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  1. That's right. I'm an idiot. Completely forgot about that haha Thanks!
  2. Along this topic, does anyone know if the character counts for Osgoode (two 2,000 character sections) includes spaces? I know Queen's and Western indicate that their counts do include spaces, but I can't seem to find the answer for Osgoode anywhere, and given that the two 2,000 character sections is so low to begin with I just want to make sure I'm correct in assuming it does include spaces in the count. Thanks for any insight!
  3. Should OLSAS have received my LSAT information by this point? When I go to document tracking it says "No information available" under LSAT. When I checked LSAC, it says they received 1 request and that 3 reports were sent (to the 3 Ontario school's I'm applying to I imagine). I may just be getting anxious as the deadline approaches but wouldn't mind if someone could clear this up for me. Thanks!
  4. Sorry, not sure what you're referring to here. Any chance you could elaborate? Thanks!
  5. "What should I include in my personal statement? Your personal statement is an important aspect of your application as it is the only place where the Admissions Committee hear your voice and your story directly. It is where you can convey everything you feel the Admissions Committee should know about you and your unique circumstances to be able to make the most informed decision on your application. Special attention is paid to aspects of the personal statement pertaining to exceptional experiences, special circumstances, as well as characteristics that are underrepresented in the Schulich School of Law’s study body and the legal profession at large. There is a suggested limit of 1200 words." https://www.dal.ca/faculty/law/programs/jd-admissions/admission-requirements.html --> Under FAQ's
  6. I'm currently taking my gap year working in a field related to my degree in business. If I had the necessary LSAT mark to get in this year, I likely would've just gone straight into law to be honest. But, as I sit here now, I think it may actually be more beneficial to me in the end to take this gap year for 3 main reasons: 1) Gain valuable experience working in a professional field. I also think working in a professional field will strengthen my application, as I currently do not have a lot of EC's. 2) $$$ - making money over this gap year will certainly be a big help when it comes time to pay for law school 3) Allows me to explore a job related to my degree to see whether it is something that I would be interested in pursuing further in the future. I don't know exactly what your degree is in, but who knows, maybe you'll get a job related to your degree and find that you enjoy it so much that you'd rather put off law school entirely or at least for another few years I definitely don't think taking a year off lowers your chances of getting in. If anything it strengthens your chances (obviously being dependent on what you're doing with your year off). For example: I imagine volunteering, working in a professional field, and taking part in other positive EC's would all be looked upon favourably by the admissions committee. I think it all just depends on what you do during your gap year. In the end, would I likely have gone straight into law if I had the LSAT mark? Yes. However, looking at it now, I think taking this gap year will certainly be more beneficial to me in the long-run.
  7. LSAC is changing their policy on LSAT testing limits now, so technically there is a limit going forward. See below for an email from LSAC: "In effect starting with the September 2019 test administration, test takers would be permitted to take the LSAT: Three times in a single testing year (the testing year goes from June 1 to May 31). Five times within the current and five past testing years (the period in which LSAC reports scores to law schools). A total of seven times over a lifetime. This policy is forward-looking, not retroactive. Tests taken prior to September 2019 will not count against these numerical limits. "
  8. Hey there, Just wondering if it states somewhere within the application whether LOR"s/transcript/LSAT records have been received yet? I don't see any status updates within the application checklist itself. I also haven't actually submitted the application yet, so maybe this is the problem? Thanks for the help!
  9. Interesting, I actually did the opposite. It didn't really even occur to me till I saw this thread that it could have been for the verifier (although I now actually think it is). I had just talked about the qualifications for the award/achievement. Could someone clarify that I've got it wrong and that the qualifications is in fact for the verifier?
  10. Doesn't matter whether you've actually submitted your application or not by that point. They will get and file your transcript regardless. I'm signed up on OLSAS online but have not actually submitted my application yet and they got my transcript last week. The sooner you get it to them the better cause you won't have to worry as it gets closer to the deadline.
  11. U of M student here, I ordered mine on the 23rd and checked last Friday (the 4th) at which point OLSAS had received my transcript. It could have been even earlier than that since I hadn't checked at all until that point, but they should definitely receive it within 2 weeks, if not sooner.
  12. For what reason would you wait and risk missing the deadline?
  13. While studying obviously helps with finding certain tricks and patterns (and overall just training your brain to think in a certain way), I think someones ability to achieve a high score mostly depends on how their brain operates. It's tough for someone to say whether you can score 160+ if you haven't done a diagnostics test yet where you can at least get a feel for where you're at. That being said, averaging 5+ hours a day of studying for the next 6 weeks should have you feeling quite prepared (at least in my own experience and others I have talked to).
  14. I've got the same question. Although I already have one writing sample on record. But i'm just wondering if I were to re-write my writing sample (because I did my first one during the actual test and don't think it was written very well), would LSAC send the new one to law schools with my application before the November 1st deadline. I tried contacting LSAC but they never got back to me. So i'm just curious if anyone knows the answer to this. Thanks!
  15. Yeah fair point. I'm already struggling with cutting down my PS to begin with. No need to add more characters for something I don't really need and make it more difficult to get down to the character limit. Thanks for the input.
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