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  1. Some schools allow an unofficial or self scanned transcript for applications, and only require the official one if they make you an offer they accept. Otherwise, asking the issuing school for a bulk rate is about your only option - non Ontario schools won't go through OLSAS by definition.
  2. If you want to be a licensed lawyer in Canada, you should study law in Canada. To practice law in Canada, you will need to know Canadian law. Most students in Britain (and most familiarity with the route) involves English law. Anyone studying at Edinburgh is studying Scots law. This is a non-trivial difference (Scots law and English law are arguably further apart from each other than Canadian and English), and means you will have even more NCA difficulty should you wish to return than your average Canadian at Leicester/Cardiff/Birmingham etc. An LLM is an academic degree, and will not affect your ability to practice law in Canada. There are a couple of universities that offer an LLMCL which fulfills the NCA requirements - if you wish to do one of these you should carefully examine if you would be eligible, how to get in, etc. Best advice if you wish to practice in Canada is to study law at a Canadian university. Have you done any university studies? Are you a high school student? Completed undergraduate? Why did you think that going to Edinburgh was a good idea for your stated goals? (Not in a hand-throwing up 'why, oh why, wail!' sort of way, just - why? Getting as far as applying, accepted, thinking about going etc involves quite a few steps so you've clearly done a fairly long sequence of actions, and understanding any of that might help to explain why you've come up with a very unusual route, which doesn't mesh well with your stated goals).
  3. Is 161 a good score?

    A 161 is a perfectly reasonable score based on the profile of people taking the LSAT. It's a score around most of the medians for Canadian law schools, so getting in depends on your GPA. It isn't a near auto-admit (not many people will be refused anywhere with a 180) or an auto-reject (GPA doesn't matter much for someone with 120). Plenty of people will be accepted or rejected with that, depending on other parts of their applications.
  4. Not all of them. In other circumstances, I'd have been interested in the Alberta/Colorado joint, which looks like the best (CU isn't 'shitty' by any standard, is a perfectly respectable regional school, and one of the best/the best in the mountain west). The difference there is that it isn't a back-door as this thread refers to, as entry to the joint program requires being independently admitted to both schools' regular programs. It just allows you to get two degrees in four years instead of six, and due to its non-backdoor nature is only suitable for people who genuinely plan to practice in both areas.
  5. [Split] Re discouraging advice on chances

    It's like, becoming Prime Minister isn't hard, it's a simple two stage process - become an MP, persuade half the other MPs to vote for you. This is possibly challenging for some people. [Edit to provide something which is actually useful]: OP, sit the LSAT. Try to do well. If you don't do well, consider re-sitting. But be aware that with that GPA, to be accepted, you're likely going to need at least one of: additional courses to bring it up, a school which drops worst credits, a school which drops worst years, an exceptional LSAT. The only school which averages LSAT scores is Alberta, so if you're not planning on going there, writing the test does you no downside, and can help you make a more informed decision about whether potential admission is something you should be putting more time and money into.
  6. Wanted to say a big thumbs up for this. Read it before when applying, reading it now when studying for exams. It's nice to be reminded there's an end, and that while acing is awesome, passing is good
  7. LGBT-Friendly Firms

    I would imagine most firms with over 10 lawyers employ someone who's out, and a great many of those with fewer. Do you have any particular reason to think a firm would actively discriminate against people who know what their rights are, and are in a very good position to sue (or, more realistically, settle after threatening embarrassing press) over them? The first question is rather more nebulous, but on that one - I don't think I know what it would mean for a law firm to 'openly advocate LGBT rights'? You mean like, sponsor a float at pride? Advertise their gender neutral restrooms? Trawl Grindr to find people who other firms refused to hire on grounds of sexuality, and represent them pro bono?
  8. Have you thought about the immigration issues (ie, before the practicalities of getting hired, you need to be hire-able)? If you plan to attend as an international student, then fees are extremely high, on top of the high cost of living in Vancouver and Toronto. How would you finance this? Would you be eligible for loans back in the US/would you have a Canadian co-signer so you could get a line of credit here? Could you get a study permit, as you need to have the fees and living costs in your bank account at time of application? What would your long-term plan be? You say you're married, is your partner Canadian? Have you thought about sponsorship/Express Entry? etc etc. Getting into law school is the (relatively) easy bit, with a 3.7-4 and 160+ you're very likely to be accepted somewhere. As a graduate of a Canadian school, you'd be statistically likely to find employment. Immigration status is something you might want to spend time on.
  9. Tuition at TRU

    I suspect someone miswrote annually instead of per term. First year is 36 credits (https://www.tru.ca/law/students/courses.html), and current fees are $525.54/credit (https://www.tru.ca/campus/money/details.html), which is $18,919.44/year. Current fees are "$9,274.26 plus $821.33 additional fees for Fall term and $9,274.26 plus $573.33 additional fees for Winter term in the 2015/16 school year." (https://www.tru.ca/law/admissions/faqs.html), which is 19,943.18/year. But is about 10k per term.
  10. Your questions are answered on page six of the applicants bulletin. Recommendation Letters: Three letters of reference are required for all applicants in the Individual Consideration and Canadian Indigenous Categories. Three (not 2) are required (not optional).
  11. Logical Reasoning Help

    How are you reviewing your LSAT preps? Way I found that worked was to write out, by hand, for each and every question, why one answer was right, and four answers were wrong. By doing this after marking, you already know which answer is in fact right - there's always a reason why. You need to find it, and explain why the others don't meet it. Writing it out by hand, five times per question is slow, but it forces you to slow down and think about it, which in turn helps internalize the logic.
  12. If you're a Canadian who wants to practice in Canada, a Canadian law degree is best recommended. If you're not going to do that for whatever reason, then you could apply a variety of criteria; somewhere you've always wanted to be, total cost, university prestige, etc. Commonwealth has nothing to do with anything. US and UK are both common law jurisdictions, as are Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, etc.
  13. Lawyers with accents

    ... I don't think either of those descriptions are accurate, and even if they were, neither of them has anything to do with accent. As you've been told many times: You're focusing on, and trying to 'fix', the wrong problem.
  14. Lawyers with accents

    To be honest - they both sounded like a computer. You know how Stephen Hawking, or a recorded bus/rail announcer grabs disconnected syllables from the database to put them together? It was like every individual sound was fine, but they were run together with the wrong emphasis and gaps (which made it quite hard to follow). I'd say don't worry about an accent - any accent - just work on speaking naturally. Follow along with TV, and songs, and movies, where you can have a script in front of you, and try to make the words sound similar to what you're hearing. I don't mean to be discouraging - I have no doubt that your English is far, far better than I could ever be at your native language. But you shouldn't be worrying about accent, you should be focusing on putting the words together so they sound more natural. That's going to help you a lot more. Locking onto an accent, and just acknowledging 'there's an accent' is much more user-friendly than having to focus because the words are coming across forced.
  15. Should I cancel my second Lsat score?

    Alberta are the strictest for averaging, they only use the average. Calgary (what is is about AB?!) as I recall use both - think it's accept highest score but sort by average or something.