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  1. My L2 and B2 I'm certain are almost the exact same - I only did well in my last year. It was a 3.15
  2. I was working full time for the month leading up to the LSAT so the week of I focused on things I liked about my job and what I liked about the test. I actually really enjoyed a lot of aspects about the LSAT - I love puzzles and still do LG questions for fun sometimes. 1 week away I looked at areas of weakness and focused on those. 4-5 days away, I focused on things I liked about the test and that made studying far more enjoyable and fun for me. My recommendation would be to focus on areas you don't like 7-5 days before the test and areas you do like 1-3 days before the test to give you a confidence boost and to get you into a good mindset about taking it.
  3. Accepted via email to check student centre on the 11th! CGPA - 2.82 (OLSAS) LSAT - 167 Strong ECs (varsity athlete, volunteering, good jobs), average/good LORs, good PS Applied access category.
  4. I could get doctors records - currently I'm applying general category, i just included depression a bit in my personal statement. I did receive accommodation a couple of years after being diagnosed when treatments weren't helping.
  5. Decent LORs, Engineering undergrad, strong extracurriculars (varsity athlete, president of a large club), currently working as an engineer, good summer jobs and IMO good personal statements (I struggled with diagnosed depression during undergrad and it effected my grades a lot so I touch on that in my statement). I'm applying in Ontario as well as UNB and Dal - I'm happy to go to Ryerson if I can get in and prefer it to going out west which is why I'm not applying to TRU, UVic etc (just for sake of free rent and being closer geographically to where I could practice). What are my chances of getting in anywhere?
  6. Thank you for your advice! My worst grades came when I was changing medication every month. Although I haven't yet found something that helps me, I have learnt to manage it a lot better and haven't done any medication the past year. The issue I found was that changing medication often had a really bad effect on my sleep, ability to eat and general mood and it changed so often I couldn't really get a sense of consistency to be able to manage it. I won't be going on medication but instead will be trying transcranial magnetic stimulation which doesn't have as severe side effects. I feel confident that my LSAT score and my last year of undergrad demonstrates my ability to achieve despite my chronic illness.
  7. I'm a chemical engineering student class of 2020, with the possibility of applying access (I have major depressive disorder and treatment resistant depression and have been depressed for the past 6 years. It heavily effect my grades and my last year was really good and an upward trend can be seen) and I will be working for this year as an engineer. I was a varsity athlete in university and was also involved heavily with extracurriculars and had leadership roles in clubs and good summer jobs (summer student for a defence lawyer, volunteer at SickKids in their legal department, research co-op at BC cancer research centre). My stats are 2.84 cGPA, 3.2ish L2, LSAT 167. My practice tests were consistently coming in just under 170 or above it. I know I can probably score better, but will it make a huge difference? Should I register to write the LSAT again or apply with my current stats? I'm not picky in terms of which law school I go to - I'm worried I won't get in anywhere.
  8. It's ok not to have everything planned - I know it's really frustrating and kinda scary, but when I stopped planning really far ahead (what I wanted to be, where I wanted to live, where I wanted to go to school and for what) and I just made decisions as they came, I cannot describe the amount of anxiety I know longer felt. I've instead really tried to focus on making choices for what comes next based on what is the best choice for me now. I needed a year off from school to focus on engineering and if I have a career there. It's also a pandemic - I don't really wanna start law school right now. I also know that maybe I won't get in anywhere and all this time and money will be for nothing, except that I will know the outcome and I'll never have to wonder if I could have gotten in. It's ok when things don't go to plan, just try and think about right now. A year really isn't that long - as long as you're happy, healthy and gaining life experience during that year, it's not a waste at all. Some people go to law school when they're 30 and that's the perfect time for them, and I'm sure they don't feel like all that time was a waste.
  9. I'm mostly going to be echoing what everyone else is saying, and I have far less experience, but I might be in a somewhat relatable position to you. I just finished my degree in engineering and my grades aren't great, to be specific; 2.81 cGPA and 3.15 L2. I struggled with diagnosed major depressive disorder for the last 6 years of my life and that hugely impacted my grades. So overall, I'm pretty proud of the fact that I made it through my engineering degree, but that doesn't matter much because applying to law schools my stats are really really low. I just wrote the LSAT and I'm taking this year off school to get a job, because honestly I might not end up in law school at all. My advice is to look at other people posting and find people with similar stats to yours and similar situations and see how they fared applying to Canadian law schools. Look at accepted forums for some of Canada's 'easier' schools to get into and see how you compare. Also message people with similar stats to you! I've done that and asked for direct advice and people were really kind to me and gave good advice. There is only so much advice people can give you without you disclosing your stats, so if you don't want to do that, reach out to people with similar stats and ask them directly for advice. Also maybe message some people that went to UK law schools. I have never considered a UK degree because I don't want to struggle and deal with the stress of large amounts of debt and not great job prospects. I know that won't be good for me and I'm better off picking a different career path or even waiting 5 years and applying as a mature student. My advice is to write a diagnostic LSAT and see how you do. If you do terribly then yeah, maybe you'll have a huge up hill battle, but if you do well? Your chances at a Canadian school might not be as bad as you think. Don't rush this decision, take a year to work and write the LSAT. Or just take a year off and work and travel - teach English somewhere in Asia or be an opare! If you don't want to be living in Canada and don't necessarily want to practice law in Canada, then this is a totally different situation! If you want to stay in Canada take the year to write the LSAT or at least think it through a bit longer; I bet you can still go to the UK for law school in year and at least then it'll be a more informed and thought through decision.
