Meads v. Meads
 OPCA litigants do not express any stereotypic beliefs other than a general rejection of court and state authority; nor do they fall into any common social or professional association. Arguments and claims of this nature emerge in all kinds of legal proceedings and all levels of Courts and tribunals. This group is unified by:
1. a characteristic set of strategies (somewhat different by group) that they employ,
2. specific but irrelevant formalities and language which they appear to believe are (or portray as) significant, and
3. the commercial sources from which their ideas and materials originate.
This category of litigant shares one other critical characteristic: they will only honour state, regulatory, contract, family, fiduciary, equitable, and criminal obligations if they feel like it. And typically, they don’t.
Think about the opportunity cost of a year. Writing a short story anthology? Volunteering for the peace corps with your undergrad? Work experience? Unless there's absolutely no way of getting in with your current transcript, you'd be better off studying for the LSAT in your spare time.
For Vancouver OCIs, I was told repeatedly that you're unlikely to get an interview if you have a sub-3.0 GPA. Generally that proved to be true. If you have a 2.9X, you might be able to get a couple of interviews if another part of your application stands out. Below a 2.9, I don't think there's much you can do to get an interview.
The one exception to this seems to be IP firms - if you have a STEM degree you can possibly swing a job at an IP boutique with a sub-3.0 GPA.
What do you mean by relevant work experience? Firms generally won't care if you worked as a legal assistant on Bay St. before law school. One of the most sought after students in my class had a degree and work experience in resource extraction, which was super attractive to the big firms in Vancouver that do a lot of mining/oil/environmental law.
When firms are looking at applications, do they usually have cut off's for grades? For example, if you are a below average student, will they throw out your application (especially as a 1L) even if you have relevant work experience? I heard that firms would be taking a more holistic approach this year, but I wanted to know if anyone knew how it was going to work. I understand that this is largely a speculative question, but any insight would be greatly appreciated.