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  1. What even is a "good" lawyer? How can we deliberate over if "good" lawyers are born or made, if even within legal academia, the model of what a "good " lawyer is, is still actively being explored and contested. The answer truly depends on who you ask.
  2. Of the three schools you have listed, I believe Osgoode has the highest NY job placement rates. Otherwise, Osgoode is a very well rounded school, with a well established reputation and employment networks in Toronto/the GTA. I should note my bias though as an Osgoode student myself.
  3. I talked about an experience that can be characterized as "uncomfortable for the reader" within the meaning of this thread in my personal statements, and tried to dance around direct language as much as I could. When I did use it, it was extremely sparingly, to contrast the more conceptual engagement style forming the majority of my discussion of the topic. And even then, it wasn't without quickly moving to a more constructive point, and refocusing the statement on personal growth, ambition, and resilience overall.
  4. With the self-represented litigant crisis prolific in lower levels of court, as well as tribunal contexts, we know that there is a significant legal market going disserviced on a routine basis. More lawyers is not necessarily a problem, if they price their services modestly as per growing market demand for affordable, accessible legal services; or have their services subsidized (which may be unlikely).
  5. Nothing determinative or final has been communicated by Osgoode, though I am expecting a hybrid instruction model at the very least based on what has been said. Also, the possibility of full online instruction in the fall seems to still be on the table.
  6. Embrace your likely already existing love for flowcharts and diagrams. The underlying logic of many areas of law is very conducive to short form, descriptive charts and diagrams- and if you get good at making them, your exam taking experience will be much easier.
  7. Many Canadian law schools have gone out of their way to expressly state that what school applicants attend for their undergraduate has absolutely no bearing on their admissions chances; as in, it's not a factor that is considered, looked at, or thought about at all. The pushback you are recieving has nothing to do with "personal offense".
  8. Yes, this is absolutely grounds to apply as an access applicant. Also, for what it's worth, you talk about your GPA as if it is abysmal, but coupled with that LSAT, it really is not nearly as bad as you think it is. It is honestly still possible for you to get into any law school in Canada. Note however, if you do apply as an access applicant on the grounds you have discussed, you may need to provide some form of supporting documentation. Do not worry, you will not be expected to relive the trauma of that time in your life or provide a myriad of documentary evidence supporting your experience. Rather, a short, signed and dated letter/statement from someone close to you which recognizes and affirms your situation is typically enough. I would reach out to each of the law schools you are interested in though for more specific information about relevant application procedures for access applicants.
  9. This is true, but it certainly is not an actively dangerous area either. Also, this is my personal opinion, but I find it refreshing going to a law school in close proximity to communities in dire need of accessible, affordable legal services. It has certainly helped Osgoode establish its clinical/intensive programs, particularly those focused upon low/no-income legal service provision, as some of, if not the best in Canada.
  10. It seems like radio silence so far. That being said, I think it's entirely reasonable to assume admissions are delayed as other posters in this thread have suggested. This is truly an exceptional cycle, and accordingly, the timeline of preceding cycles will not necessarily apply. Also, if it's worth anything, everything at Osgoode seems to be delayed/off this year. In all of my classes, we are behind the syllabus (due to digital instruction related delays), and multiple events have needed to be rescheduled/cancelled.
  11. Tomorrow there may be some offers sent out. Last year, there were a sizeable amount of applicants (including myself) that were accepted the day before the April 1st deadline. Also, if anyone is curious, I had a full 2 weeks to consider the offer, despite said deadline.
  12. In your circumstances, Osgoode is the better option. The scholarship in particular leaves me confident saying this, as it counteracts Osgoode's main negative: the relatively high tuition.
  13. I'm an Oz student, and honestly love the school, but in your situation Ottawa really does seem like the better option. Osgoode's premium pricetag is only worth it if you want to have easier access to the Toronto/GTA employment market, and the networking opportunities that come with such. Osgoode's diverse array of clinical/intensive programs are a major draw as well, though if you are interested in acquiring a position in government, the clinical/intensive program offerings at Ottawa may be better tailored to assist students with acquiring relevant experience for that end goal.
  14. 4 months study-time may be enough for some people to score a 170 on their first take, though I cannot say it is common, nor likely. It isn't simply a matter of needing more time to study either- for better or worse, the LSAT tests a very specific set of reasoning and analytical skills some people just "get" easier than others. This means that before you even start aspiring for that 170, you should take a diagnostic LSAT (take the test blind, under testing conditions that mirror those on test day as close as possible) to see where you are starting from. To be clear, this is not to say that the LSAT isn't a learnable test- though, to what extent it is learnable will differ person to person. Luckily, and other posters can correct me on this if I am wrong, but you do not need a 170 to get into any law school in Canada. Even for UofT, a mid-high 160 often suffices.
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