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  1. The more cycles I go through, the less I expect of the law schools to be timely and therefore the less I care. Some of us won't be waiting long, some will be waiting long. Nothing we can do. Any resentment or frustration is just misplaced energy; this really means absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things.
  2. Did you article with gov? I've always wanted to be a gov lawyer but I understand that it takes a few years in private practice before a new call usually lands a gov job in law. I'm wondering if my desire to be a gov lawyer is enough to propel me to go to law school with all of its contingency and practicalities.
  3. Correct me if I’m wrong, but do you mean people with 3.4 L2’s and 160 LSAT’s usually get rejected? A 3.4 L2 I could understand as a rejection, but Queens seems to be more forgiving of a mediocre cGPA so long as the applicant has a high L2 (3.7 and above) and a high LSAT (above 160).
  4. I did take 5 but only got 4 marks back as one class was a full year course and I won't be getting a mark until the end of the Winter semester, though I'm fairly certain that class will also be a 4.0.
  5. Got my Fall grades back and got a 4.0 in all of my courses. Applied Access to uOttawa. My upgraded transcript puts me at a 3.4 GPA, 3.85 L2, 164 LSAT, MA. Currently registered in Winter courses, expecting to achieve similar results, but the admissions officer said they may not take these into account. What are my chances?
  6. Yeah, I've heard it's tough for new calls to get government work, and that it's more likely to get into government after 5 years experience or so. I hope to capitalize on co-ops and internships (why I'm hoping to get into Queens or OttawaU due to their proximity to government) during school that would put me in some sort of position to get a government job in law after school or some time down the road. If there are private firms who feature practices in the areas I've mentioned as academic interests then I wouldn't be opposed to trying private practice. The only thing that worries me about private practice is what it may mean for my mental health in terms of working longer, more chaotic hours. Having worked in the government before, I got used to the flexible working environment that government offered. I notice that, whether or not this is just PR, that there is some effort within government to recognize mental health challenges as a barrier toward a productive working environment. I'm not so sure if private firms have caught up yet, but this is just my (largely uninformed) impression.
  7. I reached out to a few people who work for the DOJ in the CAILS section (constitutional, administrative, and international law section). From what the guy was telling me, it sounded like a dream job to me. But I’m not sure how rare this sort of position is within government (providing constitutional advice in the form of research and litigation support for the whole of government) and whether I have a shot of getting in.
  8. In queue, not sure if it means anything, but what the hell. GPA: 3.4, L2: 3.85 LSAT: 164, MA degree, Part B
  9. I've lived in Ottawa my whole life, so the allure of working as a government lawyer has always been fresh. That's always been my goal as a career, not simply as an academic interest. Policy work has never presented itself as equally interesting; if it had, I would have went straight into government after my MA. Most of the careers I'm after are in the public sector, so I'm not sure if that would qualify as another career path. I'm interested in legislative drafting, public interest litigation, Indigenous law, public international law, Marine law. To me, all of these career paths have strong involvement with constitutional research/analysis, which is where my true academic interests lie, which I consider strong enough to buttress my desire to pursue a career in law. I would ultimately like to practice any one of these disciplines in a government setting, though.
  10. Becoming a government lawyer has been what I’ve wanted to do for a while. For me, it sounds more interesting than being a policy analyst. I want to study how law works in the machinery of government, how it informs the policy process, constitutional limitations of government action etc. However, I’m wondering if it’s worth going to law school for this, or whether this is an education I could get with an MPP. My MA was in international relations where I focused on constitutional courts in the EU, so I wanted to continue this trajectory by learning more about constitutional law. I don’t have enough information at the moment about what a government lawyer would do, so I would like to know more.
  11. I have no idea. I'm in the same boat as you, trying to figure out if law is right for me. I have an MA, have always desired to do a PhD, but shied away because of the job prospects in my field. I have an interest in constitutional and administrative law, and can see myself doing research for the purposes of legislative development, or doing research in preparation for advice on the scope and limitations of government action. I have a BA in Philosophy and an MA in International Relations, and I believe a law degree would be a nice addition to my background, especially considering my desire to work in government. I've spent the last 3 years of my life working to get a great LSAT score and upgrading my GPA, so it feels a little too late to turn back now without at least trying law school to see if I like it and if it will ultimately suit my career prospects.
  12. What if you don't want to do policy work per se, but want to be doing legal research for the purposes of policy or legislative development?
  13. I'd like to weigh in here regarding my own career prospects. I've suffered from panic disorder my whole life, but am only now beginning to get a handle on it through medication and CBT. I've worked hard to overcome these limitations, as well as a learning disability. I've spent a long time preparing a strong law school application, as I still have a desire to attend law school for the purposes of getting a job in government working in administrative law. Should I be concerned about the forthcoming years I plan to dedicate to achieving this sort of career? I dont want to be a litigator, as I have no interest in it; I am turned off by the highly stressful nature of it. I would like to mainly be doing research. Constitutional and administrative law still hold my interest, and the thought of going to law school to study these subjects still make the grind of what I'm doing right now seem worth it. However, should I be concerned and potentially deterred from what developing a career such as this entails? I frankly don't have that many other options. I could do a PhD, but that requires a long time and the job prospects are dismal in the field I would be getting the degree in. I have an MA presently, so I could just begin a career in the public service in the social science field. However, I am under the impression that legal positions in government are a bit more prestigious than social science positions, which is why I continue to hold out and maintain the desire to go to law school after having completed my MA. But now that you mention it, and getting an unnerving impression from this thread, I may be threatening my mental health if I continue to do this. I will say that the insight that I've gained into my mental health up to this point has been formative. It has given me an idea of how to manage the fact that anxiety is simply a part of life and to learn how to manage it when I feel a wave of panic coming over me. I feel like that level of insight only comes through therapy, and is something that the average person does not have. In that respect, I think having a long-standing mental health condition shouldn't necessarily 'bar' (bad pun intended) from practicing law provided they have an understanding of what sorts of law interest them and what sorts of legal practices are inherently more stressful than others. I feel that, no matter what legal practice is chosen, if the legal profession is attempting to address the problem of a "mental health education gap" within its culture, shouldn't we encourage those with mental health conditions to enter the field to provide insight into how lawyers can better manage their mental health? I apologize for the long post. I hear conflicting opinions about the appropriateness for individuals with mental health conditions to enter the legal field and it's something I'm personally grappling with.
  14. LSAT is a little low. Most candidates in Access who are accepted would also be good candidates for admission in General. Your file will be considered but I think a re-write in January would increase your chances.
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