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Chances of succeeding in law school applications as a foreign LLB graduate

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Hi all;

I am coming from a fearful place and wanted to ask you guys for some views. I have an LLB from the Hague in the Netherlands (not licensed to practice there because you need a LLM to practice law in NL), as well as an International Business Law LLM from Osgoode. I realized quickly after moving to Canada as a PR and starting my LLM that it really won't get me far in terms of jobs and I have no option but to go to law school. I did not do all that well in my LLB undergrad. I wasn't the worst but not the very best either. Same with my LLM. I have to submit my LLB transcripts to WES for them to see how my grades would translate into the Canadian system. 

I want to know what my chances are in terms of getting into law school, specifically to the ones in Toronto. I'm so discouraged to apply because it is very expensive and because it is so competetive and now that I'm 24, I feel like everyone would be way ahead of me. 

Has anyone here been in a similar sort of situation? Can you give me any input about whether or not my chances are super low? Thanks!

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It is not possible to say without an LSAT score, as it stands people that do mediocre in undergrad generally do not get accepted to law school. But if you do exceptionally well on the LSAT then you will likely get accepted somewhere.

Your background is likely to be irrelevant for admissions purposes. 

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24 minutes ago, Mahrooya said:

... and now that I'm 24, I feel like everyone would be way ahead of me. 

No idea RE: your chances without grades and LSAT but your age is pretty normal. The most typical 1L age is probably like 22 or 23. If you got in first try you might be about two years older than the generic 1L. No big deal. 

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57 minutes ago, Mahrooya said:

Hi all;

I am coming from a fearful place and wanted to ask you guys for some views. I have an LLB from the Hague in the Netherlands (not licensed to practice there because you need a LLM to practice law in NL), as well as an International Business Law LLM from Osgoode. I realized quickly after moving to Canada as a PR and starting my LLM that it really won't get me far in terms of jobs and I have no option but to go to law school. I did not do all that well in my LLB undergrad. I wasn't the worst but not the very best either. Same with my LLM. I have to submit my LLB transcripts to WES for them to see how my grades would translate into the Canadian system. 

I want to know what my chances are in terms of getting into law school, specifically to the ones in Toronto. I'm so discouraged to apply because it is very expensive and because it is so competetive and now that I'm 24, I feel like everyone would be way ahead of me. 

Has anyone here been in a similar sort of situation? Can you give me any input about whether or not my chances are super low? Thanks!

24's nothing I started at 29. Non issue. You're just a bb. 

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I knew a handful of foreign law grads in law school, all substantially older than 24. Most were in their 30s or 40s. Pretty sure median age for law students in Canada is around 25 (at least it used to be).
 

So the age or the past isn’t an issue. Maybe it’ll help you write a better personal statement too.

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No worries about your age at all! Mature students are actually quite common in Canada at all stages of post-secondary education, and even then I don't think you would even qualify as a mature student because you're under 25 and have been in school recently. You'd be considered just a regular, general track student. I have tons of lawyer friends and family who have entered law school in their late 20's and early 30's and have been very successful. 

It might be different in the Netherlands, but here it's definitely not that big of a deal! 

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