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Everything posted by BlockedQuebecois

  1. I work with doctors, their writings skills are often attrocious. Also, it's pretty clear that GPA and LSAT score are indicative of ones ability to succeed in law school. There's tons of research into this and it's absolutely absurd to insist that it doesn't "have anything to do with" law school success. That's like arguing that high school success is not indicative of university success. There's a reason we use previous grades to determine eligibility for higher learning.
  2. I tried to find these studies but couldn't find any for Canada. Could you link them? I'd be interested to read more on this.
  3. Ottawa lets you submit a small novel as your PS? Jesus, no wonder they take so long to admit people.
  4. Agree with @Ryn. If your reasons for going to law school are "I want to make the most money possible" then perhaps omit it (and also reconsider your desire to attend law school). But if you have a genuine interest in a field then that's fine to speak about. Most of my application to Osgoode was not "why I want to be a lawyer" focused, but I wrapped up my statement by expressing the area of law I'm currently interested in and trying it back to my major (IP law and biochem, respectively). The general implication of this is that I'm interested in some form of big law/boutique/in-house position, and I don't think that negatively affected my application. Certainly it didn't disqualify me. ETA: The statement doesn't need to be 2000, that's just the upper bound. There's no lower limit.
  5. Unless you have the best terms available on the market (or the best terms they'll give) then of course they'll be willing. The caveat being that you have to be willing to walk away if they turn you down. Go to another bank with the feature you want and ask them if they'd be willing to issue you a line of credit, contingent on transferring the balance (if you have one) and closing the previous LoC. They almost certainly will, since they make zero dollars off you having a line of credit at a different bank. Then either accept their offer, or take their offer to your current bank. Say that you'll be transferring your LoC and cancelling your account with them unless they can match the offer. If they say yes, stay with them. If they say no, leave. Note: you can really only do this once before the next bank will be hesitant to lend you funds again. Second note: you can also do this following graduation, if you want to.
  6. You'd think the POTUS would have someone at OLSAS they could call.
  7. It's possible to obtain high grades in all majors.
  8. Several schools only look at you last two years of study when determining your GPA. Additionally, schools like UBC and UVic will drop some of your lowest courses. If you're confident you can maintain (or preferably push to a 3.8) your grades, and you score well on the LSAT, you should be able to get in somewhere in Canada. I would suggest you click around the admissions pages of the universities you're interested in to figure out which are L2, what the drops are like, etc. Your work experience may allow you to apply in the mature category for some schools, or the discretionary category at others. These categories use a more holistic approach to evaluation, and usually students in them are accepted with below-median stats. Same advice as before – click around the sites of the schools you're interested in to see if you're eligible for special considerations.
  9. The character limit does include spaces. You won't be able to indent on OLSAS, so you don't worry about that (you can introduce paragraph breaks without character count, I believe). It's probably safe to assume that the general theme will remain the same. Since most people write their PS around themes rather than simple responses to the prompt you shouldn't worry too much about minor changes in wording, etc.
  10. @Diplock, do you ever not stand behind the tone of your posts?
  11. They won't care about the presence or absence of a minor.
  12. To add, I don't believe anyone with a sub 3 GPA was admitted to an Ontario school this cycle without special considerations, based on posts to this board.
  13. UBC uses your GPA as a percentage, so you'll need to convert it to that to have a meaningful answer. Assuming your percentage average is around 75% you would need a score around 174 to be competitive for the waitlist. Auto admission would require a score closer to 178. So, barring a significantly different average percentage (which is possible) or a discretionary claim, you need to perform extremely well on the LSAT to be competitive.
  14. You have no idea if that user worked their way through India or not. One of the people I know who has travelled the most is one of the least financially privileged individuals I know. It's unbecoming to make assumptions about people based on so little evidence.
  15. My line of credit was approved a bit over a month ago. Perhaps the manager just didn't like you, or you weren't speaking to the right person. I had no trouble getting my LoC, though I did have to negotiate down my interest rate. You'll note that RBC also clearly states "Note: Applications are subject to credit approval. If your credit history is limited, or you are studying at an educational institution outside of Canada, a co-signor may be required.". My understanding is that both banks will require cosigners for students with poor or limited credit history. My LoC does not have a cosigner.
  16. As someone that has a scotia LoC at less than prime with access to 33k per year for each of the three years I can confirm that each of these bolded statements are false.
  17. Because the number one thing you want to hear when you feel like a failure is "no one is sticking a rifle in your face because you live in a poor, developing nation, chin up".
  18. That isn't what I would call a tough decision.
  19. It will become firm on 4 July and you will be removed from consideration for all Ontario schools, including any you are currently on the wait list for.
  20. I feel like we're all discounting the value of advice like "suck it up and solve the problem". I'm not a heavily emotional person. At the times when I have struggled in my life I have always interpreted the "very good" and "optimal" approaches omph describes to be empty platitudes at best and condescending at worst. Now, that's not to say that Omph is trying to throw around useless platitudes or to condescend to OP – in fact, I believe the opposite, she's almost certainly sincerely trying to help – but that is how I would have interpreted her comments during my struggles. I don't do well with people emphasizing with me when I'm struggling, and for me Omph's approach would have been entirely ineffective. I am a heavily logical person. I cope with problems by sitting down, thinking through them in the most objective and logical fashion I can, and then implementing the plan I come up with. The times I have struggled most in my life are times where I have gotten stuck in the "wallowing" (to adopt the chosen terminology of this thread) phase. Here I disagree with Kiamia: when I have been stuck in the wallowing phase I often fail to recognize (consciously) that I am wallowing. This blindness has, in the past, prevented me from moving on to my coping methods. For this reason often the best advice I can receive during my moments of struggle is "suck it up and solve the problem". People that are close to me know this, and thus they know that when I'm struggling, whether deeply or more shallowly, I tend to need tough love. Now, I don't want to pretend to know what OP wanted, or more importantly what OP needed. It is entirely possible that OP needed what Omph has prescribed. If I'm being an honest arbiter (a role I have most certainly not been asked to fill) I may even give a slight edge to Omph's methods as being "safer" than Diplock's tough love. However, in the absence of other evidence, I do think it's unfair to Diplock to argue that his advice is "totally wrong". It's entirely possible that Diplock's advice is totally wrong, but I don't think it's a given. If I were OP then Diplock's advice would have been the optimal method and the softer advice would have been ineffective (though I wouldn't go so far as to say it would be totally wrong). Anyways, to @AcceptinConsiderationOffer, I hope that some advice in this thread has been helpful to you, beyond the debate of what exactly constitutes good advice. I think others here have provided sound advice, and as a 0L I'm woefully unprepared to help counsel you in your career. I wish you the best moving forward and sincerely hope that your fortunes turn around soon.
  21. Part of negotiating is being willing to walk away or accept the final offer.
  22. Well if we needed proof that not everyone at top American schools is "the best", I think we've got it.
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