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  1. Waitlist 2018

    I just received the wait list email. LSAT: 159 GPA (with drops, self-calculated): 3.85/4.33 L2: 4.01/4.33
  2. Scholarships

    Hi All, The Law website says all first year students who have accepted their offers are considered for scholarships as long as they fill out the scholarship application which will be sent via email in June, and complete the application by the deadline in August. However, one poster on the Accepted thread said scholarship offers are already rolling out-has anyone already received a scholarship? Any insight is appreciated!
  3. I asked UVic's Law Admissions office about this approximately one year ago. Below is the email response I received. Based on the email, you would have 30 credits dropped. The minimum academic requirement for admission to UVic Law is 45 UVic equivalents (90 credits) leading towards a bachelor's degree. The degree does not have to be completed prior to admission to law school, but there must be a logical progression from first to second to third and fourth year courses. We use all courses completed at the time of evaluation in calculating GPA and update the calculation if additional courses are completed during the fall semester. Depending upon the number of units or credits completed, we will eliminate some of the worst grades from the GPA calculation, according to an established sliding scale (see chart below). It does not matter when the worst grades were achieved. These grades could be from first, second, third or fourth year. Courses taken through distance education and during summer sessions would be included in your GPA. We do not consider performance based courses in your GPA calculation. If you have taken university or college courses at more than one institution, you must submit transcripts from each of those institutions, so that the courses can be included in your GPA calculation. During the year that you apply for law school, it is important that you submit updated transcripts after you complete the fall semester, so that any additional discount (if applicable) can be applied and your GPA can be updated. The document deadline, including updated fall transcripts, isMarch 1. Please email them to ([email protected]c.ca). Accumulated Units Units Discounted 48 – 51.9 3 52 – 57.9 6 58 – 63.9 9 64-69.9 12 70 or more 15 Accumulated Credits Credits Discounted 96 - 103.9 6 104 - 115.9 12 116 - 127.9 18 128 - 139.9 24 140 or more 30 Credits accumulated are courses you have received a grade for. When we evaluate the GPA for applicants who have taken a course more than once, we use both grades in the evaluation. However, depending upon the total number of units/credits taken, we will discount some of the worst grades from your GPA calculation. For example, on a four-year degree (60 units/120 credits) we will eliminate 9 units/18 credits of the worst grades. Consequently, if you are repeating a course and you are in a position where you are eligible for the discount, then the first grade of the repeated course may be eliminated if it is one of your worst grades. However, if you are not eligible for a discount, repeating courses has the effect of averaging the two grades for the same course. To get an idea of where your GPA might fall on that scale, please see the grade conversion chart on the bottom of page 2 on the attached Resources for Law School Students sheet. GPA is weighted 50% and LSAT is weighted 50% in our evaluation process. Your personal statement may also be taken into account during the application assessment process. The ranges of GPAs and LSAT scores that are competitive in any given year are determined by a number of factors. Foremost of these factors is the quality of the applicant pool. If we receive a large number of applications from people with very high GPAs and LSAT scores, admission in that year is going to be more competitive. Generally, to be a competitive law school applicant, you need an A-/A average and an LSAT score around 160 or better. However, if you have a really high LSAT score, you may be admitted with a GPA that is lower than an A- and vice versa. To give you an idea of what has been competitive in the most recent admission cycle, please consult the First Year Class Demographics-Regular Category chart.
  4. Advice on GPA

    I took a graduate course for fun after finishing with my undergraduate degree and asked admissions if they would include the mark and they did. So I believe they will accept credits outside your degree. I would call them to confirm.
  5. For me it was about a week and a half. I'm a BC resident.
  6. Also FYI: UAlberta Law posts videos from previous years' orientations/events on their Youtube channel.
  7. Housing for UofA Law Students?

    Thanks all for your insight. I see viable prospects in the Whyte Ave area but I'll expand the search to the arena district if needed.
  8. Housing for UofA Law Students?

    Haha that obvious, huh? I am indeed from Vancouver. Thanks for the reply-I'll start looking at places on Whyte Ave. I was hoping to be downtown as the places seem to be nicer but that is not worth being away from the action. See you there!
  9. Hi All, I'm planning to accept my offer to UofA Law and move to Edmonton at the end of April instead of for the Fall 2018 semester; I currently live in a different city and don't want to renew the lease on my current place as I have to move to Edmonton for school anyways. Does anyone know which neighbourhood UofA Law students tend to live in? I know that the UofA is in Old Strathcona but I was thinking about moving downtown because it only takes a few minutes to take the LRT from downtown to the university station. Thanks in advance for the help!
  10. Hi all, Accepted just over an hour ago via email. L2: 4.01/4.33 cGPA: 3.28/4.33 LSAT: 158 (June 2016), 159 (December 2017) BC Resident Got an email saying my application was complete and in progress on Monday morning.
  11. I'd say take your personal statement seriously because you can use it to explain the 10 Fs/show how you improved from your first few years getting Fs to last 2 years. I just got accepted Monday-I have a poor cGPA of 3.28/4.33 (2.9/4) and had plenty of Fs in my first year, but I have an L2 of 4.01/4.33. My LSAT scores are below the UofA median at 158 and 159. I used my personal statement to explain why my grades went up so dramatically and why I failed my first year. I think if I got in early in the cycle, you stand a really good shot with your numbers (provided you actually use your PS to explain your initial failure and dramatic increase in grades).
  12. Accepted to Alberta 2018

    Very excited to contribute to an Accepted thread-got the email from Heather about 20 minutes ago! L2: 4.01/4.33 cGPA: 3.28/4.33 (self-calculated) LSAT: 158 (June 2016), 159 (December 2017) BC Resident File completed (besides LSAT which was just received) by mid December.
  13. Before getting accepted, you usually get an email from Rose at Dalhousie's Law Admissions office saying your application is complete and under review. Did you get a "complete and under review" email? I believe MrBing is asking when you received it? For those still waiting, I got a complete and under review email this morning.
  14. Should I go to UK or Stay in Canada [3.7]

    You need to calculate your cGPA on all your undergraduate work, not just your years doing the degree where you achieved a 3.7 as law schools don't just exclude the years that you were in a different program. Depending on that GPA (and your LSAT of course) you may or may not be competitive for Canadian law schools that look at cGPA. You do look like you would be competitive for both University of Alberta and Dalhousie (once again, provided you can increase your LSAT to at least mid to high 150s) because they only consider your GPA in your last 2 years of undergraduate work. Queen's and Western also look at your GPA in your last 2 years for admission, but they don't like it when your cGPA (that will include your years at Laurier) is too low. I know Queen's has it on their website that cGPAs lower than 3.3/4 are not competitive for admission.
  15. Per Dal's index formula, GPA is weighted at 60 percent and LSAT at 40. I wouldn't say you're completely out of the running, but your L2 is much lower than any L2 I've seen in last year's Accepted thread and I don't think your great LSAT score is high enough to compensate for that. I think that your best chance is if they do a holistic review of your file and ask you for an interview. Have you applied to U of Alberta? There are some applicants in last year's Accepted thread who have similar statistics to yours. U of Alberta also does a holistic review later on during the admissions cycle. It seems you have a much better shot at Alberta than Dal. Good luck!
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