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  1. Which Canadian law school has the best bathrooms? Inquiring minds want to know!
  2. I'm the mature student in question here. cGPA was 2.5, L2 not much better though my B2 / B20 is closer to 3.5. LSAT was a 163. Accepted to Ottawa and waitlisted at Windsor so far this cycle (still waiting to hear back from literally everyone else). I finished my undergrad 15-years ago and have been working ever since, so our situations aren't entirely analogous, so take from this what you will.
  3. I can't help but wonder whether those hiring decisions are reflective of a preference for TRU in general, or a reflection of the partner's relationship and level of trust with that specific professor.
  4. Hard to answer these kinds of questions given how new Ryerson is. There's just not a lot of data to work with. Anecdotally it does appear that they're weighing GPA more heavily than LSAT for example, but I don't think that there's any granular data breaking down cGPA vs B20.
  5. I've been Decision Pending for almost two months now... 😜
  6. Is it common for professors to not allow students to work off of computers in class?
  7. Most of my extended family is comprised of engineers living and working in Alberta. Anecdotally from them the job market at the moment is not great due to the beating the oil and gas sector has been taking. Your fiancee's mileage will, of course, vary depending on their specialties.
  8. But how will we determine our sense of self worth if we can't look down on those who went to a worse school than we did?
  9. Thanks for the feedback all! A lot of this is confirming what I already suspected. I may have to invest in a nice coffee machine though. Not sure that my Aeropress and hand grinder are going to cut it during law school 😜
  10. I think being able to fake a reasonable approximation of positivity regardless of circumstance is an important life lesson. Certainly one I've had to learn as a (relatively) old fogey.
  11. Hi all, I'm an incoming 1L this year. I'm also a mature student and it's been a long, long time since I was last in school. With that in mind I wanted to pick the brains of current students as to what pieces of gear and technology they find indispensable to law school. Obviously Zoom school is different, and given that I've spent the past 12 months working remotely I feel I'm well situated for that, it's everything that you regularly use for in person classes that I'm more curious about. So what are everyone's indispensable items? Laptop: I'm assuming that this is a given. Thankfully I recently upgraded my work laptop to a brand new Macbook Pro, so I should be good to go. Productivity software: Microsoft Office Suite, OneNote / Notion (note taking software), some sort of calendar, etc... anything else? Backpack / Messenger Bag: I've needed to get a new messenger bag for a while, so this was already on the list, and I'm assuming a good one would be indispensable for in person classes. I've spoken to some law students / lawyers who swear by using an iPad or tablet for reading and annotating cases (via the Westlaw App, PDF or otherwise). Is this common? Not having to lug around casebooks and reading everything digitally does have some appeal for an old fogey like me. I've also heard that a lot of folks swear by having some sort of second screen for their home office as well, either an external monitor or a iPad via something like Duet. Yes / no? Then there is, of course, all of the analog items: pens, highlighters, binders, bookstands, etc. Anything outside of the norm here that people swear by? Obviously, a lot of this is going to come down to personal preference and workflow, but curious to hear some tips and tricks from those that have that lived it.
  12. It sure seems that way! Still surprised though as I lot of folks told me my stats weren't competitive and that applying as a mature / special consideration applicant wouldn't be enough to save me.
  13. Accepted Feb 18th on uozone. Showed up on OLSAS this morning. Pretty damn surprised as my GPA is shit and I thought Ottawa prioritized that. cGPA: ~2.5 B2: ~3.1ish LSAT: 157 (August), 163 (November) Mature student with 15+ years of high end work in film and television (have written for big TV shows, talent agent for a decade repping Oscar and Emmy winning talent, etc)
  14. Yes, you're being naive. But that's okay! I don't mean to come across as condescending here, so please don't take it that way, but you're young and I'm guessing that you don't have much (any?) work experience in a professional, white collar setting. The average salary in Canada is closer to $55K a year, so if you're expecting to earn $120K / year as a comfortable spot, while doing interesting work no less (and even if you've built in 6 years to get there), well, you're going to have to work for it. Most careers that pay that kind of money are going to require you to put in long(er) hours. That's not limited to just the legal field. I've spent close to a decade working in film and television where the expected hours start at 55-60 hours / week (buy you're working in the movies!). I think the best advice I can give to you is put off going to law school for a couple of years. Finish your undergrad strong, and then get out into the world. Work in a couple of different fields. Explore some other interests. Figure out what you like doing before committing to a path that's going to result in taking on a fair bit of debt.
  15. Pretty sure that most schools won't actively disclose that information. Why demystify the admissions process when it can stay a black box instead?
  16. Ryerson's admissions office was closed Monday / Tuesday for the long weekend. Just reopened yesterday. A little patience is in order.
  17. People will probably be able to offer you more insight if you're able to explain why you didn't enjoy your undergrad experience at Western.
  18. I used to be a professional writer. The joy of being your own boss, particularly in a creative field, is that you're never not working. Compared to that my current role is a breeze and I'm consistently working 50 hour weeks and am on call for client emergencies 24/7 (thankfully I decide what constitutes an emergency). Others have touched on it OP, but it sounds like you have a bit of a skewed sense of what a lot of professional, white collar work entails.
  19. If someone suggests becoming an influencer I'm going to lose my damn mind...
  20. I'd agree with what most folks have said above. In a vacuum Ottawa would trump Ryerson due to track record, alumni network, etc. I would certainly recommend it for those reasons, especially for students who are on a straight K-JD path. That alumni network and established OCI track record are going to be hugely beneficial for folks without their own professional network to draw on. That being said, I do think that the calculus can change depending on individual circumstances. For me personally Ryerson is quite high on the list for a number of reasons. I live a five minute walk from campus and I'd love to stay in my rent controlled apartment of 8 years if possible. I'm a 40-year old mature student who's planning on practicing law in the same field I currently work in (entertainment law). I already have a very deep professional network of lawyers to draw on who have already indicated they are willing to help me find articles / placements as necessary. Given the above, and my 15-years of experience working in the field, the IPC is a very attractive option to "hit the ground running," though make no mistake if I decided to shift gears to another practice area I would absolutely seek out articles, etc. Personally I don't put much stock in the marketing lingo around all the ways the school is "innovating." Some of that may eventually pan out in an interesting way, but the process to get there is going to be an iterative one that will take time. A lot of advice on this forum is squarely geared towards the stereotypical K-JD applicant, which makes total sense given that they form the bulk of the applicant pool every cycle, but it doesn't leave much room for a more nuanced conversation.
  21. It's the University of Manitoba's reading week this week as well and they've sent out a bunch of acceptances. Doesn't mean that it will hold true for Ryerson, or any other school for that matter, but I wouldn't be so quick to write off the possibility either.
  22. Your stats are solid. cGPA is a little lower, but your L2 / B3 are solid. Odds are decent you'll get an offer somewhere in the coming weeks. That being said, take this bit of advice from an old fart: Hope for the best, plan for the worst. There's no harm in laying down some backup plans in the event that you don't get an offer this round, and it's better to do that now than find yourself scrambling in a month or two. Best case scenario you won't even need it, but you'll be glad to have it there if you do.
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