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  1. 2 points
    My GPA was 2.54 and I am a second-year mature student.
  2. 2 points
    I've seen you in a lot of topics now, and you're always condescending and elitist in your replies. What gives?
  3. 1 point
    I agree with @BlockedQuebecois. I would add maybe contacting the admissions department and asking about scholarships before you accept. You never know what's down the grapevine.
  4. 1 point
    If anyone is interested, I've been trying to get a general idea of how much each school I'm applying to would cost and how much debt I'd be in at the end of it. With the new OSAP changes recently announced, I have updated my earlier estimate to better reflect these changes. Before this, I was estimating based on 2018's costs and funding being consistent. If anyone is interested, I've included a copy of the results below. Cost/Debt Per School OSAP 2018 Total Cost OSAP Loan OSAP Bursary Personal Savings Outstanding Total Debt Queen's $100,713.00 $22,500.00 $24,000.00 $54,213.00 $76,713.00 Western $109,173.00 $22,500.00 $24,300.00 $62,373.00 $84,873.00 Osgoode $122,859.00 $22,500.00 $24,300.00 $76,059.00 $98,559.00 Toronto $152,664.00 $23,700.00 $23,700.00 $105,264.00 $128,964.00 OSAP 2019 Total Cost OSAP Loan OSAP Bursary Personal Savings Outstanding Total Debt Difference Queen's $94,652.76 $30,900.00 $9,600.00 $54,152.76 $85,052.76 $8,339.76 Western $102,456.00 $30,900.00 $9,600.00 $61,956.00 $92,856.00 $7,983.00 Osgoode $114,591.60 $30,900.00 $9,600.00 $74,091.60 $104,991.60 $6,432.60 Toronto $141,648.00 $30,900.00 $9,600.00 $101,148.00 $132,048.00 $3,084.00 These estimates are tailored to my personal situation (single, no dependants, out of high school for 7 years, income ~$35,000) so the picture may look different for you. To get these numbers I've assumed the following: 1. I assumed that Loan/Bursary amounts would remain unchanged over a three year period 2. I have not accounted for the ancillary fees that students will now be able to opt out of paying. 3. I have assumed that the 10% cut will apply to J.D. programs in Ontario. 4. I have also run these estimates based off a student having $0 in assets upon admission. 5. I also assumed the 10% tuition reduction wont result in higher living fees (may not be the case if you are planning to live in a residence) 6. I have not included interest payments in any of these numbers. (Some PSLOC will charge you interest only payments while in school). NOTE: I've uses the aid estimator tool on the OSAP website to come up with these figures. The 2019 calculator seems pretty rudimentary right now so these figures may be subject to change.
  5. 1 point
    I'm not sure how helpful my personal experiences would be because it sounds like you may be asking about a scenario in a larger firm and my law and pregnancy experience is from small firms. If you do want to know about those circumstances, I can share. In terms of the general, overall question, I can say that pregnancy and child-raising are not always predictable and plannable in the same way as other areas of life. That's hard to grasp for some lawyers who are often Type A people who have planned everything else in their life so far and generally know way ahead of time where they want to go to school, article, get hired back etc. I didn't ever plan to get pregnant - sometimes it just happens, and you have to deal with it. Even if you plan to get pregnant, you might take a long time to conceive. You might need medical help. You might never conceive on your own. And even if you do get pregnant, there is any range of ways you might feel. Some women have very few symptoms and don't experience much loss of energy and sleep. Some women struggle more but still manage to work. I was one of the unlucky few who was seriously debilitated and couldn't work at all for most of the pregnancy - no one thinks that will be them, but it could be. You could be put on bed rest by your doctor. You could have a miscarriage, or more than one. You could deliver prematurely and have to deal with a baby in NICU. You could have multiples. Your kid could be born with a serious condition needing surgery or other treatment. You just don't know, and anything is possible. So in terms of your first question, some women won't have too hard of a time working long hours while pregnant, a few won't be able to do it at all, and most can probably do it but find it a bit tough at the beginning and the end, and will use techniques like sneaking naps during the day, using various home remedies or meds to cope with nausea and other symptoms, and reduce their other responsibilities to focus on work and get more sleep outside of work. And for some, the real struggles will come after delivery. In terms of telling your employer, that's a personal decision that will probably also depend on the pregnancy and the symptoms. I am so ill when pregnant that everyone knows and it is impossible to hide. I think, assuming a more standard pregnancy, most