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  1. Does anyone have experience with this? If I just sit down and write the LSAT, UNTIMED, I can get about 170. I wanted to do lots of prep, because I know that timed, that score will significantly go down. But as I study, I find that its making me over think and things are becoming way more complicated, and every practice test question I do after studying, I get wrong. Whereas if I don't do it from a manual or study guide and just do an actual old school test, i'm fine. Are the tests questions included in study guides meant to be harder? Did anyone else find that studying made them mess up a little bit more?
  2. Hi! Im interested in foreign policy and other government work. Would a law degree help me get to Parliament hill? Does anyone have any experience in this? Or any insight? TIA!
  3. Lets all take a second to live in a dream world where I can just make an equation of all the things I want in order to equal the dream life that I so desire. Fun. First off, where is the "goal" in the crim law? (perhaps, the question is, where is the money?). Everyone talks about bay street= the corporate dream (maybe its not for you, but save your whole Bay st isn't the goal for me speel as its merely a comparison here). So, is bay st also a goal for criminal lawyers? if not, is their some other street or magical lane where CL's aspire to be? I have heard simon and cromwell is a big one, but please see next question. Second off, how can one do criminal law, successfully and with a more than respectable salary, without having the defend the bad guys? As the bad guys are usually the ones with the money, how can criminal lawyers still be well off without having to defend the Oj simpsons or the Jian ghomeshi's? (Simon and Cromwell still) Basically, in my unrealistic and extremely naive dream world, I am a high profiled lawyer who makes a lot of money without having to be on the wrong side of the court, defending the abusers. In what ways can criminal lawyers get there? or close to there? I recognize this is a dream reality after working my up in the law world, but im not speaking immediately after school, im speaking for a future goal of what I would like to work towards. (also please save your naive, dumb 0L speeches as, if you couldn't already tell, I touched on that myself)
  4. I have a bachelor of Social work and a Master of social work and I want to practice criminal law. I often wonder if my social work background will work against me; sometimes the profession is viewed as really soft and quite lovey dovey emotional seeing the good in everyone type stuff. I sometimes wonder if this would impede my chances of doing big criminal law. Career wise I really look up to Edward Greenspan and would love to one day have a career like his.
  5. Anybody aware of any law schools that don't grade on a bell curve?
  6. I am curious if anyone has any experience with doing any of the PhD/JD combined programs at U of T. Do you find the workload to be intense? I'm also curious what people in the field think about doing those programs. I often wonder if employers would find you over educated, that those with Phd's wouldn't want to do articles and "pay their dues" like everyone else. My ultimate goal is to practice law (for a solid 10 years or so) but later teach, so that's why I'm interested. What does everyone think about these programs?
  7. I'm applying to U of T, and I did an undergrad in social work. My undergrad was kind of wonky, and I think it will screw me over for GPA calculations. In my final two years, I had a semester with 5 academic courses, and then the following semester I had a practicum where I received no letter grade. It looked like this. September: 5 academic courses, A,A,A,A,A- (15 credits) January: one academic course, A (3 credits) And my third year practicum, "passing grade" worthy of 6 academic credits (2 academic courses) Then September: 5 academic courses, A, A, A-,A-,A- (15 credits) January: 4th year practicum, worthy of 9 academic credits. (3 academic courses) So as you can see, my credit load does equal a full time work load. However, I didn't receive an actual grade for My practicums. I'm wondering if you think that OLSAS will still consider those full time years, and only use the graded courses in calculating my yearly GPA or if they will go into my first two years of university where I did only academic courses but performed quite poorly. Any insight? Anyone with a BSW know anything?
  8. Keeping it honest, can current articling students share what their day is like? I don't need much in my day, getting up, fitting a workout in, and heading to work is really ok with me. Just want to see how it is for everyone else.
  9. Does anybody have any success with any external scholarships? If not- has anybody received any (substantial) funding from schools? What was your stats?
  10. My girlfriend was wait listed to oxford, months ago, and she just got word she has gotten in. She is hesitant to accept, and we don't have a lot of time. She is hesitant because it's a UK degree and doesn't want to have to come back and do all the requirements needed to practice in Canada. Also, she is afraid it will keep her out of the canada job market. I am pushing her to go as it would be amazing for her (though wouldn't be too heartbroken as long distance would be terrible). So basically asking: we see on the site all the time the difficulties with going to a UK school and getting a UK degree, but would anybody consider Oxford (its reputation, opportunities, etc) to be an exception to that? Has anybody gone there? Thanks
  11. Hello! I am seriously considering applying to law school after years of humanitarian work. I have a masters degree in social work and I have worked for the UN in Africa and Cuba. I love my career, but I feel like I'm not at the level where I'm truly making changes, I am very front line, and I get bored of just following agency mandates… I'm definitely more "radical" than just humanitarian aid. My passion is human rights, social justice, and international human rights. I run an online blog that features a lot of the current human rights abuses happening in the world. The reason I want to do law is because I feel like it will give me more power to actually do something, even if its on an individual/person to person level. I also want to do law because of the salary and the stability. The only thing is, now after being successful in the social work world, I know I'm going to be picky in terms of the type of law I want to practice. In a dream world I would be doing international law (I know, not really a "thing"), taking on cases such as Omar Khadr or Mohamed Fahmy.. I would also like to do big time in-country discrimination cases. ​But because I can feel myself being picky, I'm not sure if its worth it. Im not sure if there is such a straight and clear cut path of how to get to this type of law (especially in Canada where "civil rights" law isn't really a designated practice). Basically was wondering if anyone can provide any insight into how one can get themselves on a path to be practicing this law, or if you personally feel like I should just stay in my own field because it wouldn't be worth it. My dream would to one day be a lawyer like Gloria Allred or Amal Clooney (please note that I 100% knew of her career and reputation before she was a clooney). Any insight would be valuable to me.
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