  10. A whole lot of reasons - some not very deep but I did have one bigger spark of inspiration that is a little more 'deep'. I was studying to be a chemical engineer and the most sobering class I ever took was when the prof started talking about chemists and chemical engineers that used their knowledge to do harm. This is a very technical class, we usually don't talk about ethical stuff but this whole lecture was basically just about horrible stuff people had chosen to do, and some good stuff too. There is one that I still remember really well and it was about napalm. The guy that invented napalm was Louis Fieser and napalm is a substance that is super sticky when set on fire and the fire continues to burn. Well, during WWII this stuff was used in bombs and later it was used in bombs in the Vietnam War. The sticky fire would cause 4th and 5th degree burns on people and at one point it was used on a village and landed on kids. There is a picture the prof showed us of children running, with their clothes on fire (some of them were naked because they'd torn all of their clothing off) and this substances was stuck to their skin, burning them alive. He was a Harvard professor and the purpose was to just burn down buildings not to burn people. He didn't like what it was being used for but he knew the military was using it and in a Times interview in 1968 he said "I have no right to judge the morality of Napalm just because I invented it.". He didn't regret it. My profs point with him and other examples (mostly from WWI) was that you have the immense power to do good or bad, or something in between. You have to take responsibility and be accountable for what you put out into the world. Louis Fieser probably wasn't a bad person but he created a dangerous and bad thing, gave it to the government and didn't feel any responsibility for what it was used for. I felt so passionate after that lecture to be a really good engineer and do lots of good, but I couldn't take my mind off of all the bad stuff I'd heard about and how none of those people really got any justice. I was interested in the ethics of it (how responsible are chemists for what we create?), laws governing it and how we go about making sure it doesn't keep happening. I'd always been interested in the law but this is what really sparked my interest in becoming a lawyer; being a part of what we deem right and wrong as a society. I know law is far more complicated than making the bad guys pay and getting justice, but it is about doing good and helping people to be better and holding them accountable when they take their knowledge and skills and choose to do harm, and that's what I want to do.
  11. Some do only look at your last 2 years but I have to say, the jump between what you're getting and what you'd need could be difficult. You still have time to figure it out but if you've really been trying so far in your degree and your grades (which aren't bad btw, just aren't at the law school admissions level for a lot of places) aren't the result of something easily fixed such as you weren't focusing enough to begin with, the increase will likely be hard. You still have time to figure it out but I really struggled to bring up my grades and am now relying on getting a high LSAT score to have a chance anywhere. I just finished an engineering degree and I constantly thought I could improve my grades next year, but really throughout my degree I was always trying really hard so improving was difficult when I was already giving max effort. We're two different people so maybe you won't struggle at all to bring up your grades, but definitely take some time now to think about why you got the grades you've gotten in the past and how you can improve!
  12. I agree with everything said above, you don't need legal knowledge before entering law school. I'd say you should do a practice LSAT to get a diagnostic! If you have a promising diagnostic and can improve your current GPA then I'd say you'd have options if you choose to apply! A law degree can also be useful in other careers other than law - but it is a huge investment in time and money to get a law degree so try to be confident it's something you want. Definitely keep thinking about it as you go through your undergrad - maybe take a law course as an elective or talk to someone in the profession to get a better idea if the path is for you. If you're interested in medicine/lifesci you could always look into health law! It would combine your undergrad background and a law degree.
  13. Another thing to consider is you've been working for 2 years already, you could work for a couple more years (5 I believe is the minimum) and apply in the mature category. It's not a guarantee you'd get in but if you have good softs, apply in the mature category and have a really good LSAT it would improve your chances!
  14. I am currently PTing at a 167 after 2 weeks of studying (original diagnostic was 162), I know that my actual test day score could be much lower, just an indicator of where I'm at! I think I can get into the 170s! My cGPA is roughly ~2.7 and my L2 ~3.1. What schools weight LSAT more heavily than GPA? Thanks!
  15. I'm a chemical engineering undergraduate (class 2020) and I'm hoping to take a year off and write the LSAT and apply to law school. In undergrad I was heavily involved in activities (varsity athlete for 3 years and involved with women in science and engineering) and I had good summer jobs (co-op at cancer research centre one summer, a volunteer in risk management in a childrens hospital, summer student for criminal defence lawyer) and I have a good job lined up at an environmental chemical company for the year off. My GPA is currently at a B- (around 2.7), but in my 4th year I improved a lot (almost all straight A/A+ with two Bs), my problem is my third year was one of my worst so L2 doesn't help me much. I don't know if I can apply for special circumstances; I was diagnosed major depressive disorder and treatment resistant depression in 2014 and am still in treatment for it and received accommodations at university for it as it hugely impacted my ability to learn and function in school. I know law schools wants to see that I can function and handle law school, and I think finishing engineering in decent standing while being severely clinically depressed does demonstrate that. I haven't taken the LSAT yet but my diagnostic without any practice or strategies was 162. Is there any chance I could get in with my bad GPA?
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