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  1. I'm quite enjoying it, though if anything feel like I don't have enough time in the day to truly process the information I'm shoveling into my brain. The work load isn't overwhelming, but it is significant and in general higher than the work load I was used to carrying during my undergraduate, so the last few months have been ones of adjustment. As other posters have stated, I do not feel as if my motivation is suffering. I view this as a once in a lifetime opportunity, and while online studies may frequently feel isolating, I still feel a consistent internal push to put forward my best efforts.
  2. I generally agree with what @legallybl0nde said with regard to quality, or in other words, the substance, of a personal statement being more important than it being tailored to match some ideal form. However, it is also important to keep in mind that there is a meaningful relationship between the limitations a law school places on the length of an answer to a personal statement question, and the question itself. By this I mean the personal statement portions of your applications to each school serves the purpose of assessing how effectively and efficiently you can use a limited amount of characters to produce a pursuasive and expository answer to the question asked. And so while quality is generally more important than quantity, if you have sufficient space left to provide non redundant, new supporting information to your answer, and it is in your ability to insert that information in a natural way which flows with the rest of your statement, it would be in your best interest to do so.
  3. A letter from someone close to you and familiar with your financial situation during your undergraduate should suffice. Make sure their contact information is on it, they clarify their relation to you in it, and they sign and date it. I would reach out to western directly to confirm, though this method was acceptable to Osgoode when I asked their admissions office a similar question last cycle.
  4. Not only is this not uncommon for undergraduate courses as other posters have stated, but it is also generally the standard way of distributing grades at most (if not all, I do not know for sure) Canadian law schools. I can't personally imagine any admissions committee member being swayed by this reason for a poor cGPA- it may even work against your chances if you rely on it.
  5. I'd also like to follow, though from a "what could have been" perspective. I was accepted to Ryerson last cycle but ultimately decided to accept elsewhere.
  6. There is no advantage, the order files are reviewed changes depending on the school. It can be based on the stats of applicants, random, or, amongst other possibilities, change depending on who and how many people are on the admissions committee.
  7. Stat wise your chances are good for an offer, though with all due respect I would not consider your soft factors "really strong". They are certainly sufficient for admissions, though ultimately average in character. I assure you that you are not the only student that will be applying who has held multiple executive positions in student run organizations, nor who holds practical experience working in the legal industry as a non-lawyer. Your softs certainly will ground any claims of interest in attending law school you make in your person statement, though I would caution against relying on your softs to "speak for themselves" if that makes sense. Many undergraduate students participate in "pre-law" organizations simply because they believe it will enhance their chances of being admitted, when that assumption is simply untrue. Additionally, a strong letter of reference from a lawyer who may have supervised you will not necessarily be viewed more favorably than other applicants strong letters of reference from individuals who are not lawyers. While preparing your personal statement, I would encourage focusing on communicating to the admissions committee what participating in these softs meant to you and what you achieved while discharging your role responsibilies to distinguish yourself. If you highlight how you fulfilled obligations to others dutifully while acting in these capacities, worked to improve your student community, and your ability to manage multiple work/volunteer commitments and still achieve academic success, your chances of recieving an offer of admission will likely increase.
  8. I was accepted to Ryerson, Queens, and Osgoode with a very similar stat profile (not exact, but within a reasonable margin). I think you are a perfectly competitive applicant stat wise, though given your above-average-though-not-exceptional LSAT score the admissions committee may put more weight on your personal statement, so take care when preparing it to distinguish yourself.
  9. I agree with @Luckycharm here. Given your relatively low cGPA, your admissions chances will depend heavily on your LSAT score. At this point any attempt at measuring your chances would amount to pure speculation.
  10. Indict and indictable for crim get me everytime. It's one of those wonderful words in the english vocabulary where you have to consciously remind yourself how it is properly spelled in your mind while writing.
  11. Your LSAT isn't amazing, nor is it exceptionally low. Your GPA is excellent. Most law schools dont average your LSAT attempts either. It may be reasonable for you to assume your application will not necessarily be an immediate standout from all others, but to let yourself be mentally tortured by the belief that your file is outright insufficient for admissions will only do you more harm than good. I understand how you feel, but I promise your stats aren't nearly as bad as you think they are. To further support the above, I was accepted into Osgoode and Queens with a 3.7 cGPA and 158 LSAT. Anything is possible.
  12. The relative importance of your EC's to the admissions committee depends significantly on how competitive your raw stats are in and of themselves. Your stats are competitive, and I see no reason why your lack of a history of extensive involvement in EC's would preclude you from admission at any of the schools you have mentioned, with Ryerson being a potential exception given their recruitment focus currently being centered around attracting budding "judicial activists" to the law faculty.
  13. A special circumstances letter implies you have the foresight and initiative to provide the admissions committee with more information about your person when it is needed (for example, in the case that your GPA or LSAT fall below a given schools admissions medians for prior years), but not much more. As Hegdis stated, it is in your best interest to assume the admissions committee will review your file in good faith. The only case I can imagine where a special circumstances letter would be interpreted as a "pity me" per se, is if it's written as a "pity me". If it rather highlights your resilience in the face of extraneous social and/or economic life factors not entirely in your control, you have no need for concern.
  14. At Oz we also are required to take a course called legal process, though it is a year long course that must be taken concurrently with all our other first year courses. I wouldn't say your experience put you behind- if anything learning how to read and brief cases at the same time you are being assigned them to read for all your courses can easily be overwhelming and confusing. I almost would have preferred a more substantive introduction to methods of reading and briefing cases, analyzing fact patterns, and formulating legal issues before delving into the trenches that are various different legal doctrines.
  15. Tired and getting better at spotting not only legal issues, but non-essential readings 👀
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