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    Quick Note re: Paralegal Discussion

    GPA is around 2.8 (for my LSAT you're right I am actually assuming itll be around 165 because thats where all my practice test have been. My actual score is only 157 but I've taken it again so I'm trying to do predictions based on what I hope it will be). I am an investment banker. It isn't as prestigious as maybe you imagine but I do have a few financial certificates and work for RBC. But I'm not trying to say that'll give me an advantage or anything, I'm just wondering if it would be less attractive on an application than a paralegal. I researched what it takes to be a paralegal. It will be some work but nothing too difficult I think. A year of schooling, a test, and an application to the paralegal organisation. I'm just wondering if anyone had to guess, would it easy to transition from paralegal to lawyer, just as easy to transition from banker to lawyer, or from UK lawyer to Canadian lawyer.
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    Quick Note re: Paralegal Discussion

    Could anyone clarify? So my gpa was poor but my second LSAT was pretty good, so I could get into a mediocre law school, or I could wait to be a mature student and apply to a nicer one. I work as a investment banker now but I'm only 21 so I was thinking I could work as a paralegal in the mean time and be a more likely law school applicant. I'm hearing some people say its not worth it, some say it will actually harm my chances because people don't respect paralegals, and some say that it will make it more likely. I am conflicted on what I should do. I could definitely get into a UK law school and then just come home, but everyone keeps saying that's the cowards way out too. Any advice would be appreciated!
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    Study Partner - Toronto

    I'm retaking the test in November and am in Toronto! pm me
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    Admission Advice Please on Application

    Thanks for the responses everyone. I think I'll try to get a higher LSAT in october and roll the dice this year to see what I get. Has anyone tried applying under the discretionary financial hardship category? I hear some people got extra classes dropped, but I wonder how I would have to prove it. I can give my income and taxes? In retrospect I tried as hard as I can to never have to acquire debt for my undergrad. I succeeded and came out of college with no loans and a job, but in retrospect the damage it did to my GPA is nearly irreversible. For any undergrads out there, I recommend taking the loan if you want higher education.
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    Admission Advice Please on Application

    Thanks for the quick response. I suppose writing the LSAT again is necessary. I hope October isn't too late for September next year applications. I'd rather not have to wait 5-6 years of working before I can start my career, but if it's my only option at this point then that's what I'll have to do.
  6. Hey everyone, I imagine there are many of these threads around, so my apologies if this post isn't welcome. I was hoping for advice on the possibilities of me getting into Law School. After hearing my GPA I imagine many of you immediately would say no. I have mostly A's B's and C's except for one semester where I received three F's, because I couldn't attend school due to a job I couldn't quit due to financial hardship. I got grade forgiveness on one of the F's, but the other two are devastating my GPA. I took advanced classes in highschool which gave me a huge amount of college credits that don't contribute to my transcripts gpa, but do count towards my credits. As a result my GPA is something like a 2.8. With UBC's three drop policy it's closer to a 3.6, but honestly their grading system confuses me. I believe the percent equivalent is 81%. My LSAT is an underwhelming 157. Although I'm only twenty one and I've been working in a Law firm for the past three years part time, and as an account manager and financial adviser for RBC. I have a ridiculous amount of extra curriculars and volunteering, and can get many lawyers to write me recommendations. I can retake the LSAT, but as I've already graduated most schools dont take second degrees or continued studies, so I can't really fix my GPA. With those terrible academic qualifications, realistically can I get into any Law School? Would financial hardship special applications hold water? I paid my own way through college by working two jobs and was in the lowest income bracket, and my last year was all A's and B's. Will that be enough? I've been told going to school in the UK or Australia is much more likely for me to get an LL.B, but I'll never be able to article when I return home? I don't want to give up on being a lawyer, but with this GPA and LSAT, should I look at other career paths? Warm Regards and thanks for any replies.
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