Were you in an French immersion program in High School or prior?
The e-mail was kind of confusing because at points it says that you either have to have a good grasp of the language now or should have had it at some time in the past, and at other points it says, it is ok if your French is garbo, we will teach you patiently.
I took French as a second language up until High School. It is safe to say, even at my peak, I could only match the proficiency of a 9 year old native speaker. Even that is giving me too much credit, lol.
If I was ever being considered for a Judgeship or a high ranking federal legal job (as they mention), I'd start considering on learning legal French then.
Agreed - putting the phone away is huge.
I also try to leave work at a semi-reasonable time every day and fit in one post-work activity whenever possible. A bunch of my coworkers do the same. From speaking to people in my practice group, these activities range from playing in a rec sports league, going to sit in a sauna, hitting the driving range, or just going for a walk. I personally find exercise is key. Doing some sort of post-work activity (almost) every day allows me to turn my brain off for the day once I leave the office, and makes it easier to enjoy day-to-day life instead of waiting for the next big trip or accomplishment to reward myself. Plus coordinating your activities with a family member or friend gives you a clean break from thinking about work.
If it really stresses you out I know some schools consider the institution and program you're in (UofT), most have access and/or special categories if that's applicable. Keep in mind a 3.7X is fairly competitive and you're barely under that, so a good LSAT can definitely increase your chances! Also, don't discount your personal statement! It can be a heavy hitter 🙂 You're definitely not out of luck