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  1. Agreed. I also think there needed to be a sort of all (or most) or nothing approach. I imagine many would be displeased if they had to be in London for 8 months for only a couple of hours in person a week. But again there really is no perfect solution. No matter what some will be unhappy with the decision.
  2. I can't speak to whether the reasons stated were the real reasons or not, but I do personally think that the largest transition is from 0L to 1L. Unlike upper year students, incoming 1Ls currently have no formed relationships with other students, no understanding of the law, no experience with legal research, etc. Many have never done a moot or been in a law library. None have had the kind of legal education that only in person classes can bring (I'm thinking lots of questions/discussion). Many law schools are going fully online for all years. The way I see it they made a decision to try to keep some semblance of normalcy for the entering 1Ls, putting extra resources/effort into them, rather than taking from 2Ls and 3Ls. But I can absolutely appreciate the feeling that it is unfair. All students will likely pay the same tuition, and surely most students would prefer an in-person experience. I do hope that admin/the SLS hear you, and perhaps complaints from your fellow students, and are able to accomodate something that feels more fair to you. These are definitely shit times.
  3. The answer is yes. Any movement at any school can happen at any time. Students who have provisionally accepted Western may decline after getting into another school, or (surely far less common) students may decide they no longer want to attend law school in the fall at all. Congrats on getting into law school in general. Fingers crossed the waitlist budges soon and you get into your preferred choice.
  4. There's 403 people in the class of 2022 group. Really wouldn't put any weight on this.
  5. Strongly recommend getting connected with your school counsellor from the getgo. It's hard to work through things after shit's hit the fan. Having someone you regularly speak to not only helps you address things as they come up (i.e. not ignore your shit until it overwhelms you), but also helps you develop strategies that'll serve you going forward. It's also a lot easier to explain a certain situation, be it a breakup, loss of a loved one, anxiety, etc., when your counsellor already has a sense of your life. I wouldn't wait until I had a serious illness before seeking or having regular check-ups with a doctor for my physical health. Mental health is a similar beast. My guess is many if not all schools will offer telephone and video-counselling while physical distance measures remain in place.
  6. OP mentioned in other posts that he/she is a grade 12 student who is still considering different uni offers. He/she would need a 4 year undergrad degree, followed by a 3 year (if pursued in Canada) law degree. So if OP transitioned smoothly into the Canadian articling/job market, it seems the time before he/she could become a practicing lawyer would be similar either way. But for sure the other obstacles you're referring to (as discussed in the threads Lewcifer attached) should be considered.
  7. Certainly not necessary. You'll score the same on test day regardless of knowing your starting point. That said I kind of regret not doing a diagnostic test simply because after studying/writing the LSAT I became curious how much I'd improved/how effective my studying had been.
  8. Law school is hard but not impossibly hard. You're given the tools you need to succeed. A "less" intelligent hardworking student can certainly do better than a brilliant student who puts less effort in.
  9. First of all, congratulations. It sounds like you were going through an extremely difficult time, and you rose from it. There's something huge to be said of that, and I hope you are very proud. Now, on to the main event. It sounds to me like you're a smart and hard-working individual. You say you feel you'd do well in a career in law and I don't doubt that. That said, all too often people enter fields of work they think they'd do well in, rather than fields/careers that would make them happy. Is there any specific job in law you feel would make you happy? It's a scary time in the world right now and I think many of us are seeking solace in ANYTHING. Maybe that's a job. Maybe that's going back to school. But I think with all this time to sit at home with our thoughts it's tempting to immerse ourselves in something we feel would set us up for the future. There's nothing wrong with that, but it sounds like you haven't questioned leaving law behind up until this point. It sounds like you're lost and looking for someone to tell you what to do. Maybe an anecdotal "I went back to law school and it was the best decision I ever made", or "I went back to law school and regretted it". Personally I can't provide that, and I urge you not to put too much weight on anyone who can. Sorry if this is entirely unhelpful. I know you're seeking advice. My advice is to take time to think about your options, and what would make you happiest in the long term. Think about what's important to you, e.g. job security, good hours, work environment, helping people, etc. Maybe have a checklist of what you want in your dream career, and see what law ticks off. One thing I will say is you don't have to have all the answers this second. It's okay to not be sure. I'd maybe see if you still have access to a school counsellor, or perhaps you have some counselling coverage through work (I'm not sure about with COVID, but often benefits last 3 months to a year after being laid off, depending on the company and the circumstances). Maybe even returning to your previous therapist, who would know your history. Wishing you well.
  10. Unfortunately having certain stats (LSAT and GPA) do not entitle you to an acceptance. More than that, U of C's website is clear that while it's the last 20 courses and the highest LSAT which they use for your statistics, they may still consider all LSAT scores and your CGPA, both of which would render your application weaker. It can be devastating not to be accepted to your dream school, or to any school for that matter. Rather than appeal, I recommend trying to boost your LSAT score, and review your personal statement. Try not to feel discouraged. Your work and volunteer experience do not count for nothing. Surely they have shaped you, and provided valuable skills and insights. That said, depending on how you speak to those experiences, they (in conjunction with the rest of your application) may or may not persuade an admissions committee that you are an ideal candidate. Best of luck. Many students on this forum have overcome a rejection in one cycle, followed by one or many acceptances in the next.
  11. I say do it. Extremely high chance they'll say no, but then at least you can clear it from your mind. Be polite, acknowledge the date has long passed, and explain that while the grade isn't holding you back, you feel you want to address something that you always felt was wrong, but only recently have gotten the courage to speak up about.
  12. Not at all. Taking classes will never look bad. The summer before my fourth year of undergrad I took three summer courses (but only 2 at the same time) to get ahead/take a lighter course-load in my final year. If you aren't working or have the extra time, now's a great time to get studies in.
  13. Only you can say what's best for you. Only you know what may make you happier in the long run. If you are leaning towards deferring, defer (pending speaking to Osgoode and getting approval). Just be sure before you do to imagine the worst case scenario and be sure you're okay with the chance of it occurring. For example, if the internship changes to online, continues to be pushed back, or doesn't happen at all. Would you greatly regret starting a year later? Do you have other things you could do in the meanwhile that would bring you joy? Choices are hard, and the fear of regret makes them even harder. Take some time to write out the pros and cons, best and worst case scenarios, etc. There is no absolute right or wrong decision. It's just a matter of what will make you happier overall. Will you regret never trying the internship? Will you regret postponing school if it doesn't work out? Which would be worse? These are the questions only you can answer. Best of luck with whatever you choose!
  14. While I can't speak to attending law school with a disability, I imagine the accommodations would vary largely depending on the nature of the disability and the supporting documents. That said, as far as I know all marking across law schools is "blind". That is, your papers and exams will have a number rather than your name, and your prof will not know whose is whose when marking. I also imagine that in most cases your professor would not be aware that you were receiving accommodations (unless you were to discuss it with them). In my experience law schools do all they can to accommodate where appropriate and avoid any potential discrimination/bias.
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