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    Mature Applicants Accepted/Rejected 2018

    Thank you kindly. I'm having a hell of a time deciding at the moment, actually. I'll let you know when I figure that out, and in the meantime if you know anything that could help make my decision easier, I'm all ears. lol And I may have spoken too soon about my Ottawa chances; was browsing the old mature threads you shared and mature students got in with worse OLSAS cGPAs (combined with worse LSAT scores) than I have. So thank you for sharing; that was quite informative.
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    Mature Applicants Accepted/Rejected 2018

    Didn't see this thread, so thanks for the bump. I'm a mature student as well and I guess I'll contribute. I received offers from UofC and UBC in the middle of this month. Also applied to UofT, UWO and Ottawa, haven't heard from any of them yet. Profile: Complicated GPA because it includes credits that are counted by some schools and not others...bad cGPA, worse OLSAS GPA, strong (not perfect but "graduation with distinction" level, at least) L2/B2 and either equally strong or meh L3/B3 depending on what credits are counted by a given school. 173 LSAT (only written once). I thought my work experience and ECs were pretty good until I looked around this forum, now I'm not so sure because it certainly appears that there are some very talented people in the pools. Also had an access/discretionary claim explaining the bad credits dragging down my cGPA. If I were a betting man I'd say I expect to receive an offer from UWO but not UofT (they are done round 2 and include mature students in it) or Ottawa (cGPA school--I should have figured from the outset that this was out, but a friend gave me misleading advice).
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    Updated Chances 2.9 cGPA 3.45 L20 and B20 161 LSAT

    Calgary is hard to call because it's holistic, but I got in with a roughly equally bad cGPA (depending on how schools calculate it I've gotten different numbers) so I can at least confirm that it's not an absolute deal-breaker in all circumstances...but with that said, I had a better L2 and a 173 LSAT (and an access claim with medical documentation to explain the cGPA).
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    Will I Face Any Issues Being a Conservative in Law School?

    Nope, it should be dictated by the pursuit of truth. By your standards, Galileo should have just shut up about that whole heliocentrism thing, because it pissed people off for him to talk about. Many ideas that are now widely accepted as true started off as heresy and offended the belief systems of the majority. With that said, I agree that there is a time and place to debate everything, and I don't endorse off topic ranting and soapboxing in a class full of students who paid tuition to be there.
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    Will I Face Any Issues Being a Conservative in Law School?

    In inferred the last sentence there before reading it. The same people also tend to view the presumption of innocence as an outrageous inconvenience in such cases. Scary stuff.
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    Powerscore or 7Sage - very conflicted!!

    I should preface this by saying I'm an odd case in that my initial diagnostic practice LSAT was already quite high and I felt I understand the majority of the LSAT material intuitively already (I'm not saying this to brag, just to provide a caveat that my own experiences might not be representative of others, or even most, so YMMV): I used Powerscore books for self-study and found them to be mostly a waste of time and money. I found some of their explanations actually muddied the waters for me more than clarifying things, and I did not like their logic game diagramming methods. I honestly found the explanations at the back of The Official LSAT SuperPrep much more clear, helpful and comprehensible than anything in any of the Powerscore books, in spite of (perhaps because of) it being infinitely more brief and less comprehensive than the Powerscore material. I found those explanations concise and understandable, while I felt that Powerscore would take simple and intuitive concepts and obscure the salient elements under 80 pages of needless elaboration in the name of "comprehensiveness," and this would cause me to overthink concepts I already had a solid handle on. In retrospect I really feel that I could have saved hundreds of dollars and countless hours and gotten the same result (perhaps even better) if I just used The Official LSAT SuperPrep and a bunch of practice LSATs (do them under test conditions, timed, with a proctor app, ambient classroom noise, and at the appropriate time of day), reviewed the answers I got wrong until I understood where I erred, and never touched a Powerscore book.
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    Will I Face Any Issues Being a Conservative in Law School?

    Sorry for the double post, but I did a second take and saw this. I just wanted to say, don't be "scared" of holding a minority opinion. Look at it as an opportunity to either change your mind (if presented with compelling arguments against your existing viewpoints), or strengthen your own arguments (if you find yourself able to successfully counter objections). If your opponents are reasonable, there's no problem with disagreement (and the world would be a boring place if everyone agreed). If your opponents aren't reasonable, then you've won the argument. As a post-secondary student, I was called all sorts of pejoratives for supposedly being right-wing. Working in law enforcement, I was ridiculed for supposedly being a bleeding heart. Being on the receiving end of these contradictory slurs and mischaracterizations just made me figure I must be doing something right in the search for truth over partisanship. Learn to love being different and an independent thinker, and to just be amused when other people lose their cool over being presented with an opinion that's different from their own--if you know you were being reasonable, their response says more about them than you. I strongly believe that being exposed to this type of conflict will be very helpful for someone intending to become involved in our adversarial court system, as it helps one develop a think skin and an ability to argue and stand one's ground in the face of opposition.
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    Will I Face Any Issues Being a Conservative in Law School?

