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  1. Good Undergraduate degree for Law?

    Volunteer in court, what position? Court is big building that has many division, which part does your school offer the connection to participate, which department of court does it lack labor power or volunteer work? What help can criminology major offer to help in court? what experiences you would derived from the court volunteer , is relative the position they offer you to experience. Yes you may see different characters of court compositions or some administration of the courts. But you might be limited to what they assigned you to because it's very fine division of labor in a big judicial institution. If you help to transfer files from on place to another, or help to deliver forms to folks into courts, I may say those experiences has its limited. I study law program, LLB and then LLM program in Asia, I participated a course that is like co-op program with district court. So the school probably ensure law students a slightly better experiences. Judge will discuss "trial" of different cases of the day with law students, print us a copy of prosecution form of each cases, or sometimes some evidence of files. We all sign confidentiality agreement. We can sit at back of court bench to see judge trial the cases of the days at civil , criminal, juvenile proceeding throughout year and sometimes we can see to do lists of court clerk, legal assistant. The help from Criminology major may be slightly limited in the court and the court may offer even more limited position for those students with criminology background to experiences. If it's transfer case files from one place to another , from law clerk to judge office , or deliver forms to common folks, OP may be able to see some administration sides of court and I am not sure if OP can see a few litigation in court ,(even one can sit at bench of court to listen trial, without any prior legal knowledge, pleading form , prosecution form, it's very hard to follow the trial without them. Those documents is usually forbidden access unless the case attorney or judicial power ) . So if the job content is more close to administration sides,(it's likely ) OP can actually volunteer something else. You may have to ask institution "what experiences" does it really offer, because different experience has different values and can give you different satisfactions and motivation individually.
  2. Mature student category - Pros & Cons

    I don't know if you fit in definition of mature category of each individual school. if you insist on applying, try not to exclude "lakehead ", you might have a chance (it's probability of "maybe" ) . a few of its admitted students has slightly lower lsat that's very close to your range.
  3. Civility issue with opposing counsel - report to LSUC?

    But if Opposing counsel deny what he had said earlier, and that's no evidenced of accusing whatever he said, he still would not get temporary disbarment . Would that cause OP's defamation if OP had no evidence to back up what he had claimed. I think it's risky move too. Unless OP purchased phone-recorder or phone recording machine that record each conversation synchronously by pressing button. I will for sure buy phone recorder, OP can let opposing lawyer panic for a few minutes or . That way , you don't have to say but it already meant that " if you call me or yell at me again, I would send this over to law society and let them whip your a.. "
  4. Should I Drop Out? (ADVICE NEEDED)

    I kind of object to finish the whole thing and find some unrelated job. One is already self-eliminated rather than eliminated by competition of market. The worst part one may get huge debt because of that if one insist on doing and finishing the whole thing. Education of law is not for free, and it all has its cost, tuition, cost of living and dedication of time,. If one can learn something else useful , productive and applicable, OP better learn it now rather than law. . Of course, I highly doubt that law students or law drop out can only learn star-bucks. One can learn more interesting and complex tasks than that. One is just have to find out ones' other interests beside laws. ...One probably has a few areas of interests laid undiscovered mone better ask inner self and find it out soon. I think OP need to figure really soon whether he really fit that sphere or school at first semester or first month rather than finishing the whole thing. If one quit school and would like to reapply law school. He always has some chance of re-apply to law school after one is ready for that then.
  5. U of T Vs. Osgoode for Public Sector

    If it's public sector , you can also choose other law school, that is cheaper in term of tuition.
  6. Reapplying after an expired deferral

    I think you should improve LSAT too.. You definitely need to write " family caretaker" since it's some of activities last year. If I were committee I might accept this reasons But I also think it's better that you had better -re-write last and apply more school rather than this one in case of anything happen as other posters had suggested earlier.
  7. I think last time I check some online forum, for people accepted into Mcgill LLM, air and space law or something. even Mcgill LLM need gpa around 3.5 for international applicants, or maybe some law firm experiences. I think any gpa below 3.3 and without law firm experience probably got rejected. But admission average fluctuate from year to year. ButI think you have good working experience or soft but think your gpa is actually way below average applicants. I might assume UBC or Oz LLM has similar gpa requirements, because even Mcgill "air and space law" LLM need 3.5 gpa, what do you think other UBC common law LLM or Oz LLM, their program may be probably more favorable because of program name and content of study. I think you might at least need a gpa of 3.2 to have a shot. You just work on PS about why deficiency of gpa happen and how you make it up for that. I think Alberta law school has international lawyer program, that probably need to pay 40 k a year of tuition, but length of program is short. You can apply all. LLM , JD , or international lawyer program.They are not actually intervening with each other. You can apply all. JD is probably the most competitive difficult one, .gpa+LSAT...LLM is gpa only. International lawyer program probably need someone to be licensed lawyer oversea or has LLB, higher tuition cost will sometimes help reduce a certain number of applicants , maybe you can try that one too.
  8. Should I apply next year..?

