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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?
  16. Thanks for your thoughts. Sorry I couldn't reply earlier, its been a hectic month. Truth be told, my interest in an MPP degree wouldn't be just for the sake of law school. It is genuinely something I am considering as well as pursuing a JD. If I pursue an MPP, it would ultimately be to complement my law degree down the line as you noted with using a JD as a credential in the public policy field. 2) Your assumption is correct. It seems like certain programs have a "focus" or specialization on certain things- I know UBC has connections to Asia which could help facilitate jobs in that region. I also wonder if certain schools have internships that can really get your foot in the door to certain fields and such. Of course, your point about going to school in the city where you want to work also makes a lot of sense. 3) Hmm, so there aren't a lot of stable long-term jobs in public policy? I was under the impression that it was a moderately safe route to go down assuming you pull your weight in school, do some networking, get internships etc. Perhaps I will have to revaluate. I guess becoming a lawyer would be a much safer career choice.
  17. Not sure how to edit my post but I realized I typed out MMP instead of MPP, my bad lol
  18. I think moving to Vancouver or Toronto would be ideal if I was to leave Alberta, although I would be okay with remaining here as well. I would like to live in a bigger city just for the greater breadth of career options as well as having the kind of lifestyle I want. I personally know that living in a smaller town is something I wouldn't enjoy as much, so I want to make sure I am setting myself up for the lifestyle I want with the school I pick.
  19. Hello all, I wasn't sure where to ask this besides the general discussion section, but does anyone have any experience with public policy degrees? I was thinking of getting one and then working for a few years prior to applying to law or maybe doing a joint JD/MMP degree. 1) Which MMP programs are best in Canada? Do grads from certain programs generally have better job prospects? 2) Do certain schools "cater" to certain sectors/fields (government, corporate, economic, social etc.) or regions of the country? 3) Does anyone have any thoughts to share on how difficult and employable MMP degrees are, whether that’s based on word of mouth, general knowledge, or personal experience? Thank you everyone
  20. Hello all, I am new to this forum and a recent grad as of this past winter semester. Law school has been something I have always thought about pursuing in the back of my mind, but it was never something I seriously considered until now. I have been looking into things recently and was looking for some advice since I am not close with anyone who is pursuing law school or who has successfully gained admission. I have done my best to read some of the helpful FAQs and threads around this website, as I know it can be annoying to consistently answer the same questions that every new user has over and over I put my grades into an OLSAS calculator and my cGPA comes out to 3.69 (assuming my two spring courses between first and second year are factored in), Last three years (L3): 3.79, Last two years (L2): 3.87. I reside in Alberta so unfortunately all of my grades decrease a bit under the Ontario grading criteria. However, for the purposes of Albertan schools I feel this puts me in a decent place. I would have a 3.9 for the U of A with them taking my most recent 60 credits (would have been higher if covid didn't turn my last sem into CR/NCR but oh well). Anyway, I hope this provides sufficient background to help answer my questions. -I have read some seemingly contradictory information on here in regards to picking law schools for the sake of prestige and a more lucrative career. I read (I believe in the FAQ) that prestige isn't really a big factor in Canada in terms of getting a good job. However, I also encountered threads that seemed to imply that one needs to attend U of T or Osgoode to have a viable shot at some of the most competitive careers. I want to keep my doors open as much as possible, so gunning for a more prestigious school would definitely be important for me if prestige matters. -I have read that the location of your school matters for gaining professional connections to work in specific regions (e.g. U of T or Osgoode gives you connections in the GTA area, UBC gives you connections in Van). By extension, it is harder to do a degree on one side of the country and then land a position on the other. Given this, are larger schools stationed in bigger cities generally better for networking and landing more lucrative positions? I am not trying to sell smaller or remote schools short by any means, just trying to clarify this -Is the notion of starting to study for the LSAT now for a November or January test date unreasonable? As it stands, I don't know too much about the specifics of the LSAT and will have to look into it further, but I do have prior experience with standardized exams. I am not returning to school, but I am pretty involved with extracurriculars, work, leadership etc. -Going off of the last question, is shooting for admission in September 2021 too much of a longshot considering I haven’t been "gunning" for law? My GPA is decent I think, I have many professional and academic contacts who would be willing to provide me with a reference letter, and my extracurriculars are pretty extensive and diverse in my opinion (although obviously I am biased and this is hard to evaluate). I know the LSAT would be the biggest hurdle and this is school dependent to some degree, but if I could get a pretty good score would gaining admission this upcoming cycle be feasible? -Which schools would be worthwhile for me to look into? I know I need an LSAT score or an idea of how I will score before I can have a true idea, but given my GPA and location, are there certain schools I should be considering? I was thinking Albertan schools and perhaps just applying broadly across Ontario? Or should I not even think about this without my LSAT score? -How much focus on extracurriculars is there with law school admissions? From what I have gleaned so far, these are only things addressed in personal statements rather than graded separately like with other professional programs. Is my take correct here? I know this is somewhat school dependent again. -Is there such a thing as an in-province advantage or an out of province disadvantage when applying to law schools? Thank you for your help everyone. I really appreciate how supportive communities like this are considering that I don't have much guidance in real life with my academic pursuits
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