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  1. Regular applicants don't need references, only those under the indigenous category do.
  2. Chances 154 LSAT 3.8 GPA

    There were only two people admitted with a L2 of 3.8 and and LSAT of 154 last year. Nobody with a lower LSAT was accepted for that GPA range. Last year also seemed to be the least competitive year I've seen since the great recession began in 2009. The year before last nobody got accepted with a L2 of 3.8 without an LSAT score of at least 155. I'd say you have a very small chance of getting accepted, but it would likely be at the end of the cycle.

    All of my transcripts were sent to the U of A at the beginning of January. Given the transcript request processing time and the time it takes for the transcripts to travel across Canada, I doubt they received my transcripts more than 4 business days ago. I was not expected to receive an offer this early. I thought I'd have to wait until at least February to hear something back. My bear tracks still lists my status as "This application requires action" and all of my transcripts and personal statement as outstanding. Although I know from reading this forum that it can take weeks for these to update.

    Accepted as of 3 hours ago 3.8 160 LSAT First choice so I am 100% accepting The day I’ve been dreaming of for 2 years. Feels really good
  5. Any insight to the extent high utilization will be a concern? I have a 7 year mostly perfect credit history that contains a number of different credit products. No late payments or blemishes other than my credit utilization being quite high. I'm trying to get it down to around 40% by the time I apply for a LOC in the spring. Thanks

    As someone who has obsessively read just about every "Accepted" thread in the University of Alberta forum I can say the trend is the biggest wave of acceptances of the admission cycle begins around mid-January and ends during the early portion of February. Then there's a slow period before the next wave.
  7. For Alberta the academic sessions are Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer Unless something has changed recently, if they need even one credit from your winter semester they will take the entire fall too. Below is a quote from Kim (from a thread on this forum from 2010): "Yes,, Fall/Winter is one session and Spring/Summer is a separate session. Based on the information provided we would not have to go back into you Fall 08/Winter 09. This cannot be confirmed until such time that we have received your application and transcripts." Below is what used to be in the UoA FAQ "In many cases when we count back to obtain the 60 units/credits, we may have to go part-way into an academic session (Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer). If this happens, we do not stop at the 60th unit/credit, we will use the courses and grades for that entire session (we do not break up academic sessions)."
  8. They told me they don't break up years So it looks like if they take a class from the winter semester they will also take your entire fall semester too "we will not take part of year. We will take whatever comes closest to ten credits without having to split a year up." -Rose
  9. Admissions

    Looking at the previous accepted threads, using a sample size of around 10 (organizing the threads by most replies and looking only at the first page) The accepted threads for UoM start anywhere between December 10th and 19th with an average of around the 16th So I'd say within the next week if they are being consistent with all of their other cycles
  10. The 20% increase in LSAT takers in June and 10% increase in September has lead a number of people on this forum (including myself) to speculate that this cycle may be more competitive than the previous few cycles. There is enough data out now to provide a pretty good estimate of the competitiveness of this cycle (based on applicants alone) (Sources at the bottom) In the United States there has been a 12% increase in the number of applicants and a 15% increase in the number of applications compared to the same time last year. Applicants in the US apply later than Canadians on average and as of this time last year only 27% of would-be applicants had already applied. There also appears to be a fairly large variation in how this increase is distributed among US schools with some receiving modest increases in applicants of 5%~ and others receiving up to a 50% increase in applicants. So there does seem to be a genuine increase in competitiveness for US applicants that far exceeds random deviation. In Canada there has been a 2.2% increase in the number of applicants and a 3.5% increase in the number of applications compared to the same time last year. By this time last year 82% of would-be Canadian applicants had already applied. If we look closer, we can see that the applicants this year, although higher than 2017, are approximately in line with 2016. There does appear to be a very minor increase in competitiveness but it is unlikely to much exceed random variation. For reference this year, similar to previous years, is trending to reach around 6000 +/- 75 applicants by February 1st. During the great recession and the years shortly after applicants for this same time period were significantly higher. E.g. 7100 by Feb 1st 2012. Which wasn't even the most competitive year. tl;dr: Nothing to worry about unless you're very borderline. Sources: https://www.law.com/sites/almstaff/2017/12/07/law-school-applications-on-the-rise/ https://lsac.org/lsacresources/data/three-year-volume http://business.financialpost.com/legal-post/fewer-students-apply-to-law-school-this-year
  11. Same for my school. From reading legit every accepted thread on this forum it’s fairly safe to say that they use the same percentages for the 3.5-3.9 range with possibly slight differences between schools for the 4.0 cutoff
  12. I'm actually pretty sure the LSAT limit removal announcement was mid-late May, which would have been after the June registration deadline. So the 20% increase in June wouldn't be attributable to that. A small portion of the 10% September bump may be though. I'd say the best explanation(s) for the increase is (1) A "Trump bump." At first I didn't believe this explanation, but apparently some prep companies did some polling and found that the Trump presidency is a legitimate motivator for many of the LSAT takers. If I recall correctly around 25% said it is their main motivator. Is it possible that some Canadians watched the US news and were motivated by the way the judicial branch was able to limit Trump's power? Or how lawyers offered free help at airports when the travel ban went into effect? I'm sure it is. But I'm inclined to believe a much small percentage of the population in Canada would be motivated to potentially pursue law school because of a Trump presidency than people who actually live in the United States. (2) A continuation of a general trend of the increase in LSAT takers in the United States. There has been a 7% increase in US LSAT takers between the 2014-2015 cycle and the 2016-2017 cycle. During the same period Canadian LSAT takers dropped by 0.5%~. The Legal market in Canada and the US are quite different as is the legal education system. There is much more risk associated with pursuing law school in the United States and they seem to be more prone to fluctuations. Overall I suspect a slightly more competitive cycle for Canadians this year.
  13. After the fall semester I will have either a 3.7 or 3.8. Either of those with my 160 looks like it would essentially guarantee admission. Still slightly paranoid about a more competitive cycle caused by the 20% increase in June LSAT takers and 10% increase in September takers. However, I'm quite confident this increase is mostly in the United States.
  14. My 83% was verified as a 3.8 by email But I'm not from the same school as you.
  15. AGPA Calculation Question

    Yeah. There's a lot of people who have confirmed with Kim from the past that they (at least for certain schools) take the percentage average and then do one conversion to the UoA scale. More recently here's a quote from someone who applied this past admission cycle: "PropJoe is right, Alberta has their own system. One thing I'd definitely do is call admissions and find out how your GPA will be calculated, because your grades are treated differently depending on your university. For example, many previous applicants (as well as me this cycle) have their GPA's directly translated from a percentage average to UofA's 4.0 scale. Other users have been told their GPA will be treated differently, with each course converted to UofA's scale individually. Always a good idea to get direct feedback from admissions. " Source: lawstudents.ca/forums/topic/46965-chances-376-cgpa-lsat-160/ Your best bet is to email and ask.