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  1. It's basically just a marketing ploy for Laurier. If you wanted to go to the University of Sussex for law (which, to be clear, I strongly recommend against), you could do so from any undergrad program in the same amount of time. The "guaranteed entrance" is based on you maintaining a certain average (a relatively low one) and the LSAT is never required for UK LLBs. The only benefit I can see from it is that you do your last year at Laurier after getting your LLB which gives you a little more time to prep for NCAs while still in school. Edit: also just realized it would cost you ~$30,000 more to do this than do your undergrad first and then the two-year LLB because you actually spend three years at Sussex. You pay tuition for whichever school you are actively attending.
  2. I mean, yes, in the same way that any legal experience will increase your chances of getting future legal work. However, if you haven't already, you should have a hard look at licensing in the UK. Solicitor and barrister training are separate fields and each require a pupillage or training contract, which are harder to come by than articling positions are here. The chances of a firm taking a chance on a foreign law student from a mediocre school with (likely) mediocre grades is quite low. Not to mention the issue of citizenship. There are some good stats here. Approximately 40,000 students are accepted to law programs (I think closer to 25,000 actually attend) and there are only about 5500 training contracts (solicitor training) and 500 pupillages (barrister training) available each year. Sure, not everyone who gets an LLB will seek to be a lawyer, but even if only half do, that's a huge rejection rate. Your best shot is probably to look at linked in.
  3. This attitude makes me wonder why you'd want to be part of a regulated profession at all. Sure, an admissions board (or, more accurately, the various admissions boards across Canada) doesn't have to dictate your life. But as a lawyer, you will spend the rest of your career meeting the requirements of the law societies. It just seems to me that a "screw the system" attitude is not particularly helpful to a legal career.
  4. What do you actually mean by this? Like are you intending to provide legal services to members of an aboriginal community? Are you looking to bring land claims to the Supreme Court? Are you interested in bringing indigenous legal practices into the Canadian legal system? Do you want to write aboriginal policy for the Canadian government? These are all very different career goals that might be best served by different law schools. My actual advice would be to find someone who's doing what you want to do and reach out to them with questions. Don't just assume that you can do whatever type of "indigenous law" you want if you go to Lakehead.
  5. I know your question wasn't directed at me, but how would an admissions committee member even know if it was optional? It's not like it says it on the transcript. Frankly, I'd expect that they're not going to try to remember all the different policies different schools took (especially since some schools/faculties within a university may have a different policy). Like just logistically I can't imagine making the distinction.
  6. Since you're struggling on all sections, I'd probably start with free resources (e.g., Khan Academy) and see how much that helps you. If you're still weaker with all the sections than you want to be, then it might be a good idea to take a class, like Harvard Ready. If you find that you're able to teach yourself some sections but are still struggling with others, you might be better off doing a targeted program (the PowerScore series for instance). My only other piece of advice is that you should be reading more. I think that's generally good advice for LSAT takers, because the more you read, the faster you get, which is helpful for the time crunch. But it's especially important when reading comprehension is a weakness. Read articles and books that are difficult and outside your area of study and summarize them. Practicing this will also be helpful for law school. Good luck!
  7. Have you taken a diagnostic yet? It's hard to recommend specific resources when we don't know where you're starting from. Your task is very different if you're trying to get say 150->165 or if you're trying to get 160->165. It may also be helpful to let people know if there are specific sections you have difficulty with.
  8. The people who are most impacted by the current recession are the people currently (or soon) entering the work force. Frankly, no one knows what the economy will look like in 3-4 years, when you'll be in the work force. If, as you say, you want to be a lawyer, go to law school. No one here can tell you whether the timing is bad or good because we just don't know what the economy will look like over the next few years. As for the Canadian legal market, it's tough but not nearly as terrible as the American market. If the people warning you off of law are primarily knowledgable about the American market and your intent is to practice in Canada, my advice would be to reach out to Canadian lawyers and speak to them about it. I guess that's kind of what you're doing here, but this is still an internet forum. Seek out lawyers who are doing what you want to do and ask them if they'd be willing to talk to you. Ask them about their job, how they got there and what they see as the potential challenges of getting to their position. They can give you better information more tailored to your situation.
  9. I'm wondering if this has something to do with area of law. There are a lot more sole practitioner criminal or family lawyers than in other areas of law. A lot of larger firms that offer more articling positions (e.g., big law) will practice everything except criminal or family law. I imagine it would be harder to get an articling position coming from Bond at one of those firms if you're competing against people from schools across Canada. On the other hand, finding a sole practitioner or smaller firm practicing family or criminal that's willing to take you on but doesn't regularly offer an articling position might be easier.
  10. How much of this do you think is attributable to articling students not being allowed to appear in court for any family law matters (at least in Ontario)? I don't actually have any numbers, but I'd assume this would lead to fewer articling positions for family law and probably some young lawyers going into it having only done a little bit of family law in their articles.
  11. I heard from one a couple weeks ago (week of May 7th I believe) and they were scheduling interviews for next week. The LSUC guidelines say that Hamilton firms conduct interviews next week, so if you haven't heard by now, I don't think you got an interview.
  12. Hi all! The first deadline for a bunch of Ontario firms was on Friday. I've received a phone call today from one firm but I was wondering if I should expect most calls to come in today or later. For context, applications closed on Friday at 5 and London/Hamilton firms can't interview until the 28th but others can interview sooner than that. There is no rule prohibiting contact after Friday's deadline. The one firm I've talked to is outside London or Hamilton.
  13. I'm bringing a guest. I let the school know when I RSVPed and they had no issue with it. Never a bad idea to have a second set of eyes.
  14. Yeah, when I got accepted, they sent out two emails: one that said I was accepted and one inviting me to visit for Welcome Day. If you were accepted and didn't receive that second email, I'd probably ask them about it.
  15. Got the call yesterday. 3.75 cGPA 170 LSAT (December, only write) From a rural community Is anybody going to the welcome day?
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