women wait until sometime in the early to mid second trimester to tell, when the risk of miscarriage is down and they may be starting to show and are having to go to more appointments, etc. You don't want to wait too long because your firm needs time to plan for your absence. Getting pregnant happens, it's something employers have to deal with, and it shouldn't be a big deal to tell them. I would ask them for a few minutes to sit down when they have time and just tell them. I would go in with some sort of a plan as to what you want to do for maternity leave, that is realistic and based on whatever policies and practices they have. As to maternity leave, again, my experience is pretty different from that of a woman in a larger firm and may not be helpful. I personally think that women should try to avoid the longer leaves of 12 or 18 months if they are concerned about career derailment and try to take something less than that. But this will depend on each situation. Also as above, experiences after delivery vary. You might have post-partum depression which is no joke. You might have a premature or sick kid or have an infection or other issue yourself. In terms of derailing your career, yes, I feel that time off for pregnancy and maternity leave have set my career back, but I have my own practice and clients to manage. If you are in a firm where you really don't have that and do work for other people, it may or may not be less of an issue - I can't say, and hopefully others will speak to that. I have heard that sometimes it's better to take a mat leave or two in the 3-5 or 6 year range, after you have proven yourself enough that they want you to stay but before you have too many of your own files and responsibilities. Anecdotally, from conversations with others, I think that there are still perceptions that women taking mat leave are an inconvenience and are not committed, but there are also efforts to become more enlightened and modern about this issue. I think the resentment comes not so much from someone taking one mat leave, but from them taking one, coming back and then leaving on another one right away, and then maybe another one. I know friends who complain about a co-worker who took "three mat leaves in five years." That would definitely lead to you falling behind your peers in seniority and experience - but it may be worth it to you, and you can't legally be fired for it, so what people think and say behind your back may not be important. There is also the issue of whether you will want to come back full steam ahead to work as you did before having a baby, or whether you are going to want more flexible hours, to work part-time or work from home and so on. And it's hard to know that till you are actually a mother. You may think you will want to work and then realize you're not ready, or think you'll want to be home more but then really miss work. And of course you have to navigate the issue of child care - what hours you work after mat leave may depend on whether you're using day care with a hard pick-up time or whether you have a spouse or family member or nanny providing care for the later hours.
  6. 1 point
    No, you're not. U of C is cheaper, in your and personal professional network, and where you want to practice for the foreseeable future. Go to U of C.
  7. 1 point
    I submitted my application on November 9th. Lots of volunteer experience and I currently serve on the board of a non-profit. I work in the Canadian art industry and want to be an art lawyer so wouldn't be surprised if I was a diversity admission.
  8. 1 point
    It can't be a C+. LP is the lowest grade you can possibly get, and it isn't even mandated to be given (it's discretionary). It's about as poor of a grade as you can get. It's a C at most, and possibly lower (since some schools still treat Ds as passes?)
  9. 1 point
    That's how my parents ended up without a house! Those were rough times alright...
  10. 1 point
    Polisci is not a pre-law degree. You're too far off from being absolutely certain that (i) law is the career path for you, and that (ii) you have sufficient grades and LSAT score for law to be a viable option. As such, you should not select a degree based on potentially being a lawyer (or even corporate lawyer). Grades matter more than degree, from a law school admissions vantage point. From your vantage point, you should select degrees based on your interests and potential career paths. e.g., if you find business/finance very interesting, take that degree, knowing that it may lead to law, or to banking, or consulting. Alternatively, take polisci if you're interested in learning more about political structure and/or international affairs, knowing that it may lead to a law degree, a Master's degree, or even banking or consulting still (if going to a sufficiently prestigious institution). Making decisions like this is a balancing act: keeping options open, signaling interest, protecting grades (ensuring you can do well), and not closing any doors.
