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  1. Good question: the website wording suggests that those are the bare minimum stats to even be considered, but second-year applicants with lower stats have been waitlisted in the past. Unfortunately, I can’t remember whether any second-year admits have posted their stats on accepted threads. Could be worth searching the forum. A follow-on issue that I’m curious about is when they review second-year applications. I don’t know whether they fall into the rolling Regular admits, or if they’re considered as part of the Holistic review at the end of the cycle. Might be worth asking Admissions.
  2. https://www.ualberta.ca/law/programs/jd/admissions/index.html Check out the tab “Two Year Applicants”
  3. You are completely right, I have no idea where 171 came from. Apparently I was wearing myself as a hat.
  4. A couple of points on UofA admissions policy: - Regular and Holistic admits require that you have 90 credits towards your undergrad degree, provided they are obtained by February of the year you seek admission (i.e. Feb 2021 for admission in Sep 2021). It looks like you only have 30 credits and you’re presumably working on your next 15 credits right now —> not sufficient. - Second-year admits require 60 credits towards a degree, 3.7 GPA, and 90th percentile LSAT (approx 171). Again, it doesn’t look like you have the required number of courses, and unfortunately your LSAT score isn’t strong enough. If your college courses transfer over to your undergrad program, you might have hope, but I’d call Admissions to verify.
  5. Nice! You should be just fine. Also, you are correct that UofA will count all of the grades you received in the semester of your 60th credit. I think TRU and possibly UofC (I stand to be corrected) will dip in to that last semester and only take the highest grade(s) to meet the 60th credit requirement. Good luck, I look forward to seeing you in the Accepted thread!
  6. Point to note: UofA will not count your winter 2020 grades in your GPA calculation, although they still count the credits earned in that semester towards your last 60. Not sure if that’s reflected in your calculation. In any case, it shouldn’t be an issue with your strong LSAT 😉
  7. As others have said, UofA has no formal program for Const Law per se, but in my totally unbiased opinion, we have some pretty amazing profs who teach in the area (Adams and Lavoie come to mind, and I’ve heard good things about practitioners who teach Const Litigation). We also have some great profs in Indigenous and Aboriginal law (Friedland, Lindberg, Nichols, Bell, and — again — Lavoie). Peruse the Faculty website and see if any of their research areas pique your interest. There are also some decent upper-year classes in those areas, although perhaps not as many as the larger schools like UOttawa. But keep in mind that you can always do an independent study where you write a paper under the supervision of one of your favourite profs (I’ve heard Adams is an outstanding supervisor). Shop around a little. I echo Psychometronic re: UVic, and suggest you peruse faculty members and course offerings at USask, UOttawa, and Osgoode. I’m sure there are great offerings elsewhere, and I encourage you to explore them.
  8. UofA does: ”Multiple LSAT scores within the period of validity will be averaged.” Unfortunately, that puts you slightly below last cycle’s regular admissions stats, with an average LSAT of 156.5 (admissions would round it up to 157). If you really want UofA, redoing the LSAT could be a good option to bring up that average score to 159 to be safe (target score of 164), or to 158 for a butt-clenching maybe (target score of 161). So going into that LSAT, you really have to ask yourself: “are you feeling lucky?”
  9. I honestly don’t know — I focused my applications out West and didn’t do a deep dive into ON schools. It would be worth checking out those school’s admissions websites: LuckyCharm was kind enough to link to Ryerson, but I’m too lazy to find the links to the other schools you mentioned. Don’t forget to check the school forums here on LS.ca, which often get into the details and discuss subtleties of each school’s process. I got a lot of great information from the forums that wasn’t included on the school websites.
  10. Depends on the school, there are few hard and fast rules. E.g. UofA calculates your L2, or L60 by starting at the bottom of your transcripts and working their way to 60 credits. If the last credit falls inside a new semester, they include the entire semester’s grades. TRU does L60, but takes the highest grade(s) in the semester if the last credit falls within a new semester. USask looks at your best two full years (not necessarily consecutive, but each year must = 24 credits combined in the fall and winter semesters). Don’t forget, each school has different COVID policies for recognizing Winter 2020 semester grades. Check out the school admissions websites and peruse the school forums — the information is out there.
