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  1. Chances at Osgoode/Queen's? LSAT 161 GPA 4.25

    I can't say with any authority that not having a degree damages your chances, but an overwhelming majority of law students have at least their bachelors. I haven't actually met anyone who didn't, and it seems that it would take a lot of extra points in other areas of your app in order to get in without first completing your degree. Ahh I see. I took the username to mean that you just want to escape school as fast as possible in general. There's not a strict requirement, (unless things have changed since last year when I applied) that you have a full degree (though schools will have credit/ year requirements). The benefit I got from finishing my degree had mostly to do with having more time to do things I enjoyed during school... some of those things helped my CV and (I believe) made a big difference in my application. My stats were not so great, so I think my PS is what got me in where I applied. I know your stats (above), but I don't know what you've been doing other than classes during your undergrad so far. If you have something really cool that's going to be really appealing to ad coms, maybe that could outweigh having a completed degree. I'm just not sure what that something might look like... maybe a really awesome job/ a business enterprise/ running for an important political office. It would have to be something that applicants with both impressive resumes and completed degrees wouldn't also be expected to have. Full disclosure: this is all just my gut on the issue. I have never participated in admissions decisions. Hope it is nonetheless somewhat helpful!
  2. Chances at Osgoode/Queen's? LSAT 161 GPA 4.25

    I think it's worth applying to both -- though you would probably have better chances applying in your fourth year of undergrad. My question to you is... if you just want to graduate, why go to school again right after? I've met a surprisingly large number of people who did some really interesting things after their undergrad and before law school that helped them build experience and learn more about what they want to do for a career in the long term. Everyone's story/ journey is different, maybe there's something you'll find you like better, and you won't have to suffer through any more school.
  3. Waiting to hear back

    I think I was one of those more "relaxed" applicants. Don't get me wrong, I was excited to see the results, and I didn't really think I was going to get in everywhere I applied... I just think I found it to be a relief when I finally submitted all my documents and the decision was out of my hands. You've completed all the hard work that goes with applying to law school. Why not enjoy a bit of a breather before you have to start all the hard work that goes with being a law student?
  4. The length of the LOR depends on the requirements of the school -- they generally have instructions for you to send to your references when you ask them. I think it's fine that your academic reference doesn't talk about your extracurriculars -- I have nothing to go on for this, but I assume that if the school asks for an academic and a non-academic reference, it's kinda aiming for one of them to comment more on the academic stuff, and the other to focus on extracurriculars. In my case, I applied to schools with two academic references, one of whom also supervised me in a volunteer/ student leadership role.... I ended up going to U of T, which doesn't even require any references XD
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  7. Hi Mykonos! I think that it's a good idea to have a reference like the one you described who has known you for a very long time and who can comment on things you've done as well as relevant aspects of your personal situation. That said, you almost certainly shouldn't have that person focus on things you did in high school except where they continue/ are relevant to what you did in university. It should be clear to the ad com why you chose that referee and how the content of that person's reference reflects positively on your potential as a law student in the context of recent activities... the majority of the LOR should be focused on your university activities where possible. While I'm only a 1L and certainly no law school admissions expert, I imagine that what's really important in terms of the relationship between the LOR and the PS is consistency. Together, they should tell a coherent and consistent story about how you're going to be a great law student/lawyer/law prof/policymaker/whatever. They don't need to overlap, and probably shouldn't overlap -- since you want to give the ad com as much different positive stuff to look at as possible. Your PS, as you mentioned, is about relating your story/activities to your interest in law school. The LOR should support whatever good stuff you have in your PS. The ad com should read it and believe that there's someone else out there who sees you as the person you look like in your PS.
  8. From personal experience I can say that retakes with no significant improvement are not a deal-breaker for the U of T ad com, if that helps at all. I think that anyone considering a re-take might want to ask themselves if it's worth the additional expense (cash, time, and resources). In my case, there were some circumstances surrounding my first take that made me feel that I hadn't been able to perform at my best. This motivated my re-take, though in the end it didn't seem to matter.
  9. Tips for getting through

    I think it's very understandable to struggle for motivation when there aren't supportive people around you... in that situation, as cliche as it sounds, motivation has to come from within. What are the initial reasons you had for wanting to pursue law? Getting excited about your future law plans/ looking up cool jobs and how to get there might be a place to start?
  10. Toronto Articling Recruit 2018-19

    Thank you!
  11. Toronto Articling Recruit 2018-19

    If you don't mind answering, what is the articling student salary for the CCLA?
  12. Is this for a bachelor's? I would say that your registrar is the best person to ask about this. That said, getting your breadth requirement done shouldn't mean dropping a required course... if you really like the subject matter of that first year course, perhaps try and see if there's a non-first year only course on the same topic. A lot of professors (in my experience, which is mostly in social sciences) are quite flexible about waiving perquisites for people who turn up to their classes and demonstrate interest in the material. If you're not talking about undergrad, please ignore everything I just said. Except the part about contacting your registrar. Probably that's the way to get the best information.
  13. Does U of T give 1Ls a planner?

    I think it's hardly a clear cut dichotomy. I mean, the Monks are still in business but leather is cheaper to get embroidered with gold thread -- one has to make these sacrifices as an indebted student.
  14. Does U of T give 1Ls a planner?

    You're right... I should commission an artist to design a planner for me, and import the leather from Spain