    I think you should work modestly hard on you personal statement and meanwhile remember to keep taking as many French courses as you can in case you got oral test. Your might receive early admission in January or December because of cgpa.. Just tell them why you want to study law.
  9. Looking for some guidance

    I think the problem is that you have never been to law school, thus you probably aspire and crave it more. Yes, I wish I did my first bachelor is law rather than something else, so that when I did a first entry bachelor of law in my country. Yes I also thought that people live once in a lifetime, so that I came back to school. But I really chose cheaper option law school that I could find or I can get to minimize the cost, regardless its LLB or LLM. I usually find cheap option but at least ok school. If you insist on going back, I would suggest the same thing " find cheap tuition of law school in Canada if possible" , you are actually a bit late when you complete the degree. People don't stay forever young. That's the thing. You don't have to squander all your saving on your dream. Whether it's worth or not is your choices. Personally I don't view it worthwhile. I will leave that for you to select. But precious saving and dream are equally important. From my perspective, I just think you have never done one or never done a law school, therefore it make you crave or aspire even more but that's totally understandable. . That's it. Once you have done it, will you be probable to regret of doing that to trade off the saving. If you insist on going back, I would suggest the same thing and try to get in " really cheap tuition of law school in Canada if possible" to fulfill you dream or intellectual curiosity rather than expensive ones. That way, it's better.. Whether you would like to go on law school is your option. At least I make an genuine effort to tell you that it's better not to. But if you insist on doing this, I wish you the very best in school. (I myself in school or in LLM. "I probably has this feeling sometimes, am I too old for this ? I probably think I am too mature to have this. I might have this type of feeling flashing across my mind sometimes or will I fit in sphere here sometimes. I don't know if you are struggle with that. But I am still very struggle to divide my portion of saving to back to school) Your youth never re-generate like sunlight or sea wave, be caution on your spending.
  10. Looking for some guidance

    I sort of assemble previous post with current one to one single post. I think among all the options, US is probably the worst of all. I think option 2 is especially money consuming, if you go to low tier law school in US. it's probably worse than not going to law school. You probably face up-hill battle in employments. You will jump through hood of NCA. That's probably additional one` or two years. Don't go to US lower-tier school, those law school will cause you insolvency and bankruptcy, full of tremendous amount of debts. Its tuition is probably ranged from 30k ~50 K US per year, depending on where one is accepted to. It's probably very hard for money to return. Unless you can get a free ride of law degree, then there is much less thing to lose. But with that gpa, I believe it's extremely hard to have a free ride with that. I think option 3 is "if he UK would wipe out my nest egg, and I'll be about 50 years old ", I actually don't think option 3 UK law is worth it. Because UK law will face uphill battle when come to employment. Especially you say when you are done with school , you will be at age of 50, you will hypothetically face more uphill battle than normal track of foreign law degree holder. . Even though it's probably violate employment law or labor law to discriminate one's with age, but one has to be honest with oneself. One will face more challenges than "regular foreign law " graduate, who graduate probably at age of 35 or 30 something. Can you take that. I think option 1 and option 3. It's probably cost roughly the same and take the same amount of time. Even the option 1,You probably will get less questions from employer but you may still probably face question with age factor. But at least it just minimize or limit question to age factor. I am sort of agree with "conge" , you will probably increase pressure and burden of yourself for those loan repayment. By all the options, I think option 1 is best among the three options. However, It's not necessarily the best option either. I just don't encourage to invest in all of these options. But after all people only live once in a lifetime. One doesn't necessarily have to do this. But after all It's really up to you to decide. If you insist on doing all of those, option 1 is by far a slightly better option if possible.
  11. Looking for some guidance

    I think among all the options, US is probably the worst of all. I think option 2 is especially money consuming, if you go to low tier law school in US. it's probably worse than not going to law school. You probably face up-hill battle in employments. You will jump through hood of NCA. That's probably additional one` or two years. Don't go to US lower-tier school, those law school will cause you insolvency and bankruptcy, full of tremendous amount of debts. Its tuition is probably ranged from 30k ~50 K US per year, depending on where one is accepted to. It's probably very hard for money to return. Unless you can get a free ride of law degree, then there is much less thing to lose. But with that gpa, I believe it's extremely hard to have a free ride with that.
  12. Chances? cGPA: 2.99/ L2: 3.64/ LSAT: 168

