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  1. Try to take courses with professors who know you well and that you have a history with, who understand what you're trying to do.
  2. Make sure you have two years (or four semesters) with 4 or more courses in order for Queens and Western to take into account your L2. If you do not, they will refer to your cGPA. You can apply as Access for Western/Queens because you worked during your semesters but I still believe they may still refer to your cGPA. Call them and check. I have nearly similar stats as you and was rejected to both last year because of the courseload stuff.
  3. Queens defines a full course load as 4 courses per year taken over Fall/Winter, but Western defines it as 5 courses per year, but they do take into account summer courses, so I'm not sure. Check with Western just to be sure.
  4. One of the reasons I chose to pursue a career in law instead of my original plan to do a PhD in Philosophy was because law gives me the opportunity to do both with comparatively better job prospects than a PhD in Philosophy would. I'd like to work in the legal field (government to be specific) but I also want to pursue academia later in life. In this respect, I think legal academia is comparatively easier to find employment in than philosophy or the humanities is. You could always get your LLB, work for a few years and start a family, and then pursue an LLM/PhD part time when you are older, maybe in legal theory or philosophy of law. I may be glossing over the precariousness of doing part time LLM/PhD work but I think it makes pursuing law vs. a PhD in poli sci or phil something worth exploring.
  5. For any current or past 1L's, can you share what your 1L schedule was like? How many courses did you have per week, were they in the morning or afternoon/evening? Were they evenly spread out? Just trying to get an impression of what I can expect when (and if) I get to that point, and whether it makes sense to do part-time studies in 1L as opposed to full.
  6. I certainly hope so - I ain't getting any younger!
  7. I was, yes. But I think it's important to note that I only have one year at a full course load, so Queens couldn't calculate a best two years for me. That's why I'm going back this fall to do a year of courses. If all goes according to plan, I will have a B2 by the end of it, which will be a 3.88. My PS was also considered poor, so I've rewritten a new PS which has been given some positive feedback so far.
  8. Here's an excerpt of the feedback e-mail I received: Academic Performance As you are no doubt aware, in order to be competitive as an Access applicant, a cumulative GPA in the 3.3 range is expected, although meeting that threshold does not guarantee admission. Your GPA fell slightly below that at a 3.25. That said, taking in to account your Access claim, we relied primarily on your grades once academic accommodations were in place, beginning in the Summer of 2010. Accommodations are expected to place accommodated students on a level playing field with non-accommodated students. Thus, we expect to see grades closer to the 3.7 range when students are accommodated. While we noted that to be the case for your last 12.0 credits, which was excellent, overall your GPA during the period of accommodation was 3.41. This is certainly solid, but not as strong as some other similarly-situated students in the applicant pool. Secondly, you completed only one year with almost a full course load (in your case, 9.0 courses), whereas other similarly-situated students consistently carried full course loads during their entire programs of study. While we look at applications individually, we also look at how they compare to others in the applicant pool. LSAT Score Your highest LSAT of 164 was strong. Since your score improved and we take the highest score, your Access claim relating to your December 2017 LSAT became a moot point. LSAT Writing Sample While your writing is generally solid, we were somewhat concerned with your approach in the January 2019 LSAT writing sample. We noted that you listed (and relied upon in your argument in support of your position) many facts that did not appear (and could not be inferred from) the fact situation provided by LSAC. For example, you stated that (1) there was a current housing recession; (2) millennial couples in the neighbourhood were looking for a more rustic home; (3) those couples had a small budget for a down payment; (4) a market assessor determined that new families do not prioritize the visual aspect of a house and prefer space that is more cozy than visually appealing. and (4) the house was located in a neighbourhood with cold winters and blistering hot summers. While we accept that it is sometimes appropriate to draw inferences based on stated facts in the scenario, it was concluded that by adding facts that were not there or that could not reasonably be inferred from the stated facts, the quality of your writing sample submission was compromised. This was not fatal to your application, but it was a factor that was taken into consideration. So it looks like the writing sample was taken into consideration. I had written the exam on 0 sleep and by the end of it I just wanted to go home. The fact that they would scrutinize the sample to this degree is surprising. The GPA thing, as well, kind of surprised me too. I thought they mostly took L2 over cGPA.
  9. Yeah, these are all factors I considered. I'm hoping with the newer LSAT, the new PS, and the clarification of the course load (the courses im taking this fall/winter) will help me. Queens does not give individual application feedback which makes it a guessing game.
  10. I got a 164 and was rejected at Queens last year, but I'm not sure if it was my LSAT that was the culprit. I'm going back for a year of courses to raise my L2 (currently at a 3.75) and I've written a new PS which I've been told is a big improvement over the one I wrote last year. Do you think a 164 cuts it for Queens? I'm applying Access.
  11. Yeah I was super surprised too! Congrats, OP. That is very impressive.
  12. I am going to apply to Windsor again. I talked to the Associate Dean and she said she understands my reservations, and gave me another year to prepare myself if I have to move. I feel I have made strides in managing my mental health. Although this has been lifelong, I have worked hard to identify my challenges adjusting to the academic environment. I completed my MA full time, studied and wrote the LSAT, and working part time at the same time. I may be misguided, but I believe this gives me the confidence to know that, with the right supports, I can adjust to law school. I'd like to be in an environment where I am comfortable, though, ultimately. Law school is no picnic and I think about the added stress of participating in the program while being in a city where I don't know anyone. This is hard for most people, but it's doubly stressful for someone with my condition. I understand this may be a reflection of me not being cut out to practice law, so I'm going to take more time to reflect on this. But I do feel that the law schools and the legal profession are trying to make room for people with disabilities because they add diversity to the profession. Resources to help persons with disabilities adjust are put in place. This gives me the confidence to believe that I can succeed in the profession. I know friends in Western that sets me at ease in anticipating the potentially difficult transition. My dilemma with Windsor, however, is making me think that there are challenges persons with disabilities still must face even in the existence of the proper resources. Perhaps my request to remain in a city closer to home is thus unreasonable and reflective of an inability to adjust to a legal career. I'll have to mull this over.
  13. I don't mind moving. I would just like to be in a situation that is a little closer to home and in a city where I know people. Toronto or Kingston would be fine. I appreciate your honesty. I've considered this and it's deterred me from seeking a career in private practice. I have heard, on the other hand, that there are other environments where I could practice law (government, non-profit sector) that arguably have better mental health resources. These align with my interests in law, anyway. But I'll consider this again. I'd like to at least have the opportunity to try and see if I am fit for the profession.
  14. Fair point. But my logic is that I won't adjust well enough in environments that I won't be comfortable in, causing me to potentially drop out or take much longer to complete the degree. My career is very important, but managing my mental health is even more important.
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