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  1. I know the rejection stings, I was rejected yesterday as well. This was not a normal year - the pandemic/economic uncertainty led to significantly more applications and adcom committee’s are conducting their reviews in a challenging new environment (working from home). They have likely had to change their approach somewhat to get through all of the applications.
  2. They count the ‘at least 5 years’ from the date of application. So for a 2021 application, that means you shouldn’t have any full-time studies (college or university) between 2016-2021 in order to be eligible to apply mature. That is how Ottawa does it, but you can look into other schools as the mature applicant category requirements will vary by school.
  3. You can write the university and ask. I don’t think you will be eligible though if you are in full-time studies now. I was told last year to be eligible it had to be at least 5 years since full-time studies post-secondary. The five years could include some part-time studies, but full-time would risk my eligibility. My inquiries were re university and not college though.
  4. Moving to the states wouldn’t be an option, but I will likely apply more broadly in Canada next year. I have to keep working in order to afford law school, so only applied to Ottawa this year because of that. The pandemic is changing the landscape, so I think getting approval to work remotely may be more attainable now. Will certainly be putting thought into it.
  5. My LSAT was 154. I only wrote once and didn’t take any courses, was just self-study. Do you think if I were to take a non-degree course/credits would make a difference? I could do a class or two without affecting my mature applicant status. I am 41, so doing an undergrad at this point isn’t going to make economical sense.
  6. For past students who applied and were rejected, did you ask for a post-board to understand the decision? Is that something that is possible? I think it would be helpful in knowing whether I should try again. If it was my LSAT, that is something I can improve. If it was my lack of university...less feasible at my age to solve.
  7. Gutted to be writing here. Mature student. No university experience. College diploma 21 years ago. LSAT - 154 I have worked as a paralegal for 21 years for Fed Gov. My referees were people who have worked with me for years and know me well. Personal statement was tailored to Ottawa.
  8. How is your public speaking? I have toyed with the idea of checking out toastmasters.
  9. I have no insight, but letting you know you aren’t alone. I applied mature. No university experience. College diploma (paralegal) from 21 years ago (gpa 3.79), but my lsat was only 154 - single write. I have 21 years now working at DoJ as a paralegal. Mature is not really predictable, but I understand what you are feeling. Wishing you all the best!!
  10. I am still waiting, but I am fine with the wait. I know I am a long shot so it actually makes me happy to see the “under consideration”, as it means I still have a chance. No prior university. 154 LSAT (one write). Graduated college (paralegal diploma) 21 years ago, and have been working as a paralegal since. Mature applicant.
  11. As worded, isn’t this bordering on a request for legal advice? When you accept an offer of employment, are you not entering into a contract? I have seen case law on point, but cannot recall what the answer was. I wasn’t looking into that particular question. A CanLII search should help you find your answer though!
  12. I couldn’t agree with this more. I have noticed that in the pool of legal professionals I work with (lawyers and paralegals), the more senior professionals are aware and promote self care to the younger staff...but almost like a right of passage we end up needing to go through it to really understand. We run on adrenaline and there is a bit if a high that comes from it. What goes up has to eventually come down. Knowing and planning for this can help cushion the fall. There should be more emphasis on self-care. We can better serve our clients when we take the time we need for ourselves. Having healthy stress outlets AND taking the time to use them allows us to work smarter, harder, and just generally be more pleasant to be around.
  13. I am 41 and have applied as a mature student this year. I have the benefit of having worked in law as a paralegal for the past 21 years...so I know what I am getting into. To be honest, I do not think I have ever met a lawyer who only works 40 hours a week on a regular basis, especially fresh out of the gate. You have received a lot of advice here that I agree with. The thing that I didn’t get from your post is a strong desire to work in law. As Luckycharm mentioned above, the opportunity cost is high. Law school is not cheap, and you will be either eating savings or living on loans for years to come. If you are not passionate about law (and to be honest from your post you do not appear to be), this venture will cost you more than you will likely gain at the end of the day. I am not trying to discourage, but suggest you take a deep dive into why you want to pursue law school and practice law. I would write it out. This exercise will help you when you go to write your personal statement later on if you still feel like law school is what you want to do.
  14. I applied as a mature applicant this year. I reached out to the school to ensure I was eligible. I then reviewed on the admissions page what the school was looking for in the personal statement and references. I am still waiting to see if I will be accepted or not, but I tailored my personal statement to the prompts the school suggested. I also talked to potential references about their willingness and ability to vouch for me. As a mature applicant I don’t have any academic references so I tried to find professional references who would speak to qualities that I have that would help me succeed in law school. I had to provide a copy of my CV. Other than that, I do not think the process differed from general applicants.
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