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  1. Its an odd situation even at McGill. BCL/LLBers have memberships at Thomson House (reserved for and maintained by the Post-Graduate Students’ Society) and are not eligible for many programs that undergraduate students are eligible for. But yes, I do agree that its an undergraduate degree.
  2. No actually. It's possible that they wanted to amend the posting in some way.
  3. Haven't heard from Durham and the AGCO. TD's posting was taken down but then seems to have been re-advertised (I think they're still accepting applications). Aviva wrote to on Tuesday letting me know that they won't be interviewing me. Not sure if they've held interviews for other candidates however.
  4. It's tough to say. Some schools refuse to consider graduate school grades and a B.Ed. may as well be a graduate degree. Moreover, while admissions people are supposed to take grades at face value but there's definitively some skepticism about the grading standards at faculties of education (institutions may vary, but I think many schools grade to an "A" average).
  5. Was typing as Diplock was typing his own response. I agree that it helps to have a more precise understanding of what international law means to you. International law encompasses a pretty wide range of topics. Most people imagine it to be what you would call public international law or international human rights law. I haven't yet met anyone who works in either of those areas so I can't comment on what an advantageous career path would be if you're hoping to do that kind of work. I know some people who work in what you would call international economic law. Many of them have non-law graduate degrees in subjects such as economics and international trade. If you're not an American, you'll typically also have a specialized LL.M.
  6. Just realized there's medals/trophies for the 3 most liked members each day (was that what blocked meant by ranks?). I like that.
  7. Tough to say. Many schools don't consider grades from graduate programs but I'm not sure if a B.Ed. counts as one of those. If they do consider it, they'll probably take your grades at face value but the fact that many (most?) B.Ed. programs grade to an A average might undercut your ability to present your more recent grades as part of an upward swing. The B.Ed. itself might be a small plus in so far as schools value diversity (McGill, for example, is known to sort applicants into baskets of various sorts).
  8. It's worth adding that when U of T says it pays attention to your degree, its really saying that its considering your transcripts in light of the past law school performance of U of T law students who studied what you studied at your undergraduate school. That should remove any incentive to take "easy" courses or attend an "easy" university.
  9. Mediocre science students tend to disparage the social sciences because it allows them to cling to a sense of superiority. If you're smart, hard working, and studying something that excites you then you'll do fine no matter where you go.
  10. Would you feel competent enough to take on demanding and well-resourced clients right after articling? Would those clients feel confident in your ability to do good work?
  11. Let me clarify in case anyone thinks I'm being unsympathetic. I meant that your chances of being admitted to McGill are low if you apply at the start of your final year. I'd recommend waiting until the year after but feel free to apply earlier if you can spare the effort and money involved in making an application. Best of luck.
  12. Generally speaking, admissions people sort applications by GPA and begin reviewing them from best to worst. From my perspective, there's no point in applying if you'll have a GPA of 3.1-3.2 when you apply and wont be able to show your better grades until the cycle is basically over. If your better grades do materialize, consider applying the year after but even then your chances don't look too good.
  13. I'm writing the barrister exam in November but will first be writing solicitor exam in June (for which I'm not making an index). I'd be happy to get back to you once I've cleared the first exam and have time to begin focusing on the second.
  14. Nothing from Durham or Aviva. Hadn't applied to the others.
  15. Not to my knowledge. CGPA is what they look at.