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  1. What were you scoring in practice tests? And how many practice tests have you taken, how long have you studied for the LSAT, etc. Providing some of that context would be helpful for someone to give advice on whether you should write a 3rd time.
  2. Yes, I agree entirely. That's precisely why I recommend against Lakehead because it limits options. I think it's a straight-forward analysis: how much are you paying in tuition at Lakehead, and where are most alumni practicing (as it pertains to geography, practice area, and income).
  3. Let's say the OP does want IP or health law. That's more or less downtown Toronto (or equiv urban market), right? How does Lakehead place downtown Toronto historically? I haven't seen evidence that there's much placement at all. Call it self-selection, but I can't imagine how waiting an extra year is that atrocious -- particularly since there's a ton of interesting work one can do in that year off in health/IP related fields. Especially since OP wants to stay in GTA. Frankly, Lakehead is ~$17,000 / year -- to work in what market, typically? And earning what kind of income, on average?
  4. Western has a better undergrad business program than UofT, but UofT's MBA places better than Western's.
  5. Best shot at NY, very strong network, and offers very good non-law opportunities immediately, should that be of interest. You seem to have a pretty focused objective and, while that objective may change, UofT will allow you to explore all the avenues of interest you've enumerated. With its high tuition, I don't think UofT is a great choice for many, but it does cater to those with your interests (which, in turn, also make it a strong choice on the networking side).
  6. Years practicing law are not typically valued in finance/consulting fields. So you may work 4 years in law, and are now making a decent salary, then be faced with a transition to a more junior position in finance/consulting at comparable pay (when it should never be comparable), less job security, and with more unknown factors (you're 4 years removed from school -- potentially buying a house, having children, etc., and not in a position/mindset to make a significant transition). And, when I say 'not valued' in finance/consulting, that can manifest itself in two ways: (i) more junior position, or (ii) more limited interest in hiring (easier to break in to finance early on rather than later, for instance).
  7. I don't know off-hand, but I believe different schools will define their mature category differently. And that will be pretty clearly defined on their respective websites. I'm presuming you've checked those sites?
  8. UofT JD/MBA easily. And planning on working in law for 4+ years then transitioning into finance is probably not a good plan.
  9. Sure. Not all (or even most?) firms will include that, but some do. In any event, that wasn't really the thrust of my post.
  10. I don't think it matters much, but I'd definitely do it. It's a pretty small price to pay to get high distinction, and firms like that stuff for bios on their website. You can also state high distinction on your resume. Basically, why not do it? It's such a small effort and the real drawback seems to be that you won't particularly enjoy it. As much as I empathize, that's kind of the nature of most things in life.
  11. Yeah, of course. I was speaking as a broad objective -- and occasionally the objective is tied to work experience and/or geographic preferences, which are pretty important to know about before giving advice. I also think Lakehead, along with some (most) law schools, is pretty expensive (tuition + opportunity cost), and so a sober assessment of the career prospects is essential. Particularly with Lakehead, as a newer and more remotely located school, I think there is significant financial risk and clarity of purpose/objectives is all the more critical. (fyi, I'd put UofT in the same boat; McGill probably not)
  12. Right, so if your interests may be in IP or health law, and you'd like to be in the GTA, I think Lakehead is a poor choice.
  13. People typically go to law school with an objective, and so providing advice to a law school applicant without knowing that objective is peculiar to me. What is the tuition at Lakehead? And what are the likely practice areas after graduating, and how much will those practice areas pay? This seems to be a pretty fundamental question to assess whether one should attend Lakehead.
  14. So, it's never too late, but it depends on your objectives. Based on limited information (from your post alone), it would seem to me that your aim in attending law school is not to improve your salary or for financial reasons. If that's true, then this is a decision largely based on your career objectives -- with those objectives seemingly being tied to impact on society. Going to law school, then, would be a poor financial decision but could be a good decision for your career/happiness. The decision then is more: would law school actually help you achieve your objectives for your career? And I think you'd need to drill down on that point to see what's realistic, career-wise, for you. Based on the information you've provided, it would seem to be a bad financial decision but may be okay for career prospects. I'd caution you against thinking you'll enter law school and be able to effect much change as a lawyer. It seems to me that you have enough education and experience to positively impact your community and that law school probably wouldn't add to that, it would just re-allocate your time to effecting change in a different way.
  15. What are your objectives with law school? And how much time have you spent studying for the LSAT? Total of 10 PTs? Which books did you work with?
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