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  1. Finally pulling the cord.. law school ..

    Op, OK, you're at least 3 years away from thinking about law schools and LSATs. As a starting point, you need some undergrad. You'll have to check individual school requirements, but most require at least 3 years of undergrad (I think some might once have accepted people after 2 years in very unusual cases - even if they still do, you can't proceed on the basis given how rare it is. Choose a program that you are interested in - there is no "best" route to getting into law school, and of course, there's no guarantee that you will be admitted into law school (or that you will be still be interested in doing so in 3 years), so take something that you think will be of value to you if you don't go to law school. Some law schools provide an entry point for mature students, which may not require an undergrad degree. I would not encourage to the pursue that option even if you qualify for it. If you're in your 20's you're not much older than most law students, so you life experience is not likely to offset your lack of formal education. If you were in your 40s and had been working somewhere for 20 years, this would be a different discussion, but that's not the case. You might talk to whatever undergrad programs you are thinking about to see if they will give you credit for college courses (BC is somewhat more flexible about that than Ontario). My one caution though is that you shouldn't look for shortcuts. law school is competitive and demanding, you will need the preparation provided by a good undergrad program (in respect of writing, critical thinking, research etc.) to succeed in law school. Getting into law school isn't your goal, getting into law school with the skills to excel in law school is your goal. Finally, there really isn't much point in writing the LSAT now. Apart from the fact that I think there's an expiry date on LSAT results (I could be wrong), the training you get in a good undergrad program around critical thinking would probably help you in writing the LSAT.
  2. What is Osgoode best known for?

    Unless you’re a polar bear.
  3. What is Osgoode best known for?

    Good one.
  4. What is Osgoode best known for?

    The abundance and ferocity of the polar bears who roam the frozen wastelands of York main campus. Hardly a year goes by without a first year being eaten.
  5. Articling and Reception Duties

    Can't add much to what Diplock said except to remind you that "legal" work goes well beyond drafting pleadings or reviewing contracts - client development, introductory calls, meetings, profile raising, billing, collections, drafting retainer letters, yada, yada, yada are key components of a legal practice. Lawyers (well, Partners and sole practitioners) don't get paid (at least not directly) to do that work, but they cannot be even moderately successful lawyers unless they do. Meeting and greeting clients is legal work. Think of it this way, you firm wants you to be their face for an hour and a half a day and interact with their clients, that's a huge opportunity and a vote of confidence in you. At my old firm, I always told students to be nice to the receptionist, because they were people that the partners trusted to interact with all their most important clients - they were far more important to the firm than some articling student.
  6. I agree with @providence and @epeeist, why draw attention to a weak point in your application? And really, working isn’t a good explanation for a lousy LSAT score - you have lots of time to prepare for it, it’s not like you woke up one morning and discovered you were writing the LSAT in a week.
  7. In-Firm Interview Schedule

    In terms of time slots, it means nothing, they fit you in when they can fit you. If you ask for Tuesday, that's a slight negative (as it tells them you've got 4 other options) and I've heard some firms no longer do Tuesday interviews. But the reality is, if they interview you, they're interested.
  8. In-Firm Interview Schedule

    Realistically, you can't do more than 4 on the monday, and at most 2 on Tuesday morning. 5 is the usual max. I don't think it's possible to do more, and the reality is that OCI week is a slog. When I did it,I found my Tuesday morning interview was basically a write-off, because I was gassed from the day before - wasn't my first choice anyhow.
  9. I understand why you're having trouble finding sources on North Korean violations of international law. As this site helpfully informs us, North Korea is a beacon of freedom and light in an unjust world: http://www.korea-dpr.com/citizen.html (Depressingly, their website is better than most law firms).
  10. Redundant statement warning.
  11. It's kinda remarkable, Moldova has access to lawstudents.ca, but not Google. Strange country.
  12. Good Undergraduate degree for Law?

    Providence speaks the Truth. The woman who was the sharpest corporate lawyer in my articling class was a woman's studies major, the sharpest litigator was a philosophy major (who studied some pretty esoteric stuff), my buddy who is a up and coming crown (and teaches at UofT) was an economist.
  13. Questions about Engineering + Law Combination

    What I know about IP law is that I wouldn't want to practice it (but then people say that about tax law too). I think it's fair to say that it's probably about as a lucrative as any other business law practice.
  14. Good Undergraduate degree for Law?

    Sure, having some exposure to the criminal justice system might be useful experience if you want to practice as a criminal lawyer. What percentage of lawyers practice criminal law, 15-20%? Probably not much higher than that. So, at best it’s useful experience in one subset of legal practice. And in terms of getting into law school, volunteering within the justice system isn’t going to be a stronger extra-curricular activity than any other volunteer, or political, or sports, or community, or whatever else activity (and, in any event, will be a weak factor for admissions. At best it might be useful in hiring for signalling genuine interest in criminal law... if you ultimately want to go down that path.) If you’re interested in criminology on its own account, go to town. Don’t take it because you think it might give you an edge getting into law school. It won’t.
  15. Well we had that case in Ottawa of the student who was accused, but not convicted of sexual assault (he was convicted of other offences) and the great legal minds in that student body were lobbying to bar him from the school.