With the Gold option your lawyer-advisor will consult with you one-on-one, assess your current strengths and weaknesses as an applicant – including your writing skills, compare your stats to the admission requirements and historical admissions data of five law schools of your choice, develop a personalized admissions plan to improve your odds of acceptance, debrief with you one-on-one to answer any questions you have, and follow up to check on your progress and ensure your success.
Overview of the Gold Option:Here's what will happen once you become a Thinking of Law Gold member:
An in-depth look:Everything you need to know about the services included in this package
Once you purchase this package and become a Gold member, you will receive a link to your G&G Portal where you’ll complete your profile. Your profile will include information about your academic, employment, volunteer, and extra curricular activities, as well as your interests and goals. Based on your profile, we will match you with your very own dedicated lawyer-advisor, hand-selected to help you achieve your goals.
After being matched, your lawyer-advisor will reach out to schedule your Initial Consultation, which will take place via phone or online video/chat.
The Initial Consultation provides you with an opportunity to discuss your interests and goals with your dedicated lawyer-advisor, and ask any questions you have about the law school admissions process, law school, finding articles, or the practice of law in general.
Common topics discussed during the Initial Consultation:
- How does the application process work?
We understand how confusing and complicated the law school admissions process can sound. Many of our students ask about the process so they can ensure they are prepared.
- What is being a lawyer actually like?
Some of our students are considering law school, but are still unsure if a career in law is the right choice for them. The Initial Consultation is a great way to learn more about what being a lawyer is truly like and whether it is right for you.
- What law school should I choose?
There are so many law schools across Canada it can sometimes be difficult to narrow your top choices. Your dedicated lawyer-advisor can help you understand what is important to consider.
- How can I improve my chances of getting into law school?
Law schools consider a number of different factors when deciding which applicants to accept. Talking to your lawyer-advisor about these factors can help you understand what is important, and where to focus your efforts.
Writing Skills Assessment
After you’ve completed your profile, you will be asked to submit a brief writing sample of around 500 words through your G&G Portal. This can be a sample of writing from something you have written before, or something you choose to write specifically for this assessment. Either way, as a Gold member your lawyer-advisor will review your writing sample and assess your writing skills. This assessment will be included in your Applicant Profile Assessment, and will improve the accuracy of both your profile and your Admissions Action Plan.
Oral Communication Skills Assessment
There is no set portion of the Initial Consultation dedicated to the oral communication skills assessment. Instead, your lawyer-advisor will simply take notes following the phone call or online video/chat in order to provide you with feedback later when it comes time to deliver your assessments.
Don’t worry! This assessment is not a test, and you should simply act and speak as you normally would to allow for the best assessment.
Aside from being generally important, your oral communication skills may be an especially important component of your law school application down the road depending on which law school you apply to. An assessment of your oral communication skills at this stage can really help you shine – it shows you where there’s room for improvement so that by the time you apply you’ll be able to communicate why you should be offered admission at the school of your choice with confidence, ease and grace.
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 Gold 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 conduct your Initial Consultation and perform your written and oral communication skills assessment, then 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, plus 1 additional category
Academic Performance, LSAT Score, Employment History, Extra-curricular Activities, and Volunteering Experience.As a Gold member, your lawyer-advisor will also rank your Communication Skills based on your Initial Consultation and a 500 word writing sample submitted through your G&G Portal.
- 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 Gold member, your lawyer-advisor will ask you which five law schools you are interested in potentially applying to. If you need help deciding, your Initial Consultation is a great place to discuss the differences between various law schools.
Your lawyer-advisor will then assess your competitiveness for admission at your selected law school(s) by comparing your admission category scores from your Applicant Profile Assessment to the admission criteria and historical applicant data of your selected schools, 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.
Your dedicated lawyer-advisor is a wealth of knowledge and experience. Not only were they once a student exactly in your position, but they also applied just like you, and got accepted to the school of their choice. Many of our lawyer-advisors have also served on law firm hiring committees, giving them unparalleled insight into what qualities are valued in a future lawyer, and how committees make their decisions given hundreds of applicants.
Having access to this knowledge, experience and insight can give you the edge and motivation you need to succeed. That is why, as a Gold member you receive a 20 minute One-on-One Consultation with your dedicated lawyer-advisor after you receive your assessments and Admissions Action Plan. Take advantage of this opportunity to ask any questions you have – about your assessments, the law school admissions process, or even the legal profession. It is also a great time to develop a concrete plan to implement your Admissions Action Plan, including a timeline and scheduling of your Progress Follow-Up.
During the Progress Follow-Up, your lawyer-advisor will conduct an Applicant Profile Reassessment. This Reassessment will allow you to see how much progress you’ve made and help you set new goals to make yourself more competitive for admission to law school.
The scheduling of the Progress Follow-Up also has the advantage of forcing you to set a definitive timeline for yourself and the achievement of your goals, which keeps you accountable and helps you stay on track.
All your questions,
Frequently asked questions about this package.
How do I send you my writing sample?
How will my Initial Consultation, One-on-One Consultation and Progress Follow-Up take place?
You choose! Either by phone, or online via video/chat.
We use Zoom to power our online video/chat with you, which allows us to talk face-to-face via video, send instant messages, and even share our screens with each other. It all works with a single click, and you can even make a test call before starting. Feel free to book a free consultation with one of our lawyer-advisors to see our Zoom video/chat in action!
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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