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  1. Is law school fun?

    Not sure if this has been brought up but I think the first year of law school can also be really stressful for applications who are admitted through Access/Discretionary categories. I have some friends who got in that way and they've really, really struggled with imposter syndrome and feeling like they weren't good enough to be at law school and that they didn't deserve it. A few of them were seriously considering dropping out. People can be pretty insensitive without realizing it too and say hurtful or demeaning things unintentionally. You hear a lot of people talk about how "obviously we're all straight-A students or we wouldn't be here" and how they had a 90%+ average without ever having to try in undergrad or how they wrote finals drunk, never went to class and still did really well. Or how their average was "unbelievably low" but it's still way higher than a lot of the Access applicants' averages. Or people bragging about their awards and scholarships, etc. Or how they've never seen a mark below and A on their transcript before and now their marks are only average. I think for people who are already marginalized, being in an environment where there is so much elitism about how everyone was always top-of-the-class before law school can be really tough. Your classmates repeat it, your school repeats it. I think that can be really discouraging for people who don't have an A-average and a killer LSAT because they were dealing with health issues, mental illness, personal trauma, disabilities etc. Not that people who were admitted through Regular categories did not have struggles - obviously there are some people like @providence who have dealt with a ton of extenuating circumstances and still exceeded academically. But of course not everyone is able to do that and there are a lot of people who were admitted on a Discretionary basis that absolutely deserve to be there too because they exceeded given their circumstances, even though they weren't exactly making Valedictorian-level grades. My friends who were admitted through the Discretionary category are awesome, very smart, accomplished and highly capable people that have dealt with some really difficult stuff. It makes me very sad that they don't think they aren't good enough and that they don't deserve to be lawyers. I try to be as supportive as a I can but I know some of them really struggle with feelings of inadequacy. Especially since in a lot of cases, when they reach out to other people for support, they can be quite dismissive without realizing it and say stuff like "oh, we're only stressed because this is the first time in our lives where we have actually had to put in effort"! So I don't think everyone who finds law school stressful feels that way because they are entitled - sometimes it is quite the opposite.
  2. Wow, going to NYU for social work would be amazing - congratulations!
  3. High LSAT (173), abysmal gpa (2.0)

    UVic will drop your 18 worst credits of your 120 credit degree, they don't drop your 25% lowest marks. And their L2 is still 2.5. OP is not going to be competitive for UVic https://www.uvic.ca/law/assets/docs/admissfinaid/LSAT-GPA Demographic Chart.pdf
  4. Suits for Women

    That sounds good - I would recommend getting a few shirts you can wear with the suit. I wore my suit a lot but I went to pretty much everything. I would recommend getting a couple sheath dresses - there were a decent amount of business casual events, probably more than there are business-attire events. I would also wear sheath dresses with a blazer for most of the lawyer coffees I did, unless it was a more casual firm where I knew the lawyers don't wear suits unless they are in court - then I had a separate blazer I would wear with dark jeans, an appropriate blouse, and classic heels. Make sure you have a pair of heels that are very comfortable to walk in - I had a few week that had several events so I was walking around in heels quite a lot.
  5. Application Category

    It's usually for people who have disabilities and similar longterm medical issues.
  6. The formula worked for me - it gave me the exact same number that Admissions told me I had. It might be a problem with your conversion? Or their conversion - that happened with someone earlier in the thread. There has been some confusion about that on the forums.
  7. That sounds like a great approach - I hope it works out and I recommend applying broadly next round, if you can, since evaluation criteria for schools in the Discretionary category seems to vary widely.
  8. Applications are looked at holistically but to be honest, I do not think your chances of being accepted are very high. You have a very interesting background but I do want to gently mention that a number of the people I go to school with have similar backgrounds in addition to good stats. Your GPA would be low for UBC if you applied General category and you scored in the 5th percentile on the LSAT. I really do hope it works out for you. But if it doesn't, please do rewrite and don't get discouraged. I know a few people who were accepted in the Discretionary category who had to apply repeatedly but did eventually get in. It is a very competitive and hard to predict category. Best of luck.
  9. Switched Programs + Transfer Credits = CGPA?

