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  1. Straight from Queen's admissions "Queen’s Faculty of Law is committed to enhancing diversity in legal education and the legal profession. To this end, the Faculty encourages applications from candidates whose backgrounds, qualities or experiences allow them to make unique contributions to the law school community, the legal profession and society in general. The Admissions Committee will consider these factors: disability educational and financial disadvantage membership in a historically disadvantaged group age life experience any other factor relating either to educational barriers you faced, or to your ability to enrich the diversity of the law school community and the legal profession You must demonstrate the following capabilities: that you have strong potential to complete the JD program that you have the ability to reason and analyze that you can express yourself effectively orally and in writing, and that you possess the skills and attributes necessary to cope with the demands of law school 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. Competitive applicants should have at least a “B+” average (GPA 3.3) in their best two years of their undergraduate degree program at a full course load along with an LSAT score of at least 154. For a student who does not have two years at full course load (ie. at part-time load), more emphasis will be placed on their CGPA, as calculated by OLSAS, which should be at least a 3.0 I have bolded the relevant parts. I'm not sure how intimate you are with the process, but unless you're with adcom I have to disagree. It clearly states that it should be an educational barrier, not just a unique life experience. It does go on to say "any experience that would enrich the diversity of the law school", but that is largely dependant on what OP's experience is precisely. Granted, considering OP's experience they may be a mature applicant, which queen's does not account for as its own category. It could very well be possible that it is under the access category. Again, if you are with adcom I acquiesce to your experience. But from my experience in applying access in the last year, the prevailing theme was "this category is designed to help provide access to people who may not be as competitive for x reason"
  2. OP, I was an access applicant. I am sorry for your situation, but it does not warrant an access claim, in my opinion. As others have said, an access claim isn't a means of explaining away a poor LSAT score. You can address that in your personal statement, maybe to your benefit if you write it well enough. Access is for a barrier that you have no control over, and will persist for the foreseeable future. You have the option, as others have stated, to write the LSAT at a time that is more conducive. For someone like me, with a permanent disability that does have an impact on situations such as writing the LSAT, access is appropriate. Additionally, to be a successful access candidate you have to prove that not only will you succeed in law school, you will succeed despite whatever factor is making you claim access. That can be a difficult thing to demonstrate. If everyone in this thread can point out that you could have rewritten, ADCOM would probably see that to. Rewrite, and best of luck
  3. The best method is not doing it, and applying elsewhere. In all seriousness, it doesn't matter. I handwrote mine and scanned it and got an offer so that would work. I even have terrible, borderline doctor handwriting
  4. Depends on the school, I know for sure Osgoode considers first generation immigrants applicable for their "section b" or whatever it was called. Low income household is pretty standard fare for a lot of applicants, so I wouldn't bank on that
  5. To add to this, even as an access category applicant your stats are still a bit too low. Access is largely a black box, but some schools give a bit of insight into how they weigh it. Queens for example lists that for access applicants, a competitive LSAT would be 153. I echo the others and recommend a rewrite
  6. That is a legitimate claim, just be aware you will need to get documentation that attests to the claims. A letter from a doctor detailing exactly how your anxiety and ADHD would be a barrier, and then demonstrating how you overcame those issues and succeeded will make for a strong application package. Echoing others in the thread, you definitely have a strong shot, especially at Queens where we share very similar stats. Best of luck to you!
  7. First thing you should do is convert your GPA to the OLSAS scale, and also determine your L2 and B2. As for the option of applying access - if you have a legitimate access claim, make it. Even if the admission's committee decides to disregard your access status, you are just evaluated based on general applicant criteria. You don't have to post specifics of your claim here, but keep in mind that access category is reserved for circumstances outside the norm (loss of loved ones, while tragic, is largely considered a part of life and not applicable to access). As Luckycharm said, as it stands you have a decent shot, even higher (though no one could say for sure since access is a blackbox) if you apply access.
  8. Your chances are low but not impossible. Windsor is holistic so it is a complete blackbox. Your L2 is above the median but your LSAT is below for L2 schools, and your CGPA is too low for GPA schools like Ottawa. I'd recommend a rewrite, or cross your fingers for Windsor/Lakehead.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. I was more so being facetious, of course there's numerous other and far better options.
  13. 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
  14. 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!
  15. 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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