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  1. It's up to you to convince the admissions committee that your PhD is valuable to your potential as a law student in your PS. Highlight the skills you developed, achievements you attained, perspectives you gained, etc. and tell them why all of that makes you valuable to the faculty of law. And I imagine you'll be expected to explain the career change.
  2. Honestly, I think my MA had a really good impact on my application. For reference, my undergrad stats were 3.4 cGPA, 3.7 L2 (IIRC), 157/160 LSAT, applied Access -- so I'm not far off from you @tortured. Briefly, it was an opportunity for me to prove that my weak academic performance from years 1 and 2 is behind me and to add a third year of strong academic performance (in addition to years 3 and 4 from undergrad) to my transcript. It helped me advocate to the admissions committees that my L2 is more indicative of my abilities than my cGPA. There are a few other ways I think my MA helped that I'd be willing to discuss through DM. I'm really hesitant to encourage anyone to pursue an MA for the mere sake of improving their chances of being admitted to law school, though. If the MA isn't something you WANT to do, I suspect high chances of a mediocre performance, which might actually hurt your application. But maybe that's the case for returning to undergrad for extra course work to bump one's cGPA too? I also think a poorly written PS can have a significant negative effect on admissions and some should consider seeking (lots of) advice on their PS before jumping into another year of school to boost grades. But I'm an 0L, so what do I know.
  3. Yes, you only enrol in a small group for the fall, thematic for the winter. The rest will be done for you. The email:
  4. When did OP say they were placed on academic suspension? edit: I interpreted when OP says they were forced to withdraw, they meant their mental health forced them to withdraw, not the university.
  5. A big deal. I also withdrew from university due to mental health my first try at university. Not only was I expected to report it when applying to law school, I was expected to submit a transcript from that university (despite not even completing any courses ... I withdrew one month into the program). Edit: I actually made dropping out a highlight in my PS. I said something along the lines of (totally cutting stuff out here and sloppily paraphrasing): "I didn't recognize the supports that were available to me. When I returned to university, I took advantage of available supports (I listed some). Not only did I complete my degree successfully, I worked my way up to taking a course overload in my last year, resulting in my highest grades." I also mentioned how I used my experience dropping out to help other students (there was a direct relation to my work experience). So there are definitely ways you can spin it positively, but the first step is to acknowledge it and own up to it. Succinctly discuss what caused you to drop out, how you addressed it, and show proof with examples from your resume & transcript that you're capable of handling the demands of law school.
  6. @Kawhestay, to add to what @LegalQueen96 said, if you look at the 16 blocs (ie timetables) that were originally available, blocs 5 through 8 (the 4 blocs with Criminal law as the small section) appear to be full and no longer available. But criminal law is offered in each of the 16 blocs. Like LQ96 said, it just means you'll take it in a large class. My original post said there appears to be 8 seats open in Prof. St Lewis' public/constitutional small group, which is bloc 2. If you open bloc 2's timetable, you'll see criminal law is one of your classes. You can figure out what the other 4 available timetables are by opening up the timetables for blocs 9 through 16 (all the torts ones) and looking for the 4 that have the torts profs I listed above. Those four timetables, in addition to bloc 2, appear to have seats available. But as LQ96 responded to my post that listed the small group sections with open seats, those numbers aren't exactly reliable and you should expect there to be fewer seats open than what's listed.
  7. Yeah, I agree and @Kawhestay seemed to recognize in their request that the numbers wouldn't be entirely reliable. Just offering what was asked.
  8. There are 16 blocs to choose from. Of 4 public/constitutional small group sections, 3 appear to be full. There are: 8 seats open with Prof. St. Lewis All 4 criminal blocks appear to be full. Of 8 torts small group sections, 4 appear to be full. There are: 11 seats open with Prof. Liew 6 seats open with Prof. Currie 18 seats open with Prof. Chartrand 2 seats open without a prof listed, but I think it's Prof. Carsley Should be easy to cross-reference this list with the 16 blocs linked above to figure out which timetables appear to be available.
  9. Probably a really stupid question, but if the monthly payments on my PSLOC and Credit Card weren't due the same day (eg let's say PSLOC payments are due 1st of the month; CC the 15th), each month couldn't I pull money from my CC to pay off my PSLOC (so I don't accrue any interest on the PSLOC), then pull from the (now-paid-off) PSLOC to pay off my CC, avoiding accruing interest on either? This is too good to be true so can someone tell me why it wouldn't work?
  10. It's worth having hope -- I was accepted w/ a 3.43 cGPA (but strong upwards trend) and a 160.
  11. I got in this cycle with a 3.4 GPA (/4.0) and a 160 LSAT. I applied access to explain early grades in undergrad (transcript showed strong upwards trend), but still, I think a convincing, well written PS can go a long way. Turned down my offer and regretting it a bit.
  12. Today's June 24, not July. Just pokin fun
  13. I asked them and they said by end of next week, but this was about 3 weeks ago.
  14. I spoke to some admission personnel about this when I was at your stage of the process. I can't remember exactly who said what, but I remember that my take away was that 1 is totally fine, 2 could be, but anything more could raise an eyebrow.
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