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  1. 2 points
    In order to make any decision on that choice, you'd need to dwell on your long-term future (and to be honest, it's a bit of an odd thing not to have done beforehand, since the routes lead to some very divergent possibilities). Do you want to live in Canada long-term? If so, do you want to live in Quebec? If not, why did you want to get a law degree from Canadian/Quebecois universities? If you want to live in Canada long-term, have you looked into the different requirements for Permanent Residency for people who want to settle in Quebec v settling elsewhere in Canada? (and if so, have you thought about that in deciding between McGill in QC, and Ottawa/T in ON?) Having thought a lot about that, if you want to live and work in Canada, a Canadian degree will make that a lot easier. If you don't, then it will be an expensive decoration that doesn't add much to your employability in Britain, Belgium, or France. The other thing to think about of course is whether or not you'd require, and be eligible for a work permit in Britain in a year or two's time, which at this point nobody can give you a firm yes or no to. On that front, Canada is a much more stable and predictable option if you can see something that you want and would be eligible for (with the caveat that immigration law can change rapidly, as a number of Quebecois international students found in recent weeks). And for that matter, you said 'many' students had training contract opportunities, but do you? Because if not, that's again an important factor to bear in mind. If you want a truly stable and predictable option, then it would be a degree/job in Belgium or France, but since you don't include that in your options, presumably you're willing to tolerate some level of risk/unpredictability.
  2. 2 points
    I don’t think less than a 0.1 change will significantly benefit your chances anywhere including at Osgoode.
  3. 2 points
    In 2017 I got admitted the first day of offers and I asked administration about whether it was conditional. I was informed that if your offer was conditional the conditions would be outlined in your acceptance very clearly. I was also told early acceptances don’t usually come with any conditions at all so there was no need to worry. So no news is good news. That being said, I was also told not to let my grades just completely bomb. I was never told exactly why but I reason it is possibly for two reasons. First, many universities do still retain the right to revoke an acceptance at their discretion. I’m not sure if Osgoode is one such school but if it is then perhaps grades bombing can lead to a revocation. Second, and I think this is more likely the explanation, the administrator could have just been looking into the crystal ball and advising me to help with 1L jobs. It would be pretty odd if my grades just tanked after receiving an acceptance and this would set up red flags for a prospective employer. In fact, during a 1L interview I had and was extended an offer for, my consistency in my undergraduate grades was remarked on. Just keep your grades at a decent level but relax and enjoy your final time in your program!
  4. 1 point
    Just got the email today! L2: 3.98/4.0 CGPA: 3.68/4.0 (OLSAS calculation) LSAT: 154 Surprised with my low LSAT so hoping it wasn't an administrative error lol!
  5. 1 point
    As a4 year lawyer, @pepper123 is not exactly competing with brand new calls. And with inter-provincial mobility protocols it really is very little trouble to move between jurisdictions. So becoming a member of LSO has nothing to do with it. Now OP might get more interest once they actually move, and not when they just apply from outside the province, but joining the bar has little to do with it. OP, all I can tell you is I started in Alberta, moved to another jurisdiction, then moved back to Alberta. It certainly is possible to move between jurisdictions. If the reason for the move is to be closer to family all the better reason. But I moved between different government jobs, so my experience isn't all that relevant. But whatever you do, don't go thinking you need to take a LLM just to move between provinces.
  6. 1 point
    I took a vacation! Nothing super far, about an 8 hour road trip. I probably started studying for the bar 1.5 weeks after most people but it was absolutely worth it to me. The Bar truly wrecked me and I am very grateful that I had a break between exams and that shit fest.
  7. 1 point
    Perhaps the admissions office was in a rush on Friday, and only had time to send out one offer to Aaron Aardvarkian (aka. @Lifeisgood )?
  8. 1 point
    And yet I moved to small town China for a chunk of life. And personally know dozens of people who made that choice for good. So yes, people make decisions for reasons other than “this is where I can stream tv shows and have better medical care”. People move from advanced western economies to all sorts of places. My ideal life is rural Tibet, but my wife and the communist party both said no. How can you plausibly ask this and not wonder why anyone stays in Ontario. You guys can’t buy any whisky that isn’t on the LCBOs list of 10 most common denominators. Far as I’m concerned, you currently live in the equivalent of early reform and opening China for liquor availability. I guess this is where I have to admit this site is what qualifies as a respite to me now.