    A conservative friend of mine at UBC has relayed stories about getting dogpiled and shut down when he dissented with certain social justice narratives in law classes, for what it's worth. I have no clue about Osgoode, where the OP will be attending, but @providence, did you by chance graduate many years ago? The regressive left/SJW hysteria is a fairly recent thing. There were a few types of that bent when I attended university closer to a decade ago, but they were fairly widely ridiculed, then about 5ish years ago it exploded and people like Ben Shaprio can't speak at universities without six-figure security bills and mobs trying to shut such things down (a US example, but this is a thing across North America, really). I went to various post-secondary institutions in Alberta, which is supposed to be a conservative province, but even universities there are infected by this. Not having attended law school yet (and actually sharing some of the OP's concerns, even though I wouldn't quite identify as a "conservative") I would suspect that it is indeed a more conservative field than most in academia, but law school is still university education, so I'm really not as optimistic about politics not being too much of an issue.
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    Clinics at UBC vs UofC

    Thanks again for the feedback! Would anyone happen to have any insight into UBC's Innocence Project program? It's of particular interest to me, to the extent that if I was confident I could be involved with it that would be a serious factor in what school I choose to attend. I found an application form from 2011 that stated this: "Ten to twelve students are selected to participate in the program based on their resumes, a statement of interest and an interview." Would anyone happen to know how competitive this program is, and if there are particular attributes they look for in candidates? Might be a long shot for anyone in the know to stumble into this thread, but I thought it couldn't hurt to ask.
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    Clinics at UBC vs UofC

    @DSman - Thanks for your input. Just something I'm curious about regarding showing interest: I fully intend to do everything you've written here, but in addition to that I have worked as a correctional officer as well as other (non-police) law enforcement roles, and my undergraduate studies pertained to law enforcement and criminal law (just to be clear, I do not share most LEO's distaste for defense lawyers, and would be happy to pursue either prosecution or defense). I have heard that criminal law is difficult to get into because it's heavily based on networking and demonstrating yourself to be a "believer," as you alluded to. Do you think my background would be another factor that might help me stand out and demonstrate interest? I thought I'd use this to market myself, but if what one does in law school is far more important, I don't want to place undue emphasis on it.
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    Clinics at UBC vs UofC

    @beentheredonethat4 - Thanks for the info! It's funny: aside from you, basically everyone on this site has said "study where you want to practice." Rather than clarify things for me, this has complicated things, because I would prefer to eventually establish a career nearly anywhere in Alberta over Vancouver, but I can't shake that every rankings list and commentary about reputation places UBC as one of the top law schools in the country (for bargain tuition rates compared to Ontario schools) and UofC quite far down. I also am concerned about what the Calgary market will look like down the road (even if it's still very strong at the moment) and got the impression that a UBC JD would offer greater mobility than a UofC one (which is what you're telling me as well). Also, I was surprised at the seemingly strong criminal law options offered by UBC because I kept reading that it was a corporate-oriented school (although this was usually said as a point of comparison with UVic, so perhaps it's just relative to that?). Am I wrong to think that UBC appears to offer superior clinics for crim compared to UofC? If anything I've written here is off the mark, I'd love for anyone reading to lay in to me, as it would help me figure things out.
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    Clinics at UBC vs UofC

    UofC Student Legal Assistance Business Venture Clinic Intellectual Property Clinic Tax Court Assistance Program Criminal Justice Clinic Public Interest Law Clinic Family Law Clinic UBC Business Law Clinic Criminal Clinic Judicial Externship Indigenous Community Legal Clinic Innocence Project International Justice and Human Rights Clinic Women's Legal Clinic Law Students' Legal Advice Program My uneducated, cursory thoughts: -I'm interested in criminal law and it looks to me as if UBC has three relevant clinics while UofC has only one. -UBC's judicial externship also looks very interesting. -UBC appears to have more social justice-oriented options. -UofC seems to have more business-oriented options. I was wondering if anyone had any firsthand experience or other insight to share about the clinics offered by these schools. Any input (especially corrections if any of my impressions are incorrect) would be appreciated, thanks.
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    Accepted to U of T 2018

    Thanks for the info, @pearsonspectorlittup. Does anyone know whether mature and/or special circumstances students are evaluated simultaneously to the regular category? It appeared that way in the descriptions of the rounds provided by UofT, but I know some Ontario schools examine their mature pools after extending offers to those in the regular one. I'm also curious because I've seen some mature students here with good stats and softs who haven't heard anything yet. Either way, congrats to those who have offers.
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    Accepted to U of T 2018

    Congrats! With your numbers you were far from being a bubble candidate, so hearing that you were just accepted today helps others here put their anxiety aside.
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    Accepted to U of T 2018

    Thanks for the info. Sure, it's unlikely everyone in the group will end up accepting, however it's also unlikely that everyone to have received an offer and invite already joined (not everyone even has a facebook account). So, I would suspect that odds are not in favour of anyone who has yet to receive an offer.
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