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  1. I will preamble this by saying I was an access applicant and had to ask myself these questions before, during, and after my first year. Something you should really ask yourself is - do you think you can succeed in law school? That is the criteria on which you will be assessed by admissions, and if you find you are struggling in undergrad with depression and ADHD, it will only be that much more difficult in law school, and (I am speculating here) beyond in the practice of law. I am not trying to dissuade you from applying to law school or working towards it. What you want to demonstrate is that you can succeed despite these drawbacks, and unfortunately a 2.8 will not likely demonstrate that. If you can do well over the next few years and pull off a good LSAT, you will be fine at schools who look at later years.
  2. Can confirm what others have said about Scotiabank - their offering really is a cut above everywhere else. You can go through the kingston rep as others suggested, but you can really walk into any Scotiabank and initiate it. Just ask for prime - and if you get push-back, say that another bank offered you prime. Really play them against each other if you have to. I found walking into my local branch, with offer letters in tow, all I had to do was ask for prime and I received it. Best of luck to you op, and welcome to queens :]
  3. Interesting, I didn't know that! As you took it, would you recommend taking them concurrently or did you find that it was easier having taken family law beforehand?
  4. Thank you for the replies - I did take contracts in 1L, should I be taking advanced contracts? So far I have alternative dispute resolution, trial advocacy, family law (with Bala), tax, evidence and legal research. There is a children's law course offered but you need intro as a prerequisite and it runs in the winter term 😕. Thought about wills and estates, I might wait for 3L to take that so I can keep my three day weekends
  5. Can confirm this ^ - I found my apartment by refreshing kijiji until it popped up. The ad was up for 1 minute when I called to secure it. 1 bedrooms utilities out can be pricier than 2 bedroom all inclusives in kingston - the buildings are all old and have poor insulation if any, so the summers are really hot and the winters can be really cold. I pay less overall for my 2 bedroom all inclusive (10 min walk from macdonald hall) than most of my friends do in their 1 bedrooms. The trade-off being my place is not downtown, so getting anywhere other than class is a hassle
  6. I only ever heard specifically about Pardy - Bala and Kerr is news to me
  7. Hello all, Going into 2L at QL, and am having a bit of an overwhelming experience trying to pick my courses. I am leaning towards family law/contracts, and am wondering just what I should be taking. I have enough sense to take any family law course I can with Bala (which is in the winter term this year, locking me out of any courses that require it as a prerequisite until 3L...unless I take it with not-Bala). Do any current family law lawyers or upper years have any suggestions for good courses to take? I figure estates and whatnot may be useful in a family law context, but I'm not certain. Thanks!
  8. Apologies to anyone trying to reach out to me about this - these notifications go to my old undergraduate email that I don't have access to What everyone has said so far was my exact experience. It was really positive and you shouldn't be nervous. The resources posted in this thread are an immense help. Don't feel as though you need a script - the majority of my interview we talked about wine! Congrats to all those in this thread and good luck to anyone who comes across this thread in the future
  9. Straight from Queen's admissions "Queen’s Faculty of Law is committed to enhancing diversity in legal education and the legal profession. To this end, the Faculty encourages applications from candidates whose backgrounds, qualities or experiences allow them to make unique contributions to the law school community, the legal profession and society in general. The Admissions Committee will consider these factors: disability educational and financial disadvantage membership in a historically disadvantaged group age life experience any other factor relating either to educational barriers you faced, or to your ability to enrich the diversity of the law school community and the legal profession You must demonstrate the following capabilities: that you have strong potential to complete the JD program that you have the ability to reason and analyze that you can express yourself effectively orally and in writing, and that you possess the skills and attributes necessary to cope with the demands of law school Traditional measures of academic performance and LSAT scores may be given comparatively less weight in this category, while non-academic experience and personal factors confirming your special circumstances or unique qualities may be given comparatively more weight. Competitive applicants should have at least a “B+” average (GPA 3.3) in their best two years of their undergraduate degree program at a full course load along with an LSAT score of at least 154. For a student who does not have two years at full course load (ie. at part-time load), more emphasis will be placed on their CGPA, as calculated by OLSAS, which should be at least a 3.0 I have bolded the relevant parts. I'm not sure how intimate you are with the process, but unless you're with adcom I have to disagree. It clearly states that it should be an educational barrier, not just a unique life experience. It does go on to say "any experience that would enrich the diversity of the law school", but that is largely dependant on what OP's experience is precisely. Granted, considering OP's experience they may be a mature applicant, which queen's does not account for as its own category. It could very well be possible that it is under the access category. Again, if you are with adcom I acquiesce to your experience. But from my experience in applying access in the last year, the prevailing theme was "this category is designed to help provide access to people who may not be as competitive for x reason"
  10. OP, I was an access applicant. I am sorry for your situation, but it does not warrant an access claim, in my opinion. As others have said, an access claim isn't a means of explaining away a poor LSAT score. You can address that in your personal statement, maybe to your benefit if you write it well enough. Access is for a barrier that you have no control over, and will persist for the foreseeable future. You have the option, as others have stated, to write the LSAT at a time that is more conducive. For someone like me, with a permanent disability that does have an impact on situations such as writing the LSAT, access is appropriate. Additionally, to be a successful access candidate you have to prove that not only will you succeed in law school, you will succeed despite whatever factor is making you claim access. That can be a difficult thing to demonstrate. If everyone in this thread can point out that you could have rewritten, ADCOM would probably see that to. Rewrite, and best of luck
  11. The best method is not doing it, and applying elsewhere. In all seriousness, it doesn't matter. I handwrote mine and scanned it and got an offer so that would work. I even have terrible, borderline doctor handwriting
  12. Depends on the school, I know for sure Osgoode considers first generation immigrants applicable for their "section b" or whatever it was called. Low income household is pretty standard fare for a lot of applicants, so I wouldn't bank on that
  13. To add to this, even as an access category applicant your stats are still a bit too low. Access is largely a black box, but some schools give a bit of insight into how they weigh it. Queens for example lists that for access applicants, a competitive LSAT would be 153. I echo the others and recommend a rewrite
  14. That is a legitimate claim, just be aware you will need to get documentation that attests to the claims. A letter from a doctor detailing exactly how your anxiety and ADHD would be a barrier, and then demonstrating how you overcame those issues and succeeded will make for a strong application package. Echoing others in the thread, you definitely have a strong shot, especially at Queens where we share very similar stats. Best of luck to you!
  15. First thing you should do is convert your GPA to the OLSAS scale, and also determine your L2 and B2. As for the option of applying access - if you have a legitimate access claim, make it. Even if the admission's committee decides to disregard your access status, you are just evaluated based on general applicant criteria. You don't have to post specifics of your claim here, but keep in mind that access category is reserved for circumstances outside the norm (loss of loved ones, while tragic, is largely considered a part of life and not applicable to access). As Luckycharm said, as it stands you have a decent shot, even higher (though no one could say for sure since access is a blackbox) if you apply access.
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