you too can get into law school with an lsat in the 140's :)))
I was accepted back in February but haven't had a chance to post!
LSAT: 145 last year, then 147 in November
I believe I had an intensely strong application and references aside from these stats, as last year I was waitlisted at Queen's and Windsor (I did not apply to Ryerson last cycle)
I think we had a period of overlap (I was at the faculty from Sept 2013 to December 2016).
With respect to the rest, I think we're in general agreement. My point isn't that diversity doesn't exist or that it shouldn't be recognized. Of course it exists and of course we should take it into consideration but we should also keep in mind that it can present itself in very nuanced ways that you won't be able to pick up on unless you make an effort to get to know the person as an individual.
Many firms opted to cheap out during the annual compensation review. Instead of the usual annual raises, some firms provided cost of living increases (e.g. 2%) to their associates, even those who were dangerously closed to hitting their billable hours target. Now those same firms are dishing out retention bonuses to retain their associates. Too little too late, in some cases.
What has really frustrated associates is that some of these firms either exceeded or fell just below their original budgets for 2020.
Osgoode > Ottawa for price, both in terms of tuition and (arguably) cost of living.
Both are commuter schools with larger class sizes. A lot of folks say that Ottawa has little school spirit, though I can't vouch for that. Finding a tight-knit community will likely be more a matter of finding your "tribe" so to speak, as opposed to having it built in by the small class size of a school like Western.
Can't speak to Ottawa's faculty being biased towards french speaking students.
Popular consensus seems to be that Osgoode has more "reach" than Ottawa does. If you're dead set on working in Ottawa then it would make sense to go to school there. If you don't know where you want to end up that Osgoode might give you more options.
Ottawa has some excellent specialty areas / areas of focus like Tech Law and also is well positioned if you're interested in working in government.
Osgoode has a crap ton of clinical opportunities covering everything from business to poverty law.
If you haven't already I'd suggest working your way back through the "10 Reasons To Go / Not Go To My School" threads to see what people say for both Osgoode and Ottawa.