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    Year 4 grades abysmal

    From UofT Law's most recent tumblr post:
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    Fall Grades

    The deadline to send in fall grades is February 1st, and the deadline for winter grades is June 30th. You need to submit requests for these transcripts even if you've received offers. More information here.
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    Facebook Group - Class of 2022

    It's created by the school and it's already up.
  4. UofT grants more weight to undergrad GPA than LSAT in admissions "since new data reveals that the GPA merits relatively more weight in predicting performance in first year than other factors" (Admission Policies). Doesn't sound like a weak indicator to me.
  5. Oh? I was under the impression that employers can access undergrad transcripts and take them into consideration during the hiring process. As well, undergrad GPA can be predictive of success in law school, which means that it's not rendered entirely meaningless once you've been accepted.
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    Updating OLSAS transcripts in January

    The OLSAS application guide says: "English program, first-year applicants who complete courses in December 2018 are required to send their fall 2018 grades to OLSAS by February 1, 2019." Also: "Final, official transcripts (which should include all current‑year course work and degree conferral details) must be submitted if you received an offer of admission, or have a decision pending, by June 30, 2019." More on that here: https://www.ouac.on.ca/guide/olsas-transcript/
  7. To be fair, he said he thought they were stellar students before he looked at their stats and was surprised. So he seems to be implying that he had assumed these students were stellar but their transcripts indicated that they are actually not.
  8. I haven't gotten an email yet but I just noticed a green checkmark on my Student Center! cGPA: 3.6 L2: 3.81 LSAT: 159 / 165
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. OLSAS uses a 4.0 scale for GPA. You might want to use their conversion table to determine how they would assess your GPA.
  12. 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.
  15. http://lsutil.azurewebsites.net/ This site has admission predictors for Ontario schools as well as UBC.