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  1. Ask a 1L!

    If I remember correctly, i think that’s what most guys wore last year. I believe the event is billed as semi formal, so I think you could get away with no jacket, but at least a shirt and tie.
  2. Ask a 1L!

    These are placeholders left open during everyone's timeline. There won't always be something in that slot, but if the Career Services Office (CSO) is running a session, or the Dean's office is talking about courses/ exam study techniques, then they'll schedule them during these slots because they know everyone is free. These are all voluntary attendance events, and won't occur all the time.
  3. Ask a 1L!

    Yes. O-week is a lot of fun, takes you to some great spots in Kingston, and is a great first intro to your classmates. Because 1L is spent with your section, I liked o-week because it also gave me access to a group outside of just my 25 daily classmates. It also lets you build relationships with some upper years, which is great for advice down the line. They used to do an 'upper year buddy program', which they've scrapped this year, so your o-week leaders can maybe take the place of these leaders.
  4. Looking for Best Chances

    I would second the advice not to rush the LSAT. What you can do anytime (and now might be good) is write a diagnostic LSAT- take 3-4 hours, sit down and write a practice with no study, just to see where you're at. It'll give you a better sense of how much prep time you'll need. Also, this in anecdotally but I was shocked by how few of my fellow law students went straight from undergrad to law. I assumed it would be the majority, but I'd say it was more like 30-40% of students. The majority had taken at least a year, sometimes two, off, to work/ save money/ do applications. So although I get the pressure to go straight back to school, and I definitely did that, you won't be in the minority if you take some time off.
  5. Personal Statement and Autobiographical Sketch

    That's what I did for some of my extracurricular roles. The person you list isn't a reference, they just have to be able to confirm you did the thing you said you did, should the adcom check.
  6. Personal Statement and Autobiographical Sketch

    Yes, the autobiographical sketch is a place for you to basically list your accomplishments and extracurriculars. It's like a shortened resume, since I think OLSAS gives you something like 50 characters (characters, not words) to describe the activity. They also have 4 categories, so you can list paid work, volunteer / extracurriculars, and awards separately. But you can only have something like 30 entries. You need a versifier for each entry - the name, number and email address of someone who can confirm you did what you say you did, should the law school adcom decide to check. For an Ontario school, at least, you cannot give them your resume, so the sketch is your chance to list the things you've done. Your personal statement is an opportunity for you to highlight the most relevant of your experiences, and to create a narrative for why you want to study law, and why you would be successful at it. It is not a place for you to copy your resume or copy your grades, that is why you do the sketch and submit transcripts. Follow the directions of others on this thread and research good personal statements. Also pay attention to what each school is asking.
  7. INSIGHT - 3 Year vs 4 year honors: does it matter?

    OLSAS does not calculate your GPA based on your cumulative average. They translate each grade to a GPA score and calculate average GPA score based on class weight. So, if you got 80-84% in every class, then yes, your GPA is 3.7. But from what you say, your "overall is more powerful than some of your semesters", so it's safe to assume your GPA will NOT be 3.7. An example calculation would look like this. Say you took 5 courses in a semester, all courses were weighted equally at 3 credits per course for a total of 15 credits. You got at 77, 86, 81, 87, and 74. That's an 81 average, so you'd think 3.7. But no, the GPA for that term would be calculated as such: 77 = 3.3, 3.3 x 3 = 9.9 86 = 3.9, 3.9 x 3 = 11.7 81 = 3.7, 3.7 x 3 = 11.1 87 = 3.9, 3.9 x 3 = 11.7 74 = 3.0, 3.0 x 3 = 9.0 Total: 54.3 / 15 - . Your GPA is 3.62 If you qualify for the mature category in some schools, great. You may also, when you see a breakdown of your GPA year by year, want to focus on L2 schools if your later years were stronger. You may consider doing the 4th year as a way to bring up your L2 GPA. All up to you, but it's important to know your actual GPA in order to assess your competitiveness as an applicant.
  8. Genders Rights

