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  1. Ask a 3L!

    I understand where those feelings come from, it is constantly discussed on this forum. I'm fine with being around people who are stressed out - it's a fact of life in university. I agree that joking about hardships and adversity is a sign of positivity and support. However, I don't think anybody likes a person who is always going on about how tough things are. I wasn't dunking on U of T, I was making sure the atmosphere is a bit more upbeat than what the internet suggests.
  2. Ask a 3L!

    Good to know - thanks!
  3. Ask a 3L!

    What is the vibe at the school? Recently I have seen a lot of self-deprecating humour (jokes about crying, inadequacy, insecurity etc.) coming from some U of T law students and was wondering just how much of that is true. I can appreciate the stresses that come with wanting to do well in law school, but at the same time I'm not sure how I feel about being around people who are always sharing their shitty mindset.
  4. I studied physics and chemistry, mostly in the context of ocean processes. In my law school applications I described ocean resource management and how it intersects science, technology, and the law.
  5. I don't think there will be a very meaningful resolution to this debate. If STEM classes are apples then the social sciences and humanities are oranges. Some people are good at math and others are good at history. If the crux of this thread is what faculty/major is best for getting adequate grades for law school then the answer is probably what you are good at and enjoy. Using grades to compare the difficulty of STEM and the humanities is a bit tricky since the humanities grades are influenced by a marker's bias.
  6. Considering your stellar GPA I would say 163-164 would be pretty solid.
  7. Chances: OLSAS cGPA: 3.28, B3: 3.5

    It is not a good idea to rely on softs (i.e. EC's, program difficulty etc.) when applying to law schools. As somebody mentioned above, U of T is essentially 1/3 LSAT, 1/3 personal statement (PS), and 1/3 GPA. Straight up, your GPA will be a problem. So you're going to need to compensate for that by doing a good job with the remaining 2/3 of your application. I would aim for 170+ on the LSAT and put a lot of thought into your PS. Your GPA might be a problem at Osgoode, but I think all other schools should be within reach if you land around 163-165 on the LSAT.
  8. 162 is not a safe Oz score. You could get in, but you're not a lock. If you had a 164 or 165 you would be a stronger applicant.
  9. I did TONS of untimed and can confirm that it does help. I would suggest mixing timed and untimed together and really focusing on where you are making mistakes. In terms of pacing yourself through the section, try to get the first 15 questions done in 15 minutes. That leaves 20 minutes for the last 10-11 questions.
  10. Is law school fun?

