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  1. Chances? (3.02, 3.3, 163)

    Being a holistic school is a bit of a double edged sword. On the one hand, people with less favourable stats can get admitted on the basis of strong ECs and references but, on the other hand, we can't estimate a person's chances solely based on their stats as their references and ECs are hard to situate amongst other applicants. This is evidemt when you look into our accepted and rejected forums where similar stats have meant both rejection and admission. I think you therefore stand a chance since your ECs and references could really pull you up but, unfortunately, your GPA is a little bit on the lower side so that definitely makes this a tough guess. If you're still in Uni, try pulling your grades up and then apply.
  2. Chances? cGPA 3.0, writing LSAT in June. Please help!

    Without further derailing the topic here, I will just say that I wouldn't ignore that difference (166-170) in a person's application either and so agree with you. Unless, of course, we're talking about my LSAT score which should always be seen as relatively equivalent to an 180! /s
  3. Accepted to UVic 2018

    University of Calgary. It is where all my friends and family are and so that's where I want to practice when I graduate and spend my summers so finding articling positions and summer placements will be far easier if that is where I go to study.
  4. Accepted to UVic 2018

    Hi all, I was accepted a while back and never posted (my bad! [stats: 166, GPA 3.79 with drops, and 938 index]) but declined my offer today or, rather, did not pay the deposit before the deadline yesterday knowingly in favor of considering other schools. Wanted to let you lurkers know who are still waiting on their offers. Don't give up hope and I expect a lot of offers to go out now as others choose to not pay the deposit. Best of luck! I wish I could have chosen the university with the best weather and get to live on the beautiful Vancouver Island but, alas, that is not my fortune.
  5. Chances? cGPA 3.0, writing LSAT in June. Please help!

    Try UofC as well because they're holistic too. Can't say your chances are any better with them but every holistic application you can send in is another shot at going to law school. Also, @LegalArmada, the LSAT is curved as so that the statistical difference decreases as your score gets higher. For example, the difference in scoring a 175 versus scoring a 170 only separates only two percent of test takers while the difference from 160 to 165 separates 11 percent of test takers. So rightly, I think, should the admissions committee value sore increases less as they go up.
  6. Getting mixed messages about funding law school

    Well then you haven't noticed our weather as of late. http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/calgary/freezing-rain-snowfall-warning-southern-alberta-calgary-1.4577332
  7. Getting mixed messages about funding law school

    Another thing I heard is that law LOCs have a low interest rate while student loans have no interest accrue while you are in school but a higher interest rate after graduation. So some students 'consolidate' their student loans into their LOCs after graduation to benefit from their lower interest rates. There are supposedly some minor caveats about this (i.e. a limit to this consolidation and tax write-off implications).
  8. Dalhousie vs. TRU

    This is along the line of the question I asked a while back and so here's the resounding advice I got: "If you want to work in 'insert place here', than study at said place." Reason being that while Dal may be more reputable, the network and professional contacts you will develop at TRU while studying will be far more valuable in providing you with career options in BC.
  9. Timmies' suggestion is on point but if you want to do it on your own, I believe they calculate letter grades according to their percentage equivelants, not that of your university's. Best of luck
  10. chances? 3.51 CGPA, 150, 156.

    Edit 1: removed my response. I didn't realize it was at the Western forum so I apologize. Edit 2: looking at the 2017 waitlisted and accepted forum I would say you're right on the cusp. Because the school is more holistic, if your references are really good, you may get accepted. On the other hand, though they look at your highest LSAT score for admissions purposes, they do mention they look at all scores and prefer consisten scores over inconsistent so that may impede on your chances. Either way, best of luck!
  11. Any advice? Took a diagnostic test....

