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Posts posted by Luckycharm

  1. 12 minutes ago, jayoh said:

    I didn't say Osgoode is holistic. I said Osgoode is "somewhat holistic", as in they care about stats but are a little more forgiving than say UofT when it comes to a weak point in an application. 

    And you're wrong. Windsor is not the only holistic school in Ontario:


    Most Ontario school will admit a certain number/percentage of student based on reasons other than merits alone.   School like OZ will give out more offers than available spots in their first batch. The first batch of offers are straightly based on merits and will make up the majority of the class.

    There may be an increase of offers based on"holistic" (up to 20% ?)in recent years, but the majority of the offers are still based on merits.    

  2. 6 hours ago, Diplock said:

    I should have sold mine, and eventually they became garbage. In the area that I practice, the few books I genuinely want and need get updated regularly. In the many, many areas I don't practice, a text book with selected case law that's more than a few years old is worse than useless. Even if I might be tempted to consult one of them, it would really just be professionally negligent to rely on anything I found there.

    Seriously. Not selling old textbooks for whatever you can get for them is just an absolute waste.

    I have a few boxes of law books that are gathering dust.

  3. 5 hours ago, jayoh said:

    From what I know, Osgoode takes a somewhat holistic approach to admissions. Your extremely strong GPA will likely offset any concerns about your LSAT score (which you should know isn't extraordinary but also isn't terrible).

    I think you have a good shot at every Ontario school other than UofT

    I don't know why do you think OZ is holistic. The majority of the offers were based on merits.

    Windsor is the only holistic school in Ontario.

    6 hours ago, dhkswjsdhkswjs said:

    Hi everyone!

    Sorry to write another typical chances-me post, but here it goes.

    I was stupid to consider only McGill and UBC for law schools, both of which I did not get in. Now that I have recently relocated to Toronto for my master’s degree at U of T, I realized York University is near and also has a very good law school program.

    I have a 3.93 CGPA (3.94 L2, 3.98 B3) with a LSAT score of 158, which is a bummer.. (and got me thinking that law school is maybe not the right path for me..)

    I can get 2 decent LORs from my professors who I did my honours research projects with, and have..mediocre ECs.

    With these stats, do I have a good chance at Osgoode? Or should I just give up and do my master’s..?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    Thank you!


    P.S., is the personal statement option B mandatory? If not, would not writing it hurt my addmission?

    Is your GPA 3.93 /4.0 ?

    Your 158 is a bit low. 

    Your stats is good for Ottawa and good chance for Western and Queens.

    Ryerson Law school is in downtown Toronto too. 

  4. On 7/11/2019 at 4:17 PM, cigarettes said:

    So I just finished meeting with Scotia and I was approved for the classic 135k at prime + bank account and credit cards. I was told, however, that the money would come to me in 3 big yearly disbursements deposited into the bank account, which i assume would immediately begin to build interest. How does this work? I was under the impression that I could somehow access the funds and transfer money to my bank account as needed. Am I fundamentally misunderstanding how the psloc works? The way I'm being told, it sounds like I will accrue a huge amount more interest than I would like. My intent was to barely use it for my first year and fund myself through my savings and government loans. 

    Can people with experience with these PSLoCs help me out a bit? Am I confused or is my representative? 

    i had LOC with Scotia.

    You have to open a checking account with Scotia bank.

    You will see one LOC account with limit indicated. Say $41,000.

    If you don't do anything, there will be no interest charged.

    When you need say $15,000 to pay certain things. You transfer $15,000 from LOC account to Checking account (on-line) and pay the $15,000 to whatever by the checking account via a check or direct payment etc. Interest will be charged on the $15,000 immediately. You will see the interest being charged by the next LOC statement date. In my case, the monthly interest will add to the LOC. 

    say you have used $20,000 in Sept on your $41,000 LOC. On next statement date, you will see the LOC you took out $21,000 plus whatever interest (say $240) $21,240.

    You have to monitor your LOC closely and try not to leave money on checking account. If you receive any money (from OSAP/bursaries), you should pay down the LOC to reduce your interest.

    Question that I didn't know. ( I didn't use the maximum because of bursaries)

    Will interest accrued counted as part of LOC?  I gave an example of $240 interest for Sept. The total interest for the first year could added up to over $2,000. The interest will be higher every year if you draw down the LOC each year. The total interest over 3 years may reach $10,000.

    If the $41,000 LOC includes interest accrued, then the actual funds available for use will be reduced by the interest accrued.


  5. 34 minutes ago, Gigi27 said:

    Was wondering the same thing. I have been trying to call them this past week but wasn't able to get through to anyone. Did anybody had luck? 

