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  1. It's just an assumption, so I could be wrong! I'm just basing it on the activity I've been seeing on here. It seems like most schools have already sent out their first few rounds of offers and the only threads being updated are the waitlist and rejection threads.
  2. I think it would be worth studying to re-take the LSAT and re-apply next year with a higher score. It might end up being a waste of time, but IMO if you haven't heard from anywhere yet I think the best you can hope for at this point is a waitlist. Better to have wasted that time and get in than not getting in anywhere and finding yourself with not enough time to study.
  3. Agreed, it would be better to retake the LSAT than worry about taking extra courses. If you can get your LSAT up to even a 164 it should compensate for a lower GPA. Also you're in luck as far as the UofA goes, since they're strictly a stats-based school and I doubt that they'll pay too much attention to a failed class beyond what effect it had on calculating your L2, unless they're looking at your application holistically. From what I've read it seems like they only go holistic as a last resort so it's not worth worrying about IMO. (For reference, I got in this year with a 160 and a 3.7. All is not lost!) EDIT - Also rather than looking at the GPA for your one semester, calculate it with the rest of your courses as a whole and see how far down one 3.6 semester brings your overall 3.9. If you can keep your grades at around 3.9 for the rest of your degree, then what GPA will you have? You might still be able to apply without retaking the LSAT if your GPA is still around 3.8. But again, I'd suggest retaking the LSAT.
  4. Do you think a black jacket with a white blouse and pants is appropriate? Or is it maybe too much of a contrast?
  5. I'm not sure about the UofA, but I know that the UofC will consider undergrad-level courses taken after your degree; they actually recommend doing so if you want to raise your GPA. You can check their GPA FAQ about halfway down the page here: https://law.ucalgary.ca/future-students/how-to-apply/assessment-of-applications EDIT - Okay, I found it on the UofA's site as well: "Will you count courses completed after a degree? Courses that are transferable to the U of A, completed as a "special student" or "unclassified student", will be used in the admission GPA, so long as they are not introductory level courses." From https://www.ualberta.ca/law/programs/juris-doctor/admissions/faq#PostDegreeCourses In other words, you'll be okay to take 100-level courses to boost your GPA for the UofC, but you'll have to take something at a higher level for the UofA.
  6. What all have you tried already? I got great use out of the Khan Academy's free LSAT prep, and I picked up the PowerScore Logical Reasoning Bible as a supplement since that was my biggest weakness. Khan Academy is great but they don't have a huge selection of questions so if you're really struggling on a certain section then the same questions start to pop up and it gets to the point where you've memorized the answers, and that's not helpful at all. I liked the PowerScore book because it not only explained how to work through a problem, but explained how the LSAT test makers structure questions and the best strategies to recognize a certain kind of question and quickly find the answer that they're looking for.
  7. Exactly! My mind got made up for me.
  8. I checked and didn't see one so I hope this wasn't posted already. L2: 3.77 LSAT: 160 Was probably my LORs that did me in; didn't have any from professors, only work and volunteer references. Not many ECs either, and I worded something pretty poorly in my PS, I think.
  9. I'm also aiming for end of July, just so that I have time to get settled rather than worrying about moving and unpacking in the few days before school starts in September. Some places will let you secure a lease a couple months before you intend to move in so I'm going to start looking at places soon!
  10. Hello! I'm in a similar position - at my work I am in a management position and I wear a lot of hats, so to speak, so replacing me is a difficult task. I had intended to give my boss two or three months' notice so that they have time to hire someone and train them before I leave. Another higher up person was leaving and I was offered their position but had to turn it down because of going back to school, so I had to tell them last month but so far it's been fine! I guess my point is that you should consider how long they'll need to train someone to replace you when you give your notice, as well as those factors you mentioned in your first post. I agree that two or three months is a good amount of notice to give.
  11. I'm just working my full-time job, having fun with my hobbies, and saving up to pay tuition deposits and move to attend school, honestly. If I'm lucky I'll have enough saved up so that I don't have to work the month before school starts but we will see. I feel that nagging "be productive" voice too, though, but I'm taking care of that by organizing my apartment and trying to start a side business (will it get off the ground? Unlikely, but it's fun to try).
  12. According to the UofA's student profile for last September https://www.ualberta.ca/law/programs/juris-doctor/admissions/applicant-profile, there were five people admitted with a 3.9 and a 150-152 LSAT, and one person admitted with a 4.0 and a 150-152 LSAT. So I would say your chances are slim but there's still hope!
