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  1. This gem of a post has it all! Index formulae are at the bottom. Caveat: Not official - the formula was developed by previous applicants based on the UofA’s annually-published applicant profile. People way smarter than me have predicted that they’re using the 22.5/242 formula, but nobody really knows.
  2. Also a 1L at UofA, but don’t feel the same way at all - perhaps I’m in another cohort (or part of the problem). I’m curious, what in particular is frustrating you? Is it the neuroticism of some students obsessing over their grades? I’ve just deflected any conversations around grades and people have stoped talking to me about them. Maybe it’s the few inevitable high-school-esque cliques? I’ve just rolled my eyes at these chumps, who I secretly hope will have trouble getting a job because recruiters must see their weird antisocial-ness (don’t judge me - it gets me through the day). Or maybe the Edmonton winter and our no-windows bunker of a building are starting to take their toll and exacerbating otherwise tolerable conditions? If so, take a walk to Transcend at lunch/after class - best coffee in town and Edmonton winter sunshine is glorious. For what it’s worth, I hope you decide to stay. I would hate to let a few people ruin what you’ve worked hard for, are evidently good at, and what you can become. Maybe practicing lawyers can give you hope that the specific issues troubling you get better in the real world.
  3. Eesh, that’s a tough call. Maybe UNB? They drop your lowest 25% and I understand admissions are still open. In all honesty though, your money may be better-spent on tuition to get your L2/B2 into a competitive range, which seems counter-intuitive, but you may qualify for scholarships next year! Also do some research into USask for next year (their admissions are closed for 2020) - they calculate your B2 full-time years, but I can’t remember whether they need consecutive semesters or will split them up.
  4. “L2” is a bit of a misnomer here - UofA uses your last 60 credits, starting from the bottom of your transcript and moving up, regardless of summer/spring/fall semester, even online courses. If your 60th credit falls within a semester in which you took multiple courses, they include all classes and average it out. Does that change your calculation? Are you applying for the 2020 cycle or 2021? If 2020, I’m afraid you might need a miracle - those 3 Fs and a B will drag your GPA down hard, even with your respectable LSAT score.
  5. Your file will automatically be sent to the holistic round in the (likely) event you do not get an offer in the Regular category - Laura at Admissions confirmed this with me last year. I don’t know how much LSAT/GPA factor in to the holistic review, although you can make an educated guess by looking at the last round of acceptances on last year’s Acceptance thread. As for the content of your PS, Admissions won’t tell you what to put in there. UofA plays their cards really close to their chest and don’t reveal the criteria upon which they base their holistic admits. My recommendation: focus your PS on proving that you have what it takes to succeed in law school and the practice of law. Your personal challenge can tell a story of resilience/grit if done right. Chin up - 36 students were admitted in the holistic round last year! Good luck!
  6. Aaah, so the die is cast! My honest opinion is that you have a chance, albeit a narrow chance, of getting in as a Regular applicant. Holistic chances are anyone’s guess. If you have not heard by end-March early April, you will likely be waitlisted. I asked for your L2 to two decimal points because some legit geniuses in past years have come up with a pretty accurate prediction formula based on your L2 and LSAT scores (link below). Although your score is below the predicted auto-admit range, it’s not abysmally low. Good luck! https://lawstudents.ca/forums/topic/57938-determining-your-l2lsatindex-score/
  7. According to last year’s applicant profile (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-u9luOkViBOYVM2bWFMcmJNcUpOZVBZY0lsTVpyOGRIaGFR/view) only one student was admitted in the Regular category with your stats, which means you have a good (albeit not guaranteed) chance. (Note: the table does not include 36 students admitted in the Holistic round). What is your L2 to the second decimal point? Did you include your Masters grades? Also, are you applying for this cycle, or for 2021? If the latter, you may consider re-doing the LSAT (acknowledging your study time restraints) and aim for a better average. Either way, I recommend putting solid work into your PS in case your file goes to holistic review. Feel free to PM me if you want to ask about specific/personal content you’re considering including. A cursory review of my profile will show that I was a lucky holistic admit - my PS was apparently acceptable and I’m happy to share my approach.
