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  1. Superb advice. Keep knocking on doors, also if you can try looking into volunteering with Legal Aid or Pro Bono in the area . You'll likely have to act as a regular student - but you may be able to network through your volunteering. Given your areas of interest you may end up meeting a lawyer whom, hopefully after seeing you apply yourself, will opt to take you under their wing. There are a lot of people whom volunteer their services in these areas... you never know whom you will find yourself working under. (but truly .... apply yourself while there) This will also help keep you active and "in" the community to some extent. There also may be some non-for profits whom would be happy to take you on for some career skills development. Best of luck,
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    Extreme Frustration With Jr. Crowns

    *insert* ---- Racial Identity Politics
  3. This is really good feedback. I can personally attest to the fact these stats aren't unique to UBC, for the U of C class of 2020 there are alot of "STEM" degree holders, a number of which happen to have masters on top of it.
  4. Yes - "Starling" is right - sadly, that 150 is going to completely preclude you from having any success with any of the schools with standard admission categories. I can't recall an instance seeing someone with an LSAT that low gaining admission into a Canadian Law School. Try your best in November to improve on your scores. Be sure to practice under test conditions and really try to take what you can from your previous written tests. Best of Luck
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    Is TRU a reputable Law School

    Don't buy into this stuff. As long as you get your JD from an accredited school in Canada, people aren't going to care so much where you go. As it has been mentioned before, there is no such thing as a "bad" Canadian law school. Just don't let yourself get tricked into going overseas (there exists some stigma related to going abroad where entrance criteria are nearly non-existent and returning to the Canadian market - fair or not).
  6. Depends entirely on the nature of their evaluation of you. Yes, you're employed but it is in the spirit of academia. In principle the professor should be able to provide some kind of insight into your abilities. I think the better question you should be asking is whether this would be a good academic reference? If you worked closely with the person and they have legitimate insights into your intellectual ability and character, then.... it may be a really sensible choice. If you didn't have a large amount of contact with the individual or rather in any meaningful sense.... and if you are literally just using this option to tick off 1 academic reference. I genuinely think you should reconsider. Personally, I think there is more to a good academic reference than simply stating.... "this student is smart!" I think the references that bridge the gap into good character really give admissions' boards insight to who you really are.
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    1L textbooks

    I honestly can't give you specifics - as I bought all my texts new, and was happier for it. But I know there are tons of students who bought older copies. I don't frankly remember hearing anyone complain about these issues. The library keeps a copy of all the first year texts, you can always compare the two editions.... Possible Issues: Note though your course syllabus will not line up with your text, some case commentary/notes will be different and you may have to find some of the newer cases online or in the library.
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    Third Retake?

    Really Good Points. To add, I too took time off from the first writing after my undergrad (where I was surgically demolished). A number of years passed before I went back and rewrote the test, after some life and work experience. My scores went up very noticeably. Now mind you, I prepared for the test far more thoroughly later on, but maybe that was a product of maturation... Regardless of your choice. best of luck to you. So, even if things don't work out now. In 2-4 years, you may be in a different place and more capable of tackling it. So, FunnyLawName is right. Don't get to worked up about it.
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    Third Retake?

    This is the wise thing to do. To add, I had to write the LSAT three times. But continue to apply yourself to your LSAT prep. There are plenty of practice books at Chapters/Indigo, Practice under test conditions, look at where you struggled on previous exams, etc. Preserverance is a remarkable useful quality that will serve you well in life, law school and your journey to acceptance. Just as a thought, you may want to look at other schools...... There are schools outside of Ontario whose acceptance criteria are likely going to be far more forgiving to you.
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    Windsor Law - Mandatory Indigenous Law 1L

    I think you missed my point. Anyhow... I can tell you're really passionate about this topic, and that is fabulous I strongly encourage you to keep up the good fight. But I am bored of this discussion and you just keep repeating "need to know", which I don't find as very compelling. So Imma head to bed now Best of luck,
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    Windsor Law - Mandatory Indigenous Law 1L

    Like many (probably most) of my peers, I have chosen to go to law school to learn so that I can be a practitioner in the current system..... which last time I checked .... rightly or wrongly, fairly or not is based on English common law. If you're interested in learning about cultural heritage... that is fantastic and I highly encourage you to seek courses that speak to your interests. Actually if you read my earlier posts, I am actually quite happy with how my school has handled things. But - yes I am against a mandatory course.
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    Windsor Law - Mandatory Indigenous Law 1L

    Why? If a student is in one of your "high risk" practices you listed.... then if they're smart they'll take it. If not.... they'll learn it during practice once it becomes relevant. Boom...... mission accomplished. Now, I am going to be very frank with you.... I plan to take aboriginal law at my school. But that is because it has relevancy to a potential area of practice I am interested in and.... think a higher familiarity before leaving school is beneficial. But..... I recognize and respect the fact that many (likely most) students in my year may not be able to rationalize prioritizing it over other courses. Further.... "Just recognize the value judgements your bringing to the conversation when you're okay with your academic freedom being restricted for business associations and civil procedure but you're drawing the line at indigenous law." Oh put it back in the deck ......please .....
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    Windsor Law - Mandatory Indigenous Law 1L

    Here is a novel solution: If you're interested in that kind of material.... take the Indigenous Law class.... If it ain't your jive.... don't take it A wise person once told me that when we leave law school.... we will know very very very little law. In fact most of the law we will learn will occur in our careers during our practice. Indigenous law isn't going anywhere, and whether people like it or not it'll likely be a part of business life in this country moving forward. But Law school is an individual's last opportunity to explore various areas of the law before they article or enter practice. We get... .3 years. It may feel like an eternity at the time. But really... we get such a small amount to of time to explore. After which the amount of free time we will have will rapidly shrink. Frankly, I'd like to pick what I study for myself. I don't mean that in a rude sense but... I am paying for my education, to help tailor it to my interests. Currently.... I get to pick just under half the courses I take during my time at Law school. I don't think it is rude or unreasonable for people to say they are not interested in having the number of their options reduced.
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    Windsor Law - Mandatory Indigenous Law 1L

    I am not sure I agree that this needs to be a separate fundamental/foundations course.... I agree with Providence this just feels/looks like values posturing...... The University of Calgary, I think has handled things well. Not only are Aboriginal legal concepts integrated into our class (in an appropriate proportion and also in appropriate areas). Enough to get a taste for the full Aboriginal Law course, and inform students whether it is something they wish to further pursue. But during our introduction to Legal Research (block month course in second semester) the topic involved some Aboriginal cases law. Which again was enough to give students another glimpse of the full course.
  15. Thanks buddy....... this is probably true.... but not really relevant to the point I am trying to make. Before gambling on which schools do or do not. Do your due diligence - look into the law schools you'd consider going to or whom are regionally close. (the information can be found in their admission criteria). Best of luck with your decision, and if you do write and it doesn't go according to plan don't let that discourage you.
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