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  1. My situation was somewhat similar. My first year reflects three withdrawn courses that did not factor into my GPA. I touched on this very briefly in my personal statement, but only in reference to having adjusted my work/life balance and study habits. Based on what I've heard from others, withdrawn courses aren't a huge deal. Additional context, I was accepted to Osgoode in December. My stats were 3.76cGPA and 165 LSAT. I don't believe you have anything to worry about. Best of luck!
  2. This. I don't know why or how people seem to conjure up these sorts of things about schools and their admissions processes. For anyone curious about Ryerson's approach to LSAT scores, please see their FAQ - https://www.ryerson.ca/law/faq/. They have chosen to explicitly state here that they aren't planning a cutoff, and that they evaluate files holistically. Further, (and while I'm in a bit of a ranting mood this morning) I'm seriously confused about how anyone can report having performed "average" on a video interview. It's blatantly unreasonable to predict how these will be perceived by an admissions committee, barring perhaps having objectively tanked them. In any case, I would put serious thought to improving your LSAT. Your B2/L2 are strong, but I expect your LSAT will make admission to Western a long shot. You could very well be in the running for Ryerson / Windsor. Best of luck this round!
  3. I took Harvard Ready's prep course over Zoom this summer. Can't recommend them enough. Their online practice tools alone are worth the cost in my view - regardless of where you're PT'ing at present. Excellent instruction, materials, and online resources - absolutely worthwhile.
  4. In my view, plenty can be addressed here regarding grade point averages, hypothetical LSAT scores, and admission odds. However, before considering these, it might be worth further evaluating your interest and commitment to the idea of attending law school altogether. At the risk of sounding overly optimistic and foolish, I'll say this - you can probably attend law school if you really want to. The question becomes, how much of your life are you willing to reorient in order to maximize your chances? For example, are you willing to extend your undergraduate studies in order to improve your grades? Are you prepared to study for, and write the LSAT, perhaps multiple times? If you are truly dedicated to the idea of attending law school, I hope to encourage you to give it your best shot - it's absolutely possible. With that said, if you're presently struggling with the cost and commitment of writing the LSAT alone, I would advise taking some time to think things through more carefully. Lastly, I know some of these schools (Western, at least), have posted modified admissions targets for access categories. I would suggest speaking directly to their admissions offices to discuss your specific circumstances in further detail. They might be able to offer some valuable insight!
  5. My two cents - I once had some concerns about this as well. Personally, I had four "W" (withdrawn) credits in my first year, and wasn't sure how this would be perceived by admission committees. Recognizing that there are many factors at play, it may not have mattered as much as I thought, as I was thrilled to receive an offer from Osgoode this week. This feedback is anecdotal at best - all applicants are different. However, based on my experience, I would certainly feel comfortable taking the opportunity to improve my listed GPA where possible. If it were my choice to make, I would likely take advantage of the conversion.
  6. OLSAS portal around 7am, and then received an email around 8:30am. Still not reflected in OASIS, oddly enough. Entered the queue yesterday.
  7. Accepted as of this morning! 3.76cGPA 3.82L2 165 LSAT
  8. In the queue as of Dec 14. 3.76cGPA / 3.82 L2 / 165 LSAT Not entirely sure what the queue means in honesty, but feels good!
