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  1. You can still be competitive, for sure. But, don't completely dismiss your past experiences, even if they're unrelated. Think about the transferrable skills those experiences helped you develop and form a narrative for your interviews. A lot of people will have unrelated experience and good grades, how you tell your story and sell yourself will widen the gap between you and others.

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  2. Do whatever you need to do to get to where you want to be. If you have a lot of debt and want to do corporate to help pay it off, go ahead and do it. I'm not of the mind that you need to have a genuine interest in something to do it. Do whatever is most practical for your life. Plus, you can switch lanes if you choose to once you've paid off your debt or gotten close to. Not like you always have to be in the same area of law. Granted, it'd probably be like a step backwards if you decide to do something else later, but these are sacrifices you'd need to make if you want to get rid of your debt quicker.

    Heed the warning of others, though, if you do require some interest in what you're doing in order to do it well and bare through it.

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  3. You'll be fine. My EC's were trash and I was admitted to a majority of schools really early on. If you're doing grad school just to improve your grades, I don't think that's necessary. There are b2/l2 schools that'll accept you as is if you score well on the LSAT (I'd say 162 and higher). Focus on getting a good LSAT score and just apply. Law is expensive as is, try to avoid paying for grad school unless you're getting big scholarships or something of that sort.

  4. Luck can help you get a higher score than usual, but it also depends on the difficulty of the test you end up taking relative to the PTs you worked on. On the day before the test, do your best to just relax and not think about the LSAT at all. Take the day off from the test. It'll give you some good rest before the big day, and it may help your chances in scoring higher than usual too.

  5. The entry level will only give you access to easy-level questions. The more expensive programs offer more, as you can probably see from checking their site. I know it's really expensive, but I'd recommend getting the ultimate package. I don't have the attention span to read through different books for a standardized test and I found the video explanations on 7sage helped me out a lot. Although, the type of program you need may also depend on where you're currently at with the LSAT (PT score-wise). If you need a lot of help, the ultimate package is really good & it provides all the previous LSATs with explanations for each question. Bare in mind that 7sage also posts all their logic game explanations on Youtube, so be sure to check that out too.

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  6. I always get nervous before tests and important events but I find that my confidence takes over by the time I get to it. I would agree that dropping from a PT of 155-157 to 146 on the real thing is quite a drastic fall. Though I wonder, how exactly have you been PTing? Are you strict on yourself and follow exam conditions perfectly? Are you waking up early to take the PT (same hours as the real LSAT)? Make your PTing a routine that is as close to the real exam day as possible.

    Also, stop convincing yourself you're an ideal student for law and that this exam is holding you back. Shift your focus on proving to yourself that you're as deserving as you think you are. That means stop thinking highly of yourself and acknowledge that this test isn't some bullshit trap to set you back from what you're destined. Focus on conquering. Have a hungry lions mindset. Be ready to kill that LSAT from the moment you step into the building on exam day. Achieving this mindset requires confidence, and to be confident you have to trust your skill set and fully believe that you're capable of beating this exam. 

    Lastly, I know this is hard, but try not to think about your last two scores when you go into write again. Don't even think about them at all, if you can. Those scores are in the past, you should realize that, looking ahead, you have the opportunity to re-establish yourself with a high score. It may sound stupid but keep telling yourself that you'll score where you're PTing, that you can do it, that those last scores won't be repeated on the next one, etc. Overcome any fear of possible recurrences. A lot of this shit is mental, and with the right mindset, I do believe you'll score closer to where you're PTing.


    Good luck, you can do it.

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  7. 1 minute ago, theycancallyouhoju said:

    For sure. But you competed with them. In math classes, I only competed with smart, interested people. 

    I won't go into what allows us to characterize someone as smart, but I don't think being good at math is sufficient for such a characterization. Either way, I understand your point. I can't speak to the varying levels of competition among different programs, which is why I said it's difficult to really grasp definitive answers from something that, to me at least, seems pretty subjective.

  8. Just now, theycancallyouhoju said:

    I mean, just be honest with yourself for a second here. We all knew people at university who were not smart, who went there to party, who had totally different things to do with their time than learn.

    Were they in advanced number theory? Or were they in something else? 

    There were plenty of stupid people in my classes. Perhaps they're not inclined to take up advanced number theory or whatever, but they also weren't doing well in my classes either. Perhaps they would have completely failed a science course whereas they JUST got by in a social science class. They really weren't going to perform well either way, though.

  9. 9 minutes ago, theycancallyouhoju said:

    Yeah the difference is no one who is bad at chemistry signed up for the chemistry degree. The frat boys I knew took commerce or essay programs, insofar as they weren’t just getting drunk and playing ultimate. 

    If everyone who decided to sign up for a chem degree was good at chem then what would the grade distribution look like? I agree that a science program is harder than a non-science program, but that's likely in part because I find polisci easier than chem. I don't know how skewed my opinion is based on the personal difficulty those subjects present me with.

  10. Someone who excels at, say, Political Science may find a program like Biochem very difficult. Similarly, someone who is naturally good at picking up on math or hard-science may be terrible at writing the papers the Polisci student is required to. This is all very subjective, so it doesn't mean much to compare the difficulty of programs. I found my non-science undergrad to be easy and likely would have struggled more in a science program, yet I'm sure someone that's done just as well in the sciences would experience the same challenge if they did my work. I don't think comparing the difficulty of these programs is as easy as it seems.

