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  1. I didn't realize anyone had replied to my thread. I haven't been on here in a bit and never got any email notifications. Thanks to those of you who provided your input. To be frank, this 2nd undergrad degree is absolutely a GPA padding scheme. That is the sole purpose for it, and I had a year to kill so why not. However, I am not just taking electives, or easy classes. I have started an entirely new degree. I was able to transfer my first undergrad degree to this institution to use as electives. The school I am in now accepted all of my courses from my first degree so I ONLY have to do political science classes. Exactly 18 of them to finish a 4 year degree. They granted me 3rd year standing on entry. So I wont be doing any electives. But I did have to do two 1st year year classes. I had no choice as they were requirements for the new degree. I will also have 5 or 6 2nd year classes, again, degree requirements. There will be four 4th year classes, and the rest will be 3rd year classes. Some of them will absolutely be easy, some of them wont. But I didn't want to just take a full year and a half worth of extra credits just for the sake of a better GPA when I could instead get a whole new degree out of it so that's they way I went. The GPA calculations I provide in my original post do not include marks from my MA. If I included those, my GPA would be even stronger still. University of Alberta said they would include them, which will put me well within the competitive range for that school. So I am pretty optimistic at least about them. I will be writing the LSAT again in September. Depending on how that goes I may do it again in December. But at the very least my worst score will be 160. As an aside, if having 2nd year classes is an issue, I can always arrange it so I do my second year classes in the Winter and Summer term of 2018 and just push the 3rd and 4th year classes into Sept. It makes no difference to me. The other thing worth pointing out is that in my first undergrad, all of my 3rd and 4th year classes were at least an A-. It was my first and 2nd year classes that had terrible marks.
  2. Here are the stats LSAT: 160 I used the GPA calculator provided in one of the threads above. Cumulative GPA (CGPA):2.74 Last two years (L2):3.74 Last three years (L3):3.60 Best two years (B2):3.74 Best three years (B3):3.60 That is a total of 7 years worth of undergrad. I messed up my first few years and started a 2nd undergrad to help pad the GPA. So I will have two 4 year honors degrees by Fall 2018. The first one has a crappy first few years and a decent last 2 years. The GPA on the 2nd will be straight As. I have already picked up 2 A+s this term. The GPA stats posted above include my anticipated grades for this summer and this falls terms. For discussion sake, lets just assume I am correct about anticipated grades (I am certain that this is realistic). From what I have been told, winter grades and summer 2018 grades wont be considered because they wont be completed in time. I also have a masters degree with an 85% avg. 20 years of full time work experience in leadership. No volunteer or EC to speak of at this point. I plan on applying to every school in Canada with the exception of the French civil law schools in Quebec, but I will be applying to McGill.
  3. I had the exact same issue with mine. After investigating further I realised that my university did not count some of my earlier courses towards my cumulative average. In this case those early courses were some failures and one C. Without those courses counted my average was 80% as displayed on my transcripts, however, I spoke with OLSAS on the phone and they confirmed that all courses are counted in the calculation regardless of what your university chose to count or not. When counting those additional courses my cGPA dropped considerably.
  4. I also think you should publish now if you have a prof endorsing it. Scholarly articles usually need to be original contributions. If you hold off, there is always the possibility that someone else will come along and publish on your topic which may affect how you have to proceed with yours. I made this mistake with one of my masters papers. I held off, mostly due to laziness, and by the time I motivated myself to do the necessary revisions for publishing, a few other authors came along and filled the gap that my paper was designed to do. I am still kicking myself for that.
  5. I am quite certain that great bitterness existed between conservatives and progressive types in Canada long before Trump became a thing. As I have spent my entire adult life in the army, I have not served any political party. Soldiers are required to remain neutral. I also don't think any of our parties identify or associate with Trump so that is not my concern. And truth be told, I change my mind quite often between which party id prefer to serve so the jury is still out, at least for another few weeks.
