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  1. On 7/28/2019 at 5:26 PM, TimTheEnchanter said:

    First, congrats on a strong Undergrad GPA and respectable LSAT score! However, because of your MA GPA, I hate to say that your chances at the U of A appear to be slim to none.

    The U of A Admissions is notoriously numbers-based and the following formula is a decent predictor for receiving an offer: GPA x 22.5 + LSAT = 242 or higher. It appears that your MA GPA would pull your index score too far down. The U of A calculates your GPA based on your last 60 credits of post-secondary - in your case, your MA and likely some of your BA (see the link below for further details). Even if your MA was only 30 credits and your last 30 (or so) BA credits were 4.0, your calculated index would still fall too far below 242 to be competitive. 

    I suggest that you peruse the link below and the U of A “Accepted” thread to do your own calculations and predictions. You may find it more worthwhile to focus your applications to schools that use Masters grades as a “soft” factor. It may also save you $100 and a whole lot of heartache! 

    Good luck!


    UofA will likely only take into account undergraduate marks (although they require transcripts from all post-secondary insitutions), so I think OP is fine. From https://calendar.ualberta.ca/content.php?catoid=6&navoid=942



    General Admission Requirements

    In measuring the potential of applicants, the Faculty Admissions Committee relies primarily on the undergraduate grade point average (GPA) and the performance on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

    The GPA is determined by reference to the applicant's most recent ★60 of study in university credit courses, provided those units of course weight are completed by February 1 in the year in which admission is sought. The GPA and the LSAT will be used to create a Prediction Indicator to rank the Regular Applicants. In their assessment of the Prediction Indicator, the Committee may take into account exceptional circumstances that adversely affected particular grades or overall academic performance and/or LSAT score(s), but do not pose an ongoing issue in terms of the applicant's ability to succeed in law school.

    In a limited number of cases, the Committee may consider a broader range of factors beyond the Prediction Indicator, including the difficulty and quality of the applicant's previous academic work, employment experience, extracurricular and community activities, physical and cultural factors, and economic disadvantage, in order to distinguish between applicants with similar or identical Prediction Indicators.

  2. I agree, if you can, talk to a therapist. 

    From my own perspective, as someone who has dealt with both a shitty family situation and a shitty job (but not at the same time): You have to fight. Life might be garbage right now but you have to hold on to what you're working toward. Hang on to your hope in a better future and whenever something awful happens at home or at work remind yourself that soon you'll be out of there. Hold on yo your hope that you'll get a good LSAT score and you'll get into law school and things will be better soon.

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  3. Just off the top of my head, you have a good chance of getting into UofA with your current numbers, using the index calculator that's floating around this site (link below). Speaking just to the UofA, though, if you're not confident that you'll get a higher score in July then I wouldn't risk it, as UofA is one of those schools that averages LSAT scores.

    You may also have a shot at the UofC, but they're a holistic school and your marks are borderline for them so you'll have to have some good references and ECs to back your application up.


  4. I love Khan Academy; I used them for the majority of my studying and only started using the PS books when I found that some stuff just didn't click.

    My favourite part of Khan Academy is that you can do practice tests and they do all the timing and marking work for you, so that's one less thing to worry about. They also measure out what kind of progress you need to be making in order to hit your goal score and tailor your practice to focus on which sections you're weak in.

    The main weakness Khan has is that there are a finite number of practice questions, so if you're really stuck on a section you'll start running into the same questions over and over again. For me this is where the PS books came in. The PS books helped me to strategize, and Khan Academy helped me to put that in practice.

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  5. 2 hours ago, KJR said:

    From what I've been told BC student aid offers less than this - around 16k. So there is no way you can live without a LOC - assuming independence from one's parents. I am hoping BC offers closer to the level of funding Alberta offers but I guess I will find out in the next few months.

    Yikes, that's basically your tuition and maybe a couple months' rent! I'm hoping they offer more, too, for your sake.

  6. 23 hours ago, bigfudge2017 said:

    just checked today and turns out that Alberta student aid's 2019 application is open now! 

    if you secured an LOC it might be more beneficial to take out a govt loan so you don't pay interest on your balance during school rather than spending money on the LOC. 



    The max loan that one is eligible for per year for law school is $22,500 ( https://studentaid.alberta.ca/before-you-apply/loan-limits/annual-loan-limits/) so it won't necessarily cover everything.

    After tuition (roughly $13,500), you're left with around $9000 to spread out over eight months, and that's IF they approve you for the maximum amount.

    IMO it's definitely worth going for a government loan first but unless you live at home or otherwise don't have too much in the way of living expenses you're going to need both the LOC/a part time job and the government loan.

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    17 minutes ago, harveyspecter993 said:

    That was most likely me last year haha. The document cited above is nine years out of date so I wouldn't rely on that if I were you. Here is the up to date version:


    You're going to want to go to RBC first and get a prime offer because Scotiabank will start you off at prime + and will want to see an offer at prime from a competitor before matching. However, RBC only offers prime for its A list schools so if your school is a B - list school that might be an issue.

    Thank you so much! I had tried searching their site but nothing came up. I'll keep the advice in mind as well.

  8. I know that somewhere, at some point, someone posted a list of reps that Scotiabank can contact, or that students can contact, but I can't seem to locate it now.

    If someone has that link, could they link it here? Thanks so much in advance!

  9. 4 hours ago, bigfudge2017 said:

    this could be a dumb question but can you explain what you mean when you say K-JD students? 😅 like I know what a JD is but can’t really figure out the K. Kindergarten?

    Yeah, the K refers to kindergarten. It means someone who has never been out of school; someone who went from kindergarten to getting their JD with no breaks.

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  10. 2 hours ago, providence said:

    Re: if you ever have health issues or personal problems that start to affect your grades - no one is forcing you to be in school! You can withdraw, get some money back in some cases, and preserve your GPA. Deal with your issues and come back in a year, or two, or three, when you are ready to learn. Undergrad will still be there - it’s not going anywhere.

    Agreed. My mental health was in the toilet when I first went to university and I did very poorly. I left and worked for a few years before going back to university and honestly it was the best decision I could have made. I came back more mature, mentally healthy, and ready to work, and it showed in my grades. 

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  11. It really depends on the school - the UofA, UofC, and UBC don't reject summer courses, for example. I'd recommend you look up any schools you're interested in and read their admissions information to find out for sure.

    I wouldn't think that law schools would care if some of your undergrad is done online. If I'm understanding your question correctly, you're asking if you can do law courses online in law school, right? I don't believe that's an option at the majority of law schools here in Canada, if not all of them.

  12. I would recommend volunteering in something you're interested in! I was a coordinator for a singing event for a few years. It was great because I love to sing, and got to meet a lot of people who also loved to sing. The position was really hard and stressful but loving the event itself was what kept me going.

  13. For the UofA specifically? No. They only look at your L2 GPA and LSAT score.

    There is a holistic admissions process if your L2 and/or LSAT are borderline. In that case, they'll look at your personal statement. Volunteering might help you, but it would be better for you to focus on getting good grades in the next two years and a good LSAT score.

  14. 14 hours ago, July3257 said:

    You really think that because I havent heard anything yet my chances this year are slim? Thats a bummer

    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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 50 minutes ago, providence said:

    You can also wear a black jacket with a non-black skirt or dress (or pants.)

    Do you think a black jacket with a white blouse and pants is appropriate? Or is it maybe too much of a contrast?

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