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  1. At this point I would rather a mod delete my post, since I am not able to do so myself.
  2. @Luckycharm Nothing personal. I will withdraw that part so that folks like yourself do not get offended.
  3. @Deadpool I agree that there are some good insights that you can come by with input from junior lawyers etc (for certain queries). All I am saying is that take things with a grain of salt if someone is fresh out of law school etc. The reason I say this is that I actually gave advice right out of law school (not in Canada) but I have observed my own perspective (and that of my colleagues) evolve over the years (I was far more useful a few years out than I was right out of law school, I might not be as smart as some folks). I used the word "wary" not the word "reject" so I hope this clarifies.
  4. Sorry to drop another post but I just wanted to make a quick point.Law school is 3 years and you get a license to operate shortly thereafter. People are quick to call themselves lawyers even though they haven’t ‘paid their dues.’ A true lawyer in my view is someone with at least a few years of experience. You just got admitted to the bar, yes you might be legal entitled to call yourself a lawyer but there is much to be learned and honestly at that stage I would refrain from holding myself out as someone who can give career advice (or trying to be arrogant on an online forum). I am extremely wary of arrogant young lawyers (and folks who use the label ‘lawyer’ after just being called to the bar or less than 24 months experience). This is because once you start practicing you realize how difficult the profession is, and the hefty ‘dues’ you have to pay. To avoid paying your dues you decide, hey let me work with law students and let me show some attitude. Disgruntled lawyers a few years into their practice are another type of person to be wary of. p.s not pointing fingers just general observations about the profession
  5. In queue 07th Jan LSAT: 155 Nov. undergrad GPA: 2.8 (WES calculation)
  6. +1 @Hegdis I definitely agree that if you are a newcomer some folks use a condescending tone. Although this might not be a violation of any rules it raises quality concerns and I am shocked that law students/lawyers or prospective law students think that communicating in a smug manner will prove to be successful in the real world. The condescending tone bothers me because it derails discussions. At certain point you just think "yes you are a lawyer/seasoned member good for you buddy but contribute constructively to the discussion will ya?"
  7. Pretty helpful to hear about foreign lawyers doing JDs. I heard about 2 people at Osgoode but I am glad its not literally just those two. The WES assessment assessed my GPA at 2.8 not sure how they got there. So this cycle (and the JD in general without a competitive LSAT score) is looking pretty weak. Nonetheless, cool to hear everyone's insights. Thanks folks!
  8. @Diplock ah the big wig arrived. The purpose of this thread is to just see if the community might have some insights. I am not asking for anything set in stone obviously. It is unusual for foreign lawyers to opt for a JD which was why I added a postscript and I have heard of a few foreign lawyers who were admitted to JD programs at Ontario schools though I understand that it is not common. I am not inclined on discussing the NCA but I will do so anyway so as to move this discussion forward. I do not have a personal enmity with the NCA so its not about "not talking to them." It is more about my own goals for practicing law in Canada and integrating into the profession/finding employment. I feel the NCA path simply does not get my job done so its not about being the "obvious thing" or otherwise. For some folks with certain goals I am sure it is a viable path.
  9. 155. I applied to Osgoode, Western, and Ottawa. I have a foreign degree so I have no idea what my GPA is apparently OLSAS refuses to list it and leaves it to the individual schools to determine. I am assuming I am going to take a big hit re: GPA. My ECs are for the most part things that related to my employment as a lawyer pro bono engagements (pro bono is not mandatory in my jurisdiction), involvement with my alma mater to mentor law students/judge moot competitions etc, and involvement with my local bar council. I threw in some scholarships I bagged for my masters as well for good measure because why not.
  10. Hi, I am not one to draw the ire of the big wigs on this site but I would be interested to hear some insights. I am a foreign qualified lawyer (5+ years practice at a highly regarded litigation firm in my jurisdiction). I submitted applications to a few of the Ontario JD programs this cycle with a fairly sub-par LSAT score. Browsing the forum it appears that law schools rely almost entirely on LSAT/GPA etc. Would admission committees take into account my professional experience or is a sub-par LSAT an absolute deal killer? I know the standard answer is that ECs cannot make up for a weak LSAT and I understand that perspective but would admissions committee really treat demonstrated experience in the industry a "soft" factor. Thanks folks! P.S I know the LSAT is important and perhaps sacrosanct for many here so I am not here to debate that. I am aware of the NCA and I am not willing to go that route (also do not want to debate that).
  11. Thanks folks! @SoIWantToBeALawyer and @navyblue11
  12. Hi, I am new here and so I have a newbie question. I know that offers at most law schools are being made on a rolling basis. Do OLSAS schools notify of a rejection towards the end of the cycle or during the cycle? I am trying to understand as I plan ahead for 2021. Thanks.
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