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  1. Added bonus: if your undergrad was completed 5 years or more before the beginning of your MA (with some conditions), you can request to have your undergrad grades excluded. At page 10 on the following link https://umanitoba.ca/student/admissions/media/law_bulletin.pdf
  2. Bumping up your LSAT score is certainly one option, but I don’t know if anyone can tell you what GPA/LSAT scores the scholarship committee considers to be “competitive”. Check last year’s acceptance thread - some people posted their stats and mentioned scholarship offers. Another option is to apply for as many entrance scholarships as possible. Gloria will send out the scholarship application instructions over the summer, but you can dig through the list of available scholarships to see what you might qualify for. Instead of studying for the LSAT, you can build up your volunteer work, start thinking about references, start drafting papers/applications...
  3. I won’t go in to the detail of what works for me because (1) it’ll totally blow my cover; and (2) it won’t necessarily work for everyone. But here are some general tips that are actually grounded in mental health research: - Take an e-vacay - Break your normal routine, go on a trip somewhere and leave your electronics behind. Try to get away for 5-10 days, but even just a weekend getaway without your phone can do wonders! - Exercise - There is plenty of research that links exercise with anxiety reduction (and, incidentally, increased self-confidence!). Some suggests exercise outdoors works better, but I think it’s up to the individual. - Try mindfulness - Works for some. It didn’t really help me with anxiety, but has been great for helping me focus when I need it most (exams, presentations, even homework) My final point is to recommend that you take the time now to figure out what works for you, and to practice your anxiety-reducing skills. There will be many anxiety-inducing moments in 1L, and I have no doubt that there will be far more throughout law school and into articling and practice. Build your tool box now, you’ll become far more resilient for it!
  4. Ss13’s table looks bang on. Here’s a link to the UofA website which covers the basics: https://www.ualberta.ca/registrar/examinations/assessment-and-grading/grading-system-explained And I used this tool to help calculate mine https://gradecalc.info/ca/ab/ualberta/gpa_calc.pl Also note that UofA uses your last 60 credits, but if your 60th credit falls in the middle of a semester, they will include the entire semester’s grades.
  5. I agree with @Toad on this one - although UofA admissions tend to play their cards close to their chest and won’t reveal their inner workings, I’ve seen several acceptance posts state that they received an offer before submitting their PS. If you’re comfortable with sharing your L2 (last 60 credits) and LSAT, we can give you a better “best guess” for your circumstances. Otherwise, take a look at the Applicant Profile at the link below. If your stats put you well inside the accepted pool, you will likely get an offer without the committee having seen your PS. If your stats are borderline, I recommend putting serious effort into your PS. Either way, I recommend that you submit your PS by the deadline whether your stats are safe or not. While I haven’t heard of anyone being turned down for having an incomplete application file, I wouldn’t want to be the first. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-u9luOkViBOYVM2bWFMcmJNcUpOZVBZY0lsTVpyOGRIaGFR/view Good luck!
  6. I recommend looking at each school’s Admissions websites, which is what people on this forum would do (this is not meant as a dig, but people are generally not too keen on doing your homework for you). Even if a school’s website states that they will not accept a Jan LSAT, some schools will make exceptions on a case-by-case basis (e.g. I’ve seen in their acceptance thread that Windsor seems to be quite flexible). You would have to confirm with each school’s Admissions office. That said, you might not get much love this close to the application deadline...
  7. I can only speak to your question at 1(a). I’ve never dabbled in OLSAS and LSAC internal processes (nor do I ever want to), so hopefully someone else can speak to the rest. In my limited experience, your file review depends on the school’s admissions process and criteria, and whether your current stats are sufficient to trigger immediate review. I understand that many schools review the pool of “all star” applications first, then move on to the “B team”, then “C team”, and so on until their class is filled (“B” and “C” teams in this context is an analogy and do not reflect your actual grades). The criteria for each pool or “team” will be different for every school. If your stats don’t warrant immediate review, admissions may decide to wait for your Jan results. I recommend perusing some acceptance threads to see whether people were accepted with LSAT pending and compare your stats. If you’re really worried about a particular school, it may be worth calling their Admissions. Also note that some schools do not accept Jan scores, but they may be willing to provide for exceptions upon request. Another consideration that I can’t speak to is which LSAT they would consider for entrance scholarships - anyone care to comment?
  8. OP - I agree with what everyone has said, but if you want some more evidentiary support, check out last year’s admissions profile here https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-u9luOkViBOYVM2bWFMcmJNcUpOZVBZY0lsTVpyOGRIaGFR/view and take a look at the informal index calculation here. Assuming your stated GPA is your last 60 credits and is converted to the UofA standard, your index looks just fine. Good luck!
  9. I see you were waitlisted at UofA last cycle as a second-year applicant. That is a pretty significant feat in and of itself. Now that you’ll be applying under General admissions, your stats almost certainly guarantee acceptance (I’m leaving a door open in case you fail out of 3rd year, your PS admits to killing a man in Reno, or something similarly heinous) and your enviable GPA may even earn you a scholarship. I get the feeling you’re feeling a bit fragile after last cycle and are looking for either a guarantee or a safety net. I think most people here will say you’re virtually guaranteed acceptance at UofA, which is supported by last year’s applicant profile (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-u9luOkViBOYVM2bWFMcmJNcUpOZVBZY0lsTVpyOGRIaGFR/view) But if you decide that you need to apply elsewhere for your own peace of mind, you should think about how much time and money you are willing to put in to it - you can apply to every school, or a few, or more... After that, you can start prioritizing schools based on which weight GPA more heavily, and which offer access to the Alberta job market. I don’t know anything about your PS/ECs, but that may come in to play as well. Unfortunately, nobody here can tell you for certain which schools would suit your unique needs. Whatever you decide, I am confident that I’ll see you at the UofA next year. You’ve got this!
