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  1. I haven't hear anythig about a change in GPA. Good luck with your application. Hope to see you in September at the JD/MBA welcome pub night.
  2. I wanted to write at the UofT because I live in TO. when I registered the UofT was full so I selected western (it was the closest test centre that had an opening). I checked the lsac website everyday and eventually found an opening at the UofT (it took about 2.5 months though). The fee for switching test centres is cheap; $25 I think.
  3. The proctor for my exam at the UofT in June said we would not be allowed water bottles on our desks during the exam. When she realized how ridiculous she sounded (especially sine it was like 30 degrees outside with no AC) she let us have our water bottles.
  4. People cancel all the time. I doubt you will have a problem unless the waitlist is huge. Did LSAC give you any clue how large the list is?
  5. The law program is more difficult to get into than the MBA (not including the 2 years WE requirement to get into the MBA). In a recent interview Cheryl Millington, director of admissions at Rotman, specifically said the add.com. does not like to get LORs from professors. However, the Rotman school does make exceptions for JD/MBA applicants (i.e. WE requirement). If you don't have WE I guess it's pretty hard to get a LOR from an employer. Score high on the GMAT and you should be fine.
  6. Study the same as you would for the LSAT. Do as many questions as possible. The LR and RC questions on the GMAT are not as difficulat as those on the LSAT. The Quant. section is a different story. It's pretty tough. I scored 73% quant 96%verb. (700) even though I am a finance major with course work in calculus, statistics, and other finance courses. do pleanty of questions and you will be fine. Also, get it right the first time because the GMAT is way more expensive to write than the LSAT.
  7. Ya, I think it matters a lot. Note to Grazek: when discussion corporate law and corporate experience I will be referring to something that is relevant to position being applied for. I do not consider burger flipping relevant experience. I didn't think this needed to be mentioned in the previious post but I promise to be more clear for you in the future. Prior work experience is the single most important factor in landing a job. This is not just my opinion. Responses to several surveys conducted by monster.com and Wall Street Journal’s Career Journal indicate that Human Resource professionals and hiring managers look first and foremost at previous work experience. I don’t dispute the fact the personality and “fit” also play a large role in the hiring decision. However, I do think that to say “if a corporate law firm was deciding between two candidates who were relatively equal (excepting that one had 2 years of corporate experience) they'd go for the one who they liked better" is a bit naive considering the type of law we are discussing here. “Do you think that 2 years of corporate experience before law school will make that big of a difference to securing a position in a corporate law firm? I have 6 friends working in those firms presently and none of them worked between undergrad and law school” Yes I do. It will make a huge difference. I have said this before. When we graduate there will many people in our classes for which the JD or LLB is their third university degree. They will have WE and professional designations. These are the people we will compete with for jobs. In a profession notorious for placing enormous emphasis on grades, LSAT and school reputation in the hiring decision, do you really want to be the student who is hoping to get in because you are a nice person? You don’t need WE to get a corporate law job but it will sure help.
  8. "But I actually think if a corporate law firm was deciding between two candidates who were relatively equal (excepting that one had 2 years of corporate experience) they'd go for the one who they liked better." You can't be serious!
  9. I was accepted to UofT with 3.90/162 (off the waitlist in June). Effie at UofT told me my 3.90 was converted to 87.?%. UofT recommended I re-write the LSAT if I really wanted to get in because 162 would probably not cut it. I wrote the June LSAT (171) but got in before the marks were released. I don't know how any of the following things contributed to my offer but FYI - Finance major (Judy @ UofT told me they consider finance to be one of the more difficult majors); four years mid-management @ Fortune 500 a couple entrepreneurial ventures; they also knew I had received offers from both Osgoode and Western and had turned them both down and was re-writing the LSAT so I could get into UofT. jvd
  10. Any recommendations regarding study material in addition to the case books??
  11. I am going to the UofT because I AM very interested in corporate law and it is my opinion that the University of Toronto offers the best JD/MBA program in the country. I believe Rotman is the best business school in Canada and UofT is the best law school in Canada (Please see bold text before arguing that another school is better. I have done my research and have formed an opinion based on that research. I do not intend to perpetuate the debate over which law/business school is better. If you do not agree with me I respect your opinion.) I am not certain that I will pursue a legal career when I graduate but I am really excited about the next four years. I can't wait for September 7th. jvd
  12. I submitted both Applications in August 2003. I was accepted into the Rotman MBA program in October 2003 and into the JD program in June 2004. I don't like to leave thisngs to the last minute, jvd
  13. Hi Muffy! i am starting the JD/MBA program in September too. I can't wait. jvd
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