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  1. Are you saying that LSAT and GPA are (mostly) all that matters? What factors, if any, would you say would compensate for a low GPA and/or LSAT? Let's disregard Access and Indigenous categories for this purpose.
  2. I cannot answer your questions directly, as I am not familiar with the earning potential of lawyers. However, you have my moral support. 😃 I am also old, a business owner, and I have a family that relies on my income. Do it for what you feel you would enjoy doing. If you don't feel you would enjoy law school and a legal career, don't do it.
  3. Myself, I had always seen myself articling with a sole practitioner, and I had never considered that a downside. Is this lawyer somewhat connected to other lawyers? Can she refer you? I'm not in law school yet, by the way.
  4. Do not email the transcript yourself.
  5. Thank you, Hegdis. I have been open and honest about not being a law student and not being a lawyer. Perhaps law school (if I get in) will drastically change my views. @CleanHands suggested (paraphrased) that I have disdain for accused criminals and that I assume their guilt. This is untrue. Instead, I said that, as a group, there are many who are guilty, though I would never make any assumption in any individual case. The main point of my post was that dealing with them as a group might be unpleasant. @CleanHands pointed out that it is not necessarily unpleasant. These statements are not contradictory. It was also pointed out that everyone already knows what it is like to deal with criminal law clients. If this is true, then I was mistaken in feeling the need to talk about it. I thought there might be people who has not fully considered this aspect.
  6. LOL @lh22 Seriously though, if your exposure to mentally ill people was part of a volunteer position, and you were helping that person and/or helping an organization which interacts with the person, I might actually try to get it into a PS or something. If it's you mother in law or something... lol
  7. I will suggest typing slightly more than the character limit to start (perhaps in MS Word). At this point, edit your statement for clarity and content. Now eliminate anything weak or redundant. If you are at 80-100% (ex. 2000 to 2500 out of 2500), you are on target. Otherwise, remove a few sentences that don't seem necessary.
  8. In, probably. Always have a backup plan though.
  9. 95% Osgoode. Always have a back up plan though.
  10. I wish to address an issue with becoming a criminal lawyer that has little to do with how many crim courses you took or what your chances are of getting hired by a crim law firm. A new crim lawyer will likely be involved with clients who have bad life circumstances and bad behavioral traits. Most of them are guilty of crimes to at least some degree - though there are always arguable points legally about facts in issue and sentencing. If you have lived a life where you have not been exposed to this kind of culture, you may be in for a shock. I think it is fair and logical to say that criminal law clients, as a group, consist largely of criminals. And criminals, as a group, include a large proportion of people who are liars, violent offenders, abusers, and addicts. How do you feel about arguing on behalf of the young skinhead who spray painted a swastika on the side of a synagogue? How about the not-so-young prostitute who stabbed one of her customers for crack money? How about listening to conspiracy theories from your mentally ill client for 45 minutes? How about a man who allegedly punched his girlfriend, and denies it, despite already having three assault related convictions involving her and a sexual assault conviction involving her 8 year old son? You will be spending a lot of time with your clients. You will hear a fair amount of profanity. You will often be conflicted between your legal duty to represent your client and your general detain for some of their behavior. If you have already considered this aspect of being a criminal lawyer, fine. If you have not, please be aware that legal theory in a textbook is one thing, and practical involvement is quite another. I will probably get some criticism for my depiction of criminal law clients - probably rightfully so. The argument that these people have been disadvantaged by the system gets a fair amount of attention. And yes, racism and poverty are a factor. My comments are not meant to disparage any demographic, but rather to make you consider your quality of life if you pursue a certain career path. This video shows the opening credits of the TV show COPS. Based on experience as an auxiliary police officer (a glorified volunteer ride along program, but I saw enough over the years), I believe that the show is accurate in it's depiction of the behavior and circumstances of accused criminals. The action, gun usage and fast paced nature of the show is a gross exaggeration.
  11. Six hours is really not a lot. I've had to do a couple of hours of workplace safety while working in an office (re: danger of paper cuts?) and a couple of hours in sexual harassment while working in a factory (re: do not grope people?). This will be an online video tutorial, no doubt. It will probably have an easy quiz at the end of each section.
  12. See my PM. What is your process when you do an "insane number of attempts"? One of the most important rules for studying for the LSAT is to review the heck out of your LSAT before looking at the answers. JY Ping explains this in his videos on 7Sage.com (available free on the website or YouTube, I think). Keywords: "Blind Review" I often do a PrepTest (35 min per section) and then spend 6 to 12 hours blind reviewing, then watch videos about the answers.
  13. I actually managed to get a professor I have not talked to in 12 years give me a reference letter. HURRAY for a super small class size and being really talkative. If you do not have such a reference, try to get a reference that can validate the academic side of your life experience. Where in your life have you used a lot of reading, writing, and workload management? have you worked in a office setting? A legal setting? Etc.
  14. My view of LORs is this. Your can have 3 kinds: Bad ones, neutral ones and positive ones. If you include any bad ones, then you severely messed up who you chose as a referee. Professors (and so on) who think negatively of you would normally refuse to give a reference rather than submit negative information about you. Positive references are those where your referee can say something about you that sets you apart from other applicants. A positive reference says something unique about you that would not likely be said about your classmates. Examples include a statement that you ran a food bank on the side during undergrad, or that you are an award winning debater. If you have any positive references, include them. Most people will just be left with neutral references. You din;t run a food bank. You were not an award winning debater. You did not once risk your life while part of the military to save a child. These neutral references will say "Joe was a great student. Super nice guy and stuff like that." These are the references that do not affect your application one way or the other. But you still have to include them to prove that you weren't a below average student that nobody respects.
  15. There are very few people who have a closer relationship with a professor than one to three courses taken. Some people may have done side projects or been a research assistant or something. Some people might have taken 3, 4, 5 6+ course with a certain professor, but that must be very rare. But I think choosing a professor who only taught you one course is pretty normal.
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