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  1. For extracurriculars the best thing you can do is pick things you like and dedicate yourself to them. I wouldn't just count on doing something for a year - if pick something and later don't like it, that's fine you're not locked into anything, but try to find something that you can commit to and someday show that you've been a dedicated member of the team. As an example, the only EC I did in undergrad was theatre, but I did several shows each year, did some with festivals over the summers, and held different positions over time. Even though it was technically just one EC, it showed commitment and passion and it showed that I have interests outside of the classroom and outside of the law. Law schools won't care what exactly your EC is - it doesn't matter if you do basketball or theatre or anything else. But they'll be happier to see that you picked something that drove you and dedicated yourself to it than to see that you signed up for a bunch of things that you didn't participate in wholeheartedly.
  2. This also depends on the professor. Generally what makes it abnormal to get an A on an exam is that exams are normally curved, but assignments aren't necessarily. If they're not curved, you might have a professor who grades more leniently, and when the curve kicks in you'll be curved down. Or you're getting As but your classmates aren't, and you'll still come out on top of the curve. I'd echo that asking the professor what the average is would give you a better idea.
  3. You just wouldn't have the right training - they're fundamentally different systems. Some schools have an exchange program so that you can get both degrees, like Osgoode and UdeM have a program where you can do an additional year at the other school to get the other degree. McGill also offers a "transsystemic" program, so everyone at McGill Law learns both common and civil law.
  4. Here's the explanation from the Department of Justice website, which sums it up well: As an applicant, what really matters is where you plan to practice. If you want to practice law in Quebec, you have to learn civil law, which is taught at the law schools in Quebec + in the University of Ottawa's civil law section. Otherwise you can just go to any other law school in Canada to learn common law.
  5. We're getting an extra week off too, it just won't be an extension of winter break. There should be a poll in the class FB groups for when you'd prefer the new week off to be if you haven't seen that yet.
  6. 3.57 cGPA, 3.7 L2, LSAT 160, taken twice, same score both times. I don't remember my B2 but it probably wouldn't be far off from my L2.
  7. I would absolutely echo this. I know that waiting for admissions decisions is one of the most frustrating and difficult parts of the process - I've been there. I'm sure it's even harder this year knowing that there are more applications than usual and not knowing what effect that may have on your chances. However you could be waiting for a few months before you get decisions, and being stressed about what's out of your hands during all that time isn't healthy. Do anything you can to focus on other things and soon enough you'll hear from the schools you applied to.
  8. I had pretty much exactly these stats. I got into Western and Ottawa and waitlisted at Queens and Osgoode.
  9. I'm not someone who can speak to chances all that well, but just so you know, don't expect that there were lots of deferrals last year. Many (if not all) law schools did not accept COVID as a reason to defer an acceptance. There were probably the same amount of deferrals last year as in any other year and it's not likely they'll make a difference as to how many people are accepted to any given school this year. I'd also recommend you plug your stats into https://lawapplicants.ca/ - it'll only tell you your chances for Ontario law schools, but at least that's a place to start. As for McGill I would say your cGPA and and LSAT aren't super competitive (the average LSAT for accepted applicants I think is 162), but I'm not sure how much they take references and ECs into account. Maybe check previous Accepted threads on this forum to get a better idea of what an accepted candidate's file looks like.
  10. I was a UofT undergrad, saved all of my CR/NCRs, and used 1.5 credits' worth in 4th year. I got at least an A- in my other 4th year classes, and got into law school. I'd CR/NCR if I were you - if nothing else, it'll ease some of your stress. But look into whether that's an option, since you can't CR/NCR any courses that go towards fulfilling your program requirements. Edit: I'll also add that I got into Ottawa and Western and was waitlisted at Osgoode and Queens with worse stats than yours.
  11. Supreme Court justice Michael Moldaver failed his 1L December exams and later became gold medalist of his graduating class. Low midterm grades aren't going to make or break your career, so long as you identify where you went wrong and work hard to improve from your mistakes.
  12. I've never heard of someone's offer being revoked for not maintaining a certain GPA in their last term. Don't worry about it.
  13. I'd advise you not to take a minor unless it's in something you're interested in. If you take one on just for the sake of having one you risk not liking the material and struggling to care about it enough to put the time and effort in to get good grades. Getting a 4.0 in one program with no minors will be much better for your admissions chances than getting a lower GPA but having both a major and a minor.
  14. I wouldn't worry too much. Last year the first post in the Rejected thread for Western was from March 26th. It's true that someone may have been rejected earlier than that and didn't post in this forum, but I would hazard a guess that Western doesn't outright reject people before Fall grades are released. They might accept someone before getting their Fall grades if they are a truly outstanding applicant, but I don't think they'd reject so early. It's more likely they'd wait to get your Fall grades, then wait to get Spring grades if you haven't graduated yet and you're still a borderline applicant.
  15. That is true, but Western accepts LSAT scores from tests as late as February 2021 for Fall 2021 admission, so they're reviewing the scores of people who write after the application deadline at different times anyway. I understand wanting to get ahead of the pack by having a complete file ready for them to review sooner rather than later, but the applicants whose scores have come in and those whose scores are still to come will all likely have a writing sample without typos (or with few). I agree that it's a balancing act and you need to figure out what you think will give you the best chance at admission. If you're worried that being delayed will mean getting your application package reviewed after some spots in the class have been filled and hurt your chances, then maybe not rewriting and accepting that your sample will have some typos will at least give you the peace of mind that your scores are in and Western can review them. If I were in your shoes, I'd at least continue to try to rewrite through to the end of November, and if I was still being delayed then I'd reevaluate.
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