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  1. If there is one thing I'm getting from this thread, OP, it's that both schools should provide you with the opportunity to practice in Toronto, though which one provides a "better" advantage for that goal is unclear. With that in mind, perhaps you should consider your second criteria: whether you would rather have the once in a lifetime experience of Dal, or be closer to family and friends in Windsor, for your decision. This is the place you're going to be living for three years, so figuring which city you'd rather live in should probably play a big factor in your decision.
  2. I think U of T might be an anomaly, or at least be in the minority, on assessing the difficulty of one’s undergrad. The collective wisdom on this site, at least from what I’ve read, is that most schools don’t take it into account.
  3. Well, there seems to be a false binary here. For my part, I spent my summer studying for the LSAT while doing a full time internship and taking a class in both the spring and summer terms. It’s not an either-or proposition. Furthermore, I’m not sure it’s true that everyone will eventually hit a ceiling. Some certainly will. But some do not have that ceiling. For my part, I scored a 166 (92nd percentile) after only ~30 hours of study and while studying for the second test which I eventually didn’t take I was consistently PTing in the low 170s (top score was 174). That top score was only after ~10 more hours of study. Now, given the distribution of the exam scores (i.e. only a handful of people score a 180, more score 179, even more score 178, and so on) and the busyness of my summer, would it have been wise for me to have started studying earlier? Could I have obtained a higher score had I done so? I don’t know. But I think it’s a possibility. And I think insinuating someone is a moron for accounting for that possibility by wanting to study earlier and more often, or that they’re ignorant of their supposed “ceiling,” is out of line, because there’s no way you could possibly know that. EDIT: Also, didn’t mean to make this a brag about my scores. And if you were able to score higher scores with less study time than me, then I humbly salute you as my intellectual superior.
  4. Okay, seriously buddy, what the fuck? He was talking about the ideal strategy to get into law school. How in God’s name does that reflect on his intelligence? Unless they’re capable of scoring 180 without any studying (and I honestly doubt if there’s anyone who can), people of all intelligence levels can benefit from studying for the LSAT. And if you’re gunning for the highest score possible, a good strategy would be to start studying as early and as often as possible. That’s being smart, not dumb.
  5. You were waitlisted at Sask with a 3.6 B2 and 164 LSAT? Holy shit, my confidence in getting in just took a nosedive.
  6. Um...maybe I missed it...but what school(s) are these chances for?
  7. I think the deadline's pretty late, like June 1st. Don't quote me on that, though. i think the preliminary statement of marks is if you're a fourth year and need to send in your fall marks after you get them back in January. As for the back page grading conversion, I just had my uni email them an official transcript because I didn't want to upload my own and risk messing up my application because I too was unsure about that.
  8. You're L2 GPA would need to be around 3.8 in order to have a chance at admission with a 155 LSAT, according to last year's admitted applicant profile. If you're at or above this, don't give up hope. If you're not that high, pray for TRU or Sask. Don't go to Rye except as a last resort.
  9. As someone deciding between USask (assuming they let me in) and the Alberta schools, this is very interesting to me. Do you mind if I ask where you heard this?
  10. The counterargument I've seen to this is that a middle-tier student at U of T wouldn't be a middle-tier student at Windsor, they'd be an upper-tier student. And a middle-tier student at Windsor would be a lower-tier student at (or not even be able to get into) U of T. I get that this isn't always true since stats aren't perfect predictors, but do you think it would generally be the case? And yeah, US/international aspirations definitely switch things up for sure.
  11. I shall now apply all of the wisdom I have gained from reading this forum twelve hours a day every day since October to settle this issue once and for all. THE ONE TRUE GUIDE TO CHOOSING A LAW SCHOOL: Criterion #1: Go to school in the province where you want to work. This will help you build your network and minimize difficulties of changing jurisdictions where the laws may differ. Criterion #2: Minimize your debt. All Canadian law schools give you the same JD and all differences in outcome are due to individual differences among students. The fact that some schools have stronger or weaker students says nothing about the school itself, so you may as well just get the degree as cheap as possible. Therefore, without further ado, the one true objective ranking of Canadian schools (for English speakers, at least. Don't know enough about the French side of things to comment): If you want to work in BC: 1. UVic 2. UBC 3. TRU If you want to work in Alberta: 1. U of A 2. U of C (might be the better choice if you're dead-set on Calgary). If you want to work in Saskatchewan: U of S If you want to work in Manitoba: U of M If you want to work in Ontario: Anywhere in Ontario but U of T. Lakehead for anywhere north of Sudbury. Only go to Ryerson as a last resort. If you want to work in New Brunswick: UNB. If you want to work in Nova Scotia: Dal. If you want to work in PEI: UNB (see criterion #2). If you want to work in Newfoundland: Wait for Memorial. If you want to work in the North: Haha no you don't. If you want to work in the States: T6 if you can, T7-14 if you must. Otherwise forget it.
  12. This is why I stuck to Econ and never took Sociology. Although it is worth pointing out to OP (not sure what party he/she volunteered for, but just in case) that just because Sociology profs are that crazy doesn't necessarily mean law school adcoms will be the same.
  13. Ahh, I misread your post then. I honestly don't see why they wouldn't. As a general rule for a PS you want to be as genuine as possible. Usually on the application website they'll have a little blurb about what they want to see in a PS. Try and answer those questions, and if your political experience forms a big part of your extracurricular activities/is relevant then I'd definitely include it. They're isn't much point to second-guessing yourself - you're trying to show the adcoms what you're like, not what you think they want you to be like.
  14. I mean...as long as the position titles are fairly general you should be fine. I was secretary, for example.
  15. I volunteered on the board for a political party's constituency association in my provincial riding. I mentioned it in my application, but I simply didn't say what party it was. I don't know if that's the right way to go about it, but I've gotten two acceptances so far so it didn't hurt me.
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