I can't speak to it from personal experience, but my school has also told me it's getting more and more rare to get an SCC offer without a prior clerkship. I also received an offer from the FCA a few months ago (see you there!) and one of my references for that told me before I even had interviews that they would write me an SCC reference letter this coming year, if I wanted to apply. I don't think that asking for references again is something to worry about - they're probably used to it!
I'm currently in the middle of studying for the August LSAT in hopes of applying to all Ontario schools except Windsor this coming cycle but am worried that my weak (in my opinion) ECs will severely hurt my chances. I've read fairly mixed opinions on the matter especially for UOttawa, with some saying that UOttawa places greater weight on ECs, while others claim that GPA is king. Compared to my premed friends, my list of ECs seems pretty pathetic but I would love to get some opinions for prelaw applicants and law students. Below are my stats:
Academics: BMSc at University of Western Ontario
1st year GPA: 4.0
2nd year GPA 4.0
3rd year GPA: 3.99
- Not yet taken but scoring between 164-168 on PTs 62-71. Hoping to break into the 170s before my test date in August.
- Piano (level 8 RCM)
- Self-taught guitar
- Self-taught Japanese
- Lab technician during summer of first year
- Tutoring jobs spread out over past three years
- Current reservist with Royal Canadian Navy
- English conversation facilitator with UWO's International and Exchange Student Centre (starting this coming September)
Basically, I'm not sure if I should be prioritizing trying to find more volunteering opportunities this summer or just focus on getting as high of an LSAT score as I possibly can. I definitely regret not getting more involved during my undergrad but I can't change the past. I'm originally from Ottawa so UOttawa is my first choice.
I would greatly appreciate any opinions I can get on my current situation.