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  1. I ended up in Alberta, and then applied for the transfer back to UBC. Thank you all for your replies, I appreciate it
  2. Hi Guys, my apologies is if I am posting this in the wrong place. I was hoping you would be able to help me out in figuring out what went wrong with my OCIs. I had applied to over 24 OCIs and was only extended an interview to 1 firm. I'm shocked by this because I thought I was a decent candidate going into OCIs and thought that I would at least get a few places, and I had applied fairly broadly. My grades for 1L were: A-, B+, B+, B, B, B, B, not amazing grades but not bad grades either. I was able to secure a summer legal position where I was able to gain quite a bit of experience with things like drafting, and legal research, I was also was given an excellent reference letter by my employer. On top of that I had experience working at a legal clinic, and another non-legal job at a pretty sizeable company. I networked with several firms, attended open houses, and firm tours and met several lawyers that were comfortable with me dropping their names into my cover letters. Before I handed in my applications, I had taken my cover letter, resume, etc to my school's CSO to have them review it, besides a few tweaks and spelling errors, I received generally positive feedback from my materials from the CSO, and was told that I had a strong application, so I was fairly confident going in. When I got the news I went into the CSO and asked them what went wrong. They asked to look over my materials and even they were confused about why I only received 1 OCI. I also thought it could have been due to the fact that I was a transfer student, coming into the school as a 2L, though I asked every other transfer student that I was friends with at my school, as well as some that had transferred to other law schools and they all received significantly more OCIs than I did, the CSO also said that, that shouldn't have mattered. So now I'm even more confused as to what went wrong, was I just not as strong of a candidate as I thought I was?
  3. I was put on the waitlist, and was told that if someone declined their offer I would be contacted. I don't know how realistic that is though.
  4. I didn't, I had a 159 on the LSAT and I knew I wasn't getting in with that, I applied to some east schools and TRU and got into most
  5. Going to SFU was the biggest mistake I ever made, especially because I knew I wanted to go to law school afterwards. At the end of my degree I had a 3.4 GPA which I believe roughly is 83% at SFU. Although just like you said, because SFU doesn't put percentages onto transcripts any school you applied to would take the letter grade at its lowest value, so that 83% would come all the way down to 76%, which is absolutely terrible. I ended up getting into a few law schools anyways but going to SFU did not make it easy. If you want my advice, transfer schools if you plan to go to law school.
  6. I'm having a lot of trouble finding a place right now, I was rejected by summit earlier this week (which I thought was a done deal) and now I'm left scrambling. Im driving down to Kamloops this weekend to look at 2 places that I'm not all that high on, but I feel like I'm getting pretty late. Can any previous students give me any tips on whether more units become available in August? Or should I just take what I can get right now?
  7. I know it's a hard question to answer and it really depends on the student, but can anyone tell me how hard it is to maintain a decently high (B+) grade in first year? I know grading is based on a curve, but I wanted to know current students' thoughts on grading.
  8. Hey thanks for your insight I really appreciate you typing this out! I also went green around mid January. I worked part-time/semi full time job throughout university, and was able to ask my coaching manager to be my reference, I wasn't able to secure a prof as a reference so that probably hurts me. I had put in other EC's such as volunteer work at food banks, and shelters, as well as my time at the legal aid offices. I am a west coaster, thats why I only applied to these 2 schools because I thought they gave me the best hope of getting in somewhere on the west coast. If it doesn't work out for me here this cycle I am thinking about applying for Dal specifically, next cycle but I hope it doesn't come to that. Thanks again!
  9. Hi guys, I applied for both these schools and was wondering what you thought my chances were. CGPA = 3.28 L2 =3.44. Though my last year I held a 3.7, don't know how much of a factor that will play though. For the LSAT I received a 158 (3rd try). I applied to these schools because I have heard that they can weigh in EC's but I'm not sure how big of a factor that plays. I do have a lot of experience volunteering with non-profit legal aid organizations, and one of my coordinators was my reference for both schools. Wonder what your thoughts were. Thanks!
  10. I thank you guys for your replies, and words of encouragement it really does mean a lot to me. I think the thing that really bums me out is the fact that studying from Feb to June I did about 15 PTs, of those 15, I dropped below a 160 only once, I was always consistently scoring above a 160, so that's why it is so hard for me to stomach that 158 that I got. I know some mentioned going back to school and trying to up my GPA, but in all honesty I'd rather go back and do another round at the LSAT I feel I could stomach that more. Taking today to decompress I've decided that I want to try at it again, I absolutely know I can do better than what I got. But I don't know what to do at this point. Do I sign up for a prep-course (7sage)? Do I get some books instead? I have all the PTs from 1-74, and I have done PTs 80 through 43. What would be your guy's advice? I can't leave this test after all the work I put in knowing I could get a better score and only getting a 158. U of A I probably wouldn't get in my first LSAT was a 151, my second a 157, and I was told they average out your scores. For me I think trying to pump my LSAT score would be an easier go around then trying to bump my GPA now that I've graded.
  11. My GPA isn't the greatest, 3.33 CGPA, 3.5 L2. I wanted to go to Calgary, Dal, or UVIC, but UVIC seems to be a long shot now. Calgary and Dal were my preferred choices, but I don't think a 158 is going to get me in to either of those schools.
  12. After getting my June score back a 158 (3rd try) and once again getting way below my PT averages (162-164) has left me devastated. I have spent the last 11 months studying for this exam, and have failed miserably on this test, and I honestly don't know why. I was very good with my studying, I took my PTs very strictly, under proper timing, I just don't know why I couldn't get it on test day. So now I'm at a crossroads where I can start studying again for September, but I honestly don't know where to start and what to do. For my June test I got in each section RC -9 Average on my PTs was -5 to -7 LR -16 Average was -10 to -12 LG -4 Average was -0 to -2 Each section I bombed compared to what I did on my PTs averagely. My question to you guys is if I start again, where do I start? Do I sign up with another prep-course? I've already done a majority of the PTs already (43-80) these past 11 months. Or am I just wasting my time, is the high 150s the best I can do?
  13. I've written the exam now 3 times. After PTing between 163-166, I got 158 for the second time, my best score. I know LSAC has rescinded the rule for the number of takes. But I don't think I have it in me to continue studying for another 2 months. With the grades that I have what chances do I have at getting into any of the schools I listed? Dal is my top choice of school.
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