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  1. Good Undergraduate degree for Law?

    If you want to stay in that area (i.e., criminal justice system) then I would say it would probably help over a program that doesn't offer experiential training. If that interests you personally you should do it. No one here was saying you shouldn't; we were trying to say that it won't help to get into law school or in the practice of law generally. If there are career paths open to you through such a program, there's no reason why you shouldn't consider it as an option, so long as you're interested in one of those areas of work.
  2. Good Undergraduate degree for Law?

    I wasn't in criminology, so I never did anything like that; I just took a few courses as electives in my final year (family law and criminal law). I doubt the placement stuff is valuable. In law school, you will have many chances to work in clinics on actual files, which will give you far more experience than anything you'd do in an undergrad course.
  3. Questions - Access Category?

    The access category is a black box so it's very tough to say what your chances are. I don't know how much detail you should go into about your medical issue, but certainly I would talk about it and how it affected your performance. I think the admissions committee would be more interested in hearing how you overcame the difficulty and how you're doing now, since it's no longer affecting you. Remember, the point of the access category is not to let students into law school who don't measure up. It's about admitting students who, due to substantial barriers outside of their control, performed poorly in undergrad but have since overcome those difficulties and therefore have a high chance of succeeding in law school. So, if I were applying in the access category, I would make sure that the committee understands that I have overcome this difficulty, that I am able to prove it with my progress since then, and that I do have the ability to succeed should I be admitted.
  4. Good Undergraduate degree for Law?

    I agree but I'm also a pragmatist who will nearly always suggest a degree that generally has more utility in the non-academic world, simply because that line of thought is likely more in-line with what most people want. That is, a decent and interesting job without having to work too hard to get it. The STE part of STEM, and business, will usually open those doors for most people. That said, I do believe in following a passion, whatever it might be, so long as you've thought about it and have an endgame (besides "getting into law school" with no other alternative in mind). I guess what I'm saying is: sure, take criminology if you want but bear in mind that: (1) it won't help you get into law school any more than any other degree; (2) it won't help you in law school much more than any other degree; and (3) it won't net you a non-law job easier than other degrees. If you still don't care then go for it.
  5. I can only think that this would happen if you have too few credits. Can you PM me a list of the marks and years so I can try inputting the data myself and see what happens?
  6. Good Undergraduate degree for Law?

    My suggestion is to pick an undergrad program that will help you find a non law job. The vast majority of people who apply to law school don't get in, so it's best to do get a degree in something that both interests you and has an application beyond law school. I agree with everyone that taking a pre-law or undergraduate law-related program will not prepare you for what you will be learning in law school. It might even give you a false sense of security during the application process and perhaps -- if you get in -- in 1L as well. A reasonable alternative might be to take a couple of law-related courses as electives. For what it's worth, I took a couple of them in my fourth year simply because they interested me and I can tell you that they did nothing to prepare me for law school, though they were interesting and I did enjoy them.
  7. 2018 2L Recruitment

    And also not all firms do the ITC thing. Some will just straight-up call you for an in-firm.
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  9. Mature student category - Pros & Cons

    I want to say that your sketch is basically your CV. I don't recall having to send one. By criteria, I mean you should ensure that you meet the criteria defined in Osgoode's admission requirements for mature students. You should have a look at the information they include on OLSAS (that big PDF document with all of the schools; I forget off-hand what it's called) -- there should be something about it there.
  10. Mature student category - Pros & Cons

    Osgoode doesn't have a separate mature category but the application does ask if you've met the criteria for being a mature student and the adcom will consider you as a mature student if you meet the requirements. There is virtually no reason to not apply as a mature student, assuming you meet the requirements (schools have differing standards for this — check out their application materials to make sure you meet it). Doing so will usually put you in a separate pool and allow the committee to place much less emphasis on grades an LSAT and more emphasis on work and life experience. Schools value that sort of thing because it adds to the class, which normally consists of young probably-haven't-worked-much recent graduates. That said, the mature category is competitive in itself, but differently, so there are no guarantees you will get in if you have poor grades or LSAT, but your odds are usually much higher than in the general category.
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  12. If your group was officially recognized by the student union/association, you could put the contact in charge of that sort of thing. Basically, they would only have to speak to the fact that yes, you did hold the position at the organization in question. To answer more broadly: it's unlikely verifiers will be called in most cases, but you will definitely want to include the information in case someone needs it. I would imagine that verifiers would only be contacted if you listed something very exceptional, perhaps bordering on unbelievable (but quite impressive if true) and they want to check to see if it's accurate. It might also be used to verify if you were given given certain awards or granted certain recognition, if those awards/recognition are substantial factors in admitting you.
  13. Wait, we have a union?? So I’ve been slaving away in Morgan’s mod sweat shop for no reason??
  14. Well clearly you are able to post since you posted here and also created another thread. Am I to assume your issue is resolved?
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