  11. 1 point
    I think you're really underestimating the number of strong students on Bay Street. You're right that many students in the top 5-10% of the class pursue careers off Bay Street. But if you think about it, that makes perfect sense. Top students are, essentially, a random sampling of law students. There's no reason to expect that the top students in law school would have less diverse interests than the student body as a whole. And further, students in the top percentiles are able to pursue those careers easily and with less risk because they're able to land higher-paying jobs in those fields early (to say nothing of options such as clerkships, which frankly aren't available to most students). Anyways, I know, roughly, who the top 5-10% of the students in my class are. Of them, I'd say >50% are pursuing big law in a major metropolitan city. That number will drop as clerkships go out, but I would wager it will still stay around the 50% mark come graduation.
  12. 1 point
    As someone in their 30's, with a young family, the only way I was able to get to this point was because the province invested in me. I had been working in kitchens for years and the only way that I could "break out" was by taking advantage of the grants they offered me. Between OSAP grants and scholarships, I was finally able to go to school full-time. I suppose the impact on me isn't as bad as it could have been. I stand to lose about 20k in grants per year, which will add 60k to my debt. Not ideal but at least I can cover it with my LOC. If this happened last year, and I was not yet eligible for the LOC given to law students, I wouldn't have been able to continue full-time. So, I consider myself lucky. I know this isn't Quebec, and I know that social investment isn't exactly the conservative model, but it breaks my heart to think that others in my position won't get the same opportunity as I did. The province invested in me and I aim to make good on that investment. If they hadn't, I'd still be working in kitchens for $18/hr with no way to build a future for my son and no way to contribute to the economy.
  13. 1 point
    Acceptances come out and various waves. Although some people hear back as early as Dec, the vast majority of responses come out after the new year. It's still early. I wouldn't worry quite yet.
  14. 1 point
    I don't think you should rush and worry about a year. It is one year and you're not going to get significantly older in 12 months. What's the real difference between 30 and 31? Whether you can work and go to school full time and do well on the LSAT really depends on how easily the LSAT comes to you and what else you have going on. Don't be in a rush - take the time to figure out a plan for yourself.
  15. 1 point
    I was accepted yesterday too! L2: 3.7 LSAT 163 I worked for the Govt doing policy analysis for one summer and for a law firm doing admin post grad. Going to accept
  16. 1 point
    Okay, here's the longer answer I've owed you. I'm not sure what path led you back to the NCA route after your stated plans to do something else, but clearly you've decided to practice law in Canada after all and, if I read between the not-subtle lines, you are anxious about how you are going to compete in this marketplace and how your qualifications will be received. And frankly, you should be anxious. You were an undistinguished student in undergrad, pursued some side-path into legal practice, and everyone you try to convince otherwise (at least everyone in a position to employ you) will know what's really going on. You will face an uphill battle to establish yourself in any kind of legal career. However. Here's a concession I don't often make to students who are eager to claim that the legal profession is somehow elitist for not giving every B-average student an opportunity to practice law. There are a host of qualities that go into making a successful lawyer and a successful legal entrepreneur (note - not the same thing) and only some of those rest on strong academic chops. IF you genuinely care about delivering the best legal services you can deliver, and IF you are willing to hustle your ass off, and IF you devote yourself to learning everything you need to learn even though it may frankly come faster and easier to some of your peers ... you can be a good lawyer. And you can have a great career. And if you make the most of every opportunity that comes your way you'll eventually move past the point where the origin of your degree matters at all. Students who want believe in quick fixes and easy routes around the hard work and the competition with their peers would gladly and brutally misinterpret what I just wrote. They want to live in some kind of child's fantasy where simply wanting something is some kind of qualification, and where they imagine being "fierce" is some kind of professional skill. As if yelling louder than everyone else in the courtroom, on its own, produces good outcomes. When I talk about genuinely caring more than the next guy, I mean that you wake up in the middle of the night needing to write down an idea about your area of practice that's been bothering you. I mean you think about your clients' issues in the shower. I mean you read articles about the law only out of interest. You CAN beat your way into this profession - even to near the top of it - through effort and determination. But it has to come from a genuine place. It isn't like you're Harry Potter pouring all his magic out at Voldemort, and overcoming him through sheer force of will. I say all that because despite the bitter way you've chosen to express it, you are at least displaying the first quality I need to see in a NCA candidate. You know what you need to overcome. So my words of encouragement are that it's possible to overcome it. See above, for what it takes. And good luck.
