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  1. Gpa is good but, as you seem to have implicitly stated, lsat will probably have to be a bit higher to secure admission. Something in the low to mid 160’s would leave me pretty confident in your shoes. I had a slightly lower gpa and a 166 and got in right away last year. Best of luck on your rewrite and application!
  2. Me as well! (So hard to read tone online)
  3. You’re right. Frankly I’m embarrassed at my lack of initiative.
  4. I’m rooting for him! But hey, shooting for 170 and landing on 164 ain’t too bad either. Shoot for the moon and all that.
  5. My friend is studying for the LSAT right now, and shooting for 167 because I got 166. It’s a great motivator IMO
  6. I’m gonna intuit here (which I have to, as I’ve no say in, or intimate knowledge of, the admissions at these schools) but I’m still going to go with no. As far as I’ve heard down the line these schools are pretty stats based anyways, so if they’re reading that much into your personal statement you would probably be a borderline candidate anyways. If you’re at or above the average stats I wouldn’t worry too much at all. If you are borderline then I think you would be better off focusing on the quality of your statement rather than the content. I imagine that a good and compelling statement focused on environmental law would beat out a poorly written or generic one focused on corporate law. Why wouldn’t it? They don’t have much stake in where you end up after your degree, and all the schools I’m aware of seem to want a diverse class. If I were you I would write a good and honest statement and try not to worry. If they don’t want you for you than maybe you’d be better off elsewhere!
  7. I doubt it. Just a cursory search of “Queens/Western Environmental Law” shows that they both have classes and experiential options in the area. I think most schools are pretty diverse in their offering. I doubt they would refuse to accept you based on your interest in classes that they offer! Best of luck.
  8. I’ve heard down the line that 915 index is basically auto admit. I hope I didn’t give the impression above that I didn’t think you’d get in with a 162, just wanted to warn about extrapolating from incomplete data. Judging on the admitted applicant profile from last year you might’ve made it with your approximate stats (though they might’ve all had 3.69 and 164s, the vagueness of the chart!). If you get a 162 I certainly wouldn’t lose any hope, but if you want to feel sure (or as sure as any law applicant can) I’d shoot for that 90-94th percentile column, my reasoning being that that would set you squarely above the 5 people admitted in your gpa bracket with the 85-89th percentile scores, concretely circumventing the worry that they might all be 3.69 and 164’s. That’s just my two cents, obviously aim to do the best you can. Hope all turns out well, best of luck!
  9. I mean, it might. But I would beware inferring that from the rejected thread from last year. Only 16 people, out of many many more rejections, posted, I don’t know if I would draw many conclusions from that. I think the accepted applicant profile above is a much better place to infer from.
  10. All upper year courses are online I believe. 1L classes are an interesting split. They’ve taken each small group of about 50, divided it into 3, and those sub groups (A, B, and C), get to go in for in person classes every three weeks. For example, I’m in group C, so I could go in for weeks 3, 6, 9, 12 etc. It’s up to the instructors whether they want to do all online or do the mixed model. It’s strictly optional for students to go in person, and I personally haven’t gone in, as I live 2 hours away and don’t think it would be worth it for the 2 instructors in my section who are delivering in person classes. The instructors who are teaching in person just stream on zoom or collaborate ultra, same as the rest of them. Personally I’ve found the online classes not to be as bad as expected. I don’t have as much trouble focusing as I anticipated, and there are some obvious benefits. (Saving money by living farther out, and waking up 30 minutes before class starts, being the big ones). Overall it seems to be pretty good so far. If things are still like this next fall I’m sure you will still find it to be a good and enriching experience. Best of luck!
  11. I didn’t apply until mid October last year and was in the first batch of folks admitted. I’m sure Sept. 30th would be perfectly adequate!
  12. I don’t think they have any need for that. When I applied last year I was never asked for any verifiers, and they never followed up to ask.
  13. One of my better undergraduate crim professors was a crown prosecutor by day and an instructor by night. I appreciate that being a prosecutor might not entail the same work load as someone in private practice (which he admitted openly), but he also taught quite a few sections a semester, up to 3 or 4 that I saw. He was always very prepared, engaged, and willing to help the students. He clearly had a true love of the craft and seemed to be very satisfied with passing it along to the younger generation. The students liked him right back, and seemed happy to have a small respite from the instructors with pure academic backgrounds. When I went to speak with him about law school, what it’s like to be a crown, and the class assignments he always seemed very happy to help. Seeing as how I just started 1L a few days ago, I haven’t had a chance to take any law school classes with a practitioner yet, so perhaps the experience will be different here. Still, with that good experience behind me, I look forwards to possibly taking classes with practitioners in the coming years. Clearly, I’d find right, it can be a rewarding experience for everyone involved.
  14. Intuitively I can’t picture it hurting, but it might not help enough to be worth it. Most Canadian schools heavily emphasize undergrad gpa and LSAT, with everything else being a secondary consideration, if it’s a consideration at all. If you’re dedicated to doing the degree for its own sake, I would imagine it’s sensible to go for it. If you were looking to boost your admissions chances I think tons of LSAT prep would be much easier, faster, and more effective. If you want an anecdote to quell your worries a bit, there’s at least one person with a science PHD in my incoming 1L class this year, so it seemingly didn’t hold them back! Best of luck.
  15. Awesome, love the new enthusiasm! Ill be seeing you in next years accepted threads I’m sure. Best of luck again!
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