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  1. The "Stanford" grad and the USA/ Canada law dilemma

    If you're interested in patent work specifically one thing I do recall that ought to be kept in mind is there is a huge differential in the difficulty in becoming a patent agent in the US versus Canada. In the US it is FAR easier to become a patent agent. US Pass Rate on the Patent Agent Exam fluctuates from ~40 to ~60% over the last 12 years (source). Canada Pass Rate on the Patent Agent Exams this past year the global pass rate was 12%, overall pass rates range from about 12-27% (including people who received prior partial passes; source).
  2. The "Stanford" grad and the USA/ Canada law dilemma

    Things may have changed but I was looking at IP pretty seriously for a while (ex-STEM person) and what I was told was largely it was a function of your pre-law background and level of degree attainted rather than the school you went to.
  3. The "Stanford" grad and the USA/ Canada law dilemma

    I think that'll be what you make of it. I don't really think that's unique to US schools in my undergrad I had a few classes with a 3:1 student:prof ratio, granted they were application only. The main way I see most people form bonds with profs here that are more than superficial is via post-1L Summer work as a research assistant. That being said, there are a number of profs I like and have grown to know fairly well without having done that.
  4. Just out of curiosity how'd that arrangement come about and were they litigators or solicitors?
  5. [Split] Re discouraging advice on chances

    Your personal credentials matter because you're making a determination about something you've not done with no support, this suggests you've got some personal experience with the matter or some other basis to say this. To illustrate: "Being UofT100 is incredibly easy/hard." I have no idea, I don't know anything about you so I won't deign to try and make either of those statements. Conversely, I would feel comfortable making statements about undergrad, grad school, 1L, and being a summer student at a boutique as those are things I've done. Those are also things I think I'd be unable to make a blanket statement about for everyone, mind you. I may have a perception that some other things I haven't done are easy and may say as much in heavily qualified terms but I probably won't do so regarding anything complex that varies wildly from person to person.
  6. [Split] Re discouraging advice on chances

    People are reacting this way because your 'entire point' that anything is possible with hard work and determination is nonsense and could serve to provide people with unrealistic expectations. This point is also quite far from 'becoming a lawyer isn't hard'. As Providence pointed out in a much more thorough way than I could attempt to match, not everyone comes from comfortable circumstances, financially or personally, that will allow you to just do whatever you want. Even for those people who can just do whatever they want without obligations to kids, sick relatives, debt collectors, etc. some people also just don't 'get' the LSAT or some people the law even once they're in. They can be perfectly fine and brilliant people in other respects but there are legitimately people that don't seem to be able to improve at the LSAT, for instance, which bar them from this profession regardless of their hard work. If you don't buy that I believe there is empirical evidence on LSAT score improvements that I read years ago when I was dealing with this nonsense. The average person in this country also isn't even eligible to apply for law school at the moment as they do not have an undergraduate or higher degree, you're looking at somewhere from 1/4 to a 1/3 that are even eligible in the first place unless things have changed drastically in the last few years. I also find it pretty amusing that you're opining so much on this and answering pretty thoroughly except for the person asking about your legal credentials.
  7. LSAT Study Advice

    If you're not happy with your score it might be more worthwhile to wait until the subsequent year as the February sitting already puts you at a disadvantage for applications and doesn't really give you a lot more prep time (particularly if you stop prepping until you get your score in which case it'll buy you like 3-5 weeks max).
  8. Mental Illness and Law School Applications

    You can feel free to PM me as well. Also did not apply discretionary.
  9. Is the optional essay really optional?

    I agree my point was merely suggesting long term that the cohort of people you mention likely aren't the type to lower their odds of success based on not feeling like writing 500 words.
  10. Is the optional essay really optional?

    I don't really see how it's weird advice that someone might be passed over for failing to take an opportunity to demonstrate extra interest or competence. If you think it is strange you might want to adjust your expectations about how the legal market views people... It's not really an environment where you can expect people to fawn over you for having done something early in your career that's not particularly applicable to how you'll perform in the workplace and expect it to carry weight for long. Ask yourself if you'd seriously pay top dollar for someone based on an undergrad GPA and LSAT who hasn't subsequently demonstrated strong aptitude and interest when you've got dozens or hundreds of people applying who have, more recently who may not have a high LSAT and/or undergrad GPA. What seems more relevant?
  11. Low cGPA - 5th year, Masters or focus on LSAT?

    I don't know if an entire year will be necessary for LSAT prep (or even close to most of one) but there can certainly be value in a break from school for a lot of people. A grad degree could be nice, as well but has some additional considerations. If it would put you into further debt may not be worth it; if program is in a subject you're really passionate about and/or it's a particularly employable degree may not be a terrible idea in case law doesn't work out or even if it does you have a richer background in something you like. I wouldn't do it for the sake of getting into law school or out of some perception that it'll likely give you an edge once you get into law school. If your B2/B3 is hovering around the 3.6-3.7ish range you could be in alright shape for a lot of schools with a decent LSAT. Much of this will depend on where you'd like to go (and more importantly where you'd like to live once you're practicing) or if you're willing to go anywhere you'll obviously have more flexibility.
  12. HELP! Admissions.

    How broadly are you interested in applying? As far as the GPA question goes I think that's really a school by school thing I am not aware of any which will explicitly only look at a first undergrad. Presumably, if you do another undergrad degree, later performance will be seen as more indicative at the time of application. I think most of the time unless its something like being an Olympian or having a seminal publication softs will be viewed as a gloss on the application and probably won't shift the scales super significantly. Your PTSD and the challenges you overcame may be considered heavily and may also at some schools merit application via the access route. However, your L2 isn't really strong either. With an extremely good LSAT you could likely get into some schools now and I think it would probably make way more sense to really focus on the LSAT for a while and see where you land before committing to another three or four years of undergrad.
  13. Is the optional essay really optional?

    When I spoke to the people in the admission office they told me it wasn't really optional. I'm sure people get in without it but being told that would certainly make me pause before not writing it.
  14. How much does it matter where you go to school?

    Coming from someone who did not live in the center of the universe before, I had no idea until I was looking at grad school and even then found out incidentally.
  15. Finally pulling the cord.. law school ..

    I mean you can even see the universities listed on this website on the way to this portion of the forum... To answer OP's question (but I really shouldn't) UBC, UVic, and TRU.
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