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  1. Not many get accepted early on. The bulk of acceptances will be March-May I imagine. I got accepted on the 16th of January last year and there was only 12(?) of us at that point. That being said, I wrote my only LSAT in November of that year and my app was complete the second week of December and in evaluation so pretty quick turnaround time is possible. Always feel free to shoot me a message if you have any questions.
  2. @GrumpyMountie @member123456 I'm a UofS student so we can kinda talk on this if you guys' want or I can lend to you what seems to be the circumstances of our student landscape. So, generally speaking, a Sask connection is nice. If any family member is a uSask alumni (college of law or otherwise), mention it and ride that out. If you lived in Sask, no matter the period of time: mention it. I think they sincerely have an inclination to cater towards prairie people or people that are open to Saskatchewan and not just coming here because they maybe didn't get in at home (we do get less applicants on average so some of our entry stats are lower for sure). We're very Sask proud because we serve our province and - my understanding is - that one year (a handful of years ago) that a large amount of out-of-province students came to uSask for first year and transferred away come second year with no transferees to take their places so it left the college in a bad spot, and the college operates largely off of tuition. Not sure if this 1000% true but I've heard it. Logic behind it being that they want to try and add a filter to keep people in Sask for school as well as after school. Specific to your uSask application, I left my Sask connection to the specific box on the online application and made no mention of it in my personal statement. I think your personal statement should be your personal narrative and unless that includes a sincere allegiance to Saskatchewan I think you can just leave that for that box on your app. As for the living in Sask or in a province without a law school. Part of the idea behind that is we want to treat students from outside of Saskatchewan that live in provinces/territories without law schools with the same love we treat homegrown Saskatchewanian's. Our Dean loves the maritimes and the reputation uSask grads out east uphold. We have reserved seats for Indigenous students from Newfoundland & Labrador, and we have our Nunavut Law Program. In short, we want to be the province and school that shows love to those students in places that don't have law schools. @member123456 it sounds like you got a tenuous Sask connection but I imagine you can substantiate the extent of that relationship and its importance in your app, and @GrumpyMountie it sounds like you got a solid one.
  3. You should be almost a forsure at UofS, especially if you have any Sask connection
  4. I'm not well-versed in McGill's admissions process so I can't speak to it very much. However, more broadly, the point I was looking to make is that some schools have an "access" admissions application in which you can provide some context to the extenuating circumstances that caused your subpar grades. This could be grief, illness, victim of a crime, etc. It is quite a broad category and it is still very competitive, but it sounds like you've really become engaged in your community and worked really hard and the only thing on paper holding you back is your GPA, so maybe I'd look into McGill's admissions more and see if they have an access category or something like it, or if they don't, possibly open up your options a bit more and look into a school nearby or that fits your criteria of what you're looking for and apply there! McGill is a great school, but you'll receive a great legal education wherever you go, but I understand if you're looking to learn civil law that it narrows your options, but if unfortunately McGill is unaccommodating to your GPA circumstances going elsewhere would be a great alternative!
  5. Focus your energy on L2 or B2 schools and try and absolutely decimate your LSAT. Over a four year period there's so many classes that contribute to your CGPA that getting a couple extra good grades will bring it up from a 2.95 to a 3.05 etc. - it's marginal at best. However, dedicating your time to the LSAT and scoring three, five, ten points higher opens way more doors. If you get around 163+ the and maintain a 3.7-3.8 you'll be in decent competitive standings for L2/B2, plus, you can tailor your PS to maybe how your interest in school came around after first year when you decided you wanted to dedicate yourself to getting a legal education. And if you absolutely manhandle the LSAT are nearing the 170 mark they won't even care about your CGPA if your L2/B2 is on par.
  6. I recall your last post (and I recall commenting) and it sounds like you'd really like to branch away from UofS which is totally fair! As others have echoed, I'd finish my BA - I'm so so happy I did, this is my last sem and I've been longing for Law for about a year now and I know that it's 200% what I want to do. Your stats are really good and you definitely seem like you can keep them up, and like others have said, with some stats like yours and a completed BA you'll be good to have your pick of schools. Also too (I feel like I said this on your last post, but) being young isn't necessarily an advantage I've learned. I was very keen to go into Law after my 2nd year but frankly I was unprepared for the LSAT at that time, so my decision was kinda made for me, but after spending some more time in undergrad and doing law related EC's I learned how being young may not truly be an advantage. Yes, it is less time in school, and yes it seems like a feat to do the same thing before everyone else, but when it comes to getting a job and going into OCI's or looking for articles, you'll be substantially younger then your peers and what that can reflect may not actually be strengths. Not sure if you'll be apart of this group, but there is some stigma hovering over K-JD's (I'll be one as well, but what can ya do) and whether they have enough diverse and mature lived experiences yet, as well as younger graduates are less likely to have families, mortgages, or other responsibilities anchoring them to a certain place ensuring employers that their new hire or articling student is here to stay. So the extra year or two of undergrad to give you a couple letters to strengthen your application, and bolster you as an adult may put you in a way better position to a) pick whatever school you want, and b) land wherever you want a more mature rounded applicant.
  7. Being that you could apply as a mature applicant, in which they may take your CGPA with a grain of salt and look past it your chances may not be too bad. Getting your LSAT up would definitely improve your chances. Any idea where you'd apply or where you'd want to attend?
