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  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Tech Gadgets for School and Beyond

    OneNote has been great for me on PC, no issues. I use it for note-taking in my classes and I haven't had weird crashes or hangups. The Mac port being bad is very likely the case (as it frequently tends to be).
  8. Tech Gadgets for School and Beyond

    I usually go with CNN Go, due to my love of flashing lights, loud noises, and self-hatred.
  9. Tech Gadgets for School and Beyond

    Used to work at a Staples. Stop. Buying. Inkjet. Printers. They are genuinely awful for printing only schoolwork. They are great for photographs and glossy paper. Buy a cheap laser jet printer. Toner doesn't dry out, and you get several thousand pages from a new cartridge. This printer is affordable and usually what I recommended to home office customers. If you need to print colour, I'm pretty sure there's a colour model. It doesn't support ethernet or Wi-Fi, which can be annoying, but if you've got a desktop PC it works great. The one model above this one, supports WiFi and ethernet.
  10. Chances for a friend: L2 3.3, LSAT 169

    One person was accepted in UAlberta's general category last year with a slightly lower LSAT. This doesn't include candidates who have a holistic review, though, just pure stats. There's also UManitoba, which has generous drops (worst 30 credits out of 120 are dropped). Your GPA is about average (assuming that 3.3 is from two full-time years), with a far above average LSAT for USask.
  11. Tips to improving on logical reasoning?

    Yeah, I'm working full time this summer so writing them on weekdays is sort of exhausting and not really productive. It is heartening to see I'm only 2 away from a 160 when writing under sub-par conditions!
  12. Tips to improving on logical reasoning?

    Thanks for all the suggestions! I've been starting to do more blind review, and I really need to work on that through the month of August to pull my 158 PT up. Wrote one yesterday, although I made the mistake of doing it after a long day of work, so it wasn't under completely comparable conditions. Hopefully the next one I write will benefit from some more rest.
  13. Tips to improving on logical reasoning?

    Thanks, I've decided to change my style of studying from just doing timed, full PTs, into a mix of untimed, section practice, followed by timed sections/full PTs when I feel like I've got a better understanding of methodology.
  14. IP Law without an Engineering/Science Background

    Sounds like a great subtitle for a memoir. Thanks for the response!
  15. Right now I'm usually in a situation where I get an average of 6-7 questions wrong per timed logical reasoning section. It's not awful, but it's just an annoying place to be dropping some points. They usually tend to be on the 'harder' end of things, and are frequently 'assumption' style questions (both types). Does anyone have any suggestions on reducing that number, or frequent mistakes you found yourself making? This could be directed towards those question types specifically, or just broadly over logical reasoning.