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  1. I got accepted to UofC, Windsor and Ottawa for Fall 2019 (I'm attending UofC). I also completed an honours double major and participated in extracurriculars as well as working throughout school. My stats were a little higher for the LSAT (155, 158) and my GPA was around a 3.65. I'd say to rewrite the LSAT, and try to get as close as possible to a 160. For me, based on the schools I was applying to (UofC, Ottawa, Windsor and Osgoode) a 160 seemed like a happy medium. I'd also take the time to start thinking and drafting up your letters of intent and getting to work on finding people who can write you letters of recommendation. Having an outline or a rough draft of your letter of intent will help these people figure out what parts of your academic life, skills and experiences you are trying to highlight for law school recruiters. I'm not to sure about U of A's requirements, but I'd try to go above the medians recommended by your prospective law schools.
  2. I def agree with this. One of the major issues I found with Khan Academy is how quickly they recycle questions. It got to the point where I had memorized the correct answers and wasn't even looking at the question anymore - this, of course, led to false confidence and dismal preptest results. That is the only con I had using the source. Other than that, it's pretty good if you're not trying to spend $100s of dollars on books, classes and tutors. I found that they were really good at explaining LR, such as the different types of questions you will encounter (Sufficiency/Necessity, Parallel Reasoning, Flaw, etc). For Logic Games, I stuck to 7sage and their walkthroughs. As for Reading Comp? Its a case of trial and error (for myself), so I just did sections of RC from old preptests and used a combo of 7sage and Khan Academy to figure out where I went wrong when I did.
  3. I'm assuming that there are scholarships for each year, right? Like, there are scholarships restricted to second and/or third year?
  4. The test hasn't changed too much since 2007, in terms of the format, sections, reading passage formats, etc. I think starting off with the 2007 one is a perfectly good option. That's the first one I tried and it was pretty similar to the more recent tests and the tests I took (Sept 2018 and Nov 2018). You can always try websites like Scribd and stuff to see if they have any newer tests (hit or miss, but usually they have some recent ones on there). You can also check the library as well, to see what LSAT resources they have (its more cost effective than buying books, and you don't need the most recent year of Powerscore or Kaplan to learn how to ace the LSAT. It's also better because if you find that the books aren't helping, you haven't spent any money on them. They also have DVDs and stuff (similar to what you'd find on YT) with walkthroughs and explanations, which are good if you prefer to visually have someone teaching you (which was how I learned). When prepping for it, I would say to isolate yourself in your dining room, bedroom, office or whatever, and try to go the full four hours (roughly) and try to finish each section within the 35 mins (including the writing sample and the experimental section). Go through and mark it and see where you are, and what sections you really need to improve on and what sections just need to be brushed up on.
  5. I have a couple questions about the course load and classes we've to take in 1L. I was wondering what people's experiences were with these introductory classes, and if there were any tips on studying, managing time and what not. I managed to get through my undergrad with pretty poor studying techniques (not proud of them at all). I was also wondering what people had to say about devoting time to Clinics, the SLA and other organizations in their first year. I was pretty involved in my university (mostly in my last two years) and I want to continue that here. Is it possible, or am I better off to wait till my second year to get more involved?
  6. I know its not required, but there is some emphasis and it is seen as an asset (unfortunately, its not one I possess). I was interested in clerking opportunities in the SCC (I know, shooting for the stars here), but from what I read, you have to be proficient in French for those positions.
  7. Thanks! I'm also taking into consideration the fact that I don't know french ( I speak three languages, and that is not one of them), and a lot of the things that drew me to Ottawa involved being bilingual (it was either an asset or a requirement). The articling rates are amazing at UofC, which makes me feel relieved. I also remember there being little emphasis on French in Calgary, so I'm hoping its still the same, but my sister and I do plan on taking some classes on the side (she wants to learn it for work as well). I have a question, are you currently in law school at UofC, or are you attending this fall?
  8. I agree. Reading more would be beneficial in the long run and it would also help to diversify what you read (articles, court cases and then going to non academics like novels). As for the writing, I would suggest setting yourself some small goals throughout the week, like keeping a journal and writing only in English about what you did that day. Iā€™d also suggest using other apps and stuff (word of the day, riddles etc) to work on creating a larger vocabulary for yourself. If you think you have the time to truly dedicate to writing classes, then go for it! Hope this helps.
