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  1. Strong chance at some Ontario schools. No need to retake your LSAT. McGill cares about GPA more, but no one really knows what goes on for their application process, so you have a chance as well.
  2. Why are there threads concerning individuals who want to cancel scores? How do they know their score before cancelling?
  3. I wrote an LSAT in 2016 just to see how I would do. Very little effort was put in and I thought it was best 4 of 5 sections. It wasn't a terrible score, but can this LSAT score be cancelled?
  4. Actually, I was a successful law school applicant at McGill with a previous B.A. There are pros and cons to humanities, but in the end I was itching for science and pursued a BSc in biochemistry with several math courses. I will work in either biostatistics or related fields. Options should be open to me because I have extremely high grades in both Arts and Science. I became passionate about physics relatively late in life, and have enjoyed math courses thoroughly. To give you an expectation of law school, in my time at McGill Law (which I left because I wanted science and because my entrance was...strange), they dumped hundreds of pages of readings on me a week - all verbose readings. The grading curve was harsh and skewed towards a B average, similar to humanities with a B or B+. I did not want to go through that again. You study philosophy so it should be similar. Based on your situation I would pursue medicine or math. If medicine is your passion, go for it. Law is hard work, often thankless, and not necessarily high paying unless you get into a big law firm. A lot of it relies on networking skills and soft factors. Medicine and math don't rely nearly as much on these factors. Several of my friends are lawyers, and most took awhile to get a foothold in the industry even with connected lawyer parents.
  5. Law school is a lot more reading than a math degree. A math degree (BSc followed by MSc) has many uses. I don't see a reason to go to law school. Personally, I regret immensely having not chosen math or physics when I was 17.
  6. This has nothing to do with shame. It has to do with infamy. When a vast network of people are made aware of who you are, you lose your sense of privacy. If your application is shared to high up, you have to be really careful to not fight it. If you fight it, you're screwed. These people can destroy you with a gaze.
  7. Most schools have large alum networks, and some schools, like McGill, are allowed to share your information with alum. That means CV, personal statement... everything. No company has the reach of a university. Maybe a government does. What can a bad guy do? Sometimes just the sheer spread can ruin your life if you included sensitive information. If the information reaches a public figure then you can really be kept down. There's worse things that can happen. A good lesson in life is "you don't want to be too known when you aren't worth knowing," and including information in your application that sticks out not positively can do this to you. Obviously these institutions have to have mechanisms of dealing with applications that are distasteful. Imagine using bad language or saying "I hate lawyers and the legal profession" in your personal statement. They will fight back. They can react negatively to anything.
  8. I would like to add that it is very laudable that you overcame cancer. That should be in your application. But a personal statement that is too personal, that contains some kind of story that separates you in some way that is not laudatory, will likely not help. McGill has the option to share your application with alumni, it is in a contract you sign.
  9. At McGill they have the option to share your application with alumni. You sign a contract enabling them to do this.
  10. Don't rely just on your PS. Don't make it too personal either. You should take the LSAT and apply everywhere, I think you'll get in with a 160 on the LSAT either at McGill or another good school.
  11. McGill Law's application process is a black box, there is no denying that. But I should make this clear: it is still a great school.
  12. This is better than "worming in" like I did. Continue in science, more rewarding. Or take the LSAT and apply to better schools, if you really want law. You can do it!
  13. There's a contract you sign when applying, everyone signs it for every faculty. I didn't have a good experience with my own application. I would advise others not to do what I did, but it could work out and it may have been just me.
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