  13. Hello! So even though you don't have any charges showing on your account right now, you do pay anyways. You can do this by clicking Make a Payment under the Finances section of the front page when you first log in. From there you can pay them through either Online Banking or Interac Online; you can only use Interac Online if you're paying through TD, RBC, or Scotiabank. They have detailed instructions on that page so I won't go through it here. You'll also need to print off, sign, scan, and email the form they sent you with your admission offer when you pay.
  14. Yes, UofA's reading week is this week. Of course, I have no idea if offers will still go out, haha
  15. I'm in the same position you are, with my application having gone green circle jn mid-December. I scoured their website for information and apparently they print off applications and mail them out to people, so they can't make a decision until all of those decisions come back. That being said, I'll bet that both of our applications have been put in some kind of "further consideration" pile.
  16. Aw jeez that really sucks I would definitely start looking for other buildings just in case, for sure. That sucks that you have to give them an answer now, though, and not closer to when your lease is up; if I'm understanding correctly, you have to tell them soon but your actual lease isn't up for a few months yet, right? Is there any way you could at least get them to defer that decision until closer to that date? Good luck with the job hunt, by the way!
  17. I was in a similar position as you last month. My lease is up soon and I only have an acceptance offer from a university outside of my city, which means that I can't wait very long on my local university before I have to make a decision. It's really stressful! My advice is to mitigate what you can. Explain the situation to your landlord and ask if there are month-to-month options. If you rent with a company that has properties in other areas, ask if they can transfer your lease should you have to move. You could even ask if a short term lease is an option. Also, if your current job pays the bills or you can otherwise get by I would advise that you not apply to jobs at all. If you do need to apply, I wouldn't mention that you "might" be going to law school. Why should they hire someone who might leave in a few months? Then if you don't get in, you're out of a job AND law school. Only tell them if you have a firm acceptance. For me, I know that I might not hear back until June, and that's not a lot of time to make plans and get settled before school starts. If I get waitlisted, that's as good as a rejection for me because of my living situation. I can't make plans based on maybes, and plans are what has kept the stress level down, personally.
  18. I was accepted for this cycle and I'll be turning 30 before the school year starts. You're not alone, OP! I'm sure that there will be plenty of people around the same age and a handful that are even older.
  19. I have a similar story - I went into my undergrad almost eleven years ago and my grades were abysmal; I wasn't interested in the material, I hardly studied, crammed for every exam, dropped courses I wasn't doing well in and was barely a part-time student by the time I dropped out entirely (for unrelated reasons). My GPA was somewhere around a 2.4. Four years later, I had also grown up considerably and went back to get my undergrad, this time in a totally different major that I was really passionate about and I maintained a 3.5 average until my last year when I achieved a 3.8. I did manage to change my habits, but it took four years away from school to figure myself out, as well as a major that I love. I'll echo what others have said in this thread and ask that you consider changing majors, OP - there's no shame in doing so. A lot of people I know ended up changing majors partway through their degrees. The prevailing advice I see on this forum is to not treat your undergrad as a means to get into law school, but as a means to get a career if law school doesn't work out. What happens if you can't get into law school, despite your best efforts? Will you be happy with what you've accomplished at the undergrad level?
  20. Yes, it's just the straight forward average that anyone could calculate. They don't pick and choose which courses to take into account.
  21. I actually put off applying to law school for a year to figure this out, because for me I didn't want to get into even more debt just to find that I hated the work (been there, done that), and I didn't really know much about what lawyers actually do outside of the courtroom. I also thought that maybe my personal statement would stand out more if I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I did some research and decided to pursue something related to health law and/or employment law. I feel a bit better having read the replies so far, though! Good to know that I wasn't the only one coming out of undergrad thinking "law school would be cool...but what do I do when I get there?", haha!
  22. It is absolutely possible to get screwed over by not accepting the sure thing and hoping you'll get off the waitlist. You can accept at the sure thing, and if you get off the waitlist, you can inform the sure thing that you will not be attending, if that's what you want to do. The worst that could happen is that you're out the money you paid the sure thing to guarantee your spot, and now you have to pay the same amount (more or less) to the other school and have a lot less time to do so, especially if you don't get accepted off the waitlist until the end of August, which is entirely possible.
  23. I'm in the opposite boat as you are! I've been accepted to the UofA but live in Calgary and am still hoping for acceptance from the UofC. I don't have any meaningful advice, honestly, I just thought that was kind of funny.
  24. I was accepted Friday and have been looking over the paperwork that was sent with the acceptance and apparently yes, it is possible to be admitted without submitting a personal statement. It says in one of the documents that you must submit a "Personal Statement - If you have not already done so, email a PDF version [of your personal statement]"
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