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  1. Chances? (3.1 cGPA, 3.57 L2, 160)

    Your case sounds pretty valid in terms of an access application - if you don't get in this cycle, consider re-applying access. The category is meant for people who've had extenuating circumstances as long as they're documented - a letter from your doctors and therapists would likely fit the requirement, since if your medical issue was severe enough to tank your GPA, that's a pretty valid reason.
  2. Yeah. For example for those from Ontario unfamiliar, at McGill, most Arts humanities honours majors versus the normal major (which is an 'honours' degree in Ontario) are near double the credits, and usually require about 10% of your degree at the graduate level.
  3. You'd honestly have a very good shot at Western in the general category - they like L2, and your LSAT is what they're looking for.
  4. Chances? [2.7 cGPA, 3.7 b3, 175 LSAT]

    Best three years, and last one/two years - basically it's just calculating the GPA for those years only, which sometimes admission committees give more weight over just cumulative GPA. Someone can be a stellar law school candidate while suffering badly in just one year. Don't feel dumb - there's a ton of weird terminology that's really not used much outside of law school admissions stuff.
  5. Thanks so much everyone for all the great resources!
  6. Thanks! I assumed London would be since it's certainly less centered around just the university (like Kingston is basically just the RMC, Queen's, and the federal civil service). Do you happen to know if Windsor has any good services for trans* people? UWindsor's focus on social justice certainly interests me (certainly due in part for how important trans* issues are to me).
  7. I'm curious if anyone has any experience with endocrinologists/other health professionals in these smaller areas, mostly in Ontario. Since they're so much smaller than Toronto and Montreal, do they actually have the ability to support trans students with their unique health needs?
  8. No Saskatchewan connection (originally from Alberta).
  9. First trial

    really enjoying this thread as a law school applicant - it's eye-opening to see how the process actually works as a lawyer question though, what's the biggest misconception most law students have of trials in your experience, or the differences you experienced when going from school to working as a lawyer?
  10. I'm applying in the access category for mental health reasons, and I have documentation from a therapist and a psychiatrist about my treatment (pretty bad depression and anxiety throughout first two years). Gradually been improving since then, with a strong upward trend. Any idea of chances?
  11. How much does it matter where you go to school?

    I think that's pretty disingenuous - Malala was shot because she was an activist well before she was shot by the Taliban. She organized and fought hard for years before, publicly appearing on television around the world, interviews with Western and non-Western newspapers, and was even nominated for an award for activism by Desmond Tutu. She even won the Pakistan National Youth Peace Prize in Dec. 2011. They targeted her because she was already a rising star, not the other way around.
  12. cGPA 3.19 L2 3.49 LSAT 165 - Which schools?

    A few people with stats lower than you were accepted in UAlberta's index category (not counting those who received a holistic review). Hope this helps!
  13. How to study while working

    I honestly have no idea. The only thing I know that law schools will appreciate is harder, better stats. But I think any bit of life experience that can be written about in a compelling way would be useful. I've gotten a job or two that I completely probably was not the most experienced applicant for. I just sold myself better in my resume/interview in a better way. I think the same applies here - do what you need to and want to, and don't just do things for the adcom, because you'll express yourself more passionately from experiences which meant the most to you as a person. Sorry for the non-answer. I hope it was helpful.
  14. How to study while working

    I studied this summer for Saturday's LSAT while working 40hrs/week (sometimes more, depending on the given week in question), so we'll see how well my studying technique actually worked, but I found it helpful to push my studying to weekends, and on days after work where I felt I had enough energy. Couple tips: Never study when you really don't feel like it - you have loads of time, and you'll become miserable and tired very quickly if you're always pushing yourself to hit a hard target of hours Set a loose goal of hours per week that you want to study - base this number off of your cold diagnostic/recent scores. If they're far off your target, it'll probably take more time. Study smart, not hard. Doing PTs endlessly will do you no good if your score in only one section is struggling. Drill that section. Building off of that last one, as someone who was frequently tired at the end of the work day, drilling individually timed sections takes a fraction of the time, is more efficient, and far more bearable. Save full practice tests for days that you don't have anything else to do, and get it out of the way early in the day - this way, you've done some heavy lifting, and after blind reviewing and writing a full LSAT, you've earned a break. Don't shy away from taking a day or two off if you feel like it. I found that I got the most benefits by taking a day off, relaxing, then getting back into it.