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  1. I'm so lost right now... your initial post was almost a year ago and you were in third year, now you're reposting saying you're in second year? What? Your grades aren't very good, maybe try dropping some of those extracurriculars so you can spend more time on improving the stuff that REALLY matters. Don't go on an exchange if it's pass/fail as it's not going to increase your CGPA/L2. Being an executive in 5 clubs isn't going to compensate for lackluster grades, so if you're doing these EC's just to pad up your otherwise weak application, I'd say you need to shift towards mainly focusing on your grades. This is especially important if you're going into your last two years of undergrad soon, since some schools prioritize your L2, so you obviously still have a good shot at getting in if you get your grades up.
  2. So you took upper year courses in your first two years and then lower year courses in your last two? Don't the upper year courses usually have lower year prerequisites? Either way, you're likely worrying too much, it's probably not going to ruin your chances at law schools completely, though it may hinder them. I personally think the committee's just look at your overall cgpa and L2/L3, and work based off the numbers they see. Not sure if they take the time to really look into what level courses you took. I'm not familiar with the 4.3 scale, so I won't make any judgement of your chances based on your grades alone.
  3. Yeah, strongly agree with this. I was crushin it at school with my grades and got super cocky, thinking the LSAT will be like any other exam I took. By the time I experienced my "oh shit" moment, it was too late for me to apply in time for law schools. Plan ahead and understand the difficulty of the LSAT so you can manage your time effectively and be fully prepared for when you want to apply. Also, I wouldn't say that a diagnostic score is indicative of how competitive you'll be. For some, the LSAT may come naturally and they'll perform well quickly. For a lot of people, though, the LSAT requires a lot of practice and hard work. So, even if your diagnostic score is low (as I predict it will be), don't let this discourage you. This is not to say you'll definitely score a 170 if you work as hard as possible (lots of people just can't get there), but you'll definitely experience improvement in score over the time that you practice. So yeah, take the diagnostic score with a grain of salt on how competitive you can be over the long term. On the other hand, it'll surely show you how much work you have to do to improve. The lower your score, likely the more work you'll have to put into it.
  4. Holy shit you scored a 161 a day after getting hit by a drunk driver. That's pretty damn impressive. Sucks that that happened to you, though. Hope you're doing better now. As for re-writing, I don't think you should. You already scored well, and you're already accepted at one of your top choices. There's really no bragging rights from having a higher LSAT, considering most people will be around your level or a little below/higher. Also, not worth the stress of having to worry about how well you did (nothing is guaranteed on test day, your brain might just decide to freeze up idk). Play it cool and just dodge re-writing the LSAT imo.
  5. Hard to say, maybe around 20-30% chance you're in. If they do offer you a spot, I suspect it'd be after April. Keep in mind my opinion doesn't mean shit and I don't know much about admissions (aside from reading a bunch of previously accepted threads)
  6. You also note going to a lower ranked Canadian school outside of Ontario, so it doesn't say too much that you're top of the class. I mean, maybe it's great, but you're also competing against less talented group of people. The OP is looking for his chances in Ontario anyway, so I'm not quite sure how relevant your situation is. I will say though, you have a phenomenal LSAT score. As I (and many others) have stated, OP would have to score very close to your level on the LSAT, which A LOT of people are not capable of. Hard work and determination doesn't always result in the high numbers, for grades or the LSAT, that people need in order to get into law school. As for the advice we've been giving, I think it's worse to give people false sense of optimism when their situation is dim. The only reason why things may sound discouraging from us is because the OP is facing a very difficult path ahead of them. Not everyone is meant to get into law school, hence why thousands get rejected each year. It's better to be realistic and acknowledge these challenges than go onto waste more money and time and come to regret it.
  7. I personally think your numbers are too low and even with a high LSAT score, I'm not too confident that you'll get into anywhere in Ontario. Sometimes shit just doesn't work out. You can take a chance and force the issue if you're really passionate about pursuing a career in law, but I think it'd be a waste of money. However, if you're already planning on taking the February LSAT, then just take it and see what you score. If you don't score very high (I think maybe 169+), then perhaps consider following a different career path. If the money, time, and energy being spent towards increasing your grades through more school isn't an issue to you, then by all means give it your best shot.