  8. Ya your LSAT is a little low, a CGPA a touch low but overall decent stats, how are your extra's/references?
  9. You may have quoted the wrong person lol, but now I'm intrigued - did you only apply to Osgoode?
  10. Are you in queue/under eval at all of them? What are your stats like?
  11. There's a thread that says Accepted 2019, those are the people who have been in, but to answer your question, yes, people have heard back
  12. Ya you're right! I'm still in queue and have been since early Jan and my stats are leaps and bounds lower than 3.63/170
  13. If @criss990 doesn't get in I say we do a Rudy-esque jersey forfeit to the admissions office.
  14. Ya I gotta agree with you - it's hard to even call that "below" the median, especially with a banging LSAT. Like yes, "splitters" have offsetting grades and LSAT but we can't even call @criss990 a splitter in this case because of the .09 GPA difference and the very strong LSAT
  15. No difference, just wondering where I should keep an eye on!
  16. Ya like you'd think that it means we have better chances but the way Osgoode talks about their waitlist and the trends in past years of April acceptances sounds like its almost better to be waitlisted.
  17. This may sound stupid, but I've read this whole thread and now I'm intrigued... I've been in queue since January 23 and I haven't been waitlisted yet - no movement on my file so it seems. Are we thinking that means that I have a more favourable chance of getting an outright acceptance? Or that I'm probably just going to get a rejection, being that they start taking off the waitlist mostly in April??
  18. While I understand what you mean, they have to have some way of standardizing it I guess. Part of their thinking, like calculating things like Dean's List awards etc., is how are we going to compare someone taking five classes in fall and spring semesters for a total of ten to someone who took ten over four different semesters. Part of the thinking behind it is if you're taking a partial load in school that it should be much easier to attain higher grades with a lighter load. While we all kinda know that isn't necessarily true - that people have lives outside of schools that are often much busier than school - that's how they see it.
  19. Extracurriculars aside - if your first two years were truly rocky you could apply as equity/access/diversity etc. In that case it would act as an addendum for your rough first couple years, how you came through it to excel, and prove that you're bound for success in law school?? Personal statements in these access categories obviously still emphasize extracurriculars, but if you're reasons provide information as to why you couldn't partake in extracurriculars and why your grades were low then you may be fine. As others have mentioned though, it is never to late to start and extracurriculars can literally be anything under the sun that gives you satisfaction and rounds you out as a person outside of school.
  20. I'd say your chances aren't completely out the window. I'm not really versed in how UBC evaluates files, but upward trend is always something good to see in general. As for your grades translating to your CGPA, I'd check out the GPA calculator and find out what your actual CGPA is so you have a really good idea of where you stand currently, and what sort of grades you'll be needing this next year to compensate a bit for them. Furthermore, once you know this number you can check out past accepted threads for UBC and see what sort of LSAT someone with your grades had and got in with, that is a decent indicator - but not a great one. I say not great because it seems you haven't thought about the other things law schools look at when evaluating files: what about your extracurriculars? References if UBC needs any? What would your PS say if you had to write it right now? Those are also good things to think of. I only say that because I had this experience this year in applying - my first year my grades were quite poor, and these past two years and this last year I'm currently in right now my grades were better, but truly unexceptional. I shot my shot with a couple schools, applied to schools in Ontario as well and was really discouraged by how my percentage grades at uSask translated to the OLSAS letter grade system - simply speaking how GPA's look more favourably on consistent grades then offsetting grades. Nonetheless, I got an offer from Western two weeks ago when my stats say I probably shouldn't have (CGPA 3.3/L2/ 3.53/ 160) when Western is usually a L2 3.7/162 median school. My extracurriculars and scenario is likely what got me in. So definitely something to think about - if your grades don't pop off page to an admissions committee, what else do you have to your name that will make you stand out?
  21. Ah yes!! Good catch! Sorry for any confusion @Yabbie! Thanks for catching that.
  22. Straight from the UofS Law website: "The committee gives a slight preference to applicants with a Saskatchewan connection or residents of the Yukon, Northwest and Nunavut Territories, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador (these being provinces or territories with no law college). For applicants with a Saskatchewan connection, indicate on your application if your siblings are currently attending the University of Saskatchewan, or if your parents, siblings or grandparents have attended the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. Indicate if you are a former resident of Saskatchewan, and if you attended elementary and/or high school in Saskatchewan. If you consider that you have another type of connection with Saskatchewan, for example, a spouse currently attending the University of Saskatchewan, indicate this on the application form. If there is insufficient space on the application form, provide further details in your personal statement." So, if you feel you're connection fits into this "other type of connection with Saskatchewan" then I hope you mentioned it explicitly. On the application it does, if I recall correctly, ask if your parents or fam are alumni of uSask law or the UofS. My two cents - I think the things they feel are "connections" are family alumni, Sask residents, or former residents with roots here.
  23. Straight off the UofS Law website: "The Admissions Committee looks at your best two (2) full years undergraduate GPA. The best two years do not have to be consecutive, but you do need at least 24 credits in each of these years during the Fall and Winter sessions. They do not look at Spring or Summer classes in calculating your best two-year GPA. Your best two-year GPA and the LSAT score are considered in assessing your application." So if you didn't at least take four classes each 'regular' semester for two full years then you may be in a bind, or, and a big or, you may technically be ineligible to apply until you take two full years comprised of at least 24 credits in regular semesters. So to answer your question directly, absolutely not best 20 credits overall, and not full semesters, but rather you're best two years: be they consecutive years or non-consecutive.
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