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  1. The issue with the last part for me is that its hard to pick professors who know you because in my experience the interaction between professors and students is generally minimal within university but many law schools don't want personal references but rather academic references, so I just prioritized professors that I had the most interaction with during my undergraduate degree while getting good grades in their classes, luckily they both had respective positions as well within the legal community. But I do agree with you that it is better to pick professors who know you better than ones that you do not know as well but are more prestigious.
  2. Yes these are both professors I had during my classes and I asked them to be my references when I completed their classes and they both agreed to be my reference.
  3. I have applied to these five schools and I prioritize these schools in this way: U of T, Queens, Western, Osgoode, and last but not least Ottawa. Just so you know Queens won't take my L2 or B2 because they weren't four consecutive Fall/Winter fulltime course loads so they will just be looking at my CGPA. I took an extra semester before I went into my undergraduate just to see what University would be like, so that semester gave me some extra credits and I also took courses during the summer so I would say half of my semesters would be part time course load while the other half would be full time course load I don't have many EC's, just helped with an undergraduate mooting tournament during my last year and also helped supervised a reading room for my department in my last year, other then that I don't have many other EC's. I also worked for a bit during my first year in undergraduate. My LOR's are decent, I have one who is a judge and another who used to be a contract professor at UofO law school. So in short, I think I have fairly good stats but the other parts of my application are lacking and I am wondering what are my chances at these schools. Thanks!:)
  4. Hey, I have an email from them where they talk about this. Here is what it says about calculating a best 2. Queen’s Law looks at your best 2 years. We define a “best year” as your highest scoring Fall&Winter (combined) terms that were completed at a full load. We do not break up the semesters between separate academic years. Queen’s Law considers an average of 4/5 classes per term over the fall and winter terms to still be a full load. Meaning, you can take 3 in one term and 5 in the other and still meet the average of 4. We will use your 2 best years to calculate your competitive GPA. Summer terms, part-time loads, and those done on exchange are not factored into this average. In the event that you do not have 2 years that meet this criteria, we will assess you based on your CGPA.
  5. Your stats should make you a shoe in for U of O and you have a decent shot at all the other law schools excluding UofT. I would be in shock if you don't get into any of the law schools you want. Best of luck!
  6. No, how do I do that calculation? I havent started my applications yet which I will be doing soon. I have used lawapplicants.ca to calculate my cgpa which gave me 3.8 and then my best 2 I calculated by using this site http://lsutil.azurewebsites.net/CGPA/Index and just plugging in my grades from my two full time years. Is the law applicants cgpa calculator an accurate measurement of my OLSAS gpa calculation
  7. Hello, I am applying this Fall for the 2020 cycle. Queen's Law is one of my top choices just because of its reputation, location, and its high articling rate. However, looking at previous admission cycles and peoples statistics I am a little bit worried about how competitive my stats would be because of some extenuating factors. The first is that I didn't finish my degree in a full four years, I essentially had an extra semester because I started in January 2015 instead of September 2014 which put me back in a couple full year course requirements and put me delayed in recieving my degree. I started school part time in January 2015 and finished in April 2019. So my degree took me 4.5 years instead of four. Also important to remember that I have a lot of part time semesters with my B2 being literally my only two full time consecutive years. (Winter 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Fall 2018) I also took around 4 credits of summer courses and I don't know how that will effect how they assess my application. Secondly, is that maybe something to make up for that would be that would be stellar EC's but I don't really have that either. In my last year I was part of my university undergraduate mooting team organization committee and helped with organizing the mooting event held at my university. I also was a volunteer for a reading room where you had to dedicate roughly about two hours per week in this room. I also worked a part time job for all of first year and a bit of second year as well but other than that and being part of a school club member, I don't have that many other Extra Curriculars. Thirdly is my Letter of References, which I think are good? Both will be professors, one in second year who is currently a small claims court judge and another who used to be a contract professor at University of Ottawa Law School and is a former lawyer aswell and would most likely give me a really stellar reference. Last but not least is I do have a disability but I am not sure if I should apply under the Access category because I am not sure of how they view disabilities in assessing my application. It seems as though they put more weight on the severity of the disability rather than your academic stats. This is just coming from their website, stating: "Traditional measures of academic performance and LSAT scores may be given comparatively less weight in this category, while non-academic experience and personal factors confirming your special circumstances or unique qualities may be given comparatively more weight." Now I have been clinically diagnosed with I suppose a fairly common disability so I am unsure if Queen's will see this as a "unique" quality and if I should apply under this category since it will give less weight to my stats and more to the weight of my disability which is like a weird subjective thing to weigh and hard to tell if Queen's will look at my application more favorably or not. Thanks for taking your time and reading this and sorry about the whole essay I wrote, I was just wondering how competitve my application is given my circumstances and my statistics!
  8. Does it have to start with the fall and end with the winter? So what I mean is that my Best 2 full years would be Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and then Fall 2018.
  9. Yep pretty much, once they realized that the GRE may be a better substitution they had to make some big changes to the LSAT because they thought it would be a big threat. This is probably why they decided to go digital and make more tests in a year since these were the main benefits of the GRE over the LSAT. All of it was for not though, since the GRE has not been as widely accepted as expected but they made these changes anyways and have to make limitations in order to make the test fair, sucks but it is what it is.
  10. I was listening to a powerscore podcast discuss this issue and I think they made some really good points as to why they would bring back the limitations on the amount of times you can take the LSAT. The first is that starting in 2020, the LSAC will be administering the LSAC 10 times a year. This is almost double the amount of tests they used to offer per year which was around four or so but has steadily been increasing over years. Nonetheless, to go from 6 to 7 LSATs a year to 10 a year is a significant jump. That is an INSANE amount of times that you will be able to take this test and it also puts immense pressure on the LSAC to create tests. I find it very unlikely that they can create a new test every month without increasing staff and other expenses which may decrease the amount of money they make by making the exam more accessible. So how do you address this issue? Well one strategy would be to have tests that you can repeat ever so often to allow you more time and therefore less resources to spend on creating the tests. However, the issue with repeating tests is that it gives an unfair advantage to test takers who decide to retake almost every chance they get because they have already seen the test and know the hard and easy parts and have a way higher chance of getting a better score. So, in order to stop this issue you can put a restriction on how many times individuals can take the test to stop the probability of an individual getting an unfair advantage from taking the same LSAT test twice.
  11. I am thinking about maybe getting a three-year general degree instead of a four-year honours degree. My CGPA is a 3.8 at this point and I am going into my second semester of third year. My university allows me to change my bachelor of arts from an honours to a general degree. I was just wondering if this change would impact my ability for getting into law school. Do law schools look at general bachelor of arts different from honours bachelor of arts?
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