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Going to law school?

Going to law school?
« on: July 13, 2008, 12:52:00 PM »
Alright, so I've always been interested in law, and I'm getting to the end of my degree here.  What I want to know is, with my stats, what my options would be?  I've talked to my undergrad advisors, but I want a more objective opinion.

I have a honours degree in philosophy from a good canadian school.  My average is around a B+; I've taken some practice LSAT's and scored decent.  I'm pretty confident that with studying and perhaps some guidance (LSAT program) I could achieve a good LSAT score.  However, I wouldn't put it any higher than 158-160 - I'm a pretty good student, but I'm not an 'A' student.  I get lots of A's in class, so I know I have potential, but they never materialized into an 'A'  GPA average.

Also, for what it's worth, I would have good letters of recommendation.  Moreover, I've had good work experience in a bank (I know that really doesn't matter).

I'm not looking to get into the best law schools, but I'm looking to go to law school.  Canada to me does not seem like the US in regards to school rankings.  To me, it doesn't really seem like going to U of T is a whole lot better then going to Alberta law school, or even Manitoba or something.  I'm interested in studying law and practicing it, not making loads of money as a corporate lawyer.

So what should I do?  Work at getting my GPA higher? (I haven't officially graduated yet) Work at getting a really good LSAT score?  What about a US law school?

I've thought about other graduate programs, like doing an MBA, which is easier to get into.  However, my real passion would be law.

I would appreciate any thoughts, help, insight!  Thanks!

Re: Going to law school?
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2008, 01:00:27 PM »
It's impossible to say what your chances are without you having actually taken the LSAT or posted precisely what your stats are.  Keep in mind most Canadian schools drop a certain number of courses in calculating your GPA (U of T takes best three, Osgoode is moving to best two, Western last two, Alberta best two [I think]).  Hitting a 158 on the LSAT wouldn't do you any favours either, while scoring over 170 would make life easier. 

You are right, though, in saying that Canada is not like the US in terms of school rankings.  All of our law schools are publicly funded and they are all good programs. 

This site has much more information on Canadian law schools:


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Re: Going to law school?
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2008, 01:30:38 PM »
I'm Canadian, going to a Canadian uni, but I'm not that well versed in Canadian law schools. I would say that you would probably have a lot more luck getting into a good canadian law school than a good American law school however just because you aren't as likely to be as screwed over by a low LSAC gpa and with a smaller applicant pool, having a 170+ isn't mandatory. I would say though that there is a difference in Canadian law schools say between U of T and a lower ranking school. With going to U of T or Osgoode, you could potentially practice in the states. Not so, with the lower ranked less well known schools. If going to a prestigious school and doing corporate law isn't what you want, I would suggest you go to school based on location of where you would like to practice after since Canada is a very small place at times, and those connections will be important and yes, there isn't a vast difference in terms of quality. I really would say though do not bother applying to American schools unless you intend to practice there. Your stats, taking into consideration your Canadian B+ and a potential 160 on the LSAT, won't get you into a good school and if you want to practice in Canada, it would be a huge waste of money.