pikalove wrote:Hey, I'd love to know more about McGill Law. I've been Montreal and seen the campus, but as an American haven't heard a whole lot about the law school. Does the deflated grading system extend itself into the law school? Any idea of how many American students apply and are accepted? What's an acceptable level of french? What makes one competitive? I went to undergrad at a private liberal arts college in NYC, graduated summa cum laude with a 3.9, 161 LSAT, studied in Greece, worked and lived in Tunisia, conducted field research in North and South America, great letters of recommendation, of French-Louisiana heritage. Lots of info, I know, but I'd really love to be accepted to McGill. Thanks!
First of all, from the little information I know, you sound like the archetype candidate McGill loves. You have an interesting story just from the tag-line, and that is great. Most of the people in our class have some sort of global exposure or have contributed in some meaningful way to a genuine cause at home. My numbers were similar to yours, my global experience about as extensive, and my LSAT the same, and I was accepted and I feel I fit in well here. I wish you luck there !
As for the level of French - as noted, it does depend. From what you are saying, you will be fine. You will not encounter too much of a struggle with the Quebecois accent. From France, my French is obviously different as well, but I have survived just fine. In fact, the majority of the professors in French courses are actually from France; I have only two examples on the top of my head of genuinely Quebec professors, and their accents are rather neutral. Even my Quebecois classmates manage a fairy neutral accent; they can control it pretty easily. You get used to it very quickly, and I at times have even found I enjoy it, which I never thought I would in fact do.
If your application package demonstrates considerable merit in French, no one will bother to press you further about it. My application statement was written in French, so even though I applied from the US and had no obvious mention of French competency elsewhere, they obviously felt I had proven my ability well enough to gain acceptance. If they do decide to contact you, rest assured the process, at least last year, was rather simple. They continue to try to implement a sort of French competency test, but it appears that has yet to be put into use.