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  1. @QuincyWagstaff thank you for your replies, I'm interested to know if you did exceptionally well in law school What I mean is the role of prosecutor can have huge impacts on people's individual lives. A prosecutor who is social justice-minded might interpret what it means for a prosecution to be in the public's interest much differently than a tough-on-crime prosecutor. I think it is self-evident how much discretion prosecutors have, given that they can drop charges based on their interpretation on what the public interest is, within reason of course. Their role is "quasi-judicial". What I would be interested to know is if there is a propensity for social justice-minded lawyers to avoid becoming prosecutors because they perceive them to be evil people who exist to put minorities/addicts in prison since @DoWellAndGood mentioned that is a prevailing attitude among Uvic "progressive" students. But given the discretion prosecutors have, it seems like a great place for a "progressive" person to reduce minorities/addicts going to prison, which they are upset about with in the first place. I'm not suggesting that a progressive person would drop charges on these groups if their crimes were clear-cut and heinous, but that they would drop charges more often in gray-zones or with the presence of extenuating circumstances. Did you become a Crown? If so, I'm interested to know your view on the discretion Crown's possess.
  2. From the PPSC website: "As part of their quasi-judicial role as “ministers of justice,” Crown counsel ensure that prosecutions based on sufficient evidence and which best serve the public interest are brought before the courts. In the exercise of this power, Crown counsel have a high ethical duty to act independently, fairly and objectively without either negative or positive animus towards the accused." This is one of the greatest appeals of being a Crown imo. Obligatory 0L disclaimer, but the discretion prosecutors have is enormous and it would seem that social justice minded lawyers could make huge impacts as Crowns, even though on the surface it seems as if you are the evil person arguing for people to go to jail. However, discretion should not be confused as taking the law into their own hands. @VitalGiraffe according to this video, US prosecutors do get similar discretion. It's also a good take on the social justice minded prosecutor perspective https://youtu.be/H1fvr9rGgSg?t=329
  3. Thanks for your thoughts. I do plan on applying to UBC, but I'm more confident I would get into UVic. I have a 162 LSAT and about a 3.8 on the 4.3 gpa scale
  4. I would prefer to work in criminal law as a Crown or in other government work. I'm partial to Ontario (Toronto) since I grew up here but am open to working in BC especially if I go to Uvic and enjoy the west coast. Tuition is a huge factor for me. I had accepted Osgoode last year but the enormous debt I was looking at made me decide to take a year off and really evaluate law school in general. Osgoode's tuition only seems justifiable if I planned on going into BigLaw, which interests me less but is not entirely off the table. However, it does have great criminal law offerings as far as courses and clinics. Would UVic hinder Ontario Crown and government chances? Is Osgoode worth it for criminal law, or is another "cheaper" Ontario school a good compromise? Thanks in advance
  5. If I withdraw money from my PSLOC but return it in full before the interest due date, do I still have to pay the interest for the month?
  6. No to both questions. The PSLOC is independent of OSAP and assuming you get approved for the PSLOC, (which you should unless your credit score is awful) you should only draw from it to fill in financial gaps left by OSAP, your savings, and other resources such as bursaries. OSAP is interest free until after you graduate whereas a line of credit will start accumulating interest on the amount taken out on a monthly basis.
  7. You should look up the OLSAS GPA scale and convert your GPA to that scale. With your first attempt factored in, your GPA is definitely on the low end so you should aim for an LSAT above 160, ideally around 164 to make you competitive. I'm not sure about the not full time three year degree but Osgoode is holistic so I would definitely explain your circumstances in your personal statement.
  8. They will be sending the Q&A transcript sometime this week!
  9. Accepted Friday February 14th CGPA: 3.73 B2/L2: 3.8 LSAT: 159, 162
  10. Accepted yesterday! CGPA: 3.73 LSAT: 159, 162 General category
  11. I wouldn't be concerned, I was in the same boat as you until this morning with a 3.73 and 162. I think it comes down to your application being further down in queue for whatever reason and it just not being looked at yet. Good luck!
  12. In this morning! CGPA: 3.73 LSAT: 159, 162
  13. On the Western Student Center website I got a prompt that I needed to enter my SIN. Do all/most Ontario law schools require SIN to be added separately from the OLSAS application or is Western the exception?
  14. are these acceptances coming through to the Queens email?
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