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    References

    ha ha ha fuuuuuuuuck. I thought they followed the model that every other school does in having the completed refs due in February. welp, guess i'll GFM.
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    Holistic Schools

    Definitely hard to say but I think I've done some considerable volunteering and leadership stuff that I really hope helps my case, but again it's really hard to know what other people applying to a holistic school look like. I did a lil calculation and my CGPA is only like 2.9, I have some serious regrets about how I used my time in my first few years of university but not much can be done now. I am taking 4 more classes currently to bump myself but as I'm sure you know, its insanely hard to see a lot of movement. I took 4 spring/summer classes and got 4 As, it only moved my L2 GPA by 0.015. Sigh. I'm also signed up for 4 more in Winter but those aren't considered. So if all goes as planned i'll be more in the 3.6L2/3.0 CGPA range going into the 2020 cycle but obviously that doesn't help me for 2019. Anyways, just trying to be as strategic as possible. Again, my expectations are not high and I'm not banking on getting in for 2019- obviously it would be a nice surprise though if I managed to claw my way in somewhere
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    References

    Sorry guys, this is probably a really stupid question but I've been working on applications all day and my brain is sufficiently fried. I'm not seeing a supporting documents deadline on the OLSAS website or the Windsor Law site. Does this mean my actual references have to be complete by November 1st, or is there an actual document deadline I'm just not seeing? Also, does anyone know what the outline for these reference letters look like? I'm trying to advise my referees on what is required but I'm having a hell of time finding out more details. Thanks
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    Holistic Schools

    Hey everyone, I just wanted some perspective on holistic schools and which schools do actually take considerable consideration into ECS, references, etc. LSAT isn't for another month, I haven't taken a full PT in a while but the last one I did about 6 weeks ago I scored a 156. I'd like to think i've improved since, but I'm not ignorant to the realities of how stressful test day is. My L2 is about 3.4/4, CPGA is garbage (thanks, 18 year old me). I have done a lot of volunteer work, planned and created charity events, etc. and I think my references will be quite strong- but of course none of that matters if an application committee isn't looking at them. Assuming I do pretty average on the LSAT and with my current GPA, I know I won't be getting admitted anywhere on my stats alone. I am in the process of applying to U of Calgary, TRU, and Windsor for 2019, but am wondering if I'm missing any fundamental information that may sway me into applying elsewhere or ditching one of the schools I'm applying to? I'm not holding my breath on getting admitted for the upcoming cycle, but I figured I'd try and see if I'm lucky. Will be trying again next year regardless but I'd obviously like to be applying strategically and not wasting money/time/my references' time applying places I have little to no chances of getting in.
  5. Hm ok. So because I halted my graduation and won’t be technically applying for graduation again until I’m done taking more classes, would any 100 levels I’ve taken in the L2 even count? Or is it just after graduation is official that they won’t accept those? Regardless I’m likely not going to take anything 100 level, I actually find 100 levels to be more difficult since they tend to be so broad in the subject.
  6. I haven’t done a lot of prep yet, but I’ve done 2 PTs and scored in the low 150s without really doing a lot of practice so I am really hoping that with a good 3/4 months of studying I can get into the mid 160s.
  7. Thank you for your reply! Ah oops, sorry I meant to say L2 for U of A. My most recent year and a bit has definitely been my best, I think finally figuring out what I actually want to do post-grad helped a lot with motivation...and you know, finally taking school seriously. I should be able to pull off a fair bit of studying between now and September for the LSAT at the very least, but once fall kicks off it will definitely be more difficult. In regards to the PS for U of A, I’d assume they generally do not review them until the last wave of waitlist offers or acceptances when making final decisions? For more holistic schools, I assume PS holds more weight, and obviously your ECs and references?
  8. Hey all, I've been lurking around the forum (which has been a great help) but I did want some advice from U of A undergrad alumni/current or former U of A law applicants. I'm hoping to apply for the 2019 cycle but of course, time is of the essence with these things. Please bear with me if anything I'm asking comes across as confusing, I'll attempt to clarify details to the best of my ability. I was supposed to graduate from my undergrad after next week following the completion of Spring term, but I came to the realization that my GPA likely isn't high enough to do me any favours in regards to applying to law or a masters program. I've cancelled my graduation application this week in hopes of doing some GPA boosting next year but I am slightly unclear on what the best strategy could be, or if I'm understanding GPA calculations and standard procedure correctly. My biggest issue is that I was a part time student (usually 3 classes at a time, some summer courses here and there) with the exception of the last year where I did a full 30 credits between fall/winter. To my understanding, most Canadian law schools look at your best 2/last 2 but require that you have a minimum 24 credits in both those years which I do not have, thus they tend to look at your overall in lieu of B2/L2. Thanks to my 18-21 year old self, my overall is pretty garbage. My last 15 classes or 35 credits are OK, but obviously that one semester is dragging me down enough that I'm not very competitive (3.3 as it stands) and I don't foresee myself scoring incredibly high on the LSAT to compensate. To my understanding with U of A (please correct me if I'm mistaken) is that they take your B2/L2 in sequence, and if your last 60 ends in the middle of a semester they factor in the entire semester including spring/summer if applicable? U of A also has a November application deadline but a February document deadline, thus they take your grades up to the end of your fall semester? So, my current train of thought is that I could take 2 more summer courses while working on LSAT preparation, then ideally write in October (and December again if I blow it), take 5 more courses of my choosing in fall 2018 (since all my requirements are complete) to bump out that semester where I didn't do my best, and the 2 additional classes in summer would ensure that instead of 60 credits, they would have to use 66 based on where the least recent would sit. I have become a far better student in the last year, and from what I'm estimating I should be able to bump myself into a 3.6-3.7 range if I am correct about all of this. I'm almost at the end of this longwinded post, sorry again and thanks for getting this far. If it makes sense to do what I just explained, I plan to take another 3 credits in the Winter semester of 2019 to complete a full 24 credit year I could then use to towards my B2/L2 at other schools for the 2020 cycle if I do not get accepted to U of A for the 2019 cycle. Then obviously, I would reapply for graduation for Spring 2019 despite my degree being "done" right now. Basically my question for all of you, is if I'm correctly understanding the GPA calculation for U of A specifically (and other schools in regards to B2/L2 requirements), and if this is the best method of improving my GPA in your opinion? I'm not very well nuanced on other schools and haven't done a ton of digging as U of A is home for me and my first choice, but some things I've read suggest that once you've graduated, they won't consider further classes in GPA calculations unless it is an after degree or masters. As a side note, if it matters or you care, I was part time because of financial constraints due to domestic affliction in my initial years of school; however, thankfully all of that has subsided but I'm curious as to whether that would be worth mentioning in a personal statement or to just focus on my more productive and recent years? I do have some decent ECs (volunteer weekly with a legal organization for the last couple years) and good relationships with professors that I think will assist me in application processes if I look at other schools. I'm curious if there is any merit in explaining poor marks in prior years or just focusing on positive aspects?
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