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    Law School Chances - What should I do?? Help

    I'm a little offended (for lack of a better word) that the OP would suggest that those who have shown interest in law for a long time have more merit than ones who have only recently started showing interest. That aside, admissions isn't solely about life experiences. A lot of people go through difficult life situations and still manage to get competitive scores (for those that don't, my heart really really goes out to them). But it is important to understand that the LSAT is a school's measure for potential to think a certain way that would be demanded of a lawyer. I wrote the LSAT recently and I can see how helpful it is for evaluating how well you read, how well you think, etc. I can appreciate its value. Just remember, we are not entitled to anything; Getting into law, becoming a judge, etc. The others have given good advice for the rest. All the best!
  2. augustinus

    Upgrade Mark

    I do believe I've seen some school admission guides say that they would consider dropping a part of your transcript under certain conditions like starting a new course of study. Depending on your age and the school, there is also a category for special/individual consideration. It might even be easier and cost-efficient to study for the LSAT to compensate for your grades. UNB drops something like 25% of your total credit hours. Other schools might drop an amount per range of credit hours finished, but caps off at some amount. Each school has different criteria so it's a matter of asking which schools you would like to attend and whether that would entail you raising your GPA, or instead getting a good LSAT score, or reconsidering which schools you'd like to go to (perhaps in a different province - if law is really what you want to do), etc.
  3. I only used the Logic Games Bible (an older one than 2017) from the PowerScore series, and ... 1) It wasn't even that helpful to me; I only read it once over just to hopefully pick up some new techniques or notation. Beyond the basics, I didn't find it of much use. 2) Manhattan LG has nicer setups except for its 3 layer one (or something like that - the one where you draw layers and close off boxes - you'll know what I mean when you see it). 3) I compared PS LR with Manhattan LR. PS is super convoluted; couldn't get past the first two chapters. Manhattan was *significantly* better. 3) In summary, I didn't reply too much on PS books so either way, it doesn't matter too much which edition you get. 4) There likely wouldn't be too much of a difference in editions one year apart. The test certainly doesn't change that significantly from year to year 5) Again, I studied from books at least 2 years older, I did fine. You'll be fine with what you have!
  4. augustinus

    Index 73.55 chances?

    But the table says for those in the 4.0-4.5 range with scores 155-159, two out of 63 weren't admitted. OP's AGPA is 4.0 and their LSAT is 155 which is at the bottom of each range. I think the person with the 3.98/156 from last year would have an index of 74.2. With a gap between that and 73.55, it could be tough since that is a significant difference, adding the fact that they are out of province and the 74.2 person from last year was admitted near the end of June. The waitlist cuts down to Manitoba residents only before the end of July. That isn't to say they won't get in, as you said; not impossible, not a lock. It will really just depend on this year's competition, as usual. Good luck, OP!
  5. augustinus

    Accepted 2018

    I got an email when I was admitted. It said something like "Admission status updated" (or something to that effect). Having said that, I think it could go both ways - for admission or for being rejected.
  6. I only applied to one because I want to stay with my family. Got early admission last month!
  7. augustinus

    Canadian law schools and low LSAT scores?

    Depending on how their GPA turns out post-drop, even a low 150 might not make it. 155 might be a better score to shoot for.
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    Chances? Help! [3.15, 160]

    If OP wants to get into U of M, I'd suggest raising the GPA to a 3.4 minimum (if that's possible at all, assuming a 4.0 scale) to have a reasonable chance of getting in, although (early) admission cutoffs always change. As it is, it looks like their index is around 72 which would not make it in based on past years. The 160 could stay as it is depending on the school. If the OP wants to get into other schools, it might be good to not retake unless he/she can do better. Your score was comfortably above the past cutoffs but a 165 can be difficult to get. Depending on which schools, he may want to opt for a raise in LSAT or a raise in GPA, but at least one of them has to go up.
  9. [Part of my opinion deleted and modification added] It's very hard to gauge what your chances are, but I agree with @Shankar. It is very borderline. I'd suggest you take a look at the threads -- there is a lot of information there for you to get a (very) rough estimate of your chances. In fact, if you look hard enough (not that hard, really), you'll find a lengthy list of the stats of those admitted in past years. You can compare yours to those if you'd like (caveat below). As well, early index cutoffs aren't much of an indicator because a 74.16 is that far down from what we might expect it to be this year. Even if the cutoff was 75.0 (which it likely is not based on past years), there is a huge, huge difference between a 75 and a 74.16. From what I've observed, a 0.1 - 0.2 difference can mean 10 people above you. For example, if you have 74.7 and others have a 74.8/74.9, you could expect that they would be around the 40th place (say) and you would be in the 50th. It wouldn't be unusual. Just putting it out there to let you know that the lower cutoff isn't much of an indicator when the score is significantly lower (the amount of variation also tends to build). Good luck!
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    Accepted 2018

    It's more likely that his gpa is out of 4 which would make more sense.
  11. augustinus

    Ask a current student...

    Does the school advise a maximum number of hours for part time jobs if they don't discourage it? Thank you!
  12. Thanks! I've been hearing some good things about the Manhattan LR. I'll look at getting it. Although my LSAT is this September. ;(
  13. I've finished reading for the logic games section. At this point, I think I need practice. I'm a bit hesitant to do the games at the back of the books I have because they're from actual tests; I don't want to spoil them. I haven't done much reading for the Logical Reasoning section, and I don't think I plan to read the whole Powerscore book for it because it's just too convoluted. I think I'd rather just learn from the practice tests themselves (I don't know if this is a good choice, but I hope it is). So at this point, what do you suggest I do next? Should I dive into practice tests? Should I do the older ones first untimed for practice then as I get to the newer ones (after a certain number), start timing? Just practice logic games first and read for the logical reasoning? For practice tests, I have: 7-18 19-28 29-38 52-61 62-71 Thank you!
  14. Thanks, Hockey5200 and all those who answered so far! I'm not sure how I'd identify question types because when I do them, I don't categorize. I guess I'd score the tests on 7sage which would let me know which ones? I've also heard the 10 questions in 10 minutes thing, I hope I can do that. Do you happen to know why they suggest that? I hear it's because the middle questions are a bit more difficult.
  15. Hi, all! I tried reading the Logical Reasoning Bible (LRB) but found it to be really dense. I feel like it might be a better idea to go straight into practice. Do you think the LRB is a must-read? On my diagnostic 2-3 months ago, I got 14/25 and 18/25. I studied logic games for about 2 weeks after that then went on vacation for 2 months, continuing studying only logic games for the past 2-3 weeks. After finishing reading for logic games, I retook the "diagnostic" and got 18/25 and 17/25. I also sometimes finished with a few minutes of extra time. I think this means that my logical reasoning score is relatively stable, perhaps we can attribute the slight increase in the total to be due to the fact I retook the same test. However, given that I only need, on average, 7 more to improve on / get correct, is it really worth studying the LRB? I find that it can be pretty convoluted and dense. Can I just start doing practice tests and learn from them instead? Some background information that might be helpful: I double majored in math and philosophy so I took "Intro to Critical Thinking" in philosophy and also used logic a lot in my math undergrad. Thank you!
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