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  1. It might be helpful to specify which schools you’ll be applying to. Not all schools deal with multiple scores in the same way. The policy for assessing multiple LSAT scores at UofA and McGill, for example, is to calculate an average of the individual applicant’s scores. Many schools place emphasis on your highest score, although all scores within the past 5 years will be seen and considered. However, my understanding is that it doesn’t look good to take the exam multiple times if your score doesn’t increase very much, stays the same, or decreases. Something else to consider is that if you take it in November, your score won’t be released until December. In Ontario, the admissions cycle begins in November, so if you don’t have a score at all by then, you probably wouldn’t get any first-wave offers. But there would still be plenty of time left in the rest of the cycle, so that’s not a big deal—just something to be aware of.
  2. Regarding the results from the grade calculator, is anyone else’s L2 showing up as significantly lower than the GPAs for each of the last two years? On @Ryn 's old site, my L2 was an average of each of my last two years (i.e. year 2 + year 3 ÷ 2 = L2), and that calculation makes sense to me. The calculation is different on the new site, however, and I can’t figure out why my L2 is showing up as less than each of my last two years. Is anyone else in the same boat?
  3. OLSAS uses a 4.0 scale for GPA. You might want to use their conversion table to determine how they would assess your GPA.
  4. According to their post history, the OP was accepted at U of Ottawa and waitlisted at Western. Sometimes it's easier/quicker to click on their profile and look through their posts than it is to bump an old thread and wait for a response.
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    Non-Academic Reference Letters

    This isn't how all Ontario schools deal with extra letters. Western, for example, says this on their website: "You are strongly encouraged to limit reference letters to a maximum of two. If more than two are submitted, the Admissions Committee members will read only two of them, selected at random." So the order of the letters doesn't seem to make a difference to them. OP, I think a letter from your employer would be of great value, especially since your job involves academic research and writing. It sounds like he knows you pretty well in an academic/professional capacity, so his assessment of your character and work ethic and skills would be more useful and accurate than that of a professor who might not even recognize you. I'm a 0L though so take this with a grain of salt!
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    low-150 lsat am I done for?

    In September 2017, LSAC changed its policy on how many times you can take the LSAT. Now there are no limits on the number of rewrites.
  7. http://lsutil.azurewebsites.net/ This site has admission predictors for Ontario schools as well as UBC.
  8. Shmem

    2016 vs 2018 Powerscore?

    I read it front to back. Not exactly sure how long it took me because I was studying with other materials at the same time, but it definitely shouldn’t take you the whole summer to get through. I’d recommend the LR one as well; I found it made a big difference for me and it would be reasonable to expect that you can get through them both by the end of the summer. The bibles look like really thick, daunting books but if you flip through you can see there’s a lot of space on the pages and the text is fairly big so it’s not that bad.
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    2016 vs 2018 Powerscore?

    The computer virus game from the September 2016 LSAT is notoriously difficult. There are some weird games in the June 2014 and December 2015 tests as well. Within the past several years, there have been more and more unusual games popping up. With that said, I used the 2018 PowerScore bibles to study and honestly you'd be fine with the 2016 edition. The 2018 edition only covers games from 1991-2006 anyway, and their explanation is: "Games from recently administered LSATs have been avoided in order to preserve those tests as fresh practice exams."
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    LSAT Canadian Fee Waiver

    There’s a section on the LSAC website that describes the fee waiver process for Canadian citizens. Canadians get their own form and everything… https://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/fee-waivers https://www.lsac.org/docs/default-source/jd-docs/canadianfeewaiver.pdf
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    3.2 cgpa 3.6L2 161 LSAT chances?

    True, but their second LSAT score was 168 which probably boosted their chances.
  12. The room number should be on your admission ticket.
  13. The July scores won’t be released until August 10th. The deadline to register for the September LSAT is July 23rd. Check out the LSAC website if you want to see for yourself: https://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/test-dates-deadlines
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    Bader Castle Program

    According to the data from last year, there are only 25 places available (see page 34): https://law.queensu.ca/sites/webpublish.queensu.ca.lawwww/files/files/JD Studies/BISC/International Law Programs Presentation 2017.pdf So no, it's definitely not the case that almost everyone who wants to go gets to go. All Queens students who apply are offered their first choice, and the program is open to any Canadian law school. I would think that far more than 25 people nationwide want to participate in the program. So if someone from Western wanted to go, for example, they'd be up against all applicants from Queens who are guaranteed a spot. Theoretically, a Queens student could apply with the advance knowledge that they'd miss half the program and they'd get in over someone who could be there for the entire program. Obviously this is different than missing a few days but my point is that it's not exactly a fair system. But I realize that not everyone in law school thinks the same way that I do, and that's fine. I'll just have to work on dulling down my empathy in favour of a cutthroat, self-serving attitude if I want to succeed in this industry and fit in with all the sociopaths that it attracts. Clearly I'm in the wrong here for caring about others, right? /s
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    One month to study (with a course?)

    I’m in more or less the exact same boat as you, OP. My cold diagnostic was one point away from yours, I’m also beginning my prep course on the 30th, and I also plan to write in June (although I still haven’t decided whether I’m going to change the date to July yet). What you can do (and what I’m planning on doing) is to take the course for a couple weeks and get a feel for things. Try to gauge whether the course will help you get your score to where you want it to be by June 11th. See how helpful you find it, how fast you’re improving, etc. Since you said you’re committed to self-study as well, make use of resources outside of the course if you can. Do extra practice tests that aren’t covered by your course and then look up explanations for the questions you struggle with. Keep track of your progress as you go. May 15th is the deadline to change your test date. If that day comes and you still have doubts about whether you’ll be adequately prepared in time for the June test, there is the option of changing the date for a $100 fee. Like I said, I’m thinking about changing my date to July. The extra time to study is nice, and the July test is also in the afternoon which I like because I’m not a morning person, but it’s a non-disclosed test which means you won’t ever be able to review the test and your answers after you write it. This isn’t a big deal if you get the score that you want, but it’s something to consider anyway. You could even push the test date back to September and give yourself all summer to study if you really wanted to. This is all worst-case scenario stuff though. Realistically, I think it’s feasible for both of us to achieve the scores we want within the timeframe ahead of us. The average score improvement for my prep course is within the double digits, and yours is probably the same. You'll be spending over 100 hours on your prep course, and if you study on your own too, that's a significant amount of time. You and I are already getting scores that some people have to study for in order to achieve, and then they apply to respectable Canadian law schools with these scores, and some of them even get accepted. That says a lot about how impressive your diagnostic is, so don’t devote any of the bad kind of stress to it whatsoever