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  1. Hey Ester, define “missed”? As in you just didn’t put an answer down? Pretty much everyone I talked to found it particularly difficult.
  2. lawyers change practice focus all the time, and it’s not really considered a ‘step back’ necessarily even though you may be going from an expert in one field to a noobie in another. Most people think of it more as broadening your horizons. I would be more concerned about having transferable skills that would make a switch easier than not. For instance, I don’t really know much about Military Law, but if there is not much oral advocacy involved, you might find it difficult to make the switch from military to crim where you as a crown attorney would be expected to be in court all the time. In that sense it might been seen more of a ‘step back’ if you don’t have many transferable skills. Otherwise I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anyone considering a switch from one area to another a ‘step back’ unless in involved a huge pay cut or significantly easier work.
  3. I don’t think it’s particularly known for it’s corporate/business law focus like somewhere like Western is, although they recently started a Business Law clinic so that might change.
  4. UOttawa is a good school, good mooting program. Has had some hiccups when it comes to administration and class sizes. They like to see a higher GPA and are okay with a lower LSAT when it comes to admissions. Generally people prefer to be closer to the GTA for employment purposes so some students will opt for schools not so far away, but not everyone. Either way, it’s a great school and this sounds cliche but law school in Canada is what you make of it. UOttawa Law has had lots of particularly successful alumni and provides great opportunities for those who specifically want to do government legal work in the nations capital.
  5. It’s not enough to matter. What I mean by that is most peoples ec’s don’t really matter unless they have done something particularly exceptional in their past such as hold a very prestigious position somewhere, start a charity, or play a sport professionally.
  6. Did it take you any time to get used to using the Ontario Law Exam index? I’ve heard they are pretty long and complicated to use.
  7. I think you should contact the school and see if you can reach someone in charge of admissions before you do anything. Like the TheAEGIS said, keep your explanation brief and to the point without telling them too much information unless they ask you for more information so they can potentially accommodate you. They’re people too and they’re likely to be understanding. I’m assuming you want to get a law degree because your goal is to practice law, and if you want to practice law you need a law degree. It’s that simple. An MA might be a “notch under your belt”, but when it comes to practicing law or finding a job during and after law school it’s pretty much useless and a waste of time to get to where you want to be.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Well... for the sake of not conceding. It's possible that you're not definitely incorrect.
  14. 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.
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