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Okay, I am currently a Grade 12 student with a pretty decent GPA (something like 93%) and good EC's. Now the problem is that I want to go to Law School, and it seems that there are so many differing views of what path to take. I want to take PoliSci at Queen's, UofT, McGill, etc. but have been told that as Law Schools look for a 90% GPA from their applicants, it will be much harder to get into law school via Queen's polisci program. I was told that for instance, York Uni would be a better choice because it is easier and allows a quicker access to law school admittance. What are your thoughts on this? Is it possible to get a 90% in Queen's PoliSci program? And if I don't get in, what are my other options with a PoliSci degree occupation-wise?

I am really in a bind here and would appreciate any advice.
Thanks a lot.
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You don't need a 90% average to get into law school... I think the minimum is a 3.6 GPA, 3.7+ to be safe (roughly 80%+).
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You definitely don't need a 90% average. First of all, a 90% average is nearly impossible unless you're a genius. GPA of 3.7+ would be competitive, coupled with good LSAT score, great reference letter & personal statement, etc. That being said, you also don't need to study poli sci before attending law school. You can study anything you want in university & still get into law school.

Law school is becoming increasingly competitive & so you need to keep in mind that if you don't get into law school, you end up with a BA in poli sci from a non- top tier university.
Poli Sci is not an easy program (I studied IR/poli sci before entering Ivey), and very subjective in terms of marking (obviously). A 93% average in high school definitely doesn't automatically translate into 3.7+ GPA in university, regardless of what you decide to study.

In terms of careers (if you don't get into law school), if you're hoping for a poli sci-related job, you'll need to go to grad school & get a Master's. Otherwise, an undergrad poli sci degree is pretty general & you might get stuck with an entry-level government job (which btw, won't require you to use any poli sci knowledge you learned in uni).
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You don't need a 90 average. Take a program that interests you and go with it. React accordingly to how well you're doing.
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U of T Law is probably one of the toughest law schools to get into in Canada - their average GPA for last years entering class was an 84% / 3.8 (best 3 years), and LSAT of 165 (95th percentile)

Keep in mind most grad schools have a very holistic approach to acceptances, if you have a good resume and LSAT score, your GPA can be overlooked.

Politics at Queen's is hard, but it's possible to get mid 80's... but the average is usually set to a 65%, sometimes 68% depending on how intelligent the class is
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I heard Law School is more expensive and much more competitive in Ontario, you don't need a 90 average though! But if you can achieve a 90 average that's awesome! I also heard that Law Schools love a major in philosophy and politics, if you find those courses interesting go for it.
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@AbinahTee wrote
I also heard that Law Schools love a major in philosophy and politics, if you find those courses interesting go for it.


You heard wrong.
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They're not really partial to any major, but I'm sure they're sick of poli sci applicants. Your LSAT and GPA are what it comes down to. Majors that develop your logical and analytical skills are best for the former.
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take something you like. Get good grades in it and on the LSAT. Best of luck.
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Clearly you're doing reallllly well if you have a 90% average! dont worry so much, you'll be fine, just take what interests you! :)
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I wouldn't worry about it. You're obviously doing fine in school! Haha.
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yeah, you are probably so smart you get accepted right away , .. so dont worry:bball:
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I am interested in going to Law school as well and I am in my second year at the University of Waterloo, Honours Arts and Business Co-op program. Taking some business courses are an awesome base for law and they touch on a broad array of topics like: language, economics, computer science, phycology, etc. I also started out as a Poli Sci major but I found it pretty boring. Now I'm majoring in Sociology which is not as dry for me and still an excellent base for law. Look at all your options!
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I really don't know what average you need to get into law school but I know that the best law school in Canada is Osgoode Hall in Toronto. My Law teacher attempted to get in a failed, though his brother managed to years laterr XD
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thanks everyone for the advice!
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