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  1. Or go on exchange from TRU. I don't see why you would want to spend so much more money to live abroad and get a degree that may give you additional hurdles to the career you want. A JD from Bond costs $119,280 plus living and flight expenses to the other end of the world. Compare that to TRU where you'd spend about $60,000. It's half the price for a more marketable degree.
  2. Ooops thanks for the correction, I meant November. Not sure why I said December as I took the November exam myself lol.
  3. It took me over 8 months as I started with a really low diagnostic (low 150's). I was working full-time so I could only do about 4 hours of studying during the week and another 5-7 hours over the weekend. I think it would have taken less time if I had the option to study full-time. I did the online course from 7Sage. What helped my score improve was doing timed practice tests and then going over questions that gave me difficulties. I would write explanations on why I thought the right answer was right and why the four remaining answers were wrong. I would do this before I even looked at the answer key to develop my reasoning skills and intuition. If I was wrong, I would revise my explanation and write down what my flawed assumption was so that I could learn from it. For logic games, I just kept doing them over and over again until I got the answers within the set time. I think it's good that you're giving yourself a lot of time to study. I would aim for the December test. If you need to retake, you still have one more shot. Keep in mind U of A averages your LSAT score. All the other schools take your highest.
  4. I wrote in November and January but UBC used my January score as it was higher. It didn't seem to impact my chances of getting in as I got an offer pretty soon after my second score was released. If you're confident that you can score above a 164+ on the first write, then go for it but many under-perform the first time they take the LSAT. I was scoring between 167-169 on practice tests and got a 164 the first time and 169 second time.
  5. That is a phenomenal LSAT score. Good job! At 76% your index is 91.90 - pretty much an in at UBC. I would also apply to the T-14 if you have the money to see what scholly $$ you can get.
  6. I had a meeting with the rep from Scotiabank, and she was very nice. I recommend you email her and set up a meeting. I'll be making my application later this month. I'll PM you her contact.
  7. I'd say mid 150's you'll be in at Ottawa. High 150's for Queens, Western, maybe Osgoode. Low to mid 160's for Toronto.
  8. It would be helpful if you could tell us which schools you're interested in. Not all schools treat the LSAT the same.
  9. I could see how a consultant could help if you were applying access and needed someone to help you make a compelling case and provide focus to your application. For most people it probably wouldn't help much if at all.
  10. I'm not an expert by any means, but wasn't TRU created for the purpose of putting more lawyers in those areas? Did you apply there? That would be the best school for your goals IMO. Next would maybe be a tie between Calgary and U of A.
  11. Did you just graduate high school and going into first year? I wouldn't even worry about law school at this point. Major in whatever interests you and you think you can do well in. Law schools don't really care what you majored in as long as you have good grades. Whether you should take the LSAT depends on your GPA and if you want to apply to schools outside of la belle province. Same advice with EC's: do what interests you and you're passionate about.
  12. UVic is a strict numbers school up to a certain point. If you go below their auto-admit index, they'll forward your application to a committee to review and at that point they will look at it more holistically. I know this because my index was under auto-admit and my application went to the committee where they called my references and everything. UBC is strictly numbers-based aside from discretionary. I think TRU is holistic.
  13. It could be the LSAT or it could be something else, but there's no way you would know and it sounds like the schools aren't giving you much clarity either. From what you're telling us, the only thing you can control and improve on at this point is the LSAT. So why worry about things you can't change? Focus on the one thing that looks like is holding you back and which you can actually do something about: your LSAT.
  14. I'm sorry about your situation. If you don't get in this year, my two cents would be to apply broadly and retake the LSAT to get a higher score. Lately the access category seems pretty competitive and not so different than regular. If you haven't done so, have 3-4 people read and edit your PS. I found some reviewers just said it was fine and moved on but others were super critical which I really appreciated. Waiting another year would suck but if this is the career you want, there's no other choice. Vent and move on. The sooner you get it out of your system, the better you'll position yourself should you need to reapply. Edit: I also struggled with the LSAT but managed to score decently after months of studying and two takes. If you have questions on what worked for me, PM me.
  15. My advice is to try and score as high as you can on the LSAT (aim for mid 160s, and above) and apply broadly. Depending on your grade distribution, you may have a shot at L2/B2 schools and those that drop your worst credits.
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