  8. You should also take a look at UNB and TRU as well. Admissions are still open for both. UNB drops 25% lowest grades, but I’m not sure about how they weight the LSAT. TRU also prides themselves on a holistic admissions process. Good luck
  9. Remember the terms and conditions you agreed to on writing the LSAT, which applies to the whole test, even the unmarked section (some might say especially so): I agree that after I take the exam, I will not discuss or share with anyone any information about the questions, answer choices, or other content appearing on this LSAT (whether orally, in writing, on the internet, or through any other means or media), nor will I assist anyone or any entity in doing so. (https://www.lsac.org/about/lsac-policies/lsat-candidate-agreement) Personally, I wouldn’t talk about it at all. Even though I have seen people refer to questions veeeery generally (e.g. “I think the one with the red ball was unmarked”) without going into any detail as to the subject matter being tested or possible answers (e.g. “You know, the linear game...”), it’s still sketchy as hell and I’d just avoid it completely. Aside: I didn’t take the Nov test and have no idea whether or not there was a linear game about a red ball.
  10. I agree with what everyone has said - early failure should not be a deal-breaker, as long as you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and show (a) that you’ve learned from it and (b) that you’re better for it. I had a heinous undergrad, but spoke to it in my PS and wasn’t rejected from every school I applied to (just some!). That said, I think @Disputes is absolutely correct - you will need to demonstrate excellence from now on. Word of caution: you will be asked to declare your required withdrawal during the application process - DON’T LIE!!! In fact, I recommend owning it and showing how it made you better. “Resilience”, “tenacity”, “ability to adapt” are all great characteristics to highlight in a PS - or so I’d hope. In response to your second question, I would say that it depends on the school - UofA just looks at your last 60 credits (or so), regardless of whether it’s a 4 or 5-year program, summer classes, or part-time studies; other schools look at your best 2 years of full-time studies (e.g. USask); and I’m sure some care about 4 or 5-year programs, but may factor in varsity athletics, part-time jobs, or other mitigating circumstances. Best to focus your research/inquiry by school.
  11. For UofA, calculate your L2 using the directions at the post below, then take a look at last year’s applicant profile (link below) to get an idea of where you stand. Keep in mind that UofA averages LSAT scores. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-u9luOkViBOYVM2bWFMcmJNcUpOZVBZY0lsTVpyOGRIaGFR/view
  12. My instinct is that you have an excellent chance (i.e. 95% or higher) based on your reported stats. Unless you are confident you’ll score 155 or higher in Jan, I’d say you’re safe. That said, everyone has their own threshold of risk acceptance. If that 5% uncertainty based on the best guess of an anonymous poster on a public forum is too much to bear, you may decide to re-write the LSAT. Also, I recommend double-checking your L2 calculation against the criteria at the post below. Admissions didn’t confirm L2 calculations last year and I don’t expect they will this year either. This post also includes a predictive index calculation, which your stats exceed. Good luck!
  13. For UofA, you’re cutting it close, my friend. Based on last year’s admissions profile, only one applicant with a 3.7 GPA was admitted with a 157-158 LSAT (see link below). I wouldn’t count on your softs - only 26 spots went to holistic review/aboriginal applicants. Keep up your studies (both academic and LSAT) and nail that LSAT; UofA is certainly within your grasp! https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-u9luOkViBOYVM2bWFMcmJNcUpOZVBZY0lsTVpyOGRIaGFR/view
  14. My 2 cents: it’s possible, but I’d hate to be the one who is rejected for not submitting the required documentation on time.
  15. I wouldn’t say “severely” diminish, but it will undoubtedly have a statistical effect. In my (limited) experience, the risk appears to be low. Your file will be added to the queue after some offers go out (some of which will accept right away), which does mean that you’ll be competing for fewer spots. That said, the early offers seem to go to those with the strongest files, so people with a Jan LSAT will be competing against the remaining pool of applicants and each other. At the end of the day, I am confident that a strong applicant will get an offer whether they write the Jan or Jun test. My assessment is based on my experience as an applicant during last year’s cycle - I stand to be corrected by those who have actually taken part in the admissions process. Also, there are a whole bunch of other factors that I’m too lazy to analyze, like the proportion of applicants expected to sit the Jan test, whether schools have adapted their admissions process based on the (relatively) new Jan sitting, impact of delayed review for fall grades, etc...
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