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  1. 5 points
    Absolutely not. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
  2. 4 points
  3. 3 points
    Those guys are largely American, they need a 170+ to go anywhere worthwhile. 168 is not excellent score, above the average at every school in Canada (except it might be the average for uoft).
  4. 3 points
    Your question has already been answered, but I thought I'd add (just in case you were being serious and not expressing false modesty): Your existing score absolutely puts you into the realm of possible admission for both UVic and Osgoode. -GM
  5. 2 points
    I recieved an offer last cycle applying with a 3.7 cGPA (3.72 with winter marks) and a 158 LSAT (first and only write). Osgoode is a holistic school, and I honestly attribute much of my success to my personal statement, which covered a selection of unique volunteer and work experiences, as well as some challenging life circumstances I was forced to navigate and overcome throughout my undergraduate. However, I also don't believe my personal statement would have made a difference had I not had a competitive cGPA, and an LSAT within +/- 2 points of Osgoodes historical entrance medians. Your cGPA is competitive, though without knowing anything else about you it is hard to predict the minimum LSAT score that would be sufficient position you as a moderately competitive applicant overall.
  6. 2 points
    A lot is riding on your statement. Oz really is holistic admissions. I got in with a very low LSAT (<155) but very high undergrad GPA, and a very strong statement.
  7. 2 points
    I have 20 days due to no intersession. This would be excellent if I didn’t also have to start and finish a moot factum over the break. After my early deadline I will have 4 days before class starts. I like writing, but a complete, stressless break would have been nice. Guess I did it to myself.
  8. 2 points
    Hi GM! Get back to that Contracts outline! I'm pretty solidly centre-left/left leaning (even had a friend in Osgoode jokingly say that I might be "too left" for law), but still had some reservations that I wouldn't be "left enough" for UVic. Yes, I agree it is pretty overtly left-wing/social-justice oriented. It can be a bit overwhelming. I think it's worth bearing in mind that UVic is, in general, known for being a very left-leaning school as a whole. I personally really like the fact that the school makes clear, genuine efforts to make space for traditionally marginalized voices. At the same time, I completely understand why one would feel like the progressiveness is "intense and impenetrable." Zoom school sucks for getting to know people. In an online class setting, we only get a small glimpse of peoples' thoughts. I certainly think there's something lost with the limited interaction online, because there's just less of a chance to have the informal interactions where you get to know people and what they're thinking. When I've chatted with other 1Ls more informally, I find that people have pretty nuanced opinions that vary by topic. Some have views that are different from what I would have thought, had I only ever heard them speak in a more formal setting where we are often discussing complicated and controversial topics. But I also had the opportunity to meet with others in person during the summer/start of the semester, back when we could actually meet up and distance outside. Like a good chunk of the class, I'm not in Victoria though, so I don't really know what it's like there right now. I would take the graffiti in the city with a grain of salt, given what's transpired over the summer and the strong response to it. FWIW, I've only ever heard you say very smart things, and I like what you have to say. I think a fair amount of (most?) people would be more receptive to your views than you think... but I agree it's hard to get that given the overall 'class vibe', especially over Zoom. I think it's a BC thing in general, albeit the GVRD has quite a variety of views and rural BC is also different from the GVRD/Victoria. When I was at UBC, the "social justice and diversity" felt a lot more performative than anything (especially from the administration). It might have changed since I was there during my undergrad, but UBC certainly does have a more 'corporate' vibe. 1. GM is a great person, and I would be beyond shocked if anyone thought of GM as the next Donaldino Pumperino. 🤣 2. There is a co-op program, which is certainly helpful for work experience. As I've heard from upper-years and practicing lawyers, UVic has more or less the same opportunities as UBC so it really depends what you make of your time + grades. Things might be a bit different with COVID this year, though. 3. Every exam class is open book. I would be surprised if anyone even had the TIME to cheat, because the midterms were such a time crunch. Also, would anyone really want to put the fate of their grades in someone else's hands or jeopardize their future career? I doubt it. Second GM: Contracts is great! 10/10 profs. Only downside is having to read older UK decisions written by judges who don't know what paragraphs are. BUT, they've made it a semester-long course instead of a year long. We don't have Torts or Crim till next term. I personally would prefer reading 120 pages of 3 different courses, rather than 100 of 1 course, plus we just don't have that experience with issue identification that comes with time... so I think that's suffered from an online format. But it really depends on you as a person.