  11. To be honest, I didn’t start going to the recommended readings until late in the first semester once I got a feel for the classes and how to read cases. They were useful when something didn’t make sense or I needed help putting the pieces together/seeing the big picture. I also found them useful as exam study aids, and especially for memo- and factum-writing. I bought time by skimming over (or even skipping) something I felt comfortable with or knew the prof would spoon-feed us. For recommendations, I second Hogg and Ziff, and add McCamus. I wouldn’t have made it through Contracts without McCamus. Manning, Mewett, and Sankoff was also great for Crim, just make sure you find the 5th edition.
  12. I think you’re correct re: B2, but not necessarily L2 schools. For example, UofA doesn’t care how many courses you were enrolled in per semester, they just start at the bottom of your transcripts and work their way up to 60 credits. But your point is well-taken: it behoves the applicant to verify this nuance.
  13. Sometimes a course or two will do a world of good in calculating your L2. For example, if your last credit falls in a crappy semester and the school includes the entire semester in their calculation, you could reap great dividends by completing just one more class. Just takes some strategizing based on your own transcript and the school’s admissions policy. But I agree that it’s a drop in the ocean and not worth it when it comes to cGPA and especially OLSAS.
  14. Put some thought into UofA. They go off of your last 60 credits and average LSAT scores (I’m assuming you only had one write), and your scores are competitive. I’ve heard of quite a few who made it into BC from here, even though we are Alberta-focused. Ditto for UofC (although I’m not sure about their LSAT policy). TRU also does last 20 half-courses and — although tuition is more expensive than UofA / UofC — will get you more direct access to the BC market. Crunch the numbers for UVic — they have a pretty generous “drop” policy where they eliminate the 9 worst units (18 credits), and they have a discretionary category that you would probably benefit from. I also think they have programming that is right up your alley. There are some interesting issues related to Treaty law (numbered treaties) and environmental issues in the prairie provinces and northern territories, so — if you’re willing to expand your horizons — consider USask. They look at your best 2 full-time years. Unfortunately, I can’t comment on ON schools as I didn’t focus my applications there. Edit: I just realized that I talked up almost all of the Western schools, which might muddy the waters more than clear things up. Now I’m going to make a bold assumption that money is an issue, and I apologize if I’m out of line — it is not my intention to perpetuate biases based off your story. If money’s an issue and you can only afford a couple of applications, your L2 and LSAT make you very competitive for TRU, UofA and UofC. UVic is a wild card, and you didn’t mention your best 2, so I can’t comment on USask. That said, I’ve heard that bursaries are available to cover application fees, but I’m afraid I know nothing about where they come from or how to access them.
  15. Many factors are in play: I don’t think anyone can give you a clear answer at this point. Especially sans-LSAT score. Keep in mind that law schools have different admissions criteria: some consider your last 60 credits (e.g. UofA), best 2 years (e.g. USask), your entire GPA (most Ontario schools). Some schools offer generous “drops” where they ignore a number of your worst grades (e.g. UVic and UNB). Other schools offer application categories for mature students (e.g. Robison Hall at UMB), but be sure to verify each school’s definition of “mature”. Some schools weight the personal statement and your experience more heavily than others, or have a holistic round. Take a look at each school’s admissions websites and see what highlights your strengths and minimizes your weaknesses (granted, you won’t know your strengths/weaknesses until you get an LSAT score). Peruse the school threads here on this forum to get an idea of what to expect at each school. Some people put together a table/spreadsheet to lay it all out and strategize. Maybe you can benefit from taking a few extra courses, but double check that the school will recognize “upgrading” (e.g. UofA accepts “upgrading”, but not 1st year level upgrades). Maybe you’d be better off re-taking the LSAT (but watch out for schools that average your LSAT). Good luck, now go nail that LSAT!
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