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  1. Please Advise Me! (STEM to LAW)

    I have a STEM degree and my ECs were not law related at all and it didn't seem to affect my application. However, aside from UofT, I only applied to index-only schools so you might have a different experience. From what I've read though, ECs seem to be a very soft factor for Canadian schools so I wouldn't worry too much about it. However, I don't think that having a STEM degree gives you a significant advantage. I know UofT specifically states that they take into account the difficulty of your degree but your GPA will probably put you out of contention. Most other schools don't say anything about program difficulty. If you have the exact same stats as someone who has an "easier" degree from an "easier" school, you might get a boost but it's not significant enough to count on it. I say "easier" in quotation marks because who actually knows if a certain program is actually easier than another? The individuals on the admissions committee might be biased in your favour but it's not a guarantee and it's very hard to quantify. I didn't apply to US schools but you could try plugging your stats into an admissions predictor (don't remember any specific names but a quick Google search should give you some results) and see if you have a shot at any of the top schools. You're right in thinking that anything outside top 20 is a bit of a gamble though. I've even heard that anything outside T14 is a bit risky. Try to get a killer LSAT score and look into schools that are more holistic or give you very generous drops (if you have a few bad grades here and there). Good luck!
  2. How many PT should I do a week?

    I suggest doing 1-2 timed PTs per week but not more and spend the rest of the time doing blind review, individual sections and drilling. You don't want to burn out but you want to really understand what you're doing and not just do one PT after the other.
  3. Yup! You are correct. Schools outside of Ontario won't know if you accept an offer so it will still be possible to get offers from them. And yes, you will lose your deposit if you decide to go to another school.
  4. Has anyone already applied for a LOC (more specifically Scotiabank's LOC) ? I know you can't access the fund until you provide a proof of enrollment (so August/September) but I might be travelling in May and I was thinking how it'd be nice to have one of the Scotiabank gold credit cards. Does anyone know if you can get the credit cards as soon as you're approved? And how long does it take from filling out the application form to getting approved? Also does anyone know if you have to sign the documents at the designated branch or if there's another way to do it if you live in another city? I will call one of the Scotiabank advisors on Monday when they're back to work but I figured someone here might know the answer to one of my questions and I wouldn't have to wait the whole weekend.
  5. Any else not have a response yet?

    A bit weird yes. It says on their Tumblr that everyone whose file is complete should have gotten an email by the end of the day of the 20th. Have you checked your OLSAS account (if you’ve been accepted or refused, but not waitlisted, your status might have already changed)? Or maybe contact them?
  6. I know you said you've taken prep courses but have you tried a tutor? I know they can get expensive but sometimes just a session or two can make a difference. Maybe you're on the cusp of getting it and you just need a bit of help to make things click? If you absolutely can't afford a tutor, maybe try a different approach/a different book that is more in-line with how you think and approach problems? Or maybe you just need more time? Maybe studying full-time isn't working for you because it just stresses you out more (the more hours you spend studying during a session, the less material you absorb, which makes you stress out even more)? Before writing the LSAT did you try to replicate testing conditions (and that includes waking up early, using maybe a proctor app, eating what you'd be eating on the day of the test). Obviously, on the actual day of the test, a few things will be different but if you can minimize the number of things that are different, you might be less nervous. The first time I took the LSAT, I was really nervous because I didn't really know how it was going to be which made me feel a bit unprepared. When I wrote it the second time though, I was a lot less nervous because I knew what I was getting into. Don't despair, stay positive and keep practicing! Edit: I see that you took about 20 PTs before the December LSAT and only 1 before the Feb. Did you do a lot of drilling? I know this may be excessive but I went through almost every section (whether that be fully-timed PT or just practicing sections) of PTs 12-the last one available.
  7. Waitlisted at U of T 2018

    Woa. Did you only write the LSAT in February? I guess the class must already be full because your stats are very very good!
  8. Taking a Year Off to Apply

    I’m not a student at UofT yet but when I went to the Welcome Day event, I was under the impression that a lot of incoming 1L were straight from undergrad (still finishing their 4th year). Of course it could be that those who are currently working can’t take a day off as easily as it is to take a day off school. The average and median age of 1L were 23 and 24 last year or the year before if I remember correctly so I’m willing to guess that a lot of people take a year off before starting law school. If you had one weak year, taking a year off might help because when they calculate your best 3, they’ll be able to drop your worst year. If you apply in your 4th year on the other hand, your first 3 years will count, no drops. I personally took 2 years off (and I’m a year older due to different school systems) and in retrospect, I should’ve only taken 1 because by the time I‘ll be done with articling, I’m going to be in my very late twenties with pretty significant debt which isn’t how I thought my life would be and which will delay some of my plans. But that’s just me!
  9. LSAT July or September

    Definitely July. If it doesn’t go well you can rewrite in September and have your LSAT score before applications are due and not have to worry about the LSAT and applications at the same time.
  10. Chances? [cGPA: 3.74, B3: 3.75, 167]

    Judging from your stats, I would normally think your chances are pretty good but UofT seems a bit unpredictable this year. Some people with lower stats than you have already gotten offers but if you were to get an offer, I think you would’ve already gotten it by now. Don’t lose hope though, there’s still the 3rd round in March! Good luck!
  11. Yes you'll have to send in your CEGEP transcript but schools won't look at those grades/they won't be included in any GPA calculation. But most (all?) schools want all of your post-secondary transcripts (so that includes CEGEP). Depending on the school, admissions might look at your last 2 years, your best 3 years (in your case, all 3) or your whole degree minus X number of credits. Because you'll only have three years worth of grades though, you won't have as much room for error as other people so try to focus on getting a really good GPA!
  12. UBC asked me to get a foreign evaluation for my exchange transcript which was simply ludicrous (cost me $330!!) but it might have been because I did a 2-semester exchange. From reading this forum, it looks like some people have had to get evaluations and others haven’t, depending on who from the admissions office responded to their email. But do email them to ask what your GPA is; it’ll help you better determine when you should expect an offer and give you peace of mind!
  13. Based on last year's thread, using your GPA without drops, you can probably expect to get an offer from UBC in mid to late July. Did you get grades at your exchange/study abroad university? I know that when I went on exchange, the classes I took only showed as Pass/fail on my home university transcript but I got actual letter grades on the exchange university transcript (that has to be sent to UBC by the way). When I emailed UBC, they told me that they would be using those grades to calculate my GPA. You could probably email them to ask if they've had time to calculate your GPA!
  14. It means that if you're currently in your fourth year, they won't use this year's grades to calculate your GPA (since they start making decisions before Fall grades are in and they'll be done before the Winter semester ends). If you already graduated, then yes, they will look at all four (or more) years.
  15. Definitely worth applying if law school is something you really want to do. Your GPA might be a bit low for some schools but definitely high enough for other schools. Plus, there’s still time to improve your GPA; even a small increase could make a big difference. It also appears you haven’t taken the LSAT yet and without a score, it’s hard to predict if your GPA is high enough. The good news is you still have a lot of time to study for the LSAT and get a score that could boost your chances.
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