  9. 2 points
    I truly appreciate the casual use of bequeath. Made me chuckle
  10. 2 points
    Be wary of making a person feel awkward. If you have a personal connection a personal gift is fine. But bequeathing a heartfelt homemade piece of art on a person you maaaaybe share the elevator with and occasionally email is going to cause discomfort.
  11. 2 points
    Did you ever consider that you are 10 times worse at biochem
  12. 1 point
    Lsat: 156 Olsas cGpa: 3.80 L2: 3.94 Wondering if I will have a chance in this cycle
  13. 1 point
    I feel that groceries are the worst thing to scrimp on. The savings tend to be relatively minimal and it sucks to eat like crap. Spending an extra ten to twenty dollars per week to stay properly nourished is a worthwhile investment in your short-term productivity and your long-term health. Absolutely, you should shop smart, as long as that doesn't come at the expense of a balanced diet.
  14. 1 point
    If you look in the "Accepted 2020" threads from various schools, it seems some start around Dec 5, some around Dec 12.
  15. 1 point
    *whispers quietly* so that's what the A in AGPA stands for...
  16. 1 point
    I'm applying with pretty similar grades to you as well. My cGPA is god awful (2.6ish/4.0) but AGPA is probably close to yours. I am applying through the index score category. According to their Law Bulletin pdf, for the index score category, "Admissions decisions are made solely on the basis of Adjusted Grade Point Average (AGPA) and LSAT score," so I'm assuming they won't care about what falls outside of your AGPA. Additionally, as long as you have an upward trend, they usually forgive the grades at the beginning of university.
  17. 1 point
    Not sure about Windsor but about 50% for the rest.
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  19. 1 point
    Of course listen to the others here and don’t cancel. You’re going to get into those schools if you find the time over the holidays to keep up the studying. 160 and only two months of study is damn good!
  20. 1 point
    ^ Oops, meant to ask if I should cancel my Nov LSAT score. Sounds like everyone understood what I was saying though. Thank you all for the input! Spent the first 3 weeks going through the Powerscore Bibles, and then the rest of the time maybe 3-4 hours per day every other day doing PTs. Last week or two before the test I was probably doing more so around 5 hours daily! Should've studied more but I was swamped with schoolwork.
  21. 1 point
    You studied 2 months & get 160, that's impressive!! May I ask how many hours per day do you dedicate? You are such an inspiration. Good luck!!
  22. 1 point
    Here is the conversion table: https://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/media/Canadian_GPA_Equivalencies.pdf If your index is 76 you are in.
  23. 1 point
  24. 1 point
    I can answer this. For me personally, I do not find it overwhelming. Obviously there is a lot of work, but if you stick to a schedule you can get it all done. For context, I get up very early and usually work throughout the day until around 5 or so, taking breaks for class and to eat lunch. On the weekends, I work throughout the whole day. I used to take Saturday off but I do not anymore because exams are coming up. As a result of the way I schedule my day, I always have plenty of free time after dinner, which is really nice. Some of my friends/people in my section get up at around 10:30am, and honestly I don't know how they get all their work done. In sum, I think it is manageable if you go to bed early and wake up early, that is what has worked for me anyway. I would say I spend about 60 hours on school a week (including class and my 30 minute lunch breaks). I really enjoy the material (for the most part) so I really do not mind. Hope this helps.
  25. 1 point
    I don't think admincom give a damn whether you changed your PS or not because I don't think they remember your last PS....
  26. 1 point
    What do you hope to achieve with the law clerk diploma? You probably earn more as a patent agent than you would as a law clerk.
  27. 1 point
    I'm taking Jan! that gives me hope 😍
  28. 1 point
    Hi - last year I was notified late January, but I understand that typically communication with mature students come much later. I know applicants who did not hear back until June. I think the logic maybe that mature student applications are more "atypical" so a bit more difficult to evaluate, so they prioritize the ones whose applications are bit more "standard" (out of school for a couple of years, strong stats, good overall holistic application, etc.).
