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  1. I think: Don't rely on that, but it's no big deal, you didn't screw anything up. You could do another test and I would think it's still taking it "cold". I would personally do another diagnostic under timed conditions just to see roughly where you're at. Then you could (possibly) guess whether you could get to the 160+ you need by September. In any case, if I am not mistaken, people use the diagnostic to gauge roughly where their score will peak (they say around 10 points). But that would vary quite a bit with the person.
  2. I don't mean to beat a dying horse, but research is really a very basic skill that any potential law student should have prior to law school. It shouldn't take $300 for someone to tell someone which school may or may not be easier to get into as that is readily available on here. In fact, if you just post to ask here which schools you can get into based on your specific stats, plenty of people can give you a rough idea. I personally don't know how lawyers not knowing the difference between UT and Oz shows that the admissions process is complex when something like that would take simple search. The best an applicant can do is send in an application and wait. It might be a bit more complicated than that, but I think only marginally. Unless consultants are privy to the inner workings of the admissions process for every school, people are better off finding someone with good writing skills to edit the applicant's statement and paying them less than $300. The research part can be done on your own.
  3. I think it's more about the the way you do it. You can ask someone how they did without seeming very off (Ex. "How'd you do?" - Usually, a fine question; open ended, lets them respond however they want). You could be direct and shameless (Ex. "What did you get?" - could put them in a difficult, uncomfortable position). Or you can also ask in a very sketchy way (I don't remember how it was, but it was) where you are clearly fishing, perhaps in a competitive way. Also, if you got whatever grade is considered average at your school, you would have a rough idea of how you did compared to your fellow students, wouldn't you? lol.
  4. Best: Everyone (for the most part) is fun, social, hilarious, etc. Everyone is willing to discuss school topics to help you understand, or they're willing to work with you so you both figure it out. It's mostly collegial. You'll usually find someone around who is willing to help you for whatever you need. Worst: When the professors aren't helpful. You're already learning the content on your own, but it gets worse when you're hoping that what you took away from the readings is right. Exam cram - little sleep and worrying about your grades. Also, some of your fellow students. I had someone in my class who tried to fish around to know people's grades, including mine. Sketched me out for a variety of reasons.
  5. Depending on the school and the category you are applying under, you might not have to worry so much about bothering your references. I am guessing some will also vary in number of references required, so you could probably distribute that among your references. Check first if the school you want to apply to requires reference letters for the category you are applying to.
  6. I agree with everything you've said. I read PowerScore and Manhattan for Logic Games, supplemented by 7sage. For logical reasoning, I used Manhattan (PowerScore was too convoluted). For reading comprehension, I didn't read anything. As the saying goes, quality not quantity! I personally only used the first two practice books for prepping; I didn't have the time to do the more recent ones. So even the old $10 LSAT books (in my opinion) can be helpful for getting above the 160 range. How I studied (after reading the books or while reading the books or both): 1) Open an old practice test 2) Slowly do the section you want to study, familiarizing yourself with how it works. Answer the questions. 3) Once you've answered all the questions for that section, make sure you are content with all your answers. 4) Go onto 7Sage, have your answers marked - try not to look at the answers; just try to see whether your answer is right or wrong. I believe you can do this on 7sage. 5) If your answer is wrong, try to figure out why it's wrong. ("Blind review") 6) Whether you figure it out or not, check the solution -- using Manhattan or whatever. 7) Eventually, try doing it timed with other practice tests. Try building the number of questions you can finish within a given time.
  7. People usually say that as a general rule, go to the school in the area you want to practice. But I think it's important that you have support where possible. Law school can be tough and gruelling. At least for the first semester, you will probably be freaking out; you'll probably be studying everyday for hours - in addition to class time. For exams, I personally felt like exam periods and exams in particular were stressful. You would want to be in a position to do the best you can do, but it is ultimately up to what you're comfortable with. Where you might have "went wrong" with some applications isn't always because of you. Or it really is that more people were competitive than you - simple as that. That type of question might be better left for exams. Even then, although everyone would want to be "above the curve", it keeps you on the edge of your seat because grading is relative. You could end above average just as likely as you might end below average. That uncertainty can cause one to be anxious. So again, having support helps. I think you should worry about what will make you a successful student. The rest will come later. I've been speaking as if you're from NB or a non-Ontario province. If you're from Ontario, it might not hurt re-applying to other Ontario schools so long as you are near the support you need. As to what practice area you're interested in - wherever you go will likely teach you what you need, so I wouldn't worry too much. However, all these choices are up to you and you are in the best position to know what you need. Others will likely give more knowledgable information than me, though.
