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    Access Category

    Access is more for people who have encountered barriers that a typical applicant would not to help them be competitive despite whatever caused them to be access. For example, someone with a documented learning disability that can still succeed and demonstrates as much to the adcom applies access for lowered admission requirements. As far as "unique life experiences" go, they are more so referencing traumatic life experiences, something outside the norm. Things like "my mom passed away right before exams", while tragic, would not qualify someone as an access applicant. It could be used as a means of explaining away lower grades/LSAT, but not for access. To answer your questions briefly - Unless there are certain barriers that you haven't listed, no you should not apply as access. Your experience would actually be considered a soft factor as a general applicant, and I encourage you to reference it. As for your second question, yes you are still considered under the general applicant metrics.
  2. It disadvantages you because adcom will have to wait for your LSAT and already have a pile of applicants to look through ahead of you. Obviously having good stats in early is the best case scenario. You could have stellar stats with a great LSAT, but write in February and get waitlisted because the class has already been filled. Not likely to happen with a November LSAT, but you see the point.
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    Osgoode Part B

    Providence is right, your experiences as terrible as they are are fairly typical. Part B is reserved for extreme and extenuating circumstances. If these experiences had an impact on your mental health to the point that you sought medical attention, and have doctor's notes and other documents backing up that claim, then Part B and using SAM to submit the relevant documents makes sense. However, as it stands filling out Part B would neither help or damage your application. Reference it briefly in your personal statement, but focus on how you are going to move forward and succeed despite whatever life throws your way.
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    Chances? 3.29/4.33 LSAT: 156

    I was more so being facetious, of course there's numerous other and far better options.
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    Chances? 3.29/4.33 LSAT: 156

    As an applicant, it irked me as being a school I’d be spending 3 years at. I had lost confidence in that school. I got into Osgoode as well as the dual, admittedly my application method was “cast a wide net”. I was more so drawing a conclusion that gambling on that long shot is preferable to the dual
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    Applying Access - Anxiety

    You need to draw the conclusion that you will succeed, despite your anxiety. As Hegdis said, documentation and a clear method that gets results will help cement your claim. I applied access as well (albeit for other reasons), and I had my doctor write a letter explaining my condition, as well as strategies that both I and the school can utilize to mitigate the impact of my condition. Then, briefly in my personal statements, I reference the condition, how I deal with it and how it motivates me to work even harder. Best of luck!
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    Chances? 3.29/4.33 LSAT: 156

    Not so much handled as there was a leak of personal information. Not a whole lot mind you, but everyone's "at a glance" applicant data including their "score" was released to their student body. They wouldn't let you see your own information, but some random student at Windsor could have it saved. They gave me the run around when I asked questions so it just irked me.
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    Chances? 3.29/4.33 LSAT: 156

    Aside from what Hegdis said and the aforementioned cost, the strongest reason not to attend the dual JD program is its' reputation as "last chance U". I don't doubt that you will get a good education out of the program, or that Windsor is a good school. It's just that, as the program stands it has become a defacto "backdoor" into law. Because of the restrictive cost with no real tangible benefit over any other single JD program, not a lot of people apply to the program. And of that many that do, a great deal of them either transfer out ASAP or accept other offers altogether. I personally know someone who attended the dual JD program, and while it is anecdotal they didn't have any positive things to say about it. That being said, they were able to find work. The most simply stated reason is, if you have any other opportunity you should take it. With the tuition being just shy of 50,000 per year, you're better off holding out for an offer from U of T or Osgoode, even if its a longshot. People not in the know won't see a difference, but a lot of people look down their noses at the dual JD program. I have my own gripes with Windsor related to their recent handling of the 2018 application cycle, so take what I say with a grain of salt.
  9. First off, any particular reason you’d want a dual JD over a single? If I’m not mistaken, a Canadian JD makes you eligible for the BAR in a few states
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    Chances L2-3.54 LSAT PT - 160

    Improving both areas would obviously be in your best interest. However, the assessing your chances is a crapshoot until you actually have an LSAT score. Test day nerves often bring you a few points lower than your average PT, or you could go the other way and kill it. Focus on getting your numbers as high as possible.
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    Chances: CGPA 3.2 / LSAT 163

    It's a longshot TBH. Your LSAT is good, but I'm not sure it'll be enough to tip the scales. GPA schools like Ottawa are out. If one of your last years is pulling down your GPA, your L2 is also not competitive. You mentioned health reasons, you should look into access category and see if you qualify for that, it would greatly bolster your chances.
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    Chances LSAT 160 and, cGPA 3.65

    EC's don't matter. Well, they do but not in any verifiable sense. LSAT and GPA are king, and ECs will most likely not make the difference between an offer and a rejection. Your CGPA is a bit below for Ottawa, but with a strong LSAT you should get an offer. Osgoode has become a bit more holistic, but even going off numbers I'd say its a shot in the dark. I have no information regarding Calgary. Queen's and Western you're more likely in than not, probably around middle of the pack. Until you come back with an actual LSAT score though, this is all speculation. And even then it is all speculation. Best of luck to you in this upcoming cycle!
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    Chances with 3.1cGPA

    You can mention the appendicitis if that year is an isolated case. If your grades are otherwise high every other year, adcom will take that into consideration. A 160 is the minimum score considered to be "competitive". A 3.5 and a 160 would probably earn you some offers. But until you actually have those numbers, there's nothing we can offer you as Lucky so quickly pointed out. You're putting the cart before the horse.
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    Unrelated but figured I’d ask here rather than make a new thread - Is there a laundromat that anyone would recommend? I live south of Princess and west of the campus, so everything I’m seeing is a short walk away. Was wondering if anyone knows of one not listed on google or would recommend one over another. Thanks!
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    Chances? 3.29/4.33 LSAT: 156

    Holistic schools such as Windsor will be your best bet. As it stands, your stats simply aren't competitive enough, and even outstanding ECs can't make up for that. ECs make up a very small portion of your application, and most law student applicants have extensive ECs as well. You'll need to get that LSAT up to 160+ minimum. Dual JD isn't a program I would recommend, but if you are able to foot the cost and want to go to law school this year, then you have a good shot at it. The dual JD doesn't give you any real benefit over any other JD, especially if you intend to practice in Canada.