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  1. No doubt, not cool to make assessments about the results of others without any knowledge of their lives. But I'm not going to just take personal attacks without reciprocating the favour. The hypocrisy on this forum is noticeable, to say the least.
  2. Unless you're an admissions officer at every law school in Canada, I find your statement pretty hard to believe. Again I get it, there's a kick out of being anonymous and being able to say what ever you want to people half your age, but is it seriously your life's work to criticize people on an online forum? Or is it just the only way you can exhibit your Napoleon complex without people having to crouch down to make eye contact with you?
  3. You neglected the more relevant part of my statement in your criticism of me. My parents weren't syphoning money into my account every week, so that I could devote all my efforts into my studies in exchange for long summers at the cottage. In fact I was supporting them. So I had to work full time and study full time, which I eventually learned how to do efficiently and effectively, demonstrated later in my studies.
  4. This discussion was just a way to explore options, obviously no sane person would pay $200,000 for law school. But again I've used the lsac gpa calculator and have good chances at various schools that have produced successful lawyers in Canada, and would potentially provide me a decent scholarship with a high enough lsat. What's the point of calling me "Demonstrably slow"? You don't know my circumstances, I didn't have the luxury of focusing exclusively on my studies, and it was a learning curve to develop optimum efficiency balancing full time work and full time study. Non-immigrants that didn't grow up in public housing, spending their summers at cottages simply can't relate. So before you call someone "demonstrably slow" think about whether your 3.5 really makes you that superior (which most in the right environment can achieve). I get it, you get a kick out of it because you're anonymous and it gives you a feeling of superiority, but it just seems a little unproductive. Especially with the regurgitative and "can I go to the bathroom to cheat" nature of undergraduate evaluation, I wouldn't really say a decent gpa is a feat of anything too special. Anyway, I appreciate Diplock and Johnsmith's comments. No, my relative doesn't cater purely to our ethnic community, and has a packed case load from all sorts of backgrounds (Italians, Irish, Arabs, Judges, Nurses, Doctors, you name it). Also, we respect our community far too much to abuse them, even though the human race is full of degenerates. Yes, criminal law is a calling not a lack of choices, I find it interesting what more can I say?
  5. I'm not egotistical, I just have a connection and want to explore the options. Also they're not my father, we both came up from scraps and had to escape a brutally war torn country to get here. They've seen great success which isn't all that common in criminal law, obviously I'm lucky to have that option and I don't take it for granted. Either way, as stated and advised several times, I think I'll exhaust the Canadian options first.
  6. Thanks for the advice everyone! I'm leaning more towards exhausting all my Canadian options at this point for price and other considerations. Yes I am certain that the job is guaranteed, but as others have noted, it is wise to make sure my horizons aren't limited. I am still set on criminal law, as I just find it to be the most interesting field of law, but still a less risky decision to stay in Canada.
  7. Absolutely, I find it to be one of the more fascinating areas of law. Said family member has built quite the reputation defending organized crime and proceeds of crime related cases. Who knew gangsters were so rampant in this country?
  8. Hey thanks for the reply. I've used the LSAC gpa calculator and played with potential lsat scores I think I'd be capable of, and the options weren't all that bad, one of the schools I think I'd have a decent chance at is actually a connection of mine's alma mater who is a very successful lawyer in Canada. I agree, nothing is guaranteed after 4 years, but said family member is very close to me and is doing extremely well (more than willing to hire me). Thank you Mario21 for the insight, my last semester I got straight A-'s while also working full time, and the semester before that wasn't too shabby either. Still wasn't enough to mitigate the years before however, but with the requisite amount of work, I'm sure I could pull off at least an A- gpa in a new degree. Just need to contemplate the options before.
  9. I agree that if you want to work as a lawyer in Canada you should go to law school in Canada. That being said, if I have guaranteed articles/long term employment in criminal law (family business), is it still out of the question to go to a mid level school in the US and proceed to get my Canadian accreditation? I've spoken to said family member and they are fine with the idea as long as I am licensed to practice in this country. I also have the option of beginning a second degree to improve my Canadian admissibility, but it seems more worth it to get a decent lsat score which I know I'm capable of at this point and just begin law school at a mid level US school, potentially not even at sticker price. Considering my low gpa and l2 (2.56, 3.1), I don't think I'd have a chance in Canada except for maybe with a high 160s low 170s score, unless I go back to undergrad. Though I do have mitigating circumstances that affected my gpa, they weren't bad enough for me to get in anywhere with an access claim. TLDR: Guaranteed articles & employment in criminal law. More worth it to go to mid level US school or begin new undergrad?
  10. What's a gpa padding scheme? Every school I've been in contact with that includes all undergrad credits has more or less encouraged such a strategy to improve admissibility, as long as there is significant improvement.
  11. I agree with lookingaround's statements, it took me 9 months to jump from 143-163, but everyone is different and I know people who've been at it even longer. I'd recommend not setting any specific numerical goal, because once you get there you'll want to improve further. However during the first 6 months I wasn't writing out explanations for each answer I got incorrect, which was very detrimental because it really forces you to internalize the logic. The lsat is predictable and once you "memorize" their modes of attack, you can start predicting answers, which is extremely time saving. Only thing I'd add is that depending on the answer choice, writing "out of scope" without any justification isn't always fool proof. There are many examples of correct answer choices that include new information, so you should try to elaborate a little more when writing out the incorrect answers. Good luck!
  12. I think we've beat this dead horse long enough, I guess I wrongly assumed that you had no desire to learn the language at all. Hostile or not, as many would agree, learning French is never a bad idea and can provide you more opportunities.
  13. Lol nah, just giving helpful advice, take it how you want. Its good to read things at face value instead of attacking a straw man, my words weren't as certain as you made them out to be, which could have caused the butt hurt you're feeling. Any way, enjoy the whiskey not too much though, don't wana get too dysfunctional if you know what I mean
  14. I know some people like that too, "I don't need French I'm an Ontario anglophone that never plans on communicating with anyone besides in English", but to say "most people learned and forgot" without any evidence is hard to believe after all this lsat studying. Good on you for speaking multiple languages, it's an important skill that many people are too lazy/ignorant to even entertain the thought. However, to conclusively say you're not going to learn French now kind of sells yourself short, and makes me feel as though you belong in the lazy/ignorant category. Mind you, learning German, Russian or whatever you desire is fascinating, but we live in Canada where the 2nd official language is French. I won't discuss this any longer as we obviously think very differently on the subject, but in 4 years when a potential firm has 2 equally qualified candidates and one of them speaks French, who do you think they're going to pick?
  15. Why the "uh", I'm assuming you're from Canada. Do yourself a favour and learn French, it's very helpful in securing a job in this country, and knowing multiple languages is helpful both for business relationships and making yourself competitive in the volatile job market. Why is it such a burden for people to better themselves?