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  1. Chances are very good for most of these schools.
  2. Can they just send the exact same letter to each school? Provided that they did not mention anything specific about any school.
  3. I feel really lucky in this regard. I had two professors, who have not seen me in over two years, enthusiastically reply to my emails about being my referees 😥.
  4. Just like NYU and Columbia haven't surpassed Harvard and Yale despite being in a more popular location.
  5. Yeah I know. But U of T and Osgoode claimed to be holistic (while of course also requiring good stats) but Western and Queens never did. So it gave me the impression that a lack of extracurriculars would harm you more at the first two. I think Calgary and Ottawa are also holistic, but yeah no place beats Windsor in this regard :).
  6. Western and Queens are pretty numbers based I believe.
  7. Some schools (like Osgoode and Calgary) ask you to discuss what you would like to do with your law degree. For schools that do not specifically ask this question (like Western, Queens, UBC, etc), is it a good idea to mention what field of law you are interested in, what you see yourself doing in the future? If it is not in a field that the law school is particurlarly known for, would they be put off?
  8. I concur. The only reason my mom got her PhD in chemical engineering is because that was the only way she could come to Canada. She was very lucky to get a job as a professor right after completing her degree, but most people do not, even in fields like engineering. I know so many PhD holders who tried for years to get a position at a university; needless to say, most were unsuccessful and had to move onto something else.
  9. Better retake the lsat in order to become competitive 😉
  10. Yeah, I have had the desire to go to law school since I was 9, I know I will always feel unfulfilled if I don't do it. The master's degree aligns perfectly with my interests, but I want to spend the next few years on a degree with the maximum amount of benefits. I am rather greedy though, there is so much I would like to study, too bad we can only have one career haha.
  11. That sounds awesome! I am assuming there aren't as many of those types of jobs compared to jobs for lawyers (not that the law market abounds with positions either)? I will have to research more on those careers to see if they appeal to me. I have a better understanding of what lawyers actually do, having worked for ones before. Thanks. I have always had the urge to get things "out of the way". I finished my undergrad in three years (due to IB transfer credits and summer courses) and even though I wanted to change programs, I didn't want to delay graduation or feel like I "wasted time". In retrospect, that was a silly attitude. But now, if I really want to become a lawyer, I feel having an MA wouldn't offer any substantial advantage.
  12. Oh cool! Their funding is very generous. I did hear Carleton and Ottawa's co-op is very good, but that not everyone is guaranteed to secure one. If you do, then you're set. That sounds like a very interesting topic, I too would enjoy it profusely. European history has always been one of my favourite subjects. Had you not decided to go to law school, what kind of jobs do you think your MA would've led you to? It's just that I want to make a firm decision, stick to it, and then get on, since it takes 4 years to become a lawyer. Lately I keep oscillating between the two options. I regret not applying for law school or an MA two years ago when I graduated. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do back then, so I got some work experience. Still, I feel bad since most people go to law school straight from undergrad; I will be 24 if I start next year.
  13. That makes sense! I guess between a JD and an MPP/MPA, I would choose the former due to versatility. I was intrigued by a Master in International Relations or Global Affairs because I thought they might have a bigger scope than law, but now I am not so sure about that. Thanks!
  14. My parents will be paying for whatever degree I choose, but you are right I wouldn't want to waste that much money on something rather obscure. The applicants on thegradcafe praise it a lot and suggest it offers a plethora of opportunities, but they might be biased so that's why I asked on here. On Munk's website, they feature alumni working as research and development officers, analysts, running technology start-ups, etc. Some work abroad, some stay in North America working in companies like RBC and The World Bank. I suppose that expensive degree wasn't necessary in order to obtain those jobs; since I speak 4 languages, I thought a career in foreign service might be suitable. My mom thinks it's a fancy-looking cash grab with the U of T repute to entice people. While NPSIA seems more established, most graduates are limited to government. I think the main benefit of NPSIA and GSPIA is their co-op. At the end of the day, I just want to choose the degree that is most conducive to finding a job, so I agree the JD may be the better option. I can always study politics, history, economics, etc in my own time. Thanks for the advice!
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