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  1. Thanks to everyone who replied! You all provided some great advice. I really appreciate it!
  2. Albeit that school started a few weeks ago, I feel that I have done a great amount of reading. Ive stayed on top of most of the readings, but I am approaching it like undergrad. I don’t think this method is good because I don’t really know what I am supposed to take notes of (a part from making case briefs). I tried to refrain from looking at summaries too early but I fell a little behind today and gave in. The summary was clear and told me what I needed to know about certain cases. I feel that going forward, I should just do the reading then look at the notes in the summary and add whatever else I may need to, in regard to that reading. I find that making notes while reading (without knowing exactly what to take notes of) is a bad idea. What do you think? I just don’t know if I am going in the right direction in terms of knowing what I need to know, opposed to what I think I need to know.
  3. I was able to do so by networking. My university had a job fair thing where people come in from different industries and set up booths. There was a lawyer there and I simply spoke to him and talked about law school, asked questions, etc. During our convo. I mentioned I was interested in volunteering. I got his contact info, then he reached out and I was given a volunteer role with a project he was working on. Then through him I met other lawyers, and one who eventually hired me as a volunteer.
  4. I’m only in 1L but I notice a lot of people pursue law for the money. That’s fine and completely normal. But I think some of these people fail to realize that being a lawyer is being in a position of great power. Power to help so many people and change lives. For me money is secondary to my goal of becoming a lawyer. People need help and I want to choose the path of a lawyer to help them. But there are other paths (different careers) that are available too! Based on your question it seems money is an important factor in deciding whether to pursue law school. But are there other reasons why you want to become a lawyer? You say your current role isn’t your dream job, would being a lawyer fulfill that? Do you want a career where you may help people with their legal troubles while taking a pay cut? Would you still find fulfillment in that? I doubt anyone here can give you the answer you’re looking for. Just follow your passion. I’d say the money you’re making right now is fantastic, and if money is the primary motive for you, then stay where you’re at.
  5. Lol! JY definitely over explained but honestly, I feel that really made me grasp Yoni’s classes better. Like JY drilled it in your head. But you’re right I guess either would do the trick!
  6. HR is good but not for everyone. Yoni is good but he’s not always going to be teaching you. The inconsistency with teachers may not be suitable for you. Some of them don’t match up to Yoni. Further, Yoni although very detailed, may rush some lessons. I took Harvard ready and it gave me a decent foundation, but I found 7sage really brought it all together to help me improve from my cold score.
  7. Sorry you had to go through that but it’s great it has provided you with some insight to pursue a legal career. Having just completed my applications last cycle, I can see why you would want to include it but I don’t think their would be enough space to write everything out thoroughly, especially enough to have your point get across properly (to avoid the problems you mentioned).
  8. The fact that you are perplexed that they tend to choose students with A+ grades in everything is wild. You suggest that many students have the capabilities to get into law school, but is it not the case that having A+ grades in everything is an attribute to these capabilities that you mention? So based on what you’re saying you would prefer if law schools admit students that do not have A+ grades in everything? If you have average stats it would seem you lack the capabilities of getting into law school and becoming a great lawyer, no? If you don’t lack said capabilities then your stats would not be average. 😕
  9. But don’t you think those individuals that are 100% in all aspects of their application are more deserving than those that are not (assuming they’ve achieved their success with honest hard work and grit?). Like my friends that are in medicine now, have been such hard working people since high school and in my opinion are the most deserving people to get into med school. Same can be said for people in law school. You’re essentially saying that the system isn’t fair because it’s not in your favour, and it seems you’re also implying that those that have done really well in all aspects of their application, may be undeserving to go to law school when compared to someone like you. But I don’t think that makes sense. I think “the nature of this country” that you speak of, is what creates decent standards for admission to schools, which therefore allows quality professionals to join their industries upon graduating.
  10. My friend who got admitted to Queens did it. He told me he milked the opportunity to write about how great he was lol 😂, I guess it worked out for him.
  11. I don’t think it’s fair to say this: “you're not 3.8 gpa and 160+ LSAT , so you can't study law” I think having a good cgpa is reflective of your studying habits as a student and can showcase how well you may do taking law courses/being a student. I knew from the beginning I’d have a significant amount of trouble getting a 160+ LSAT, but I knew my CGPA was in my control, so I worked especially hard for a decent cgpa. I eventually got accepted to a decent school without a 160+ lsat. I strongly believe the application has 4 parts (LSAT, CGPA, EC, LOR), but you may see some people not put a great amount of emphasis on ECs and LOR. But in your case having some impressive ECs may help your application. You’re CGPA isn’t too hot but you have 3 other sections, which you can do absolutely amazing in to have a decent chance in Canada. Don’t get stuck on your low cgpa (3.0 isn’t too bad). Try Canada first before anything else IMO.
  12. I worked in sales/a job that required me to hit targets. I mentioned my volunteer work over my jobs as my jobs did not relate to my goals as a person in the legal industry. Seeing that your employment is the only ECs you have, if you find a question on the application where you can mention it, go for it - but don’t force it. I would recommend volunteering if you can. Message me if you want!
  13. I disagree saying they are negligible. I didn’t do great on my LSAT. Also, my CGPA from the school I graduated from vs what showed on OLSAS, was significantly different. All my ECs showcased my desire to help others. My LORs were great. I got accepted to my first choice in the early acceptance period. When I look at the rejected forum from the school I am going to, people had great LSATs and CGPAs but didn’t get accepted. Who’s to say then that ECs are negligible? Maybe if they had betters ECs, they could have got in? The application has 4 parts (LSAT CGPA EC LOR), put a good amount of effort in all of them and you’ll be fine. Obviously, don’t slack on the LSAT for ECs but at least try to get some volunteering on your application. Just don’t go into the application thinking ECs are negligible.
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