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  1. London and Kitchener-Waterloo were the first (in my knowledge) to offer interviews, and both have filled their position. Kingston, Peterborough, and Oshawa have finished their interviews, but not yet made offers (to my knowledge). St Catharines have invited for interviews.No word from Hamilton or Peel. I don't know about any other offices, as none of my friends (that I know of) applied there.
  2. I was told that upwards of 3.6 for the year is probably Deans List territory. Upwards of 3.8 for the year is medal territory. Criteria is top 10%. So take all the students for the year, order them from best to worst gpa, and the top 10% are in. It’ll fluctuate year to year based on how people perform
  3. No idea, my intuition would be they’d take 1st and 4th year, not individual terms
  4. Their website indicates they look at ‘top two years or undergraduate study’.
  5. For Queens at least, they take your best two full course load years, so you’d need four terms at full load. You have what appears to be two full terms and two part time terms. If there aren’t four full terms, they just default to using your cGPA.
  6. Your stats are fine in my opinion. I know it is hard to play the waiting game, BELIEVE ME. But we are extraordinarily early in the cycle. Schools will continue to accept people into July. In terms of a contingency plan, if it were me, I’d try to do whatever maximized my resources while improving my application. A masters won’t make your application stronger, and the grades won’t be considered. You could do another year or school, but that’s high cost/ high work. If it were me, I’d invest in one more kick at the LSAT can, while getting a job- literally any job, so that you make money. Any little bit is more than you started with. And you can use that money to pay for a course, or a tutor, or whatever is the best way to get your LSAT up a few points. That’d be my contingency plan, but I don’t think you’ll need it.
  7. Depends a lot on where you want to study. I only know about Ontario so here’s info on that region: You would apply to all Ontario schools through OLSAS, a centralized application portal that gathers materials and sends them to the schools. Applications are normally due within the first days of November, the year before you apply. So, November 2019 if you want to start in 2020. Applications will open in late August each year, but you can search the net for last year’s info, which should be very accurate. There used to be only 3 LSAT dates per year- June, September/October, and January. On your OLSAS application, you must indicate which tests you have already written, and which you intend to write. Many schools would accept any test date, but might put off evaluating your file if you intended to re-write. Some would not look at the January score. It is my understanding that there are many more test dates now. You’d have to check each schools website, but I’d say the general rule applies- for admittance during the 2019-2 cycle, you’d have to write the test before February 2020.
  8. They release the course prize winners, and the medalists. The medalists are the people who had the highest, second highest, and third highest GPAs in any given year. They will also inform people who make Deans List. Deans List is the top 10% of the class. So if you don’t medal but are in the top 10% you’ll know, although no one else will unless you tell them, or add it to LinkedIn. But no one outside of the top 3 know their numbered rank, and no one in the bottom 90% of the class knows where they stand either.
  9. Exactly Best of luck, I love QL, think it's a great choice for law school. I hope you don't have to play this waiting game for too long, I know how soul crushing it can be
  10. I think QueensLawChad was being slightly dramatic, but clearly trying to drive home a point - applying Access does not excuse sub-par stats, and can be more competitive than people realize. The average highest LSAT for Access for the class of 2021 was 160, 2 points lower than the average for general. Now, Access is a bit of a dark hole, where unlike General there's going to be a different emphasis on things like career experience, extenuating circumstances, etc. What this means is your stats alone aren't going to be a perfect predictor. And the adcom has said that a 155 is a cutoff, but that doesn't mean that 155+ means you are competitive if your other factors aren't strong. If you're sitting at a 155/3.5, but have 20 years experience as a cardiac surgeon (which is a real work history that a current QL student has), then yes, I'd bet a 155 is competitive. If you're a 155/3.5 and you have 5 years working as a social media lifestyle blogger, eh, let's see how good your personal statement is. There will be people on these threads with all manner of stats showing you it's possible to get in with some score. But you can never truly assess what it was about their application that got them in. You also have to factor that the number of applicants to law schools in Ontario has been slowly growing year to year. Queen's saw a ~10% jump in number of applications between 2017 and 2018. So it's not very useful to say 'well they got in, so I have a good chance'. They got in, and so maybe you have a chance. Some posters here are pretty vocal about trying to underscore how shakey that maybe can be.
  11. Just trying to do some summer planning, and wondered if anyone on this site has (a) applied to the St. Catherines/ Welland 2019 summer student position, and (b) whether you've heard back about getting an interview. I've heard from all the other offices, so I was curious to see if St Catherines was just late or if the ship has sailed
  12. Cornonthecob was specifically taking about full year courses. Public/ Constitutional are half year classes, not full year. You take Public in the fall. This past year, at least one of the Public profs offered a truly failsafe midterm - i.e. it only counted if it helped your final grade. The only other assessment for that class was the final exam. The broad idea is this not only gave people failsafe practice for their Public final, it also introduced them to law exams generally. Skills like working with fact patterns, organization and timing, and just getting used to the environment of these exams, are transferable from Public to all other law exams. In case this matters, Public is always the first exam in December, so you get the final out of the way and then take the midterms for all the full year courses. Broadly speaking, a poor midterm grade worth 10% won’t budge your mark much. If you got a B on your December midterm for criminal, and your April final is an A, no preofessor would seriously give you a grade less than A-.
  13. Can confirm- majority of law students live close to campus. I have lived about a 30-minute walk away for 2 years, so I am much farther out than most, but I rely on the bus system, which I've found to be fine, and I got a much cheaper and nicer apartment (that was furnished and all inclusive) than my peers for living far out. Check the bus routes around the place you're renting - if you live far and in a bus-poor area, you'll spend much more driving to campus than you'll save.
  14. Yes if you are coming to Queens as a grad student, don't do University housing. Many students join the class Facebook and seek people to room with. You can find places on Kijiji or the Queen's housing site. I personally preferred to get a one bedroom for 1L, since I didn't know anyone and was nervous at the prospect of living with strangers. Here are some tips re: Kingston housing that I posted in the Ask a 1L thread:
  15. This website links you to all of the awards/ bursaries. many of the applications are accessed through SOLUS (https://www.queensu.ca/studentawards/award-list/named-bursaries/law-admission-bursaries). These are application-required; there are also scholarships people are automatically considered for, but my understanding is very competitive stats are required to be considered. Note that sometimes bursaries require that you (a) have applied for OSAP and (b) have not rejected the loan portion of your OSAP funding.
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