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    OLSAS Fall Grades Transcripts

    I had to submit my grades late since my university takes +1.5 months to issue transcripts. OLSAS says that they'll forward through grades whenever they get them. The deadline issue isn't with them per se, but rather with the schools. I would email the Ontario schools and let them know your transcript might be coming in late! Also, if you're in grad studies and applied to Osgoode, they don't need grad transcripts / your application isn't affected by missing the Feb 1 deadline.
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    Accepted 2019

    Accepted today. General category. cGPA: 4.15 / 4.5 with drops. LSAT: 160, 164. Will be declining!
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    Accepted to UVic 2019

    Accepted Jan 24th via email. cGPA: 3.53 / 4 Drop 18: 3.71 / 4 LSAT: 164, 160 General category. Submitted application on November 24 (don't remember when it switched to Forwarded for Review).
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    Withdraw from LSAT impact

    I don't think it impacts your application! I withdrew twice and nothing shows up on my LSAC or on any of my applications.
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    Law School Start Date

    I'm currently in a Masters program that finishes at the very end of August. I technically don't graduate until October. I emailed a few law schools and they said that it's fine to start law as long as all of your coursework is done by the start of law school (ie. first week of September)! Hope this helps!
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    Accepted 2019

    Accepted! cGPA: 3.53/4 L2: 3.56/4 B2: 3.8/4 LSAT: 160, 164 Submitted October 30th. General category. BC resident.
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    Guidance needed (where to start)

    I took in-person courses from Kaplan and Princeton Review and ended up with a 160 and 164. I took them mostly because I wasn't super motivated to study by myself during the summer while I was working. It was helpful to have to go to class everyday and have a guide to study. I did, however, also self-study for about 6 months, but I had a baseline knowledge from the in-person courses. I was really lucky that my parents helped me out with the cost of the classes, so I totally understand the cost can be prohibitive. I found that the Kaplan Premier book was really helpful in getting a general overview of the test. It's fairly good at getting that first big jump in score after your diagnostic. The online portal is actually helpful and has quite a few resources (practice tests, question sets etc.). I supplemented my Kaplan books with the Powerscore Bible and question sets for the sections that I wanted to improve. Powerscore sometimes takes a different approach to solving questions, so it can be really helpful to compare strategies and find which one works best for you. The Powerscore blog was SUPER helpful for finding new tips and tricks and just how to organize studying! The first thing to do is just familiarize yourself with the test. Read up (briefly) on the LSAC website about the sections and how the test is formatted (ie. how long it takes, how many sections, how it's administered). Don't try and learn how to do question until you've taken a diagnostic. It might seem uncomfortable to take a test where you literally have no clue, but it's super important to get a baseline score. From there, you can start studying and reviewing the question types that cause issues. For a few months, I took a practice test every Sunday to track my progress. Make sure your testing conditions are the same as the real LSAT (the time of the test, paper test with the proper scantron, no water, only pencil, strict timer, quiet, etc.). It might seem annoying and tiring to take that many tests, but it gets you into the rhythm of taking an LSAT and you'll find that your stress levels will decrease the more tests you take. I found the most helpful strategy was taking adequate time to review practice tests. It took me about 2 hours to review each section. Keep track of the questions you get wrong (make a spreadsheet or keep a notebook), why you got them wrong, if you thought you had got it right, if it was a silly mistake, and most importantly, what kind of question (ie. strengthen, flaw, main point, etc.). Use this info to guide how you spend study time. Sorry for all the info! Please let me know if you have any questions. I don't have the highest LSAT scores, but I was intermittently studying for about a year and half, so I tried A LOT of strategies, books, websites, etc. I hope that I can be of some help! Good luck!
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    Accepted to Queens 2019

    Accepted! cGPA: 3.53 / 4 L2: 3/56 / 4 LSAT: 160, 164. General. Submitted October 31st. Will be declining.
  9. I saw a reply in last years Facebook group (I accidentally joined 2018 instead of 2019 whoops) and it said that there aren't too many opportunities for parents. Some of the things are student only (like the case study and lecture). I think that parents are welcome in the sense that they could come to explore the city and have a look at Schulich, but the Welcome Days aren't intended to accommodate parents. I would maybe just email the Weldon Welcome people! I had to email them and they replied within 24 hours. (Also, not sure if you've already touched base with Randi or Rose, but the travel reimbursement is prorated according to where you're coming from. Coming from Ontario, you might not be able to get the full $700.)
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    Law School Deferrals

    My brother deferred his Dal Law acceptance in 2013. He was already living in Australia as a sponsored athlete and was working part-time. He wanted to extend his sponsorship deal and stay an extra year. Dal was very accommodating and let him defer after he sent in a very detailed application. For him, it was such a good move because he matured so much in that year, which made him an even better student.
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    Updated Transcript?

    This is just for Ontario schools, correct? I don't have any option to do a transcript request on OLSAS (I did my degrees outside of ON).
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    Entrance Scholarships

    https://www.dal.ca/faculty/law/programs/jd-admissions/money-matters/scholarships.html It's on the right side bar!
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    Choosing a School

    Thanks so much for the reply! My brother who is a lawyer had a similar perspective. I guess I'm just not sure where I want to work. My family is from Vancouver, but I did my undergrad in Halifax and consider it my second home, but I'm also aware that being in Ontario (Ottawa specifically) is good if I want to work for the government. It's still so early in the admissions process that I know I'll have lots of time to decide, but I just wanted to start considering things and gathering some different perspectives. In terms of classes, I know that one of the Ottawa first year thematic is taught by Colleen Flood, which would be amazing to have a health law course so early in the degree. I also have a few friends who have taken many of the health law classes at Dal, as they did the combined JD/Masters of Health Admin program. Did you find that you had opportunities to explore different areas of law outside your required courses? Is it possible, like in undergrad, to take a few electives in the same area? Or are there just not enough electives to do that?
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    Choosing a School

    Hello! I have a question for current law students about choosing the right school. I'm wondering if I should factor my interest in a particular type of law into making my decision. How much opportunity is there to actually explore one type of law within these 3 years? Or does that only happen in an LLM? I've been super interested in health policy for about 4 years. I'm hoping to use a law degree in policy work in the public sector or with a civil society organization. I've also seriously considered pursuing a PhD and working in academia. Pretty much everyone I've talked to has said that they ended up practicing in an area that was different than their original interest... but I'm not sure if that's because they only had a cursory interest in one particular area (which I would argue isn't the case with me). I've done 3/4 of my coursework in undergrad in health policy and law. I'm currently in a Masters in health policy with my thesis on the Cambie surgeries private insurance case. All of my extracurriculars and jobs are related to public health and health administration. So I'm definitely invested in the 'health law and policy' area. Based on my research and chats with others, I'm under the impression that Ottawa or Dal would be the way to go? I also have acceptances from Sask and Western, but have largely discounted them due to my interest in health studies. I'm definitely not at the stage of making a final decision, as I'm still waiting on acceptances, but I just wanted to get some thoughts as I start to consider schools. Thanks a bunch!
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    Fall Grades

    Same question! I know (for sure - because I emailed and asked) Calgary and Alberta need grad transcripts. I also asked UBC and they said they don't need grad transcripts (my file is complete without my fall grad grades). OLSAS website (https://www.ouac.on.ca/guide/olsas-transcript/) says that grad transcripts don't need to be assessed by WES, which makes me think that we still would need to send them in.