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  1. I think one great way to prepare is to spend some time thinking about what resources or skills you preferably want to have ready and set-up before you begin school, so that it won't take any unnecessary time or energy once you begin. Examples of that include: proactively repairing/upgrading your computer and phone (or buying new ones if necessary), setting-up back-ups for your data, buying any stationery you'll need, learning advanced Word skills that will speed your performance and save you a ton of time, finding or creating a good workspace and ambiance, update your resume, professionalize your socials at your preference, look into the available clubs and extracurriculars you are interested in participating and create a little strategy on how much time you want to dedicate to each, figure out your finances and budget and read the fine print on bank or gov't loans, look into the various areas of legal practice (e.g., blogs, podcasts, Youtube videos) to get a better preliminary sense of what areas are available and what areas interests you the most, etc. I agree with everyone who said enjoy your time and don't stress about it; but I would add an important caveat: keep your physical and cognitive stamina at a high level. From personal experience I know that it's difficult to do an immediate transition from complete relaxation (i.e., no physical activity, sleeping late and waking-up late, passive modes of entertainment) to high-performance. So you may want to keep up with your physical activity and cognitive effort in ways you find non-stressful.
  2. @TKNumber3 and @lawstudent20202020 thank you for sharing your experiences
  3. This question is directed towards law students or grads with a background in science (or have good knowledge of a peer who does): did you find any noticeable areas of strengths or weaknesses during your legal education or practice that you attribute to your science education? My question can be simply interpreted as "how has your undergrad science experience prepared you (or failed to prepare you) for your law education"; but since undergrad experiences can vastly vary, I narrowed it down to those with a traditional science background (e.g., basic, clinical, or physical but not computer or political sciences). It may be the case that there is no relation whatsoever, but I would love to hear from you. I ask this question with the hopes of gaining some foresight into what I can expect, so I can identify and work on any deficiencies or challenges early on. Thank you folks!
  4. Amazing, thank you for clarifying! That sounds very reassuring
  5. Thank you for your suggestion. That sounds very appealing to me for sure. Frankly I haven’t looked into schools outside of ON except UBC. I’m not too late to apply to Dal now, so I’m seriously looking into it now. In your experience, did your classmates ever find it substantially more difficult to land jobs in ON compared to their Ontarian counterparts? I will privately message you about this in more detail, but I was thinking others may benefit from seeing this if they’re in a similar position as myself. Thank you for your help!
  6. @beyondsection17 thank you for your detailed response. I feel very intrigued to many of the diverse practices of health law, and I see myself happily doing malpractice and insurance litigation, policy drafting, and I can go as far as IP work as it relates to medical equipment and pharma/biotech. I know enough to know that there’s plenty more for me to learn about the day-to-day work of each of these practices, which is my objective in the coming years. But for the purposes of admission, I want to keep all the above options open until I decide. I gather that your view is that I can do all of the above anywhere. So I shouldn’t be particularly tempted by the proclaimed health specialization in Ottawa or the prestige of UofT/Osgoode to big law employers when making my decision? Thank you, I may take you up on that if I have pressing questions!
  7. The "Pending" status doesn't mean anything regarding how far you are in the process other than you applied. I recall seeing it as soon as I received the acknowledgment email when applying (mind you, my LSAT score wasn't even out yet).
  8. Here's the deal folks, I come from a science background and I am, by far, most interested in health law than any other field. However, I am very open-minded and equally intrigued about the different practice options for health law (e.g., big law, Gov't policy, in-house work, boutiques, etc.), which I hope with more exposure/research during law school I'll be able to determine. With that said, I keep reading conflicting views. In the first camp, Ottawa is recommended for its dedicated health law faculty, course offerings, and, of course, their Center for Health Law, Ethics, and Policy. The second camp believes that employment-wise, it matters less where you go to school than how well you do and the experiences you gain during school; hence, other factors such as campus location, school culture, etc. are the decisive factors. I would like to hear from you. I applied to the following: Ottawa, UofT, Osgoode, Western, Queen's, Windsor, and UBC. Stats: 3.80 cGPA, 3.83 B2, 3.86 B3, and 165 LSAT. Good (but not spectacular) extra-curriculars and references.
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