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  1. UofT seems to take into consideration your program's difficulty, and may adjust your GPA accordingly. Anecdotally, I've noticed that many students from STEM backgrounds (and especially engineering) at UofT law were splitters with work experience. So, while I can't provide you a proper number regarding your odds, since I don't know exactly how they evaluate for program difficulty, I'd say your odds are likely higher than you think.
  2. UofT provides some experiential opportunities in "health justice", fellowship and internship opportunities with entities like SickKids and CAMH, and various upper year courses related to health law. UofT also has a health law club that provides students the opportunity to connect with people working within the "health law" field, and learn about their various experiences. Like Deadpool says, there's no single focus. We've had the opportunity to hear from NY and Toronto IP/patent lawyers, full-service firm lawyers with a focus on the Life Sciences sector (e.g., dealing with corporate biotech/pharma M&A), academics focused on bioethics and reproductive justice, and hospital and government legal counsels. Given UofT's proximity with pretty much everything, there are apparently some opportunities for public policy and scientific research, but I honestly don't know anything about it. Lastly, I think the class profile might interest you - around 25% of the students come from STEM backgrounds, and some of them have really interesting work experiences (e.g., working with WHO, Stanford Medicine, consulting at PwC/Accenture/Astrazeneca (I think), etc.).
  3. Because the layman thought process is: (1) I know Osgoode station exists; (2) Osgoode station is close to Osgoode Hall; (3) Hey, the building looks fancy and, whadya know, it's law related; (4) Must be UofT's law school because of the proximity; (5) Must be pretty good if it's UofT.
  4. Am I wrong though? Most people on this forum seem to be completely oblivious to the market realities outside of their profession, and thus conclude their profession is terrible. Go check out the pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, etc forums or subreddits. It's the same conclusion that lawyers make, and they similarly completely disregard that people in their profession can easily become top 1-10% of earners across Canada. The odds of earning 150K plus with a BSc in Chemistry or Mechanical Engineering alone are worse than earning that much as a lawyer. There's a reason why pretty much every non-engineer in STEM has to do a PhD. Because the market is shit and nobody will hire you if you don't have a PhD.
  5. My conclusion is that your friend is about a 5-10 behind the market reality. I could easily go into pharmacy, but the market reality is that the wages from ten years ago have halved and continue to dwindle. A lot of the "average salaries" considers the wages that the older generations made, and ignores the most recent market dynamics. STEM outside of certain engineering fields has been significantly affected in the last 10 years. Right now, at the moment, may graduates struggle to find jobs that can (a) pay them well; and (b) aren't capped once they reach the early six figures.
  6. I think you misread my statement, but thank you for posting links that back my point: most fields are struggling. I'd say even nursing is facing an obstacle, except for nurse practitioners.
  7. Just to clarify, your mother thinks it's easier to get at job in teaching than in law? She is aware of the massive teaching jobs crisis, right? Also, easier to get a job relative to what? Nowadays, the only degrees that ~95% guarantee a job are medicine and software engineering. Pharmacy, optometry, law, biomedical sciences, accounting, financial analyst, architect, chemical engineering: everything that would be an auto-lock 30 years ago is not a lock anymore. And tell her the reality that like 95% of "pre-meds" face: not getting into med school, and having to do a PhD, which may have even worse employment prospects, or being a lab slave at near min wage for a decade before getting anywhere. Not telling you to absolutely do law school, but this doom and gloom I see in every profession is stupid. The grass is constantly greener on the other side, and people haven't realize that 95% of the lawn's been on fire for the last 2 decades.
  8. I don't understand why the condensed the small groups into one semester. My understanding from upper-years was that small group was better spread out, which allowed for a better understanding of the material, and gave more time for projects. I can do the readings just fine, but the final project that's not even being "released" until December is already worrying me. A major research project, along with a smaller project another course, while studying for exams in 3 weeks sounds absolutely insane. I'm reading ahead to finish all the 1L readings by the start of November just so I don't have to worry as much with the exams.
  9. Maybe not unfair but it is bullshit imo, especially given the pathetic slowness of some administrative offices like Ottawa.
  10. Yeah man, can't do it otherwise. In non-service jobs communication skills are non-existent, and they immediately give you your position.
  11. The top US schools and UofT are refusing deferrals without exceptional circumstances, so I doubt it.
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