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  1. I'll echo the above - Manitoba lays out the calculation (which isn't particularly complicated). The more specific question is what your index score comes out as and if that is high enough. Check the Accepted thread for last year to get an idea of what index scores ended up being accepted - If you already know your AGPA, you'll have an answer fairly quickly.
  2. I made an increase from a 150 diagnostic to a 161 LSAT with about 3 months of study (10 hours per week, using the LSAT Trainer by Mike Kim). I definitely felt I left marks on the table however for LG - so I think the jump you are looking at is very doable within your window of time. Will make for a long Christmas Holidays! If I were to do it again I would likely take either Harvard Ready or 7Sage to maximize results. Best of luck!
  3. Apparently I had calculated my AGPA incorrectly when I came to the previous index score - AGPA is 3.81, Index (I believe) would be 76.4
  4. Just finishing up the last two personal statements and was curious what you all thought my chances would be. Applying General for TRU and UofC. Applying as a Mature Applicant for UofM (also a Manitoba Resident, excellence in current career field, etc) - Index Score of 74.2 (ish?) I'm thinking Manitoba and TRU are far more likely than UofC based on the stats, entertaining the idea of writing again in Jan based on the LSAT result (as UofC is the ideal place, for me, to go to Law School). Thanks in advance!
  5. There is a lot to say about all of the points you are bringing up and some of your questions are very broad/possibly referencing the wrong things, etc. Anything mentioned below is from my experiences in the CAF. With those limitations, I'll try and take a stab at your questions: - Attending Law school and being a PRes (Primary Reserves) member: Likely very challenging to do, as most PRes soldiers will need to complete required training within a period of a few years (as noted above by ArmyToLaw) during the summer periods, which may not be compatible with Law School requirements. If you were already qualified in your trade prior to starting Law School, I can see it being a highly beneficial arrangement for the education reimbursement alone. I'd say take a good hard look at what your requirements are in law school prior to committing to the requirements of joining the Canadian Armed Forces. I think it would be highly challenging (and not in a good way) to try and learn two very different skill sets, with very significant time commitments, simultaneously. You'd also need to find a Law school that has a local Reserve Unit (that has positions for a Trade/Occupation you are actually interested in). - Selection criteria and methodology (outside of the public information regarding the time in trade / physical requirements, etc) is by nature secret, so it is doubtful anyone would be able to give you a concrete answer regarding the benefits of having a J.D. and being accepted into CANSOFCOM. It could make you stand out and be memorable, but depending on what you are looking to do in CANSOFCOM, it may be immaterial to your selection / employment with them. - There are definitely parallels to those who can complete challenging academic programs and those who can be successful in the Canadian Armed Forces, but these are far more likely based on personal characteristics and capabilities vice any direct connection between the skills (outside of becoming a Legal Officer). Meeting the physical requirements and time in the CAF to apply to CANSOFCOM is only that - it gets you to the door only. - Can't speak to what made your friends successful in their American SOF careers, but based on my (limited) exposure to the American Military I believe it would be similar to ours in that having other skill sets (Languages, technical skills, etc) absolutely CAN be useful in that environment. I'd keep in mind that the Canadian SOF community is FAR smaller then our counterparts to the south however. I'd need a much more clear idea of what specifically you wanted to do and your personal particulars to be of more help: Officer or NCM? Which specific Occupation/Trade in CANSOFCOM? Are you wanting to BE a (JTF2) Assaulter specifically? (If so, there is no direct connection between your legal training and the skillsets needed per se, but indirectly could be beneficial). Are you wanting to work within CANSOFCOM? (then yes, Legal Officers, for example, work within CANSOFCOM providing legal expertise, etc). Feel free to send a PM if you'd rather the details not be public - I can also provide a lot more context in a less public forum.
  6. In short - More debt with a higher chance of success is better than less debt that risks failing to accomplish the goal. From personal experience (not Law school related) my emotional health directly reflected results in my academic pursuits / current career - unless those additional debts will preclude you from being able to complete your degree, the completion of your law degree "should" give you the means to ultimately remove the debt (even if it takes a bit). Failing your degree (or other repercussions) due to emotional health reasons just leaves you with debt that did not provide you anything useful at the end. Can you succeed despite it? It is possible, but why run the risk? Good luck!
  7. First of all congratulations on both your academic and LSAT scores - at least the hurdle of getting into (a) Law School should be attainable. As someone in somewhat similar circumstances - the MLTP program has opened up in the last few days (if you were not already aware), CANFORGEN 094/20, along with a POC for whom to start asking questions / discuss your application with directly within the field, etc. I’m also sweating the “what happens if I get into law school but not picked up for the MLTP” question. While these are entirely my own opinion, the (current) bias for Officers vs. NCMs I believe stems from the training a member has received to the point they are likely eligible to apply (three years after fully qualified for your current trade)- the officer stream tends to hit more of the baseline skill sets for a staff officer type of job (IE, Legal Officer). I’d definitely ask for confirmation and/or advice from the POC noted in the CANFORGEN however. Some options available to you (and NCM/NCOs in general) that would likely improve the odds (though some are rank dependant) noted below. The other caveat is I’m coming from an Army background and the suggestions below may not be available/applicable: - Law of Armed Conflict (Intermediate) Course - Open to all ranks, though preferred is Sgt+ (I believe). When and where they are running can be found via the DWAN, etc. - If you have the opportunity to augment the Army Operations Course (Usually MWO or higher), You’ll see some of the aspects of what is required of a staff officer (and see where the Legal Officer plugs into the OPP Process, Targeting Boards, etc). This is pretty unlikely/rare, but I know the Staff College does try and open it up to select NCOs to attend for portions of the course. - Presiding Officer Course. While the general course is geared toward officers performing the duties (NCOs, I believe, pick up the skills for their side of the via ILP (WO) and ALP (MWO)) many NCOs will also take this course to learn how best to support the Military Legal process. I believe they also run a similar course specifically geared toward NCOs, but it has been some time since I’ve attended. Same point for the Assisting Officer courses you can find on the DWAN. - Asking to either be assigned as an Assisting Officer (unlikely, but not unheard of - usually Sgt+ is a minimum) or alternatively shadowing an officer performing the duties would likely give you some inside exposure to the legal workings in practice from the references mentioned above. Attending a Courts Martial and/or Summary Trial is also highly beneficial if you were able, etc. As you might not want to tip your hand to the CoC with regards to potential future plans, I hit many of the positions/experiences ArmyToLaw mentioned above if you wanted ask a neutral party. In fairness though, most of “our” knowledge and experience in this regard comes from reading the references noted above, consulting with Legal Officers on the particulars, and practice/exposure to various trials.
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