  8. Great stats, and congratulations. You deserve it.
  9. I think we're almost mid-way through acceptances, so you don't really need to worry too much yet. Although, I would say that, with those stats, it's probably come down to your application and what you provide to the pool of already accepted applicants. They may be seeking different qualities than what you offer, or maybe your personal statement was poorly written. I've been accepted to some schools on the first day they started sending acceptances, and other schools I'm still waiting on. Like you, I have also noticed that some people being accepted to these schools before me have lower stats, so I think it could be my application/personal statement holding me back so far, rather than the numbers. I don't know anything for certain, hope that helps a little though.
  10. Your chances are high. How high I don't know, but I'm surprised that you aren't already accepted.
  11. I think you're 99% likely to get in. If you don't want to risk that 1% chance of not getting in, then re-write. But, I don't think it's worth the stress and energy to re-write. Check the people being accepted this time around and you'll find that you fall right in line with where they're at. Best of luck.
  12. Im sure you worked very hard to maintain a good gpa.. I think it’d be a waste of that gpa if you settled with a 153. Don’t rush to take the next soonest lsat, take your time and study/work well on it. Really familiarize yourself with the different question types and whatnot. Try breaking down your mistakes for each question and you may see patterns of errors that you’re committing. Some more work for a higher lsat could land you into schools that you may currently have a very slim chance at.
  13. If you want to work and live in the US, definitely apply to HYS. You have some amazing stats, congratulations.
  14. From what I know, Ontario schools get updated once you update the change of date on your OLSAS, so there shouldn't be much of an impact at all.
  15. Hi, I was just wondering what my estimated chances are at the following schools: UofT, Osgoode, Western, and Queens. My stats are converted properly using the OLSAS conversion chart. I've been debating retaking the LSAT to up my chances of admission, but honestly I'm not sure how much higher I could score, and I don't want to risk potentially scoring lower than 161. The 161 score was on my first take. Would like to hear back your thoughts, Thanks
  16. That thread was very helpful, some great tips for improving essay writing. Thanks for sharing!
  17. I was aware of that resource, thank you though. I was looking for some more personal tips, yknow, like any methods you've found in your writing to help you succeed, etc. Since I do assume you are older than I.
  18. I appreciate your lengthy response but you do tend to make a lot of assumptions. But, I do agree with you on some parts. I realize I need to improve on my ability to properly write essays because I find that I lose marks based on structuring. I looked online for ways in which I can improve but there aren't many useful links I can find. Any advice as to how I can improve my essay writing? I've spoken to my profs and they agree that my ideas and supporting arguments are on point, I just need to improve the way I present them through my written work.
  19. Hmmm, I have no idea of what is considered an easy program at the University of Ottawa. Currently I'm in political science and it hasn't been posing many problems for me. However, it's also not something I can see myself getting an A in. This is mainly because the course for this semester is focused on many different assignments rather than a large chunk of your grade being determined by an exam. I really don't know what to do.
  20. Could some more people provide insight about this? I could try switching into an easier program to get all A's, what do others think about that? If anything, I feel like a major in Sociology would be very easy. Any thoughts?
  21. Well, I'm always under the impression that I will achieve an A or so on given assignments but then I'll get like a B or a B+. I've done a few assignments as of now for my classes and I've got around a B+ average. I'm just assuming it will stay that way.
  22. Yeah that sounds like some advice I can agree with I've also already ordered some of the LSAT Bible prep books. I heard they are very good in helping develop techniques to do well on the LSAT. Hopefully all goes well for me and everyone else who shares the same goal. I've definitely been feeling much less stress since I've posted this topic, the people here are great.
  23. I appreciate your honesty, but I must respectfully disagree. The program itself so far has not caused me any difficulties, I know I can manage around this first year pretty well. I just want to be more aware of how I can up my chances for the rest of my university experience.
  24. Some good advice from all who've posted here, I appreciate it. It's just the fact that I'm going to be majoring in political science so I definitely will always feel the pressure of having to do well so that I can actually accomplish law school. Can't get many jobs that interest me with that sort of degree. Are there any easier classes I can perhaps take within my following year to make keeping a high gpa more accomplishable? I really would like a 3.7 (which I think is an A-?) but, I know it's going to take some hard work for me to get there. So, the easier I can make it on myself, the better.
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