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  1. I'm assuming the verification email is directing you to a facebook page that shows an error? I'm having the same problem and it isn't just for this page. Apparently it is an issue with facebook from what I can tell and from a quick google search there seems to be quite a few people with a similar issue, unfortunately nobody seems to have a good answer or fix from what I can see. I will update if I can figure it out.
  2. I wrote the Jan LSAT and just got a response last week saying that they have deferred my application until they receive my 4th-year grades for this semester. Not sure if this helps but I would assume that they are slowly making their way through applications and are likely near the end seeing as they seem to be getting to the Jan LSAT now.
  3. Also referred today 3.3 cGPA 3.57 L2 166 LSAT (January) 162 (Nov) Probably doesn't mean anything but posting anyway in case it does haha
  4. Congrats! This gives me hope that my 3.57 L2 and 166 LSAT will get me an acceptance soon!
  5. Exactly the visualization is killer! I know so much about Lakehead and much less about other schools so I've essentially "sold" myself on Lakehead because I don't know enough about the other schools at this point. Should probably do some research haha
  6. It isn't so much that I have convinced myself that its a school of last resort but that I have found many things that I think I would like about it because I did so much research into the program and Thunder Bay itself. It is possible if that I was sitting on an acceptance for 2 months from any other school I would have found out a million things that I like about that school too because I've done an unnecessary amount research on it lol. Thank you for this! I'm not so much looking for confirmation but more so open to hearing what people have to say good or bad. I am very interested in the no articling aspect as well as getting to spend a semester in a placement rather than a classroom. I just was trying to convey that I do understand that only some firms will hire me without having me actually article. It is also a good point that small town law and environmental law can be learned from other schools as well, you're correct in saying that aboriginal studies is their advantage and I do have an interest in that (likely why I was accepted because I focused on small-town practice and aboriginal law as I come from a small town that is adjacent to three reserves). Thank you for your response! I guess if I am fortunate enough to have to make a decision I will have to look into if I would be going to Lakehead because I'm legitimately interested in it and its specific advantages.
  7. So here is my situation: I've currently been accepted to only Bora Laskin at Lakehead but I have fringe stats that could get me into another school (particularly Western) in the coming weeks. I haven't worried too much so far about what I would do if I got an offer from another school but, since I have heard that Western is going to be sending out another wave in the coming week I thought I should prepare to make my decision before April 1st if I happen to get an offer. I don't want to get into Western and have to choose between there and Lakehead in like 10 days. Some background on me, my goals, and my knowledge thus far: -I am aware that I haven't even been admitted to Western or anywhere other than Lakehead yet so being concerned about this may prove to be silly if I do not receive any other offers. -I like the IPC program at Lakehead but I understand its limitations and that if I want to work in Southern Ontario I will likely have to Article anyway -I don't have a preference between small-town law or big city law yet, I would be open to either or doing one and then the other later in my career who knows -I have a preliminary interest in Environmental law but likely only because my undergrad was enviro focused -I have kind of sold myself on Lakehead at this point because I didn't think I would get another offer but my January LSAT has given me a chance. So far I really like the small number of students, the practical placement, and the overall atmosphere of Thunder Bay as it is very similar to my hometown/city but am unsure about its reputation and the distance from home (2-hour flight, 15-hour drive non-stop) So here are my questions.. -Is the fact that Lakehead is a newer school going to make it difficult/impossible for me to get a job in Southern Ontario if I for some reason decide I do not want to stay in the North? (Still undecided on this) -Would it be dumb of me to decline a potential offer from Western in favor of Lakehead? -What is the general view of Lakehead's program? Ultimately what I think I want to know is if I get an offer from Western should I take it over Lakehead given the information provided above?
  8. Fair point, I guess some schools like Ottawa wouldn't weight the LSAT as highly, I just don't know which schools would care more. but I guess looking at the accepted posts past years Western and Ottawa seem to be the opposite of eachother like you said, Western caring about the LSAT much more than Ottawa, lots of people getting into Ottawa with mid 150s but nobody getting in with a low gpa unless they have an access claim.
  9. Fair enough, I read it more like the fact that there is a chance that OP may get into 'any' law school possibly, not necessarily every law school. Being this much of a splitter is so rare it is hard to say what schools will think, it may depend heavily on personal statements who knows. Its so hard to predict because usually people with high 170s don't have a sub 3.0 cGPA right? Not disagreeing with anyone just pondering what may happen. I'm very interested in how this will turn out for OP and what school would be willing to take a shot at someone who is a splitter like that.
  10. Fair enough, I worked 25ish hours a week for one year and it was tough enough, can't imagine full time for the whole 4 years. My cGPa is 3.33, with a L2 of 3.57 so I feel your pain on how much cGPA matters in Canada. It is possible that for a school like York who allows students to fill out a "Part B" of their application without having to qualify access that could maybe help explain your situation. Also for schools like Windsor, you would have a shot because you clearly show the aptitude required as seen from your LSAT score. I would be very surprised if you didn't get in anywhere. Good luck!
  11. With a 177 I think schools would be dumb to reject you, not saying that they won't, but scoring a 177 is damn hard to ignore. I would say that you have a decent chance at any schools that definitely uses an index. I would also assume that if you have some sort of reason that your GPA is low, then you could apply for access. If you can qualify for access category I would assume you would get multiple offers. I'm no expert by any means but that is my best guess.
