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  1. I agree with @legallybrunette3, if you score anywhere between 160-165 with an 80%+ GPA I think you will have a really good chance regardless of the strength of your Sask connection. However, with respect to the Sask connection, what you have certainty counts and should be included in your application. I think admissions likes to see that you have family (step or not) that have attended USask and the facts that your dad is an alum and your uncle is a sessional lecturer with the University would likely be viewed quite favorably for you. Good luck with term 2 and your upcoming LSAT exam
  2. Agree with the above. I would be very surprised if you don't get an offer with your current stats. Your great LSAT score makes your chances of acceptance very strong considering that the average LSAT score in the college is around the 74th percentile vs your score that puts you around the 93rd percentile. Your LSAT will almost certainly make up for your slightly lower than average GPA.
  3. I think you should definitely re-write you LSAT like Elliot suggested. From what you've said above, you have a great GPA and experience pursuing your studies that could be reflected in your personal statement. As for your Sask connection, it is very strong. The school wants to know that you have roots here in the hopes that you will stay in the province after law school, they wont care about you doing your post-sec schooling elsewhere. I lived in BC for 6 years before moving home and it didn't seem to affect my application at all as an applicant with average stats. If you could get your LSAT score anywhere within the 157-160 range I bet your chances would be really good, or at the very least, vastly improved. You should definitely apply and give the LSAT another shot in January despite the fact you may only have a few weeks of crammed studying to prepare after your defence. Speaking of which, good luck with that (and with the LSAT if you choose to give it another go)!
  4. Don't listen to the above post. Your GPA and LSAT scores are definitely competitive based on the fact that they are slightly below the average regular category applicant's stats. In 2019-2020, regular category had average LSAT score of 158 and average of 78-79 (https://admissions.usask.ca/law.php#StepstoApply). That being said, you are definitely not a shoe in for a spot. If I were you I would apply with your stats and re-write your LSAT to see if you can improve your score. Bumping it up a few points could make all the difference in the application. I think if you could score around a 160+ you would greatly increase your odds.
  5. I find it hard to believe that those scores are actually the min/max for the cycle this year (in fact I know 1Ls who were saying they scored better). However, I bet a large majority of the students received scores in that range which is probably why it was used. You have a great LSAT score Chazz. If your gpa is anything near decent, you will have no issue getting into the college with that score.
  6. Personally, I would apply as soon as possible. In your application you will indicate if you are writing a future LSAT exam, and they may wait to see if you score better if your current stats aren't sufficient to be accepted earlier.
  7. Great job maintaining such an awesome GPA! I think that if you apply under the indigenous category you would have a shot at getting in with your current stats, connection, and personal statement. However, if feasible, I would still re-write just to hedge your bets and ensure that you are putting your best foot forward. If you're applying under the regular category, I would still apply with your current stats but rewrite to improve your chances with a score closer to the average LSAT at the school (157-160).
  8. I would try to write again just to see if you do better but I would not cancel your score. You may have a competitive chance with a 154 so there is no point cancelling since they will only consider your best score in your application.
  9. I presume that there would be no adverse effect to taking lower level courses so long as you meet the admission requirements, unless otherwise stated on the page. Although, it's too bad you're choosing not to pursue higher level classes. I found those to be the most interesting and fulfilling courses I took during undergrad. Also found them easier to get higher grades in. To each their own - good luck!
  10. My second year for the PSLOC was just funded yesterday and my credit limit increased 41k. And no change to AMEX card
  11. I was very happy with my first year at USask Pros: - The people in the college are awesome including profs and peers. Everyone in your year and upper years tend to be nice and always willing to provide support or advice - Lots of fun events to get to know everyone and build strong friendships - Good amount of networking events and employment opportunities for the summer - Saskatoon is a beautiful and small city - Nice law school facility and campus generally - Warmer winter than Winnipeg (everything is relative ) - Reasonable cost of living Cons: - No substantive complaints
  12. The discretionary/mature/special applicant categories at different universities are also worth looking into when assessing your chances. In general these are more holistic admissions categories that consider other factors besides LSAT & GPA including, hardships during undergrad, age, work experience, references, etc.
  13. The relevance is that the University of Saskatchewan wants to give people with connections to Saskatchewan communities an opportunity to attend law school in the province likely with the hope that in doing so those people will remain and practice in the province (as opposed to letting a bunch of outsiders come, get their JDs, and proceed to go home). The SK preference is something that extends to the SK job market as well. In every interview I had the firms were very interested in my connections to SK and my plans to stay in the province in the future. I did my UG out of province and had lots of questions along the lines of "I see you left for your undergrad, what makes you think that you wont leave again?" or "do you want to stay in SK after law school? Why did you leave for UG?" etc. I doubt that anyone could speak accurately about how much weight the connection is given in admissions other than the admissions committee. I would assume that it is probably more relevant as a last straw measure in determining certain applicants over others. For instance, if there is an SK resident with identical stats to an Ont resident, the connection would work in favour of the SK resident and they would get the spot. It may also be relevant where an applicant has good stats and an SK connection, that connection would make them a shoo-in for a spot since the school wants talent with connections to the prov. That being said, if you're from out of province and have strong stats, I wouldnt worry about not having an SK connection. I believe 1/3rd of my year is from out of province and have little to no connection to SK, which is a pretty big number of students.
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