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  1. I guess it was I thought I would stay in music forever when I was in my undergrad. I had law school in the back of my mind while I was growing up, but never seriously thought I would do it - I am musically gifted and I didn't think I could do anything else. At some point in my third year I started reading statutes in my spare time (because that's my idea of a fun Saturday night for some reason) and in the very last month of my undergrad I finally clued in that I really am interested enough in law to pursue it as a career. And after looking into it a little more, I realized that I grasp the subject easily. I became a paralegal first, and I am so glad I did because 1) I don't have to go into this feeling like a complete idiot (do your worst, Estoppel Monster); and 2) I needed to do everything in my power to overcome my undergrad GPA and LSAT score and prove that neither adequately reflect my aptitude for law. I did moots in college, I've ghost-written a few chapters in law textbooks, I've done trials and arbitrations, and I basically do the work of a junior lawyer at my firm. I also have a legitimate access claim, but it still took two cycles before I finally got in. Don't be too scared of failure. That's how people learn to procrastinate, by tricking themselves into thinking it's all or nothing. It's still early and you still have time to sort everything out. If you have to do a college program or master's degree when it's all over, then do it. And if you decide you like psychology better, do it! But there is one thing you should know about law before you decide to go into it - it is just as rewarding and fun as it is gruelling and demoralizing. If you don't love it enough that it's worth having to wade through the swamp every once in a while, don't put yourself through it.
  2. Here's an excerpt from the acceptance letter that might be of some help, for what it's worth: "The students who choose to come to Windsor Law are smart, hard-working and intellectually curious. They demonstrate a genuine commitment to their communities, and they bring that commitment with them to our law school." (Emphasis added). I can't speak for any other applicants who were accepted, but my own PS did include something to that effect, specifically commitment to paralegals. To be fair, though, we paralegals only exist because we make a compelling access to justice argument, and I also applied in the access category.
  3. Right? What's the point of giving applicants a chance to overcome low stats if fairness requires that applicants with higher stats invariably be accepted before those with lower stats? Like PL said, schools are entitled to set whatever criteria they please.
  4. As I said, I followed the instructions exactly. Just got confirmation this morning.
  5. I followed the instructions exactly for online banking, a week ago today, and I haven't had a confirmation email yet. The payment shows up on my financial statement as a "general payment", but Deposit Received line in my application status still says No. I've emailed lawadmit to ask them nicely for confirmation.
  6. Found it under the Financial Matters tab in myUWindsor.
  7. Anyone else noticing that it's taking a while for their tuition deposit to be posted? It's almost been a week.
  8. Check messenger.
  9. Looks like they're starting now. It says that someone was added 4 minutes ago.
  10. One week later, Ottawa got the memo. But let's consider this year an anomaly.
  11. Can't say whether or not this means that Ottawa is just slow in its own right, but it is the last school to close my application after firm accepting Windsor on Wednesday. As of now, my status still says Unnumbered Waitlist.
  12. I predicted correctly. I also lied - I didn't wait until today. I got impatient and firm accepted Windsor last night and got wait-listed before Ottawa got the memo (not a single tear shed from me). The effect is the same - the wait list is one person shorter.
  13. Just saw that I was wait-listed. I firm accepted Windsor yesterday, so I'll be off the list once OLSAS updates. GPA: 3.45 LSAT 151, 148, 153 Access (disability).
  14. Just firm accepted! Good luck to everyone still waiting!
  15. 1. Would my marketing/professional background set me apart from other applicants coming out of the program? I wouldn't say so. It might help you once you're working if you end up self-employed or working at a small and growing firm. Otherwise, you will find that most of your classmates have unique backgrounds (my own class included people with military and police backgrounds, Ph.D scholars, and even lawyers from other countries) that set them apart. 2. Is the world of paralegals as dire as some of these professionals have led me to believe? Or is it due to their choice of being self-employed? I can't speak to this from personal experience because I was hired right out of my co-op. I never had to stress over what my next source of income would be. I defer to the post above but I will add that my school was very much geared towards the entrepreneurial aspect, almost to the detriment of those who didn't want to or weren't able to start a business. Nothing in the curriculum spoke to the kind of work that paralegals who work under lawyers (such as myself) do. 3. If the situation is dire - how is the outlook? From what I've been reading one would believe this is, in fact, a growing area or at least balanced. Even the Government of Canada thinks so too (Source: Job Bank) Again, I defer to the comment above. 4. What is the career succession of a paralegal? or some alternate career options be? I think that's really up to you. Some paralegals have their own practice, some work for a law firm, some are involved in education or professional associations such as the Ontario Paralegal Association, many simply take on the role of a law clerk (which is mostly what I do, but I provide legal services occasionally), and some become lawyers. Personally, I'm headed for law school this year because it was always the end goal. I want my own firm eventually, and while I still could do that as a paralegal, working under a lawyer has kind of spoiled me because now that I have done meaningful work in areas of law that I ordinarily can't touch, and I can say from experience that I like it, I don't want to leave it behind. That said, I don't want to leave the paralegal profession behind, either - my ideal law career involves educating paralegals and working towards advancing the profession so that it can realize its full potential, even if it's only something I do on the side.