    From my own individual experience and from seeing the diagnostic scores of many people asking for help here, I will tell you that you are doing just fine. Remember that a 152 is just above the average (~52 percentile) so even without practice and studying you are doing better than most. Although you still have a long way to go, I would wager that with studying you can get above a 160 on the test and a 165 is not out of reach. I can't say for sure, of course, how your studying will pan out so you have to study smart and dedicate yourself to it. As for studying: Some people benefit from the Powerscore books and other resources but the main thing is developing a solid startegy that works for you and allows you to answer as many questions as possible with the most certainty. A 152 suggests you already grasp the material but have to sort out how to answer the questions in the time given. BayStreetorBust's advice is good but also not the only way. I would say that you should see how studying on your own goes and then get any additional study materials to help fill in the blanks. The risk being, if you don't see any increases on your own it is a waste of time and the benefit is that if studying on your own does pan out, you will get to develop the strategies best suited to you. But do what you are most comfortable with; I just did not find much use for their books.
  12. How Long Were You Green Circled?

    I was green circle'd on a monday and then got accepted on the friday immediately after. Keep in mind my references took a long time and so I was green circle'd in February. I was shocked how fast that turnaround went.
  13. My story and questions on intelligence and the practice of law

    I think statements such as "if you put your mind to it, you can do anything" and "you can be whatever you want when you grow up" are very different. The first is good to encourage someone to work hard for their goals and the latter causes young people to become especially entitled. Of course, even if you put your mind to it, you may not be able to do everything but at least the premise 'put your mind to it' enforces the better meritocratic ideal. I think it is an especially great encouragement to give to younger people who may feel doubt about their abilties. Also considering that when you're young, your brain is more maleable and that kind of encouragement helps push children to work on themselves, whether that be trying out for sports, studying for exams, or doing other ECs. As kids grow older, its better to tamper their encouragement with some realism and telling a 25 year old that they can get into Law School if they really want to becomes a dreadful encouragement that could prove devestating to their morale should they find themselves unable to. At least, that's my 2cents and there certainly is no 'one glove fits all' for encouraging young and adult minds alike.
  14. LR help

    One of the biggest tips that, hopefully, the Powerscore book has provided you with already is to tackle each question in the following order. 1) Read the question (e.g.: "The reasoning in the political scientist’s argument is flawed because it..." 2) Read the argument. And then 3) the answer choices. When you read the question in that order, you should be trying to identify the answer to the question as you read the text and before you look at your answer choices. When you think you know the answer (it should be relatively obvious), you look over the answer choices and you should immediately be able to identify the choice that matched your preconceived answer. Using this method, you should be scribbling the least and if you're stuck on a question, guess your best choice or, IMO, what your gut said was the right answer through the first read-through (always trust your gut!) and come back to it later. The only scribbling I did is underlining keywords or drawing out the way the argument is formed with premises and conclusions. Note that words like 'thus', 'therefore', 'because of', etc. are the keywords you want to look for when you want to make a diagram of the argument as they identify the premises and conclusions. I also recommend just doing the LR sections on some of the practice LSATs you are going to purchase if this is a particular section you struggle with. After you complete each section (don't stop after your 35 minutes ends, but take note of where you ran out of time), review each question and for every wrong answer you made, notate somewhere why it and other choices were wrong and the right answer correct (only because writing things down makes things stick in your memory better, you could burn the paper afterwards and it wouldn't matter). I read that some people benefited from redoing the same section again the day after and seeing if their memory of why certain answers were wrong/right actually stuck and to have that reasoning repeated but I never personally did this. Another tip is to get the Varsity LSAT prep app on your phone (or a similar app) because it has a lot of free practice questions and a daily question to help get you to practice the LSAT. Note that these questions are not drawn from any actual LSAT so don't overestimate yourself if you feel you are rocking it on the app but also know that it won't spoil any actual practice LSATs. It is simply useful to help you continue practicing the LSAT in the nooks and crannies of your day. That 15 minute break at work? Do a few practice questions! Waiting in line at the grocery store? Do another one! And so forth! It really does help make you start thinking about arguments in a different way. That's all I can think of at the moment! Good luck
  15. Chances for Calgary and TRU?

    Don't know too much about TRU, but I don't think you're out of the game yet for UofC. There were people yesterday who posted getting rejected from UofC with better stats than yourself so granted that you have not gotten that dreaded email, your ECs and reference letters must be keeping you in the game. This is somewhat speculative, of course, but I would suspect that because UofC is a holistic school you have a shot at getting accepted. Expect a decision later in the cycle though (e.g. June at the earliest). Best of luck!