  9. Don't know if everyone is too lazy to make a thread for Osgoode rejects, or they just didn't want me (tear rolls down cheek). I got my rejection on Friday, April 12 at 9 in the morning (York always bringing me bad news in the a.m.) Stats CGPA: ~3.65 L2: ~3.8 LSAT: 155, 158 Strong ECs and LORs (I don't even know what "strong" means here, what are the parameters for determining this?) Good luck to everyone else that doesn't have to post in this thread, may the odds be ever in your favour (cause they certainly weren't in mine).
  10. Thanks for the replies! I had to make my decision a few days ago (the earlier I made it, the better for everyone involved), and I decided on Calgary. It makes the most sense based on what I'm interested in doing. I'm not to worried about the political slants of the university and I enjoy getting along with people who hold differing opinions than myself - I've become used to it, and if everyone is the same, then it becomes too monotonous. I know I don't want to get sucked into the Bay St gig, but I don't mind corporate law in a slightly smaller city. I plan on practicing wherever I get a job, so I'm not too worried about coming back to Ontario anytime soon. I like the idea of having the choice between theoretical and practical teaching methods as well. If it's a choice between listening to someone lecture me for 3 hours about torts and doing some practical stuff in relation, it's no contest - I'm a really antsy person.
  11. Didn't get in to Osgoode. They messaged me on Friday. Luckily, I had acceptances to Calgary, Ottawa and Windsor. I already paid my deposit to Calgary and that's where I'm headed. Surprisingly wasn't too cut up about them saying no. I don't need Osgoode, Osgoode needs me šŸ˜‚
  12. I've done a little research on them both, and I'm kind of stuck. I have acceptances to both and I'm leaning towards Calgary (low tuition, I lived there and have family there), but I'm also torn between going to Ottawa. It seems like a nice place, and there's so many different forms of law to practice there. I feel like I'd get sucked into either Criminal or Corporate Law in Calgary, as opposed to being offered better and more diverse choices in Calgary. I'm also torn because I want a bit of a challenge. I did a relatively b.s. degree for my undergrad but I didn't find it that challenging and I want to feel a little more mentally stimulated as opposed to how I felt during my undergrad (put in minimal effort and achieved quite good grades). What do you guys think? Do you have any information on either school that could clarify my decision?
  13. Just got my acceptance this morning. wanted to wait a couple hours in case they emailed back saying "lol nah, its not you" CGPA: ~3.65 L2: ~3.75 LSAT: 155, 158 Good ECs, LORs and Personal Statement Not accepting because another school already took my money. Plus, I'm still waiting for Osgoode to hit me up.
  14. I started studying in March 2018 for the June 2018 LSAT, and I bought the Kaplan LSAT books to help me self study. However, I found them to be pretty useless and soon abandoned them in favour of the Khan Academy resource. However, I began to memorize the questions and answers (because it really just recycles the same 500 questions or so), and I ended up screwing myself over with that resource. When it came to the Logic Games, I found that 7Sage was really good at explaining how to go about solving them (especially the harder ones). My weakest section was Logical Reasoning, and I realized that I wasn't scoring as well because I didn't understand the fundamentals and basics of the test (such as necessity/sufficieny and so on). So I stopped self-studying and enrolled in an LSAT prep course at HarvardReady (in Toronto) and I managed to push myself from the low 150s to the low/mid 160s. I think, at the end of the day, it depends on your learning style. I'm just a lazy sod, so I found that I needed the routine of going to class to make me study worked well for me. When it came to the games, I found having videos was good, so I could go back when I missed something or needed more clarification. Reading Comp is a pain in the arse, but there aren't really too many ways to teach it. You just have to keep doing the passages until you find a formula that works for you (making notes in margins, highlighting, summarizing each paragraph, etc). For Logical Reasoning, its just understanding the formula behind the several types of questions they present you with. Once you understand that underlying formula, you're able to apply it to all the pertinent questions. I hope this helps, and I wish you luck!
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