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  1. Thank you everyone for replying. Realistic and encouraging. As providence mentioned I do intend to focus on doing well academically (enough to compensate for my lack of social skills), while not completely shutting myself off from networking opportunities. Now that I think of it, it was sort of ridiculous for me to expect getting by without socializing at all. I would definitely need to be more open-minded in general, and work on things like interviewing skills and getting to know my professors. Law school is a big step/change for me. Might as well acknowledge that and embrace what's to come. As it stands, I am open to all areas of law, especially on the solicitor side for obvious reasons. I am hoping to find an area of interest while at school. Echoing capitalttruth, It is reassuring to hear that there are areas in which people like myself can succeed. Thank you again!
  2. So I have managed to get into some laws schools this year after a failed first attempt. Now that I've been accepted I've been wondering a lot about how I would fit into law school as well as the profession itself. This is a pretty personal question so I would have to tell you a little bit about myself. I am extremely introverted. I started undergrad in my mid twenties, and never developed a single friendship during university. I don't think I've ever held a conversation with someone that lasted over 5 minutes, save for professors at office hours. (side note to feel better about myself: I have 5 friends I've known since childhood, so I never really "feel the need" for new friends, or even to make the effort, so to speak). The mere thought of networking throughout law school turns me off. It's not that I'm antisocial or anything; I like to be pleasant to others just as the next guy, and I wouldn't describe myself as difficult to be around, but I would much rather keep quiet and be by myself. I know building networks isn't exactly synonymous with making friends, but any type of relationship building comes at a painstaking effort on my part. In short, I want to avoid actively networking during law school if at all possible. Not willing to participate in any social clubs/events, etc. Also, during my undergrad I have almost never participated in class discussions. I preferred listening to lectures and writing papers. To this day I don't feel comfortable speaking in public, let alone engage in intellectual discussions with strangers. I can do it when I absolutely must (and I personally don't think I'm terrible at it, though I might be mistaken), but again, would much rather not. Would this sort of tendency be a major hindrance for me? Should I get ready to force myself to drastically change if I decide to go to law school and eventually practice law? And incidentally, just how important is networking? Another thing, I will be in my late twenties starting 1L. I have only ever worked warehouse jobs since high school. Mostly production work; never any office experience. May this pose a problem as well? I would imagine that those entering law school at around my age would mostly have solid work experiences that go beyond shift manager at a logistics warehouse (not that that's bad, just not really relevant to working at a law firm). Considering my age, I worry that I won't have anything to show for myself when applying for summer jobs/articles. The only thing I can think of that may work to my advantage is that I am not picky at all about where I article/practice as long as I don't leave my home (BC). Interiors, up North, Greater Vancouver, small town, big city, anywhere is fine for me. I also think that I have a low expectation of what being a lawyer entails (for myself anyway). I do not expect to make a lot of money, and have high tolerance for engaging in boring, repetitive work for long hours (not that I know what the work is actually like). Do you think someone like myself can succeed in law school and as a lawyer? After being rejected last year I felt like I desperately needed to get some good news this year, but now that I've been accepted I am second guessing myself so hard! I feel like I've rambled on. Any advice/opinion is welcome. Thank you for reading.
  3. Hello all, This may be a long story so I would like to thank you in advance for your time. Last cycle I applied to UVic and UBC with a 3.59 CGPA (before drops) and three LSAT scores of 163, 158 (should've cancelled), and 167 respectively. I did not have high hopes for UBC, and was waitlisted (initially at #109, haha) before the spots filled up. UVic, which was my first choice, denied my application without even offering me a spot on the waitlist. Having calculated my index score to be well above the speculated cut off on this forum, I was naturally disappointed that I was not even waitlisted. Of course, the formula may be off, and I was not expecting my admission to be guaranteed, but I was still a little shocked. When I respectfully asked for the reason, the admissions officer Janet informed me that my undergraduate course load was alarming to the committee, since I never had a 5 course semester. It is true that my course load is erratic, being anywhere from taking 1 course to 4 courses a semester. Janet told me that this does not demonstrate my ability to handle the more rigorous academic load of law school. The reason for my erratic course load is that I started university in my mid twenties, was working full time, and was not in a hurry to earn my degree. Though I had a vague idea of going to law school, I never realized that this would prove to be a major hindrance for me. I did briefly mention this in my personal statement, but perhaps I should have elaborated on it. Janet suggested that I go back to school for a full 5 course term to demonstrate my academic capability. However, to me this was just not feasible as I had already graduated, and am currently working full time with an additional part time job. So I am at a loss. Would applying for another cycle be a waste of time and money? I only applied to UBC and UVic since I do not see myself leaving BC. Also, I have absolutely no one to write me academic reference letters, so my option is quite limited in that regards. I have been toying with the idea of retaking the LSAT in November, but I am not at all confident that I can get a better score than 167 at this point, and in all honesty the mere prospect of getting myself into LSAT prep stresses me out. Would elaborating on my course load in my personal statement change anything? I understand that many students take a full course load while working, so I am not even sure if my reason is a good one. Also, I applied quite late last cycle (early December); would applying early, as in within a week from now, boost my chances? Should I just give up? Thank you once again in reading this. Any advice is appreciated.
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