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  1. I am not in law school but for what it is worth I know of a few people in their late 30s and early 40s who did the whole career change thing and have made it into law and medical schools. It can absolutely be done. Your age means you are bringing life experience and maturity to the table which is valuable especially in a field like this. Your current student loans should not be a barrier to getting a professional student line of credit. I definitely agree with FortifiedEight though just make sure it is something you really want. All the best to you and good luck!
  2. Sounds like something out of Catch Me If You Can haha
  3. I know as undergrad students we tend to obsess over our stats for med/law/dental/grad school or whatever but really your stats are top notch and at this point it's just a bit obsessive. You're pretty much guaranteed to get into any law school in Canada with those stats. Have a beer and relax.
  4. My recommendation is to study something you enjoy. I studied math and philosophy for example and my GPA is good. Studying something that you like will make getting better grades easier because you will actually want to engage with the stuff. Switching to something for an easy GPA is not a good idea and I have seen it backfire before because what people view as being "easy" subjects like psychology for example, can have more challenging upper level classes that may take you by surprise. They slack off thinking it will be a breeze and then wonder why they got a C- on the exam. And of course "ease" is subjective too. Figure out what your strengths are and pursue them.
  5. I think working in a decent/mid sized firm in a Canadian city like Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, or Ottawa. I'm also curious what legal salaries in more rural areas might look like.
  6. I have heard this too but I have gotten different answers in regards to salary. Do most new lawyers make between 50-75k? How many years would you say it takes to get into the 6 figure salary range? 10 years? People have told me anything between 5 and 10 years is a good rule of thumb.
  7. Try to keep your head up :) It's normal to feel this way especially when you're new to something.
  8. What is the culture like at U of T law? Someone earlier mentioned it's very heavy on the "corporate" focus with many people aiming for Bay street, etc. Do you feel a lot of "competitiveness" in your class? Has that made making connections uncomfortable or difficult for you at all? Oh yeah and do you think it's worth applying with a 3.75cgpa and 164 lsat?
  9. How many law students are actually like this? Medical school has "gunners" I'm sure that law does too. But on average do most people treat each other with respect or is there a constant competitive rat race to get ahead at all cost?
  10. Because this is a forum for lawyers and law students. I came here to try to learn more about the field, and get a better idea of how I can explore it before I make the decision to go all in. I expected constructive, cordial, and objective discussion and advice. That has overwhelmingly been the case (and for those of you who sent me direct PM's you're amazing). I did not expect to be condescendingly grilled by a few (including a moderator for gods sake) for my grades, apparent "immaturity" and consideration for my parents view. That being said I appreciate that you can relate to my situation from a cultural perspective.
  11. Wanting to make ones parents happy is not immature, and not the sole motivating factor for me. You do not know anything about me besides what I have typed in this thread. I have had to make serious life decisions and overcome hardships which is part of the reason I started my undergrad degree at age 20 as opposed to you who seems to find it important to brag about finishing law school at my age. You're an incredibly arrogant person and probably a testament to fact that narcissism is on the rise in Western society.
  12. "My advice is that you seem quite immature" isn't advice. In fact I think that discounting the parental influence in certain cultures and calling someone immature for trying to gather information about a career before making an important life decision says way more about you, and your character.
  13. You're definitely right. It's a cultural thing for them and they have always held me to high expectations. I'm grateful for it because they have financed my studies and they want me to do well but it's a layer of added stress sometimes.
  14. I didn't become interested in medicine until well into my 4th year. Academia was on my mind for a long time but it has its cons (a lot of cons) just like everything else. Most schools in Canada have scrapped their mandatory science prerequisites but it can help to have a wide variety of sciences for the mcat. In my 5th year I took general bio, chem and psyc but the MCAT tests physics, organic, and biochemistry on top of that. So it's either more schooling or trying to self learn/take prep courses. It would be wiser to take them in university with the lab components for chem to open up opportunities at schools that do have coursework requirements. As well as maybe US schools. That is all assuming I don't bother with law. Thanks, I haven't looked into legal type electives actually but I will now. Maybe I can audit one or something like that.
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