  9. The following is genuinely not meant to be facetious - I really believe the LSAT's RC section often exposes the fact that most university-educated young people legitimately can't read. Now, this is not to say test takers are explicitly illiterate. My point here is that there is a significant difference between recognizing a string of words on a page, and truly understanding what an author is trying to communicate. I learned this lesson and found I was able to increase my RC score considerably. You're in a great position - improving a bombed RC section is an excellent way to pick up a ton of points! I will provide a guideline that I found helpful below, but would first like to include a note on perspective. For me, improving RC was about reorienting my thinking as much as anything else. Here's a trick that I used to improve my focus and retention - feel free to label it silly if you'd like. When you start an RC section, forget the LSAT for a moment. Convince yourself that what you're about to read actually matters, and that your thorough understanding of the material has real value. Regardless of the subject matter, take an interest in it - fake it if you have to. The idea here is to engage with the author's work as genuinely as possible, and in turn, you'll be far more likely to grasp what they're trying to communicate. I recognize this is a bit hippy-dippy, but I would really encourage you not to discount the significance of perspective - give it an honest try. See below the guidelines that I used to engage with the passages. It's helpful to memorize these, but they aren't meant to be applied mechanically. Essentially, after each paragraph, pause for a moment to summarize what you've just read in your own words, keeping in mind: function, idea, connection, and attitude. Self-Summary Checklist Function - How does this function/ why did the author include this? Idea - What is the author trying to communicate / prove here? What evidence exists? Connection - How does this connect to the other paragraphs / passage as a whole? Attitude - What is the author's attitude toward this topic? Supportive? sceptical? critical? Lastly, while going through the questions, train yourself only to look back at the passage when absolutely necessary. You should never do this on your first pass through the answer choices. Always eliminate the options that are clearly wrong, and check the passage if you must in order to choose between two or three strong contenders. As a final note, a lot of what I've included here is taught by Harvard Ready, in Toronto. They are currently running online classes, and provide outstanding prep materials to their students. Outside of taking their course, I am not affiliated with them in any way, but seriously cannot say enough about how great they are. If you're looking at prep course options, or even private tutoring, these guys are the best available, worth every penny. Lengthy reply, but wanted to be thorough - feel free to shoot me a PM with any questions!
  10. I am by no means an LSAT expert, but managed to improve my LG significantly from diagnostic to test day. While I recognize scoring -10/-12 can be totally discouraging, reviewing your mistakes should be viewed as an excellent opportunity to correct errors in your process! It's totally cliche, but missing the mark will always be a prerequisite for improvement! Based on your performance, I would suggest working through games entirely untimed. Seriously - do not even think about timing. Check over your work twice before looking at the answers, ensuring you're as confident in them as possible. Once you're scoring close to perfect untimed, I would recommend doing individual games separately. Work as accurately as you can while making note of how long it takes you. Ideally, you want to aim for approx. 8-10 mins per game, but some might take you 16, maybe 20. Again, while you're keeping track of how long they take, you should emphasize accuracy and over speed, always. Understanding is almost always necessary for efficiency. Grouping and In/Out games are all about determining the key restrictions that govern the movement of your other variables, as I'm sure you already know. Once you figure those out, you'll be buzzin. While it's ideal to make these inferences early, sometimes you uncover them out as you go. At the very least, you need to have a strong understanding of the rules they've given you. Misunderstanding a rule can be detrimental - ensure you are never sacrificing rule comprehension for speed. Take your time, your first priority is to understand what the test has told you explicitly. Lastly, when writing PTs, you should still prioritize accuracy over timing (within reason, of course). There are no bonus points awarded for finishing a section. If you're losing 10/12 points on LG, it's likely because you're moving way too fast. Funny enough, some of my best PT scores (high 160s) resulted from skipping the final game entirely. Obviously it's ideal to finish them all, but sometimes, completing just three games perfectly is better than haphazardly attempting to finish all four. My response has ended up being way longer than I originally intended, but these are my thoughts. Again, not an LSAT expert by any means, simply my observations and personal experience. Feel free to PM if you'd like to discuss further if you'd like, happy to chat!
  11. I actually spoke with the admissions department at Osgoode regarding this question specifically. I was advised that November LSAT scores are received by schools in early December, and that these applicants would be eligible for early round offers. Based on the information I received, it seems possible. With that said, I personally realize that my worrying about a hypothetical early decision will in reality have absolutely no impact on the outcome. Best to just hang tight and do your best not to worry!
  12. Not a very interesting perspective, but certainly an honest one. I'm on board. Thanks for your consistent forum contributions, I know a lot of people appreciate it. Cheers!
  13. Thanks - I appreciate your reply. As an aside - do you have any thoughts regarding the increased number of applicants this year? I've made the personal decision not to worry about it - my stats aren't going to change at this point. However, curious about how people perceive the whole thing.
  14. Yes - I've used the "Applicant Assistant" tool as frequently posted on this forum for my GPA calculations.
  15. I've applied to all Ontario schools, but especially interested in Osgoode, Western, and Queens. I feel as if I'm likely reaching for UofT, but did apply. I worked full-time throughout university, which I highlighted in my statement. My primary concern would be my first year, during which I withdrew from 4 courses due to time management challenges while managing my working responsibilities. These are displayed as "W" on my transcript, and don't factor into my GPA in any way. Thoughts on my chances? Does early admission seem feasible?
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