  6. I have two problems I need to solve and I am hoping I can solve them both with one stone: After coming out of an all consuming high demand job, I am bored; and I am looking for ways to make my application to law schools more competitive so I am considering some ECs to get me out of the house a bit more and help my application. I am very politically inclined so getting involved in politics, particularly volunteering for a political party would be easy and fun for me to do. My question is this: Could this jeopardize my chances with admissions committees? Could my choice of political party (don't worry its one of the big 3, im not a fringy) run me into potential bias problems? Or can I take comfort in the fact that admissions committees don't care which political stripe you lean towards ect... Does anyone have any experience with this? If this is indeed a problem, does anyone have any suggestions about a more neutral method of getting involved in politics?
  7. Its possible, but I am confident in my ability to generate straight As moving forward. Besides, one more year of work experience won't do much for me one way or the other. I already have plenty of that. And the army is paying for this degree. I can't take advantage of the free tuition if I do not complete said degree within two years of my release.
  8. Thanks all for the insights. I decided against the GPLLM. Instead I will spend between now and Aug 2018 obtaining a 2nd undergrad degree with much higher marks. That seems to be the best option for increasing my competitiveness and much cheaper! I'm also scheduled for the LSAT in June.
  9. Twofold: Looking for something that increases my competitiveness academically; and I've been working full time for the past 17 years minus a brief break to finish my undergrad. I miss going to school. It was by far one of the most fun things I've ever done (I know I'm crazy) and now that I'm moving on from the army, it would be a good way to meet new people. That said, the competitiveness factor for gaining admission to a JD is by far the biggest priority, so whatever I do has to accomplish that mission.
  10. I will be on a full military medical pension. Working for just one year wont really do much for me one way or the other. I have plenty of work experience, and 28k of the 33k tuition would be covered, I would have to pay the difference. For many reasons, obtaining another degree is better than working one more year. The question is, what degree. I could do the GPLLM. Or, add another major to my undergrad and pad the CGPA, take another masters degree ect...
  11. Agreed for sure, and thanks for the info. So anyone have any thoughts about the GPLLM? I still have a year to kill!
  12. Anything that gets me admitted is certainly worth my time! I will definitely be looking into it further over the summer. In the meantime I will be trying to work on my abysmal LSAT diagnostic and trying to figure out what I will be studying over the next year school wise.
  13. If you really want to be a police officer I would highly recommend that you look at a municipal police force first. They get paid more, and are usually treated much better. The RCMP is still struggling to catch up to the standards of a modern federal institution. They don't have a union, harassment remains a significant problem, they are 32nd on pay scale, and when you come out of depot it is almost guaranteed that you are going to what is commonly referred to as an "undesirable posting". They will tell you that it is only for a few years but the reality is you could be stuck wherever they send you for ten years or more, if not for ever. Once you belong to a division, your divisional commander has to agree to release you to another division before you can go anywhere (minus a few exceptions). The divisional commanders typically refuse to let police officers move because by the time you are eligible to ask to move you are now considered an experienced police officer which is an extremely valuable commodity to your divisional commander since all the divisions tend to be hopelessly understaffed. Depot lasts 6 months, and it is brutal. I have been in the army for 23 years (14 reserve, 9 regular force) and we started moving away from that overly harsh training doctrine years ago and for good reason. There are some benefits though. Because RCMP officers are generally sent to undesirable locations and there tends not to be nearly enough of them, you will not get micro-managed nearly as badly as a municipal police officer would. You will also be given a significantly larger amount of responsibility than your municipal peers at very early levels of your career. There is also the possibility of getting involved in federal policing (think FBI type of things) but these positions are few, and its not only highly competitive to get those positions, you also need to be very lucky. The system can be very unpredictable like that. As far as paperwork goes, don't kid yourself, police officers can get buried under just as much of it, especially as they move up in rank. With all that said, in my humble opinion, if you get accepted to a law school, accept it and don't look back!
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