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  1. LL.B. is the superior degree by far. Only losers have JDs.
  2. So having "zero ECs" is really not a big deal for law school admissions. It is largely just a numbers-based exercise. BUT Assuming the OP gets in (sounds like he/she will), in less than three years you're going to be doing articling interviews. Things like ECs there can make a big difference between two students with otherwise similar marks. The OP really should consider developing some kind of hobby, joining a club, or whatever. Even if it's something simple like playing an intramural sport once a week - it makes you look more like a well-rounded person.
  3. You almost certainly will not be allowed to use any laptop you buy at work at a large national firm. IT departments will want any computer that hooks into their network to be locked down, with you not having any admin rights. You would likely be allowed to remote access into work from home on your laptop though.
  4. It's only September. You should wait until you actually write the LSAT, then actually apply and see what schools accept you.
  5. I can't imagine they'd notice, or care if they did. It's not plagiarism if its your own material. That being said, since you weren't successful last time, I would personally change mine up - just out of superstition if nothing else.
  6. There is definitely some (deserved) negativity towards foreign law schools on this board, but I don't think it's ever seriously been argued that no one should ever attend such schools. The negativity comes up when someone says "well it'll be fun to spend a few years in UK" rather than go to school in Canada, or that "I don't want to write the LSAT", or whatever else. If someone is choosing between a Canadian law school and a foreign law school, with an intention to eventually practice in Canada, then that person should go to school in Canada. Full stop. But if you can't get into a Canadian school, then a foreign school is an option. It's one that should be carefully considered, but it's an option if you're determined to be a lawyer. And yes it's probably a better option then just re-applying year after year, hoping that one year you'll get in.
  7. Short of being held hostage by terrorists, you really can't "explain" away poor grades. They are what they are. It doesn't matter if you partied too hard in first year, or went through a medical scare, or whatever. All you can do is show them that you can improve from those low grades, which is what you have appear to have done.
  8. I just wanted to say that the OP is not "late in the game". He or she just started their third year - they have 8 or more months to look. Look, the formal hire process is over, and those jobs are out of reach. But I bet you almost half of all articles are not arranged through the formal hiring process. It's not late in the game at all - the second half has just started.
  9. Okay, so I agree with everyone (specially @ProfReader) who says that rankings are stupid, but to the extent that anyone cares about them Ryerson is not going to be in anyone's "Top Three". However... Ryerson Law is probably going to do very well for itself, precisely because of its location. The GTA counts by itself about 15% of Canada's entire population. It's Canada's media, business and financial centre. Currently lots of people are going to school in places other than Toronto, who want to end up in Toronto. Whether that is in other places in Ontario, other places in Canada, or even other countries. For lots of them going to Ryerson Law will make a lot more sense than going somewhere else.
  10. Okay, so unlike the poster below you, it's not like you need to completely change your personality or speaking style. You don't need to come across as loud and abrasive. Speaking with a calm confidence can be just as effective, if not more so. Really I don't know if there are any tricks. It just comes from experience. You're articling, so this is all very new. I know my first few experiences in articling were kind of a hot mess. I suppose Toastmasters could be some use. I gave it a try a few times, but at that point I had been in practice for a few years and didn't find it terribly helpful, but if you're really struggling with public speaking it is an easy, low pressure way to get experience.
  11. I think I'm going to just flat out say those marks aren't competitive in Canada. Any chance you could start taking some evening or online courses? If you can knock some of those out of the part, that plus the five year gap may give you some chance as a mature student. Is that 168 LSAT a real test or an estimate?
  12. Law school admission is all about marks plus LSAT. Your ECs, your anxiety and depression, don't really factor into it. Where are you? Have you graduated, or do you still have a year to go? Have you written the LSAT, or is that just a diagnostic? It doesn't seem obvious it would be a waste of time. Maybe you can raise those marks just a bit further. Firm up what that LSAT is. Look into how different schools will look at marks - I know some will focus on your last 2, or will allow you to drop some of your lowest marks, or other ways of adjusting.
  13. How do you know you need to study that much? Start studying now. Do a sample text to get some idea of how you might do. You already have two months - you might be good to go in time for the October or November test date.
  14. I'm old enough that hand-writing notes was almost universal (there was usually one person in a class lugging around a laptop). To the OP, if you're used to handwriting, stick with what you know. Converting to a whole new style of learning right as you start law school doesn't seem wise. While there is undoubtably some practical usefulness to handwritten notes (copy and pasting mostly), there is at lest some evidence that (as BLD mentions above) that the act of having to synthesize and process the material into handwritten notes can aid in retention. But really - stick with what you know. If it's working for you, don't change now.
  15. OP, I don't think I could in good conscience recommend to anyone to pursue a PhD with an eye to becoming an academic. The job prospects are just that bad.
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