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  1. http://lsutil.azurewebsites.net/ This site has admission predictors for Ontario schools as well as UBC.
  2. 2016 vs 2018 Powerscore?

    I read it front to back. Not exactly sure how long it took me because I was studying with other materials at the same time, but it definitely shouldn’t take you the whole summer to get through. I’d recommend the LR one as well; I found it made a big difference for me and it would be reasonable to expect that you can get through them both by the end of the summer. The bibles look like really thick, daunting books but if you flip through you can see there’s a lot of space on the pages and the text is fairly big so it’s not that bad.
  3. 2016 vs 2018 Powerscore?

    The computer virus game from the September 2016 LSAT is notoriously difficult. There are some weird games in the June 2014 and December 2015 tests as well. Within the past several years, there have been more and more unusual games popping up. With that said, I used the 2018 PowerScore bibles to study and honestly you'd be fine with the 2016 edition. The 2018 edition only covers games from 1991-2006 anyway, and their explanation is: "Games from recently administered LSATs have been avoided in order to preserve those tests as fresh practice exams."
  4. LSAT Canadian Fee Waiver

    There’s a section on the LSAC website that describes the fee waiver process for Canadian citizens. Canadians get their own form and everything… https://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/fee-waivers https://www.lsac.org/docs/default-source/jd-docs/canadianfeewaiver.pdf
  5. 3.2 cgpa 3.6L2 161 LSAT chances?

    True, but their second LSAT score was 168 which probably boosted their chances.
  6. The room number should be on your admission ticket.
  7. The July scores won’t be released until August 10th. The deadline to register for the September LSAT is July 23rd. Check out the LSAC website if you want to see for yourself: https://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/test-dates-deadlines
  8. Bader Castle Program

    According to the data from last year, there are only 25 places available (see page 34): https://law.queensu.ca/sites/webpublish.queensu.ca.lawwww/files/files/JD Studies/BISC/International Law Programs Presentation 2017.pdf So no, it's definitely not the case that almost everyone who wants to go gets to go. All Queens students who apply are offered their first choice, and the program is open to any Canadian law school. I would think that far more than 25 people nationwide want to participate in the program. So if someone from Western wanted to go, for example, they'd be up against all applicants from Queens who are guaranteed a spot. Theoretically, a Queens student could apply with the advance knowledge that they'd miss half the program and they'd get in over someone who could be there for the entire program. Obviously this is different than missing a few days but my point is that it's not exactly a fair system. But I realize that not everyone in law school thinks the same way that I do, and that's fine. I'll just have to work on dulling down my empathy in favour of a cutthroat, self-serving attitude if I want to succeed in this industry and fit in with all the sociopaths that it attracts. Clearly I'm in the wrong here for caring about others, right? /s
  9. One month to study (with a course?)

    I’m in more or less the exact same boat as you, OP. My cold diagnostic was one point away from yours, I’m also beginning my prep course on the 30th, and I also plan to write in June (although I still haven’t decided whether I’m going to change the date to July yet). What you can do (and what I’m planning on doing) is to take the course for a couple weeks and get a feel for things. Try to gauge whether the course will help you get your score to where you want it to be by June 11th. See how helpful you find it, how fast you’re improving, etc. Since you said you’re committed to self-study as well, make use of resources outside of the course if you can. Do extra practice tests that aren’t covered by your course and then look up explanations for the questions you struggle with. Keep track of your progress as you go. May 15th is the deadline to change your test date. If that day comes and you still have doubts about whether you’ll be adequately prepared in time for the June test, there is the option of changing the date for a $100 fee. Like I said, I’m thinking about changing my date to July. The extra time to study is nice, and the July test is also in the afternoon which I like because I’m not a morning person, but it’s a non-disclosed test which means you won’t ever be able to review the test and your answers after you write it. This isn’t a big deal if you get the score that you want, but it’s something to consider anyway. You could even push the test date back to September and give yourself all summer to study if you really wanted to. This is all worst-case scenario stuff though. Realistically, I think it’s feasible for both of us to achieve the scores we want within the timeframe ahead of us. The average score improvement for my prep course is within the double digits, and yours is probably the same. You'll be spending over 100 hours on your prep course, and if you study on your own too, that's a significant amount of time. You and I are already getting scores that some people have to study for in order to achieve, and then they apply to respectable Canadian law schools with these scores, and some of them even get accepted. That says a lot about how impressive your diagnostic is, so don’t devote any of the bad kind of stress to it whatsoever
  10. https://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/test-dates-deadlines LSAC only has dates from February to July listed on their website right now, but I'm fairly certain that those are the only two months with non-disclosed tests.
  11. Bader Castle Program

    Seeing as there are only a limited number of seats available, and also considering the fast pace and short length of the program, I would probably feel guilty going into it with the knowledge that I would being missing out on several days. It's different if you get sick or if something else comes up last-minute or partway through that can't be prevented. But personally, I would feel bad knowing in advance that I would be taking up a seat that would have really meant a lot to someone else who could have attended the entire duration of the program, especially since all Queens students are given priority over applicants from other universities.
  12. How did you feel after you accepted?

    This surprises me. So far I've heard nothing but great things about UofT (aside from the cost, of course). Would you mind elaborating? Did everyone you spoke to from UofT have similar complaints?
  13. Does anyone experience this?

    The LSAC website actually does indicate a time (see the link below). You need to be at the writing centre by 12:30 pm. https://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/test-dates-deadlines/2018-2019/us-canada-june
  14. Not trying to hijack your thread here @p1234 but I’m in a similar situation of trying to decide when would be the best time to take the LSAT, and I thought I’d mention something that wasn’t discussed in the thread @krnprykt linked to. I’m currently registered for the June LSAT, but I’m starting to think about changing the date to July so that I’ll have more time to study. The only thing that’s holding me back is that the July LSAT is non-disclosed. After writing a disclosed LSAT, you eventually get to review the test questions, your answer sheet, a copy of the correct answers, and the score conversion table for that particular test. But a non-disclosed LSAT means you don’t get to see any of that, so you will never know how you performed on each section, which questions you got wrong and why you got them wrong, etc. Personally, the idea of not knowing kind of concerns me. If you underperform on a non-disclosed test, you won’t ever get the opportunity to figure out where you went wrong. Just something to keep in mind!
  15. Windsor VS. Western

    You linked to one of two undergraduate law courses at Western that may not be taken by JD students. According to Western's undergraduate academic timetable, registration in the JD program is an antirequisite for Law 3101, which means that OP wouldn't be able to take this particular course. My understanding is that Western's JD program leans more corporate. Apparently Western "adopted as its goal to be the pre-eminent law school in Canada focussing on business law in the global environment. This remain's the School's ambition" (from Western Law's Strategic Plan, linked below). An emphasis on business law makes sense considering Western's business school (Ivey) is arguably the best in Canada. https://law.uwo.ca/future_students/business_law/index.html