  9. 1 point
    Received an offer- stats are 172 LSAT and 84.1 gpa. BC resident. Plan on accepting. Congrats to everyone!
  10. 1 point
    For this admission cycle, I believe that you will get in all law schools to which you have applied; you may face pleasant choices of selecting law schools. Best of luck!
  11. 1 point
    I’m too busy revising docs to write an obnoxiously long post, but I’m not convinced all of the tech advances made life better for me. To each their own, and we shouldn’t be surprised if people like different modes of living that were more or less available at different times. And yes I could stop working a job that has me on call all weekend. But I could also be a lawyer in an era where that wasn’t the norm, if I had a time machine.
  12. 1 point
    You have nothing to worry about Your acceptance is based on your grades from undergrad. I don't think your offer is conditional.... Have a merry Christmas
  13. 1 point
    It's impacted the world regardless of whether I use them or not. It changes cultural norms and the communities we live in.
  14. 1 point
    thanks so much for your input everyone, i really appreciate it. i'm going to talk to my principal this week and as was suggested will just raise it as a discussion before making a formal request, and i'll see what she thinks and we can talk it through, and then i'll go from there.
  15. 1 point
    IMO (current UBC The Peter A. Allard School of Law 1L), go to UVic. The Centre for Asian Legal Studies focuses on academic research, not on connecting students with firms that have a substantial Asian law practice. If you attend UBC, you'll be busy enough during 1L (7 courses plus additional studying, LSLAP, PBSC, clubs, committees, eating endless amounts of free pizza, the rest of your life, etc.) that you likely won't be involved with the Centre much, if at all. Based on my limited understanding of it, the Centre caters much more to professors and visiting scholars than to students, so it shouldn't factor into your decision to attend UBC. You can join FACL BC as a UVic Law student (membership is free for students!) to connect with Asian-Canadian lawyers without paying a 50k premium. Heck, UVic's co-op program might give you a better shot at working overseas during your 1L summer, too.
  16. 1 point
    This is a strong and unrealistic assumption for the average student, and still debatable re: value in the aggregate. By nature, the average student will not get the maximum. It is not a basis on which to make a rational decision. Here is a decent article on the cost of legal education: http://www.slaw.ca/2019/02/26/the-cost-of-becoming-a-lawyer/ While Koolaid may be cheap, the Osgoode and UofT varieties tend to be priced at a premium. If value is a consideration, look elsewhere instead of relying on a a hope of subsidization, or you WILL be left disappointed. Just my opinion...
  17. 1 point
    Accepted this afternoon! MB Resident (BScHon, PhD at UofM) LSAT (3x): 157, 156, 160 GPA: 87.9% Index score approx: 91.9
  18. 1 point
    I didn't want to rent a locker so I just used a backpack so I could put everything I needed in there. Honestly there was a good mix of both from what I can recall. Messenger bags are more compact but I think you end up losing a lot of potential carrying space, which I valued. But it's up to what you want to do -- i.e., rent a locker at school or just carry everything with you all the time?
  19. 1 point
    My (casual) observation from this thread is that they were progressively putting people in queue based on GPA ranges, starting from the top. First drawn were people who had 4.0s or 3.9x, then 3.8x, then 3.7x, then 3.6x, etc. The lowest thus far was 3.42, which was dated Dec. 4th. (There is much greater variety of LSAT than GPA so far reported, I think the over-representation of high LSAT so far is just general correlation with high GPA because we've yet to see high LSAT with low GPA). My intuition is simply they have one guy sorting the candidates in their data system by GPA, then he goes top-down reviewing for completeness. If your file is complete, he assigns you to the queue, where somebody can then review it probably in the order they were added. Given that we've seen somebody with a 3.42 get added on Wednesday, they may get to the bottom of the intake list by next week to figure out who to add to queue or not, and then work through that queue making decisions (accepting / holding / presumptive decline) for the next month -- comprising their 'first wave'.
  20. 1 point
    What does this have to do with anything
  21. 1 point
    On that same note, I won't be able to get any financial need-based scholarships, but does anyone have insight on general entrance scholarships? Are they merit-based? How much are they generally worth? Do you need to apply for those or are they awarded to whichever 0Ls the school decides to give them to? I couldn't find any information on them online. Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me out here.
