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  1. Hey all, I am just finishing up the last of my law applications was just wondering whether it would be worthwhile to apply in the discretionary stream? I was diagnosed with ADHD part way throughout my university career which definitely impacted my performance beforehand. I later got some accommodations to help out with things. I haven’t taken my LSAT yet (will be writing in January, wasn't able to write earlier due to a ton of other life events/changes in career goals) but I would have a GPA of about 83% with drops according to a calculation I did a couple weeks back. I also have a ton of volunteering, employment, leadership, and research experience which I balanced throughout my undergrad and beyond- I'm not sure if this will help me though. Any advice is appreciated
  2. I'm aware of this- the purpose of my post was to more so assess how realistic my objective is. Is it unheard of for people to start studying in November and than write in January?
  3. If U of C and UBC have a somewhat greater focus on corporate law, those schools would likely be more suited towards my career objectives (even though I'm sure graduates from all 4 schools are capable of doing just fine in any sector). I concur on your point about grads heading east. Those numbers don't carry much weight unless we know how many students from each school that attempted to move out east. I have heard that Victoria is a beautiful city and a great place to live. I would have no problem whatsoever with attending school there for 3 years, but I would not want to reside there following the completion of my degree. My ability to network and land positions in other cities (e.g. Van, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto) from UVic would therefore be an important factor.
  4. Toronto would be lovely, but it could also be Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary etc. I just can't see myself practicing/living in a small town. Working in big law is something I am definitely interested in, although I am open to other things as well. Going to a school that could potentially set me up for "big law" would definitely be important for me in picking a school.
  5. The things is I'm not- I am applying to multiple other professional/masters programs. As @Musashi mentioned, I wouldn't need a phenonmal LSAT to get admitted into the schools I am applying for which I think helps my case Regardless though, I am most concerned with the feasibility of studying for the January LSAT with the time I have left
  6. Is taking the LSAT for the first time in January for applications this cycle too much of a risk? For reference, I will be applying to U of A, U of C, UBC, and UVic with the following: cGPA ~3.75, L2 3.9. Never taken the LSAT before, but I have experience with standardized exams and have scored fairly well before. I anticipate I will have quite a bit of time to study for the exam as I have already graduated. I am hoping to put in at LEAST 3 hours a day, but I could realistically manage ~8 hours most days.
  7. Fair enough- would going to a better school "on a resume" make a big difference to employers ultimately? I don't neccesarily have a preference for either the east or the west- I just want to stay in a big city! That being said, I'm relatively new to applying to law, and I didn't have time to apply out east this cycle due to work commitements since the application was due earlier. I also would have had to have a ton of personal statements together which I just didn't have time for, as I'm also applying to some other professional programs.
  8. From my understanding, using the lower end percentage would only apply for conversions from letter grade systems that do not have minuse letter grades
  9. Would you say that one of the schools would offer an advantage for networking beyond local employers, such as out east? I am definitely concerned with picking the school that will offer the most in terms of connections and networking opportunities
  10. Would this be true even for those that took a single spring/summer course or otherwise didn't have a full course load during those terms?
  11. Hello all, I just had two questions about how UBC calculates grades for those converting their letter grades to a %. An applicant's grade % is only rounded down if their original schools grading scheme does not have letter grades with minuses, correct? Additionally, are spring and summer courses included in the grade calculation? Thanks everyone
  12. Hello all, I was just curious if anyone had any thoughts on the pros and cons of each of these four law schools? I have always had a general interest in law, but only recently did I make the decision to pursue it as one of my potential careers. As such, I don't have as much insight into the nuances of various legal subfields as most regular users on this site I would wager. That being said, I do have an interest in corporate law, and I would also want to settle in a bigger city for my career eventually. Would any of these schools be more conducive to these goals of mine? I do understand that going to the U of A would give me more connections to Edmonton, UBC to Vancouver, and so forth. However, I am also concerned with networking and summer placement opportunities beyond the city in which my law school is located. I have heard that UBC provides some amount of opportunity to land jobs out east- something I haven’t heard about with the other schools I am considering. Any insights would be appreciated. Thanks everyone!
  13. I recently noticed that the application deadlines for U of A, U of C, and UBC have been moved back to December 1st (I am pretty sure that the deadlines for U of A and U of C were initially on Nov 1st, not positive about UBC however). U of C also won't be requiring reference letters this year. While I presume that the deadlines were moved due to covid, does anyone think that this could result in a delayed timeline for applications being assessed?
  14. At this point, I am broadly open to different areas of policy work. I don't really have applicable experience with policy work, so I haven't been able to identify my "passion" at this point per se. That being said, I wouldn't want to select a program, find my "passion," and subsequently realize I should have gone to a school with a specialized program. Are there certain schools that specialize in tax or human rights policy as you mentioned? Mac's focus on economic policy and U of T's focus on corporate and international policy both appeal to me. Does this mean just looking at the typical things like salary, job security, location, work-life balance, etc? Or are there certain things I should be wary of that might be unique to policy jobs? Taking on a new contract job every couple of years sounds intriguing given that I am still relatively young, but ultimately this wouldn't be ideal given that I would want to settle down in a particular location. Is it relatively common to work your way into a long term position after a while, or are a lot of policy workers perpetually swapping locations and jobs every so often? I don't live in Ontario at the moment, so perhaps it will be tougher for me to find a permanent position out west away from the federal government.
  15. 1) Fair enough, so doing a degree in the city and near the organizations you would like to work at is best? I have no doubt that networking combined with an internship placement will be pivotal in securing a career position. I think a job within the private sector or a government position in a bigger city would be ideal- I am sure positions in those two areas are likely the most difficult to secure. 2) This presents a dilemma to me. While I understand the importance of going to school in an area that you want to work, what if a certain policy school specializes in something that interests me? If I went to Mac for economic policy but I wanted to work in a different city, how do I balance these two competing factors? 3) I definitely try to work really hard so I don't think failing out would be a problem. The stats part definitely scares me a bit though even though undergraduate statistics went fine for me. From perusing the websites of some MMP programs, they seemed to imply that most grads secure jobs, so I will try to be cautious of this. On a more personal note, would you say that your MPP degree was worth it? Why or why not?
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