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  1. I did not go part time during any portion of my degree. I just adjusted the courses I was taking. I've maintained 5 courses/term the entire time. Thank you for your insight on the different universities. I will try to get back to this thread with my sample LSAT score asap.
  2. I agree that it doesn't sound heavy for a biochem major. However, it is still relatively heavy compared to many other majors. Also, in retrospect I could've made things easier for myself by taking a few of those in the summer rather than all at once. Although, you seem like a bright individual and seem to have managed I know many others that dispersed these courses throughout the summers and years to lighten the load. I also agree most psychology degrees are relatively easier than programs such as the one you've graduated from. However, I could be wrong on this but I'm pretty sure most people admitted to law school don't come from as rigorous backgrounds as you have. I have friends at UOttawa doing Law who came from backgrounds such as a BFA, BA in English Literature and other majors I'd say are not as difficult as your major. These people seem to be doing fine in school. Also, to clarify when I say I selected courses to avoid difficult course loads, I do not mean that I took easy electives to fill out my courses. Due to switching majors, my electives for my degree are all the biochem classes I did poorly on. I had to do only the compulsory courses but I managed them better. It's difficult to explain to a biochem major since most courses have 2 parts but for example, say I had 10 required courses, 5 of which were difficulty level 5/5, and the other were 3/5. Then I would take the 3 of the 5/5 with 2 of the 3/5 rather than doing all 5/5 courses at once and 3/5 difficulty courses in another term. As for why I want to do law, without giving away too much online, due to events experienced as a child around my family I've been wanted to be involved in the family law sector. Outside of those events as a child, while watching shows such as "Shark Tank" and reading online about businesses, corporations and more corporate law has also intrigued me but I'd say my passion is still towards the family law side for personal reasons. Thanks for the rest of the feedback on the schools though.
  3. I agree that it doesn't sound heavy for a biochem major. However, it is still relatively heavy compared to many other majors. Also, in retrospect I could've made things easier for myself by taking a few of those in the summer rather than all at once. Although, you seem like a bright individual and seem to have managed I know many others that dispersed these courses throughout the summers and years to lighten the load. I also agree most psychology degrees are relatively easier than programs such as the one you've graduated from. However, I could be wrong on this but I'm pretty sure most people admitted to law school don't come from as rigorous backgrounds as you have. I have friends at UOttawa doing Law who came from backgrounds such as a BFA, BA in English Literature and other majors I'd say are not as difficult as your major. These people seem to be doing fine in school. Also, to clarify when I say I selected courses to avoid difficult course loads, I do not mean that I took easy electives to fill out my courses. Due to switching majors, my electives for my degree are all the biochem classes I did poorly on. I had to do only the compulsory courses but I managed them better. It's difficult to explain to a biochem major since most courses have 2 parts but for example, say I had 10 required courses, 5 of which were difficulty level 5/5, and the other were 3/5. Then I would take the 3 of the 5/5 with 2 of the 3/5 rather than doing all 5/5 courses at once and 3/5 difficulty courses in another term. As for why I want to do law, without giving away too much online, due to events experienced as a child around my family I've been wanted to be involved in the family law sector. Outside of those events as a child, while watching shows such as "Shark Tank" and reading online about businesses, corporations and more corporate law has also intrigued me but I'd say my passion is still towards the family law side for personal reasons. Thanks for the rest of the feedback on the schools though.
  4. To clarify, I didn't flunk out of 2 programs. I had a low GPA after my first year of university so decided to transfer universities. I would've needed under 2.0 to be kicked out of the programs so I was meeting the bare minimum requirements. When I transferred to the new university I was really naive and had courses like Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Microbiology and the 2nd parts of these courses in the 2nd semester due to poor course planning. I struggled with these courses regardless but part of it had to do with the course load and poor course planning. During my last 2 years I've been more careful of this and not taking all of my difficult courses at once, matured as a student, and developed better studying habits. As for my MCAT scores, I'm not sure where you got 504 from but when I wrote the MCAT (during my 2nd year of school) I got a 33. I'm unsure of what that is on current versions. I'm not sure if it was a fluke but I did perform as well or better on practice papers and had experience from taking standardized tests in high school (IB Program+SATs).
  5. @Ryn According to the website my stats are as follows: Cumulative GPA (CGPA): 3.13 Last two years (L2): 4.00 Last three years (L3): 3.41 Best two years (B2): 4.00 Best three years (B3): 3.41 I will do the sample LSAT after this week as I have my last set of exams to complete, and get back to you on how I did. By "I always have had an interest in law school" I mean that from a young age, Up until grade 10 even I wanted to be a Lawyer and practice Law. However, I come from an Asian background so my parents influenced me to not go into that field because they believed "Lawyers lie too much" and a bunch of other myths to persuade me to pursue the medical field instead since they believed that Medicine was the only right path forward and said that I was too smart to not do medicine and other Asian parent mind games to persuade me. It's safe to say that they were able to persuade me and getting into medical school become my new goal. As a result, I took all science courses in high school and continued this path for my undergraduate. I don't blame them at all for this because it was ultimately me that made the decision to pursue the path, not them. However, since that time I feel like I've grown to be more independent from my parents, and much more humble due to some of those humbling/eye opener experiences and want to pursue what I initially wanted to as a kid. Edit: Got GPA thing working
  6. The TL;DR: Long story short, my cGPA during my first 2.5 years (75 credit hours) was 2.10/4.5. I have taken 60 credit hours after that and am graduating soon. My GPA during these last 60 credit hours has been 4.5/4.5. However, due to my horrible first years, my GPA is obviously pretty shitty and only slightly above 3.0 in schools that use a 4.0 system or even a 4.3/4.5 system. Background info if you want to know how I got to this situation: When I first entered university my goal was to get into medical school. I was admitted to a pretty competitive program and although I did okay in some courses, I failed 1 course that significantly killed my GPA. Due to this, I thought transferring universities would help me although I still had an ego problem so I transferred to a program of similar stature. Anyways, after a year and a half at this new school in the biochemistry program my GPA didn't change much and was still 2.1. I ended up writing my MCAT and scoring in the top percentile for it but realized that that didn't matter much because of my horrible GPA. Midway through my third year I was feeling hopeless so I talked to my advisor and we talked about my interests and I ultimately decided I wanted to major in psychology. I decided to shadow the psychology program for the remainder of my third year, got a 4.5 GPA in that semester. Then I also took 5 courses in the summer between 3rd and 4th year and got a 4.5 GPA in that. First, semester of 4th year I got a 4.5 GPA too. I'm also currently on pace to get a 4.5/4.5 GPA this semester too (my last semester) and will graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in biology and chemistry. Questions: I've decided that I'd like to practice Law and get into Law school as it's always been one of my interests. However, I have yet to write my LSAT. Ideally, I'd like to been in the January or September 2018 classes that start. I was wondering how much time I will need to dedicate to studying for it or any recommendations on the matter. Also, given my GPA situation, which universities would you recommend I apply to and don't apply to? Or just any other advice in general on Law School Admissions and applications. I've only recently made this decision and am very uneducated in the admissions process, as my focus prior to this was more on medicine. Sorry about the long post but I just wanted to give everyone enough background to assess me situation and give me feedback.
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