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  11. 1 minute ago, livingonaprayer82 said:

    You're right. I did not do adequate prep-work on the LSAT. I think I did poorly because I was in a hurry, I wanted to get it done and into school this cycle. I also did it during the most stressful and busy year. Not smart all around, jusst in a hurry because I'm 32 and feel my time is ticking. The reason I took it a second time knowing I wasn't ready is because I had already spent a lot of money and time getting letters of recommendation and submitting applications and fees. The only preparation I did was to take practice tests and look at youtube videos on how to do games without learning any of the fundamentals. This time I'm going through the guide books and drills, I will look into a tutor as well. I have the entire summer off to devote to it. 

    I appreciate that you noticed that in my post and also really appreciate your advice. 

    I think you're in a shitty position based off your stats. Also not sure how much you'll be able to increase your LSAT score if you gave adequate time and practice for it. I've seen people around me waste a lot of time and money trying to get into law school when it was clear that it wasn't going to work out. If you were my friend, I'd probably tell you to move on and stop wasting your time. Sometimes people need to come to these realizations on their own, though. If you still believe in yourself then go for it once more. 


    If you want to get better help and practice for the LSAT, I recommend 7sage's ultimate package. It's costly but I think it can help you improve a good amount. 

  12. In my opinion, you won't get into Osgoode. Keep up how you're doing now and do great on the LSAT. You'll get into a school that prioritizes L2. Don't waste time with volunteering, you've already got work experience and that should be enough. Just focus on maintaining good grades and working towards a good LSAT score. Also, don't try explaining your shitty cgpa to schools in your application. You don't have any legitimate reasons for it, and it'll just make you look bad. Focus on your strengths and move on. Best of luck, you can do it.

  13. Everything is fine, don't worry about it. I've read that you should send your tuition deposit ASAP if you want your status to also update on their personal website (OASIS) in the quickest time possible.

  14. 12 hours ago, providence said:

    I was originally going to apply to med school but switched to law school for personal reasons. I would disagree that law school is just as hard to get into. On these boards, I see people regularly getting into Canadian law schools with 3.5 GPAs, or even lower -3.2, 3.3. That isn’t going to happen for Canadian medical school applicants except MAYBE rural or aboriginal access etc. 

    I also don’t agree that the LSAT is universally feared or regarded as difficult. For some people, it is. To me, it was an aptitude test that I didn’t need to study for and wasn’t particularly hard. The MCAT is different because it tests scientific concepts that you learn in class. 

    I don’t think ECs are a very significant factor in the admission of law school applicants in the regular category.

    Agreed with most of what you said. I dislike the fact that people with sub-par grades can get into law school, I feel like it should be tougher to get in. I didn't find it too difficult getting very high grades, so maybe that's why I get a little disappointed seeing mediocre applicants get in. That's just me, anyway. I think getting into med school is MUCH more difficult than law, and people with exceptional stats sometimes don't make the cut (wouldn't really see this happening for law schools).

    Also agree that EC's are not very significant, perhaps not significant at all. If your stats are high, the EC's become almost irrelevant. I think they matter more and more when people with average/lower stats are in competition for a spot.

    On the subject of the LSAT, I think for most people it's quite a difficult test. 160 is 80th percentile, so that speaks for itself. Although I also think a lot of people who shouldn't be taking it in the first place end up taking it, and that may skew the data a bit. 

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  15. Before making any rash decisions, please give yourself a chance. You're about to finish med school, so wait to see how being free from school and just focusing on your profession in med feels like. It may not be the field, but rather the schooling part that's making you feel like you're not interested. Stick it through, see what happens. When you're practicing, if you still don't enjoy it, then I guess go for law. But at this point I highly suggest you don't try to make this transition from where you're currently at.

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  16. 2 hours ago, CTS said:

    I have no doubt that other students have been capable of working full time, even with dependents, and managed better grades than I did. I certainly do not feel entitled to a transcript adjustment on these grounds, nor do I believe I have a particularly strong case for one. That being said, any person would be foolish not to embrace an opportunity to correct their mistakes. I can only humbly accept whatever decision is made by the committee, and try to do better going forward. 

    Fair enough!

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  17. 35 minutes ago, Diplock said:

    If you have strong grades for three years after a bad first year you'll do fine as far as your academic record is assessed. It doesn't matter if that bad first year appears as Ws or as bad grades. I'm fairly confident these will be treated identically. Mostly I'm just surprised to learn that your school accepts "poor life skills" and "I didn't leave enough time to do the work" as a valid excuse to remove a year of grades. I mean, isn't this the same reason why everyone does badly in every course?

    Seriously, how is that fair at all? Then again, it's still in process so we don't know what outcome they'll reach. Seems really odd to be so forgiving. "Sure bud, go fuck up your grades and we'll just make it all better for you np".. Odd.

    As an aside, plenty of people have worked full time and done perfectly fine. That shouldn't be an excuse to try and up your chances above anyone who has just been doing better than you. Good luck though, I guess.

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