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  1. Hi guys, I've read a couple threads here about what laptop to get for law school. My Lenovo IdeaPad 3's battery life is leaving a lot to be desired and one of my distinct memories from undergrad (I graduated back in 2012, so maybe this changed... but I doubt it) is fighting for electrical outlets in random parts of the classroom. Both of these have a lot of portability, good power, and last for over 10 hours which I'm sure can carry me through the day. I'd get the keyboard attachment for the tab7. I'm not really an Apple guy and don't want to be (personal preference) but I am open to other choices. Mainly looking for portability, long battery life, and a large enough screen as I'll 99% be going pretty far away for school come September this year so no access to my desktop at home. I'm happy with anything under $1.5k. If this isn't in the right place just let me know and I can repost!
  2. I took a 5 year break from the test and forgot everything other than a tiny tiny bit about the way logic chains worked. It's actually a blessing in some ways -- you'll have forgotten some of the material so you have more to work with in practice sets and the like. Funny enough, I got back into studying for this test in Feb 2020 and wrote in July 2020. I think the most important thing for my success was to create a plan of attack and really stick to it. I knew I was weak in LG, and after doing some practice LR sets I knew I had some types of question types I was weak against and focus fired on those. I kept a detailed journal to track what I was getting wrong and why I was getting wrong, and also utilized analytics on 7sage to really nail in what I had to work on. I did LG almost every day and watched some of those explanation videos on 7sage probably 5+ times. Every week I'd sit down and evaluate what went right and what went wrong, and make notes about specific things that seemed to always trip me up, take too much time, etc. I was very honest about anything I wasn't 100% certain on and that really helped me build up fundamentals to tackle the test intelligently. February was devoted to just section/question type practice and reading RC passages from early PTs/articles from The Economist/Scientific American/etc., occasionally slotting in RC sessions and peering over the lessons where I needed the most work. I started doing 1 PT a week around the middle of March, taking a lot of care to again review very deeply. The review always took longer than the tests themselves, sometimes double the time. From the middle of April onward, I was doing 2 PTs a week with review. I did LG sections or games in some capacity 6x a week because I internalized the idea that it was the most learnable section, and it really paid off for me in my July 2020 take. I don't know if your LG was as bad as mine but I would sometimes do 3 sections of LG (12 games) in a row (mixing sets I'd done before, but not perfectly, and new sets to conserve prep materials). TL;DR: Figure out your weaknesses, focus fire on them, and remember to heavily review and be honest with your faults. A long break can be a good thing. and FYI, I got a 161 back in 2015, did a diagnostic in the beginning of 2020 and got a 159... ended up with a 168 in July and was getting 170+ in PTs by June.
  3. I applied with a shitty cGPA (>3.00) and b2/l2 and a 161 back in 2015 and was rejected everywhere (applied Western Queens Windsor UofT Osgoode). I applied again this year as a mature student with same stats but bumped my LSAT to 168, just got into Ottawa on Friday. Your GPA is better than mine was, so I think if you can snag a LSAT in the mid 160s or more you have a solid shot at at least some schools. Remember to apply widely!
  4. My legs are weak right now. Checked on a whim just now... wasn't in yesterday, but am in today! cGPA: 2.93, b2/l2: are both like 3.0something LSAT: 168 (July 2020) Access/Mature applicant. I think I had some unique ECs and glowing LoRs from people who could really speak for me. This is my first acceptance... didn't think I'd hear back until at least April!
  5. I was in the middle of eating dinner and I had to run to my computer to check it out. Especially after seeing there were some acceptances earlier in the day... I freaked out haha. Gotta stop looking at this site!
  6. And before you say this is harsh, there is plenty of documentation for people who were consistently scoring in a range underperforming on test day, it just happens. He's not trying to rain on your parade but it's important to think about best as well as worst case scenarios. That said if you've been studying for that long and are consistent, good luck and get back here with a 170+ and we'll have better advice for you then.
  7. Purely using last year's Accepted Thread, someone with your LSAT score and a slightly higher gpa (3.1) got in around April. Most people who got in later from a quick glance seem to have higher GPA but lower LSAT scores. As someone in your boat, I'm a bit nervous since Windsor is a bit of a black box, but at least it has happened before, right? But the reason why people are always hesitant to say anything about Windsor is when you look at the Rejected Thread: There are people with similar on paper stats to some who got accepted, so it's honestly too hard to say. Honestly it's out of our hands now especially with a potentially more competitive application cycle. We've done what we can!