  29. 1 point
    The lawstudents.ca calculator is usually extremely accurate. If you want to do it manually, use this chart (https://www.ouac.on.ca/guide/olsas-conversion-table/) and convert each individual percent/letter grade to the OLSAS value column on the left, then average out those 30 OLSAS courses grades (or however many courses you've taken). This method and the lawstudents.ca calculator usually yields the exact number
  30. 1 point
    thank you both!! 🙏 this is super helpful. i also realized that the deadline for supporting documents is much later than i thought. feeling way less stressed now :~)
  31. 1 point
    I just checked your previous posts.. If Ottawa is your top priority, then your chance is 100%
  32. 1 point
    Hey - on your spreadsheet, are you converting every single grade to the OLSAS scale, and then averaging the OLSAS converted numbers? Or are you taking your overall average and converting that to OLSAS number? If you’re doing the latter, you need to do it the other way since the OLSAS GPA calculation rewards consistent grades
  33. 1 point
    If you used the lawapplicants calculator (without user-error), then it is likely that your OLSAS calculated GPA will not deviate from your lawapplicants calculated GPA. At most, it might deviate +/- 0.05. But even so, this is unlikely.
  34. 1 point
    https://law.robsonhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/web-stats-201990-1.pdf You seem to be in the safe zone according to last year's stats
  35. 1 point
    Thanks for the feedback I appreciate it! If anyone else is wondering I heard back from admissions and they assess applications first round with the highest score on record, if they can give you an offer they do so, if not they reassess when Jan LSAT scores are released and readjust your index score for the second round of offers if your write in Jan and score higher.
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  37. 1 point
    Typically, in past cycles anyway, the combination of a high LSAT and a high CGPA will be the apps that receive the very first offers. These should likely go out sometime next week, if previous timelines are an indication. This would mean that Osgoode has all apps by now, and has sorted the very top candidates already. There was a year, maybe two or three ago, where the first offers were out in mid-November but that clearly isn't the norm. Don't rely on the In Queue designation. Some will be accepted without ever being in queue; some will be in queue for a day or a week; some will be in queue for months. Ryn posted this last year and I'll add it here: "I say this every year but that never seems to stop the speculation. As far as I or anyone knows, when you get into queue has no bearing on when you receive an offer (if you get one at all)..." Patience, people!
  38. 1 point
    great! i'm a tired, pandemic law student who is struggling with online learning and i was hoping for some more time off. quite frankly, i don't care about your vacation status as a practicing lawyer right now. maybe work harder and you'll get to take some more time off work (since we're judging each other here).
  39. 1 point
    This is going to be dickish, but I don't care. OP expressed concerns about serious issues she (going by avatar, 'cause why not) is experiencing in law school, this thread filled up with good advice, some of which needs further information to become most useful, and in a week since she hasn't bothered returning. I think we've diagnosed some of the problem. As I noted before, there are a variety of ways to have objectively successful and also subjectively rewarding careers in law. But aiming only for what you think you're supposed to want because it's hardest to get is a recipe for disappointment. Doing that when you are not yourself willing to compete at that level is futile and ridiculous. The students who gun for those kinds of careers are up at 2am doing whatever it is to get what they want. Here, we're looking at someone who has just enough motivation to complain on a message forum that she doesn't know how to get it, but not quite enough motivation to reply to people who are trying to help her. Stop looking for a magic wand and figure out what you are actually motivated enough to do well. That's what all good advice is going to boil down to.
  40. 1 point
    I think OP has a lot of misguided perspectives about what a commercial litigation practice in a large firm actually looks like, and the nature of the clients overall. I won't try to unpack that. But I do want to caution OP not to presume they will get any particular job based on their prior experience - for example, it is by no means a given that private equity experience before law school would necessarily land you a legal job at the OSC. Those jobs available to law students are given out primarily based on law school grades and law school experience, just like any other position. Prior industry experience could be considered an asset, but would not outweigh the other considerations.
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  42. 1 point
    Your professor likely hasn't had to seek employment in 10+ years, don't rely on them too much.
  43. 1 point
    You don't see the value in being surrounded by diverse cultural perspectives, while at the same time having a decent cohort of people who share your ethnic experiences? May I hazard a guess and say you're white and have had the privilege of being surrounded by people who look like you in nearly every environment you've entered?
