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  1. The only firms I have not heard of anyone getting interviews at yet are Torys, Field Law, and Norton Rose Fulbright. All the others have been doing callbacks.
  2. Hi OP, First off, congratulations on graduating! Regarding your questions, I think the first thing you should do is calculate your GPA according to the following: Percentages (if possible, some schools have conversion tables on their application pages), L20, L60, with relevant drops (the number of drops also varies by school), and B20/B60. You'll know where you stand, GPA-wise, with all the schools in Canada and can have a better idea of what your chances are that way. Regardless of your GPA, you should focus all of your energy on studying for your LSAT. I disagree with the idea that extracurriculars and volunteering are important enough to offset a weak GPA/LSAT. Your numbers are the most important thing on your profile, and everything else is extra. The LSAT forum on this website has great threads discussing study schedules and tools to score as high as possible. I would also consider writing the December LSAT if you are not feeling confident about September, just as a safety measure. If you're interested in a school like U of A, for example, they average your LSAT scores and a very low score can damage your chances of admission. Your ECs seem fine as they are, and anecdotally, I have friends who have gotten into multiple law schools in Ontario and B.C. with much less on their resumes. I don't think you should worry too much about your ECs/volunteering, and just focus on getting your numbers in order so you can focus on where you want to apply.
  3. To the OP, I'll be starting at U of C this September, and I spent a lot of the application cycle worrying about how my ECs should be presented on my application and how they would be assessed by the adcom. That being said, like other posters before me, I agree that even at schools with a reputation for being very holistic, GPA + LSAT are still extremely important. I think the most valuable thing that you can do is build a cohesive candidate profile that ideally uses all of your ECs, work experience, and reference letters to create that comprehensive picture. My ECs were all over the board and very standard (student leadership positions, TA/RA work, etc.), but I did my best to present them in such a way that highlighted key skills I developed through participation in those activities. To fully develop this, my references both asked me for a list of characteristics/skills that I wanted them to emphasize in their letters, and I made sure to include in that list the skills and attributes I talked about in my ECs. I also found that having that tailored profile made it easier to express my interest in U of C in my personal statement, as I could link particular things back to my desire to attend. TL;DR, there is no one thing (barring some extraordinary exceptions) that could get you an auto-in. It's more how you present yourself and flesh yourself out as a candidate.
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