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2 Think carefully about this question: Why Law? Remember: Law school can be expensive 3 or4 year (depending on the school) Graduate degree program Law degree is now called Juris Doctor (JD) Formerly the LLB (Bachelor of Laws)

3 Location, Location, Location Urban? Suburban? Rural? Out of Province? Country? Which factors will influence your school choice?

4 Basic ExpensesLiving at Home Living in Osgoode Chambers Living Off Campus Tuition$ Ancillary Fees$850 Books and Supplies$1 100 Health and Dental Plan (estimated)$365 Rent$0$6 600$5 600 Utilities$0 $240 Telephone $40/month with some long distance) $320 Internet (free wireless access in Osgoode Chambers $0 $280 Basic Cable ($35/month)$0$280 Groceries and Persona Care (estimated at $250/month) $800$2 000 Transportation (Student TTC Pass)$856$0$856 Entertainment & Misc. ($100/month)$800 TOTAL BASIC COSTS$22 722$29 946$30 322

5 Administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for law school candidates Assesses verbal reasoning and logical skills Requirement to get into Canadian law schools Next 4 dates: November 1April 15, 2011 May 1, 2011June 30, 2011

6 Plan to study four to six hours per week for a (minimum) four to six week period before the exam Preparation times will vary LSAT scores range from 120 to 180, with a median score of 150. Plan to take the test only once because... some law schools will average the scores or take the lower/higher of the previous results

7 Note that requirements for each law school differs

8 Applications for first year programs in law schools are due by November 1 st If you are applying to upper years, the dates may vary this years upper-year due date May 1 st, 2011

9 Law School Questions/Essays Law School Choices Personal Sketch Reference Contact Information LSAT Score(s) Other Institutions Attended Transcripts

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12 Personal Sketch; internships, extracurriculars, volunteering experience, professional associations, awards Whats your story? Make friends with your Profs! LSAT score Strong GPA (3.5 +)

13 Non-refundable so choose carefully ! Number of Choice(s)Application Fee One school$275 Two schools$365 Three schools$455 Four schools$545 Five schools$635 Six schools$725

14 University of Victoria Average Cumulative GPA = 3.84 Average LSAT Score = 87 th percentile Osgoode: Average Cumulative GPA = % of entrants scored above the 80 th percentile on their LSAT University of Toronto: Average Cumulative GPA (of best 3 years) = 85% Median LSAT Score = 95 th percentile Queens: Average Cumulative GPA = 88% Average LSAT Highest Score = 90 th percentile

15 Can do American/Canadian Joint Law Programs Windsor, York U, Western offer this option Applications may be due later Combined program JD/MBA (Masters of Business Administration) Do both GMAT + LSAT with acceptable scores JD/LLM (Master of Laws)

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