I mean if employers really feel like it works just as well as grades, and that it’s easy enough to tell whose resume looks cool because they got to do an internship or low paying job without worrying about money, or who could get those jobs because of family connections, then it’s really just an argument for abandoning grades and exams altogether.
I just don’t think that’s true. I think removing a metric necessarily increases the weight placed on others. And I knew no shortage of people in law school who didn’t have to worry about their finances and did do UN internships or the like instead of pursuing whatever paid the most to keep debt down.
I don't really post much here anymore, but I have important advice for you.
At some point I received an offer from McGill Law and was at there school, but left. I had grades just like yours, a mediocre to poor CV, and no LSAT since I was waiting to take it the following year. I got in mostly because of my PS, which I decided to make very personal.
McGill makes you sign an onerous contract allowing them to share the content of your application with a long list of people. Comments made in another thread by a poster indicate that they have called unlisted references. My own life was dramatically delayed and altered after my McGill application. These are all true facts.
So heed my advice carefully: do not get suckered in by the holistic claim. Holistic means CV, particularly "athlete" or "previous legal experience." No one wants a ridiculous and strange personal statement. Do not make it about personal experiences...please, do not do this. Your best bet is to write the LSAT, apply everywhere, and hope for the best. Make your personal statement about why you want to be a lawyer, and why McGill. That. Is. It.
Your grades are competitive but a serious LSAT attempt would help.
So excited that I've been admitted but I was wondering if anyone was willing to share their experiences about 1L? What is the lecture schedule like? How are the exams set up? Is it worth it to live on campus? Everything and anything really!
Yeah, I guess you do have to do some work determining what experience is "cool" vs what experience could help you succeed in a law firm environment. Luckily you don't need to assign anyone to spend time looking at transcripts, so you can focus on that instead.