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  1. Do you have any connection to Saskatchewan? If you do, you have an outside shot of making it in with those numbers. With no Sask. connection, no chance. Are you sure your GPA is 3.25 though? That sounds low for 81.3%. Convert it to Saskatchewan's 4.3 scale. Case in point, this is from Saskatchewan's admissions page: Saskatchewan actually has issues calculating its own GPA apparently, but you should re-check your GPA.
  2. I think a bigger problem than people lying are people who aren't calculating their GPAs correctly, or they unknowingly are giving a GPA on the 4.00 scale when they're actually posting in a school forum that uses 4.50 or something. The LSATs posted here always seem reasonable (unlike Reddit where EVERYBODY scores 170+)
  3. What he said. Saskatchewan values a "Saskatchewan connection" highly, and they show a slight preference for GPA over LSAT. University of Alberta also weighs GPA heavily; there are several people who have been admitted this year with high GPAs and LSATs in the low 150s. Moreover, they are a Last 2 school which works in your favour. University of Alberta hungers for your GPA!
  4. It might be important for scholarship money. I received a conditional offer from University of Saskatchewan, and they told me that I will get a minimum $2,000 in scholarship money, BUT possibly more upon successful completion of my last semester and submission of my final grades.
  5. What can you tell us about your experience? Were you under pressure to make the average grade B even though the majority of papers you graded were crap?
  6. For what it's worth, University of Saskatchewan's online application has a "visible minority" checkbox, not even referring to aboriginal status, since that's a whole separate thing that they require documented proof for. Here's the description of the checkbox: "The 'term visible minority' does not refer to nationality or religion. Persons who identify themselves as a member of a visible minority are non-caucasian in race and/or non-white in color." Although I doubt that checking this box would give one a huge advantage, it probably has to do with Saskatchewan being a candidate for whitest law school in Canada.
  7. He made a good point toward the end when he talked about how top ranked law schools get inundated with black applicants with LSAT scores in the low 150s (ie they have no chance of getting in). If they assume that they can get into the school they want just because they're black, this would hurt their study habits for the LSAT. Reminds me of when I saw a statistic that measured university majors with their median LSAT scores, and at the very bottom was Criminal Justice majors. Just like the good ol' Pre-Law Club extracurricular that will surely get one into University of Toronto ...
  8. Thanks for sharing, that's interesting and helps confirm my own theories as to the importance of the "Saskatchewan connection." I thought that it was borne out of a desire to help retain graduates who will actually want to stick around and practice in the province; I didn't know that the situation was so bad that students weren't even sticking around past first year. Coincidentally, a thread has now been bumped up in the General Discussion forum where a few users are holding Q&As regarding transferring out after first year to a more preferred school (including one who transferred from an "unnamed prairie school" (LOL) to BC).
  9. If your LSAT was even 2 points higher I'd give you a 50% chance with that GPA and Sask. connection. Unfortunately, the lowest LSAT I've ever seen admitted was 154, but there's still hope: U of S seems generous with high GPA/low LSAT splitters with a Sask connection, and I've never seen a case as extreme as yours in the rejected/accepted threads. So you have a shot at being the first documented case of being accepted with less than 154.
  10. The Simpsons was right, McGill really is the Harvard of Canada.
  11. Now that the February LSAT has settled, I predict that you'll get a conditional offer whenever the next wave begins. I saw people posting their acceptances in this thread on the 28th, and I didn't get my e-mail until later in the day. So I recommend a healthy round of checking this thread/your e-mail/the application portal 5 times a day.
  12. The last change recorded is February 28 (the date I received my acceptance offer), before that it said February 21. I suspect the reason why you haven't heard back from them is because you wrote the LSAT in February, whereas I wrote in December.
  13. If I were you I'd just keep it. With those numbers you'll get in somewhere. Possible reasons for re-writing: You have a strong preference for one of those schools in your list and want to ensure entry, or you want to wager $200 (the LSAT fee) for the chance to win thousands of more dollars in scholarship money with a higher LSAT. However, this would also put your chances for Alberta and Calgary at risk, which average all your LSAT scores.
  14. I'd say you're in, eventually. Super high GPA plus strong Sask connection should easily make up for the 156 (which isn't even that low).
  15. I should also mention that extracurriculars might matter less at Saskatchewan than other schools, because there is no designated space in the application where you can list all of them; therefore, if you want your ECs to matter, you're forced to make room for them in your personal statement.