    Do you guys derail every single thread here?
  11. Such aspects of an application are intangible. I'm sure it would help in a tie-break situation, but as I mentioned I think your best bet is to focus on your stats. There are so many variables that could affect the quality of your application: essay, addenda, ethnicity, extracurricular activities, work experience, undergrad institution, major etc. It is hard to determine the relative importance of these variables (or softs). This is why there is such an emphasis on GPA and LSAT - applications live and die by your stats.
  12. Fix your GPA then worry about the LSAT. You only have one whack at your undergraduate GPA and can redo the LSAT until you are happy with the result. Upward trends in a GPA are helpful. Most schools will give you the chance to explain upward trends in an addendum when you apply, so don't sweat bad grades early on if you're crushing it now. Sorry to bring this up, but I get irked when people mention how hard their program/school is. The difficulty of your degree/institution is probably negligible in the eyes of an admissions officer. At the end of the day your stats are the foundation of application, so work hard and hope for the best.
  13. I originally made this post on the LSAT subreddit but I figured that I would circulate it on here as well. I started studying for the LSAT June 1, 2017 in preparation for the December 2, 2017 test. When I began my studies I was desperate for info to help start my journey. Since I used this subreddit a lot, I thought I would give back to the community with my own post. I am far from an expert, and probably made a lot of mistakes studying (like doing 2 PT's in one day), but I thought sharing my process could be helpful anyways. Ready for an essay? After checking out 7Sage, /r/LSAT, and all the LSAT forums, I established a studying philosophy: Perfect the LG section Improve accuracy in LR through untimed sections and reviewing with a goal of -2/-3 per LR section Improve LR timing with timed sections Improve RC by focusing on reading speed and finding a section strategy that suits me.* Leave at least 2 months for PT's and drilling Track all work with excel spreadsheets I had 6 months to accomplish these 6 goals. I was armed with the 2016 LG Bible, the LSAT Trainer, and PT's 1-82. LG My LG studying was dedicated to 3 months. I did no LG drilling after I finished these 3 months, meaning my only LG practice came from PT's. I began with the LG Bible, which took me between 1-2 weeks. I used this strategy for perfecting my LG section. That took about 2.5 months. By the end I was averaging -0 on LG. All in, LG took me 3 months of dedicated studying to perfect. Looking back on the LG section, I would say that keeping it simple is best. Have a nice, clear, diagram. Don't kill yourself mapping out all the worlds, something JY from 7Sage likes to do. But don't be robotic like the Bible. Find the flow that works for you. The ultimate goal of LG studying is being fast, adaptable, and accurate. I think it's important not to blindly subscribe to a diagramming technique from one of the tutors/companies. My style was a hybrid of PowerScore, 7Sage, and Trainer. LR I started studying LR immediately after my LG work finished. This was the beginning of September, 3 months after I began. I did the LR stuff in the LSAT Trainer and drilled UNTIMED LR sections from PT's 1-20. I tracked my mistakes and took notes next to questions during my reviews. These notes consisted of identifying the conclusion, flaw, and why certain answer choices were wrong. Sometimes there wasn't a flaw, and sometimes I got lazy and didn't review. Keep in mind that I skipped some sections and PT's on my journey from 1 to 20. All in, I would say that untimed LR and textbook work took me half a month. Then I stepped up to timed LR drilling on random PT's between 1 and 55. A lot of the sections I drilled timed were from here. I continued to track mistakes and take notes. A lot of my mistakes came from missing reasoning structure and rushing into the answer choices without reflecting on the stimulus and question stem (prephrasing, predicting answer, etc.). While studying out of the Trainer during August I made a document that summarized a lot of the stuff from the Trainer. It had a page for each question type. I found creating and reading the document to be educational and helpful. I would come back to this document time and time again to make sure my LR strategies were well-tuned. Unlike LG, which was my best section, LR was a bastard of a time. My timing was sloppy, and I had to work really hard to make this section work. I think the best thing you can do for LR is to thoroughly review your mistakes and understand what you're doing wrong. To get a grasp of the correct approach on answers I missed I would look at the answer explanations on LSAT Hacks and Manhattan. This helped understand how I should be thinking for different question types. From my experience, LR improves with experience, and the key to experience is merciless drilling. All in, dedicated LR work took me 1 month, 0.5 month for learning and 0.5 month for timed drilling. I would continue doing timed LR drilling and untimed LR drilling between my PT's later. RC My worst section on my diagnostic, I was reluctant to start studying RC. I opened the LSAT Trainer and got going. I got 2 chapters in and put the Trainer down. I didn't like studying for RC out of a book, so I didn't. My major takeaway from the Trainer was to read for reasoning structure. I think the biggest thing for RC (for me, at least) is to find a strategy that works for you. It is a highly personal section. Some people take extensive notes, others read fast and leave lots of time for the questions. I eventually discovered I was the latter. Anyways, it was already October and I was averaging -0 on LG and -3 per LR section. My RC was bouncing around -6 after a few timed RC sections. I think studying for LR before RC helped my reading abilities. TESTS As I said earlier, I had PT's 1-82. I left 1-55 for drilling and 55-82 for actual tests. I never blind reviewed or did 5 section tests. In hindsight that was probably a mistake but I don't think it made a huge difference. I used a bezel watch to time myself and used the 7Sage proctor app. I did roughly 25 tests in 2 months, probably another mistake - a very demanding schedule. I usually did 5-10 warm up LR Q's before each test. SCHEDULE I didn't really have a clear schedule going into studying, but this is how it turned out. 6 months total: 3 months dedicated LG, 1 month dedicated LR studying, 0 months dedicated RC studying, 2 months dedicated to 25 PT's and timed and untimed LR and RC drilling. MY THOUGHTS My schedule turned out alright. If I had to do it again I would waste less time on LG (3 months was a little excessive). I was undisciplined and lazy, often going days without studying. This would allow for more dedicated LR studying and PT'ing. I think the biggest thing I took away from this entire process is that mental health is key to the LSAT. I would find myself gripping the pencil too tight at times. I would get questions wrong and start getting anxious which lead to more questions wrong. The absolute best thing I did for myself was learn how to calm down and relax. For me the key was going for a run and jumping in the sauna. By finding this zen trigger, I could control my stress levels and went into the test confident. Avoiding test anxiety makes all the difference, so make sure you understand how you relax and watch your mental health. Also, try to visualize yourself in your test center - a common tactic for athletes is visualization. Sorry for the wall of text, but I figured that if I could help one lurker in the future it would be worth it. I owe this sub a lot! I started with a 155 diagnostic and grinded my way to a 172 in December. Thanks to all of you!
  14. Applicants without an OLSAS GPA

    "If your admission file is complete then please check your email for your admission decision. The email should be delivered to you by midnight local Toronto time. The reflection of the decision (offer or refusal of admission, but not wait list) on your OLSAS account should be visible within 3 business days of the email notification. In just a few instances there are completed files under review (e.g. WES evaluations that only arrived this week etc.). We’ll decide on those as soon as possible." - from their most recent tumblr post. Clearly they are familiar with WES. Also, assessing applications is their job and I'm sure they see enough international applicants every year to recognize WES GPA's and properly judge them.
  15. Waitlisted at U of T 2018

    Preach! This is hilarious.