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  1. You can consult this list for your law school's local Scotiabank representative.
  2. [uVic] won't necessarily wait for a re-write to consider an application if the first score is good enough, but as sharper44 mentioned I would expect the admissions standards to be quite high this year. You should do all you can to improve your score in December.
  3. My understanding is that they will look at your first score and if it is good enough then they will admit you with that, but if you indicated in your application that you were going to re-write then they won't reject you until considering your new score. This happened to me in last year's cycle -- I stated I would re-write in December but was accepted before the exam date based on my September score.
  4. I did. Like Adrian, I would appreciate a heads up before being contacted. I think it would also be helpful for you if you have activities from several years ago for which someone may be contacted. Asking for permission and having a short chat will help refresh your verifier's mind and could help avoid the potentially awkward situation where your verifier may not remember off the top of their head the details you need them to verify.
  5. I can't speak to the Ontario schools, but the two schools I applied to (UBC and UVic) both had an option to indicate if you would be taking a future LSAT.
  6. As others have indicated, I think that it still may be possible to cancel it. I didn't speak with CIBC but my Scotia advisor had told me that I could cancel at any point up until I withdrew funds from the LOC.
  7. Yes, your advisor can request the rate exception for you, but my understanding is that it must still be approved by the higher-ups and you may or may not be approved at that rate. I would recommend contacting the representative for the school you are applying to (or one that is located near you) from this list as they will be most familiar with the program and likely have more experience making these kinds of requests.
  8. I'll also be going to UVic in the fall but I got the impression from the advisor I spoke with that this was not specific to the school. I was told that we could request a $100,000 limit to match Scotia, but I didn't bother applying with TD so I don't know whether I would have received it. She did say that usually law students are only approved for the $80,000. I would try meeting with another advisor from a different branch -- I had two very different experiences with advisors from different branches.
  9. The advisor I spoke with said that "most applicants" require a co-signor, but that I could try applying without one and see what happens. I will be going with Scotia anyways since I was able to get them to match the rate of prime.
  10. Thanks for the informative replies, everyone! This is good to know and something I might not have thought of. Thanks for bringing that up!
  11. Could someone please fill me in on what the parking situation is like near the law building? Does it fill up fairly quickly? Do students typically have difficulties finding a parking spot? If so, by what time in the morning does this become a problem? I am trying to decide if it is worth it to fork out the money for a parking pass, or if I would be better off finding a place where I can take the bus instead. Thanks in advance!
  12. I also spread my degree over 5 years due to work commitments. It didn't have any impact on my acceptances. If you can improve your GPA in the process, I certainly wouldn't hesitate about taking the fifth year.
  13. It may vary from school to school, but I also had some semesters of 3-4 courses due to work commitments and it didn't seem to have a negative impact for me. You could always contact the school(s) you're most interested in to confirm. And as Carbaret mentioned, if withdrawing shows on your transcript it may have more of an impact than simply the number of courses you were enrolled in might -- I have no idea. You should definitely look into that before you drop. I can't recall now how late in the semester you could drop a course without consequences, but I know that at some point you would receive an F in the course if you dropped and I believe it was around the beginning of March at my school -- not sure if that would be the case for you.
  14. I agree with what HammurabiTime and YogurtBaron said above. I had a similar feeling after I did my first diagnostic, having never looked at an LSAT question before. Don't be too discouraged, though -- you can definitely see a significant increase in your score with enough studying. I think I started about 4 months before the test, probably a couple of evenings per week until about a month prior when I increased this as much as I could. By the end I had increased my practice test scores by about 20 points. It sounds like you'll have more time than that if you do decide to write in the Fall, so just keep at it steadily and try not to stress too much. I didn't take a prep course, but I expect that you will see a significant improvement by the time you are done. I would echo HT's suggestion of picking up the Powerscore LG Bible if you still feel that you could improve in that area after the course. I found the book quite helpful in learning how to approach the questions, and there is also a LG Bible Workbook that has extra drills and LG sections for practice. I found it helpful in the earlier stages of my studying to focus on one section at a time (I did LG, LR, then RC). I took the section I was working on at the time from older PTs and worked through them untimed until I was comfortable with my overall understanding of those questions. Once I got to that point I used newer PTs to do timed sections, and then I moved on to the next section. Finally after doing this process with all of the sections I used my newest PTs for full tests timed under simulated testing conditions (with an "experimental" section pulled from an older PT that I hadn't already done, usually from my worst section). Like the posters above, I would suggest you always review all of the questions to learn why you got each question right or wrong -- otherwise you will keep making the same mistakes. I briefly mentioned this earlier, but try your best not to stress about how you're doing, especially this early. I started scoring much higher when I stopped thinking about how much would be riding on the test when I wrote it, or how many questions I needed to get right to get a particular score. Good luck with your studying!
  15. I'm not sure how this works, but I would just contact the schools that you haven't heard back from yet and confirm with them. They may also be able to give you an idea of when they expect to get around to evaluating your application, which could ease your mind a little during the waiting period.
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