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  1. Shoot for a 165 at least. Should make you competitive at Calgary, probably UofA, definitely TRU. I can’t comment on Manitoba, Sask or UNB.
  2. Your chances are pretty much completely based on your LSAT score so we can really help much here until you’ve got a better idea what you’re capable of. You have a chance at getting in. Especially to the schools with lower entrance stats. But as @lookingaround said it will be an uphill battle.
  3. I applied to 4 schools, 1 that I wasn’t sure I’d get into, 2 I was pretty sure I’d get into and 1 safety that I knew I had the stats for. Only 1/4 required reference letters.
  4. Please if you’re going to give advice try not to make it in the “this is the only way format.” People come here read that “taking notes is not wise” or “don’t re-read anything” and then they go study and follow that even if it may not work for them. Those strategies worked FOR YOU, to get whatever score you got. If you have a 175+ then correct me, you may have an epic strategy that we should all consult. But I scored a 171 and I re-read A LOT. I find it helps me absorb the information more effectively to read it at least twice and the extra time I spend reading is more than made up for because I’m quicker to evaluate the answer choices. There are a crap ton of ways to approach each section and even each question type and it doesn’t really help people when you tell them your way is the only way...
  5. Well there are exceptions to every rule my friend. But in general, unless you’re in the 175-180 range there are going to be questions where you can narrow it down to two options but just can’t quite figure out which is more correct. So you take the 50/50 guess and move on.
  6. Yeah you and every other potential law student my friend. The LSAT is designed to punish our anal retentive, type A, competition driven personalities. It sucks us into really hard questions that we become obsessed with getting the answer for. And what we all often forget is that the easy questions and the hard questions are both worth 1 point each... those that truly excel on the LSAT, the 165+ scorers, learn when to let it go and take a guess.
  7. You’d have a good shot at a lot of schools with a 165-170. I don’t think it would be worth re-taking any courses. You’d be better spending that time trying to get a better LSAT.
  8. If you do not have exactly 4.0 or exactly 3.7 you cannot go to law school. Sorry... 😝
  9. I’m really confused about what you mean by 4x the length given? What was your scaled score (between 120 and 180)? 25% correct means nothing, as it’s a scaled test so that is a different weighted score depending which PT you took. you should consider taking a proper diagnostic (use the 7sage app it has a proctor) and come back with a proper score (your scaled score after finishing the test, timed, guessing whatever questions you don’t get to). It is normal to start anywhere from 135-145 and not complete most of the test (like you may only finish 2/4 games, 2/4 RC passages and half the LR sections and end up guessing the rest). you say you’re not worried about LG but if you took 4x the allotted time you may need to be very worried about LG (as most people can get the questions correct but struggle mostly with the time constraints). Its not abnormal in any sense to struggle at first with LR and RC. The questions are nothing like what you’ve seen in UG. A Prep course is a nice place to start if you’re struggling with the core concepts. 7sages free LG tutorials are great (on the website or in the app) try to complete 1-2 RC passages per day, untimed, aiming for 100% accuracy. Over time you will improve accuracy and get faster. For LR- start by aiming to complete the first 15 questions in 15 minutes with 100% accuracy. Once you can do this, move on to drilling the more difficult question types (assumption, flaw, parallel, principle) untimed going for 100% accuracy.
  10. I honestly don’t think there’s any way to predict how schools are going to look at July cancellations since the cancellation after score report has never been done before. Based on the conversations on this forum it sounds like there’s a decent number of people who are interested in taking advantage of this option though so you probably won’t be alone. It isnt all digital though, it’s split with some digital digital/some regular so you may not get practice on the digital format.
  11. Google LSAC Canadian Law School Profiles. They have a good rundown of all the law schools
  12. First, focus on your GPA for this year. With a 3.69 in 3rd year already, if you can get at least that in 4th year (or better) then that puts you in pretty good shape at L2 schools. Once you have completed the degree and can calculate your B3 and L2 GPA as well as your GPA with drops (for those schools that drop worst grades) then you can consider a 3rd write. Most schools take your best LSAT, so a lower score wouldn’t matter. A 5 point drop is pretty standard from PT’s to actual score so if you can be PTing in the high 160’s that should bump your score a bit which would definitely help. If you can get close to a 4.0 in your last year though then you’ve got a great shot with most of the L2 schools.
  13. Seeing as how you need L2 schools and UofA is one of your best shots I would be very careful taking “practice LSATs” as UofA (and other Canadian Law Schools) average your LSAT score. Seeing as how you need an exceptional score to have a shot you don’t want to water down your average with lower scores. The July LSAT I believe will allow you to cancel your score after you see it (because LSAC is trying out the new digital LSAT). But other than this each time you write it will affect your average score.
  14. I mean... there are so many factors 😝 there’s nothing wrong with starting now. But it’s a big time and financial investment. If you have the finances covered then sure why not if it’s something you want to do. If you would need loans then that’s a different case. Still certainly doable just more opportunity cost since (based on what sounds like a pretty good job that you have) you’re seemingly already making a good income and forgoing that for 3 years while paying tuition is quite a large financial burden.
  15. You have median GPA for most schools but definitely a sub-median LSAT. It kind of depends what you’re trying for. If you want a more competitive school you’d need to boost your LSAT quite a bit (at least to 165), but if you are okay with a less competitive school then you could possibly get in as is or could have a good shot with a more minor bump (around 160). If you scored 154 with no practice then a 160 is definitely doable for you and a 165+ is likely in your wheelhouse with enough practice. Just depends if your heart is set on UofT or if you’re open to all options. Either way you’re in decent shape at the moment and should start up your LSAT prep.
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