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  1. Since you can attend law school after obtaining any undergraduate degree, it is not necessary to choose based on what you think will be the most effective/draw the most utility in law school. Further, because your GPA and LSAT score will be paramount if/when you apply, feel free to choose a major that interests you and that you think you will succeed in. However, some other factors might figure into your reasoning. For most people, these factors are employability and ROI. If you are interested in marketing or accounting because you think they will provide you with the tools necessary to pursue a career in one or the other, and it's a career you can envision yourself in if you ultimately decide against attending law school upon graduation, then give those considerations their necessary weight. It should also be noted that no formal background in criminology is needed to practice criminal law. Good luck!
  2. I lived a good deal of my life (though, to be fair, not most recently) in public housing in Toronto. In that time, I was exposed to several people who ran into trouble with the law, but who had such trouble--or, more specifically, the reasons for their actions--generated by more basic issues relating to income, food insecurity, and so forth. This experience, of course, is not unique: plenty of people grow up economically disadvantaged. Still, I hope that by going to law school and entering criminal practice, I can offer legal representation to at least some of these people while coming from a vantage point that will allow me to better understand their experience. Whether or not this amounts to a form of situated knowledge that is strictly inaccessible to those who have solely read about poverty, as opposed to experiencing it themselves, is a worthwhile question. I guess this might be pithily described as a form of public interest or social justice? Less seriously, and in tune with other posters, reading about the law from a theoretical perspective is interesting as fuck.
  3. Wow. I initially thought this post was about coming out of the closet in Western Canada.* *I'm sorry, I hope someone can give you a serious reply, though.
  4. I'm doubtful that I have anything valuable to say with regards to your admission process, but I did want to ask: do you plan on ever practicing law? This likely is not a hard and fast rule, and I'm sure there are at least a few people out there who have successfully done otherwise, but my understanding is that if one intends to practice immediately upon completion of their J.D., they're better served just going to law school, as opposed to doing a joint JD-PhD program. For context, I say this as someone who initially had their heart set on applying to several JD-PhD (Philosophy) programs, but after having discussions with various faculty members and a few practitioners, they all stood in agreement that doing so--if I were lucky enough to be accepted--might not be the best move career-wise. There also is, of course, the consideration that getting into a worthwhile law program is, on average, easier than getting into a PGR-ranked Philosophy program (which you are likely already aware of). Perhaps you already know of all this, but I thought it might be useful to share. Further, there are several posters on here (e.g. one actual Faculty member) who have more knowledge about the academic sphere than I do, so I may stand to be corrected.
  5. It's definitely open--I went to register. According to the website, it will take place August 29th at 8:30 AM. @MissRune363 Right now, as you've already noted, only nine test locations are open. Though, you're not late: if you go on to the website, you will notice that the final date to register is July 15th (and midnight at that). I'm not in a position to know whether more test locations will be released or not; however, (i) there is a possibility that the dearth of locations is related to COVID, or it simply has always been this way, and (ii) some people on Reddit have claimed that, upon registering, they received an email stating that their test location was moved. Whether that will happen to those of us in Ontario, I'm not quite sure.
  6. I have yet to go through the application process myself, so I am open to being wrong here. However, if I am not mistaken, yield protection is primarily an American tactic, no? I have been browsing various forums for a while and do not recall any instances of a Canadian applicant with grades and an LSAT score well above a school's median being rejected. I think the sensible (and most time-efficient) thing to do is to construct a general PS that nevertheless allows you to make note of specific things that make a school attractive to you (e.g. a particular clinic, journal or institute/centre for a specialized area of law)--what you might call a cookie cutter approach. At least that is what I have been doing, but maybe it won't work! Since schools are simply looking for the best applicants, my guess is that they are less interested in the area you hope to work in and more so the quality of your application relative to everybody else's, in which case, you might as well just write about what it is you truly want to do irrespective of where you are applying. Whether they are completely indifferent is a different question, I think. Though, once more, I've never been on an admissions committee, so...
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