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  1. Personally, I would just use someone else that could verify who does have an email.
  2. Then you have the answer to your question. If now isn't the time to experiment and find out what you want to do, then when is?
  3. You will be submitting your application sooner after your undergrad than I did, and I certainly wouldn't say I'm a mature student 😄 But to be clear: "All applicants who do not qualify to apply in the Indigenous category must apply in the general category" That said, regardless of category, they review files holistically and can factor in relevant information you provide. This includes work experience, volunteer experience, research, or whatever else you include in your application. They will ask for all of your transcripts from every post-secondary institution. OLSAS calculates your undergrad GPA but Osgoode can consider your postgraduate certificate transcript too. If there's a trend you want to highlight (e.g. upwards trend, a bad year in undergrad that brought you down, poor grades during certificate due to X reason, etc) you can use your personal statements to tell your story. The "Part B" personal statement is usually a good place for this type of explanation.
  4. An L2 of 3.88 and LSAT >160 means you will get accepted to law school somewhere in Canada. Nothing in life is guaranteed, but I would feel comfortable operating on the assumption you will get into a law school when you decide to apply, if you apply to schools where you're competitive, apply to enough schools, hit your LSAT target, and draft a good application. I wouldn't start a masters that I plan to leave half-way through nor would I do a masters that doesn't help with my intended career or personal development. Don't do a degree you don't see yourself benefiting from. Unless the masters would be relevant and helpful in some way that you haven't described, I would probably instead seek to gain real-world experience and make money instead of wasting money. That said, I recognize it's a challenging time to find work, but you haven't mentioned whether you've explored work prospects instead of jumping into grad school.
  5. My hourly billable rate as a paralegal (set by the firm) was significantly higher, lol. But obviously it depends on the market and specialization and firm reputation, etc.
  6. It's increasingly looking like classes will be online, so I'd probably not look to relocate. But applying for housing isn't a commitment and leases won't come out til July, so you're not harming yourself by applying and deciding then.
  7. Housing offers went out in mid July last year I believe, while Osgoode confirmed classes for Fall 2020 would be online in June, so yeah you would have had a month prior to signing. That said, I received an email from housing today indicating they ran out of 1 bedrooms in Osgoode Chambers / Passy and asking if I'd be okay with a bachelor, so it seems the demand for housing this year may be higher.
  8. I can't speak to working during law school, but I've been working (remotely) part-time during my full-time MBA. I won't try to compare MBA workload to 1L, but I will say that working gave me a pleasant "break" from school, allowed me to break up my week, provided greater financial well-being and put me more at ease, and guaranteed me a summer opportunity at a time where many of my 1L friends are scrambling. In my case my role was flexible enough where I could put in as many (or as few) hours as I wanted, is law-related, and can be done 100% WFH, so I went for it. Many 1L students take up clubs or EC opportunities that would eat up an equivalent 4-8 hours/week comparable to your role. Are you willing to forego joining a club and instead using that time to work? If so, then it's probably an easy decision.
  9. If you value the MBA as a tool unto the end of landing big law, then no, it doesn't have value for someone who would otherwise land big law, if that's all they want. If you value the MBA for its academic content (understanding business issues and the greater business context / learning hard business skills), soft skills development (group work / presentation skills / networking / leadership), or breadth (exposure to finance/marketing/leadership/other careers that may interest you right away or for future transition) then it may have added value. It's really a question of where you are at individually versus where you want to go, in terms of personal development, and a cost-benefit analysis relative to other options you might have to achieve the same ends. I'm happy to chat more about this through PM or on a dedicated thread, I don't want to derail OP's post
  10. Last year I waited for 6 months until April and still hadn't hear anything from UVIC. I ended up emailing them to inquire as I was otherwise going to firm accept an ON school and finalize my plans. They kindly let me know they had no news to share and asked me to be patient. I received an offer from UVIC two weeks later but I firm accepted an ON school instead. Did reaching out to them help? Who knows. Did it hurt me? Clearly no. All I can say is it's early and you don't need to worry so much.
  11. Just a few years ago, the advice I heard repeated was not to share online about a new role until after you've started and were confident it would work out -- you otherwise risk something going wrong (offer rescinded due to budget cuts, poor fit, unhealthy work environment, getting a better offer elsewhere) and looking bad when you need to "take it back" shortly thereafter. I heeded this advice and would usually take 2 months before updating my social networks. (The same is true for relationships -- updating your relationship status on Facebook too soon not only makes you looks desperate, but will be really awkward when you need to delete it 2 weeks later.) Eventually, I started noticing students (not just law) posting about their summer roles or new educational pursuits months before they were to begin. I figured it was just a way to let their bubble know they found something and were excited about it. Then I started seeing more senior people doing the same, e.g. a former coworker who posted about her exciting new role right as she gave her notice at the current job. She stayed in that role two months before getting the can and starting somewhere else. I think this trend is not separate from the Millennial and Gen X-led trend towards being quick to share and deriving a sense of pride and fulfillment from virtual likes. People share what they eat before they eat it, people share what their hotel bathroom looks like before they use it, and the social pressures to show your "success" are very much felt, regardless of generation. When you're working at the firm until 11PM and on Sundays, the firm will know your commitment level. OP, I would stick to the more conservative route just in case bad things happen -- which in the era of COVID-19, seems to be more frequently than some think.
  12. I can't comment on assignments, but I will note that being able to print out files to read and annotate (scribble notes in the margin, circle what's important, summarize at the end, etc) can be of massive value in staying organized, engaged with your reading, and when referring back on something after having already read through it days/weeks earlier. This is especially true after a long day staring at a screen for 15 hours straight. Some people are totally content keeping every digital, but I for one value having a printer and mixing it up between digital and printed.
  13. I had a law-oriented but non-lawyer role before law school and when we posted the job ad to find my replacement last summer (so I could go off to law school) we got around a dozen lawyers applying amongst 200 other applicants (not as insane as the 75/150 for a receptionist posted above). The shortlist that got interviewed was 50% lawyers, including both Canadian and US-trained, and the successful candidate was indeed a barred lawyer. It really made me start questioning whether going to law school made any sense whatsoever if I was just going to end up in the same role and in the same pay scale in 8 years (he was a 5 year call). The job market is scary.
  14. I find taking breaks (recognizing when you're not absorbing what you're reading anymore and then going to do something chill before trying again, like a 15 minute walk), changing scenery every so often (e.g. after 8 hour study binge at my desk, I'll move to the kitchen table), and having a good set-up (appropriate ergonomics, clean space, enough screens, some kind of system of organization, deciding whether a certain materials are better read printed or digitally, etc) are really critical.
  15. With the same cGPA, lower L2 (3.84), and slightly higher LSAT (165) I got into Western, Queen's, Osgoode, and Ryerson, amongst others (rejected UofT). I also had strong softs, which may have had some effect.
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