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  1. You’re not going to be considered a “mature student” to a law school admissions committee. To get that out of the way. A 2.5 GPA is pretty difficult to recover from. But if you are able to show a steep and significant upward trend in your GPA, I think you could be okay for law school admissions. Some schools also primarily focus on your last two years of undergrad when it comes to admissions GPA. It’s clear that you are considering law school quite early in your post secondary academic career. Earlier than most others tend to, which is a good sign. I recommend starting to look into law school admissions standards and policies on the law school websites if you are truly as keen as you seem to be. That’s where all the information that you need to know is. And start tailoring your stats and extracurriculars to the schools you want to attend.
  2. There's no reason to be concerned, I've talked to plenty of students who were surprised to get in with their stats and who are at the top of the class and doing much better than others academically and professionally. LSAT & GPA are, to a certain extent, not the best indicators of who will succeed in law school.
  3. There's nothing wrong with that. You won't be forced to get involved in social or networking events if you don't want to. There's always a large part of any law school class that prefers to keep to themselves.
  4. English is never the subject I am good at.... Out of curiosity, did you get into a Canadian law school? Also, if you are looking to improve your English you should read novels. Fiction or non-fiction doesn’t matter just start reading more.
  5. If Western is your first choice then just don’t drop and apply. You’ll get in with the stats you will have if you don’t drop anyway. But if you do drop you would probably have a good chance of acceptance at great schools like UBC, UofT, and Osgoode as well. So that’s something to consider.
  6. Well... for the sake of not conceding. It's possible that you're not definitely incorrect.
  7. Every year more and more students (in terms of the number of applicants) apply to law school in Canada. So its probably going to be more competitive.
  8. There are more position available in Ontario and particularly in Toronto. But there are also 7 law schools in Ontario (8 as of next year), where the majority of students are looking to get a job in-and-around the GTA. There are also a lot of law students from other provinces who try to get jobs in the GTA as well. So, although there are many more positions available, there is also a lot of competition for those jobs. I have heard the market in Ottawa isn’t so saturated though. Plenty of opportunities there and not so many people gunning to live there and take them.
  9. A lot of people are able to skip class constantly and do really well. As long as you aren't required to go to class for participation marks, I don't see what the problem is with skipping class if you are able to do that and do well. At the same time, I think many people see those who go to class as generally more reliable students, who are likely to bring that commitment into their practice in the future. So I would just think twice about how other people will perceive you if you constantly skip for no good reason. Reputation is very important in our profession. Going to class is also helpful in building relationships with professors, who could help you in the future if you ever need a reference. It is also just generally an easy way for you to build stronger relationships with the other students in your classes, who will also likely be your colleagues in the future. Ultimately I don't really understand what the point is in skipping class if you have nothing better to do... you are paying for them after all.
  10. I agree with Rashabon. 1L Big Law opportunities, or any opportunities through a structured recruitment process, are extremely competitive, and the chances of securing one are very slim no matter how great of a student you are. Summer after 2L is what everyone guns for. RA positions are very popular for 1Ls who want to beef up their resume before the 2L recruit. But it's totally normal to just work a regular job or travel. An RA position or small firm job before the 2L recruit doesn't actually put you at much of an advantage either. Firms during the 2L recruit are expecting to hire people who don't know anything about working in a firm or legal department and are expecting to have to show you the ropes anyway.
  11. That doesn't mean you will likely be rejected from all of them. I see one or two schools on your list (Sask, TRU) that I think you are competitive for.
  12. Strong EC's: Strong Extracurriculars. Schools with a holistic admissions process like to see that you have "strong EC's" in the way that most applicants think about them. Basically, they are saying that they have been involved in a lot in community activities, volunteer initiatives, and have likely held some interesting positions of employment. For the most part, when someone says they have "strong EC's", its likely no different than 80% of the law school applicants out there.. Most law school applicants have been continuously involved in community activities in a number of ways, have volunteered at many places, and have had interesting positions of employment. People who truly have "strong EC's" are people who have an exceptionally long record of volunteer, community service, and employment experience. Also, people who played professional sports, people who have held very prestigious or important employment positions, and people who started a successful charity group, would likely be on that list of people with truly "strong EC's".
  13. With the upward trend, the great 170 lsat, and not-so-bad L2, I think you have a shot of getting in somewhere. Apply broadly.
  14. I agree with this. I wouldn't worry if I were you.
  15. Unless you have people you need to support in your life (kids, family), I would say, why the hell not?? It's your dream to practice law and you have the stats to get into a great law school. Law school is an exciting and fun journey, you'll meet lots of new people and learn a lot. There are also opportunities for scholarships and work opportunities through school and during the summer. Also, you might end up working a lot more and have less vacation time, but you will have the opportunity to make a heck of a lot more than you are making right now... once you graduate... like a lot... depending on what you want to do. I would also keep in mind though that the Ontario PCs intend to eliminate free tuition for low-income students... so if you're planning to take out student loans you might have to pay all of it back (aka no grants).
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