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  1. Thank you for the replies, MinesAndMinerals and Dreamer89! Knowing that is quite the relief! But what do you mean by recruits, Dreamer89? Do you mean recruitment for jobs during/after law school?
  2. I have a strong GPA and (predicted, but of course nothing is set in stone yet) LSAT, so I feel confident about my chances at law schools that only look at those. My primary concern is with holistic schools that put a lot more emphasis on ECs, Personal Statements, etc. I feel like I don't have amazing ECs for my second and third years of undergrad, but at least have substantive things to put down plus a job I've had since last summer. However, in first year, I had basically NO ECs save for one 'hobby' type club (and no, I wasn't on the exec team or anything, I just showed up to have fun), mostly because I was finding both the transition from high school to university and living alone in an unfamiliar place more difficult than I'd expected. I basically poured all my energy into dealing with that and focusing on my academics, and I can at least say it paid off in terms of that. I bounced back by second year and managed to have a much more balanced lifestyle, hence me actually having ECs from then on, but would my lack of pretty much anything going on in first year hamper me a great deal or at all? When looking at ECs people tend to want consistency, after all... Bonus question because I don't want to flood the board with my inane questions, but I've been doing creative writing throughout high school and undergrad. I won't say it's amazing stuff by any stretch of the imagination, and I have nothing substantive to show for it, unless admissions wants my FictionPress account (lol), but I feel like just writing regularly beyond academics has had a noticeably positive impact on my writing ability. Should I mention it somewhere in my application? Is there an appropriate place to even bring it up? Maybe this is a silly thing to get worried about, especially so early on, but, well, that's what happens when you read too many threads by equally paranoid 0Ls...
  3. I've started doing prep LSAT tests and have been getting fairly good scores on them (in the 169-172 range). I was originally planning on studying for 4 months and writing the LSAT in September, but now I'm not sure if I need all that time to prepare. Would it be a good idea for me to write the July LSAT and then, if I don't get the mark I want, write another LSAT in September? I ask mostly because if I do fairly well on my first LSAT, I won't have to worry about studying for it anymore and can focus on other parts of my law school application (especially my personal statements). Of course, on the other hand, more time to study will probably lead to a higher score, plus if I didn't do well on the July LSAT I'd have to pay to register twice. FWIW, I've checked and all of the schools I plan on applying to only look at the highest LSAT score you get. EDIT: I just checked the LSAC website and discovered that the results of the July LSAT don't get released until the deadline to register for the September LSAT has passed. In that case, I will probably write the LSAT in September.
  4. This fall I'll be doing my fourth and final year of undergrad. I plan on applying for Canadian law schools this November. Since I have some extra first year credits from doing the International Baccalaureate diploma, I can technically complete my degree by only taking 4 course credits (a full course load is 5 course credits at my university). The question is, would law schools look down on me for taking less than a full course load during my final year? Would taking a full course load despite not needing to be a good idea to improve my chances of getting into law school?
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