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    Third Retake?

    I wrote the LSAT three times and I currently at Osgoode. My first 2 scores were very similar to yours, and it wasn't until my third write that I got a 164. You have the GPA, but now you gotta bring up that lsat at least 6-7 points to have a chance.
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    Chances of getting into Osgoode?

    Without an LSAT score, any assessment of your chances is meaningless. However, if you're cGPA is below 3.3 you have virtually no chance of getting into Oz, regardless of your LSAT score. With that being said, you should try and focus on other Ontario schools, and maybe even some out of province schools that calculate GPA more favourably and have lower LSAT requirements. For example, UNB and UVIC will both drop the lowest 25% of your grades from their GPA calculation, which will help eliminate those B's and D's that are weighing down your gpa. Some schools will also evaluate your gpa on the basis of your best two years (U Sask and apparently Queens now) or your last two years (Western) and that will also have a similarly favourable impact on your gpa calculation.
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    Transition After Articling

    If your goal is to transition to General litigation, starting off in Family Law shouldn't hold you back. As someone who has worked at a family law firm for many years I can tell you that family law practice can often involve a lot of litigation, that people might typically not associate with family law practice. For example recently, we successfully brought a motion to have a certificate to have a certificate of pending litigation (CPL) ordered so that the husband could not sell the house and hide all the money back in his home country. The process for doing this was very similar to that of a general litigation matter, and likewise theres alot of things that can happen on a family file that, in process, are almost indistinguishable from litigation practice. The point that I am trying to make, is that theres actually a surprising amount of overlap between family law and general litigation practice. So starting off at a family law firm would would not hold you back as much as say criminal law would, if your goal is to ultimately go into litigation work.
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    Ryerson Admissions

    I cannot speak for anyone else, but as a current Osgoode student I can tell you that I chose the school because of its location and I know I am not the only one. Its a 15 minute drive from my parents house and if there was a closer law school I would have chosen that one. I guess its kind of hard to separate the 'prestige' factor from the impact that location has because I feel like for a lot of people they overlap. People don't want to leave the city or want to come here for law school and the fact that the two best law schools (arguably) in Canada are located here probably makes the decision easier.
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    Ryerson Admissions

    I agree, I could easily see Ryerson's Law school become a very good law school within 10 years, for the reasons that you mention. They are extremely close to all the top practitioners on Bay Street so attracting good Prof's will not be an issue. Furthermore, many competitive students who can't get into Oz or U of T will attend Ryerson rather than go to say Ottawa or Windsor, simply because they will want to remain in Toronto.
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    Ryerson Admissions

    But its in Toronto, so I think alot of people will want to attend just for that reason. I think their admissions stats will actually be a lot higher than Windsor, and maybe even some other law schools.
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    Ryerson Admissions

    Apparently the Law Society has endorsed their application to open a new law school. My understanding was that this was the biggest hurdle, and they already had the approval of the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance (OUCQA) and the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC). So, I don't see what will stop them now, apparently the only thing that is left is for Ryerson's own Senate and Board of Governors to approve the Law School. https://www.ryerson.ca/news-events/news/2018/02/ryerson-moves-one-step-closer-to-law-school/
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    Mid-life crisis during Articling?

    To be fair, you are assuming that no one would ever CHOOSE to work at a small firm in North York that specializes in Family Law. I understand why you would make that assumption, but its not necessarily true.
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    Mid-life crisis during Articling?

    She wasn't actually.
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    Course Load

    You have to research at every schools admission practices in depth to get the answer to your question. I know for example that U Saskatchewan calculates your GPA based on your best two years, but unless you have taken 24 credits that wont count as a year, and if you don't have two fulls years they will just take your cGPA. Every schools calculates GPA differently. For some schools it might not affect your changes of admission all that much, but for other schools it might seriously handicap your gpa calculation if not necessarily your admission chances. Generally speaking, admission committees like to see that you can handle a full course load and get good grades because its a good indicator that you can handle law school.
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    Mid-life crisis during Articling?

    Ya I did not agree with her drooling over U of T grads in the first place or knocking down her opinion all the schools grads because of one guy. But what do I know, she's the one who started a successful practice from scratch.
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    Mid-life crisis during Articling?

    My principle always held U of T law graduates to be a cut above the students from every other law school in Canada, even Osgoode. Rightfully or nor, the experience with this guy made her reevaluate that assessment, and she no longer singles out U of T grads for interviews of of the pile of resumes, at least thats what she told me.
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    Mid-life crisis during Articling?

    The firm that I work at is in North York. its a small firm that mainly specializes in family law practice, although we do a lot of general practice work. My principle decided to hire a 3rd year lawyer in his place instead of another articling student because she just have birth and she doesn't feel like training another articling student right now.
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    Mid-life crisis during Articling?

    He did complain a lot for the week that he was here, and the response to all his complaints was that this is the job and he better get use to it. He himself even admitted that he had a very rosey and unrealistic image of what practicing law was like, and the fact that he did not do any summer internships during law school just exacerbated his misconceptions and made articling an even bigger shock for him. I guess his mentality was to just cut his losses asap and that he wasn't willing to struggle today for the hope of a better future. And its a shame really, he was an extremely intelligent and capable person, he just did not want to accept the lifestyle and work-life balance of a private practice lawyer, and he admitted it. The whole ordeal with this guy was highly usual and he single handedly brought down my employers opinion of U of T's Law Faculty, as my principle lawyer never thought she would have such a bad articling experience with a U of T grad.
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    Mid-life crisis during Articling?

    If it makes you feel better, my firm just had our articling student quit after a week. He cited pretty much the same stuff you did, that the workload was overwhelming, too stressful and that the practice of law was not at all what he imagined it was when he was in law school. So you are definitely not alone. I spoke to him quite a bit, he plans on pursuing a non-law career path, likely somewhere in the public service. I understand the feeling that you have made a huge mistake going to law school now that you see you don't want to practice, but know that you're law degree will always be an asset throughout your career, even if you don't practice law.
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