  10. Not sure what your price range is or where you’re living right now, but here are some options to consider for both men’s and women’s styles: Southgate mall: LRT directly there from the UofA (although I heard there was a fire on the roof recently - not sure whether that’s affected opening hours). Check out: - Le Chateau: under $200 for pants or skirt and jacket, watch for relatively frequent 50% off sales. Mine fit well and didn’t need tailoring. Their shirts also look pretty decent and affordable - RW&co: under $200 and appear to have decent/affordable shirts, not sure how often they have sales - The Bay: not great selection, but they often have sales on brand names (last I checked, Calvin Klein pants and jacket were on for about $180) - Check out Poppy Barley for locally-designed shoes! West Ed Mall - Same shops as Southgate with similar selection, slightly better selection at The Bay. Pain in the ass to get to from the UofA, also to shop there (very few Edmontonians admit to frequenting this venue) - Simonds: about $200 in their Contemporaine or Icone brands and some pricier options going upward of $1,000. They have occasional sales. - Hugo Boss: $500 - upwards of $1,000, but dang, they’ve got some nice suits! - Moore’s is located in the strip mall across the street north of WEM. I couldn’t tell you what the prices/deals are like now. I’ll defer to those with more class and experience to advise on styles/colours, but I just looked for something that fits well and looks sharp (i.e. no random bulges or wrinkles; traditional lapels, fastenings, and colour/material). Law Students -> Career Services has a thread each for men’s and women’s styles, which I found useful for perusal. For what it’s worth, I have one black suit with pants and skirt for formal events like moots and interviews, and one light grey suit with pants (from a previous job) for less-formal but still classy events like this week’s Career Fair. Will find out soon whether my choices were appropriate!
  11. I had the same concern last cycle after reading the Calendar and spoke with Laura at Admissions to confirm their policy. Unless things have changed from last cycle (and I see no indication as such - the Calendar you refer to is dated 2015), Laura confirmed that they use the last 60 credits of your pre-law academic record to determine your Admissions GPA, and that it does not matter whether they are from a Maters or Undergrad program. I agree that the wording in the Calendar is misleading, and even the Admissions website (link below) does not clearly state how graduate/post-graduate grades are taken into consideration. https://www.ualberta.ca/law/programs/jd/admissions At the end of the day, I recommend that the OP do their homework and, if they don’t trust the authority of anonymous posters such as us (😊), they should call Admissions themselves. I can attest that they are lovely people and very helpful.
  12. First, congrats on a strong Undergrad GPA and respectable LSAT score! However, because of your MA GPA, I hate to say that your chances at the U of A appear to be slim to none. The U of A Admissions is notoriously numbers-based and the following formula is a decent predictor for receiving an offer: GPA x 22.5 + LSAT = 242 or higher. It appears that your MA GPA would pull your index score too far down. The U of A calculates your GPA based on your last 60 credits of post-secondary - in your case, your MA and likely some of your BA (see the link below for further details). Even if your MA was only 30 credits and your last 30 (or so) BA credits were 4.0, your calculated index would still fall too far below 242 to be competitive. I suggest that you peruse the link below and the U of A “Accepted” thread to do your own calculations and predictions. You may find it more worthwhile to focus your applications to schools that use Masters grades as a “soft” factor. It may also save you $100 and a whole lot of heartache! Good luck!
  13. My advice is to take a look at the post below to get an idea of how the U of A “admission index” works (I use quotations because, to my knowledge, the calculation is based on an analysis of previous years’ data and is not officially endorsed by the school). Key points: (1) In general, your GPA is calculated using your last 60 credits from recognized post-secondary programs, and there are no time constraints (e.g. some of my 15 year old scores from Undergrad were considered). In your case, it looks like your 32 Masters credits and some Undergrad would be considered. The post below explains the U of A grade conversion table and how many of your Undergrad credits would be considered. (2) The index formula is GPA x 22.5 + LSAT where a score of 242 or higher is likely to receive an offer of admission. (GPA x 22 + LSAT = 240 or higher has also been tossed around). https://lawstudents.ca/forums/topic/57938-determining-your-l2lsatindex-score/ Like you, I was an “experienced” applicant and I can honestly say that I did not feel that my age was a factor. That said, don’t underestimate the value of your experience. If you are worried that your index is weak, I suggest putting extra effort into your Personal Statement to demonstrate that you have the ability to succeed in the study and practice of law. A cursory search of this forum will show that my index was a measly 238.9/237.1 - I am convinced that my PS was a crucial element of my application file. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions. P.S. Mods - can the conversation referenced here be pinned for the upcoming admissions cycle?
  14. I noticed that USask deadline for submitting final transcripts is 1 June, so I suspect Admissions is holding off on the next (final?) batch of offers until all application files are complete. I have no idea what the deadline was last year, though, so not sure how this year’s timeline compares to last. Nevertheless, it’s a slooooow process indeed!
  15. My guess is there could be some movement the first week of June after the 1 June deadline for the second deposit. Maybe a handful throughout June/early July if people get an offer from their preferred school (some schools are accepting Winter 2019 grades and/or haven’t finished reviewing all of their application files). But this is pure speculation... U of A waitlist is notoriously stagnant (if my memory serves, only one person on this forum was offered a position off the waitlist last year), so these factors may not be terribly relevant.
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