  22. 1 point
    I’m not sure when you get info about entrance scholarships but I’d imagine it will be forthcoming. A lot of people make decisions off of scholarship money so they’d be stupid to wait to give you that info if you’re going to get an award. Bursaries are distributed at or around the end of first term, so you’ll have to wait for it. Applications happen when you start classes. That said, the bursaries starts Oz are very generous so long as you can demonstrate financial need. So keep that in mind too.
  23. 1 point
    Just got the email and CAN'T BELIEVE IT! GPA: 91.3 LSAT: 158 INDEX: 92.4 Congrats to everyone
  24. 1 point
    Also got the status change! My first official offer after striking out last cycle! 85.42 gpa, 165 lsat 92.24 index
  25. 1 point
    I have not heard anything at my firm, which was one of the first to go to the 110 130 model. But damn would it be nice.
  26. 1 point
    So one of the biggest reality checks I ever got was when I went from high school to undergrad. I was a brilliant student and I identified as a brilliant student and in my peer group I was the “smart one” and my exhausted single parent never had to worry about me because I was always just so good at being good. And in my first year I absolutely shit the bed. Like several C and C- grades, papers coming back with red ink all over them, and my sense of worth and identity went *poof*. It was tough. Really tough. If I wasn’t the smart one, then who the fuck was I? My future plans went from being Something Really Impressive to being, you know, maybe the barista that everyone really likes who always has their first novel on the go down at the corner coffee shop. At 18 I was ready to mail it in and give up and just accept that I wasn’t going to make anything of myself ever and my life was over. This is a very common experience. It’s part of the transition between being a Young Adult to being just a regular adult. You learn you aren’t the greatest, you learn you aren’t that special, you learn that natural talent really cannot beat hard work and good habits. You figure it out. I figured it out, began studying smarter, worked harder, planned the next five years out, and managed to stay in University. I went from C’s to A’s. I got into law school. It was fine. But it was hard. I say all this so that it won’t sound patronizing when I point out that some of this is probably just the agonizing and awful process of growing up. We don’t talk a lot about these private struggles, especially among us overachievers, because they come across as weird and almost self indulgent. But it’s real. So chin up, and keep going. It’s going to be fine. Give yourself a break, plan what you can, work at what you can, and let the rest go. As the woman said, your choices are half chance. So are everybody else’s.
  27. 1 point
    The advice here has been great. If you are having a mental breakdown, get some help. You're more than your GPA, LSAT or the law school you go to.
  28. 1 point
    Going to have to reset the "How to spend a Bay street salary" thread.
  29. 1 point
    The book is trash. I’ll never get back the wasted time I spent reading it.
  30. 1 point
    It's too late for the OP but for others reading this, having done a clerkship is a very valuable asset when looking to work at a litigation boutique.
  31. 1 point
    Almost all firms have formed by merging. I'd be curious if anyone can think of a large firm (doesn't have to be national) that grew organically without merging. The most famous merging story of all time was the merger of Tory Tory Deslaurier & Binnington with Hayth Curley of New York, to form what was supposed to be Tory Hayth. At the very party to celebrate the merger however Mr. Hayth got so blindingly drunk he sexually harrassed several female associates, leading to his resignation from the firm and dropping the name Hayth (the firm of course is now just Torys). I also found it amusing when national firm Gowlings merged with Calgary's Code Hunter. Well after a few years both Mr Code and Mr Hunter decided they didn't like being in a national firm, so they convinced a number of colleagues to go out to form a new law firm, called Code Hunter. How that wasn't covered off in the merger agreement in the first place mystifies me.
  32. 1 point
    Some do not have the luxury to say "why".
  33. 1 point
    Accepted Dec. 17. cgpa: 2.87 LSAT: 166 Professional engineer with 8 years experience in oil and gas. Solid references and several long term EC’s in the community. Honestly, I am a little surprised to hear back when I did considering the low cgpa.
  34. 1 point
    Bumping this up and I hope that everyone reads it. In the past couple of days, we've had three members here who registered new usernames so that they could divest themselves of posts made while they were applicants. Now that they have been accepted to law school, they want to start over again. Well, that isn't possible. If everyone created a new account once in law school, that dilutes the usefulness of the forum and it creates a ton more work for the mod team. Don't do it! Having only one account is one of the very few rules we have here. Be mindful of what you post. Posts are forever. Thanks!
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