  44. 1 point
    I typically don't entertain these kinds of comments, but just to help this kid out a bit... 1) Medical school don't care what you did your undergrad in. There are people with arts and business degrees that get into medical school (do a LinkedIn search). 2) An undergraduate science degree is just as impractical in the job market as an arts degree. In fact, there are more ways to sell an arts degree for entry-level jobs than a biochemistry degree. Skills like writing and communication can be marketed for a lot of jobs. I know lots of people working in marketing, human resources, and public relations divisions of major corporations and technology companies with an arts degree (some even have college diplomas in public relations, communications, etc.). 3) Just as your friend group changed in high school from elementary school, and in university from high school, it will continue to evolve as you progress through different stages in life. I've had friends with similar mentalities as you before and I am not friends with them anymore. I would not want to be your friend now. But maybe I would want to be your friend 10 years later. People change. Friend groups change. Your degree doesn't change. Decisions you make now will have long-term consequences on your future. Make smart decisions because you don't want to be that person who doesn't get into their dream school or job, then goes around complaining that it is because you went to a more challenging school or did a harder degree. No one will care. 4) Regarding the cultural values regarding various degree programs in your home country, I highly doubt it is as black and white as you paint it. Even so, you are in Canada now. Are you planning on returning to your home country for further education or your career? If not, and you plan on remaining in Canada for further studies and to make a life here, then you need to become accustomed to Canadian values. We don't give a hoot here what people did their undergraduate degree in, or really, what they studied at all. We give respect based on how people treat us and others around them. At least, that is how adults think with some emotional intelligence think. A university degree from Canada is nothing to mock and is respected by most of the world. 5) As for family values and perspectives, this is a fair concern among many young people, but your parents and extended relatives are not living your life. After a point in time, your parents will not continue to financially support you unless you are from a very wealthy background. So, what your parents, relatives, or community think you should do, should not be your main concern right now. Their opinions will also change as they receive more information, and as you progress through your education and career. Your main concern should be what YOU can do to maximize your chances of achieving your own goals and live the life that you aspire to. In your case, you say that you want to go to medical school or law school. For these goals, admissions committees and Canadian schools do not care where or what you did your undergraduate degree in. This is the simple truth. You need to work on your emotional intelligence. A lack of emotional intelligence and character will cripple you in law school/medical school and future adulthood. It doesn't matter how academically intelligent you think you are. If you don't possess any street smarts or emotional intelligence, you won't make it very far in your career and your personal life. Work on that. All the best.
  45. 1 point
    Just so you know I got an email back and she said that the information is correct! It's optional!
  46. 1 point
    Thank you for sharing! I wonder if starting Law School via Zoom has exacerbated my impressions somewhat. The class discussions (and the 1L Facebook group) tend to be dominated by a small number of people, and that sets a certain tone. I have to admit that I have no way of knowing how many other people are sitting and silently thinking the same things I am. But this is the "vibe" of the class as I have found it. Obviously, being a police officer in 2020, there is also a certain aspect that makes this "personal". If I weren't a (former) cop, then numerous statements early in the year from the Dean all the way down through the LSS wouldn't have made me feel as unwelcome as I have. If nothing else, your experiences have given me a bit of hope that my 2L and 3L experiences will be a little better! -GM
  47. 1 point
    thank you very much for taking the time to answer my question ❤️
  48. 1 point
    Hi there! I'm a current 3L at UVic Law. I really like it! I think that people are generally friendly, and that goes a long way whether school is online or in person. I think the competition-aspect of law school is more moderated, since we are not ranked against our classmates (we don't see a ranking). It feels like a smaller community, because each class is smaller compared to other law schools in Canada. The lower tuition is good, but that is moderated by a smaller selection of classes. The registration is a MAD rush and very intense, and often you don't get classes you want and the admin doesn't really care. That said, I've always been able to find things I wanted to take. I like the focus on indigenous law, and I think the indigenous law taught at UVic is the best in Canada. I like the social justice nature of the school, despite my focus on big law for my career. The co-op program is unique, and there are a lot of opportunities. I saw you mention the weather, I think the wind is intense if you live by the ocean, but otherwise it's a more moderate climate than you've find at any other Canadian law school. I'm originally from Vancouver, so that's where my perspective is informed from. But I know that students from all across Canada who have come here, and they find it enjoyable. I'm really happy about my decision to attend UVic Law, and I feel the community is really strong here.
  49. 1 point
    @thereleasestg I spent all of last summer working full time where half my work involved driving literally all across the GTA (and more). From old city hall to new market to Scarborough to Brampton to sauga to finch west to Sunnybrook park to North York (where I lived). Yes eglinton is shit right now. No Montreal is still not any better. North York is a part of Toronto, just like Brooklyn is a part of NYC. NYC just isn't the same without Brooklyn. Toronto just isn't the same without North York. Neither city is what it is without its burroughs.
  50. 1 point
    Im not applying with 143 .. I'm very close to a 155 now and still have 2 months to go. But thank you
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