    You have strong upward gpa, along with strong lsat. It's worth trying and should try+1
  13. program information

    I just check online message, e bachelors of commerce + JD, you need to maintain gpa 3.7 of first two year of commerce, in order to enroll that program of JD later (I cannot validate it's truthfulness but I would like to believe it's probably or more likely to be true. Because law is usually competitive program, there is often no direct entrance from high school in North America ) In other words, you are most likely not to be in the program yet if you are admitted Bcommerce+JD . You probably do not have to write LSAT through internal application because its french immersion program but you need to maintain certain gpa of first two year of undergraduate study (close to A average) to further advance to JD program through school internal application after two year of bachelor degree. If that's the case, why bother French immersion law school? do you want to practice in Quebec ? or do you practice in the rest of Canada. which one appeal you the most.. Unless you really like French or have strong obsession to practice in certain limited jurisdiction, such as Quebec or Ottawa or wherever. I really think I think it's comparatively better for you to write a LSAT and apply LOTS of English common law school in Canada. This way, you are more likely to be boundless and you do not have learn French from level 1. If you choose French immersion program, you probably be likely to study "civil law program" instead of "common law program". These two teaching are drastically different in a sense or in a certain degree. Jurisdiction can also be different. One study more about statues, the other study mote about "precedents" and "judgment"
  14. Should I Drop Out? (ADVICE NEEDED)

    I probably think if that's how you feel, drop out asap.+1 If you have trouble handling that, or handling the difficulty of school, it would be much better than to drop out soon rather than late, it will save you quite a big bucks. Some work in its nature is physically demanding, some work is intellectually challenging, some work is more time consuming and some work in its nature is combination of those three. You have to figure out which one you don't see yourself fit into those category. And can you fix that? if you have hard time adjusting to frame of school it's alright to drop out soon rather than late. I think law school sometimes bore you to death in higher year. I think it's very good depiction. First year, it scare you to death. The second year it work you to death. The third year, it bore you to death. It's sometimes just like Hammurabi Code of ancient Babylonian. (because you reading ability has improved , you started to get used to some language of laws, legal theory of law, legal writing of law,you can understand and grasp material much easily compared to 1L and can read more difficult passage faster on own's own , or with some helps from professors. Yes they guide you will be faster. ) I see lack of interest or motivation of study in some of law material can cause a problem. I probably don't have interest in public international law either. But Interest in law or interest in majority of law classes is very important because it might bring up motivation. Even one doesn't understand material thoroughly, one will keep studying it until one gets over it. I think it's probably excessive amount of reading just die down your interest. If you are a slow reader, you have to read those thing in much more advance. You need to find notes, read advance You don't have to attend some of less important classes on regular basis at "higher year ", you actually can read it at home. All you need to do just finishing readings reading (or condensed reading, identifying main points of the passage ) couple of times so that you at least know what you are doing. That's it. Focus your time on important or more challenging classes, you will navigate through law school peacefully. Find a bunch of friends or study mate, it will encourage you up and down. find student around your range, so that you can cheer each other up when school is a little down sometimes. Get a couple of friends in school is very important so that you can share joy and down time. Of course, you guys can also share notes, information, resources and guidance for each other, not necessarily law, maybe other field because everyone come from different background. Emotional support or resourceful network is important. If you can access to online outlines or CAN notes, so that you can feel relieved. It can save you lots of time by reading in condensed format.
  15. program information

    1) to practice law, I need to have a JD ? YES and I have to do a bachelors ? You have foreign bachelor degree already, what's your gpa in that degree. Even though a foreign degree may be less favorable, but re-doing a bachelor degree consume a lot of time, I might say it's better to write your lsat asap. If you score decently , you can start to file application. 2) when i look at U of Ottawa, what should be the programs I should be looking at ? what i see on the website are bachelors of commerce + JD, Bachelors of political science + JD, certificate in law ,.. Any Law school will do, any JD granting institution will do. You don't have to stick around with Ottawa. 3) I dont have a masters degree, i would ideally want to do a LLM, but that will nt let me practice law unless I hav JD...so I have to re-do my bachelors in the form of LLB + JD ? You have bachelor degree already, write your lsat asap.