  12. Yeah, I'm still pending review and I have the same financial thing on my homepage now. I think Windsor's system must just change your status for various reasons every time they access it or your information is updated or whatever. Also I agree with this. I'm not sure why all the other schools refuse to completely get on board with OLSAS, not sure why they require all their own application systems to continue to run. If anyone knows why this is other than the fact that the schools pre-dated OLSAS I would love to know. Lakehead completely gets it right, use OLSAS for your admissions, call/email if you get accepted and they don't tell you anything or change your status. Basically, if they need something from you they will contact you instead of changing your status 6 times a month lol.
  13. This is exciting! Thank you for posting this, good luck!
  14. That's a good point, I don't have any sources or direct knowledge of this so maybe someone else can answer better. That being said what I have heard from other people is that it is unlikely to get admitted after only 3 years, implying that it is difficult to get in with a 3-year degree.
  15. OLSAS converts differently than schools like @Celestial is saying. For example, say you had 5 classes and marks Class 1- 79% (3.3GPA) Class 2- 88% (3.9GPA) Class 3- 83% (3.7GPA) Class 4- 79% (3.3GPA) Class 5- 75% (3.0GPA) Your cumulative average would be 80.8 (lets say 81%) Your GPA would directly convert to 3.7 But OLSAS converts GPA by an average of you GPA in each class (3.3 + 3.9 + 3.7 + 3.3 + 3.0)/5 This would convert to an OLSAS GPA or 3.44 (much lower than 3.7). Just something to keep in mind, note OLSAS GPA conversion rewards consistency, so if someone got 80 in every one of their classes their GPA would be 3.7, but if someone took 40 classes and got 80 in 30 of them, 85 in 5 of them and 75 in 5 of them their GPA would be lower than 3.7 I hope this makes sense! Anyone else can feel free to correct me if I'm mistaken!
  16. Keep in mind also that you are much more likely to get in with a 4 year or Honours degree I believe. Just something to consider when deciding whether or not to get your honors.
  17. I'll toss in my savings account to that bet too. Not that there is much left in there this time of year haha. I'll even toss in my POS rusty beater of a car in too, should be worth a couple hundred bucks in scrap metal
  18. They shouldn't specifically care about the fact that you have poor grades in a couple of law classes in general. Schools look at different things so they may look at your cumulative GPA or you last 2 years or your best 3 or a combination of those. You may want to look into what your actual GPA is instead of you actual average because they can differ and getting a couple of bad grades can punish you a lot more than a couple of high grades can help you (Ex. the difference between a 95 and an 85 is 0.1 point but the difference between 70 and 80 is 1.0 points). For example, my average is a 79.4 but my GPA is only a 3.33 because I've done poorly in a few courses. Just giving some context so that you know an 81% doesn't necessarily translate to a 3.7. Again I will stress that schools all evaluate differently, L2, cGPA, B3 are all ways that schools use to evaluate you. For example Western and Queens focus on your L2, UofT looks at your B3, and schools like Ottawa are more focused on cGPA. When applying to "Holistic" schools such as Windsor they will often look for trends or reasons for success so they may look at what degree you took, how many first-year courses you took in upper years, how you did in your L2 if you've done poorly, did you have poor grades in one semester that hold you back, how involved you were with Extra Curricular Activities. I hope this is helpful, all of this information is stuff I have read on school websites or OLSAS and stuff so it should be reliable.
  19. Great chance for Queens and Western in my opinion. Your stats seem to be on par or better than many of the people who have been accepted in the past. Your L2 is right there with what they are looking for and your LSAT is above their average. Ottawa is harder to say and you probably have less of a chance unfortunately because of your GPA but the fact that you applied access will allow them to look at your application differently. If they choose to judge you based on your L2 or something because of your Access status then I would say your shot at Ottawa is decent as well because your LSAT is much higher than what I'm seeing people get accepted to Ottawa with (Sub 160). All this being said judging Access chance is likely very difficult. Try not to worry too much (I know this is easier said than done). Your stats are very competitive for Queens and Western even if you had applied General, stay patient and good luck!
  20. This is exactly how my score broke down while I was studying. I was almost perfect or close to it on LG, decent at LR (usually -3 to -5) and like -10 (17/27) on RC. I got 162 on my first try at the actual test even though I was PTing slightly higher. I took a month off studying, had two sessions with a tutor to work on my RC and go through questions with him slowly and get a better approach, then took the January test and got 166 which I'm pretty sure my improvement came completely from RC (hard to say because the test was undisclosed). The tutor I used was over skype and based out of Toronto and he was fantastic (charged $60 an hour but I think it was worth it) and they provided me with all kinds of sample questions that I needed. This is totally the same boat I am in at the moment. I wouldn't worry about it too much, work hard on improving your L2 and you will have a great shot at plenty of schools if you can improve your LSAT.
  21. Try visiting the LSAT website first and looking at the free practice test (June 2007 I believe) to get a good idea of what they ask. The LSAC website actually does a good job at explaining this in my opinion. There are 3 sections on the test (Logic games, logical reasoning, and reading comprehension).
  22. I honestly found private tutoring either in person or over skype very helpful, I found it so much easier to understand and learn to map out games with real-time direction. It is expensive and may not be realistic or helpful to everyone but for me, it made the world of difference. My one general study tip would be to not burn yourself out studying the same stuff over and over. Quality studying over quantity of studying, especially if you are waiting until September to write again. Depending on if you are running out of time or just missing the points on questions you will require different skill development. If you elaborate on your score as @SlickRick suggested as well as post what sections you struggle with most and how you struggle people will be able to give you better advice.
  23. Absolute deal breaker right there, nothing worse than a frozen shit rag to wipe with. WIll have to decline an offer from Western if I get one. 😅
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