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  1. I graduated and then took last year to write applications and prep for the LSAT. This is just what worked for me, obviously it could be very different for you. I started a course for the LSAT in late May, a few weeks after graduation, and that course ran until the September LSAT. I worked on it throughout the summer, taking time out here and there to relax so it wasn't completely full on. However, I found that course didn't work for me very well. I was plateauing on score for full tests and decided I had to switch what I was doing. So, by the September LSAT, I felt I wasn't where I needed to be score wise and decided to wait until December to write. I used books and workbooks to prepare from different companies and found my score was steadily improving again. Did that from September to December, wrote and did well on my first try, done. My advice is do not write if you don't think you are completely ready. Obviously you never feel 100% about everything and probably will feel you can improve, but only write once you are at a point where you are consistently achieving the score range you need. If that is in September then that is great, December and February are always there if you need them. I wrote December and, while I felt ready, knew in the back of my mind that February was there if I really needed it. However, I do not recommend the February LSAT as it is really late in the game for schools at that point. Also some schools don't accept February (I think Queen's doesn't, but I could be wrong on that) so just check the schools you are interested in to make sure. The temptation to write as early as possible is there because you will be in every round of decisions schools are making, but I found that waiting to write was best because you get the score and don't have to go back. In terms of burning out, I did study for what would be two writings but just wrote one, so maybe that is what contributed to me feeling absolutely done after the December write. When waiting for the scores to come back I was just hoping I didn't have to write again as my mind was just done with the LSAT at that point. For applications, make sure you start early. The personal statement is something you really have to make sure you get right and do it well. My advice is to look at the prompts that each school you are applying to give you, look for the similarities that they share, and try to write something that will please them without having to write different essays for each one. Of course, that is different if your schools are all very different, in that case you should definitely tailor them. I ended up only tailoring the part where you say why that schools is the best for you, leaving the rest of the essay the same. That is just the advice I have based on what I did and what I found worked or didn't last year for applying this cycle. If you have more specific questions, feel free to message me. Good luck!
  2. They sent acceptance packages via Purolator.
  3. My advice would be to slow down on the full PTs for now until you are more comfortable achieving what you want to for RC and LR. I, like yourself, had a tougher time with the RC to start off and I actually started getting worse at it before I switched methods to then get better. For RC I read the Powerscore book and did their exercise book as well. That really taught me how to tackle reading the passages, what to focus on, what to skim unless it was asked in a question specifically, and how to deal with the questions. So in terms of study materials I would definitely recommend Powerscore as I also used Kaplan and TestMasters and neither of them were very good. Then I would do the same thing for LR. I learned how to handle LR well first through the TestMasters course but the Powerscore books were good too. The key for me to really getting LR was to understand all the questions types and do them until you can kind of feel where they are going with the questions before they ask them. And during that time just keep your attention on the LG enough that you don't get rusty at them. Once you are more comfortable with LR and RC then I would revisit the PTs. Even a good way to be testing if you are improving and keeping to the time is to just take the LR or RC sections out of the test and do them in the 35 mins rather than tiring yourself doing a full test too often. But that is just my advice based on what worked for me. Good luck!
  4. UofT's stats say 4% go to NYC. I don't know anything about other schools or averages.
  5. I'm not sure how many people get HH for all of their classes but on U of T Law's youtube channel they have a video discussing the first year curriculum and it states the frequency of each grade type. HH - 15% H - 30% P - 55%
  6. The law school I have chosen is U of T but I had a lot of offers, and my undergrad I won't say as the number of people who go from there to U of T is very small.
  7. I can speak from experience that you don't have to go to the best undergraduate schools to get into the best law schools. Yes if they have someone who has the exact same stats as you and they went to a school that the law school prefers (if that happens) for the last space then, yes, it could disadvantage you. But, if you take your undergrad as a clean slate and work to be the best there, anything is possible - and I truly mean anything! Good luck!
  8. I declined my offer too. Good luck to those still waiting!
  9. I know that on their tumblr page they have the break down of the undergraduate universities represented in the first round for maybe two different incoming classes, but it doesn't say how many from each school. 2014: Barnard College Bates College Carleton University Concordia University Cornell University Dalhousie University Harvard University La Salle University (Pennsylvania) McGill University McMaster University Mt Allison University New York University Oberlin College Queen’s University Redeemer University College Ryerson University Simon Fraser University Smith College (Massachusetts) St Francis Xavier University St Mary’s University Stanford University Trent University University of Alberta University of British Columbia University of Calgary University of Guelph University of Lethbridge University of Manitoba University of New Brunswick University of Ottawa University of Saskatchewan University of Toronto University of Victoria University of Waterloo University of Windsor University of Winnipeg Western University Wilfrid Laurier University All three rounds (2013?): Boston College (US) Brandon University Brock University Brown University (US) Cambridge University (UK) Carleton University City University of New York (US) Columbia University (US) Concordia University Dalhousie University Harvard University (US) Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) Lander College For Men (US) Laurentian University London School of Economics (UK) McGill University McMaster University Memorial University Mount Allison University New York University (US) Northwestern University (US) Oberlin College (US) Oxford University (UK) Queen’s University Rutgers State University (US) Ryerson University Simon Fraser University University of Alberta University of British Columbia University of Calgary University of California Los Angeles (US) University of Connecticut (US) University of Guelph University of King’s College University of Minnesota (US) University of Ottawa University of Prince Edward Island University of Victoria University of Waterloo University of Windsor University of Winnipeg University of Toronto Vancouver Island University Wayne State University (US) Wellesley College (US) Western University Wilfrid Laurier University Yeshiva Gedolah of Miami (US) York University
  10. I would say there isn't a huge disadvantage but there are some things that come to mind. You wouldn't be considered until the later rounds of admissions or just later in the cycle for schools with rolling admissions. Also you give yourself less options for re-writes and still being accepted. If you write in September and don't like your score you can write December and all school will still consider you. However, if your first write is December and you need to write in February then some school won't accept that score (I believe Queen's would be one). I also have the idea (but I may very well be wrong) that if you are waiting for February scores then it's worse for getting a spot because there are far fewer seats still available in the class by that point. I'm not sure what you mean when you say apply before you graduate? If you are graduating in August there aren't any applications before then...you would have to wait until the 2018 cycle opens.
  11. To echo what kiamia said above, I applied to all of my schools back in October and wrote the December LSAT. No reason to wait an additional year!
  12. Yes you should also get the acceptance package which is sent via purolator, however mine was not held for me, they just left it. The second letter I received was the single letter from the dean. For paying the deposit I believe there are instructions on the website so I don't think you need the acceptance package to do so.
  13. To people who went to U of T, what made you choose it? To people who chose a different school over U of T, why did you choose that school/turn down U of T? Thank you for any replies!
  14. Thanks!
  15. Does anyone know where to apply for financial aid if you are a Nova Scotia student? Does it matter/change if you are going to school out of province?