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  1. Hey @Otter248 and thanks for your response. Personal statement is in the works, almost done, but I'm going to continue working on it for the next month or so to make sure it's pristine. I don't have some amazing story to tell or any "extra-special" EC's, so I'm hoping that speaking genuinely about my interest in law and my general story will be enough. I know that the LSAT is what's holding me back from being more of a lock, but I just cannot imagine going through that whole process again. Plus, I scored near the middle of my practice test range, so the marginal benefit may not be worth the additional effort here. TBH, I am pretty sure that I won't rewrite. I'm definitely glad that my B3 is high, so I guess here's to hoping that it is enough to push me over the edge. Once again, thanks for your thoughts! RIP
  2. Hello, I'm looking for some thoughts on my situation. My stats are as follows: CGPA: 3.66, L2: 3.98, B3: 3.98, LSAT: 164. Had a rough start which brought down my CGPA a bit but been nearly all A+ since then. Will be applying very early in the cycle, if that makes any difference. What are my chances for U of T?
  3. If you spend a few minutes browsing the accepted threads for the schools you're interested in, you should be able to gauge your chances. U of T is likely out of the question barring a >170 LSAT but assuming you keep pulling your GPA up and can get a score >165, you should be in a good position for the others you've listed. Some schools only consider your best 3 years (B3) or last 2 years (L2), so these may work in your favour (you can find this info on the school's websites). Either way, just browse the threads and use Ryn's predictor: http://lsutil.azurewebsites.net/Prediction2016/Index and you should have a good idea where you stand.
  4. Perhaps @ScotiabankHalifax can help you with this.
  5. I'll echo what others have said. After my first year of uni I had a GPA below 2.8. Took two years off to work then went back at it three years ago, worked my ass off, and I'm sitting in a pretty good position heading into next years cycle (OLSAS CGPA 3.65ish and an L2/B3/B2 all > 3.95) I'm not saying you should take time off, but for me, I wouldn't have the opportunities I have now if it weren't for that time away from school to get my mind straight. Improving that GPA is totally possible, just keep your head up and keep the end goal in mind. Also, if you take a gap year after you graduate, your entire transcript will be considered so those earlier grades will have a lesser effect than they do with only 3 years completed at the time of application. This would be especially helpful for L2/ B3/ B2 schools.
  6. Hey! I'm not a frequent poster to this site but I once made a similar post asking for a wide array of info like this and was able to find out most everything I needed from previous posts. Try taking a look around the site, there's a ton of useful information that will answer all of these questions and more. People may chime in and help you (more than I'm able to) but really, there is more than sufficient information to answer these questions on this site- just start looking through the various forums. In any event, good luck to your "friend"
  7. Hello Amir021, and thank you for your kind words. That definitely puts my mind at ease as U of T would be my number one choice. Obviously there's still a lot of work to do but it's nice to know that I didn't shoot myself in the foot too severely with my struggles earlier on. In any event, thanks again and good luck with your studies!
  8. Hey guys, I'd really appreciate if anyone could help me with this. This is somewhat tedious, so I understand if you wish to stop reading here and move on with your day/ night. For the record, I have emailed U of T directly and received a fairly standardized (quoted directly from their website) email in response. To be honest, I doubt whether or not they actually read my email. Basically, I was an uninterested, and quite honestly, brutal student in my early university days, and I performed quite terribly. What I am wondering is if anybody has an idea how they will calculate my best 3 years GPA. I have been told that summer courses do not count in their GPA calculation, and also that only full time years are considered. They informed me that 8 courses in an academic year (ie. Sept-Apr) is considered full time. Here is how my my credits have been allocated. I have "academic years" grouped together and have noted summer semesters. Also I have bold lettering for my only "full-time years". 2012-01-03 to 2012-04-05 2 Courses- OLSAS GPA 2.5 2012-09 to 2013-04 6 courses- OLSAS GPA 2.38 Here I took a year off to work and get my priorities in order. It was during this time that I decided that I wanted to go to law school. 2014/2015 Academic year 8 Courses- OLSAS GPA 3.95 Summer 2015 1 Course-OLSAS GPA 4.0 2015/2016 Academic year 8 Courses-OLSAS GPA-3.9875 Summer 2016 3 Courses-OLSAS GPA 4.0 2016/2017 Academic year 8 courses-OLSAS GPA 3.95 (Not completed yet but received all A+ first semester, so this is conservative assuming all A this semester-I'm quite confident that I will achieve this, at the very least). If I average 2014/15, 2015/16, and 2016/17-these are technically my only "3 full-time academic years" [not by averaging the individual academic years, but by averaging every individual course (which I think is the correct way to do so)], I come up with a "Best 3 academic years" of 3.96. Based on previous years acceptance threads, this seems quite competitive. However, my OLSAS CGPA would come out to 3.62- for U of T this isn't so competitive. My question is whether anyone who has had a somewhat similar breakdown (as far as allocation of credits) might be able to provide some insight into how U of T will calculate my GPA. Thanks to anyone who read this, regardless of whether you respond!
  9. Hey, thanks for the response. I had called a few of the schools that I plan on applying to. They said they take the LSAC GPA but were unsure about how that will get calculated for Canadians. I think you're probably correct about the letter grades being converted since I don't see how it would be possible for us from Canadian universities to get into a decent US school otherwise. Probably just going to apply and hope for the best.
  10. I'm just wondering how we Canadians can translate our grades to the LSDAS GPA. If you look on the LSAC website, they have the following table: http://www.lsac.org/jd/applying-to-law-school/academic-record#grade-table You'll notice that an A+= 98-100%, and pretty much every percentage grade in the 100-0* column would put any Canadian University at a significant disadvantage. For example, for a Canadian school that only gives out letter grades/ no percentages, a student who got an A in every single course (let's assume an A is 85% at this person's school) would have an american GPA of 3.0/4.0. In Canada their GPA would be either 3.9 or 4.0 depending on which scale is used. A few past posts have said to translate each individual course into a letter grade (i.e. 90%+=A+, 85-90=A, etc.), then convert each of those letter grades into the appropriate score out of 4.33, from the attached table. So the A+ would be a 4.33, A=4, etc. Then you just average those scores. My school gives out an exact percentage, along with a letter grade, on our transcripts. I'm hoping that its as easy as just converting my letter grades to the scale above, but would love an answer from someone with more concrete knowledge on this since if the percentages are used my GPA drops from between 3.8-3.9 (if translating letter grades) to close to 3.0 (if translating using the percentages). Thanks in advance!
  11. If anyone has a chance of getting in with only 3 years completed, I'd say it's you. I don't have any real info for you, but I would guess your odds are pretty damn good.
  12. Overall this is absolutely great; something you may need to correct is the GPA calculator. I keep getting different results, but not really sure why. Does the year you put in have any bearing on the drops in your calculation? I called UBC a few days ago and got a pretty clear explanation on drops. They said that they will drop your worst 12 credits (4 "normal" 1-semester courses) if either: a) you have completed a 4-year degree b) you are in year 3 and will complete your degree by the time you enter law school. They will eliminate your worst 6 credits if: You have completed a 3 year degree, and are not pursuing a 4th year. And everyone else gets no credits dropped. I have not verified the accuracy of this with any real research, but seems consistent with the info on their site.