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  1. Even if canceling an application were to get you reviewed earlier, why would that be beneficial, and would it necessarily "alert" the applications committee(s) that your status has changed and prompt a new review of your application? I don't have the answers but I doubt any of that would work in your favour, or cause any effect at all. Things seem to move in waves. The school has a bunch of outstanding offers that the recipients need to decide on by April 1st, so perhaps the whole process is just waiting for that deadline prior to moving on to the next wave. My advice (I'm no expert but I've done the process twice now) is to just wait it out. It can be hard not to overthink things while waiting day after day but the reality is we're all waiting for someone to work through thousands of applications to land on ours. Best of luck!
  2. Ok great thanks. In hindsight I think the Dual JD specific credit was because that program is far more expensive. Thanks for the info!
  3. So if I could ask you and anyone else to elaborate, what should a mature student do to overcome this? I'll be 34 at the time of graduation from law school, so assuming that is rather "mature" compared to someone who would be 26 or 28 at graduation. Aside from good grades, what else can be done to offset the negative perception? Extra-curriculars, internships, etc? Any other advice?
  4. Hi all, Last year when contemplating the Windsor Dual JD, I found there was a Scotiabank branch in Windsor that offered a line of credit that catered specifically to students of that program. Is there anything similar in Ottawa at various banks? Does anyone have recommendations on lines of credit for studying in Ottawa? Thanks a lot.
  5. I have also been accepted to Ottawa and am feeling the need to prep a bit too. I took a business program so I want to brush up on basic political science or civics. The book The Canadian Regime: An Introduction to Parliamentary Government in Canada has been great to help understand our political system, how it compares to the American style, our courts and their role in politics, etc. Only about half way through as of now. No idea how much it will help but I don't want to be sitting in class clueless about things some of the political science undergrads would consider basics.
  6. Thanks for the response, this is what I'm looking for. I'm sure it can work but I do want to gather more information on how it will need to work so I can navigate the recruiting process more effectively. I will likely send you a PM as I start to plan that out more.
  7. Thanks for the response and opinion. I certainly did not mean to offend anyone or diminish the importance of any given role. Rather, I am trying to gain an understanding of how a lack of quantified work experience will be perceived by firms and recruiters specifically. It's not my opinion that matters here, but theirs, and as much as I'd like to give everyone the benefit of the doubt at all times, I can't pay back my student loans in optimism. It's not about prestige or reputation, I just don't feel comfortable taking the money and the time without having more information on the general job market environment waiting after graduation. For what it's worth, I would personally agree with your sentiment and am happy to hear what I assume is your ability to have made a legal career work yourself.
  8. Hi all, I'm hoping to get some advice or insight 1) from anyone who has/is attending law school in their late 20s or early 30s without significant (quality) work experience, or 2) anyone who has some insight on this particular dilemma. I've been accepted to Ottawa for the Common Law JD this September, and am thrilled to have been offered a place having worked hard over the past two admission cycles, and having to make a difficult decision last year not to attend the Dual JD in Windsor/Detroit due to cost (which in hindsight I think was a good decision). I am very interested in attending and have put a fair amount of thought into the general idea of legal studies and a legal career, prior to being accepted, through my own research and speaking with a good friend who is a lawyer. I excelled in undergraduate law courses and was certainly interested in them. I don't plan on having a family (at least any time soon), and am actually looking for a role that will be challenging and rewarding. My undergraduate degree was in business management and I would like to work in contract law or business law more broadly. However, due to an unfortunate injury in my early twenties, my academic path and career are quite behind. I had to postpone my studies in undergrad and did not graduate until 27. I worked my tail off to get a 92% average in my final two years so I could continue school in some capacity. I debated attending an MSc that I was accepted to and opted against it. I then worked in sales for about two years before losing my job due to the pandemic. As such, higher education would be quite redeeming, in the sense that injury did not prohibit me from what I wanted to eventually do career-wise. I do want to study law and likely work in corporate law (not necessarily big law). I am very concerned that age and an overall lack of work experience relative to what a 34 year old (at graduation) should have accumulated will make finding an articling position difficult. It is clear to me there are no guarantees after graduation and any graduate can find themselves grinding to find legal work for any period of time. I have been told that firms simply will not care about what someone has done prior, but I find that somewhat hard to believe. If anyone is willing to share their experience of attending law school in their late 20s / early 30s and finding work with a less-than-spectacular resume, that would be much appreciated. Attending seems like a potentially amazing opportunity but not without due diligence. Thanks a lot.
  9. Not high. I believe 3.00 due to a lot of bad marks in my first year. I didn't get good marks until my last couple years.
  10. Got the email on Wednesday. Super happy to be admitted to Ottawa and plan to accept the offer after doing a bit more research on the program and talking to some alumni. LSAT 157 L2 3.7 Strong LORs including from an undergrad law prof, and tried to write a strong statement.
  11. I have declined the offer. The first concern I had about this program was the cost, and after giving it about 6 weeks' thought, this hasn't changed. All the best to everyone.
  12. I'll more likely be doing that, but have still been doing the due diligence on the Dual JD. Both options of committing to the Dual JD and then declining and reapplying to schools next year are gambles so I'm weighing which is the better one to take. Therefore more likely to reapply.
  13. It doesn't really explain anything other than to say you need to pay the deposit through the OLSAS site. It's not exactly clear on the OLSAS site either unless you need to commit to a Firm Acceptance first. Edit: Nevermind, I'm just slow today...
  14. Ottawa waiting until mid-July to respond is insane. Not sure what the provisional-to-firm acceptance date was last year but July 2nd is the date this year. So you'd theoretically have to acceptance a provisional acceptance elsewhere and forfeit your Ottawa acceptance prior to even knowing whether you'd get into Ottawa, if you'd prefer Ottawa. That's crazy! I have provisionally accepted the Windsor Dual JD but would like to hear back from other programs before July 2nd so I can consider avoiding the Dual JD enormous cost. To think I'd spend 200k when I could theoretically be unknowingly accepted to a program that costs far, far less than that is really frustrating.
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