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  1. I agree with the poster who said you need to focus on grades first. Your GPA is slightly lower than most law schools' average entering GPA. I would focus on increasing it to a 3.5 or higher. Once you're there, you can focus on your ECs. As to your question, you should do something you're passionate about. I don't think law schools care all that much about the specific EC. Doing something you care about has the benefit of making you do good work which leads to better opportunities. You could also work part-time if you don't already. I personally had to work two jobs during undergrad to support myself in addition to having a 3-hour daily commute. I didn't have time to get into ECs. I explained it in my personal statement along with the reasons why I wanted to go to law school. I think it helped me get into one of the schools I applied to but I ended up going to one that was pure number based lol.
  2. I read Anna Karenina and Crime and Punishment. It should only be side reading. You would probably get more returns actually doing timed practice tests.
  3. I found the Economist and Scientific American magazines were helpful. Strangely, my reading comp score also went up when I began reading Russian literature.
  4. Not a guarantee but 160 sounds doable in 3 months with enough studying.
  5. Some firms are hosting "meet the lawyers" events that are open to 1L students at my school. As a brand-new 1L, what are the benefits of these events? What information should I be trying to get from the lawyers and how should I approach this? My impression is that it's a low-pressure social event to get your feet wet, learn more about being a corporate lawyer and practice networking. Is there anything else I should keep in mind?
  6. Review your wrong answers and understand how the logic works out. Then practice practice practice.
  7. I've been following this and the other discussion, and I didn't see the OP mention parental pressure anywhere. Where did this assertion come from?
  8. I don't think anyone can really answer this for you. Financially, it doesn't make sense as you're adding on possibly 100k+ in additional debt and foregoing 3 years of a decent income for uncertain future employment. However, financial security is only a part of the decision. How bad do you want to be a lawyer? Can you see yourself doing the same line of work you're currently doing for another 30 years? Is there more growth opportunity in that line of work and are you interested in pursuing that? Would you be ok with never having gone to law school or being a lawyer knowing you had the opportunity to do so? Only you can answer these questions. Many mature students face the added hurdle of giving up an established career to start over fresh. It's a daunting prospect that I try not to think about. The alternative is not going to law school, and I think I would regret that more.
  9. UBC is an index-based school. Even with a 76% CGPA (with drops), you'll need a 172 or higher to gain a good chance of admission. If you have a 167 already, I would use the next year to bump up my GPA and work on the LSAT to get above 170. You should also consider other schools in case UBC doesn't work out.
  10. If you're living the #brokelife then that should narrow the list down quite a bit. We'd be more helpful if you provided more information about your situation (where you'd like to practice, your gpa/lsat, any resources to help with cost of attendance).
  11. I definitely hear his voice in my head as I go through logical reasoning answer choices.
  12. I used 7sage and really liked it. I found the course was good at teaching you the fundamentals and the theory behind the LSAT. To get a good score, you need to put the time in to practice. I recommend taking timed practice tests and reviewing your answers - you learn a lot from reviewing wrong answers. It took me about 10 practice tests to break 160 and another 15 to hit the high 160s/low 170s. I also did all logic games from prep tests 1-35 as practice (LG was my weakest section).
  13. Cost of attendance should also be a factor. Unless you can get close to full-ride scholarships, Canada would be the cheaper option vs a T6 with similar employment outcomes (re. the Canadian market). I would also provision to write the LSAT twice in case things don't go well on test day. I was PT'ing around 168-170 but got 164 on my first attempt due to nerves.
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