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  1. 2 points
    0Ls / 1Ls like to tell stories about how students at other schools are cut throat and unfriendly and its all paperchase all the time, but at <insert school name> the students aren't competitive and are all nice to each other. It is mostly nonsense, people are the same across Canada. Some are assholes and some aren't and there isn't some magic screening technique that concentrates the assholes in one school and not at another.
  2. 2 points
    On the one hand, adcomm definitely knows about this. On the other, people who did the second proofread seem to pay more attention to detail. I mean, if you have one statement with errors and another without any, it's only natural to prefer the latter, consciously or not.
  3. 2 points
    Yeah, that sounds like me. My brain goes to worst case scenario every time. Have you considered fortune telling as a side job? 😀
  4. 1 point
    Okay, probably enough time has gone by that I can reasonably make this post. At some point during my time at Osgoode, I was on the admissions committee. It was an extremely interesting experience with a process that I started looking at as an applicant, and it gave me some insights into areas that aren’t immediately apparent as an external observer. I reviewed lots of student files and saw plenty of things that presented strengths and weaknesses, and I saw how others on the committee perceived the same. So to that end, I am happy to answer questions that you might have about the process and your applications, in the hopes that my experience may help you. A few caveats: Naturally, I won’t reveal confidential information. I won’t discuss specific files or give anything more than generic examples. Please also don’t send me your applications so I can review them or give you my thoughts on them. Ask what you will here in public and I will do my best to answer. Lastly, what I say here may not be applicable to you or even generally. Admissions (everywhere) is partly subjective, and so what I think about a particular thing does not mean the same will be true for others. As well, the composition of the committee changes every year and therefore so does the general opinion of the body. So take what you will out of what I say, but don’t be surprised if things end up being different. Have a look first at the FAQ at http://lawapplicants.ca, which I built with the help this forum, my own experiences, those of my colleagues on the adcom, and from others I knew who served in similar capacities at other law schools. If you have a question that isn’t answered by the FAQ, then ask away here! ETA: I will be answering questions as I can, but there could be a delay. Just post and I will reply at some point, I promise! Further edit to add: I will not be answering general chances questions. Since most people asking them are typically in the “maybe you have a chance, depending on how the rest of your app looks” category, the answer is usually very subjective and I couldn’t tell you what I’d say “if I were still on the adcom” without having seen the entirety of your file, which I do not want to see. Please direct such questions to the general applicants forum where anyone can comment, and I may chime in if I have something specific to say about your circumstances.
  5. 1 point
    Just to add to the above post: if you're still not deterred and want to minimize the amount of time you're in university undergrad, be aware that there are certain law schools (I personally know of U of Saskatchewan and U of Manitoba) that only require 2 years of undergraduate study, not a full degree. There's also a bunch more schools that accept 2 years of undergraduate study but will hold you to a higher standard of LSAT/GPA (e.g. U of Alberta). I'm also a bit older and took the route of only completing 2 years of undergrad. I recommend that you also take it into consideration.
  6. 1 point
    That or they use a magic crystal ball..... there is no way of knowing for certain.
  7. 1 point
    Honestly, I think you will need a much better score to get in. It depends where you are applying. McGill averages out LSAT scores so you would ruin your chances there (hence why I cancelled my first score). But, almost everywhere else (not positive about this so double check) will look at your best score. Also, maybe Princeton isn't for you, I would do some looking around, I know many people who have been more successful self studying using power score bibles. Personally, I worked with an excellent private tutor and despite having an anxiety attack day of still achieved an 89th percentile score of 164. If you have an RESP LSAT tutoring with him is eligible to be covered.
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    Victoria is an excellent place to live. It has good transit, an excellent beer scene, good food, and easy access to the great outdoors. Trying to get a summer or articling position in Toronto from BC is not impossible but you will have to fly yourself out to Toronto and make more of an effort.
  10. 1 point
    To be fair, admissions like to emphasize that good spelling and grammar are important in personal statements (and in writing in general...), and bad or missing punctuation is a part of that. That being said, if it's because of a known error that affects tons of applicants I highly doubt it'll negatively impact applications in any way.
  11. 1 point
    Seriously? Just leave your bag anywhere it's convenient and collect it later. If there's a coat/bag check, use that. If not, leave it in a corner or under a char. Like you would any other time you go out and have stuff with you.