    This forum is for law students and applicants to ask questions about admissions, law school, days various career options. It is not a venue for legal advice, which is what you are looking for. Legal advice is something no law student, or applicant for that matter, is qualified nor allowed to provide.
  9. Questions for a Law School Prof

    I agree, as a 0L, ask about study/ work that makes you anxious. Maybe ask things about their advice for how to spot key issues in cases, to make readings easier. Or perhaps ask what classroom / note taking habits they've seen students use and be successful. I had a few profs recommend handwritten notes, and I found that writing notes by hand forced me to process information differently in the classroom, ultimately strengthening my understanding of the materials.
  10. Chances? [3.1 / 161]

    With 5 years work experience, (you graduated W2014, applying for F2020) you should be able to apply as a mature applicant at some schools, such as U of T, Ottawa, Western. This is a competitive pool, but my understanding is it takes some of the pressure off your grades. In the mature category, with your diagnosis to explain poor performance, and some years of solid work done, you should have a compelling application demonstrating an ability to succeed in law. Otherwise, I would look over Access applicant requirements - Queens, for examples, takes into account life experience and disability. You could once again highlight your diagnosis and experience. The schools are looking for evidence you can perform well. Your LSAT demonstrates this, you have a legitimate reason to explain why your grades do not reflect this, and your work experience does indicate ability to be successful in the workplace. You should be in somewhere, as long as you apply broadly.
  11. LOR Length/Quality

    4 months is a pretty standard length of time for a summer internship/ job. And many people will have letters from previous supervisors/ employers. If you've done good work for this person, they should be more than able to speak to work ethic, time management, initiative, resourcefulness, of whatever strengths you want them to speak to. You can also wait to ask fro the letter until applications open in a few weeks, giving you even more experience with them.
  12. Will a BA Honours degree help me?

    I'm pretty sure most students at Queen's, where I go, are honours undergrad students. For those not from Ontario, honours means doing a 4-year degree with some kind of final paper, not necessarily a thesis. 'General' 3-year degrees are uncommon, but not unheard of, among law students. I don't think the designation matters much to adcom since most people will have it. I would do it for the research and writing experience, since those are just good skills to have for law. They won't matter to adcom but they will matter to YOU, the student.
  13. Should I withdraw from the LSAT?!

    Queens averages the LSAT scores when they put applications in piles to be read in order from highest stats to lowest stats. But once they get to your app they look at highest. So still worth writing and then retaking, because even though your file may get read later, if your second score is competitive you'll be fine
  14. Rogers/Bell in Kingston

    I'm on Fido (owned by Rogers, same cell towers) and I've had no issue. Always dodgy in basement classrooms, but that's true of all carriers.
  15. Reference letters and reapplying question.

    As a fellow suffer from The Need to Line Up All Contingency Plans Prematurely, I sympathize with the question, and I'll start by staying, deep breaths. For Ontario school, once OLSAS opens applications for a cycle, you can enter the information of your references. The reference will then be emailed the form, which they complete. OLSAS is specific that the applicant should not read the LOR, and you absolutely cannot submit it yourself, so your reference cannot submit a letter until late August, when the applications open up. If you happen to be rejected from everywhere, at that point you could contact your references and advise them you were not admitted but intend to re-apply, and ask if they'd be willing to act as a reference. They'd have to re-submit the letter once the applications fort hat cycle open, but I see no reason why it couldn't be the same letter, with any material dates/ info changed. Adcom will change year to year (almost all have students on it, who won't stay for more than a year, and even if the same person reads the letter, they are unlikely to remember it among the thousands they read. Furthermore, consensus here seems to be LORs are briefly glanced over at best, and only affect a decision if they're bad. You should not ask your reference when you apply the first time if they'd be willing to write a new letter if your get rejected. It may make your reference second guess the strength of your application. I'm not sure what your stats are, but as long as they're close to the median, and you apply widely, you shouldn't have to worry. Most people make the mistake of applying with stats they know are too weak, or applying at a select few more competitive schools when they could have gotten in at a lesser know institution. A JD is a JD, after all.