easy, but I'd prefer it to any of the above.
  24. I agree. Pretty much anyone who is making ~100k+ is busting their ass. Doesn't matter about the profession. I'm sure if you are willing to make less, 60 to 90k a year, there are law jobs that are fulfilling with work life balance. I.e. non practicing law professors in smaller colleges/universities. The more responsibilities, the more money, the more headaches.
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