  8. Hi, as someone else who was interested in this a while back, there is some advice here on the forum from people before (some of this is a bit dated, but it's a start if you haven't looked through already): There are probably others. I remember looking through a few times. The general consensus from what I remember is 'maybe, but most likely not as a lawyer, and even if you are, likely with less pay.'
  9. I agree with this. The amount of investment you'd need to put in to raise that 2.3 into something usable would take a crazy amount of work and effort (and there'd be all those potential complications you mentioned). Meanwhile, if you grind the **** out of your LSAT and get a 170+ coupled with a mature/access consideration I'm sure you could get in somewhere. I started off not being able to finish LG and my best PT by the end of 4-5 months of dedicated studying was 176 (there were some issues with my FLEX that were beyond my control... construction noises at the worst possible time but I still scored fairly well). I'm not incredibly bright, I just found a method that worked for me and many others and grinded consistently and found a good study buddy (she ended up with a 175). I think we also have to keep in mind your workable years. If you take another 3 years to get your degree, and you need 3 years to get through law school, that's 6 extra years before you're even a lawyer. You're already 15+ years out of school. Would an investment of $100k be worth the time you would have left as a lawyer (I'm speaking only practically. I don't know your reasons. I know it's not all about the money, but I do think it's an important consideration).
  10. Looking at the last couple pages of this, does seem like some people got in with a worse LSAT and similar GPA. So maybe you'll hear back really late in the cycle? That said this is a bit of an exceptional year in terms of how many applicants there are. So if those people were hearing super late in the cycle they may have been more borderline, and the edge cases may get edged out this year. Maybe I'm talking out of my ass and we need more data, but even accounting for some of the additional applicants being duds there's still way more applications this year than usual. Good luck.
  11. I don't think your stats are competitive in either LSAT or GPA. So basically it's all going to come down to your PS, LOR, and how you've managed to present yourself. That said, having spent extensive time looking through the accepted/rejected threads for all the schools, I don't think I've seen someone accepted with both a sub 3 gpa and a sub 160 lsat (though I've seen people accepted with 1 or the other). So it's probably an uphill battle for you at best. Any way you can get that LSAT up? It's probably going to be a bit of a crapshoot this year too because there's more applicants as well.
  12. A lot of tutors will give you a free trial or reduced rate trial. There are some that are under $100 that are pretty good but yeah it depends on the person. I think the majority of my gains came because I had a good study buddy and we covered for each other's weaknesses -- she was better at some question types, I was better at others. And we met consistently online twice a week, sometimes going over questions for hours at a time. Other than that 7sage, seeing my problem areas and doing problem sets was effective. Would definitely try to redo that LSAT!
  13. Are you me? Basically have the exact same stats was even PTing in the same range lol. I thought about re-taking too but ultimately decided against it. I didn't think it was worth the additional stress -- I'm going to let my 168 show them that I at least have some potential academically, and let my references and experiences cover the rest. Like you said, I think that's the whole point of the Mature/Access/Discretionary categories, that our scores from over half a decade ago don't currently define who we are and what we've become. I believe my experiences and ECs are meaningful and that I've told a proper story with it in my PS that explains well why I want to get into law and why I would be a good candidate for law school. If you're SURE you can do better (considering you did drop for your retake, which was something I was scared about myself if I retook) and you have the time, money, and energy... I don't think it would hurt and it's the only way to improve your application at this point.
  14. Are you already in a law school or is this just a plan? Because if it's the latter, all schools essentially need the LSAT so before you get any other advice you should do a diagnostic to see where you're at. The advice is different if your diagnostic is 140, or 160 or something, and also where you want to go, etc. And if you've just graduated, your GPA also tends to matter a lot so that would factor into the advice given as well.
  15. Hey man, it's not really about how long you study, but how you study. What was your score spread like? What were you having trouble with? Do you finish all the sections? NavyBlue is definitely right. You don't have many chances left, so before jumping into a retake it's important to figure out what's going on to make your expectations and results so different.
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