No one’s done one for Windsor in a while, so I’ll do one. I’ll also do 10 reasons NOT to go at some point too. A lot of these entries may appear on both lists, as there are both pros and cons to many of them.
1. Weather: Windsor is usually 2-4 degrees warmer than it is in Toronto, that might not sound like a lot, but it makes a difference. You end up with a lot less days above freezing, so there’s less snow on the ground.
2. The New Building: This isn’t exactly a reason yet because the building isn’t finished, but the last Windsor post was 2016 or something, so maybe in 2026 people will still be reading this post. Regardless, the new building looks like it will be really nice when it’s finally finished. It’s going to be fully accessible, and it will actually have enough women’s washrooms.
3. Professors: The professors are really excellent teachers, if not necessarily the most prestigious academics. You do get some top academic’s, such as David Tanovich who is also a great teacher. Lots of students don’t agree with his politics, but I don’t know anyone that didn’t say he did an excellent job teaching first year crim. I don’t know for sure why most of the profs are good at actually teaching but here’s my pet theory. Being a really good academic and a really good teacher are different skills. The top academics who are renowned for their academic work go to the more prestigious schools, so the professors who might not be as good of an academic but are better at actually teaching get “stuck” in Windsor.
4. Social Justice: This one ties into some of the other reasons. Windsor does have a social justice orientation and for the most part they do a good job living up to it. The student body is very left-wing and they often get mad at the school for not being as left wing as them, but the school really does make an effort to live up to it’s mandate. If you’re more right wing I can imagine it would feel a little oppressive at times, but if you’re into social justice then you’ll like it.
5. Clubs: This one’s tied into the Social Justice theme, but there are a lot of clubs in the law school with a Social Justice focus and they are very active. Regardless of what you’re interested in, there’s probably a club that will cater to it, and if there isn’t you can just start your own and you will definitely find someone who will want to help you take up your social cause.
6. Clinics: Also ties into Social Justice, but because of the focus on Social Justice, the school/students do a lot of work in the community so there are lots of clinics/experiential learning opportunities.
7. It’s Cheap: Windsor is just not very expensive. Everything is way cheaper than Toronto. Housing, food, drinks, gas. It’s a lot cheaper.
8. Food: The food is actually really good in Windsor, especially the Italian food. There’s a significant Italian community in Windsor so there are lots of good Italian restaurants. You can usually get a high quality meal with a bottle of wine from an Italian restaurant in Windsor for around $5-10 cheaper that an equivalent meal in Toronto.
9. Detroit: The city is actually pretty fun. It’s run-down in parts and you would probably feel a little unsafe walking around at night on your own, but it’s getting a lot better as it revitalizes. There’s good shopping, the art museum is really good, and you can go see sports games if you’re into that kind of thing.
10. Law Community: This is the big one for me. The sense of community in the law school is amazing. You know all of your classmates and lots of the upper years. Everyone’s really nice to each other. There were a lot of good parties before the pandemic. When all the law students go out, they end up going out together and hanging out. Most of the people at Windsor aren’t there because it was their top choice, which I think helps the sense of community. You’re all stuck there together, trying to make the most of it, and you do.