  8. I took a look at your profile. I just want to suggest that you do your own searches first before asking - that's an important skill for a law student, and I can't stress that enough. Even Diplock in one of your threads pointed out that you should check the admissions criteria for the particular school you're applying to. In a recent question, you wanted to know if x school offers admissions under a certain category. That is information you can find on your own. Just some friendly advice - knowing how to Google is important.
  9. Check the requirements of the law school you are applying to. They will specify how long you should have known each other for, what type of relationship, if a reference is needed at all, etc.
  10. It's not about how much time; it's about what you take from the time you put in. If you need more time, you need more time. If you need less time, you need less time. It might be difficult to study 5 hours every day for the LSAT -- you might burn out. But if you feel that is right for you, try it out. But studying x hours a day doesn't mean you will improve to y LSAT score. At some point, you will likely experience "diminishing returns" or you might burn out. Wen you ask if it's feasible to go from 151 to mid 160s to high 160s, it is possible - people have done it. Whether it's feasible depends on the test-writer. Keep in mind that what you have is only a diagnostic (and it's not like it's terrible at that). It gives you a rough baseline, so there's no reason to worry at this stage.
  11. I've already forgotten my crim - this isn't really to answer your question, but to clarify some of the ideas behind the things you wrote about. Mens rea depends on the section of the Criminal Code you're dealing with. "... and how it must be proven without a reasonable doubt that the accused intended to commit a crime and could reasonably foresee the events." It must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, not "without a reasonable doubt". Further, depending on the charge, it isn't always necessary that the accused reasonably foresee the events; that is subjective-objective mens rea. In some instances, it is a matter of objective mens rea.
  12. If homesickness and culture change were some of your reasons for getting the GPA that you did, I would keep that in mind before applying for law school - especially if it's a school far from where you're from. I think one thing to consider in addition to job prospects is the likelihood of you passing all your NCAs. I'm not saying you will or that you won't, all I'm saying is that it's another consideration in the calculus of things, a factor in the scheme of risks. As to prospects, I cannot comment on that. I've heard from my own friends who are going through articling interviews what they've heard or understand what various firms believe with respect to internationally trained students. But I would not be the person to ask. Someone here might be in a better position to do so, or you could ask around if you know a few law students. One thing that you might also want to consider is the fact that your undergraduate transcript might be questioned by various interviewers. I know this was the case with my friend who had a few failing grades (though I can't say whether it does factor into the interviewer's decisions, if at all). Take from that what you will. Either way, I hope you find what is right for you. Good luck!
  13. Reading comprehension - It might be helpful to read review books on RC, but what I did was as follows: 1) Open an old practice test 2) Do one of the passages for the reading comprehension section slowly. Read the passage, familiarizing yourself with how it works, and answer the questions. 3) Once you've answered all the questions for that passage, make sure you are content with all your answers. 4) Go onto 7Sage, have your answers marked - try not to look at the answers; just try to see whether your answer is right or wrong. I believe you can do this on 7sage. 5) If your answer is wrong, try to figure out why it's wrong. 6) Whether you figure it out or not, check the solution -- using Manhattan or whatever. 7) Eventually, try doing it timed with other practice tests. Try completing 3 passages within the time given. Then 4. Don't freak out if you've only done one test so far. It's too early to freak out.
  14. No offense, but it looks like you're still in the process of applying to law school. Have some respect for those who actually are in law school or have finished it and stop thinking about "prestige". People who are actually in the JD program, have a JD, or are law professors are telling you the standing of a JD relative to other degrees. A simple Google search will tell you it's an undergrad. Also, for the record, an LLB is generally equivalent to a JD. It's just the old name. As to the original question; I think it will give you some insight (and perhaps comfort) if you look at IP lawyers in your area and see what education they have. You'll be surprised at how many don't have a PhD. Hope that helps!
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