  12. 1 point
    A law firm profile shows the following: Their name What school they went to When they went to school When they were called Practice area Representative transactions (Depends on the firm) Publications You don't need to know anything beyond their name and perhaps their practice area to carry a conversation during recruitment. If they went to the same school, it will come up. In any event, a good life/work tip - don't slag a school/firm in any event, doesn't matter whether or not a person went/worked there. I looked up the people I interviewed with when I did it and almost immediately forgot anything I had previously learned. My host told me all I needed to know (name, practice area) and because he was a good host, gave me some tips about what this or that person was like (or interests, since me, my host and one or two of my interviewers all liked basketball). At most, knowing your interviewer allows you to ask the question "I saw you worked on X. Tell me about that?" which is an okay question. A better one is "tell me what it's like to work in your group", "what is your most memorable litigation/transaction", "what kind of files do you get to work on" etc. You don't really need to say "hey I see you argued this case" or "hey I saw you worked on this IPO" to get that conversation started. In fact, a lot of my work doesn't show up on my profile in anything more than one line in my description. Also maybe that transaction I have on my profile sucked and I hate talking about it. Just relax. Have a conversation, be prepared to talk about yourself in an engaging manner, be knowledgeable regarding your resume and try and build a rapport with your interviewer.
  13. 1 point
    Depends on the firm. At some firms, the second interviews are slotted to be shorter and mirror the first set almost identically. Then you might have more "soft" interview time where people take you for coffee, or you ask to meet more people and (if they like you) they accommodate, etc.
  14. 1 point
    You don't need to reply to every.single.email.
  15. 1 point
    This discussion has, unsurprisingly, gotten way off track. To the OP: As you can see, some lawyers have very strong feelings about foreign grads. However, not all lawyers, not even most that I know, would ever describe all foreign grads as 'dumb rich kids'; 'lazy, spoiled, entitled, arrogant and dumb'; 'if they can walk, talk and hold a fork'. Please know that. I have only ever seen/heard this type of comment here on ls.ca. Anyone who has had any interaction with foreign grads know that there is a range of abilities and experiences, just like you'll find at any Canadian law school. I have met and interviewed foreign students who were very intelligent, and good candidates for hire and others who were not. Not much different than the interview experience with Canadian students. Anecdotally, probably the smartest, and most accomplished foreign student I've met, was from Bond. Even he, still had difficulty getting a job. As for not requiring the LSAT, neither does McGill, even for its Anglophone applicants. Several U.S. law schools are now going LSAT optional. Let's not jump to the conclusion that anyone who doesn't write the LSAT is going to be an inferior lawyer. In any case, my advice is the same as I posted early in this thread. Do what is necessary to make yourself competitive for a Canadian school.
  16. 1 point
    What is the meaning of life? How will the fact that my star sign is Capricorn and my myers-briggs type INTJ affect my chances of admission? Is my childhood dog an acceptable reference? (He passed a number of years ago, but he wrote the letter before this, complete with paw print) you are a brave and benevolent soul Ryn, Yours in satire, MQ
  17. 1 point
    I personally just kept a space between each paragraph, but didn't indent. Also make sure your quotation marks/apostrophes/hyphens etc. haven't disappeared! For some reason when I saved the submission of my personal statements, those all disappeared and I had to go back in to add them again.
  18. 1 point
    You're reaching. You're trying to make privelege sound like an accomplishment.
  19. 1 point
    Providence with no student: has to spend the morning going to court to get an adjournment; money earned zero Providence with student: student goes to court to get the adjournment in lieu of Providence, Providence can therefore spend her morning doing paid work; money earned $$$ $$$> zero
  20. 1 point
    I'll give you my legal answer - it depends.
  21. 1 point
    You may have undiagnosed ADD. Getting tested can't hurt. In the meantime, try setting smaller goals. I want to finish x pages and have notes down for it 20 minutes from now. Split it into blocks like that and it can help you focus by paying attention to smaller page totals (or let's say the different subheadings In a case) as opposed to a big task of walls of text that isn't often "fun" to read.
  22. 1 point
    Considering the fact that I had all A’s in my last year of undergrad, I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m not smart enough for law school itself. I know some great lawyers who did average on the LSAT. Thanks for your input though
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