    You have to wait till someone rejected their offer or after the expiration date for the first batch of offers before there may be any additional offers.

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  6. 1 hour ago, ArchivesandMuseums said:

    You are right in that the operation of Ottawa Law's waitlist pool quite differs from that of other law schools in this country. However, for the last year cycle, Ottawa Law actually gave offers to less than 80 applicants from its waitlist pool of 300 applicants. Unfortunately, for this year admission cycle, Ottawa Law's waitlist pool has barely moved so far.

    For additional information, I have actually garnered a deferral of admission into the Common Law Section by one year to finish my current graduate degree in April 2020. Besides this academic reason, I have extenuating family issues, which Ottawa Law has taken into account as well.

    For me, the process of requesting and garnering a deferral of admission into Ottawa Law has been pretty formal. So, I personally believe that just a few admitted applicants would request a deferral of admission.

    80 offers but probably less than 40 actual acceptance.

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  7. On 7/17/2019 at 5:00 PM, AZBrick said:

    I've suspected this for some time now. It sounds as though they are interested in creating a well rounded class rather than focusing on merit at this point. Therefore, the likelihood of any one applicant being selected is dependent on the kind of student they are losing from the class and whether or not you'd be a good replacement.

    Since it appears that classes are pretty much full across Ontario and most other schools (at least from reading forums on this website), the question is how much movement can we really expect from now until the start of classes? While I'm relatively new to this process, it seems like this year was a doozy of an application cycle and is in general difficult to compare to previous cycles. 


    They do have a ranking but they just don't want to let you know. The previous year's wait lists were not ranked by merit only.

    I hope uOttawa can re-consider this decision.

  8. 5 hours ago, heavyindebt said:

    Hi, I am sorry in advance if I am in the wrong place to ask this, but if someone knows this out there..

    I know some Canadian law schools do consider an upward, or downward trend in CGPA 

    for instance, UBC law excludes the worst 12 units in calculating GPA

    question: Do U.S law schools have this kind of admit policy? do they consider all units as equal regardless of the trend in them? 

    I did some research on a few U.S law, but have not found anything 

    Can you specify which US schools you are talking about?

    School that excludes the worst 12 units is not looking at "trend". the 12 units could be your last 12 units 

  9. 2 hours ago, blondcherry said:

    Hi all, I have been offered admission to both TRU and Bond University (Australia).  I am from Vancouver.  I am in a slight dilemma about which school to attend as both offer their own perks. I was wondering if I could get some objective input from this thread.


    For TRU:

    *close to home 

    *WAY cheaper 

    *Canadian law school prestige 



    * Experience of moving across the world

    * my best friend would be going with me 

    *only 2 years opposed to 3 here


    any help or personal experience would help tonnes. Thanks 


    Experience of moving across the world may turn out to be a nightmare

    Your best friend will still be your best friend no matter where you are. my best friends are in the States.

    Two years as oppose to three ? well... NCA will more than make up the one year difference and 

    other hurdles you will face if you want to practice in Canada are unpredictable.


  10. On 7/9/2019 at 9:37 AM, TheScientist101 said:

    Yeah I was going to say - there has been some inflation in the grades there!

    8.0 was pretty close to top 5% in 2016 as well (I think 7.9 was actually more on the mark around that time for top 5%). The only way to truly know is if you have an 8.0 and your ranking, but I find it hard to believe that over 30 students have over an 8.0 average. 

    I think under 16 in my L1.  My friend got 8.0 and was around 5% and ranked 16.

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  11. 1 hour ago, penguinh said:

    I'm surprised you were waitlisted so late with a 168 I guess it's true that Ottawa really prioritizes cGPA.. 
    Are you access or general?

    Ottawa put more emphasis on  GPA


  12. 1 hour ago, TheScientist101 said:

    Yeah I was going to say - there has been some inflation in the grades there!

    8.0 was pretty close to top 5% in 2016 as well (I think 7.9 was actually more on the mark around that time for top 5%). The only way to truly know is if you have an 8.0 and your ranking, but I find it hard to believe that over 30 students have over an 8.0 average. 

    I had both and I can confirm 2012 L1 only. 

  13. 16 minutes ago, Lawstudentdreamz said:

    I know a few people who have gotten in with a lower GPA (3.0-3.3) but a higher LSAT (155-158). It is hard to compare, because they had a lot of ECs, but they also did not have substantial medical issues.


    You can submit a letter of "extenuating circumstances" when applying to explain why your grades were below what you could have otherwise obtained. 

    apply under access category

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