With the Basic option your lawyer-advisor will assess your current strengths and weaknesses as an applicant, compare your stats to the admission requirements and historical admissions data of one law school of your choice, and develop a personalized admissions plan to improve your odds of acceptance.
Overview of the Basic Option:Here's what will happen once you become a Thinking of Law Basic member:
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An in-depth look:Everything you need to know about the services included in this package option
With more applications year over year, law schools have adopted increasingly rigorous admissions standards. In most cases, admissions committees consider far more than you GPA and LSAT score, including your employment history, extracurricular activities, volunteer activities, and the nature and level of your participation in these activities. Law schools use these categories to distinguish between the thousands of applicants with similar GPAs and LSAT scores, and ultimately, to decide who to offer admission.
The Applicant Profile Assessment is a powerful tool to see where you stand in each of the categories admissions committees consider, and which areas you need to focus on to increase your competitiveness and improve your chances of getting into law school.
Once you purchase this package and become a Basic member, you will gain access to your G&G Portal and complete your profile, which will prompt you to enter information for each admission category. When we receive your profile, we match you with your own dedicated lawyer-advisor, who will provide you with your personalized Applicant Profile Assessment. This Assessment will outline how you currently measure up in each admission category, showing you which categories to focus on to improve your competitiveness as a law school applicant.
How does it work?
- Your lawyer-advisor will rank you on a scale from 1 – 20 in five categories
Academic Performance, LSAT Score, Employment History, Extra-curricular Activities, and Volunteering Experience.
- Your scores will be represented in a pie graph
Each piece of the pie will show your score in that category. Your graph is personal to you and provides you with a visual representation of your overall level of competitiveness as a law school applicant. Each piece of the pie will have information on how your score in that category was determined, including what is bringing your score up or down.
- The smallest pieces of pie show you which categories have the biggest room for improvement
At a glance, you can see where to focus your efforts to improve your overall competitiveness. By focusing on the weakest areas of your profile, you can maximize your efforts, giving you the biggest payoff for your hard work
Each Canadian law school has its own unique method for selecting applicants. Schools vary significantly in how much weight they accord to different aspects of your application, from your GPA and LSAT score, to your work history and extracurricular activities, to your personal statement and references. Moreover, some schools will calculate your GPA differently than others, and many schools also offer joint J.D. programs and alternative admissions categories for mature, indigenous or Canadian Forces applicants. These varying admission criteria between schools can make it difficult to determine exactly where you stand.
As a Basic member, your lawyer-advisor will ask you which one law school you are interested in potentially applying to.
Your lawyer-advisor will then assess your competitiveness for admission at your selected law school by comparing your admission category scores from your Applicant Profile Assessment to the admission criteria and historical applicant data of your selected school, including special admissions categories.
This Assessment will include a detailed chart outlining which admission criteria you currently meet, which you need to work on, and how your scores compare to previously accepted applicants. This is a powerful tool to help you understand your current odds of being accepted at a given law school, and what areas you should focus on to improve your chances of being accepted to your top school.
One of the biggest advantages of planning ahead is being able to improve your competitiveness as a law school applicant well before it’s time to apply. In most cases, admissions committees consider far more than you GPA and LSAT score when deciding who to offer admission, including your employment history, extracurricular activities, and volunteer activities. This means you have many different ways in which you can increase your competitiveness beyond your GPA and LSAT score – so take advantage!
Your Admissions Action Plan is designed to do exactly that – allow you to maximize your competitiveness across all admission criteria, giving you the best chance of being offered admission when you apply. Your lawyer-advisor will review your Applicant Profile Assessment and make recommendations to help you improve your score across all admission criteria, with specific focus on your weakest areas. These recommendations will be tailored to your location, interests and goals, giving you a personalized action plan for improvement. Your Admission Action Plan will also consider where you’re at on your road to becoming a lawyer, including a visual timeline showing important deadlines to keep your admissions plan on track.
All your questions,
Frequently asked questions about this package.
How long will it take to receive my Applicant Profile Assessment?
Once you are submit your profile information and are matched with your lawyer-advisor, you will receive your Applicant Profile Assessment within 7 days, though we aim to deliver it sooner.
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What is included in my Admissions Action Plan?
Every Admissions Action Plan is different. This is because every single Admissions Action Plan is personally created by each customer’s own dedicated lawyer-advisor based on their strengths, weaknesses, interests, goals and admission timeline.
Generally speaking, however, your Admissions Action Plan will include at least one recommendation in each of the admission criteria included in your Applicant Profile Assessment, along with a visual timeline showing you when key action items must be completed in order to meet your admissions timeline and goals.
When should I complete my Admissions Action Plan?
Your timeline will depend on where you’re at on your road to becoming a lawyer and your ideal law school start date. Your Admissions Action Plan will include a visual timeline of when key action items are due based on your admission goals.
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