    Queen's, Dal, and Western all look primarily at your last 2 years.
  10. Does Ottawa do drops?

    No, they don't.
  11. 10 reasons TO go to my law school

    Sure, I can. Here is a quick list but feel free to ask any questions. 1. The building is absolutely gorgeous and the library has a view of the mountains and the water. It's a very pleasant space which is nice because you spend so much time there. 2. We have a variety of clinics that cover different interests. http://www.allard.ubc.ca/clinical-and-externship-programs We also have a solid volunteer program - the Law Students' Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) which allows you to get a lot of practical experience right off the bat. My caveat would be that it is very time-consuming, stressful and it's not much of a resume booster, so I would not recommend it unless you are genuinely interested in getting a lot of time in court or trying to help people (even that might happen since a lot of people come with problems we cannot help with). But anyways, tons of cool clinics. 3. Our Career Services Office is amazing - a number of recruiters I have spoken with have told me we have the best CSO they have worked with. They are very available and incredibly helpful. They offer seminars throughout the year, keep Symplicity updated and email job postings each week, and are very responsive to emails. If you are interested in any firm (small or large), they will know people there and can help you arrange an informational coffee. 4. Very collegial environment. The upper years really go out of their way to help first years and make them feel included. And the environment overall is very supportive. There is very little gossip and people are always happy to share notes or try to help other people out. People do not talk about grades. 5. This is subjective but I adore Vancouver. It's beautiful, I don't mind the rain so I like the weather, we have amazing beer, a huge variety of amazing food and plenty to do, particularly if you are outdoorsy. 6. You will have a lot of freedom with course selection. We only have 4 mandatory upper-year courses and you need to take a seminar or directed research at some point, but otherwise, you can take whatever you want. I have heard a lot of profs and lawyers say they think it's pretty weird that we are not required to take Evidence though so maybe this isn't a plus... 7. If you are interested in business law, there are tons of options= for corporate law classes, a business concentration, weekly networking opportunities (many of which are small sized with a very good student to lawyer ratio, so it's easy to connect), seminars, very well-organized career fairs.... etc. 8. Great professors. I do not have any I would consider "bad" and probably more than half of them are the best professors I have ever had. They're very organized and care deeply about student learning. 9. If you are interested in social justice law, then there are plenty of clubs, seminars, volunteer opportunities, classes, and professors who focus on many of those issues. 10. Overall the environment is very inclusive. People organize bar events or host lots of huge parties and events that everyone is invited to, especially to celebrate end of exams etc. The events are announced over Facebook and there is always a note at the top stating that everyone is welcome and to invite any law friends. If there is a bakesale, fundraiser, sports game, performance, vigil, competition, guest lecture - literally anything - you will get a good turnout of people who get involved, even if it is only to support the organizers. And there is a huge variety of clubs.
  12. Law School Chances - What should I do?? Help

    Windsor is very holistic and I think in light of everything, you have a decent shot there. You very likely would need to rewrite but I think if you score 155+ you would be in.
  13. It definitely makes a huge difference. I'm super neurotic and it definitely affected my score on my first write. Take breaks in the weeks leading up to the test. Take a couple full days off a week. The day before the test, I wrote a timed preptest the day before to try to get my brain to think of test day as just another prep day. Then I went for a long hike with a good friend. I worked out again and had a glass of red wine before bed. Worked well for me - I got to the point where felt like "fuck it, it's just a test" and as a result, slept pretty well and did much better.
  14. A law school to match my personality

    Thank you for clarifying. I legitimately thought "hitting dem folks" meant "hitting Democratic folks" and that OP was making a joke about punching Liberals. Haha.
  15. Question re: Access Application

    I agree with others saying you should take a fifth year and aim for a GPA of 3.5+ in your last 2 years. I’m sure you already know but a 2.3 GPA isn’t nearly high enough to be remotely competitive either. I couldn’t tell from your post if you’re doing this already, but have you thought about taking medical leave from school for a term or longer? Since you say your illness is treatable, it might be an option worth looking into so you can focus on making sure your treatment plan is effective before tackling school again. Apply broadly to as many schools as possible since Access categories are very competitive and hard to predict. Don’t worry about ECs.