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  1. JY from 7Sage makes the argument that, if the LSAT is important to you, you will do this. He is aware his schedule is more demanding than other study programs. If you cannot do a 34 hour per week study schedule, he would probably suggest taking more months to complete the program. Waiting until next summer to write the LSAT is not out of the question from this point of view, not is waiting until the summer of 2023! I, myself, am in your shoes. I agree with JY in theory, but in reality, I skimped massively on my study time. I am now waiting to get accepted to a law school with an LSAT below 160. I believe I would have a higher LSAT is I had done what JY told me, but I could not get the time off work.
  2. Which schools have you applied to?
  3. Might you be calculating your GPA on the 4.3 scale? Why don't you plug your courses into this GPA calculator made by @Ryn ? https://lawapplicants.ca/grade/index
  4. It is so early in the admissions cycle that your lack of getting any acceptances yet tells you nothing. I don't know how broadly you applied, but if you get in anywhere (ex. Ottawa, Ryerson), you can then make your choice to accept or redo the LSAT and try for Osgoode next year. I always type this in this kind of situation: save all your personal statements and school submissions and (when and if the time comes) ask your references to save their letters and consider being your reference again next year.
  5. My view is neither easier nor harder for a mature student to get into law school than it is for a general applicant. There is an expectation that you have life experiences that make you a qualified candidate. It is still important to have a good GPA and LSAT score, but life experiences are viewed as partial compensation for a lack of one or the other.
  6. I think that the stigma of living it home with your parents as an adult is unjustified. If everyone is happy, outside social pressure to move out should be ignored. FYI, I have not lived with my parents for a very long time. lol
  7. I had an idea while replying to another thread where a poster had a low GPA but still had a year of undergrad left. The goal of a person in such a case would be to get A's an A+'s in the final year in order to boost L2 (for schools that take L2) and to boost B20 (for Ryerson). A victory lap would be where a person who has completed 4 years of undergrad study does not request to graduate, but rather enrolls in further courses in a fifth year in order to boost GPA. The obvious critique of such a plan would be the cost and time commitment of taking these courses. However, if it were simply to boost B20, it would require a relatively light course load over a single semester, thus lessening the time and cost. Boosting L2 would be trickier as it would require all the time and cost associated with with a full two semesters of university study. But I suspect some people here would be willing to go to considerable lengths to get into a good (or any) law school. Delaying acceptance to law school is a non-factor at this point in time, since Sept 2022 is the earliest realistic option right now for anyone who has not yet applied to law school. The lack of a full course load would be a factor at many schools, but would it be a factor when boosting B20 for Ryerson? Maybe everyone is already aware of this possibility. Maybe this idea is faulty for some reason I have not considered. /shrug
  8. I'm not sure how this makes mathematical sense. I could be wrong here, but I think getting a 3.8 B20 will be very hard. So let's assume you get an A+ in 10 courses before you graduate. This gives you 3.675 B20 at most (4.0 x10 + 3.35 x 10) divided by 20. Let's say you get a few low A's and a few A+'s. 3.7 x 5 + 4.0 x 5 + 3.35 x 10 divided by 20. You are sitting at maybe a 3.6. Even one B+ or less out of your next best 10 courses will drop you more into the 3.5 B20 range. Doing the math is not my job, and I admit I am making this post without proper time to figure this out exactly. (I'm saying this respectfully!) But you might want to double check your realistic GPA expectations. Reference: https://www.ouac.on.ca/guide/olsas-ryerson/ (go to "Requirements) https://www.ouac.on.ca/guide/olsas-conversion-table/
  9. Your typo is a total non-issue. 😎
  10. One thing about this forum is that one can't get away with even a slight inaccuracy in one's wording. So ya, if you write that on your resume and cover letter, you have a very low chance of getting an interview. By that same logic, you can't bring it up during the hiring process either, nor within your first few months of employment. At that point you will be in a situation where you are working at a firm where your bosses' understanding of your commitment to the firm does not match the reality of the situation. So you will be asking for a transfer later, and the success of this request is quite unpredictable for anyone on these forums since we do not even know the size of the firm, the locations out of which they operate, your niche role within that firm, how the economy with develop in that particular legal niche and location, and how the pandemic will impact all of this.
  11. Let us know if this is an accurate summary of your situation. You do not have a university degree right now. You want to be a paralegal, and you are debating whether to take a 2 year diploma program or a 4 year (3 year?) degree program. Could you link us to the colleges and/or universities that you are considering attending? I suppose you would base you choice on tuition cost and time commitment vs. potential for a career and salary.
  12. This sounds like a question that is very employer specific. All you can do is ask each employer, or simply submit a cover letter and CV where you clearly lay out your plans. It might hurt your chances of hearing back from them, but if you do, then you know that they are at least open to considering your plan.
  13. It sounds to me like you perhaps did not work very hard at preparing for the LSAT. Do a bunch of practice tests and general studying and try to get at least into the mid 150's. Good luck for the 2022 admissions cycle.
  14. I don't know much. Please do not get too stressed if you don't get any acceptance offers from any law schools within January or even February. Myself, I will not freak out until the end of April, at the earliest. 😈
  15. I would say more than just a decent shot -- a good shot. However, don't put all your eggs in one basket.
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