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  1. Thanks. Can you share your lsat/gpa and illness if you don't mind?
  2. My percentage was 80 for first two years of UG at UBC, 83 with 2 drops (2 C's in first sem at uni, when I was undiagnosed). Inbetween my two years at UBC, I took 2 courses at local university after diagnosis and received letter grades D and C+. All my classes transferred to local university but were converted from % to letter. Now, with 4 drops, I have a 3.7 cGPA for first 2 years according to local university transcript. Now that I think about it perhaps UBC will calculate my gpa using the percentages from my UBC transcript, in which case I have a ~3.85 cGPA for first 2 years.
  3. Gotcha. I'll aim towards LSAT marks that will make my application competitive in the regular category. If I can't pull a 165+ in Sept., I'll apply discretionary with whatever my score may be.
  4. 3.7 cGPA after two years. I know UBC only looks at first 3 years of UG in 4th year applicants so anticipating ~3.8 cGPA on UBC application (university I transferred to dosen't do percentages so I lose some GPA points to letter grades)
  5. *this post is a bit long for a forum post but it is relevant to people who suffer from diagnosed mental illness (specifically psychosis-related) and their law school applications. If you have insight to the application process for discretionary category to any Canadian law schools, please read and share your knowledge. Been doing some reading on here and have found conflicting perspectives. Should I be disclosing my mental illness and applying in the discretionary category to law schools? In a previous post I disclosed how I suffered from an initially undiagnosed mental illness beginning in my senior year of high school, which persisted, untreated and detrimental to my health and academic performance, until the summer before my second year of university. I was then hospitalized and placed on a medication regime which forced me to take a year off due to inability to cope with circumstances. I then returned to UBC to finish my second year, struggled with the negative symptoms of the illness, and ultimately decided it would be for the best to move home and complete my degree at a local university. I am now beginning to think about the application process and have some uncertainty. I am not insecure or 'hush-hush' about my mental illness (schizo-affective disorder). I often share it with professors and classmates who I feel comfortable with. I do not actively view my illness as a burden or something that defines me day-to-day, rather, I view it as a challenge I overcame that shows resilience to obstacles. It is a serious condition, my psychiatrist's tell me it is a lifelong ordeal, but I have a positive outlook. There was a slight dip in my grades in the year following hospitalization due to difficulty adjusting to the medication, but I have a competitive cGPA despite the illness, and anticipate a 3.9-4.0 GPA for my third year. Given the sheer number of applicants to the Discretionary Category at UBC (300-500 and only 20 accepted) I am uncertain as to whether my case is significant enough to warrant a discretionary application, or if I should even include mental illness in my application and apply in the discretionary category. A user here mentioned I may not want to include mental illness in my application. Is this due to general stigma of psychosis or is there another reason not to include mental illness in my application I'm not picking up on? I have not prepared any sort of application but I expect my discretionary application to read something like this: I entered university with an undiagnosed mental illness, fought actively against the illness by myself for over a year and maintained decent academic performance. Succumbed to my illness leading to multiple week, very serious psychiatric hospitalization and placed in the care of a psychiatric team. After some initial difficulty adjusting to life after treatment, I rebounded in academics and in other aspects of my life. Finished last two years of degree working ~30 hrs a week in an office setting to stabilize finances, while taking a full course load and seeing an uptick in academic performance. I will have medical and academic references. Should I just forgo applying in the discretionary category and instead focus on getting a good LSAT score and receiving admission through regular category?
  6. I'm a third year student in poli sci with a ~80% gpa with no drops. After this semester I will have completed 71 credits. I'm aiming for a 90% gpa this semester but realistically it could be anywhere from 80-90. My goal is 4.00 gpa for L2. In the last few months of high school I developed psychosis which was untreated for 1.5 years while I completed my first year of university. Before my second year I was hospitalized and treated which led to me taking a year off of university. I am planning on applying in the discretionary category to UBC, UVIC, TRU, UofC, UofA, and UofT. I have not yet began studying for the LSAT, but will dedicate several months of dedicated study for the test. What type of stats would I need to be accepted to these schools?
  7. Interesting. I admit my EC's aren't great, but my illness was a mental health type scenario so I feel like I can toss that in their and it would have some weight. I have some good references for that. I also have consistent work experience in summers, and my year off, but only reaching the retail sales level. In any case, Calgary does seem to be a stretch without a degree.
  8. Better hit them Powerscore books then. Thanks for your input.
  9. Hey, I'm currently wrapping up my 2nd year in a 4 year Arts degree at UBC. I have an overall GPA of 78.6%, but by dropping some first year courses I bombed my GPA comes out to be 81.7% (2 drops). Upon completion of 60 credits I'm confident my cGPA will be 3.85/3.9(83/84%) out of 4.33 (this is with 2 drops). I have not yet began studying for the LSAT, but am planning to begin in May, and write either in December 2017 or February 2018 (am I still eligible to apply in 3rd year if I write in Feb?). If I had to guess what I will score on the LSAT, I would say 150-160 (maybe low 160s). Prospective schools for me are UVIC, UCalgary, and TRU. I will have to finish 2 or 3 classes in the summer semester before admittance because I want a lighter workload while I prepare for LSAT, I know UBC wants 3rd year applicants to be completed their 90 credits by April, so I won't bother applying here. Do the other schools care if you wrap up your 90 credits in the summer? I feel like with my projected stats I could be admitted into Calgary and TRU, not too sure about UVIC. Why I want to apply in 3rd year: I should be wrapping up my 3rd year right now, but due to illness I was forced to withdraw from school for a full year at the beginning of my second year. So I am technically a year "behind" due to this. Skipping 4th year seemed attractive to me either way, but after being forced to take a year off I am further inclined to try to get in somewhere with 90 credits. If there are any other schools you guys think are worth applying to I would appreciate your input. Cheers
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