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  1. Thanks for your reply, providence! As a follow-up, would you say a JD/MPP is a cash grab the way a JD/MGA might be? Additionally, and this might be naive of me, but wouldn't prior knowledge and experience in the public sector be attractive to employers for the aforementioned positions and/or showcase a demonstrated interest in the subject area? This is, of course, assuming one's grades aren't noncompetitive (which I understand is by no means a walk in the park).
  2. Bumping this again in case anyone wants to take a stab at it. I'd appreciate any kind of insight!
  3. Hi everyone, Just a bit of a back story: I was initially inclined to apply to law school around September of last year, but, over the course of several months have had a bit of a change in interests. I'm currently employed in the public sector and have really liked working here. In order to further my career interests within this sector, I chose to apply to the MPP program at U of T and recently secured admission. I will be attending the program this fall. I do, however, still hold an interest in attending law school at some point within the next 2-5 years. Here's my question: I've read previous threads on the combined JD/MGA program, and it was pretty clear to me that there are little to no employers that look for individuals who hold such degrees (or, rather, there are limited careers within the "international law" realm). I was wondering if it's a similar case for students holding a JD/MPP? As I understand it, positions at the MAG and Justice Department might tend to favor those who hold (or are pursuing) such degrees. Am I incorrect in understanding so? Looking forward to your responses!
  4. What's your B2? Your LSAT seems competitive. What were your stats when you applied last year? Surprised Western didn't accept you.
  5. Congratulations! Would you mind sharing your B3?
  6. You haven't even taken the LSAT yet and you're already ruling yourself out... Have some faith in yourself and (depending on your diagnostic) take your time to study well for the LSAT. Find a community (I suggest 7Sage) which fosters an environment where individuals are encouraged to max out their LSAT potential. You aren't wrong in presuming that your cGPA puts you at a disadvantage, but the LSAT also does carry some weight too. Your application isn't complete yet. Your chances can only be predicted once you have all scores in place. While not common, people can and have gotten accepted at Oz with 3.3 cGPAs. Nothing is ruled out yet. Don't get in your own way. Focus on bringing your cGPA up and securing a good LSAT score and leave the rest of the admissions process for the admissions committee to evaluate.
  7. You have a strong cGPA and an LSAT which is only a point or two behind the median LSAT at the schools you listed. Check out previous year's accepted thread; I think you're in a safe spot. Can't see those schools rejecting a student with your stats.
  8. Did you have a full course load through your B2 years? If yes, then as per Queen's revised admissions criteria your GPA is competitive. Your LSAT, however, would still put you at a disadvantage. I highly doubt your application would be considered competitive with your current score. I met with the admissions committee at a conference last month and they indicated that a B2 of 3.7+ coupled with an LSAT 160+ is typically considered to be competitive.
  9. 25th percentile last year was 164. https://www.law.utoronto.ca/admissions/jd-admissions/admissions-policies
  10. Yours are slightly higher and I would expect you to be in at Western and Queen's Possibly even Ottawa, if you're applying there
  11. U of T doesn't consider LOR's. Your softs seem good, and B3 + LSAT seem to be in a good spot too. I'd say you're likely in.
  12. Any reason you aren't looking at Western? Your chances there are strong too. Outside of that, have you calculated your cGPA with drops for UBC? If it's at or above the index score you should apply.
  13. As per OLSAS you're at about 3.9. As per the McGill scale you're at about 4.0, I believe.
  14. I think your file would be competitive either way, haha. Good luck! ☺
  15. Sure is. Again, I'd caution against getting too excited. We still have no idea on how admissions will actually play out. On the surface, things do seem encouraging for applicants like me. But that's as far as it goes as of now. Also, I should've mentioned this caveat earlier, but the admissions official did mention that if your B2 were your first two years - that'd raise a few eyebrows. Ideally, your B2 should be your L2.
  16. I'm unsure if they were adhering to the same admission standard last year (which is kinda the reason for this thread). Even though I hesitate to say this definitively, it certainly seems like this year they've brought about some changes in the way they evaluate files.
  17. Yeap, I did (met them in person actually). Queen's is a B2 school now. If one has a full course load, they will assort files based on B2 and LSAT. The admission officials stated - and I checked this with them thrice - that the cGPA won't be looked at (or is unlikely to be looked at) for competitive applicants with full course loads in their B2 years (also, as long as your transcript doesn't have an overload of easy courses in your B2 years, you're probably okay). A B2 of 3.6/3.7+ and LSAT score of 160+ is considered as a competitive file. Western's criteria remains unchanged. Should've updated this thread, sorry about that. PS: I'd still recommend any future applicants reading this to still double check with the school
  18. The minimum academic requirements to be considered for admission to the MPA and MPP programs in Ontario are a 3.0 cGPA and 3.3 final year's GPA (Queen's looks at your final 2 years, I believe). Moreover, these programs have very limited spaces for international students, so the odds are stacked against you.
  19. Definitely don't recollect it being a school emphasizing a primary focus on B2 either.
  20. ....assuming that they are in fact placing a lesser emphasis on cGPA. I'm going to inquire about this soon with the schools -- will report back to this forum. I also found Queen's emphasis on B2 as opposed to L2 interesting.
  21. Was browsing through the law school's website today and came across some changes to the evaluation criteria that I hadn't seen before (I've been visiting the website every now and then over the last few years). In particular, the website seems to suggest the admissions committee now places a central focus on B2/L2 (as opposed to the cGPA) for applicants with full course loads. Here's a direct quote: "Your academic record and LSAT score are weighed most heavily in this category. The other Admissions Philosophy criteria are weighed carefully in making distinctions between applicants who are equally competitive on these bases. Competitive applicants should have at least an “A-” average (GPA 3.7) in their best two years of their undergraduate degree program at a full course load along with an LSAT score of at least 157. For a student who does not have two years at full course load, more emphasis will be placed on their CGPA, as calculated by OLSAS, which should be at least a 3.3." The last line seems to implicate that there won't be as much of an emphasis on the cGPA for those with full course loads. Anyone have any idea if the way the school evaluates a file might've changed? I've been under the impression that Queen's is a predominantly cGPA focused school with a slight emphasis on the L2. The above seems to suggest otherwise.
  22. thanks for the sound advice, I appreciate it. I looked over the past accepted threads and it seems to be in sync with what you've outlined above (with respect to a safe range for an LSAT score). With all due respect, I'm not sure if that's really accurate. I haven't come across very many rejections of students with a 3.7 L2 and LSAT score of 165-169 at Queen's and Western. If anything, it's been the other way around. That said, I'm fully cognizant that my cGPA is certainly on the lower end. I'm in a scenario where the higher my LSAT score, the better. And I'm certainly trying to aim for as high of a score as possible. But that doesn't mean that I absolutely need to have a 98th/99th percentile score to have a competitive application at those schools.
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