  17. 1 point
    I received the email around noon! LSAT: 157 & 161 cGPA: 3.85 L2: 3.78 Finishing my fourth year. (Subjectively) unique background and work experience. U of C seems like such a supportive faculty and I feel very blessed to have an offer. However, I will most likely be declining and wish everyone the best!
  18. 1 point
    I got in!!! Got my email this morning at 11:40! L2: 3.74 Lsat: 162
  19. 1 point
    Accepted today! First Ontario law school acceptance so I am thrilled! 154, 156 LSATs 3.48 cGPA Including fall semester grades, 3.43 cGPA not including fall semester grades General Category Good PS, strong ECs, and good references. Small connection to Thunder Bay
  20. 1 point
    Lol I guess give this diatribe to athletes and actors and other professionals that aren't interchangeable, lower-skilled workers. Or maybe the Society of United Professionals/Power Workers' Union. Seems like they are all doing it wrong and unions should be reserved for bus drivers. You're not a labour lawyer and it kinda shows here - labour politics has nothing to do with "interchangeability and disposability". It's purely about pooling collective power to bargain. You also clearly don't understand CBAs or what other benefits might come from unionizing besides lockstepping salary/promotions, apparently. Edit: I didn't read jjbean's post first but basically yep. This was a big whiff of a post. Could have saved yourself 6 paragraphs.
  21. 1 point
    I worked ~20 hrs/week in 1L, both semesters. I didn't have a problem with it. In my view, law school shouldn't amount to more than 40 hours / week of class work and extracurricular work. You should be able to easily tack on another 10 to 20 hours of work and still be left with plenty of free time for what's important in life (beer, the gym, and dogs). If you can convince your boss to let you cut your hours for the end of November and start of December in particular, I don't think you'll have any problem. Not to mention continued work as a parliamentary researcher would likely be helpful in securing a job moving forward.
  22. 1 point
    I saw a reply in last years Facebook group (I accidentally joined 2018 instead of 2019 whoops) and it said that there aren't too many opportunities for parents. Some of the things are student only (like the case study and lecture). I think that parents are welcome in the sense that they could come to explore the city and have a look at Schulich, but the Welcome Days aren't intended to accommodate parents. I would maybe just email the Weldon Welcome people! I had to email them and they replied within 24 hours. (Also, not sure if you've already touched base with Randi or Rose, but the travel reimbursement is prorated according to where you're coming from. Coming from Ontario, you might not be able to get the full $700.)
  23. 1 point
    Yeah, as someone 'in the real world', who has interviewed students from Bond, I can tell you that this is definitely not true in all cases. There is a stigma out there, rightly or wrongly, about Canadians who attend foreign schools, no matter how well they do. Firms don't care about the ability to attend a school on another continent. To the OP: you have a great gpa. Have you actually written the LSAT? How many times? What prep methods have you used? Have you really exhausted every possibility of improving your score? Or are you just in a rush to apply in the current cycle? Be smart about this. Do whatever is necessary to make yourself competitive for a Canadian school. You are asking if Bond is an 'acceptable backup' but then you also say that you have connections to several Canadian firms, so I'm not sure what type of advice you're looking for here. If you have a family firm that is guaranteeing you an articling position and a job afterwards, then what's your worry? If it isn't that situation, and any other shouldn't be looked at as a guarantee, then my advice is the same. Do what's necessary to improve your LSAT. Take a course, get a private tutor, take the time to improve. One other caution. Be sure to confirm that they are still offering all the Canadian courses you are expecting. If I recall correctly, there was some discussion a while ago about them eliminating some, or all, of them. Best of luck.
  24. 1 point
    Yeah. Seems better to own up to it and say - hey, the lsat wasn't indicative of my ability. Here's my undergrad transcript, along with my gold medal at bond and my 2 publications, and my Aussie court of appeal clerkship, and summer job at some very well regarded Aussie firm.
  25. 1 point
    Are you sure you don't already have a shot at Ottawa? Your cGPA is excellent.
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