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BlockedQuebecois

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  1. It's certainly a bit arbitrary, but I'm going to assume your friend's application was a bit stronger than you make it out to be. Her sub-par ECs may very well have looked much stronger when paired with a well-written part B about the challenges she faced as a visible minority. At that point she's a strong applicant with one weakness, and that can likely be overlooked. At the very least, all we can do on this board is offer judgements based on the data available to us. Osgoode states successful applicants usually have a 3.7 GPA and an 80th percentile LSAT. An LSAT score of 152 corresponds with the 52nd percentile. That 28 point gap is huge, and extremely unlikely to be overcome. Sure, OP may be the 1 in 300 that gets in with a score that low, but it's incredibly unlikely.
  2. Alternatively, you go with the logical solution and study hard, write your test, see if you score high enough, evaluate what you did well and what you did poorly, then assess whether another attempt is warranted.
  3. For reference, stating you're part of an ethnic minority isn't very useful for people giving advice. Are you a part of a historically underprivileged group that has faced challenges to your education? Then say that, preferably by saying "I filled out part B to say...". Ethnic minority could mean anything from an aboriginal person raised in Northern Nunavut in an igloo using traditional hunting methods to Saudi Prince with a billion dollar trust fund, so it's not very helpful. Anyways, I think your LSAT is far too low to overcome your slightly above average GPA. If you're set on Osgoode I image you require a ~159.
  4. This advice will be difficult to follow because: 1) It's a tremendous waste of money; and 2) You can only write the LSAT three times in a two year period.
  5. No. I think, broadly speaking, my advice would be different based on groups of approximately 1-2 points to target, 3-5 points to target, 6-10 points to target, 11-20 points to target, and 20+ points to target score (from diagnostic). I would provide different advice for all these groupings, and therefore believe people should alter their study behaviour based on these scores.
  6. I'll be declining in favour of Osgoode. I hope my spot goes to some deserving ls.ca lurker, and I wish you all the best!
  7. I know I'm approximately 6 pages late to answering your question, but that 2.7 percent breaks down as follows: 1 is deferring to the next academic year 1 is pursuing a non-traditional career 3 secured associate positions (in areas without articling requirements) 1 is pursuing graduate studies 2 answered "other"
  8. Though I'd generally agree, it's worth noting that Ottawa has a fairy large number of jobs in IP as well as health law. If you're sure you want to go to Toronto I'd agree, but if there's a high chance you want to work in IP or health law then Ottawa isn't a bad place to be (it may even be the best place to be).
  9. You speak French? You're likely in at all but U of T. Not sure of McGill.
  10. For reference, Ryn's calculator suggests you'd need a 175 to counteract a 3.25 cGPA and have "moderate" chances at admission.
  11. What is your overall GPA based on that conversion? Osgoode cares about cGPA, not L2, so if your cGPA is closer to 3 than 3.5 you're likely going to need more than a 167. And what is your idea of "competitive extra curriculars". Keep in mind a 167 already means you're doing better than 95% of test takers - that's a high target many law students could hit.
  12. I can give you my ex girlfriend's phone number, she can attest for my ability to cause anxiety.
  13. I'd push back a bit on the issue of degree difficulty. The limited analysis I've seen on this issue shows that sciences, math, and engineering have significantly lower GPAs that social sciences. For example, Koedel, in his 2011 paper Grading Standards in Education Departments at Universities showed that the 50th percentile "hard science" (Bio/Chem/Math/Physics/Comp Sci) had a weighted GPA of 2.88, 2.89, and 2.92 at three universities. The same weighted GPA for the "social sciences" (Poly Sci/Psych/Soc) was 3.07, 3.00, and 3.03. The supplemental data also shows that the psychology departments had the highest average GPA of the three social sciences at two of the three universities.
  14. Queens was an option too I just keep forgetting to post there Not sure yet, I've got to talk to the SO. I'll post when I know!
  15. This would be more appropriate in the "School Comparisons" forum, for future reference. No worries though, I'm sure one of our friendly mods will move it there when they see it (ETA: Hey look, it happened! Thanks Ryn, probably). Osgoode has an excellent IP program, one of the best in the country. If you're really driven to succeed in that field you'll have plenty of chances. Similarly, the closeness to Toronto is very useful for networking. An Osgoode JD will allow you to practice in several states, including NY and CA, I believe. The Windsor dual JD program is, by my understanding, generally not worthwhile. That's because you'll likely only be practicing law in one jurisdiction, so there's very limited value in the second degree. It's also very expensive. That said, if practicing somewhere in the states is something that you want to do it may be worthwhile. Not all states will accept a Canadian JD (or at least that's my understanding), so it will open doors for you if you choose to go down that route.
  16. Your course load in second semester doesn't sound all that heavy for a biochemistry major – I completed a biochemistry degree and had the same courses in my second semester of second year. And a 33 on the MCAT was in the 91st percentile, just for the record. Top percentile on the old MCAT was a 39 through 42. Regardless, I think Ryn is correct about you needing to reflect on the difficulty of law school. Most psychology degrees are relatively easy, especially if you're selecting courses to avoid difficult course loads, as you indicated. Law school is generally recognized as more difficult than most undergrads (with truly difficult hard sciences like engineering, math, etc being somewhat comparable, based on my reading), and as Ryn says, you've performed poorly in difficult programs in the past. I'm not saying that to knock you down or scare you away, just echoing Ryn's statement that it likely requires some self reflection. Given your cGPA I'd suggest you focus on schools that heavily weigh your last two years. You'd be eliminated from index schools like UBC and UVic based on your cGPA given anything but a truly stellar LSAT. You're also likely not competitive for U of T, Osgoode, or Ottawa (B3, cGPA, cGPA, respectively). You may have a chance at the other schools in Ontario, but without an LSAT score it's impossible to tell). Without knowing your diagnostic LSAT it's impossible to tell how long you'll need to prepare. I studied for 6 weeks for the LSAT, but my diagnostic was 160. If your diagnostic is in the low 150s or 140s you may need 2-3 months, while if you score lower than that you may need more than that. You also still haven't explained why you want to be a lawyer, just that you think you do and always thought you did.
  17. I'm fascinated by the concept of flunking out of two programs, including biochemistry but getting at least a 504 on the MCAT, a knowledge based exam. I have nothing to add to Ryn's post, except to note that in Canada there is no January 2018 class start date - all schools start in September (Well, August for 1L usually, but you get the gist). Quick edit: You have to fill out all boxes on the calculator to get an output, including course name and year. Also, I don't think "until I was in grade 10 I wanted to practice law" really answers the question of why you want to be a lawyer. It sort of just adds a timeline to your "I always wanted to be a lawyer" statement.
  18. Osgoode doesn't have a mature applicant category. They can write about their personal experiences in both parts of the personal statement though.
  19. Sorry, 82% placement is a little higher than U of A's historical rates? God damn.
  20. The furthest reaches of North York are still ~200 km closer to Toronto law firms than Western...
  21. I've also never heard of 20% still looking at graduation. I have access to Osgoode's numbers for 2016. They had 301 students answer their survey, of which 277 secured articles, 7 were seeking articles, and 9 were enrolled in the LPP program. So 92% of students secured articles, and only 2.3% were still seeking work.
  22. Hell, if you pay my flight to Ottawa I'll spend up to 2 weeks glaring angrily at you while you write practice LSATs, occasionally coughing or loudly muttering to myself. Before each test I'll give you a lecture about how your entire future depends upon this test and your results today. I'm sure that'd make you anxious and would be cheaper than the test. Plus I get a free flight to Ottawa.
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