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  1. I wish I had something more to offer in terms of advice, but it's much of the same: take a breather, get regular exercise, and trust that you put in enough work over the semester to get you over the hump (and take solace in the fact that realistically, the worst grade you'll get is a P, making you middle of the pack)
  2. White tie. Tailcoat, trousers, white waistcoat, shirt with french cuffs and a wing collar, white bow tie, black pumps, and a boutonniere. All jokes aside, you can really wear whatever you want. Some of my classmates are probably literally wearing the clothes they wore to bed. Personally, I like to look my best, which usually means something like business casual, but that's really up to you.
  3. As I said, IN SOME FIELDS. Also, your sample size is, what, 4 or 5 universities? I personally have graduate experience in 3 different fields at several different universities. In 2 of those fields, I've been given fully funded offers as was standard for those departments. In philosophy, for example, almost all departments fully or substantially fund their students. In history, some do, some dont; same for political science. You can't make generalizations.
  4. This is not generally true. Grad school is often cheaper than undergrad, and often funded. In some fields, full funding is standard.
  5. "Most" is incorrect. It's highly dependent on program and university.
  6. I'd highly recommend doing the masters. Beside the fact that I think that if you're passionate about some subject, you ought to pursue it (especially if you plan on going to law school and becoming a lawyer immediately after), I do think that it will help you in admissions, at least at some schools. I think that it helped me, and we're not too different in terms of stats. My cGPA was a bit lower than yours, and my B3 was a bit higher (my L2 was significantly higher). My LSAT was also significantly higher. When I applied, I already had an MA and I was in the middle of a second. Only the grades from my first MA were part of my file, but they were well above average, even for an MA. I got into UofT--the only law school I applied to (law school was/is not my priority). All of this is to say that my MA grades probably played some significant role in my acceptance. However, I don't think that it would have been sufficient to offset my undergrad grades if not for my LSAT. With your current grades and LSAT, you'd probably already get into a good number of Canadian law programs. If you're shooting for the "top" programs (in terms of admissions stats), I'd say do the MA and rewrite the LSAT, if you think that you can bring that up by at least 3 or 4 points.
  7. Acceptances went out as late as July 27th last year as far as I know (and possibly later)
  8. Yeah I'm sure where this idea that making your own briefs and outlines is this all-consuming process. Doing that plus classes, if you're doing it right, really shouldn't take more than 30-40 hours per week of work. That's presumably less work than most full-time jobs. Plenty of time for ECs, exercise, socializing, hobbies, etc. *But as I tried to make clear earlier, if you can hack it with doing less work, all power to you. But the reality is that the majority of people (assuming they don't want to be merely middle-of-the-pack) can't do that. And it generally seems safer to start off doing all the work, and then cut back as you see fit
  9. Out of curiosity, do you know for sure that small group will be full-year again? I've heard that UofT had been planning to make it half-year for a little while now, even before the pandemic
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  11. Agree with everything you say, except that I'm fairly confident that they don't waitlist anything close to 100 applicants
  12. UofT law has explicitly committed to being in person next year, barring some unexpected pandemic development (yes, case numbers are high right now, but this was not unexpected and vaccines are being rolled out on schedule to have everyone vaccinated early in the summer). Since no one else has tried, I'll take a stab at describing what online law school is like at UofT, just in case it does go online (which I seriously doubt, but what do I know). N.b. Take this only as a reflection of my experience as a current 1L who has never experienced law school in person. Us 1Ls were absolutely robbed of welcome week. It's normally a huge thing at UofT. Upper years tell me that it's where they made most of their friends, everyone connected over activities and parties, etc. Perhaps this is no one's fault. After all, what could they have done online to make up for those in-person experiences? Who knows. In terms of the rest of the year, socially, things weren't too bad, but they weren't great. I've made a number of friends, and most people are somewhere within the range between alright and genuinely cool. Yes, I probably would have made more friends under normal circumstances. Yes, it sucks that connecting with the friends I have made is difficult over Zoom. But all around, it's not too bad, mostly because we know that, at some point, things will go back to normal, and we'll get our law school experience. You definitely lose something in terms of classes. Our small group (on top of being only one semester) ended up being more like a lecture, being the seminar style doesn't really work over Zoom. I also find it much harder to concentrate over Zoom. It's very tiring. But we make do. On the bright side, writing exams is much more enjoyable online. Control-F is a godsent. This is your call, obviously, but I personally would not defer for the small chance that things go online (and the even smaller chance that they stay online the whole year). Unless you do something productive or fun in the year off, it's seems like it might be a waste of a year, delaying your future earnings. Plus, things will go back to normal eventually, even if you spend some time next year online (and if they don't, there was no point in deferring in the first place). IMO, there are too many variables to plan so meticulously. Better to carry on as you would sans pandemic.
  13. Fully agree. I would only qualify the "very likely" acceptance into the MA by adding that it really depends. Some of the MA programs (e.g., philosophy, economics) are as competitive or more competitive than the JD program
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